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The Lakedale To-Do List: Episode 3

The Lakedale To-Do List: Episode 3

You might think it’s a safe bet to assume that the summer season here at Lakedale is when we work the hardest.  With all of our guests enjoying outdoor fun, a full schedule of summer events and activities, and the general “busy-busy” that comes along with our peak...

12 Tips for Fall and Winter Weddings on San Juan Island

12 Tips for Fall and Winter Weddings on San Juan Island

So, you want to get married on San Juan Island? Aside from selecting who is meeting you at the altar, choosing San Juan Island as your wedding destination is probably the best decision you could have made for your wedding day. +1 for you!  Whether you’re hosting a big...

San Juan Island vs. Lopez Island: The Differences

San Juan Island vs. Lopez Island: The Differences

When people come out to Lakedale, they often want to island-hop, and with good reason! In San Juan County, there are technically 172 islands and reefs, although most don’t offer ferry service. One that does is obviously San Juan Island. The other two ferry-served...

Exploring the San Juan Island Art Scene

Exploring the San Juan Island Art Scene

We live in an art lover’s paradise. It may be easy for you, dear reader, to think that statement is a deeply biased opinion, and you’re not wrong. However, it’s also supported by sites like America the Beautiful, which voted Friday Harbor as one of its “Top Ten...

Top 2021 Fall and Winter Activities on San Juan Island

Top 2021 Fall and Winter Activities on San Juan Island

Fall and Winter on San Juan Island are full of magic: the changing leaves, the smaller crowds, the beautiful stillness that doesn’t always exist during other seasons. It’s not only a great time to visit us at Lakedale, but also the perfect opportunity to spend a good...

72 Hours on San Juan Island with Kids

72 Hours on San Juan Island with Kids

Bringing your family to the islands is a commitment. It takes a lot of planning, packing, and various modes of transportation to get to San Juan Island, so we understand that there’s a sense of wanting to ensure it’s the best trip ever once you arrive. With a little...

Life on the Lakes: 2021 Lakedale Music Festival

Life on the Lakes: 2021 Lakedale Music Festival

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche There aren’t many things in this world, beyond the basic necessities of life, that all human beings have in common.  However, if there was only one thing that we might all have in common, we’d argue that...

Our Guide to Glamping in Washington State

Our Guide to Glamping in Washington State

Let’s face it: Camping isn’t for everyone. But, once those unhappy campers go glamping, they’ll be eager to get outside all seasons of the year. Glamping is about experiencing the beauty of the outdoors while holding onto little luxuries (like running water), which...

Life on the Lakes: The 2021 Three Lakes Triathlon & Marathon

Life on the Lakes: The 2021 Three Lakes Triathlon & Marathon

We’re baaaaaaack! The Three Lakes Triathlon & Marathon has been a fixture here at Lakedale, held every year over Father’s Day weekend, since 2013. Because 2020’s event was cancelled, we were all revved-up and ready to go for this year’s races. Our excitement...

Camping with Dogs in the San Juan Islands

Camping with Dogs in the San Juan Islands

A dog’s life is full of riches: humans who love me, birds and tennis balls to chase, bones to munch, and lots of soft places to take a midday snooze. But, I am not just a house dog—I am also a travel dog.  I LOVE to ride in the car, especially with the windows down. I...

Take a Magical Kayaking Trip in the  San Juan Islands!

Take a Magical Kayaking Trip in the San Juan Islands!

Ahhhh, kayaking and the San Juans. They’re like crab legs and melty butter, mountain cabins and cozy fires, graham crackers and roasted mallows, country crooners and pickup trucks, oysters and champagne. They are made for each other.  People from all over the world...