The AAA – 4 Diamond rated Semiahmoo Resort is a close neighbor to the nearby Semiahmoo Bay. The resort also shares the same geographical location as Blaine, Washington, which is just northwest of Bellingham. The golf resort sets on 1,100 acres of forestry terrain that borders the Peugeot Sound and leans alongside the Canadian border.
The Resort opened for business in 1994 with the Loomis Trail Golf Club, the Jeff Coston Golf Academy and a Arnold Palmer signature golf course which was voted the 6th best course in Washington state. The Resort carries an impressive approval rating from the popular travel sites Trip Advisors and Yelp. A real golfers retreat!
The name Semiahmoo came from the indigenous people that inhabit the Pacific Northwest – translated in their language means “Half-moon”, which in turn resembles a crescent shape of the resort’s property. At one time, this region was home to many different nations and tribal communities. They shared many of the same beliefs that allows them to cohabitate together within reason.
Blaine, Washington’s countryside rustic setting reminisces back to its nautical seaport roots. This 19th century northwest coastal logging and fishing port was also a starting point for prospectors heading north in search of gold. The aging stilted buildings and waterside docks give memories to Blaine’s past history and traditions. Many Canadians – mostly from Vancouver venture across the border to enjoy the beautiful setting and peaceful ambience the area has to offer.
Besides the Semiahmoo Resort and Golf Retreat, you can enjoy such attractions like the Dakota Creek Winery, the nearby Birch Bay with its extreme tide flats and Blaine Marine Park. There is also the Birch Bay waterslides and the Miniature World and Family Fun Center that makes for a great family day outing. Check both websites for seasonal times & dates.
When visiting the costal retreat, you will want to spend sometime experiencing Blaine’s quaint seaside diners and local boutique shops. This picturesque city and its surrounding areas has all the charm and scenic landscape to make your planned get-away a pleasurable one.
Washington state has so many storybook seaport settings. Bellingham Bay is one that could easily be placed in a romantic seaside novel. Bellingham Bay has considerably easy access to the San Juan Islands. It has an approximate population of 84,000 full time residents, which makes it the 13th largest city in the state of Washington. Like many of its neighboring cities, it too is a vacation hotspot for many Canadians. They take advantage of the inexpensive vacation packages, shopping and airfares.
Bellingham’s namesake came from Sir William Bellingham who was associated with the Royal Navy. The city has the bay to its west, which is dotted with several islands such as Lummi and Portage islands. Mount Baker, Chuckanut Mountains and the Skagit Valley lies to the city’s eastern exposure. Minus a tropical climate, Bellingham has almost every style of terrain you could imagine. You can enjoy the deep blue Pacific Ocean or fresh water lakes, green valleys and beautiful mountain peaks that rise above the distant horizon.
From one coast to another we head east to upstate New York. What can you not say about Lake George? Its beauty is beyond words. This popular retreat is full of history and offers plenty of outdoor recreation. The Queen of the American Lakes – a.k.a. Lake George is located southeast and at foot of the Adirondack Mountains. In 1755 during the French and Indian war, the lake was rename after King George the II. This natural created lake is over 32 mile long, 1 to 3 miles wide with depths measuring over 250 feet. Lake George has 395 islands and satellite islands that reside on its open waters.
The small community of Lake George has had its visiting royalty that includes President Roosevelt, the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers and The John Whitney family. During its seasonal months, Lake George sees approximately 50,000 visiting tourist enjoying all its activities. This iconic landmark is a must visit when in the area.
Author: Heather McGarr Co-writer Anthony Scopel
Photographer: Heather McGarr
Associate Editor: Maureen Scopel
Publisher: You, Me and The Dock