You know how sometimes you visit a town and it just feels like… home? To me, that town will always be Blaine, Washington. Blaine's motto is "Where America Begins,” and for me it’s where my story begins. Although technically I’ve never lived there, I did spend lots of time there in my youth when both sets of grandparents lived 6 houses apart on the same street. I remember being blown away the first time I realized that my peers’ maternal and paternal grandparents weren’t long-time neighbors and didn’t celebrate the holidays together. I always wondered how that would work if you had to choose which grandparent you would spend holidays and birthdays with because we never had to choose – Blaine was our official “home for the holidays”. Even if you think you’ve never heard of Blaine, chances are that you have. Famous for the beautiful Peace Arch Park, Blaine has been featured in many films, books, and art pieces as well as being one of the biggest gateways in between the US and Canada. With the iconic Peace Arch that stands 67 feet high on the border between Blaine, WA and Douglas, British Columbia the park celebrates the longest undefended boundary in the world and the peace between the nations.See that across the water? That's Canada. Of course we had to take some Canada selfies. The City of Blaine is located right on the international border in between the Cascade Range and the Puget Sound. Just 35 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia and 110 miles north of Seattle, it’s an easy day trip or a stop on your journey to and from Canada. Right after the New Year we realized we had a very rare free weekend, so we quickly made plans to head up north to Blaine to meet up with my aunts, grandmother, and mom. While we were there we checked out the newest park, Marine Park Playground, had a great breakfast at Big Al's Diner, and walked around town. And, of course, we enjoyed some amazing sunsets over Drayton Harbor that took me right back to childhood.
10+ things to do in Blaine, Washington:
5) Visit Semiahmoo. Located on a spit of land across the water from downtown Blaine and nearly touching the Blaine marina, Semiahmoo is a beautiful luxury resort that feels worlds away. It’s one of my absolute favorite places to stay and I could spend days walking the trails, along the docks, and exploring the surrounding beach. 6) Grab a bite to eat. Blaine has some great home town restaurants as well as national chains. See some of the many options here. 7) Pick up a copy of The Northern Light. Once you secure a copy, flip to the Blaine police reports. I want to meet whomever writes the police columns and thank them for making my family laugh for decades. Want just a taste of the awesomeness that is the Blaine police reports? Here is a best-of Blaine Police reports list just for you. 8) Walk the marina. It’s a nice walk from downtown and you can see some gorgeous views of Semiahmoo across the water. 9) Enjoy a small town celebration with big heart. Plan your visit during one of Blaine’s many annual events that range from birding festivals to concerts and car shows, and from art shows to big Fourth of July parades and the Drayton Harbor Days Celebration. Find out more about their annual events on the Blaine Chamber of Commerce calendar of events. 10) Get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Remember that thing about less rain and a milder climate? You can take advantage of that and enjoy water sports in the spring and summer months that include kayaking, boating, and swimming, or year-round you can hit the trails for biking and hiking. Bonus must-do: put one foot in the United States and one foot in Canada. Because you pretty much have to, right?
Find out more about Blaine, Washington here and plan your visit today.