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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...

The Best Day Trip Guide to San Juan Island

The Best Day Trip Guide to San Juan Island

So, you’ve been asking yourself, “Can I visit San Juan Island for a day?” and the answer is yes, you can! It depends a bit on where you live, of course, but if the place you call home is in or near Seattle, deciding to be adventurous and visit us for the day is...

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...

The Best Ways to Get From Seattle to the San Juan Islands   

The Best Ways to Get From Seattle to the San Juan Islands   

There’s never a bad time to visit the San Juan Islands. And as we wrote about in our guide to the best activities on San Juan Island, our archipelago offers a little something for everyone—from fishing excursions sure to entice any angler to exceptional dining and...

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...

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...