“FieldTrips” is either a day trip or a few days where I visit food areas of interest which may include farm visits, producers, wineries, restaurants and/or other places that people can visit. This is about offering Vancouver Foodster readers a chance to get out of town and take a “Field Trip” for the day or a few days to explore, learn, taste and experience.
Field Trip to the Pacific Northwest
Leaving Vancouver, driving Highway 99 South to the Peace Arch border crossing where we then crossed into Washington state, from here it was a short drive to the Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa in Blaine. The drive including the border wait was just about an hour.
Arrived to the beautiful and sprawling Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa which was home for next few days, situated overlooking the bay, this waterside resort featured 198 rooms including suites.
The resort features a Spa, a nice large fitness room with an indoor track and a room for their fitness classes, an indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub, a steam room and a dry sauna, an indoor and outdoor tennis court, a movie theatre, a couple of restaurants, and more. Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen oversees the restaurant and banquet operations at the resort.
We stayed in a beachfront suite that featured a king bed, a living room with fireplace, bathroom with shower and bathtub, and a beachfront view.
Went for a walk nearby exploring the area close to the hotel, followed by a light dinner in their restaurant, I had the Blackened Salmon Sliders and a Seafood Chowder while Lawrence had the Bison Burger.
The next morning, we left the hotel and we drove approx. 30 km South to Bellingham and had breakfast at Fiamma Burger, where we had some delicious eats, Original pancakes, Red hash potatoes; and Chocolate chip pancakes. Our next stop was to Primer Coffee which was located about 1-1/2 KM North of downtown, where I had an Espresso Tonic.
From here we drove to Fairhaven to walk around the historic neighborhood, visit Village Books and checked out some new shops and such.
Afterwards we were back in the car heading to Mi Rancho Meat Market for some tasty Carnitas and Asada tacos at only $1 each we enjoyed a couple of tacos each, this eatery was recommended to me by my friend Alejandro who knew where the best Mexican eateries were in the area. In the afternoon, we headed back to the hotel for a visit to the fitness centre for a workout, the fitness studio has a good selection of machines and such and is open daily.
One of the foodie attractions happening during our stay was their monthly Winemakers dinners, this was a wonderful experience featuring wines from Gravel Bar Winery (Washington) paired with a delicious 5 course menu along with canapes during the reception prepared by the chefs of Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa.
After dinner we headed outside to the bonfire on the beach right behind the hotel to enjoy some s’mores over the campfire. The hotel organizes a nightly bonfire at sundown which gives guests a chance to meet as well as enjoy this special treat.
The next day we enjoyed a buffet breakfast in the restaurant, the buffet featured a selection of cold and hot items. We then checked out and headed home to Vancouver.
Stay tuned for my next Field Trip outside of Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak
Disclosure: The Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa provided us with complimentary accommodation, and meals.