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How to Choose a Tent for your Family Vacation

How to Choose a Tent for your Family Vacation

Do you need to escape the swelter of summer in the city? Do you need to take a long, slow breath surrounded by long, tall trees? Do you need a vacation that costs less than taking the family to a Mariner's baseball game? We have a solution: camping! Any kind of...

Why Destination Weddings Are Cool…and Why You Want One!

Why Destination Weddings Are Cool…and Why You Want One!

You've made the decision...we're getting married! It may have been a surprise proposal, it may have been a well-thought out decision between the two of you, or it may have been one of those moments when you gazed into each other’s eyes and just knew. Any which way,...

Life on the Lakes: Lakedale Jazz Festival

Life on the Lakes: Lakedale Jazz Festival

“Time flies when you’re having fun”, as the saying goes.  Can you believe the summer of 2019 is almost over?  For many people, the last week of August means winding down summer's energy, and settling in for the mellowness of fall.  Some kids have already started a new...

Take a Romantic Winter Weekend Getaway!

Take a Romantic Winter Weekend Getaway!

I'd been staring bleary-eyed at the TV for weeks...my husband engrossed in the fall game season. Are you ready for...Saturday college, Sunday pros, Sunday night, Monday night, Thursday night, and lest we forget, baseball and the World Series? Not that I don't enjoy...

Welcome to Lakedale’s Blog!

Welcome to Lakedale’s Blog!

Have you ever been on vacation, sitting in your favorite camp chair under the towering pines, kids splashing in the lake, dog lazing in the sun, and thought to yourself, “Gee, I think it’s time I wrote a blog?” Since you were on vacation, you probably immediately...

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 that so easy...hop in your car or jump on your bike and ferry over to Orcas Island! Orcas, the largest of the San...

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...

Yurts Reinvented at Lakedale on San Juan Island

Yurts Reinvented at Lakedale on San Juan Island

Here at Lakedale, we are very excited to welcome our newest addition to our collection: The Yurt Village! Early in Spring, we’re still in the construction phase of our new village, but we wanted to give our fans a preview of these new accommodations, as well as a peek...

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...

Five Ways to See San Juan Island by Kayak

Five Ways to See San Juan Island by Kayak

If you thought there was only one way to kayak, you’ve never been to San Juan Island! Get your sea legs going with a quick paddle around Lakedale’s calm lakes and then work your way up to a multi-day tour, a sunrise or sunset paddle, a trip through glowing...

Lakedale’s Favorite Friday Harbor Restaurants

Lakedale’s Favorite Friday Harbor Restaurants

Who loves to eat? Us! We are complete foodies and over the years have scoped out all the best eats on the island, and we’d love to share our insider island eating tips with you! From the moment you step off the ferry, you’ll have great choices all day long, so let’s...

An Old-Fashioned 4th of July on San Juan Island

An Old-Fashioned 4th of July on San Juan Island

One of the best things about San Juan Island and Friday Harbor is the small town vibe...no stop lights, lots of local stores and the fact that we LOVE the 4th of July!  As a matter of fact, we even have a beach on the island called 4th of July Beach! The day starts...