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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Unlike Earth - IMA Exhibit through November 9

Art on San Juan Island: IMA Current Exhibits

  Visitors to Friday Harbor have always known about the profusion of artistic talent in the San Juan Islands; with the addition of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art last fall, there is now an opportunity in Friday Harbor to view works […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Lavender is a gorgeous, versatile flower found on San Juan Island that has many uses if cared for properly!

Pruning Lavender 101!

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 […]

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A Challenge to View San Juan Island on a Deeper Level

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 […]

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New “RoundTowner” Shuttle Service Available

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 […]

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San Juan Island residents are among the most active proponents of sustainable farming, bee keeping included

Bee Colony Rescue Helps Promote Sustainable Farming on San Juan Island

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. […]

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Shopping, Dining and Lodging in Friday Harbor Reflects the Unique Character of the Town.

Shopping, Dining and Lodging in Friday Harbor Reflects the Unique Character of the Town.

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 […]

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Hiking on San Juan Island

American Camp Trail to Town of Friday Harbor Opens

The American Camp Trail is now open to foot traffic from the town of Friday Harbor to American Camp, as reported by the Journal of the San Juans. Though parts of the span utilize the road shoulder, most is a series of […]

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Kayaking with Outdoor Odyssey

Cleaning Up Is (not) Hard To Do

Each summer, we have the pleasure of hosting guests who have enjoyed a multi-day kayaking adventure with Outdoor Odysseys. Tom Murphy, Outdoor Odysseys new owner shares with us how they do their part in reducing waste on these trips. We wanted to […]

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Lizzie Lawson

With 17 rooms, suites and cottages in historic wooden buildings, we have to pick and choose which accommodations will get a “face lift” each winter. This year it’s our rugged little Log Cabin. By the time we’re finished, it will be wearing […]

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Island Authors Works Make Thoughtful Gifts

Readers and island lovers might enjoy a gift that brings both together – a book from a San Juan Island author.

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