An August 2003 trip
to Glacier by ActSpacey
Quote: I brought my six-year-old and my former college roommate on a quest to find nature, peace, and relaxation in the Pacific Northwest.
Nooksack River Casino, Bellingham, and Lynden are within easy reach.
Wonderful views from Artist's Point, but it was very crowded unless you hike in quite a ways. Definitely worth the trip, though. Better yet, the drive from Glacier to Artist's Point takes you by Picture Lake which has a path around it. When we were there, the wild blueberries which line the path were in season (YUMMY!) and the flowers and views were beautiful.
Also notable is Heather Meadows. The Visitor Center here has a small gift shop and Forest Service office. Some nice hikes here to some phenomenal scenery. In spite of the full parking lot, once you hiked for a few minutes, you were on your own. Seemed like a lot of people just stopped in for permits, trailmaps, etc. from the Forest Service, took a quick look and then headed on towards Artist's Point (or other trail heads).
You'll need a Forest Service parking permit for parking at most trailheads which you can purchase at Heather Meadows Visitor Center and other Forest Service locations.
Fit in some wine tasting at the Mt. Baker Winery.
Hotel | "Snowater Resort"
We loved the drive up towards Artists Point. We stopped at Picture Lake and took a quick hike while munching on wild blueberries! We stopped again at Heather Meadows and it was an easy hike to put my son in the snow in August.
Mt. Baker Vineyard has very nice wines, tours, and tasting. They are a small vineyard and were very friendly. I'm not much of a wine drinker, but I still discovered a few bottles that just HAD to come home with me.
Bellingham is an easy trip and there’s has lots to do and see.
Best Things About the Resort:The balcony off the living room overlooked the Nooksack River. The sound of the river was very relaxing (like ocean surf) and there was great star-gazing!Resort Experience:We had a two-bedroom unit overlooking the Nooksack River. I spent each morning drinking my coffee on the balcony listening to the river rush by and each evening back on the balcony watching the stars come out (did you know how many there are when there's no light pollution?).
The units do not have telephones or televisions due to the owners' preference (many are doctors/lawyers who want their getaway to really get them AWAY!). There isn't any cell phone reception either, although there are public phones available. I have to admit being a little nervous about going a week without TV or telephone with my six-year-old TV-junkie, but there's so much other stuff to do that he never even missed it!
This was definitely my most relaxing vacation EVER -- I can't wait to go back (maybe in winter for some skiing next time!). Our original plan called for cutting our trip short so that we could spend a day in Seattle, but we didn't want to leave the beautiful surroundings!
Tip: Make sure you call ahead if you're going to arrive late in the evening. The office closes at 10pm on Fridays (5pm most other nights), but they'll leave your key for you if you make arrangements in advance. Otherwise, expect a locked gate and a $10 late check-in charge.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2003
Snowater Resort (Snowater Timeshare Association)
10500 Mount Baker Highway
Glacier, Washington 98244
They are very friendly and helpful, even for the novice wine taster. Though you wouldn't normally think of wine tasting as a family activity, they do make coloring books and crayons available to keep your little ones occupied while you sample the wines.
Though the tasting is limited to only a few (I think it was six) different wines, you are welcome linger and discuss them for as long as you like. This is tasting done at your own pace.
They have a small gift shop as well as a picnic area where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Baker while you taste your wine.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2004
Mt. Baker Vineyards
4298 Mount Baker Highway