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...

Accommodations in Friday Harbor, the Tucker House Inn

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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 and low mileage. An average bike ride is […]

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Grover in Deer Harbor

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 Friday Harbor or your 2nd or 3rd […]

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IMA Inside-Out

Island Museum of Art Transforms

When Peace Island Hospital moved Emergency  Medical Services (EMS) to the hospital complex, the Island Museum of Art (IMA) used this as an opportunity to transform the now empty building into a permanent home for the museum. Over the years the museum has occupied a variety of storefronts in downtown Friday […]

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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 some of the best bird watching in […]

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Orca Whales Amazing Presence in the San Juan Islands 2014

It has been a spectacular year for seeing orca whales in the San Juan Islands!  Many of our guests return from whales watching trips or from LimeKiln State Park, “Whale Watch Park” and have wonderful stories of seeing mother and baby orcas feeding together or some orcas putting on […]

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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 travels from Orondo, Washington each week during […]

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Mini Cheesecake with Strawberries

Strawberries have arrived at Harrison House Suites

  Strawberries are ripe and ready for picking!  This year our strawberries have been bountiful and extra sweet.  We are so lucky to have a garden full of delicious strawberries.  We have been hard at work picking, freezing and creating delicious recipes for our guests. The heart-shape of the […]

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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 shot a pig that belonged to Britain’s […]

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Grover Travels to Jakle’s Lagoon on San Juan Island

Grover has been traveling and exploring San Juan Island. Join him on his trip to Jakle’s Lagoon! Grover and I took a bike ride to American Camp and decided to hike to Jakle’s Lagoon. Boy are we glad we did! Jakle’s Lagoon is located just south of the Fourth […]

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Kayaking San Juan Island

Harrison House Suites Complimentary Kayaks

The Harrison House Suites and the Tucker House Inn offer complimentary kayaks to our guests.  This is a great family adventure activity!  The San Juan Islands offers some of the best sea kayaking in the world.  For novice kayakers or those with small children, launching at Jackson’s Beach is […]

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Harrison House Suites Gardens

What’s Growing in Our Gardens

                    Wenda has been tending our gardens for over a year now and the fruits of her labors couldn’t be more evident this spring. Everything seems bigger than life – the tulips taller with large structured heads, the rhodie flowers […]

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Friday Harbor Drive In

Drive In Movies in Friday Harbor

                I have fond memories going to the drive in as a child. We put on our footie pajamas and piled into our station wagon with blankets and sleeping bags. Sitting in the back seat with snacks and drinks in hand, we […]

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We all wear many hats!

Ogle Fine Arts Studio

Islanders do wear a lot of hats. Terry and Janie, this husband and wife duo opened up Ogle Fine Arts Studio this spring. You may know Janie with her other hat as director of Spa d Bune or Terry as the owner of Ogle Paining, a local contractor. Visit their […]

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HH, TH and CoHo Ziplining

Our Annual Team Building with Ziplining

Harrison House Suites, Tucker House and Coho Restaurant banded together for some high adrenaline fun… Ziplining!  Thanks to Zip San Juan for providing us with competent, humorous guides for our day of team building!  We gathered together before the busy season begins to appreciate our team and have a little fun!  […]

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Grover eating a pupcake

New Additions to Tucker House and Harrision House Suites

Meet our new staff members at Tucker House and Harrison House Suites!  Stacey one of our innkeeper chefs will be whipping up our award- winning breakfasts and gourmet cookies!  Teresa is our newest Innkeeper and she is ready to help you with any situation that may arise!  Jane has […]

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Great Guest Calls Us “An Experience for All Your Senses!”

We’d like to extend a sincere thank-you to this recent guest who wrote a lovely review about us on B&B.com! “I’ve been a repeat guest to Tucker House (TH) and Harrison House (HH) over eight times with both my parents and sister, and now with my husband. Each experience […]

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Fly Me To San Juan, Let Me Play Among the Islands!

As you know from my last blog about getting here, the journey to your vacation in the San Juans is a huge part of the fun and beauty of the islands! For sure, the most adventurous way…

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Ferry Like A Pro to the San Juans!

One of the most unique aspects of taking a vacation to the San Juan Islands is that you can only get here one of two ways – by air or by sea. With air travel, you book a reservation, show up at the appointed time, and the rest is […]

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All freshened up and ready for those clothes!

Our Last Big Renovation….

….for now, anyway! A complimentary laundry room for guest use is just one of the amenities we are proud to offer at the inns, and our facility needed a bit of sprucing up. So we set to work with some tweaking on the machines, cleaning up the cabinetry, and […]

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Molly at the Traveling Table

Saying Farewell To Chef Molly

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 […]

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