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“A Campground by Another Name”

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Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 August 2008

For those in search of the rugged woodsy experience of the Great NW outdoors, Lakedale suits the bill -- as well and better as any other private campground vying to serve the wilderness recreation crowd. Nice lakes, clean well kept grounds, adequate facilities. A group of small and equally well-kept cabins serve to extend that campground experience to the indoors, a notch just above the primitive and "luxury" tent-cabins Lakedale offers. All in all, a well-managed example of the type of wilderness-style cabin and camping experience common throughout the island and mountain region North and West of Seattle.

On the other hand, a "resort" as in "luxury, executive, or destination location" it is not. Dining, spa, exercise (other than camp-derived canoeing, fishing, and biking), entertainment, and leisure facilities do not exist. A very beautiful and perfectly well-kept lodge (shown on the resort's website) is there, begging for enhancement, but like other NW accomodations (and other wilderness, fishing, and camping areas throughout the US), Lakedale seems intent on servicing its proven, outdoor recreation clientele.

Given the peace, tranquility, and stunning beauty of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Peninsula, these local outfitter inclinations are unfortunate -- as if luxury and rugged outdoor experience are somehow incongruent, a myth long ago dispelled. The extensive presence of local yachts and sails from Seattle and nearby Canada here in the San Juans reflects that. But this penetration hasn't extended much beyond the shoreline, leaving local dining, entertainment, and even typical resort town shopping experiences to go wanting.

For the luxury visit, the Rosario on Orcas Island deserves inspection. There are small spa hotels on the islands, but these are located in small marina towns on the islands. Likewise for the Olympic Peninsula, the Quinault Lodge deserves attention, but otherwise luxury lodging is absent. Unfortunately, the Great Pacific Northwest is still awaiting the first, true offering of luxury resort living and the related benefits that come with the creation of such a location.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2008

We spent two nights "glamping" in the canvas tent section of the campground resort over the Fourth of July. Such fun! It was a perfect mix of true camping and yet having all the bedding, portable lamp, and fire pit all taken care of. (Especially since we had flown in from California and couldn't possibly bring all the usual camping equipment.) The location is just pristine greenery with birds and fish - the quintessential family camping experience. I highly recommend it, but don't bother with the upgrade. (Ugly overpriced ponchos.)

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank travelsavvy09
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Reviewed 24 June 2008

Despite being from Seattle, only 3 hours away, this was our first visit to San Juan Island. I booked the Lakedale Resort because the website made it look so serene and picturesque. Well, the website didn't mislead: the resort is as terrific as it looks! We rented a cabin, which was rather pricey, but the floorplan was just what a family needs. We have two teenagers and they had the bedroom, while my husband and I had the loft bedroom + bath. The kitchen was great for all our meals and we cooked out every night on the BBQ. We truly took advantage of the resorts' ammenities: sitting out on the lodge deck to read, playing chess in the lodge lobby, viewing the free movies, hiking the property and enjoying the cabin. The grounds are so well maintained and since our Cabin (#3) was right next to the hot-tub gazebo, we took advantage of that too! Even the little General Store on-site was nice. You can rent fishing gear and a canoe (one thing we didn't do) and we saw people catching trout right outside their cabin. My photos of the stay are even beautiful. :) NOTE TO THOSE MAKING A RESERVATION DIRECTLY WITH THE RESORT: Ask for the AAA rate if you are a member. I am a member but didn't know that they had a special rate and they didn't offer it to me when I made the reservation. I could have saved a little money and I was disappointed that they wouldn't give me the AAA rate when I went to check-out. It was my fault but it would have been nice if they had offered it to me either when I made the reservation or when I checked out. Live and learn....

