Guest post by Amanda Breen
There are many reasons why the pros outweigh the cons when living and raising a family in Metro Vancouver. We’re fortunate to live near beaches, mountains, forests, lakes, small towns, and diverse cultures. Our family of 5 was in need of a change of scenery. Following a tedious Nexus card application, we treated ourselves to a quick 1-night getaway to Semiahmoo Resort, Golf & Spa in Blaine, Washington, less than 30 minutes from the Peace Arch border in Surrey. We were surprised by how easy and how fast it was to get there.
Arriving at Semiahmoo Resort, Golf & Spa
Semiahmoo Resort, Golf & Spa sits at the end of a jetty, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, pebbly beaches, mature trees and a sprawling golf course. We made our way to the resort on a cold and wet February weekend. Although the ocean was calm, the winter sea breeze was refreshing but frigid. Nonetheless, it still felt good to take a deep breath and fill our chests with a refreshing breath of sea air
The biggest draw for me was that the resort is waterfront, with some units being steps from the beach. The ocean views and scent helped us unplug and feel like we were on a faraway island.
Beachfront Family Fun
After checking in and getting settled in our room, we set out to explore the resort. The kids (ages 6, 4, and 2) were 10 steps ahead with boots, toques, and rain gear, eager to find unique rocks, shells, and logs on the beach to jump off. The wet winter air is nothing new to us. Good, fleece-lined rain gear is probably one of the best investments for a wet, west coast Winter! Additionally, while on the beach, we had the pleasure of seeing a heron, multiple eagles, and a curious seal popping its head out of the water to investigate the commotion. The lawn areas at the Resort have great spots for taking in the view. There are plenty of fire pits, seating, and games like corn hole and horseshoes to connect and have fun together.
Semiahmoo Resort is pet-friendly. In our room, we were greeted with a dog treat, bowls and a bed for our English Bulldog, Zoey. Despite her serious and lazy demeanor, she was excited to be able to join us on this trip. After a long day of exploring the resort, she was able to enjoy the beach with the kids and settle into the room.
Exploring The Resort
We swapped rain gear for swimsuits and bathrobes and headed to the indoor-outdoor pool through the spa. Certainly, the pool at the resort would be a highlight for kids, particularly in the Spring and Summer. It’s a large pool with a large hot tub. My husband, Chris & I spent our time in the hot tub. Two kids braved the heated outdoor pool, took a quick dip, and returned to the hot tub to relax in warmth.
The Resort has one restaurant, Packers Kitchen + Bar. After leaving our names with the hostess, we played board games while we waited for a table.. The Resort offers a vast game selection and comfortable areas to play, read, or browse on your phone. Additionally, there’s a pool table in the Library area and a huge fireplace with cozy seats.
Without kids, we’d visit the spa, play pickleball, and end the night with Dutch Blitz and a seafood dinner at the bar. With kids, we borrowed Connect 4, had a casual dinner, and roasted marshmallows at the beachfront fire pits.
Here are things I recommend while staying at the resort with kids.
- Make a reservation for Breakfast and/or Dinner at Packers.
- Bring extra clothes for the kids if they get dirty or wet at the beach, no laundry in the suite.
- Although not necessary, if you have a wagon, use it for check-in and out. The luggage trolleys are limited.
- I bought 1L of milk and a bit of fruit and yogurt for snacks. There is a small bar fridge. Not large enough for lots of food and snacks. No freezer.
- While traveling, I bring a new activity to keep them busy in the hotel room or allow them to have tablet time, while Chris and I unwind on the patio with our coffee.