Dark blue waves crash onto a slate-gray pebble beach while the setting sun creates an explosion of pink and orange light throughout the vast Pacific Northwest sky. A soft breeze from the bay caresses leaves on nearby trees, causing them to brush together hypnotically.
Birch Bay sits just south of Vancouver and a few hours north of Seattle, between the picturesque San Juan Islands and the snow-capped Mt. Baker, leaving you with plenty of things to see and do.
Anytime of the year is a great month to visit Birch Bay but March is specially great for the amount of birds that start returning to the area for Spring. There are many things to do in Birch Bay, Washington and we give you some ideas here:
Stunning. Picturesque. Gorgeous. Serene. Choose any adjective, or combination thereof, and you’ll have an accurate description of the San Juan Islands. There are four main islands to explore – Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, and Shaw – and towns such as Friday Harbor and Eastsound to visit. Here you can go whale watching, bicycling, fishing, or stop in at one of the many art galleries or local restaurants. To get to the islands, board a ferry or book a direct flight that leaves from either Bellingham or Anacortes, which is about 60 miles south of Birch Bay.
2. Mount Baker
Regardless of where you are in Birch Bay, you’ll probably see Mt. Baker off in the distance. The mountain is the third tallest in Washington State (10,781 feet) and one of the snowiest places in the world. In the winter you can travel about 30 miles east of Bellingham to reach the Mt. Baker Ski Area, where you can rent skis and snowboards and sign up for skiing lessons. Once the snow melts, you can explore Mt. Baker’s numerous hiking trails, where you’ll see colorful wildflowers, snow-capped mountain peaks, glistening lakes, and grass-covered valleys.
3. Day Trips
Birch Bay is a great place to stay if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely isolated. In fact, it’s within a few hours of Vancouver and Seattle, making it the perfect place to stay if you want to explore both places in one trip. Both cities have great art museums you can visit, plenty of sporting events to attend, and numerous breweries you can tour. In Seattle you’ll find the famous Pike Place Market and skyline-defining Space Needle, while Vancouver is home to one of the world’s largest Chinatowns.
4. Breweries in Bellingham
Washington State is a hotbed for craft beer and wine production. Bellingham has three breweries – Boundary Bay Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen, and Kulshan Brewing Company – that distribute their beer throughout the state. Boundary Bay and Chuckanut have on-site restaurants that serve traditional pub fare, such as burgers and pizza, as well as soups and salads. Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen also offers brewery tours for $5 per person, which is a great way to see the beer-making process first hand.
5. Scenic Drives
The North Cascades is a sight to behold, and one of the best ways to experience it is to drive on one of the three scenic byways in the area. There are four such byways easily accessed from Sandcastle at Birch Bay, although in all cases you’ll have to do a bit of driving to reach them. Mt. Baker Scenic Byway, which heads east up to Mt. Baker from Bellingham, is the closest. The Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway, also known as State Route 11, travels south from Bellingham through pine forests and along the shoreline of Chuckanut Bay. The Whidbey Island Scenic Byway and North Cascades Scenic Byway are longer routes that are further away from Sandcastle at Birch Bay. If you decide to drive these routes you may want to make a day trip of it.
Where to stay:
The resort is located in the peaceful beachside community of Birch Bay, an ideal place to visit to get away from it all. Yet if you’re after a bit of adventure, don’t worry. Birch Bay sits just south of Vancouver and a few hours north of Seattle, between the picturesque San Juan Islands and the snow-capped Mt. Baker, leaving you with plenty of things to see and do.
Sandcastle at Birch Bay features one-, two-, and three-bedroom condominiums that have all the amenities to make you feel right at home, including fireplaces, washers and dryers, fully equipped kitchens, and flat-screen TVs. Amenities at the resort include an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, fitness center, and a rooftop terrace, the perfect spot to gaze at Birch Bay’s colorful sunsets. Make Sandcastle at Birch Bay your next vacation destination and experience the best of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.