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank CaseyBoo
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Reviewed 23 May 2008

The Lakedale Resort is an absolutely beautiful place. It sits in the middle of San Juan Island on a peaceful lake. There is a large outdoor porch and a nice lobby. Its location is convenient for getting to both sides of the island and all the various sights and things to do on the water.
This is a great spot for getting away from it all, but is close to lots of outdoor activities.
San Juan Island is a great place for nature lovers. You can book a whale watch to see Orca whales or rent a kayak and try to find them on your own. The scenic beauty is breathtaking and there are lots of hiking and walking trails. After all this activity, the Lakedale Resort is wonderful to return to and relax. Lime Kiln State Park and the British and American Camps on the Island are great places to visit.
The restaurants there make a point of using fresh and locally grown ingredients. We had wonderful meals at the Duck Soup Inn and The Place, as well as Steps Wine Bar.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2008

My husband found this place. It was our first time on San Juan Island and what a treat. The room was beautiful and looked out over the lake. I think we were the only ones who used the deck. Not sure why! It was great. Lakedale is still close to town but far enough out that you feel like you're in a hidden away lodge. Very comfortable. The jetted tub was so soothing. The staff was a mix-all friendly. We never saw the same person twice. A couple of them were very very friendly and happy and helpful and the others were friendly enough but seemed to want to be somewhere else. That certainly didn't affect our stay. We loved it and will go back again as soon as possible. We've always stayed on Orcas, but will come back to San Juan Island again, for sure. This is an excellent place to stay, especially if you can get in on a special. Thin walls (as you'd expect from anywhere these days) and a small bed, these are the only less-than-perfect aspects of the place that we could see. Go there!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank WolfTravelers
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Reviewed 18 March 2008

The cabins were cute with a nice fireplace. The downstairs bathroom was cold, not a big deal but we did have a mouse in our cabin. I was worried about the mouse because of fear of hantavirus and other disease around the kids. Maybe I'm paranoid but the fresh droppings every morning were creepy. It was the off season so the desk shut down at 5p.m. and they would forget to bring us coffee for the next day/towels. There is no resteraunt or nearby store for coffee or breakfast and we felt forgotten by staff. Tried the hottub but it was too dirty to go in. Maybe it is better there in the summer but I don't think we'll go back to find out.

Stayed: March 2008
3  Thank nomiceplease
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Reviewed 21 February 2008

Rented a cabin for a family of four for two nights while attending a wedding in Friday Harbor. Arrived late and keys were waiting for us. Cabin was rustic and very attractive. Kitchen was well equipped. Breakfast for first morning was in refrigerator. The cabins are in a beautiful setting. The resort is close to town.

The only problem was related to heating. The entire cabin is heated by the gas fireplace in the living room. That was fine for the living room, kitchen and upstairs bedroom. The downstairs bathroom had no heat and remained very cold all the time. The downstairs bedroom had a separate electric heater built into the wall. Every time it cycled on, it made a loud rattling noise which made sleeping in that room difficult. I notified the front desk about the problem the first morning of our stay but they did not fix it. So two of us did not sleep well for two nights.

  • Stayed: January 2008
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Address: 4313 Roche Harbor Rd, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9754
Region: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > San Juan Island > Friday Harbor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Friday Harbor
Price Range: £146 - £247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes 3*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On 82-acres, with three spring water lakes, Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes is an ideal San Juan Island getaway. Easily accessible by ferry or floatplane from Seattle, Lakedale Resort is nestled between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and a breath of fresh air – literally.Lakedale Resort features a variety of accommodation options, including a 10-room lodge, real log cabins, canvas cabins for a fabulous glamping experience, and camping. Lakedale Resort near Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor is also a great destination for teambuilding, meetings, and retreats, providing you with an inspirational setting to achieve your goals. Your group will enjoy the many activities that Lakedale has to offer including swimming, fishing, and canoeing on one of our three lakes. Or imagine taking over the lodge for your wedding and having your ceremony overlooking Fish Hook Lake! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lakedale Resort At Three Lakes Hotel Friday Harbor
Lakedale Resort At 3 Lakes
Lakedale Hotel San Juan Island
Lakedale Resort San Juan Island
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