When we think island vacations, we instantly think ‘tropical’. But the Suzuki-Burke family’s relaxing, unplugged getaway to the San Juan Islands has Kiddieup suffering from a whole new strain of island fever. 

Jeanine and Asia exploring the waterways in double kayak.

Jeanine and Asia exploring the waterways in double kayak.

Shortly after the first dot com bubble burst, Michi Suzuki and Jeanine Burke fled the hectic lifestyle of the Bay Area for their native Washington state and have never looked back. Suzuki, a PR powerhouse and Burke, Seattle’s in-the-know real estate agent you want to know, recently loaded up the family (including the furry ones) and headed to the San Juans for some R&R. Michi took a few minutes with KU to fill us in on the details of their trip.

KU Where did you go?
MS Lakedale Resort, up in the San Juan Islands (Friday Harbor), truly one of the most tranquil, relaxing, beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest.

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KU Why did you choose this spot?
MS For so many reasons: One of our favorite places because of all of their many offerings – 82 acres for the dogs to run free (certain times of the year); they have something for everyone (a beautiful lodge, log cabins, a lake house, canvas tents and a canvas cottage = “ultimate glamping”; campsites to pitch a tent, a designated RV site and a super cool retro airstream trailer; the staff is above and beyond AWESOME and so accommodating to anything/everything; there’s a kids’s tent with activities around the clock; they have 3 lakes on the property so you can go paddle boating, kayaking, fishing or swimming; outdoor life-size games like chess or ping-pong; complimentary movies; games; s’mores; fire pits; on and on and on…

Michi and Asia taking a selfie.

Michi and Asia taking a selfie.

They spent almost as much time on the water as they did on land.

They spent almost as much time on the water as they did on land.

KU What were some highlights of the trip?
MS Disconnecting with technology and connecting with family; nature; the staff and the people staying on the property; a 3-hour sea kayaking trip through the islands, thanks to San Juan Island Outfitters, cycling; visiting an award-winning Alpaca farm; paddle boating on the property lakes; outdoor activities…so, so much!!!

KU Any recommendations or tips you’d offer to anyone planning on going?
Just go to Lakedale and have the staff do what they do; set you up with activities based on your interests and you’ll be beyond delighted. They’re A+++, truly one of the best places for so many reasons, including accommodations for adults and kids.

Asia learns a new skill.

Asia learns a new skill.

image credits: San Juan photo courtesy DocentJoyce

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