Welcome to the Harrison House Suites Blog!

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

libby with whale

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 […]

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Raised ceilings and crowned moulding in the living room

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The bride's shoes await in the bathroom of her suite

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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