Camp in comfort – The ultimate guide to luxury adventures
Sunset Magazine calls Lakedale at Three Lakes the summer camp you always wished for.
“You won’t miss the deprivation- fueled satisfaction of regular camping once you’ve indulged in turndown service with hot water bottle tucked into the bed. You’ll never sleep in a pup tent again.” – Seattle Met
What’s the Buzz About Lakedale?
We’ve been very fortunate over the years to receive some wonderful press about our resort. Magazine covers, articles in the New York Times and USA Today, segments on television shows, write-ups in national magazines and online periodicals, and features by notable bloggers. What are the reviews raving about? Some love our campgrounds for families while others think Lakedale is the perfect place for a wedding on the San Juan Islands. Whether you want to read write-ups about Lakedale’s glamping experiences or what it’s like to vacation in a vintage Airstream trailer, below are links and snippets to our media coverage.
Thanks for the great photos!
Good photographs are easy to take when you’re surrounded by as much beauty as we are here at Lakedale. But we love the photographers and guests who come to the resort and take good photography to the next level. Many thanks to the following photographers for allowing us to share their work.
John Brunk: Triathlon
Michael Burkhalter: Music Festival
Wes Edholm: Lodge Rooms
Jane Gershovitch: Yurts
Ryan Greenleaf: Wedding
Tyler Hartje: Startrails image
Catherine Parker: Property photos
Jerry Pavia: Lodge and Log Cabins
San Juan Safaris: Wildlife
Logan Westom: Lodge night image Kim Bamberg: La Vie Photography
Lisette Wolter-McKinley: Guest and property photos
2016 – 2020
Reader’s Digest N/A date
Accessible by boat, ferry, or small aircraft; Reader’s Digest considers the journey to Lakedales to be filled with romantic views. Full article
Outside Magazine Nov. 5 2019
Outside Magazine features Lakedale as a great fall weekend trip. Visitors to the San Juan Islands can enjoy shorter ferry lines and fewer crowds. Full article
Western Living Magazine May 9 2019
“Basically, it’s camping for people who hate camping.” Lucy Lau from Western Living Magazine reflects on her visit to Lakedales. Full article
Inspired taste, March 7, 2019
Joanne from Inspired Taste got to check off glamping from her bucket list after visiting Lakedales – “I’d take my cozy warm canvas tent over a hotel room any day!” – Joanne, Inspired Taste Full article
USA Today Jan. 23 2019
USA Today lists the San Juan Islands as a Pacific Northwest islands that you should visit. “San Juan Island’s seasonal seafood, local cider, history and Lakedale are only a few reasons to visit!’ Full article
Pitstops for Kids July 11 2018
Child friendly travel blog, pitstopsforkids.com named Lakedale their #1 choice for a kid-friendly resort on San Juan Islands. Full article
The New York Times Feb. 2 2018
Paywall blocks story – The New York Times showcases Lakedale’s luxury yurts as a fabulous alternative to traditional lodging. “Travelers are swapping standard hotel rooms for new interpretations of traditional lodgings.”
The Telegraph N/A Date
Lakedale was featured in The Telegraph highlighting the location, room amenities and great ways to enjoy the San Juan Islands. Full article
KING 5 July 18 2017
KING 5 News highlights Lakedales as one of the trailblazers for the glamping craze! Full article
KING5 News features Lakedale Reosrt’s canvas cabins and cottages as a “funky places to stay in Washington.” Full article
“Nestled in a quiet forest and a quick 10-minute drive from the ferry terminal, Lakedale at Three Lakes is my family’s favorite campground. A quiet resort that offers lots of amenities for families like kids crafts, free loaner bikes, paddle boats for rent, Ping-Pong and tetherball–just to name a few.” – TravelingMom.com Full article
2014 – 2015
425 Business Dec 2015 issue
“Take a break from business and visit summer hotspot San Juan Island for a cozy winter getaway.” – 425 Business Full article
“Great for families with kids of all ages”- Huffington Post travel blogger, Rebecca Hall reminisces on her visit to the San Juan Islands, and her time glamping at Lakedales. Full article
“If you’re looking for a place to stay with a variety of accommodation options and outdoor activities galore, look no further than Lakedales at Three Lakes”- Red Tricycle. Full article
“Destinations like Lakedale on beautiful San Juan Island prove the perfect spot to disconnect and reconnect, and the benefits remain long after the ferry docks back on the mainland.” – Seattleite Full article
Lakedale’s glamorous camping was highlighted in the Seattle Times for allowing “city slickers” to enjoy the wilderness without roughing it. Full article
Reader’s Digest featured Lakedale as a luxurious glamping excursion. “If you’re craving an outdoorsy adventure but don’t want to skimp out in the luxury department, glamping—aka “glamorous camping”—is for you.” – Readers Digest Full article
Travel Channel, May 2015
“10 Best Campgrounds for Families” Full article
Wedding Chicks, December 2014
“Love of Nature Wedding Ideas” Full article
425 Magazine, September 2014
“Autumn Island Hopping” **
Huffington Post, August 2014
“Spend a Night in Some of America’s Coolest Airstream Hotels” Full article
The Houston Tribune, August 2014
“Friday Harbor, San Juan Island” **
Triathlete Magazine, July 2014**
“Races We’re Excited About This Month” **
Seattle Weekly, June 2014
“Salad of the Sea: Puget Sound provides plenty of opportunities for Aquatic Foraging” Full article
Runner’s World Magazine, June 2014
“Race of the Month – Three Lakes Triathlon and San Juan Island Marathon”**
425 Magazine, January/February 2014
25 Winter Staycations**
The Idaho Statesman, July 2013
“7 Best Destinations in the U.S. for Outdoorsy Summer Travel”
Seattle Bride (Fall/Winter 2013 Issue)**
Portland Monthly, December 2012
Lakedale was featured in the cover story “Winter Lodges: 25 Cozy Northwest Escapes.” Full article.
