A long weekend at Lakedale Resort
Have you ever wanted to get away from the crowds and enjoy nature without having to pitch a tent or hike up a mountain? Do you ever reflect on those long Summer days of childhood and wish you could recreate them for a moment or two? How does it sound to visit a place where your children can run free and the only decision you need to make is whether to have one or three s'mores? Do you like to wake up to the sound of birds chirping without spending the night sleeping on the ground? How does it sound to spend the entire day outside paddling around the lake, playing a gigantic game of chess and trying your hand to tie dying? And spend your evening counting the stars as they make their appearance in the night sky and chatting the night away until the last ember in the fires goes dim? In a little over three and a half hours from Seattle (or one hour if you fly) there exists such a place where all of these things are possible and it is called Lakedale Resort.
One of the most unique things about Lakedale Resort is the wide array of options when it comes to accommodations. You can stay in a traditional campground, a canvas tent, a canvas cottage with running water and electricity, an airstream, a lodge room or a log cabin. At Lakedale Resort there is truly something for everyone!
For our second year in a row we came to Lakedale Resort for a weekend of glamping and to get away from it all. As soon as we entered the property we felt happy to be back and excited to start our adventure. There is something inherently exciting about visiting a new place, but there is something centering about returning to a familiar place. We had been anticipating this weekend for months because it was the first time we had left our son overnight in well over five months. When you start to feel anxious about leaving your child it is a good reminder you have waited too long to getaway. The weekend was everything I hoped it would be, restorative and restful yet jam packed and adventurous. I am not one to sit still for long, so we managed to tour around the island on a moped, participate in a sunset kayak tour, go whale watching on a high speed adventure boat, have my first s'more of the season and eat one of my favorite salads twice over the weekend.
Of all the canvas cottages #6 is our favorite. It is on the very end and has a big wrap around deck over the lake. It is their ADA accessible tent so the shower basin is larger, but other than that it is the same as the others.
A simple breakfast is served each morning in the mess tent, but I prefer to bring my breakfast to the picnic table at our camp site.
From towels, shampoo and pillows to a duvet cover, blankets and toilet paper. Everything you need to be comfortable during your stay is provided just as if you were staying in a hotel room. But instead of walking up to housekeeping or noisy neighbors you get to wake up to the sun beaming down on your tent and birds chirping in the background.
Each night they deliver an insulated bag to your tent with two hot water bottles in it. They refer to it as "Toasty Toes" and it is a real highlight of staying here. In the Winter I have never thought of putting a water bottle at the foot of my bed to warm it. Brilliant!
We were spoiled with a weekend of endless sunshine and epic weather. Being able to wear shorts is real novelty in Washington, so each day we are able to do so we consider ourselves fortunate. The sunshine woke us up early each day and allowed us to jam pack the day with activity. Although we missed our little guy a ton, there was something so freeing about not having to worry about naps and meal times. Not slowing down for lunch or eating a late dinner seemed like such a treat!
The real highlight of the weekend was being able to reconnect with this guy. After having been married for awhile it is not always easy to carve out quality time for each other. In the midst of busy schedules, work demands, church commitments etc. reserving a weekend to just have fun, laugh and be together was priceless.
There were pedal boats, kayaks, canoes and a bike trike to rent on one of their two lakes.
In the arts and crafts tent there is tie dye.
The lodge at Lakedale Resort.
Plenty of beautiful spots to curl up and read a book or write in your journal.
Over Labor Day weekend Lakedale Resort will be hosting their very first ever music festival featuring Brian Novel. This event is a benefit weekend for the music programs of the Friday Harbor Middle and High School music programs.
This post was sponsored by Lakedale Resort. All opinions stated here are my own and I was under no obligation to write anything other than my personal experience. I will never write about anything I did not enjoy or find to be a valuable experience.