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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...

The 10 Most Instagrammable Places on San Juan Island

The 10 Most Instagrammable Places on San Juan Island

Like many of you, we've been frustrated that our travel wings have been clipped this summer (although with more than 80 acres to roam here at Lakedale, we're fortunate to get our daily dose of nature in). And like many of you, our Instagram accounts are suffering...

How to Zoom yourself to Lakedale!

How to Zoom yourself to Lakedale!

With all of us slowly reemerging from our Coronavirus cocoons, we hope you’re thinking of making your way back to Lakedale soon. Our reopening is scheduled for June 21st and the Lakedale team has been working like crazy for months getting the property sparkling for...

The Lakedale To-Do List, Episode 2!

The Lakedale To-Do List, Episode 2!

Every fall after we wave goodbye to our summer guests, when the island quiets down, and we have a minute to breathe, we start envisioning all the projects we want to polish off before the next season rolls around. This year’s To-Do list project has been on our minds...

Take a Romantic Winter Weekend Getaway!

Take a Romantic Winter Weekend Getaway!

I'd been staring bleary-eyed at the TV for weeks...my husband engrossed in the fall game season. Are you ready for...Saturday college, Sunday pros, Sunday night, Monday night, Thursday night, and lest we forget, baseball and the World Series? Not that I don't enjoy...

Why Destination Weddings Are Cool…and Why You Want One!

Why Destination Weddings Are Cool…and Why You Want One!

You've made the decision...we're getting married! It may have been a surprise proposal, it may have been a well-thought out decision between the two of you, or it may have been one of those moments when you gazed into each other’s eyes and just knew. Any which way,...

Life on the Lakes: Lakedale Jazz Festival

Life on the Lakes: Lakedale Jazz Festival

“Time flies when you’re having fun”, as the saying goes.  Can you believe the summer of 2019 is almost over?  For many people, the last week of August means winding down summer's energy, and settling in for the mellowness of fall.  Some kids have already started a new...