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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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Beth painting away with her signature big smile

Springing Forward With Renovations!

At the inns this winter, the theme has been renovation, renovation, renovation! We love the rustic charm of our historical buildings, as we try to preserve as much of that as possible, but regular updating is necessary to keep the rooms looking their best. We’re just about finished now, […]

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Help Us Become King 5′s Best B&B!

The 2014 King 5 Best Northwest Escapes contest is officially on. Anyone can visit the website and vote for their favorites in 72 fun categories, including restaurants, whale-watching, romantic destinations, skiing destination, lighthouse, and of course, bed and breakfast! The winners are chosen entirely by the voters, and many […]

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Harrison House circa 1919! Photo courtesy of Sandy/Alfred Middleton

Living History at Harrison House!

Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting guest Sandy Middleton, from Alaska. It turns out that in the early 1900s, her grandparents, Alfred and Vivian Middleton, were the owners of the house that is now the corner building of Harrison House! Sandy enjoyed a stay in the Orcas […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The bathtub is now a walk-in shower!

Lopez Suite Renovation is Complete!

This is the second renovation post I’ve done recently, and that’s because we love to use the winter months to make every room, suite and cottage better in any way we can! Lopez was a major renovation that started with one focused area, as so many of them end […]

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A familiar face at the sculpture park!

Reflecting on a Family Visit

  Here at the inns, we love getting our family and friends involved and showing them around our beautiful island. A few weeks ago, you read about Chef Molly’s mom Judy helping her daughter in the kitchen with the winter jams. Judy has actually visited two other times since […]

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Meet the Staff: Libby, Special Projects

Hi! I decided this week would be a great opportunity to formally introduce myself. (Actually, my computer did, as it decided to heave its last breath and grossly limit my blogging capabilities, but that’s being worked on as we speak!) I’m the newest member of the team here at […]

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Step Into A Completed Renovation at Tucker House

We love to use the sleepy winter months to continuously find ways to improve the inns. One of our recently completed projects was renovations on Victoria’s Flower Garden, a 5-room ground floor suite at Tucker House. We think that the improvements we’ve made really reflect our emphasis on the […]

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Holiday Clean-Up Tips from Beth!

Every so often, we’ll be sharing cleaning/organizing tips and tricks from innkeeper Beth, who always has it together and does it with a big smile and a laugh too! This month she’ll help us undress our Christmas trees. “This is as much a tradition for me as putting the […]

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Our Holiday Traditions!

Many of us here at the inns come from very different backgrounds, and we love that, because each person brings something new to the table and makes it a very fun, diverse group to work with (I can now personally attest to this, having had a blast at my […]

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Looking Back at Another Perfect Summer Wedding!

Just recently, we looked back at Adina and Scott’s wedding. Not too long before that, Nadine and Tyler were married at Tucker House. It was a gorgeous day for a gorgeous bride and groom! It is one of the highlights of my blogging gig here to create wedding posts, […]

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We are always having friends and family drop in to Tucker House and Harrison House to keep the inns running smoothly!

It’s All in the Family at the Inns!

Since the holidays are about time with family, friends, and of course, food, I thought I would share a delightful story I heard recently about our own Chef Molly. Molly just happens to be Stephanie’s niece, so we take the phrase “family affair” seriously here! We have sisters, husbands […]

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Memories from Adina and Scott’s Wedding!

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 […]

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The new novel by L.A. Buday, A Fine Mess of Things, is a compelling story of family relationships set on San Juan Island.

Tuck Into a New Novel Set in Friday Harbor!

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 […]

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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 carry some delight made from lavender. You […]

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Putting our garden to sleep for the winter!

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 […]

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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 […]

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Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cherries Recipe Courtesy of Harrison House Suites, Friday Harbor WA

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cherries

Makes approximately 36 3-inch cookies marketing purposes according   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 […]

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe Courtesy of HarrisonHouseSuites.com, Friday Harbor WA

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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 […]

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