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San Juan Island, WA
Photo by Erwin Araos

Coastal getaways: San Juan Island, WA

Back to the wild

A quick, calming country drive from the bustle of San Juan Island’s ferry landing, Lakedale Resort sits on 82 forested acres with 3 freshwater lakes.

It’s always had campsites, cabins, and a lodge, and now it’s added a cluster of 13 canvas tents decked out with pillow-top bedding, lanterns, even bath products to cart to the bathhouse. Canvas tents from $149; 800/617-2267. –R.L.

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