San Juan Island


Sunset Magazine wrote an article (in the new May issue) about luxury adventure tent camping on San Juan Island here in Washington.

I didn’t know they offered those right here in my own backyard so immediately, I went online to reserve a luxury canvas cabin for our summer vacation.

The ferry lets you off at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island and you go to this great camp site called

Lakedale Resort

They also have log cabins, regular tent camping, and a hotel style lodge.  If you want to bring your dog you can stay in a log cabin so we ended up booking that option.

The island is glorious with 3 fresh water lakes nestled in the middle of Puget Sound. The resort offers, hiking, fishing, swimming , paddle boats, row boats, and canoe rentals plus a bunch of other fun activities including games and crafts.


While there, we’ll cruise over for Whale watching which is one of the most popular pastimes in the San Juans. Resident killer whales (orcas) play in the waters off the west side (Lime Kiln) of San Juan Island providing a fulfilling experience for visitors watching from the shoreline or a boat.

Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan hosts the only whale watching park in the world. More than 100,000 people visit the site each year in hopes of catching a glimpse of the orcas,

There are three whale families that can be found right near the islands each summer. Their families are called pods and range in size from 17 whales in K-pod to more than 50 in L-pod.

Roche Harbor

Located on the north end of this island is Roche Harbor. My daughter boated there with some friends a couple summers ago and she really had the time of her life. It will be fun to check it out as a family this summer.


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2 Responses to San Juan Island

  1. Amy says:

    Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog while Googling this very resort! I too read the article in Sunset Magazine while standing in line at the grocery store and fell in love with the idea of “glamping”. My husband and I vacationed on San Juan Island for our 1 year anniversary and thought it would be nice to go back again this year for our anniversary in August. I would love to hear what you thought of the resort and any feedback you may have. It looks very lovely and I hope you have a wonderful time with your family this summer!

    P.S. I highly recommend renting mopeds to tour the island! Also, a visit to the lavender farms and gift shop is a must! It is one of my most treasured memories!

    • FreeBeeMom says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! What a great idea to visit the lavender farms, I wouldn’t of thought of that. I’m going to map it out now. Best wishes to you and happy Anniversary in August!

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