Semiahmoo Resort reopens in Blaine, Washington, under new ownership, set for renovations
A 20-minute drive from the Peace Arch border crossing, the Semiahmoo Resort re-opened on August 15 under new ownership and is set for significant renovations.
The hotel, located on a picturesque spit in Blaine, Washington, was closed by the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe in December 2012. In June, it was bought by new owners, Resort Semiahmoo LLC. It's now managed by the Coastal Hotel Group, which runs hotels such as Seattle's Cedarbrook Lodge.
Yogi Hutsen, CEO of Coastal Hotel Group, told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview that the exterior of the hotel, including the pool area and tennis courts, re-opened with a facelift.
The interior—including the guestrooms, lobby, meeting, spaces, and restaurants—will be renovated over the winter. (The hotel will remain open during this time.) Already, there have been some changes to the guestrooms, including new flat-screen TVs and new Simmons bedding.
"Our company has a strong focus on food," Hutsen said, and to that end, the hotel has brought in a new French chef, Eric Truglas, who has been working in Florida. "The food and beverage will be farm-to-table, with the focus on fresh, northwest products." Wine and beer pairing dinners are in the works, as well as other culinary events.
Rates for the hotel start at $145 per night.