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Add To Your Itinerary: San Juan Island Brewery

Add To Your Itinerary: San Juan Island Brewery

We’re certainly not beer snobs, but we know a delicious, frothy, hoppy beverage when we taste one, and our favorite local beer hall, San Juan Island Brewery, is full of them.  In this blog, we’ll dig into the relatively short, but still impressively storied history of...

The Lakedale To-Do List Episode 5

The Lakedale To-Do List Episode 5

Welcome back to another episode of the Lakedale To-Do List! For those of you who are new here, and as a refresher for our returning fans, every year around this time we like to talk about what’s been keeping us busy here at Lakedale during our off-season. It’s fun to...

Stargazing Guide 2024 for the San Juan Islands

Stargazing Guide 2024 for the San Juan Islands

Humans have looked to the skies for millennia to ponder their existence, and to find answers and direction. Our culture has integrated the discoveries, modalities, and sciences that illustrate the profound and innumerable ways the cosmos impacts our daily lives. Most...

A San Juan Island Must-See: The John S. McMillin Mausoleum

A San Juan Island Must-See: The John S. McMillin Mausoleum

It has a few names: Afterglow Vista, McMillin Memorial Mausoleum, and Afterglow Mausoleum, but one thing’s for sure: The John S. McMillin Mausoleum in Roche Harbor is a San Juan Island must-see.  Since you can probably have it to yourself in the colder months, we...

PAE To FRD: Getting To San Juan Island By Wheeled Airplane

PAE To FRD: Getting To San Juan Island By Wheeled Airplane

When we learned Kenmore Air was planning to run wheeled flights from North Seattle’s Paine Field in Everett (PAE) to Friday Harbor Airport (FRD), we knew we had to book a roundtrip as soon as reservations became available.  And, because we are many things, and...

The Best Time to See Orcas in the San Juan Islands 

The Best Time to See Orcas in the San Juan Islands 

Many travel from far and wide to experience the majesty of the San Juan Islands (just over 500,000 in 2022 alone), including seeing orca whales in real life—or “IRL” as the social-media savvy kids say these days.  We’ve been on the island for decades at this point,...

The 10 Best Attractions on San Juan Island You Didn’t Know Existed

The 10 Best Attractions on San Juan Island You Didn’t Know Existed

There are things you come to San Juan Island to experience: Whale watching, kayaking, exploring, eating as much seafood as you can handle. And, there are lesser-known attractions on the island you might not know existed—until now.  San Juan Island is known for its...

Add Yurts in The San Juan Islands to Your Summer Bucket List

Add Yurts in The San Juan Islands to Your Summer Bucket List

Imagine: Waking up to a view of gently waving branches in the dome window right above your plush bed, freshly-brewed Keurig coffee taken on your private deck, and the sounds of birds chirping in rustling trees. You take a deep breath, hold it for a little longer than...

The Best Breakfasts in Friday Harbor

The Best Breakfasts in Friday Harbor

As you know if you’ve ever eaten Mary Ann’s famous granola, we believe breakfast is a lifestyle. And we know we’re not alone. Breakfast primes your day and preps you for the adventures that await, so it’s important to get it right. Since you’re on vacation, you may...

8 Ways to Include Your Kids in Summer Vacation Planning

8 Ways to Include Your Kids in Summer Vacation Planning

You stayed up until midnight to sign up for as many camps as you (and they) can handle, coordinated calendars, scheduled an afternoon babysitter home from college for a few weeks, and left a week for your little (or big!) family to get away to somewhere new. Now it’s...

The Lakedale To-Do List: Episode 4

The Lakedale To-Do List: Episode 4

It’s not a very well-kept secret that the rhythm of life on San Juan Island is largely driven by the seasons, and because Lakedale calls this beautiful place home, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that we move to a similar beat.  The “s” in summer stands for “sun,” and...

5 Reasons the San Juan Islands Make the Best Couples Romantic Getaway

5 Reasons the San Juan Islands Make the Best Couples Romantic Getaway

We’re clearly pretty keen on the islands, and one of the many things that gets us excited to come to work every day is seeing so many of you check in for a romantic weekend, chocolates and bottle of bubbles optional (but always recommended).  Infinite things make the...