The Lakedale Resort is absolutely enchanting. Tucked away on scenic San Juan Island (which is only accessible by ferry), this 82 acre-property boasts multiple types of lodging (including camping), three spring lakes, boats and bikes for exploring, a general store, and what feels like endless trails to walk while you soak it all in. Things on San Juan Island move at a slower pace (in such a wonderful way). The resort is abuzz with families and activities in the perfect Pacific Northwest summer, but fall is here is just magnificent (and in my opinion, is the best time to visit).
We stayed in a log cabin (which was dog-friendly and oh-so-lovely). Other accommodation choices include yurts, glamping, a lake house, the lodge, RV sites, and camping. See all the options here! If you’re headed here during peak season, you’ll need reservations well in advance, so book accordingly. And don’t forget to make a reservation for the ferry to and from San Juan Island; you can find that schedule here.
We spent most of our time exploring the grounds and sipping coffee (in the mornings) and wine (in the evenings) on the deck overlooking the lake. On our first night we had a Dungeness crab + champagne feast which I highly recommend. There is a darling seafood market on the docks of Friday Harbor where the ferry arrives (literally called Sea food market) where you can pick some up on the island. We got ours at Black Rock Seafood in Anacortes before we hopped on the ferry (along with some delicious salmon pâté).
The beautiful 82-acre property could entertain for days (oh hell, weeks) on end. Early morning walks with our pup, Shiso, were positively delightful. We had an absolute blast taking out one of the rowboats as well (complimentary to guests) and we brought him along for that, too.
Other Island Highlights
While we didn’t spend a lot of time off the resort, we did enjoy a few meals, some shopping, and sightseeing in Friday Harbor.
Walk the docks of beautiful Friday Harbor for stunning views and incredible photo ops! Take in the boats, seaplanes, and serene suroundings.
Having a meal at Downriggers is a must (we ate here twice in our much too short-lived visit). The fish tacos and fish and chips were to-die-for as was the (not pictured here) clam chowder. Views are also spectacular. If the weather is nice, take advantage of their patio overlooking the water.
Coho Restaurant is the place for a coursed meal on San Juan Island. Sustainable, farm-to-table fare, and a seasonal menu make this a wonderful dining experience.
The Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse at Lime Kiln State Park is a must-visit. This scenic setting sits on a rocky bluff and is considered one of the best whale-watching spots in the world.
Cheers to another fantastically relaxing (and delicious!) trip to San Juan Island. Thank you for being the perfect place to unwind, Lakedale!