If you’re looking for a getaway with a little of this and a little of that, you’ll love everything about San Juan Island: the ferries, the slower pace and the downright other-worldliness of this eclectic island. And if you’re looking for a place to stay with a variety of accommodation options and outdoor activities galore, look no further than Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes. Set on 82 acres, Lakedale blends outdoor camping with resort-like ambiance and is the perfect getaway for Seattle families.

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Real Log Cabins & Lake House
If sleeping in a real log cabin is on your kiddo’s bucket list, Lakedale offers six spacious log cabins that combine the comforts of home with outdoorsy extras like outdoor cooking grills, picnic tables and campfire pits. Set in a peaceful forest of fir trees, each cabin comes with two bedrooms and two full baths, a full kitchen, dining nook, gas fireplace and cedar deck. You won’t find satellite TV in the cabins, but you will find a VHS and DVD player and plenty of free movie rentals in the lobby of the hotel. The log cabins are pet-friendly (there is a one-time canine fee of $35/puppy per stay with a maximum of two dogs per cabin), so plan on bringing your favorite four-legged pooch on this weekend getaway. Each cabin comfortable sleeps up to six people and includes access to the property’s hot tub (located between cabins 3 and 4).

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If you’re looking for a larger cabin that can accommodate your family and a few of your closest friends, the resort’s Lake House comfortably fits up to 10 people and features three bedrooms (each with one queen bed), a loft with a futon that sleeps two, a sleeper sofa and bathrooms with jetted tubs. In addition to a wood burning fireplace, the Lake House also features a full-service kitchen, dining room and DVD player as well as an outside fire pit and large cedar deck overlooking the lake. Like the cabins, the Lake House is pet-friendly and does requires a two-night minimum stay May 1 through Sept. 30.

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Camping and Glamping and an Airstream. Oh my!
If pitching a tent and becoming one with nature is what your family prefers, the Lakedale Campground is open May 1 through September 30 and offers a variety of campsites. From classic campsites designed to accommodate two tents and up to four people, to lakeside campsites which are located next to one of the three lakes, to family campsites that can accommodate 4-6 tents and up to 16 people, Lakedale has a campsite to fit every family’s camping style.

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For families who love being outdoors, but can’t fathom the thought of pitching a tent with little ones in tow, Lakedale offers an upscale camping experience in their custom-built canvas cabins. Each 225-square-foot canvas cabin features one queen bed with pillow-top bedding, a table and four chairs, a cordless lantern, bath linens and a full-size futon. As an added bonus, families who choose to glamp in these custom cabins will receive the resort’s Toasty Toes turndown service which includes two fleece-covered hot water bottles delivered nightly. All 16 glampsites at Lakedale’s glampground also feature a front porch with four chairs, a picnic table with umbrella and fire ring perfect for toasting marshmallows or roasting dogs. There is no electricity, internet service or running water in the glampground, but the shower facilities are just a short walk away and complimentary wireless internet is available at the General Store. An added perk: canvas cabin guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the Mess Tent each morning of their stay.

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If you want a dose of retro with your camping experience, book a few nights in the resort’s Airstream trailer. The 1978 Excella is located on a premier lakefront campsite and is available to rent May 1 through September 30. The Airstream comes with a double bed, bath linens, kitchenette with cooktop, refrigerator and microwave as well as a dinette table with an extended sofa that converts into a bed, a private bathroom and LED lighting throughout. And like the glamping sites, families who stay in the Airstream will receive a complimentary breakfast in the Mess Tent and wireless service at the General Store.

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Lakeside Lodge & Hotel
If a babymoon or parents-only getaway is on the horizon, the Lakeside Lodge offers a stunning great room, cozy fireplace and beautiful views overlooking Neva Lake. Choose from four distinct hotel guest rooms including luxurious lake view rooms, deluxe rooms with lake views or two-room suites with woodland views. Each room comes with a gas fireplace, a deck or balcony, jetted tubs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Hotel guests will also receive complimentary breakfast and afternoon treats as well as access to the hot tub located near the cabins. And since hotel guests need to be 16 and older, you’re guaranteed a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere with your stay.

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Outdoor Activities
Since this resort is surrounded by 82 scenic acres, keeping your crew happy and entertained is going to be easy. In addition to the many hiking trails and paths around the property, Lakedale offers its guests a range of outdoor activities. Play a game of chess with their giant chess set or a challenge your kids to game of ping pong, bocce ball, horseshoes or even life-size Jenga. The three fresh spring water lakes offer three swimming areas, boat rentals (think paddle boats, tow boats, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and canoes) as well as fishing for wide-mouth bass and trout in their well-stocked lakes (Lakedale fishing permit required). During the summer months, you can tie-dye t-shirts (a Lakedale tradition), paint your own birdhouse, create jewelry or take a campfire cooking class. Just stop by the General Store to check out the summer activity schedule and find new and exciting daily happenings.

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Exploring the Island
While on San Juan Island, you will definitely want to explore the island’s eclectic offerings. In the bustling harbor town of Friday Harbor, you will find an assortment of restaurants, shops, and cafes as well as the popular Whale Museum, movie theater, farmers market (on Saturday), art galleries and whale watching excursions. Located on the northwest end of island is where you will find the tiny village of Roche Harbor. This popular tourist destination is home to the historic Hotel de Haro and is where you can dine at the outdoor restaurants or enjoy an evening flag ceremony (complete with cannon salute and recorded U.S., British and Canadian national songs), the artist kiosks in the village center and the vessels in Roche Harbor marina. If you want to sneak in a history lesson, visit the national parks of English and American Camps and learn the tale of the infamous Pig War of 1859. Or stop by the island’s lavender farm and purchase botanical, culinary or household care products and visit with more than 70 alpacas at the Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm.

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Good to Know
1. Cell service on San Juan Island is spotty. To find the best reception, you will need to head towards Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor. Lakedale Resort does not have cell service, but the log cabins, Lake House, Lodge and General Store offer wireless internet and landlines.

2. While staying at Lakedale, the General Store, open daily June 1 through Labor Day, is your go-to spot for souvenir items, espresso drinks, freshly made sandwiches, salads and other treats as well as grocery items, camping and fishing gear (including bait) and everything else you forgot to pack.

3. During the summer months, Lakedale offers a variety of packages and specials including a Picnic Pantry which allows you to stay and play and leave the cooking up to Lakedale.

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4. Reservations do fill up during the summer months, so it’s best to book online or call ahead.  Campsite and RV Site reservations can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to arrival date. All other reservations can be cancelled 14 days prior to arrival date. All cancellations are subject to a $15 cancellation fee.

Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes
4313 Roche Harbor Rd.
Friday Harbor, Wa 98250
360-378-2350 or 800-617-2267
Online: lakedale.com

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— Kristina Moy