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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Birch Bay: The Perfect Spring Break Getaway


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Birch Bay is a beautiful little town in the very NW corner of Washington state.  It's amazing  that I grew up 30 miles from here in Vancouver BC, and  never visited until this past fall!  Spring break time has arrived and this is the perfect getaway spot! 

This picturesque bay is just two hours north Of Seattle.  The bay is protected waters, and located between Semiahmoo Bay and Lummi Bay.  If you are looking for a quiet place for some R & R, (with breathtaking views), this is the place for you! 


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The Beach at Birch Bay café has an incredible assortment of food, beverages and entertainment. The fish and chips were to die for! It is right across the street from the bay and there is a beautiful unobstructed view.


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My friend belongs to the World Mark Time Share group, so we stayed in a condo across from the beach.  We were on our way to Vancouver Fashion Week, it was a perfect spot for a stop over.  Unfortunately we didn't get to take a dip in the pool, it was too cold the day we were there.

If you want to do some fun things besides taking in the beautiful views, there are several activities you can take part in.

Things to Do in Birch Bay

  • Peace Arch State Park- A beautiful monument and park situated on the U.S. Canadian border is a short drive away in Blaine. This park is a very popular wedding venue!
  • Semiahmoo Park- a fabulous park for beachcombing, amazing sunsets, and low tide walks.
  • The Spa at Semiahmoo- the spectaculiar seaside location offers an ideal refuge for rejuvenating mind, body, and spirit.
  • Birch Bay Waterslidesthe "fun slidin" place to be! There is a slide for everyone , relaxing beach chairs, hot tub, and yummy food.
  • Paddle and Pedal AdventuresYou can sign up for a package to rent a kayak and bike for the day, or reserve them separately.
Since most of the activity at Birch Bay revolves around the beach, I thought I would share the perfect outfit for the climate at NW beaches.

Beach Days
Shop the Look:|  Sweat Pants| Tank Top| Flip Flops| Capped Sleeve Sweatshirt| Hat

I hope this has inspired you to someday visit this beautiful town by the bay.  Do you have any big plans for Spring break? I would love to hear where you are traveling, or what you have planned.

My week off from teaching has begun! I am planning some things to do around here in my area. Then for the weekend  I am off to see my daughter at college for mom's weekend, which includes a fashion show, yay! Whether you have a week off or not, I hope it's full of all the best things!

                                                                XO VALERIE


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56 comments:

  1. This makes me want to take a trip. I think I would enjoy this spot. I love the water, shopping and places that are so quaint. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I hope you can visit..it is very quaint and quiet..thanks for stopping by!

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  2. So fun to see a post about Birch Bay... I had only ever gone just for the waterslides (allll throughout my youth!). Next time I'll have to stick around and explore the town more... and hopefully stay in that World Mark condo ;)

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    1. Hey Cynthia! I haven't been to the waterslides so you have me beat..its crazy I grew up so close and never went! I hope you get to go again!

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  3. Birch Bay looks so peaceful! I love your outfit picks for beach day :)

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  4. Pretty pics! I have indeed enjoyed my time at the Spa at Semiahmoo once or twice. So pretty out there. Happy Spring Break Val! You deserve it!! xo

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    1. Thanks Angie....! I want to go to that spa! Hope to see you again soon!

      xo

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  6. What a beautiful place! It looks ideal for long walks along the beach. Like that there are tons of restaurants to try.

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    1. HI Ruth..yes it is great for beach walks! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I want to visit the Oregon coast for our anniversary! This is at the top of my list now!

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    1. Oh you will LOVE the Oregon coast..and yes hope you can make it to Birch Bay as well!

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  8. All was well in the world until I read the last paragraph...no really, you and a mom of a daughter who is in college, tell me you are kidding please! Birch bay seems like a lovely place to visit, please keep 'em list coming. Haha perfect beach wear, only for WA beaches. Have a great spring break :)
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. Ha ha Kusum..I wish I were kidding...I am old! Yes have to have warm beachwear here..LOl...cant wait to meet you soon!

      xo
      Valerie

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  9. This looks really great :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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    1. IT is an awesome little place Heather!

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  10. I've never been up to that area, but now I really want to go! It might have to wait until later in the summer, but I'd love to spend a day kayaking (or even in the spa!).

