New bed and breakfast opens in Birch Bay

Published on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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Visitors to Birch Bay have a new choice when it comes to where they want to spend the night. The Oysterman’s Daughter Bed & Breakfast is open for business and is accepting guests into its two cozy bedrooms.

Opened only for a few weeks, the three-bedroom house on Harborview Road has had two of its rooms converted into suites for all manner of weary traveler. Each room comes with a small refrigerator, TV and private bathroom.
The name, The Oysterman’s Daughter, refers to co-owner Sue St. Clair’s father, Sue’s husband Harvey said.

At one time, her father owned and operated many of the oyster beds in Drayton Harbor in Blaine. However, World War II brought an end to the business since his oyster seeds were purchased from supplies in Japan.

Sue’s connection to oyster farming and other kinds of fishing practically chose the name of the bed and breakfast for the couple, Harvey said.

“You know in business, you need a catchy name,” he said.

At Oysterman’s Daughter, the guests’ comfort is the St. Clairs’ business, Harvey said.

A number of improvements have been made to their home. For example, there are heated towel racks in the bathrooms and tankless water heaters, which mean the bathrooms never run out of hot water, Harvey said.
Guests also have the chance to enjoy homemade meals prepared by Harvey, who fell in love with cooking while living by himself in Alaska.

Two changes recently occurred that helped the couple decide to open a bed and breakfast. First, Sue’s mother moved out of the house into an assisted living center.

In December, Harvey was laid off from his job at Anvil Corporation. Why not take advantage of the empty rooms and make some money at the same time, the couple thought.

The St. Clairs have been long-time area residents.

When it came time for the couple to decide where to live, the chose Birch Bay because they could not imagine living anywhere else other than the Washington or Oregon coast.

Sue was born and raised in Blaine, while Harvey’s stint in the Air Force moved him to Birch Bay in 1962. Harvey said he met Sue while enjoying a game of bowling with his squadron mates.

“Sue walked in the bowling alley, and there went my game,” he laughed.

The bed and breakfast recently filled up with World Cup soccer fans, Sue said. The guests were so happy to be able to watch the final match on the St. Clairs’ large, flatscreen TV, she said.

More information about  The Oysterman’s Daughter Bed & Breakfast can be found by visiting or by calling 360/ 371-7353.