Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cherries Recipe Courtesy of Harrison House Suites, Friday Harbor WA

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cherries

Makes approximately 36 3-inch cookies   2½ cup  All-purpose flour 1½ tsp Baking powder 1 tsp Baking soda 1 tsp Finely ground sea salt 2½ cup Oats 3 cup Packed brown sugar 1½ cup European unsalted butter, softened 2 Eggs 2 tsp Vanilla extract 2 cup Pecans, toasted and roughly chopped 2 cup Dry sour […]

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe Courtesy of HarrisonHouseSuites.com, Friday Harbor WA

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Makes approximately 36 3-inch cookies   ½ lb Dark chocolate, chopped 1 cup European unsalted butter, chopped 2 cup Brown sugar 2 Eggs ½ cup Heavy cream 2 tsp Peppermint extract 3½ cup All-purpose flour 1 tsp Baking powder ½ tsp Finely ground sea salt 1½ cup White chocolate chips   Preheat oven to 350°. […]

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Popcorn

Fresh Popcorn at the Inns!

  Always striving to improve our “Green Hotel” practices, we considered eliminating the wasteful microwave popcorn-in-a-bag snacks. But the problem is, popcorn is such a comforting, simple snack, and people seem to love it so we didn’t want to drop it. In fact, earlier this year, CNN posted the results of study that showed popcorn […]

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Christmas Soaps Back In Stock

Back in our Gift Shop, just in time for the holidays: Christmas ornament shaped soaps. These cruelty-free large soaps are hand-crafted by our private soap maker, in seasonal scents of Winter Thyme and Winter Tide. These make nice gifts when you want “just a little something” for someone: co-worker, postal carrier, salon stylist, neighbor, favorite […]

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A Peek Behind the Scenes of a Friday Harbor B&B

A Peek Behind the Scenes of a Friday Harbor B&B

At the Inns, sometimes it seems like we are all on stage, trying to ensure that we do our best for the many guests who visit us in Friday Harbor. More than not, unbeknownst to guests, there is a lot of thought, discussion, trial and error that goes into each little facet of our service. […]

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House Repair Tools

Friday Harbor B&B Uses Guest Comments to Plan Winter Projects

Housekeepers, Innkeepers, Office staff – we all read those feedback forms that you, our guests, kindly take time to complete. It is from these forms that we learn what we’re doing right, where we need to tweak, and occasionally some great ideas to implement. During the busy summer months, Friday Harbor is awash with visitors […]

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Beth’s Helpful Household Tips: Cleaning Hard Water Stains without Caustic Substances

Since the Town of Friday Harbor installed a new carbon filter system in the town water reservoir, the quality of the water has improved dramatically. They no longer need to douse the supply with high amounts of chlorine and chemicals. As a result, the water seems “softer” than before, and certainly tastes much better. At […]

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These Lavender Scones are one of the components packed in our Friday Harbor B&B To-Go Breakfasts for guests with early departures. Warning: they're ADDICTIVE!

Lavender Scones – Perfect for Friday Harbor B&B To-Go Breakfast

Our innkeepers make these scones every week, and pack them as one of the components in our To-Go breakfasts for guests with early departures. Here’s your warning: they’re deliciously ADDICTIVE!! Makes 24 scones 1 lb 12 oz Bread flour 3 oz Granulated sugar, plus extra for coating tops 3 Tbsp Baking powder 1 tsp Finely […]

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A Challenge to View San Juan Island on a Deeper Level

Over the years, we’ve found that guests coming to our Friday Harbor Inns or to San Juan Island in general have a much different “agenda” than our summer visitors. Summer visitors rush to pack everything in to their limited time on the island, whereas the off-season visitors adopt a much more relaxed pace. Some come […]

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We carefully evaluate the comments you write on the feedback forms we leave in the rooms at our Friday Harbor B&B. One suggestion from a guest resulted in our new Lavender Bath Salts

New in our Friday Harbor Gift Shop – Lavender Bath Salts

If you’re wondering whether we ever read the comments you write on the 5-Star Feedback forms we leave in your room when you visit our Friday Harbor B&B, the answer is a most definite YES! We read every comment, and we take them all into consideration. Grateful for all your suggestions, we evaluate each one […]

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The San Juan County Fair is in full swing, and the food court is still a popular hangout.

