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Feel free to share your impressions of your stay with us and your time on the Islands - your favorite hike, best dining experience (you can even mention your favorite breakfast or cookie), and most memorable moment. We will do our best to keep you apprised of not-to-miss events on the Islands and news from the Inn. Stay tuned and we are looking forward to your thoughts...

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Orca Baby Boom in 2015

  After three years of unsuccessful orca births, the Southern Resident Killer Whale population has experienced a baby boom in 2015, with the seventh new calf announced this past week. These births bring the total count of orcas in the J, K, […]

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Harrison House Hosts the Red Chair

Harrison House Suites was host to the Travelling Red Chair this past month. It arrived by ferry and left the same way a week later, off to be hosted by another member of the Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild. The Red Chair is […]

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Booking Some San Juan Island Books

Something about the beginning of Fall and Winter makes me want to set aside a stack of good books to read when the sun sets early, on that occasional afternoon when the weather doesn’t allow a long hike in the woods, and […]

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Spend Christmas Dinner with us at Coho!

  Coho Restaurant is opening on this special day so you can enjoy a relaxed holiday meal with family and friends. Our six course fixed menu -with choice of appetizers, entrees, and desserts plus optional wine pairings – is surely a feast […]

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Island Museum of Art (IMA) on Spring Street in Friday Harbor, WA

Art Workshop at IMA in Friday Harbor

When you stay with us at Harrison House Suites here in Friday Harbor, WA, you have so many options for activities and entertainment, all within a short walking distance.  And in January, you will have a unique opportunity to add education to […]

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Some of the research materials used at the Museum for historic events (and some not-so historic)

San Juan Island Memories

                          Archived San Juan newspapers are stored at the San Juan Island Historical Society and Museum on Price Street in Friday Harbor.  As a volunteer and part time researcher for […]

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TripAdvisor GreenLeaders and Excellence Awards

Some nice surprises arrived this month, in the form of Awards from TripAdvisor.  Tucker House Inn and Harrison House Suites received the 2015 Certificate of Excellence, and moved up in the rankings of TripAdvisor GreenLeaders to the top level of Platinum. These […]

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Doggy Destination in Friday Harbor!

Want your dog to have something to brag to their friends about when they return home after your stay at the Harrison House Suites in Friday Harbor? Yes, they’ll ooh and aah over the Pupcakes and peanut butter biscuits waiting for them […]

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Built in four months by circuit rider minister Andrew Jackson McNemee in 1884.

Friday Harbor Building Consistently Serves Community

History buff? Here’s a slice of Friday Harbor history that is a short walk from your accommodations at Harrison House Suites. This building, located on First Avenue overlooking the harbor, has served as a gathering place for the people of Friday Harbor […]

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Friday Harbor High School

Friday Harbor and STEM

At one time, students at the Friday Harbor Schools were allowed several weeks of absence during the fall and spring so they could assist their families in harvesting and planting at the farms. When school ended, many students went to work in […]

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Western Bluebirds on San Juan Island

If you love birding, you will love searching the trees and skies over San Juan Island for the Western Bluebird, returning now to us after 50 years.  Be sure to pack your binoculars and camera long range lens when you are readying […]

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Yellow Island Boat Trip

There are over 170 islands in the San Juan Archipelago of Washington State, but only four of them are served by the Washington ferry system.  Yellow Island is a popular attraction for birders, walkers, and nature lovers.  It can be reached by […]

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Alpacas on San Juan Island

Guests at Harrison House Suites may be surprised to see an occasional alpaca or llama mixed in with the cattle in the pastures of farms on San Juan Island. While driving on West Valley Road, the surprise will be compounded when a turn […]

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Harrison House Suites’ Living Fossil

                          Wander about the grounds of Harrison House Inn and Suites on C Street in Friday Harbor, and you will discover a tree whose origins trace back to the days […]

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How to Prune Lavender

Erin and Wenda have their hands full in the garden this time of year. In addition to the regular fall clean up and mulching, there is the daily onslaught of leaves. While many trees have already shed, our three beech trees are […]

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Grover Travels to Shaw Island

Exploring other islands, while living in Friday Harbor is one of Grovers favorite things to do! Rain or shine he is ready to hop into the bike trailer for another adventure. Shaw Island is a great biking island. It has mild hills […]

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Grover Travels to Orcas Island

Have you ever thought of traveling to other islands, while staying in Friday Harbor? Grover has! We took a day trip trip to Orcas Island and had a fabulous time visiting Deer Harbor and Turtleback Mountain. Whether it’s your first trip to […]

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San Juan Island Birding

Birding on San Juan Island

For all you bird enthusiasts, or shall I say birders, there isn’t a more perfect place to come to see many species of birds in the Pacific Northwest.  San Juan Island has more than 200 species of birds. Birders consider San Juan Island […]

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House Made Maraschino Cherries!

Cherry explosion at the Harrison House Suites and Tucker House kitchen! We are making house made Maraschino Cherries for specialty cocktails for Coho Restaurant! No more artificially bleached and dyed cherries from a jar in our cocktails! Maria, aka the Fruit Lady, who […]

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Grover Travels to English Camp

In 1859 the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig. The territory in dispute was the San Juan Islands, and the confrontation began when an American farmer […]

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