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The Best San Juan Islands Camping Spots for a Family Getaway

May 6, 2019

Summer is almost here and for us, that means it’s camping season, the best time of year! But why go camping in the first place? In some families, camping is a tradition that is passed on from one generation to another, singing the same goofy songs, having grandpa teach junior how to catch a fish, […]


Planning the Perfect San Juan Island Getaway!

April 5, 2019

Have you ever sat down and tried to plan the “Perfect Vacation”?  If you have, you know that it can be challenging, even stressful in the same way that finding that “Perfect Gift” for a loved one’s birthday, anniversary or holiday event can be.  For some, the planets and stars align just for them and […]


Do Orcas Come Out in the Rain? And Other Frequently Asked Questions

March 5, 2019

Mamma always said “There’s no such thing as a stupid question”, and we all know that Mamma knows best!  So when you’re traveling, especially if you’re headed to an environment that you’re less than familiar with, it’s a good idea to remember Mamma’s advice and ask a few questions so you have a better idea […]


The Lakedale To-Do List

February 1, 2019

Even though Lakedale is open year round, many of our guests know us only from our fun and frolicking summertime vibe. But in the deep quiet of winter (which is also a cozy time to stay in our lodge, log cabins or new yurts) the Lakedale elves are always busy at work with loads of […]


Furry Friends and Feathered Fun!

November 28, 2018

It would be an understatement to say that we love and appreciate our natural environment and the various species of wildlife that make their homes on San Juan Island.  I mean, who wouldn’t love to be able to watch Bald Eagles hunt from their living room couch, or take a five minute drive to watch […]


Stories from Lakedale: How to Make a Really Large Sculpture

November 8, 2018

I’m an artist. Actually, I’m a sculptor, and there’s nothing I like better (with a few exceptions) than being totally engrossed in making a piece of art. One of the questions many people ask when they see a piece of work is “How did you think of that?” and then “I think it looks like…” […]


Year Round Glamping – in a Yurt!

August 8, 2018

Since our last post on “Yurts – Reinvented”, we’ve opened all seven yurts in our new Yurt Village! With only minutes to spare (yes, really) before our first guests appeared, the bath hardware was installed, construction dust was swept out of nooks and crannies, and hot water was brought up to soaking temperature in the […]


San Juan Island Lavender Fields

Summer Events on San Juan Island 2018

June 22, 2018

San Juan Island has more than its share of gorgeous natural attractions, which is one reason our guests love to visit. Starting with the ferry ride across the Salish Sea, to the drive through the island to arrive at Lakedale with peaks of Mt. Baker and glimpses of pastoral farmland and forests along the way, […]


4th of July Fireworks on San Juan Island

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

June 17, 2018

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 with a […]


Camping Tips and Tricks

June 8, 2018

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 enjoy being outdoors, away from the trappings and comforts […]