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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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August 12-15 San Juan County Fair in Friday Harbor, WA

If your travel plans include Friday Harbor and the Harrison House Suites in mid-August, you are walking distance from the County Fairgrounds, and an old fashioned county fair experience! There are two events on San Juan Island that belong on every visitor’s […]

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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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New in Friday Harobor

The town of Friday Harbor turned 105 this February and without much fanfare, Friday Harbor is getting gussied up – an infrastructure face lift of sorts. Much of the work has focused behind the scenes in sewage or water treatment plants or […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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