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PAE To FRD: Getting To San Juan Island By Wheeled Airplane

PAE To FRD: Getting To San Juan Island By Wheeled Airplane

When we learned Kenmore Air was planning to run wheeled flights from North Seattle’s Paine Field in Everett (PAE) to Friday Harbor Airport (FRD), we knew we had to book a roundtrip as soon as reservations became available.  And, because we are many things, and...

The Best Time to See Orcas in the San Juan Islands 

The Best Time to See Orcas in the San Juan Islands 

Many travel from far and wide to experience the majesty of the San Juan Islands (just over 500,000 in 2022 alone), including seeing orca whales in real life—or “IRL” as the social-media savvy kids say these days.  We’ve been on the island for decades at this point,...

The 10 Best Attractions on San Juan Island You Didn’t Know Existed

The 10 Best Attractions on San Juan Island You Didn’t Know Existed

There are things you come to San Juan Island to experience: Whale watching, kayaking, exploring, eating as much seafood as you can handle. And, there are lesser-known attractions on the island you might not know existed—until now.  San Juan Island is known for its...

Add Yurts in The San Juan Islands to Your Summer Bucket List

Add Yurts in The San Juan Islands to Your Summer Bucket List

Imagine: Waking up to a view of gently waving branches in the dome window right above your plush bed, freshly-brewed Keurig coffee taken on your private deck, and the sounds of birds chirping in rustling trees. You take a deep breath, hold it for a little longer than...

The Best Breakfasts in Friday Harbor

The Best Breakfasts in Friday Harbor

As you know if you’ve ever eaten Mary Ann’s famous granola, we believe breakfast is a lifestyle. And we know we’re not alone. Breakfast primes your day and preps you for the adventures that await, so it’s important to get it right. Since you’re on vacation, you may...

8 Ways to Include Your Kids in Summer Vacation Planning

8 Ways to Include Your Kids in Summer Vacation Planning

You stayed up until midnight to sign up for as many camps as you (and they) can handle, coordinated calendars, scheduled an afternoon babysitter home from college for a few weeks, and left a week for your little (or big!) family to get away to somewhere new. Now it’s...

The Lakedale To-Do List: Episode 4

The Lakedale To-Do List: Episode 4

It’s not a very well-kept secret that the rhythm of life on San Juan Island is largely driven by the seasons, and because Lakedale calls this beautiful place home, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that we move to a similar beat.  The “s” in summer stands for “sun,” and...

5 Reasons the San Juan Islands Make the Best Couples Romantic Getaway

5 Reasons the San Juan Islands Make the Best Couples Romantic Getaway

We’re clearly pretty keen on the islands, and one of the many things that gets us excited to come to work every day is seeing so many of you check in for a romantic weekend, chocolates and bottle of bubbles optional (but always recommended).  Infinite things make the...

The Lakedale Guide to San Juan Island Wildlife

The Lakedale Guide to San Juan Island Wildlife

We are blessed to live in an area full of native and unique wildlife. The San Juan Islands are a veritable paradise of birds, deer, foxes, fish, whales, and critters of all kinds. As a refresher, check out what our Operations Director, Richard, had to say about the...

Camping vs. Glamping: How Are They Different?

Camping vs. Glamping: How Are They Different?

There’s so much to appreciate about our slice of the Pacific Northwest: outdoor adventures, five-star dining, unique cultural experiences, and awe-inspiring natural beauty. And there’s perhaps no better way to soak up the stunning scenery in this neck of the woods...

San Juan Island Hopping 101: How to Travel Between Islands

San Juan Island Hopping 101: How to Travel Between Islands

Whether you’re visiting for a day or planning an extended stay, the San Juan Islands boast plenty to do, see, and explore for travelers of all ages—set against a backdrop that features some of the Pacific Northwest’s most magical scenery. San Juan County is home to...