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Welcome to the Neighborhood, The Studio SJI!

There’s a hot new place to get your fitness on in Friday Harbor, and it’s right around the corner from the inns and Coho. The Studio celebrated their grand opening on January 4 with studio tours, food from Coho Restaurant, demo classes and door prizes. Jennifer Horn and Jacquelyn Reiff are the founders and owners, [...]

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Step Into The New Living Room at Tucker House

Another winter makeover is complete! Historical buildings, while lovely, can often be a headache when it comes to their inner workings – especially plumbing! Not long ago, the water heater in the upper building of Tucker House decided it was done, and what resulted was a lot of water damage. In order to repair it, [...]

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Turning Hiccups into Progress at the Inns!

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 [...]

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Fresh Popcorn at the Inns!

  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 [...]

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Christmas Soaps Back In Stock

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 [...]

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A Peek Behind the Scenes of a Friday Harbor B&B

A Peek Behind the Scenes of a Friday Harbor B&B

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. [...]

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Friday Harbor B&B Uses Guest Comments to Plan Winter Projects

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 [...]

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We carefully evaluate the comments you write on the feedback forms we leave in the rooms at our Friday Harbor B&B. One suggestion from a guest resulted in our new Lavender Bath Salts

New in our Friday Harbor Gift Shop – Lavender Bath Salts

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Harrison House Suites Earns Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, 2013

Harrison House Suites The Tucker House Inn, Harrison House Suites and Coho Restaurant were recently awarded the prestigious Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The Inns were also designated  Bronze Level Green Leaders. Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel site, awards Certificates of Excellence based solely on travelers’ reviews posted on the site. The accolade, which [...]

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Explorer Bus Day Pass Expands Offering & 2-for-1 Special

Companion travelers can sign up to receive their free companion Explorer Bus Day Pass ($15 value) at http://www.visitsanjuans.com/scenicbyway. Redeem it on the shuttle bus on San Juan Island or Orcas Island. New this year, for day pass holders, a free ride back to the ferry the next day. And beginning June 21, the bus will [...]

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Trip Advisor Awards Harrison House GreenLeader

Trip Advisor awarded the Harrison House Suites & Tucker House Inn Bronze level GreenLeaders, as part of their new GreenLeaders™ program. As GreenLeaders, the Harrison House and Tucker House Inns have met a set of environmental standards developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and [...]

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Harrison House Gets a New Roof and other Winter Projects

We are pleased – and relieved – that the Harrison House has finally gotten its new roof. We had planned this project for a couple of years, but Murphy kept striking with something even more pressing to tackle. Just last April, we had crews scheduled to begin work on the roof when Lizzie’s Cottage, the [...]

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Beth Fricke Joins the Inns

Meet Beth. Perhaps you have already. If you haven’t, you will no doubt have the pleasure of speaking with her as you plan your trip to the Island. Beth is our new Guest Services Coordinator and we are thrilled to have her as part of our team. She has a terrific sense of humor and easy going demeanor that [...]

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Harrison House Joins BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

We are proud to announce that both the Harrison House and Tucker House Inns have joined the BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection, a distinction reserved for premier inns offering extensive amenities and top-rated guest reviews. To qualify as Diamond Collection properties, we had to pass a comprehensive professional two day on-site inspection that measured everything from the [...]

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The Story of Sooke

Sooke (L-112), a 3 year old Orca whale washed ashore in a place aptly named Cape Disappointment near the Long Beach peninsula, Washington, on February 11th, 2012.  The Whale Museum asked NOAA if they could have her remains. “Being able to bring Sooke back to the waters which are the center of her home range [...]

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New Chef at the Inns

Meet Molly. Or maybe you already have. If you haven’t, you’re missing out because Molly is cooking up some fabulous breakfasts! Molly Prima joined us at the end of August, jumping right into the heat of a busy commercial kitchen on Labor Day weekend. Undaunted from her “christening by fire,” Molly has been introducing our [...]

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Don’t Feed Mona!

                        Poor Mona, we’re loving her too much!  She is suffering from some SERIOUS camel conditions, and we don’t have an exotic animal veterinarian on the island who can really dial in the prescriptive remedy. For now, her doctor is recommending that she stay [...]

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Island Events – Summer 2012

Islanders pull out all the stops in summer, with events packed throughout the season, many of them free. Here are some of our favorites, and while you’re visiting, please remember that June 5 is World Environment Day and June 8 is World Oceans Day, and honor this great earth we call home.   SJ Garden [...]

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Meet the Innkeeper

If our innkeeper greets you with a smudge of dirt on her nose or mud on her boots, you’ll have the pleasure of meeting Virginia Dean, the newest addition to our team. Being a former landscaper, Virginia saw so much potential in our winterized gardens, she couldn’t wait to get cracking at them. In fact, [...]

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