Spring break is just around the corner and if you haven’t booked your family vaca yet, consider Semiahmoo Resort–a charming, kid-friendly getaway located just two hours north of Seattle in Blaine. Nestled on the northern Puget Sound shoreline (and just minutes from the Canadian border), this seaside resort offers plenty of kid-friendly activities along with award-winning golf courses, a full-service spa, and breathtaking views of Semiahmoo Bay, Drayton Harbor, and the Gulf Islands.

Go: Anytime of the year! Semiahmoo Resort is open year-round and offers many reasonable vacation packages, including stay and play (for the family that likes to golf!), bed and breakfast, seasonal, and holiday packages (Sunday through Thursday).

Get there: From Seattle, jump on I-5 and head north for approximately 113 miles. Take exit 274, turn right on Peace Portal Drive, and follow the signs to Semiahmoo. Once you’re on the freeway in Seattle, it should take you about two hours to get to Semiahmoo Resort.

What to bring: Since this vacation destination offers lots of walking trails and a one-mile paved trail along the beach, it’s a good idea to bring the stroller for the little ones. You will also want to pack beach toys for sand castle building, a swim suit for the pool and Jacuzzi, bikes, scooters or roller blades, binoculars (for bald eagle and whale watching!), and your camera!  And don’t worry if you forget something–Semiahmoo Resort has many of these items on hand! Just stop by the Fitness Center and check out tennis and racquetball racquets, basketballs, and ping pong equipment. Or, visit the Bell Stand and check-out beach buckets, beach toys, Frisbees, footballs, volleyballs, croquet sticks, horseshoes, bocce ball, golf putters, birding binoculars, and spotting scopes.

What to do: In addition to golf, spa services, and a health club (complete with an indoor running track), Semiahmoo Resort offers lots of activities to keep kiddos of all ages busy–including daily indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts (with prizes!), nightly G-rated and PG-rated movies and popcorn in the Discovery Theater, basketball, ping pong, racquet ball, volleyball, horseshoes, and year-round swimming in the huge (and partially covered) heated pool. Semiahmoo Resort also offers beautiful beaches for beachcombing or bonfires and lots of trails for hiking, biking, walking, scootering, or roller blading. Plus, you and the kiddos can take a tour of Semiahmoo and Drayton Harbors aboard the historic Plover passenger ferry (May through September), go on daily whale watching tours, or rent kayaks and boats in the spring, summer, and fall months.

Where to dine: From casual to fine dining, Semiahmoo Resort offers a variety of choices (including three restaurants and a coffee bar!) as well as kid-friendly menus and room service with a special (and super affordable!) breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu for kiddos 10 and under. The kitchen staff will even pack your family a picnic lunch (with basket and table cloth included) to enjoy on the beach or at one of the neighboring parks!

Cost of the trip: Semiahmoo Resort offers reasonable rates along with mid-week discounts and golf and hotel packages. Check their website for weekly web specials and upcoming event packages.

Bonus: Just minutes from Semiahmoo Resort, you’ll find the charming town of Blaine. Here, you can grab a bite to eat from one of the many restaurants, stroll through the shops or play at one of the many parks (including a skate park!). Or, take the kiddos to the Peace Arch State Park (which borders Surrey, BC and Blaine) to see the magnificent Peace Arch, explore the beautiful gardens, trails, ponds, and the International Sculpture Exhibit (May through September) or enjoy a picnic lunch and playtime at the playground or playing fields. And if your kiddos love playing in the water, be sure to hit the Birch Bay Waterslides open Memorial Day through September. This water park features multiple rides for all ages and levels of swimming ability.

Online: Visit Semiahmoo Resort for more information about this great, kid-friendly vacation destination.

–Kristina Moy