Coastal Living, November 2012
Lakedale was featured in the Coastal Living article entitled: Savor the San Juan Islands, for how to “Camp in Style”. Click here to view.
AAA Journey Magazine, May/June 2012
AAA Journey Magazine featured Lakedale in article, “Fireside Feast.”
Sacramento Magazine, April 2012
Sacramento Magazine included Lakedale in story “Pacific Northwest Wonder.”
NBC’s TODAY Show, March 30, 2012
Lakedale is featured on the Today Show, in a segment titled: Back to Nature, Where Glamour and Camping Meet. The segment clip can be found here.
Travel + Leisure, March 2012
Lakedale was featured in an article titled “Spring Break”, detailing coastal destinations around the country. The full article can be found here.
LA Times, January 29, 2012
Lakedale was featured in the LA Times article: “Cooking up gourmet adventures across the West: A guide to the hotels, resorts and other locales in the West that offer travelers hand’s-on cooking lessons”.
On three weekends in spring and fall (May 11 and 12, June 15 and 16, Sept. 21 and 22), Lakedale at Three Lakes, on 82 tree-covered acres on San Juan Island, offers Gourmet Glamping, or glamour camping: two nights “camping” in a canvas cabin and chef Kyle Nicholson teaching gourmet campfire cuisine. Last year’s dinner fare included Dungeness crab-stuffed sweet peppers, Snake River Farms steaks and grilled banana splits. Hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing and biking are also on tap. The full article can found here.
NBC’s TODAY Show, October 21, 2011
Lakedale and San Juan Island were featured in a TODAY Show segment called “Quick Getaways from the Emerald City”, which highlights staying at the lodge in winter and glamping in the summer. The clip can be found here.
Sunset Weekend Trips, Fall 2011 Travel Guide
52 Quick Escapes Perfect for Fall
See the best of Washington’s San Juan Islands
Where to Stay: Outside town, very close to Duck Soup, the pastoral 82-acre Lakedale at Three Lakes offers rustic canvas tent cabins, private log cabins and lodge rooms.
Sunset.com, September 2011
20 best beach getaways: Don’t end summer without sneaking off to the coast – even if it’s just for the weekend. Here are our favorite hotels by the sea.
Coastal getaways: San Juan Island, WA
Back to the wild – A quick, calming country drive from the bustle of San Juan Island’s ferry landing, Lakedale sits on 82 forested acres with 3 freshwater lakes. It’s always had campsites, cabins, and a lodge, and now it’s added a cluster of 13 canvas tents decked out with pillow-top bedding, lanterns, even bath products to cart to the bathhouse.
HuffingtonPost.com, August 22, 2011
The Coolest Airstream Hotels Around the World
Lakedale’s 1978 Sovereign Airstream was included in a slideshow of “The Coolest Airstream Hotels Around the World”.
About.com Culinary Travel, August 8, 2011
Pacific Northwest Food News and Notes
Gourmet Glamping wraps up for the season at Washington State’s Lakedale. Last chance dates are September 23-24th, the menu this time around includes Dungeness crab stuffed sweet peppers and a grilled banana split. Book by September 16th.
Forbes.com, August 18, 2011
5 “Endless Summer” Vacations for Labor Day Weekend and Beyond
5. San Juan Island, Washington
Although it’s just three hours by car and ferry from Seattle, San Juan island feels much further away, and decades behind the modern fray. Spend the first half of the day shopping, spa-ing and socializing in lively Friday Harbor, and an hour later you’re sipping chardonnay among the vines at peaceful San Juan Vineyards. Loll on the beach all day if it suits you, or sample one of the incredibly scenic hikes in Lime Kiln Point State Park, considered one of the best places in the world to see orcas from shore. For lunch, take a picnic to the Sculpture Garden, a 19-acre preserve showcasing zany modernist creations of stone and steel. Newly opened. Zip San Juan has 8 different ziplines that sail through a canopy of red cedar and across a dramatic landscape of lakes and wetlands. An easygoing all-in-one vacation retreat is the specialty of long-established resorts like Roche Harbor Resort and Friday Harbor House, which offer everything from golf to whale watching to sailing. A more luxe experience is offered by Poets Cove Resort and Spa, while if “glamping” (glamorous camping) is more your style, try it out at Lakedale with its luxurious fully furnished canvas cabins. Some of the best eats on the island are at Duck Soup, where the menu is based on what’s growing in the garden.
USA Today, August 5, 2011
‘Glamping’ brings creature comforts to outdoors
Simpler outdoor digs are available at Lakedale at Three Lakes on Washington State’s San Juan Island. “Canvas cabins” with pillow-top mattresses and cordless lanterns (but no electricity or private baths) start at about $160 a night with breakfast.
Delta Sky, July 2011
San Juan Islands: Slow and serene are watchwords here, on the rugged islands off the coast of Washington State.
At Lakedale, you can go “glamping” in luxurious fully furnished canvas cabins or stay warm in the lakeside log lodge, where a hearty breakfast is served on the deck overlooking glassy green water.
MSNBC.com, June 9, 2011
Glamping: the cure for the common camping trip
“This year, Lakedale in Washington state’s San Juan Islands opened the flaps on its Canvas Cottage, which features a pillow-top king bed, electricity and a private bathroom. Rates start at $279 per night, but you can enhance your stay further by ordering ‘grab and go’ meals from the resort’s sister property, The Bluff restaurant. For $39 per person, you can choose a protein (for example, marinated steak with bourbon-shallot butter or brined bone-in pork chop), plus a starch and a vegetable.”
