Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes
What We Love
- Tons of outdoor activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, volleyball and more
- Return to summer camp with birdhouse-making classes, tie-dye parties and an afternoon sundae bar
- Log cabins provide a getaway from the getaway, with cedar furnishings and plenty of cozy amenities
What To Know
- No on-site restaurant, and the town of Friday Harbor is a 15-minute drive away
- Travel to San Juan Island requires taking a ferry that doesn’t take reservations and can have a three-to-four-hour wait during summer. First boat and midday are the best times to travel
- Children 15 and under are not permitted in the Deluxe Lodge Rooms
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Modern rustic. Think exposed timber cabins layered with Hudson Bay blankets, sculpted iron lamps and knotty pine bedframes. The Lake House features an open floor plan with blond hardwood floors, a full covered porch and windows that fill the top half of the A-frame roof.
Bed & Bath
Lodge bedrooms have high wood plank ceilings and large fireplaces. All rooms have either patios or decks with rocking chairs for taking in the lake or woodland views. Spacious bathrooms have stone floors and jetted deep soaking tubs framed in cedar. Families and guests who want more privacy can choose between the six two-bedroom log cabins, which have full kitchens, dining nooks and large decks, or the three-bedroom Lake House, which has a sleeping loft, a wood-burning fireplace, a full kitchen, a dining room and an outdoor firepit.
The San Juan Islands sit in the area’s coveted “rain shadow,” so guests often have blue skies when the mainland is cloudy. It’s ideal weather for relaxing on the deck overlooking Neva Lake, one of three lakes on the property, or for romping about on foot or bicycle. You won’t find a spa or restaurant on-site, though Friday Harbor, the largest village in the San Juan Islands, offers a variety of excellent options.
In the Area
The San Juans offer the perfect Pacific Northwest escape: think cedar forests, rocky tide pools and orca pods. If you wish to “go deep,” Friday Harbor provides plenty of kayaking, whale-watching and salmon-fishing outfitters. The Whale Museum and Friday Harbor Laboratories offer further insights into the archipelago’s ecological diversity. Most restaurants offer Northwest island fare, such as grilled cedar plank salmon, Dungeness crab salads and sumptuous seafood chowders. The Bluff and Coho restaurants stand out for dinner, Market Chef for lunch and Bakery San Juan for warm treats in between.
How to Get There
I had a great time glamping in the gorgeous canvas cabins on the lake with six life-long friends. This was my second visit to this beautiful property that has something for everyone. Every member of the staff we encountered was so friendly and helpful; the food in the breakfast mess hall was great; and the cabins had everything you need for a cozy stay from the "Toasty Toes" water bottles in your bed at night, to the warm robes and romantic fireplaces. We got a preview of the new high-end yurts which are bound to be very popular. Can't wait to come back for another visit!
Just spent 3 nights at Lakedale glamping in a canvas cottage. What a wonderful experience! The tent/cabins were a perfect combination of the camping experience without "roughing" it. Super clean and updated. We were able to get some supplies and rent boat trikes from the general store. The staff was amazing. They went above and beyond to make our stay special.
This was our first time here, and we rented two cabins. The cabins are VERY cute and well appointed- extra blankets, board games and a stocked kitchen. The place was really clean as well.
We played in the lake one day but be aware- they closed everything down by 4PM, so you had to get out there by 2:30 or so otherwise you can’t rent the boats or trikes. However, the water trikes and boats were all really clean and worked well. The lake is clean too. We didn’t see any fish jumping and we did see a few people fishing, but didn’t see them catching anything.
A couple odd things- they have a big deck overlooking the lake but it is ONLY for those guests staying in the lodge. So for the majority of people at the resort in cabins, yurts, tents, etc, this is off-limits to you. Also, they have a restaurant in the Lodge but it is only for Lodge guests, even purchasing food. Lastly, when we checked in, the check-in Time was 4PM, and their front desk closed at 5PM. We asked if we could come early (per the advice of another staff member when we called a while ago) as we were checking in on a Thursday, but were not allowed to come any earlier.
However, the property is really beautiful and there was a lot to do, so we would absolutely come and stay again. No hesitation!
