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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...

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...

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...

Camping with Dogs in the San Juan Islands

Camping with Dogs in the San Juan Islands

A dog’s life is full of riches: humans who love me, birds and tennis balls to chase, bones to munch, and lots of soft places to take a midday snooze. But, I am not just a house dog—I am also a travel dog.  I LOVE to ride in the car, especially with the windows down. I...

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...

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...

Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries in the San Juan Islands

Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries in the San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands have a long history of creating exceptional beer, wine, and spirits from local ingredients with careful craftsmanship. In fact, some locals affectionately call Friday Harbor “a little drinking village with a fishing problem!” Here's our guide to a...

Winter Wildlife on San Juan Island

Winter Wildlife on San Juan Island

Winter is the “quiet season” on San Juan Island, but quiet doesn’t necessarily mean boring, especially when wildlife is involved! At Lakedale, we herald the end of fall and the start of winter when we hear the first loud honks (think a big brass horn) of the Trumpeter...