Seattle Met, June 2011
Lodge Podge- Lakedale
Born as an off-the-radar campground in the 1970s, San Juan Island’s Lakedale blossomed into a choose-your-poison destination where everybody is exactly as close to nature as they can handle. In the centerpiece wooden lodge, nature is very much kept at bay. Campfires? Leave them for the tent jockeys across the lake, or even the in-betweeners engaging in the canvas-cabin “glamorous camping” (yes, you can hate on the non-word glamping); in the 10 posh rooms of the main building, there are private slate fireplaces. Take that, nature. The ferry ride to the San Juan Island is no brisk commuter route. This is an hour- plus scenic journey to the seaside town of Friday Harbor, the kind of white-trimmed burg where you can make a meal of ice cream and saltwater taffy. Five miles farther inland Lakedale, where hundreds can fill its 90 campsites, 15 canvas tents, six cabins, and single 1978 Airstream trailer. Lodge guests get all the luxury perks- bathrobes and wet bars, even champagne- without the usual hotel sterility; no keycard locks or drone fluorescent hallway lights. During the day there are all the thrills of summer camp except bug juice: paddle boating, fishing, even tie-dye. An on-site general store, in true Washington style, devotes a fifth on its shelf space to Northwest wines. If you’d rather order off a menu than make a meal of merlot and Cup Noodles, island favorite Duck Soup Inn is across the road, specializing in locally sourced seafood dishes. Back to the resort, a generous extended continental breakfast is available to everyone- of course, yours is served in the airy dining room, while the glampers shovel their waffles out in the woods.
Hip Travel Mama Blog, June 1, 2011
3 Northwest Weekend Getaways for Families
Go Glamping: G is for glamour camping – glamping is like packing a five-star hotel room into a canvas tent. HipTravelMama was raving about this last summer and now this summer we are seeing this trend on many magazines including Seattle Met, Seattle Magazine and Sunset. There are numerous glamping sites around the country and the world. On the West coast, Lakedale in Friday Harbor has canvas cabins, retro airstream trailers to sleep under the stars in comfort. Prices start at $149 per night. Cave B Inn at SageCliffe on the Columbia gorge also has luxury yurts and cliff-side retreats among the vineyards. Give it a whirl!
Riviera San Diego Magazine, May/June 2011
The Island Hop – Ace of Lakes
Consider the spotty cell coverage a blessing at Lakedale, the island’s enclave of rustic elegance. Here, modern day log cabins are replete with indoor fireplaces, well-appointed furnishings and full kitchens. Bonus: The fridge is stocked with isle-churned ice cream and DIY sundae fixings! There is no restaurant on property, but seasonal meals can be delivered with cooking instructions. It can be viewed as a negative- or an excuse not to leave. Want to feign “roughing it”? Glamping season kicks off May 1 in the resort’s canvas cabins and two vintage Airstream trailers.
Sunset, May 2011
Camping in Comfort
Lakedale was featured on the cover of the May, 2011 issue of Sunset magazine as one of their top luxury camping resorts.
Seattlemag.com, April 26, 2011
Reserve Now or Rough It This Summer: Swank New Digs on San Juan Island Allow for Close-in “Camping” – Call this camping? More like “glamping,” an amenity-laden option for bug- and dirt-averse nature lovers
Got your summer camping reservations yet? ‘Course you do; we Northwest die-hard dirt campers know you gotta get online in early February to snag the choice riverside sites. Or do we? Though I quiver with anticipation whenever I see my sleek Coleman stove gathering dust in my garage, a press release that just crossed my desktop has me wondering whether this is the summer I’ll consider a swankier, less bug-infested version of my fave outdoor activity. I give you Lakedale at Three Lakes, San Juan Island’s answer to the question, “How can I camp without a rain fly?” The resort has just announced a lovely retro option for “glamping”: a fully equipped 1978 Sovereign Airstream, complete with kitchenette (oven!), microwave, toilet, heat and air, and bed and bath linens. Linens? You had me at “oven!” You can book this baby beginning May 1 (lakedale.com; $199/night), or reserve a number of other canvas cabins on site (from $149/night).’Course, if you, like me, require tent stake-pounding to get your heart pounding, there are still lovely campsites available at Ohanapecosh this summer (recreation.gov; $15/night). But you’ll have to do without the microwave. And linens.
Western Travel Examiner, March 31, 2011
Three Hikes from Three Lakes Adventure Series in Washington state
The second annual Three Hikes from Three Lakes Adventure Series is going on now in Washington state. Lakedale at Three Lakes and San Juan Outfitters are hosting “Three Hikes at Three Lakes,” a two-night San Juan Island adventure at Lakedale that includes a hiking expedition hosted by San Juan Outfitters.The package is available on April 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2011. Each package includes a two-night stay in a lodge guestroom, breakfast for two, a guided hike with San Juan Outfitters, two Lakedale water bottles, picnic lunch for two, signature trail mix, transportation to and from the trailhead and a copy of The San Juan Islands Afoot & Afloat.On Saturday morning following a hearty breakfast, guests will collectively choose one of three popular hikes before departing on the adventure:
– The “Southside Sojourn” offers a three-mile hike with spectacular and expansive views of the Olympic Mountain range, Lopez Island and South Beach along the trailhead, starting north of South Beach and looping around the Cattle Point lighthouse.
