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Our Picks for The Top 10 Best Restaurants On San Juan Island

Our Picks for The Top 10 Best Restaurants On San Juan Island

The San Juan archipelago is becoming increasingly well-known in foodie circles. We love that. We embrace that. It means more people are coming to experience the otherworldly beauty that envelops us here. It means more people are soaking in the magic of the San Juans....

A Local’s Guide: The Top 10 Best Things to Do on San Juan Island 

A Local’s Guide: The Top 10 Best Things to Do on San Juan Island 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Nothing quite compares to the breathtaking scenery, friendly faces, and unique vibes of San Juan Island. From delicious local cuisine to activities for folks of all ages—not to mention swoon-worthy natural backdrops fit for...

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...

San Juan Island vs. Orcas Island: The Differences

San Juan Island vs. Orcas Island: The Differences

A truly magical, short ferry ride from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island separates you and your stay at Lakedale from the next leg of your adventure. San Juan Island’s close sibling, Orcas Island, has its own extraordinary history worth exploring. The landscape...

The 10 Most Instagrammable Places on San Juan Island

The 10 Most Instagrammable Places on San Juan Island

San Juan Island serves up gorgeous views in every direction, so no matter where you’re posing for a photo, it’s going to look like a painting. The visuals are all different and stunning, and often stop us in our tracks. We are so grateful to live where we do! Our...

Six Pet-Friendly Places to Bring your Dog on San Juan Island

Six Pet-Friendly Places to Bring your Dog on San Juan Island

Do you want to travel to San Juan Island, but you’ve got your pet in tow? Don’t worry, our island loves dogs, and we’ve got plenty of dog-friendly activities to keep you and your pup occupied during your stay on the island! Here are 6 of our favorite places to bring...

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...

Friday Harbor to Orcas Island Day Trip Ideas

Friday Harbor to Orcas Island Day Trip Ideas

Even with so much to do on San Juan Island, we occasionally get a hankering to do a little “off-island” exploring. And the Washington State Ferries make it so easy to travel from your San Juan Island lodging to Orcas, home of Moran State Park and some of the best...

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...

The Lakedale To-Do List: Episode 3

The Lakedale To-Do List: Episode 3

You might think it’s a safe bet to assume that the summer season here at Lakedale is when we work the hardest.  With all of our guests enjoying outdoor fun, a full schedule of summer events and activities, and the general “busy-busy” that comes along with our peak...

12 Tips for Fall and Winter Weddings on San Juan Island

12 Tips for Fall and Winter Weddings on San Juan Island

So, you want to get married on San Juan Island? Aside from selecting who is meeting you at the altar, choosing San Juan Island as your wedding destination is probably the best decision you could have made for your wedding day. +1 for you!  Whether you’re hosting a big...