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.
- 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
- Lakedale Resort At Three Lakes Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, San Juan Islands