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!”
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
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!
The 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!
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.”
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!
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.