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The Best San Juan Islands Camping Spots for a Family Getaway

The Best San Juan Islands Camping Spots for a Family Getaway

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...

Summer Events on San Juan Island 2018

Summer Events on San Juan Island 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...

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...

Fun Activities for Kids on San Juan Island

Fun Activities for Kids on San Juan Island

San Juan Island is a paradise for kids (and kids at heart) and the fun starts with getting to the island! Hop aboard a Washington State Ferry in Anacortes for the hour-long journey, explore the ship, watch the islands pass by and keep your eyes open for seals, whales,...

Fall Events on San Juan Island

Fall Events on San Juan Island

Fall means savoring the San Juan Islands! Every autumn (from late September through early November) the San Juan Islands celebrate the bounty that is fall. Harvest dinners, wine tastings, farmer’s markets, farm tours and film festivals are just some of the fantastic...

The Best Places to Whale Watch from Shore on San Juan Island

The Best Places to Whale Watch from Shore on San Juan Island

San Juan Island is one of the best places in the world to whale watch. And you don’t have to be on board a chartered ship to do it! You can spot these majestic marine animals from many of the shores on the western side of our island. For most visitors, San Juan’s...

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...

Summer Events on San Juan Island 2017

Summer Events on San Juan Island 2017

San Juan Island has more than its share of gorgeous natural attractions, which is one reason our guests love to visit. Starting from 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...

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...