Camping vs. Glamping: How Are They Different?

by | Jan 17, 2023 | Blog, Explore San Juan Island | 0 comments

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 than by spending a night or two under the stars.

We’re proud to offer accommodations for visitors of all ages, including camping and glamping excursions worthy of any travel itinerary. But while camping and glamping may be cousins, there are some distinct differences between them (like a bed). If you’re torn on which option to embrace, consider this your unofficial guide to glamping vs. camping.

What is Glamping?

Being one with nature doesn’t have to mean waking up with a sore back. Enter: glamping (noun; a camping collab that’s, well, glamorous). Simply put, glamping is one of our favorite ways to experience the great outdoors without foregoing the little luxuries that bring us joy.

Canvas cabin in morning light with trees

Glamping at Lakedale

What do those little luxuries look like? At Lakedale, our Canvas Cabins are outfitted with pillow-top beds, flannel duvets, and dining tables, while our Canvas Cottages boast those same amenities, plus a full bathroom with shower, daybed sleeper, and a chandelier. (Rule number one of glamping: Ambiance is everything.)

Whether you opt for a Cabin or Cottage, our custom-built canvas abodes are sturdy, secure, and comfortable—ensuring your peace of mind throughout your stay.

PSA: Our glamp-ground is open from May through September(ish) each year and offers a gorgeous getaway for couples, solo trekkers, families, and friends to make memories that last a lifetime.


Our Yurt Village

Take your whole glamping experience to the next level in one of our custom-built Yurts. Soak your bones in your own private hot tub, listen to the rain patter against the roof while you cozy up with a juicy novel, or grill on the deck while waving to your Yurt Village-mates. There are seven Yurts in total, all offering the ultimate in glamping:

  • King-size bed with flannel duvet cover
  • Full-size sleeper sofa with flannel duvet cover
  • Rocking chair
  • Dining table
  • Wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker
  • Flat-panel SmartTV
  • Bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink/vanity
  • Private hot tub on the large exterior deck
  • Outdoor dining table
  • Adirondack chairs
  • BBQ

You’ll have views of our Frozen Wind art installation, enjoy the sounds of chirping birds, and all the luxurious R&R you can handle at your fingertips. Yep, it really is that good. 

We can’t wait to host you for some glamping at Lakedale, but if you’re looking to log additional locales in the PNW—glampsites if you will—our Guide to Glamping in Washington State has you covered.


Modern Camping

If camping conjures up visions of backcountry bushwhacking and wilderness woes, think again. Modern camping can be an ethereal experience—an opportunity to access an off-the-grid oasis that calms your mind, body, and soul. Take our word for it: camping is cool!

At Lakedale, we have campsites for groups of all sizes, including lakeside, hike-in, and bike-in sites. Each campsite has a firepit where you can put your s’more-making abilities to the test, plus a picnic table and access to bathrooms, recreational activities, and our fully-stocked General Store.

If tenting it isn’t your thing, motor on into our RV camping sites, each complete with electrical and water hook-ups to ensure max comfort during your stay.

And while we’re obviously smitten with San Juan Island, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the modern camping opportunities on Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw islands, too. Take a spin through all that the San Juan Islands have to offer for new and seasoned campers alike!

2 women with dog at lake

Camping vs. Glamping at Lakedale

It’s not hard to imagine yourself here. As one of the premier places to camp in Washington, Lakedale offers the best of camping on San Juan Island—with all the benefits of a resort.

And when you add glamping into the fold, it’s no secret that there’s a spot for everyone at Lakedale.

  • For the adventurers: Campsites primed and ready for you to unwind, play, and explore.
  • For the relaxers: Glamping to help you savor each moment.
  • For the roadtrippers: RV camping with the convenience of resort living. 
  • For the parents (and the paw-rents): Fido-friendly log cabins and a Lake House for family bonding.
  • For the luxury loungers: High-end Yurts for living your best life.
  • For just about anyone: An elegant lakefront Lodge equipped with anything and everything you need to make your inner circle a little jealous.

No matter how you stay with us, you’ll experience the unmatched amenities that set us apart. Choose from fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, bocce ball, or giant chess—or don’t choose at all. (Cheers to you, beach readers and wine aficionados.) The best part about a vacation at Lakedale is that it can be as fast-paced or laid-back as you want it to be. A getaway that you design—what could be better?

Your Camping or Glamping Excursion Starts Here

If you’re ready to give camping or glamping on San Juan Island a go, we’ve got your back. Book your stay online or call 800-617-2267 to reserve your spot. You’ll be a happy camper (or glamper)—we promise!


Call now: 800-617-2267
4313 Roche Harbor Rd,
Friday Harbor, WA