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    1. Hi Patricia,

      I hope you can go...I wish I had taken more pics..wasn't there even 24 hrs..:( so didn't get too many... thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Pacific NW girl through and through here. My family has a house in Bellingham and Vancouver, so I do the drive between the two frequently, putting this on my next trip!

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    1. Wow lucky you ..I would love to have a house in both places..You have the perfect situation for stopping over here...I hope you do!!

      xo
      Valerie

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  12. That looks like a lovely place to take a little break. Unfortunately I'm not certain I'll be taking a spring break this year!!! Those views are stunning!!

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    1. Hi Stephanie...well I hope you get a little vacay break soon!!

      xo

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  13. Birch bay sounds like the perfect place for a quick and peaceful getaway! The pics are stunning. thanks for sharing and hope you are having a great week :)

    Love,
    Monika | www.palateforstyle.com

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    1. Thanks Monika....It is a great getaway ..I hope your week is great as well!

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  14. Looks like a beautiful place to visit. Definitely want to see more of the west coast. I've been to Seattle and Vancouver, loved them both. Birch Bay sounds so peaceful.

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    1. Thanks Rebecca..the west coast has stunning scenery...the PNW however is best to visit in the summer ...other times there is a LOT of rain and clouds!

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  15. It looks so pretty there, how nice that you were able to visit it! :)

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    1. HI Diana...it was breathtaking and so relaxing!

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  16. Hey Valerie! What an adorable little seaside village! I love when people share about hidden gems on a coastline - just goes to prove that slice of heaven out there really does exist! Thanks for linking up with us again on Travel Tuesday!

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    1. Thank you so much Christy..I love Travel Tuesday..thanks for letting me join in! Yes this is def a little gem of a place, hope you can make it some day!

      Valerie

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  17. This place looks lovely. It sounds like a really relaxing place for a good break.

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    1. It is very lovely Amanada...so quaint and restful! Thanks for stopping by!
      xo

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  18. Good reminder that beautiful beach locales aren't always tropical

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    1. So true...but I so much prefer the ones with tropical temps..ha ;)

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  19. Sounds amazing! Your pics are gorgeous too. Kind of reminds me of Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island - recommend it if you haven't been :)

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    1. Hi Kachina...thank you so much! I am from Bc, raised in Surrey. So..I have been to Qualicam Bay, but it's been years! I need another island visit to BC!

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  20. This sounds like the perfect place to get away for a quick trip. I love places like this that are close enough that you can go on a whim, but feel far enough that you can totally unwind. Being from the northeast, we've got some of these cool spots, too!

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    1. Hi Katie...yes I love that too, close places you can take off to for the weekend.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. This looks absolutely amazing! I like how you highlighted the places to go and what outfits to wear. I love fashion and travel so it's great to see both laced together!

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    1. Hi Gina! Yes I love they both work so well together..I started out just doing fashion and am loving the travel so much!

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  22. Looks like a great find. Isn't it interesting how the places closest to where we live are the ones we don't find about until later? I would probably rent a kayak if I visited to explore more.

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    1. So true! A kayak sounds like a wonderful idea...I need to go back and rent one!

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  23. Seems so charming! Gotta love the smaller destinations.

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    1. The smaller tucked away spots seem to never disappoint! Thank you for coming by!

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  24. Looks beautiful! Have to go to these smaller destinations :)

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    1. Thank you Julie for stopping in..it is a great little spot!

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  25. Birch Bay looks like it would a wonderfully relaxing place for a holiday. It's been a long time since I've seen a capped sleeve sweat shirt, does that mean we should be seeing them come our way soon?

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    1. Hey Stella..come visit me and I will take you there! I have seen these around a bit..not too much yet...may be a coming trend!

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  26. I am not from the USA, so I literally had to google where Birch bay was :D I was under impression that it is quite a rainy area altogether. Isn't it?

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  27. never heard of birch bay before, but looks like a great place. thanks for sharing this.

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  28. What a lovely place. It is funny that sometimes we don't realize the hidden gems that are right under our noses. It looks like such a relaxing getaway.

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  29. Lovely post! I've always wanted to visit Seattle, its great to know there is beauty beyond the city and suburbs of Seattle. If I take a trip out west, I'll certainly make a stop there, reminds me of Rhode Island.

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  30. I didn't realize this was so close to Seattle! Is the best way to get to Birch Bay by car? Looks like such an idyllic and quiet place to relax!

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  31. That views looks so serene! My kind of place for relaxation and romantic getaways. :-)

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