Welcome to the Harrison House Suites Blog!
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...
This past summer, Adina and Scott were married at Tucker House. It was a wonderful day filled with laughter, love, and joy. As we face our chilliest week yet here on the island, it warms our hearts to reflect on this beautiful couple and their special day. We have everything you need for yours, too…just [...]Read More»
Harrison House recently had the pleasure of hosting author L.A. Buday on one of her return trips to the island. She has certainly developed a love for our little corner of Washington, as she decided to set her debut novel on San Juan Island! A Fine Mess of Things would be an excellent choice for [...]Read More»
Lavender is one of the most beloved and widely used plants in the San Juan Islands. It grows wildly all over the place, and brings a wonderful natural fragrance drifting across the wind. Nearly every store you duck into is guaranteed to carry some delight made from lavender. You can purchase cleaning products, gourmet foods [...]Read More»
Our garden at the inns is hugely important to all of us – it’s like another member of the family. So this time of year, when we shut it down for the winter, is crucial – we have to make sure to take the right steps to protect it during the winter chill, without forgetting [...]Read More»
Hello from your newest blogger here at the inns! My name is Libby and I just relocated permanently to San Juan Island after spending three summers falling head over heels in love with it. I am very fortunate to have joined the fantastic team here at Harrison House and am so excited about sharing news [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»
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°. [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»
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. [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»
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. [...]Read More»
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, [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»
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 [...]Read More»