Driftwood Inn Motel 7399 Birch Bay Drive Blaine, WA 98230 (360) 371-2620 www.driftwoodinnmotel.com The Driftwood Inn Motel is about two hours north of Seattle near the Canadian border. This area is rich in beautiful scenery, friendly people and wintering migratory birds. The motel sits across the street from Birch Bay, and the views are beautiful. In the winter, there are fewer visitors, and the area is a great place to find solitude. It is also close to other birding hot spots like Semiahmoo Bay. The nearest city is either Blaine at the border or Bellingham which is home to Western Washington University. Rooms start at $60 per night.
Grace Haven Milepost 103.3 Highway 20 Rockport, WA 98283 (360) 873-4106 www.gracehavenllc.com Grace Haven sits in the Skagit Valley, about two hours northeast of Seattle. Winter is a wonderful time to visit, especially in December and January. The winter salmon runs in the Skagit River draws hundreds of Bald Eagles into the area for winter food. The largest number in the valley occur between Concrete and Newhalem, easily traversed by Highway 20. The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center is located in Rockport, a great place for Bald Eagle information, and free. The mountains are usually snow covered and the scenery is beautiful. In January, the town of Concrete sponsors the Concrete Eagle Festival. Each weekend is packed with lectures, float trips and other activities. Rooms start at $85 per night.
Campbell Lake Lodging 6676 State Route 20 Anacortes, WA 98221 (360) 293-5314 www.lakecampbelllodging.com Campbell Lake Lodging is about 1.5 hours northwest of Seattle and located on Fidelgo Island. The motel sits across Highway 20 from Campbell Lake and has views of the lake. Mount Erie is a short distance to the northwest, Deception Pass State Park is south and the San Juan Islands Ferry is northwest. The area is filled with nature’s beauty, wintering migratory birds and quaint little towns. Deception Pass is a great location to hike trails or enjoy the beach. Washington Park is just outside of Anacortes and it is a great place to watch the sunset over the San Juan Islands. Rooms start at $64 per night.
Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.