We picked a perfect shoulder season date for our long weekend on San Juan Island. Resort is really nice, staff are great. Dallas at the front desk was very helpful. We thought about glamping but decided it was too early in the season. We had room #3 in the lodge. Beautiful room. comfortable bed, huge bathroom. The only complaint was the people above us talked really loud late into the night. The policy is quiet time after 8pm so not the resorts fault. Breakfast included but we were out early so did not partake.
Lakedale is the perfect getaway location. Even the beautiful ferry ride out is worth the trip. San Juan is the main island of the San Juans, but it is not the biggest. I was fortunate enough to realize a bucket list item of true Glamping. The canvas tent, a view of the lake, and a very comfortable bed. Ok, so hang with me here, this is going to be kind of long. There are some things you should know to help you get the most of your stay.
If you are Glamping...yes it is comfy, there is a bed (and some have a shower/bathroom), but y ou are still camping; Glamorous + Camping equals Glamping. You are in the pine trees on a beautiful island surrounded by 3 lakes. You are at a resort. You are still camping. I can't stress this enough. If you do not like pine needles in your bed, or around your camp, the cold (it can get chilly) or cooking over a campfire/campstove. Stay in the lodge or one of the cabins.
There are many different experiences available at this resort. There is good hike in bike camping, there is good old fashioned tent camping, there is RV camping, there is Glamping, there are is resort living: cabins and the lodge.
The staff at this resort will do everything in their power to make sure that your stay is the best possible. But there are limits to what they can do. They can't control the bugs (it's camping), while in the Glamping areas, they will come sweep the pine needles off the crushed rock entrance pad to every site, remove every ounce of sticks and pieces of garbage they possibly can....this is the NW, there will still be pine needles.
If you are Glamping, they will bring you Toastie Toes, this is a hot water bottle wrapped in a wonderful wrap that can be placed in your, very comfortable bed to get your sheets warm, and as advertised, keep your toes toasty.
There is quiet time for a reason, and they are strict about it. You may feel like you are being quiet, but because of where some of the campsites sit, the lakes act like ampliphiers. I was in Canvas cabin up on the hill across the lake from the lodge, and I could very clearly hear a family that was playing chess down by lodge on the life size chess board. It was like they were right outside my tent. When I went to use the port a potty (yes, there are some water flush facilities, but the port a pottys are more plentiful, and often closer...we are camping folks), 2 steps down the path, I couldn't hear them at all. It is kind of a luck of the draw on where you sit, as to the accoustics. You may be asked to be quiet, and all you are doing is talking in reasonable tones, but again, the echo effect in another area seems like you are partying on their doorstep. So be patient with the staff, they are just doing their job and trying to enforce the rules for maximum benefit of all of the guests. they have no control over the accoustics.
If you are in the camping area (not the lodges or cabins) they have one restroom building. Flushable toilets/showers. The showers require shower tokens that are purchased in the store. Only buy what you need, they do take returns or issue refunds. This is clearly outlined, and the staff will warn you if they think you are getting too many. During the height of the busy season when they are full, if there are too many teenage girls, the facility can be occupied most of the time.
The store is where you do everything unless you are staying in the lodge or the cabins.
You will check in here, you will get all of your information here, rentals for the boats etc. all done here. They have quick snacks, just about everything you could need for last minute, you forgot it kind of things, and a charging station for your electronics.
If you bring your own watercraft you will not be allowed to use it on any of their lakes. This may seem ridiculous to you, and it is not about greed. It is about maintaining a very delicate eco system on their fresh water lakes surrounded by salt water. There rental prices are extremely reasonable, and again their staff is there to assist you in any way they can.
I can go on and on about this resort. It is wonderful. Yes, it is pricey, and you are on an island, and resources are limited. Remember that ferry ride you took? Everything on that island had to take the same ferry ride. Friday harbor is delightful, and there are many wonderful trails, and parks and adventure companies to make this a must see destination.
My time spent at Lakedale are still some of my happiest memories, and the Glamping experience was everything I had hoped it would be.
Here are a couple of other things to be aware of. Wi fi/cell service: sketchy. Also, you are closer to Canada than the continental US here, so be sure to check your roaming on your cell device, and make sure that it is not picking up "international" roaming. When I was there one of the staff warned me about it, and I was grateful, and then when we were out to eat we struck up a conversation with someone who got raked over the coals for it and were warning us about it. So, be warned.
So, unplug, relax, and enjoy all that Lakedale, and San Juan island has to offer.