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An Old-Fashioned 4th of July on San Juan Island

An Old-Fashioned 4th of July on San Juan Island

One of the best things about San Juan Island and Friday Harbor is the small town vibe...no stop lights, lots of local stores and the fact that we LOVE the 4th of July!  As a matter of fact, we even have a beach on the island called 4th of July Beach! The day starts...

Camping Tips and Tricks

Camping Tips and Tricks

After nearly eight months of hibernation, the sun has started to show its face and summer is nearly upon us!  Brighter, longer, and warmer days can only mean one thing: It’s camping time!  Around the globe, especially in the Pacific Northwest, a wide range of people...

7 Reasons to Love Glamping in the Pacific Northwest

7 Reasons to Love Glamping in the Pacific Northwest

It's summer time and glamping season is here! Our Canvas Cabins and Canvas Cottages have been spruced up after the long winter, comfy beds are freshly made and are waiting for your arrival. Our new Yurt village is getting its final touches right now -  we're...

Four Seasons of Weddings at Lakedale

Four Seasons of Weddings at Lakedale

I have a confession to make, I'm a closet wedding stalker. There...it's out. Whenever there's a wedding at Lakedale, I'm running around with a camera, taking photos of every detail, from the guests checking in, to preparations for the rehearsal dinner on the lodge...

Best Museums in the San Juan Islands

Best Museums in the San Juan Islands

With all the fantastic outdoor activities in the San Juan Islands, our guests are always surprised by the number of great "intellectual" activities we offer too! When that rainy day arrives and you need somewhere new to explore, here are some of our favorite...

Holiday Events in the San Juan Islands

Holiday Events in the San Juan Islands

I’ll admit it: I’m a huge fan of the holiday season.  The music, the decorations, the lights, the food, and spending time with friends and family all come together to make this “The most wonderful time of the year”!  If you’re like me, you’ve been caught once or twice...

Winter Activities on San Juan Island

Winter Activities on San Juan Island

San Juan Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth (OK, we are a little bit biased). Although we’re famous for our summers, these islands are a paradise in winter, too, with plenty to see and do in our "quiet season". (And a big thanks to Pacific North...

The Friday Harbor Film Festival!

The Friday Harbor Film Festival!

Friday Harbor Film Festival Blog Grab your popcorn, your M&M's and your seat for the fifth annual Friday Harbor Film Festival happening on November 3,4, and 5th! Our local and amazing film festival features documentary films that "Entertain – Inspire – Enlighten"...

Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries in the San Juan Islands

Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries in the San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands have a long history of creating exceptional beer, wine, and spirits from local ingredients with careful craftsmanship. In fact, some locals affectionately call Friday Harbor “a little drinking village with a fishing problem!” Here's our guide to a...

Fall Events on San Juan Island

Fall Events on San Juan Island

Each fall, San Juan Island slows down after a busy summer and appreciates the bounty that nature has thrown our way. Leaves are turning vibrant shades of red and orange, grapes are begging to be picked over at San Juan Vineyards, and island farmers are harvesting the...

Winter Wildlife on San Juan Island

Winter Wildlife on San Juan Island

Winter is the “quiet season” on San Juan Island, but quiet doesn’t necessarily mean boring, especially when wildlife is involved! At Lakedale, we herald the end of fall and the start of winter when we hear the first loud honks (think a big brass horn) of the Trumpeter...

What is Glamping and Why Do I Want to Go?

What is Glamping and Why Do I Want to Go?

First things first, what exactly is this glamping thing everyone is talking about? The term originally appeared around 2005 in the United Kingdom, long a country known for its love of the outdoors and countryside, but apparently not for its elegance in mashing-up...