– The “West Side Wander” is a two-and-a-half-mile hike with gradual climbs and breathtaking views. It will take the adventurer past historic lime kilns, across rocky shorelines and through beautiful madrona trees, taking time to pause at Lime Kiln State Park and the historic Lime Kiln lighthouse.
– During “The Highlands” adventure, the hiker will embark on a series of three short hikes. The first visits the Island’s mausoleum, which is steeped in folklore and history. Then onward to discover stunning views of Roche Harbor and the view from Young Hill, the highest point on the Island.
Vancouver Sun, February 26, 2011
Lakedale at Three Lakes (1-360-378-2350, www.lakedale.com, from $379 US) Friday Harbor, WA has a two night San Juan Island adventure for selected weekends in March and April. The Three Hikes at Three Lakes package also includes a picnic lunch, breakfast for two, a guided hike with San Juan Outfitters and more.
Examiner.com, February 23, 2011
Climb to new heights with Lakedale’s hiking adventure getaways
San Juan Island’s Lakedale announces its second annual “Three Hikes at Three Lakes” adventure getaway series this March and April 2011. The “Three Hikes at Three Lakes” adventure getaway package is a two-night San Juan Island adventure at Lakedale. The full article can be found here.
New York Times, January 7, 2011
The 41 Places to Go in 2011
2. San Juan Islands, Wash.
Bold-face restaurateurs vie with unspoiled nature. Nature wins.
The big draw for the San Juan Islands this year just might be its dining scene. Blaine Wetzel, a former chef at the wildly acclaimed Copenhagen restaurant Noma, took the reins at Willows Inn on Lummi Island (due to reopen on Feb. 10), while Lisa Nakamura, who has trained with big-name chefs like Thomas Keller, opened Allium on Orcas Island. But the eternal lure of the San Juans – what brings chefs out as well as tourists – are the landscapes. On islands from Shaw to Decatur, pastoral hills give way to broody forests and scrappy escarpments that overlook fjordlike inlets. Thanks to an active land preservation effort by organizations like the San Juan County Land Bank, each year new areas are protected from logging or unruly development, and in turn provide fresh terrain for the public to explore. Last year, the San Juan Island National Historic Park grew by 312 acres with the purchase of densely forested Mitchell Hill. On Lopez Island, a 50-year lease signed by the state Department of Natural Resources in 2009 now protects the Lopez Hill area from logging; a web of public trails winds past mossy conifers and madrona trees with peeling cinnamon-red bark. And some smaller parcels have the air of a secret about them, like the spectacular Watmough Bay Preserve on Lopez, with a trail that leads to a strip of beach on a wooded inlet, its moody water as magically lighted as a Bierstadt painting.
425 Magazine, September-October 2010
Gourmet Glamping at Lakedale
Lakedale is offering glamorous canvas cabins and a tasty campfire menu during the weekend of Sept. 24. Chef Joseph Foriska from The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House created the menu. During the event, Foriska will serve as the cooking instructor for guests. “Gourmet Glamping” is a weekend where guests can bring their culinary interests outdoors, and along with teams of other glampers, individuals will learn, produce and enjoy their gourmet creations paired with wine for each course from San Juan Island Vineyards. From the smoke jidori chicken to the “s’mores symposium” that will feature mint chocolate chip cookies and caramel, guests will experience fireside cooking like never before, and the sleep under the stars in a custom-built 225-square-foot canvas cabin with a queen-sized bed. Details:”Gourment Glamping” is Sept. 24-25 with rates starting at $349 for double occupancy. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Sunset Magazine, September 2010
“Back to the Wild”
San Juan Island, WA – Deal, A quick calming country drive from the bustle of San Juan Island’s ferry landing, Lakedale sits on 82 forested acres with 3 freshwater lakes. It’s always had campsites, cabins and a lodge and now it’s added a cluster of 13 canvas tents decked out with pillow-top bedding, lanterns, even bath products to cart to the bathhouse.
Chicago Tribune, July 17,2010
See your San Juan Island whale for free: It’s a pricey trip, but there are ways to cut corners to save big on a journey to San Juan Island, Wash.
Save a little: if that resort is too expensive and camping sounds too rustic, Lakedale on the north end of the island offers the ultimate compromise: glamping. Its glamourous camping is a “canvas cabin” furnished with a bed, table and chairs for $149 per night. Some small inns such as Juniper Lane Guest House (rooms starting at $85 per night) offer even less expensive indoor amenities. Save a lot: There’s no cheaper way to stay on the island than camping at one of the two campground, San Juan Country Park or Lakedale.
The Seattle Times/ NW Weekend, July 14,2010
Glamour + camping = glamping. (Does it add up for you?)
If a stay in one of the 13 cushy canvas cabins at Lakedale at Three Lakes (between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor) on San Juan Island isn’t enough pampering, you can buy “Glamping Survival Kits” at their General Store. The kits’ contents are reflected in their names: “Happy Hour” and “Rekindle.” The 225-square-foot canvas cabins are furnished with a queen bed, full-size sleeper sofa or lounge chairs, hickory dining set, bed and bath linens. A cordless lantern comes in handy for reaching the bathhouse with shared flush toilets and showers just a short walk away. Glampsites have Adirondack chairs, a picnic table, and a fire ring. Glamping rates start at $149 per night. For fans of the retro, there are also two 1970s-vintage Airstream trailers available for rent at $229 per night. The glamping season ends Sept. 30.
