Go glamping at Lakedale Resort

Posted By Allison on Jul 15, 2015

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Glamping is a hot trend in family vacations right now. My family tried it for the first time a few weeks ago during our trip to the wild and beautiful San Juan Islands in Washington State. We stayed at Lakedale Resort – a fun, family-oriented resort just a few minutes’ drive from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

My kids loved glamping at Lakedale Resort. Will it be right for your family? Read on.

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What is glamping?

Glamping is “glamorous camping.” It’s a compromise for those of us who love the outdoors, but don’t love traditional camping. Glamping is also a good alternative if you are traveling to a remote destination like the San Juan Islands where it may not be practical to bring all your camping gear with you.

At Lakedale Resort, you have a variety options to fit your needs:

  • traditional tent and RV sites
  • Airstream trailer
  • canvas cabins
  • canvas cottage, with private bathroom
  • log cabins
  • lodge – a quiet oasis reserved for guests ages 16 and older

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We stayed in one of the canvas cabins, which allowed us to pack for a hotel and sleep in comfort, but enjoy the things I love most about camping. Our canvas cabin had a queen size bed and futon – just enough space for our family of four. All bedding is provided, and since summer nights can be chilly in the San Juan Islands, hot water bottles will be delivered to your tent each evening. It was warm on the night we were there, so we didn’t need them.

Other than the comfortable sleeping arrangements, our glamping experience reminded me a lot of traditional camping. We had a camp fire in front, surrounded by chairs and a picnic table where we roasted s’mores with supplies from the general store. We were surrounded by the pleasant sights, sounds and smells of nature. There were several other canvas cabins near ours, but only a few were occupied and it was very quiet on the night we were there.

Another thing that reminded me of traditional camping was the communal bathrooms, which were clean and modern. Fresh water is scarce on the San Juan Islands, so we received two shower tokens (5 minutes each) per person per night. The bathrooms are not very far from the canvas cabins, but the walk feels long in the middle of the night. If that is a concern, you may want to consider a canvas cottage or log cabin, which have private bathrooms.

Breakfast in the mess tent is included with the canvas cabins. It is served buffet style and includes pancakes, hot and cold cereals, bagels, muffins, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit and more.

Resort Review: Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island, Washington | tipsforfamilytrips.com

Water Play

Lakedale Resort is surrounded by three lakes, which practically makes it an island. Guests can swim, boat or fish in the lakes. You can rent kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, paddle boats or row boats. The best swimming area is shown in the photo above. The shallow roped-off area is good for young children, while the floating dock farther out is fun for more confident swimmers.

The lakes are stocked with fish, and you can bring your own gear or rent it from the Lakedale general store. No fishing license is required, but you will need to pay a $5 per day fishing fee to the resort.

Resort Review: Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island, Washington | tipsforfamilytrips.com

Family Activities

Lakedale Resort makes a good base for all your adventures in the San Juan Islands. However, Lakedale Resort offers so many fun family activities, you’ll want to save time just to relax and play at the resort. My family spent a free morning playing giant chess, ping-pong, Jenga and other lawn games at Lakedale. I’m not much of a chess player, so I wasn’t too surprised when my 8-year-old bested me in a game.

Lakedale Resort also provides supervised craft project for kids during the day. Projects cost about $10-$15 each and there are some fun ones to choose from, including tie dyed Lakedale tees, birdhouse painting and make-your-own stuffed animal (like Build-a-Bear).

Resort Review: Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island, Washington | tipsforfamilytrips.com

Reunions and Events

Lakedale Resort loves groups! The resort is large enough to accommodate the diverse needs of everyone in your group, but small enough that nobody can get lost for long. Lakedale Resort has a lovely outdoor special event space surrounded by the lakes and forests of San Juan Island, reserved especially for family reunions, weddings and other large events.

Website: www.lakedaleresort.com

Disclosure: My family was hosted by Lakedale Resort for the purpose of review. We received no additional compensation and all opinions are my own.

Resort Review: Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island, Washington | tipsforfamilytrips.com

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Hi there! I am the founder of Tips for Family Trips. I am a married mom of two children, ages 10 and 12, living near Salt Lake City, Utah. We took our first child on a two-week road trip when she was four weeks old and we have been traveling as a family ever since. We love to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in our own neighborhood.


  1. My daughter might have a hard time with 5 minute showers (god help us when she becomes a teenager) but this looks so fun and comfortable.

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    • It’s more like 10 minutes because you get 2 tokens per day. And you can buy more or try one of the accommodations with a private bathroom.

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  2. I love how they offer so many options at Lakedale Resort. This looks like a great place to kick back with your family – especially when you don’t need your own boat.

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  3. Glamping is definitely my style of camping and I love that there are several accommodation options at this resort! Sounds like there are lots of fun family-friendly activities too!!

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  4. What a cool looking destination with a lot of options. I think we’d go for the canvas cabin as well. My daughter would LOVE the craft projects.

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    • It really is a cool place! I hope you get to visit before too long.

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