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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...

Accommodations in Friday Harbor, the Tucker House Inn

Beth’s Helpful Household Tips: Cleaning Hard Water Stains without Caustic Substances

Since the Town of Friday Harbor installed a new carbon filter system in the town water reservoir, the quality of the water has improved dramatically. They no longer need to douse the supply with high amounts of chlorine and chemicals. As a result, the water seems “softer” than before, […]

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These Lavender Scones are one of the components packed in our Friday Harbor B&B To-Go Breakfasts for guests with early departures. Warning: they're ADDICTIVE!

Lavender Scones – Perfect for Friday Harbor B&B To-Go Breakfast

Our innkeepers make these scones every week, and pack them as one of the components in our To-Go breakfasts for guests with early departures. Here’s your warning: they’re deliciously ADDICTIVE!! Makes 24 scones 1 lb 12 oz Bread flour 3 oz Granulated sugar, plus extra for coating tops 3 […]

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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 island, whereas the off-season visitors adopt a […]

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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 […]

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Lulu with Pupcake Cropped

Friday Harbor Pet-Friendly Inn Pampers Pooches

People who have pets in the home usually wouldn’t want it any other way. Pets add a sense of calm and love, sometimes fun, sometimes exasperating. We’ve all heard of pets who participate in therapy programs to assist humans in hospitals and assisted living, and studies have been done […]

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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 convenient way to get around Friday Harbor. […]

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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 […]

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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. Beekeeping losses however, are mounting and perhaps […]

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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 mean what other big stores are you […]

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Pakistani Curry

This curry has a laundry list of ingredients but is well worth the effort. Curry is one of those foods that is totally unique to the house, region or country where you are enjoying it – so don’t worry if you can’t find every ingredient. We prefer using whole spices […]

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Asian Cole Slaw

Serves 4. 1 c. Red Cabbage, shredded 1 c. Green Cabbage, shredded 1/2 c. Carrots, Julienned 1/8 c. Ginger Root, Diced 1/4 c. Scallions, diced 1/4 c. Red Peppers, diced Black and White Sesame Seeds 1/2 c. Ramen Noodles 1/4 c. Miso Vinaigrette 1.  Combine cabbage, ginger, scallions, red […]

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A Tasty Baguette Sandwich with Asiago Cheese, Arugula & Balsamic Onion Marmalade

This is a simple sandwich that relies on a few quality ingredients. This sandwich is all about the juxtaposition of flavors and textures – the sweet caramelized onions, the peppery arugula and the crunch of a perfectly baked baguette. This can be served as a hot sandwich by toasting the bread and […]

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Crunchy Cole Slaw Salad

Serves 4. 1 c. Red Cabbage, shredded 1 c. Green Cabbage, shredded 1/2 c. Carrots, Julienned 1/8 c. Ginger Root, Diced 1/4 c. Scallions, diced 1/4 c. Red Peppers, diced Black and White Sesame Seeds 1/2 c. Ramen Noodles 1/4 c. Miso Vinaigrette Crunchy Cole slaw salads are traditionally […]

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Roasted Peanut Salad

This is a traditional Indian street food. It is served wrapped in a hand made paper cone or in a banana leaf. Use the roasted peanuts as a base and add cucumber, tomato and carrots to create a healthy side dish or salad. Make sure to dress the salad right […]

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Healthy Bean Lunch

Serves 1 1/4 c. Hummus 6 Asparagus, Grilled Handful of Micro salad greens 1/4 Avocado, sliced 2 Cauliflower florets, steamed Grilled crostinis Finishing Olive Oil This is a quick healthy lunch that would be perfect for entertaining or to take to the office. Arrange decoratively and enjoy!

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Retro Sandwich Loaf

This is a Mediterranean-inspired “Club” Sandwich. Have fun adapting this concept with your favorite sandwich fixings. Serves 2 1/2 Baguette 1 Roasted Red Pepper, thinly sliced 1 c. Hummus 7 Asparagus, grilled 1/4 c. Feta Cheese 1/4 c. Black Olives, pitted and sliced 2 Tbsp. Pesto 1 c. Herbed Whipped […]

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Recipe for Raspberry Champagne Sorbet and Simple Summer Things to Do on San Juan Island

Recipe for Summer Sorbet and Things to Do on San Juan Island

Annette Cain is the owner of Aging Well Workouts.com, which she created for those of us who accept that aging is inevitable, but prefer to do it with power and grace. She shares her wisdom in weekly messages, and her most recent post seemed perfect for a visit to […]

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A Stroll Through the Neighborhood by HH Guest Bonnie Rae Nygren Compressed

B&B Guest loves Harrison House Suites and the Neighborhood

One of our guests snapped this shot,  “A stroll through the neighborhood. Gawd, I love this place !” She continued on, “Miss you, Friday Harbor Suite … such a wonderful stay at Harrison House. Loved every minute !”   Bonnie Rae N. Auburn, WA (Friday Harbor Suite)

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Things to do on San Juan Island

Anglers – Take a Look at What’s Swimming Around San Juan Island

Kim and Karl Bruder sent photos of their morning activity. Kim writes, “Oh My Cod! It was an unbelievable morning here! Check out our catch…43″ 25 lb Ling Cod. It broke our net pulling it into the boat! It will live for another day! We had to let him […]

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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 interconnected pathways of gravel or grass, and […]

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