Seattle Magazine, July 2010
Best Camping Spots: Not so Roughing It
Another alluring option is Lakedale ($149-$279/night; lakedale.com), which, besides offering more than 80 sites for tents campers, rents out 13 wood-floored “canvas cabins,” with sleeper sofas and front porches bedecked with Adirondack chairs, picnic tables and fire rings perfect for toasting marshmallows. Couples will especially enjoy Lakedale’s standard canvas cabins, and families or groups can share a larger, 450-square-foot version with two queen-size beds and a sleeper soda. While Lakedale’s glampsites do not have electricity or running water, shared showers/bath facilities are a quick walk away. And retro glampers rejoice: Lakedale also offers up two vintage Airstream trailers tucked between pine boughs lakeside with a private deck for your use and a free harmonica for you to take home.
Washington Magazine, Summer 2010
“Roughing It Like a Rock Star at Lakedale”
Even if your idea of “roughing it” means going without your double decaf latte and web-enabled cell , there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Lakedale at Three Lakes on Washington’s San Juan Islands offers guests the chance to camp out in style in a pair of full restored vintage Airstream trailers. The Airstream, considered to be the “Rolls Royce” of the travel, trailers, is one of the five accommodation types offered at Lakedale. Additional lodging options include cozy guestrooms, family friendly log cabins, canvas cabins with real beds and linens and campsites.
Instantly, identifiable by their long, rounded shape (imagine a giant silver Twinkie), Airstream trailers are experiencing a revival and have become increasingly popular among celebrity owners such as Sean Penn, Sheryl Crow, Tom Hanks, and Francis Ford Coppola. A stylish, modernistic take on old-fashioned luxury, there’s even an Airstream on display in The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Located on Premiere waterfront campsites at Lakedale, the 1979 Airstream Excella and 1978 Sovereign Airstream come complete with outdoor furnishings and a private deck, each of the fully equipped Airstreams includes a kitchenette with a four-burner stove and oven, a refrigerator, a microwave oven, a dinette table, ample closets, bath facilities, heat and air conditioning. Posh amenities include Cuisinart cookware, coffee maker, bed and bath linens, and Molton Brown bath products. Lakedale’s “Airstream Adventure” package includes: A two-night stay in a vintage Airstream for four guests, a breakfast basket complete with muffin mix, pancake mix, homemade granola, milk and OJ, choice of a whale watch excursion or three hour kayak tour to warm up for your high seas adventure on one of the resort’s three fresh springwater lakes.
Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, June 2010
Elegant Canvas tent camping without any of the set-up or teardown at the Lakedale and a dinner at either the Backdoor Kitchen or the Duck Soup Inn. Try your hand at “glamping” at the Lakedale or arrange to spend a night in the on-site retro Airstream trailer. Lakedale started as a glorified campground tucked in between three small lakes in the middle of San Juan Islands. Plenty of guests still come for the great traditional campsites on the property, but over the years the owners have added family-friendly log cabins and an upscale central lodge with well-appointed hotel rooms. The latest additions are even more memorable: spacious canvas tents set on platforms and furnished much like rustic hotel room with queen beds, couch futons, dressers and a small camp table and lantern. Bring your own cooler and fire-cook outside or eat out (the Duck Soup Inn is less than two minutes away). Either way, Lakedale’s tents offer the best of camping without the hassles.
USA Today, May 2010
Travel Tips: Resorts for Families Near Seattle
You’ll need to take a ferry to reach this resort, which is located on San Juan Island, the largest of a six-island archipelago off the northwestern coast of Washington. Nestled on a wooded tract of 82 acres, it’s a perfect getaway for families who love the outdoors. Lakedale offers three types of accommodations: rooms in its central lodge, log cabins, and canvas cabins (upscale tents). The latter two are ideal for families, and the ultimate choice depends on just how willing everybody is to rough it. The resort’s six log cabins have two bedrooms each, as well as a fireplace, full kitchen, cable TV, DVD player and large deck. A couple of the resort’s canvas cabins are large enough to accommodate small families. In terms of activities, families have a wide array of the property’s natural features they can explore. There are three freshwater lakes in which swimming is allowed, as well as nature trails, horseshoe pits, boat rentals, picnicking and barbecuing, and fishing in one of the resort’s stocked fishing ponds.
Sunset, May 2010
An Exploreri’s Long Weekend on the San Juan Islands
The pastoral 82-acre Lakedale at Three Lakes offers rustic canvas tent cabins, private log cabins, and lodge rooms.
Seattle Magazine, May 2010
Seattle’s Great Escapes
Get a Glamp Stamp
If you like nature but aren’t necessarily willing to hoof it into the backcountry, Lakedale might be right for you. The 82-acre private retreat between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor on San Juan Island is situated on three serene freshwater lakes. A smart and stylish 10-room central lodge (which can be rented for weddings and business retreats), six log cabins (each with two beds/baths, a gas fireplace and a full kitchen) and a similarly appointed three bed/bath lake house for bigger groups comprise the traditional lodging options at Lakedale. Those willing to do without some of the comforts of home can “glamp” (glamour camp) in one of Lakedale’s 13 lakeside canvas cabins – charming, 225-square-foot platform tents each with a queen bed (with bed and bath linens), a table and chairs, and a deck-top fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows to the sounds of loon calls. Or take your own tent and pitch it along the lake at one of more than 80 campsites. A general store (with WiFi) and shower/bathroom facilities help campers tend their worldly needs so they can focus on staring into the starry heavens all night long. Lakedale does not have its own restaurant, but anglers can always cast for a trout or wide-mouth bass to barbecue for dinner.
