Monday, August 29, 2011

San Juan Island Weddings!

Growing up in Seattle I spent summers camping in the San Juan Islands, and this summer when visiting San Juan Island to scout out wedding and event venues I got to experience camping in a whole new world. If you haven't heard the term "glamping" then I suggest you pack your bags and head off to Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island for a glamorous version of camping. To me camping usually involves a carload of coolers, sleeping bags, flashlights, a tent, dishware and all the supplies to live outside for a weekend. Yet when I visited Lakedale Resort I arrived with my overnight bag and a few extra essentials and the rest was waiting for me at my campsite. The canvas cabin I stayed in featured a queen size bed, both indoor and outdoor table and chairs, lanterns, bath linens and a continental breakfast right outside my cabin. In addition to the standard canvas cabin guests can choose to stay in the canvas cottage (pictured above) which has it's own bathroom and electricity; a very popular location for honeymooners! Lakedale Resort offers locations for weddings and events throughout the property and at the main lodge. The property also includes three lakes which are ideal for fishing, non-motorized sports and swimming. I took the opportunity to spend an afternoon touring the lakes on a paddle boat which gave me a chance to see all the surrounding beauty. With so many lodging options and activities onsite it truly is a destination location that your guests will enjoy!

Roche Harbor Resort
While on the island I took a tour of Roche Harbor Resort which is another spectacular location for weddings and events! Located in the heart of Roche Harbor there really is nothing like it. Guests can enjoy shopping, a stroll through the marina and activities including kayaking, swimming, tennis and whale watching. Or the opportunity to enjoy the ocean view from your hotel window. Roche Harbor offers a number of locations for your wedding from the sunken garden to the pavilion and courtyard. With onsite catering and amenities, the resort prides itself in being able to cater to almost all of your destination needs! Truly a destination location well worth traveling to! While visiting Roche Harbor Resort, I enjoyed a sunset dinner on the deck overlooking the marina at Madrona Bar & Grill, one of Rocher Harbor Resorts dining locations. The perfect way to end a day on San Juan Island!

San Juan Vineyards
Before boarding the ferry back home I made a stop at San Juan Vineyards which has become a must for see location for travelers on the Islands. San Juan Vineyards is located near Friday Harbor and is another great location for a wedding or event. With fields of grapes as your backdrop, San Juan Vineyards features a small chapel, a covered pavilion and wine made from grapes grown on the property!

San Juan Island really does have a venue for every wish. From a lakeside ceremony to an ocean front reception or a romantic vineyard setting, your guests will truly have a weekend to remember!

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