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Birch Bay Washington Trip Planner

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A Relaxing Northwest Escape
Birch Bay at Low Tide

Birch Bay at Low Tide

© Angela M. Brown (2009)

Washington's Birch Bay, a lovely half-moon bay near the Canadian border, feels remote. If you want to savor a quiet getaway, Birch Bay offers the opportunity to slow your pace, to wander the beach, or to just sit and stare out at water and island views. Yet Birch Bay is also convenient to a number of Whatcom County activities and attractions, making it a great base for a more varied vacation experience.

Fun Things to Do in Birch Bay
Here are some of the activities you can enjoy at or very near Birch Bay:

  • walk along the the bay at high tide, or on the beach at lower tide
  • bike along the bay to Birch Bay State Park
  • hike through the forest and down to the beach at Point Whitehorn County Park
  • picnic along the beach at Birch Bay State Park
  • beachcomb far out into the bay at low tide
  • watch for birds of all kinds
  • hike the Terrell Marsh interpretive trail at Birch Bay State Park
  • kayak or windsurf in the bay
  • harvest shellfish (license required)

Lodging in Birch Bay
Rental homes and cottages make up the bulk of the lodgings lining Birch Bay. The hotel-like options include:

  • Sandcastle at Birch Bay
    Located in the heart of Birch Bay, the Sandcastle at Birch Bay offers one- to three-bedroom, beautifully-appointed condominiums. Gas fireplaces, full kitchens, private decks, and washers and dryers are just some of the comforts of home you'll find in each unit. On-site amenities include a rooftop deck, a spacious club room, a fitness center, and casual dining. Most rooms enjoy incredible views of Birch Bay or Mt. Baker.
  • Driftwood Inn Motel
    Budget travelers will appreciate the Driftwood Inn's basic rooms and suites.

Where to Eat in Birch Bay
The small town of Birch Bay provides an adequate selection of fast food and casual dining options. If you wish to enjoy a fine dining experience, you'll need to drive to Ferndale or to Semiahmoo Resort. For a special evening, dine at The Steak House at Silver Reef; their table-side preparations, acclaimed wine list, gracious service, and intimate old-world elegance set the stage for a truly memorable occasion. The Market at Birch Bay grocery store, located in the Birch Bay Square shopping center, offers an excellent bakery and deli selection.

Fun Things to Do Near Birch Bay
If you're looking for an active getaway, you'll find lots of attractions and recreation opportunities near Birch Bay. Here are the highlights:

  • Semiahmoo Spit
    This county park is a great beach for walking, birding, and rock picking.
  • Peace Arch State Park in Blaine
    Walk on both sides of the US/Canada border within this international peace park.
  • Lynden
    The rural town of Lynden's Dutch heritage can be enjoyed at one of several homey restaurants.

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodations and meals for the purpose of reviewing those services. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

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