About.com, April 30, 2010
Gourmet “Glamping” in Washington
The term “glamping” is almost as annoying to me as “staycation” — actually, possibly more so — but the concept is one I can really get behind: all the pleasures of the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort or style. Last week, The New York Times brought news of combo adventure travel-gourmet cooking excursions (which you already knew about since I wrote about it last year), but here’s one better: learn to cook gourmet campfire cuisine, while sleeping outdoors in style in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Head to Lakedale on May 14-15 or September 24-25, 2010, where you’ll check into a 225 square foot canvas cabin, which will be outfitted with s a queen bed with pillow-top bedding, a full-size sleeper sofa or two lounge chairs, pillows and a flannel duvet, a table and four chairs, one cordless lantern and bath linens. (Try to overlook that it’s called a “glampsite”.) Then, you’ll gather around the fire for a cooking seminar with Chef Joseph Foriska of The Bluff Restaurant?Bar?Terrace at Friday Harbor House to learn to prepare such dishes as apple cider marinated chicken breast, corn skewers finished with a poblano compound butter, campfire baked beans and more. It ends with a “s’mores symposium”, which promises to take this kid-favorite treat to a whole new level.
Examiner.com, April 6, 2010
Blaze a trail on San Juan Island with two-night adventures at Three Lakes
Need a quick weekend getaway? Choose from two new, two-night adventures at Lakedale on San Juan Island. Both include a hiking expedition hosted by San Juan Outfitters, plus a hearty breakfast, trail snacks, post-hike picnic lunch, souvenir water bottle, use of pack and hiking poles, and transportation to and from the trailhead.
425 Magazine, March-April 2010
Lakedale at Three Lakes was prominently featured in 425 Magazine’s cover article, “Camping – Roughing It = Glamping, And More Unique Experiences on San Juan Island”, which introduced many readers to the phenomenon of “glamping”, or experiencing the convenience of a hotel room without losing the feeling of being outdoors. As Lakedale’s General Manager, Scott Hale, was quoted as saying, “How many times have you been rolling around on an air mattress, wishing you had a bed?”, when referring to the difference between pitch-it-yourself campsites and the plush conditions found inside the 13 spacious canvas cabins on Lakedale’s 82 acres. Hale describes the large canvas cabins with queen-sized pillow-top beds with cozy linens, furniture and a wooden platform floor best, “Glamping is what everyone wants camping to be, and has never been until now – It’s simple. It’s connecting with nature without all the hassle. Everything is done for you.” In addition to the canvas cabin, the article highlights various other accommodations available at Lakedale, including traditional camping, log cabins, a three-bedroom lake house, 10 guestroom lodge, RV sites, and a 1978 Airstream trailer available for rent. A picture of one of Lakedale’s canvas cabins also served as the front cover image of the issue.
ShermansTravel.com, March 2010
Top 10 Camping Trips
The camping trip survival kits offered by Lakedale (www.lakedale.com) at Three Lakes, in Washington, have little to do with emergencies: The Happy Hour kit includes folding glasses, a wine opener, a bottle of Happy Camper wine, and a six-pack of beer. Rekindle comes with firewood, fixings for gourmet s’mores, sparkling wine, and collapsible flutes. Guests may enjoy such rations within Lakedale’s newest lodgings: canvas cabins atop wooden platforms, bearing queen-size beds and a “front porch” with Adirondack chairs. Though equipped with lanterns and bath linens, the cabins lack electricity or running water; guests rely on communal bathhouse showers and toilets. The resort lies adjacent to three springwater lakes on San Juan Island, the most populous isle of Washington’s San Juan archipelago. Unlike the rest of the Northwest, San Juan is blessed with many sunny days, making sea kayaking and whale-watching for orcas all the more blissful.
City Confidant, March 29, 2010
Gourmet Glamping in San Juan Islands: Luxury Camping with a Culinary Twist
Seattleites enjoy the outdoors. That’s why we live in the Northwest. So if you love the open air, but camping isn’t your thing, why not try “glamping” – aka glamorous camping? The Lakedale in Three Lakes is offering a glamping weekend, May 14-15, that includes a two-night getaway in a canvas cabin and campfire cooking classes by Chef Joseph Foriska of The Bluff Restaurant · Bar · Terrace at Friday Harbor House. Take over a fort in one of Lakedale’s 13 “glampsites,” a custom-built, 225-square-foot canvas cabin that contains a queen bed with pillow-top bedding, a full-size sleeper sofa or two lounge chairs, pillows and a flannel duvet, a table and four chairs, one cordless lantern, and bath linens. We say WOW! Every glampsite also includes two Adirondack chairs, a picnic table, and a fire ring. Chef Joseph will teach you how to prepare a campfire feast of Westcott Bay Oysters, Apple Cider Marinated Chicken Breast, Marinated New York Strip Steak, Corn skewers, Fingerling Potatoes, Rosemary Salad, Island Green Salad, and Campfire Baked Beans. And, of course, no campfire dinner is complete without a s’mores symposium, where you will learn how to create the perfect s’more. Escape to the San Juan Islands with your significant other or a group of friends, and experience a fantastic getaway.
Wall Street Journal Magazine, March 11, 2010
Back to Nature
The San Juan Islands are renowned for their beauty and wildlife. At Lakedale, an 82-acre resort next to three lakes, you can “couture camp,” by pitching your own tent or rent a 225-square-foot canvas tent with mesh windows, wooden floors, cordless lanterns and down-filled comforters. The general store has espresso, local wines and beers, and “Glamping Survival Kits,” which contain items like folding champagne flutes and marshmallows.
TheProvince.com, February 7, 2010
For as little as…
natter to your heart’s content during a Gossip Girl Getaway package at the Lakedale in San Juan Island, WA, ( 1-360-378-2350, 1-360-378-2350, www.lakedale.com) until March 15. The getaway includes a two-night stay, island-made ice cream, two chick flicks to watch during your stay, two bottles of wine and more.”
