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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...

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...

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...

How to Plan a Wedding in the San Juans

How to Plan a Wedding in the San Juans

The San Juan Islands are the perfect location for the couple who wants to make an experience out of their wedding day. Plan a wedding weekend (mid-week works too!) for a relaxing destination wedding that you and your guests will long remember. Think laid-back island...

Outdoor Games

Outdoor Games

We might sound like a broken record, but we think the scenery on San Juan Island rivals just about anywhere.  We have forests to hike, coastlines to walk, and hundreds of species of wildlife to observe.  Our weather is mild to boot!  With so much awesomeness...

A Local’s Guide: Best Things to do on San Juan Island in 2021

A Local’s Guide: Best Things to do on San Juan Island in 2021

Time and time again, we sing the praises of traveling during the off-season. Sure, the weather is not always as stellar as the more popular travel times, but if there is one thing you can't count on when you live in the Pacific Northwest, it is the weather. We have...

Why I Want to Go on a Girl’s Getaway (and I’m a Guy!)

Why I Want to Go on a Girl’s Getaway (and I’m a Guy!)

We've heard it all before: "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus." Clichés like that are hyper-generalized and meant to be more fun than accurate, but there are usually little nuggets of truth found in them.  So, while there are far more things that men and women...

Life on the Lakes: A Summer Unlike any Other

Life on the Lakes: A Summer Unlike any Other

Welcome back to another chapter of our continuing series: “Life on the Lakes,” where we give you glimpses into our daily life here at Lakedale. First, we hope that you and your families are all safe and well and that you were able to enjoy the summer! We doubt it...

Taste the San Juans…at Home!

Taste the San Juans…at Home!

Now that we're heading into the season of long-shadowed days, chilly cheeks, and splashes of red streaking through maple trees, you may think summer is over and autumn has arrived.  But never fear, you can recreate summer and still savor the San Juans with an online...