This article was published on October 4th, 2015
Fall and early winter are some of the best times to get out and enjoy a peaceful weekend getaway. Tucked away on a small peninsula within eye-distance of the Canada / US boarder is the quiet luxury destination, Semiahmoo Resort and Spa. It’s here that you’ll want to unwind and relax with a cozy blanket, wine, and a movie on your iPad, or simply watch the ocean swells from the storms rolling in off the Pacific Ocean.
Arriving as Semiahmoo Resort is an experience all in its own. A ribbon of road passes through a lush, dense forest, dotted with luxury homes and two world-class golf courses. Then the road opens up as you drive along a narrow strip of land, called the Semiahmoo Parkway, where the Pacific Ocean is literally metres away on each side. Waiting at the end is the bright and cheerful Semiahmoo Resort and Spa. You have arrived!
A weekend a Semiahmoo Resort is about finding peace and relaxation, without having to worry about a care in the world. It’s time to take in the thick, grey overcast, enjoy the morning fog, and enjoy the sound of the rain as storm after storm comes in off the Pacific Ocean. Yes, the Pacific North West is known for cool, damp autumn weather, but you could also luck out and get a spectacular day of sunshine when you can see Mount Baker, islands along the Juan de Fuca Straight, and of course, White Rock, B.C., just across the bay.
Originally opened in the early 1980’s, Semiahmoo Resort was a great resort; however, over the decades, it fell into disrepair, finally closing in 2012. Less than a year later the resort would be purchased by a new set of investors, who have since pumped well over $10 million in renovations, all to improve the guest experience and bring Semiahmoo Resort back to its former glory, or better.
The much-needed changes have brought new life to the luxury resort. The upgrades include all new furniture, beds, bedding, carpeting, and flat screen TV’s in the guest rooms, an entirely new lobby and public areas, and re-imagined restaurants. But it’s the small details that make the difference for today’s tech travellers, including free WiFi throughout the entire property, booster signals for mobile, coreless telephones with charging adapters for almost any device, and beside tables in each room that have dual plugins and dual USB ports to charge four devices at once.
Both Packers Oyster Bar and Pierside Kitchen have been completely renovated, each taking on their own personalities; Packers being causal comfort and Pierside more resort formal. The Chef and kitchen team pride themselves on featuring menus with locally sourced and foraged ingredients including cheeses, wines, cuts of meat, seafood, and more. Additionally, the Chef has put in a private garden area for fresh seasonal herbs and vegetables, just steps away.
Just because your away on vacation, doesn’t mean you should be giving up on the gym and other healthy activities. Get up in the morning for an invigorating yoga class, followed by a nutritious smoothly, before heading off to the Health Club for an exercise class. At lunch, head over to Pierside Restaurant for a healthy salad and glass of wine, then spend the afternoon pampering yourself at the spa and in the steam room and sauna. Complete the day with a mouth-watering dinner at Pierside Restaurant and catch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean.
The Health Club features an 18.5 metre (61 foot) pool with a lap lane, a 57 metre (197 foot) texturized and banked indoor running track, TRX fitness classes, and both free weights along with a variety of machines for strength training.
There are plenty of other leisure activities that will keep you busy throughout your stay, including beachcombing along the rocky shoreline, peaceful stolls along the 6km of paves pathways along the Semiahmoo Parkway, bird watching, and golfing at the two world-class golf courses. Get a group together for a pick-up game of beach volleyball, football, bocce ball, horseshoes, or croquet.
The spa is open daily and offers soothing massages, hydrating facials, and reinvigorating body treatments, all using nutrient-rich marine-based products inspired from the Pacific Ocean. There are even treatments available specifically for men and couples.
Evenings are all about relaxing. Enjoy the Friday night bonfires along the beach, complete with S’mores, and movies on Friday and Saturday nights in the Discovery Theatre. Better yet, from 9-10pm is adults-only in the pool and hot tub, a perfect way to unwind with wine or a cocktail.
The Pacific North West is beautiful any time of the year, but even more peaceful come the autumn season. Located about an hour drive from either Seattle or Vancouver in Blaine, Washington, now is the time to take that luxury oceanside getaway to Semiahmooo Resort and Spa, that you so desperately need.