Seattle Magazine, January 2010
Olympics Guide: Enjoy the 2010 Winter Olympics without leaving Seattle
This San Juan Island resort is hosting its own Olympic-style competition. Guests can choose to compete for the gold, silver or bronze medals of discounted rates. How to win gold? You need to book a stay less than 24 hours prior to arrival, travel 250 miles or more or stay three or more nights. Go for the gold!
The Olympian, November 29, 2009
About mid-island is Lakedale at Three Lakes. Campsites, upscale canvas cabins, and a 1978 31-foot silver Airstream, complete with lava lamp and safari print fabric, are closed for the winter, but the log cabins, lodge and Lake House are open. We stayed in a well-furnished log cabin with a full kitchen (sans dishwasher), comfy chairs, fireplace, loft and a peaceful ambience. In the lodge, every room but one overlooks the lake.
Ferndale Record-Journal, November 2009
The Lakedale at Three Lakes on the north side of the island is unexpectedly fantastic. The instant Ken and I pulled off Roche Harbor Road and onto the drive-in-the-woods, I was sold on the place. I even made the comment, “Wow, I think I can actually hear pine needles dropping.” Silence. Beautiful, colorful, autumn scented silence.
Born Behind the Scenes, Fall 2009
Every Born [Shoe] collection begins with a vision – an artful interpretation of nature expressed in beautiful, organic designs. Each season our inspiration takes us to uncommon location to capture the essence of our collections amidst nature’s idyllic beauty. Click here to see behind the scenes at Born’s photo shoot on San Juan Island, including Lakedale at Three Lakes.
Examiner.com, August 22 2009
If camping isn’t your brew of choice, here’s a fun alternative: bunking down in a fully restored 1978 Airstream. That’s what Lakedale at Three Lakes on Washington’s San Juan Island has added to its menu of accommodations. The 31-ft. vintage Sovereign Airstream has all the comforts of home, plus the beauty of the island is just steps away.
The Airstream Blog, August 26 2009
Lakedale at Three Lakes, San Juan Island, Washington, has added a new twist to the typical resort. They have now added a vintage 31-foot 1978 Airstream Sovereign which has been provided by Silver Cottages, one of our previous blog features. The Airstream package includes a night for two complete with interior and outdoor furnishings, linens, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, $10 voucher to the General Store for breakfast items, two Lakedale travel mugs, hot cocoa and even a harmonica.
Smart Meetings, August 2009
Silver Cottages partners with local properties and venues to bring their Airstreams permanently on-site. The Lakedale on San Juan Island near Seattle is one property riding the trend, adding a restored 1978, 31-foot Sovereign Airstream from Silver Cottages to their list of group accommodations. The fully equipped trailer is set lakeside with wonderful views, and includes electrical hook-ups if needed.
Sherman’s Travel, Summer 2009
Sherman’s Travel chose Lakedale at Three Lakes as one of the top ten one-of-a-kind camping trips. The survival kits offered by Lakedale have little to do with emergencies. The Happy Hour kit includes folding glasses, a hip flask, a bottler of Happy Camper wine, and a six-pack of beer. Rekindle comes with firewood, fixings for gourmet s’mores, sparkling wine, and collapsible flutes. Guests may enjoy such rations within Lakedale’s newest lodgings: canvas cabins atop wooden platforms, bearing queen-sized beds and a “front porch” with Adirondack chairs.
TravelandLiesure.com, July 2009
One of the latest hotels to offer an Airstream is the Lakedale on San Juan Island, WA. Inspired by all those celebrity Airstream enthusiasts, the resort added a fully restored 31-foot 1978 Airstream Sovereign to its existing roster of canvas cabins, campsites, lodge rooms, and log cabins. Snazzed up with Cuisinart kitchen appliances and Molton Brown bathroom amenities, it includes a private furnished lakeside deck.
RV Life, July 2009
Lakedale at Three Lakes on Washington’s San Juan Island has put a retro twist on the trailer rental concept by acquiring a classic 1978 Sovereign Airstream this year and placing it on a lakefront campsite. Besides its RV campsites, lodge, and log cabins, Lakedale has another option – canvas cabins, which are like oversized tents with a wood frame and floor. They don’t have bathrooms or kitchens, but they do have a queen bed, table and chairs, and a full-size sleeper sofa or two lounge chairs.
MSNBC.com, June 23, 2009
If the idea of glamping it up amid the stunning scenery of San Juan Island in Washington state appeals to you, then give Lakedale a gander. The resort has pet-friendly log cabins, as well as “canvas cabins” stocked with comfortable beds and furniture, cordless lanterns, bath linens and “front porches” with Adirondack chairs, picnic tables and fire rings.
Time.com, June 9, 2009
If you want to commune with nature, say, on a wooded island off the coast of Washington State, but really aren’t sure how to get started, try Lakedale’s pre-packaged camping trip. You’ll get a 7-foot-by-9-foot dome tent that sleeps four, plus two sleeping bags and pillows, a double air mattress, a cooler, two aluminum mess kits, flashlights and folding chairs, plus a voucher to the General Store. You even get to keep all the equipment; all you have to do is set it up.
About.com, June 8, 2009
Lakedale on Washington State’s San Juan Island is offering “Glamping Survival Kits,” a collection of outdoor necessities for the glamorous camper. There are 13 “glampsites” in addition to standard camp sites, log cabins and cozy guestrooms, available for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors without giving up the comforts of home. “Glamping” season at Lakedale runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.
