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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...

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...

The Lakedale To-Do List, Episode 2!

The Lakedale To-Do List, Episode 2!

Every fall after we wave goodbye to our summer guests, when the island quiets down, and we have a minute to breathe, we start envisioning all the projects we want to polish off before the next season rolls around. This year’s To-Do list project has been on our minds...

The Friday Harbor Film Festival!

The Friday Harbor Film Festival!

Friday Harbor Film Festival Blog Grab your popcorn, your M&M's and your seat for the fifth annual Friday Harbor Film Festival happening on November 3,4, and 5th! Our local and amazing film festival features documentary films that "Entertain – Inspire – Enlighten"...

Stories from Lakedale: A Knitting Retreat with Cat Bordhi

Stories from Lakedale: A Knitting Retreat with Cat Bordhi

"Stories from Lakedale" is a series our team will be highlighting periodically to bring you experiences from the Lakedale property. Follow along as we detail some of our most unique and fun experiences to discover what Lakedale is all about! Cat Bordhi pulls a brass...

What is Glamping and Why Do I Want to Go?

What is Glamping and Why Do I Want to Go?

First things first, what exactly is this glamping thing everyone is talking about? The term originally appeared around 2005 in the United Kingdom, long a country known for its love of the outdoors and countryside, but apparently not for its elegance in mashing-up...

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...

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...

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

Each fall, San Juan Island slows down after a busy summer and appreciates the bounty that nature has thrown our way. Leaves are turning vibrant shades of red and orange, grapes are begging to be picked over at San Juan Vineyards, and island farmers are harvesting the...

Holiday Events in the San Juan Islands

Holiday Events in the San Juan Islands

I’ll admit it: I’m a huge fan of the holiday season.  The music, the decorations, the lights, the food, and spending time with friends and family all come together to make this “The most wonderful time of the year”!  If you’re like me, you’ve been caught once or twice...