Saying Farewell To Chef Molly

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Molly doing her thang

Molly doing her thang

I can still hardly believe it! Our own Molly Prima, who has brought such laughter and enthusiasm to the kitchens at the inns, has moved on to pursue other opportunities. She remains a part of our island community, thankfully, and we’re all hopeful we will cross paths with her many times in the future.

Yesterday we gathered around the table at the Garden Room Cafe for a delicious farewell lunch of sticky rice, bulgogi, soup and salad. Conversation was kept to a dull roar – pretty typical around here – but through it all there was a bittersweet feeling in the air. We wish her all the best, but we’re all sure going to miss Molly around here. We toasted to her future and to her wonderful work at the inns, and in typical Molly fashion she cracked, “I’ll see you all tomorrow on payday!”

“Working with Molly was a pleasure,” said Anna Maria. “I loved her curiosity. To her the kitchen is a laboratory. She is always willing to try making something new or using a new technique to make a staple. She was never afraid to experiment or afraid of failure. If things didn’t turn out as she expected, she would use her creativity to figure out a way to repurpose it into something else. We will miss her and wish her luck in her new kitchen.”DSC_0006
Erin echoed those sentiments.
“For me working with Molly has been enjoyable. Molly is very easy to get along with. She nows how to run a kitchen and she runs the kitchen well. I will miss her; on the other hand I am very happy for her. I wish her all the best. Molly, you go girl! Do what you are meant to do and love every minute of cooking all that great food. Love ya girl! P.S., Cooper thanks you for bringing him home on that cold January night. You will be missed.”
Miss Wenda will be taking over breakfast duties, and we know she’ll do a fantastic job.
We will miss you Molly! Thanks for the meals and the memories.

Springing Forward With Renovations!

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Beth painting away with her signature big smile

The kitchen cabinets needed a bit of an overhaul

The kitchen cabinets needed a bit of an overhaul

At the inns this winter, the theme has been renovation, renovation, renovation! We love the rustic charm of our historical buildings, as we try to preserve as much of that as possible, but regular updating is necessary to keep the rooms looking their best. We’re just about finished now, but I wanted to update you on a major project that’s just wrapped up – redoing the kitchen in our Roche Harbor Cottage.

All the cabinets had to be replaced, then painted inside and out. We also updated the countertops to a much more chic, modern-looking black.

Beth was a major contributor to this project. You can normally find her sharply dressed and greeting guests

Beth painting away with her signature big smile

Beth painting away with her signature big smile

as they check in, but she pulled double duty during the Roche renovation as a painter extraordinaire, often working long into the evening hours to ensure that everything got done in a timely manner. Thanks for all your hard work, Beth!

The Roche Harbor Cottage is now finished and ready for guests – in addition to the full kitchen, it has a comfortable living room, a king bed, gorgeously appointed bathroom and private hot tub on the back deck. Give us a call today to book a few nights in this great cottage – accommodations are filling up fast as we approach the summer!

Gotta love a gleaming new kitchen!

Gotta love a gleaming new kitchen!

Help Us Become King 5′s Best B&B!

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VotingPlatformLogoThe 2014 King 5 Best Northwest Escapes contest is officially on. Anyone can visit the website and vote for their favorites in 72 fun categories, including restaurants, whale-watching, romantic destinations, skiing destination, lighthouse, and of course, bed and breakfast!

The winners are chosen entirely by the voters, and many of the participating businesses are offering great deals, slashing their rates so those who visit the website can get to know the competition.

You can also read honest reviews of each participant by regular voters just like you.

Tucker House and Harrison House need your votes! We are in 6th place currently, which is really exciting, but we need your vote to win. If you have stayed with us and enjoyed it, please take the few moments to kick in your vote. You have to sign up to enter, but it takes just a few moments, and you’ll also be entered in a drawing to win a vacation package worth $5,000! So if you vote in all 72 categories, you’ll get 72 entries!

San Juan Island is currently in the number one spot for best island, so we think it shouldn’t be too hard to get us at the top of our category! We’re asking you, our amazing guests and friends, to help us get there!

Go here to vote for us, and here to learn more about the contest!

Welcome to the Neighborhood, The Studio SJI!

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There’s a hot new place to get your fitness on in Friday Harbor, and it’s right around the corner from the inns and Coho.

The Studio celebrated their grand opening on January 4 with studio tours, food from Coho Restaurant, demo classes and door prizes.

Jennifer Horn and Jacquelyn Reiff are the founders and owners, and have more than two decades in the fitness profession between them.

“We strive to provide the highest caliber, most professional instruction in the San Juan Islands,” Horn and Reiff told the Journal of the San Juans in their article about the studio. “We wanted to create a space that was open and bright, yet intimate, allowing us to pay close attention to each student.”

Classes are limited to 12 participants at one time so students can reap the benefits of personalized attention, even in group classes.
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A full schedule of classes are available in TRX Suspension Training, Booty Barre, Mat Pilates and BOSU Integrated Balance Training.

The Studio is located at 278 A Street and will give our guests a super-convenient place to enjoy a workout during their vacation!

To find out about cost and other information, visit  thestudiosji.com, or call 360-378-0150. Also check out their Facebook page!Studio 4

 

 

 

Step Into The New Living Room at Tucker House

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The living room of Tucker House, post-water heater madness!

The living room of Tucker House, post-water heater madness!

Another winter makeover is complete! Historical buildings, while lovely, can often be a headache when it comes to their inner workings – especially plumbing! Not long ago, the water heater in the upper building of Tucker House decided it was done, and what resulted was a lot of water damage.

In order to repair it, we had to rip out the ceiling. When we took that out, we found a lathe and plaster ceiling underneath it.  We thought we could raise the entire ceiling by a foot, but unfortunately, a beam running down the middle of the living room prevented doing that simply.

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We could raise half the ceiling, but the rest had to stay the same height. We decided to move around the electric boxes, which offers better lighting for the room. We also opened the window to the kitchen while reinforcing some sketchy beams from previous renovations.

In the end, we finished the ceiling to look like the new one in Victoria’s Flower Garden, which we also raised, and had a lathe and plaster finish. Erin also repainted the living room for us, and now it’s even better than before, with a much more open look. We look forward to showing you around during your next stay with us!
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