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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,...

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...

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 it so easy to travel from your San Juan Island lodging to Orcas, home of Moran State Park and some of the best...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...