BLAINE - It still needs some work, but enough is done so that Semiahmoo Resort will reopen to the public on Thursday, Aug. 15.
Coastal Hotel Group of Seattle, which manages the property, was busy earlier this week getting the hotel ready for visitors.
The new ownership group took over in June and has given the facility a new paint job, fixed the landscaping, cleaned the interior areas and installed new mattresses and televisions in the guest rooms. The swimming pool is ready, and the tennis courts have been refinished, said Jerry Anches, a partner of Resort Semiahmoo LLC.
"We've mostly tackled the cosmetic stuff, but we'll continue to refurbish the facility," he said.
While remodeling, the new ownership found some dry rot, which they are addressing. Anches estimates the hotel currently has 50 to 80 rooms booked for the first night in areas that are ready. According to its website, Semiahmoo Resort has 213 rooms.
"We're really pleased with the interest from the community and customers," said Anches, adding that many people have told them they are excited to see the resort open again.
As the ownership group gears up for the more substantial phase of the remodel in the coming months, it has already received plenty of feedback from the community. On Facebook, the company introduced an online survey; it had more than 2,500 responses in the first nine hours the survey went live.
Semiahmoo Resort was shut down in December 2012 as the previous majority owner, the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, tried to sell the property. The closure resulted in the loss of about 300 jobs and a huge tax hit to the city of Blaine.
Anches said most of the staffing is back in place.
And with visitors returning to the hotel, tax revenue will begin flowing again to the city.
Given that it's a soft opening, it's unclear exactly what time some aspects of the resort will open on Thursday. The facility has a spa and a restaurant called Packers Oyster Bar. Once opened, the eatery will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. For details on restaurant or spa hours, call 360-318-2000.
Semiahmoo also has a gift shop and operates two golf courses, the Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club and Loomis Trail Golf Club. Both golf courses have been open throughout the ownership transition.
The Semiahmoo spit property was developed into a hotel resort by Trillium Corp. and opened in 1987. A majority ownership stake was sold to the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe in 2003. Resort Semiahmoo LLC purchased the resort in June for $19.5 million.
For more details about the facility, visit semiahmoo.com.
Reach DAVE GALLAGHER at email@example.com or call 715-2269.