San Juan County Fair Food a Locals’ Treat

Today is day three of the 4-day San Juan County Fair. As typical, the businesses in the hospitality industry are overrun during fair week, and many retail, thrift, and consignment shops are as quiet as mausoleums. EVERYONE goes to the fair! It’s the chance for islanders to reconnect for a few brief moments during the […]

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Friday Harbor Pet-Friendly Inn Pampers Pooches

People who have pets in the home usually wouldn’t want it any other way. Pets add a sense of calm and love, sometimes fun, sometimes exasperating. We’ve all heard of pets who participate in therapy programs to assist humans in hospitals and assisted living, and studies have been done proving the benefits of having pets. […]

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New “RoundTowner” Shuttle Service Available

The San Juan Islander reports that the “RoundTowner” Shuttle service is now available. For guests who fly in or choose to leave their car in Anacortes, or who are traveling with people who are unable to do much walking,  this is a convenient way to get around Friday Harbor. It costs only $3 per boarding, […]

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Weddings at the Inns Bring Pause for Reflection on the Growth of this Perfectly-Situated Friday Harbor B&B.

There is a well-orchestrated wedding scheduled at the Inns this weekend. In fact, we are hosting a number of weddings at the Inns this summer. Boxes have been arriving almost daily: party rentals, decorations, gifts, gowns, specialty foods and more. You may have noticed that almost every square inch of these historic homes is fully […]

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San Juan Island residents are among the most active proponents of sustainable farming, bee keeping included

Bee Colony Rescue Helps Promote Sustainable Farming on San Juan Island

Honey bees are an integral part of the deeply-rooted heritage of agriculture in the San Juan Islands. Farmers depend on these hard-working participants to bring residents and tourists alike a bountiful array of delicious and healthy fruits, vegetables, and honey every season. Beekeeping losses however, are mounting and perhaps San Juan Island residents are among […]

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Shopping, Dining and Lodging in Friday Harbor Reflects the Unique Character of the Town.

Shopping, Dining and Lodging in Friday Harbor Reflects the Unique Character of the Town.

The other day I was in the check-out line at the grocery store and overheard a conversation. The lady in front of me asked the cashier, “What other stores are you affiliated with?” The cashier responded, “King’s, on Spring Street.” “No, I mean what other big stores are you connected with?” At this point, the […]

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Recipe for Raspberry Champagne Sorbet and Simple Summer Things to Do on San Juan Island

Recipe for Summer Sorbet and Things to Do on San Juan Island

Annette Cain is the owner of Aging Well Workouts.com, which she created for those of us who accept that aging is inevitable, but prefer to do it with power and grace. She shares her wisdom in weekly messages, and her most recent post seemed perfect for a visit to San Juan Island. With the exception […]

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A Stroll Through the Neighborhood by HH Guest Bonnie Rae Nygren Compressed

B&B Guest loves Harrison House Suites and the Neighborhood

One of our guests snapped this shot,  “A stroll through the neighborhood. Gawd, I love this place !” She continued on, “Miss you, Friday Harbor Suite … such a wonderful stay at Harrison House. Loved every minute !”   Bonnie Rae N. Auburn, WA (Friday Harbor Suite)

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Things to do on San Juan Island

Anglers – Take a Look at What’s Swimming Around San Juan Island

Kim and Karl Bruder sent photos of their morning activity. Kim writes, “Oh My Cod! It was an unbelievable morning here! Check out our catch…43″ 25 lb Ling Cod. It broke our net pulling it into the boat! It will live for another day! We had to let him go! But it was fun while […]

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Hiking on San Juan Island

American Camp Trail to Town of Friday Harbor Opens

The American Camp Trail is now open to foot traffic from the town of Friday Harbor to American Camp, as reported by the Journal of the San Juans. Though parts of the span utilize the road shoulder, most is a series of interconnected pathways of gravel or grass, and private-property easements. It will take about […]

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