Just 45 minutes south of Vancouver, B.C., and two hours north of Seattle, Semiahmoo Resort is easily accessed from multiple metropolitan areas. While often thought of as place to unwind during the summer, Semiahmoo also has plenty to do during the shoulder season months.
The region’s tide pools, estuaries, and waterways attract thousands of bird species each year—ideal for both avid birdwatchers and the casual bird lover. You can hike or walk among 300 natural acres to seek out bald eagles, blue herons and a plethora of other birds on a self-guided birdwatching tour. In addition to the walking trails, you can borrow bikes to cruise down the spit on a scenic seaside bike route.
If you’re looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, look no further than the nearby Bellingham brewery scene. With more than 16 breweries in Whatcom County, you can taste the day away at Aslan, Wander, Otherlands, Kulshan and more.
If a wellness-centered staycation is more your speed, The Spa at Semiahmoo offers an array of treatments. You can select from massages, facials, body treatments, couples’ escapes and salon services that incorporate clean beauty products. Adjacent to the spa is an indoor/outdoor heated pool, hot tub and health club. Semiahmoo’s health club offers group fitness classes in addition to a weight and cardio room, saunas and steam rooms. During the rainy months guests can enjoy the resort’s indoor pickleball courts and indoor running track.
To refuel, Semiahmoo offers everything from curated wine tastings in their wine cellar to community bonfires on the beach with complimentary s’mores kits. The onsite restaurant, Packers Kitchen + Bar features local ingredients sourced from nearby farms, fisheries and purveyors. You’ll find everything from fresh seafood to wood-fired pizza and craft cocktails. Shoulder season is all about slow mornings—Packers offers brunch every day with a stacked menu from eggs benedict to burgers. Families will find options for the smallest diners as well.
Because no winter weekend is complete without mellow moments indoors—Semiahmoo has a game room stocked with board games for all ages and a movie theater. Travelers can opt for cozy evenings by one of the many fireplaces, either in guest rooms or throughout the property. When the winter months are dark and grey, planning a weekend getaway (complete with epic sunsets) is often the right answer.