The Globe and Mail, May 2009
In an economy where five-star hotels seem ostentatious, “glamping” is a glowing travel trend. Last year, Lakedale at Three Lakes on San Juan Island added nine camping sites with pillow-top beds, lanterns, and Adirondack chairs on each porch. It is offering Glamping Survival Kits with items such as folding champagne flutes and gourmet marshmallows, taking you outside, but doing it with style!
DogJaunt.com, May 2009
One of our nieces got married this weekend at the Lakedale on San Juan Island, and I hardly had eyes for the bride. What a beautiful place! The 82-acre, 3-lake property includes a variety of lodging options: a 10-room lodge, a 3-bedroom Lake House, six 2-bedroom log cabins, thirteen canvas cabins for lakeside “glamping,” a vintage Airstream trailer, and numerous campsites. Dogs of any size are welcome in the log cabins and in the campsites.
NorthwestWiningandDining.com, May 4, 2009
Here’s a new word to add to your vocabulary: “glamping,” a combination of “glamour” and “camping.” And to kick off “glamping” season in May Lakedale at Three Lakes, nestled between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington State, will offer new “Glamping Survival Kits,” a collection of outdoor necessities for the glamorous camper (“glamper”). Each package was developed to be enjoyed while staying at one of 13 “glampsites,” featuring canvas cabins furnished with a queen bed, full-size sleeper sofa or lounge chairs, bed and bath linens, and beautiful hickory furniture.
Sunset Traveler, April 30, 2009
Last year, Lakedale at Three Lakes added canvas tent cabins. This spring, the sprawling campground added another new and exciting option for non-campers – a 1978 Sovereign Airstream. This 31-foot silver bullet comes complete with a kitchenette, four-burner stove, fridge and even a private bathroom with Molton Brown products!
The Spokesman-Review, April 2009
Lakedale on San Juan Island invites you to glamp. Glamping, a contraction of glamorous and camping, is defined as “couture camping.” Each glampsite at Lakedale features a 225-square-foot canvas cabin featuring a queen bed with pillow-top bedding, a full-size sleeper sofa, a table with four chairs, bath linens and other luxuries. To amp up your glamping experience, Lakedale is offering survival kits, including Rekindle, which comes with a fire starter basket, firewood, gourmet s’mores fixings, and sparkling wine. Other kits include Happy Hour, Epicurean, and Picnic Party Pack.
GlampingGirl.com, February 9, 2009
Lakedale at Three Lakes offers something for everyone. Lakedale has both a wide variety of accommodation options, (such as 10-room lodges, log cabins, canvas cabins, and camping), and a range of various outdoor activities. While camping or glamping at Lakedale, you can hike on its many trails and paths, barbecue, fish, swim, paddle boat, row boat or rent a canoe! With the 82 scenic acres and three spring water lakes that surrounds Lakedale, you are bound to have an amazing experience.
Albuquerque Journal, January 18, 2009
A visit to Lakedale on San Juan Island lends solitude, peace and luxury. During the winter season, you can buy a deluxe room for half the summer price. Lakedale is “an upscale lodge tucked into the forest along a little lake,” aside Friday Harbor, San Juan Island’s quaint island town. Parks, shops, and restaurants are blissfully empty and the Lakedale lodge is the perfect complement to relaxation from a busy lifestyle.
Seattle Times, December 4, 2008
Lakedale is about four miles from Friday Harbor, grouped around several little lakes and includes an upscale lodge, log cabins, canvas cabins, and a campground. Offseason rates vary depending on how busy the lodge is. “Always check the website for specials,” says manager Scott Hale.
Women’s Adventure Magazine, November 1, 2008
Visit Lakedale to experience the newest trend in outdoor camping, glamping. Glamping, otherwise known as glamorous camping, is the best way to experience the great outdoors without battling pesky mosquitoes or stinky old sleeping bags. Lakedale offers accommodations for everyone, from Grandma to your not-so-average tree-hugger best friend. With the options of luxurious log cabins or basic tents, everyone has a pleasant camping experience.
DisneyFamily.com, November 11, 2008
Lakedale at Three Lakes, an DisneyFamily.com editor’s pick, is a great place to bring kids of all ages for your next family vacation. Grab your swim suit, sunscreen, and fishing pole and plan for a fun day filled with swimming, boating and fishing.
Evening Magazine, August 2008
Featured on Evening Magazine’s Great Maggie Getaway series, Lakedale at Three Lakes offers a new type of vacationing known as glamping. This hybrid holiday, also known as glamorous camping, offers the best of both worlds. Eleven canvas cabins dot the shore of the lake at Lakedale. Breakfast is served in the Longhouse and the resort’s 82 acres becomes the kids’ playground.
NW Business Monthly, June 2008
Lakedale on San Juan Island is the ultimate getaway with its remote location, intimacy, and informality. Guests arrive by ferry, float plane, or airplane and can choose to stay in a lodge, cabin, or canvas cabin. The canvas cabins, which are fully furnished 225 sq foot luxurious tents, are part of a new trend known as “glamping,” or glamorous camping. Companies such as REI and Starbucks come to Lakedale for work retreats because it allows employees to kick back and have some fun while getting work done. Some of the many activities at Lakedale include fishing, boating, whale watching, hiking, and biking.
Sunset, May 2008
Located on 82 woodsy acres of San Juan Island, Lakedale blends just the right amount of outdoor camping with a resort-like ambiance. Lakedale’s new canvas cabins display retro lanterns, flannel sheets, beautiful hickory furniture, and a basket of cushy towels. Each canvas cabin’s private fire pit and s’more fixin’s are two of the key ingredients to this luxurious outdoor experience.