I am so lucky to have two of the greatest travel pals . They’re both so easy-going and our trips are usually filled with tear-inducing laughter moments. Going away with them is “easy”. So a few months back, when it seemed like summer wasn’t coming fast enough, we made the last minute decision to take a short road trip south of the border to get away from real life for a night.
It’s funny because Bellingham/Birch Bay isn’t a place I would go away for the night, but it when I thought about it, I knew we’d be able to fill a day away with good times. With fun in mind, we grabbed our Nexus cards, jumped in the car and headed south of the 49th parallel.
Bellingham, like everywhere else it seems, has a growing craft brewery scene worth checking out. Boundary Bay Brewery is one of the oldest and our first destination.
The plan for the afternoon was to go to Taylor’s Shellfish on Chuckanut Drive for some slurping and sipping. To round out the menu for lunch, we headed to Aloha Poke (now called Fairhaven Poke), a spot that’s been highly recommended by many, that I’ve been eager to try out.
It was a gorgeous day, which was perfect for our plan. Taylor’s Samish Farm Shellfish Market has a great picnic area where you can spend the afternoon. They only sell the basics and everything is do-it-yourself”, but I think that makes for more fun.
Our next stop was to Trader Joe’s (a treat for us, since we don’t have it in Canada), where the plan was to pick up all the things we were ever curious about, but have never gotten to purchase for dinner. It’s never hard to fill up a cart in TJ’s.
Overwhelmed by the sheer abundance of our haul at Trader Joe’s we stopped in Bellingham at another brewery.
We reached our final destination of Birch Bay just before the sunset. We grabbed some provisions and headed to the beach just in time to catch a gorgeous set.
Exhausted from our day, we heated the oven, opened some packages and had a feast in the condo. The trip wasn’t anything flashy, but fun nonetheless and a great example that fun, can be found doing the simplest things, with the right people.