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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’s Helpful Household Tips for Sunburn

Even though it may be an overcast day, our skin is still vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays. Recently a guest had forgotten to apply sunscreen, and ended up with a nasty burn. Beth immediately advised her to put wet teabags on […]

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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 […]

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Pet friendly accommodations San Juan Island

Pupcake Recipe

  Cheddar-Apple Pupcakes  Makes 12 standard muffin-sized Pupcakes Pupcake Batter: 1 ½ cup all-purpose wheat flour ¼ cup rolled oats 2 teaspoon baking powder ½ cup plain yogurt ½ cup water ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tablespoon honey 2 large eggs 1 […]

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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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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 […]

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Beth's Helpful Household Tips

Beth’s Helpful Household Tips #1

This time of year we are putting the finishing touches on our winter projects in preparation for the season. There is endless cleaning and painting underway. At each turn, Beth is at the ready with a helpful tip to make the job […]

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New Floors

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 […]

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Beth's Helpful Household Tips

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 […]

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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 […]

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Sooke Exhibit, Photo Courtesy Island Guardian

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 […]

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Cheesecake Desserts, Photo Credit Stefan Scherperel

Cheesecake Desserts

  Cheesecake Desserts

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Creamcheese Swirl Brownies; Photo Credit: Stefan Scherperel

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

  Cheesecake Swirl Chocolate Brownies   Brownie Ingedients: 10 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1 ¼ c. sugar ¾ c. unsweetened cocoa 2 tsp. water ¼ tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 3 eggs 1/3 c. + 1 Tbsp. flour Creamcheese: 8 oz. cream cheese, […]

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Strawberry Marscapone Cheesecake; Photo Credit Stefan Scherperel

Strawberry Marscapone Cheescake

  Strawberry Marscapone Cheesecake Crust 2 c. slivered almonds 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted Filling 16 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature 16 oz. mascarpone cheese, at room temperature 1 1/3 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 vanilla […]

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Blueberry Streusel Cheesecake; Photo Credit Stefan Scherperl

Blueberry Streusel Cheescake

  Blueberry Streusel Cheesecake   Crust: 1-1/2 cups flour 1/3 cups sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ cup ground almonds ¾ cup cold butter, cut up ½ cup slivered almonds Filling: 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened 3 Tbsp. flour […]

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Blueberry Philly Cream Cheesecake, Photo Credit: Stefan Scherperel

Blueberry Philly No-Bake Cream Cheesecake

Blueberry Philly Cream Cheesecake 1 graham cracker crust 2, 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature 14-ounce can (1 1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. vanilla extract Blueberry Sauce 2 pints fresh or frozen blueberries 1/4 c. […]

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Cooked Shrimp Salad - Photo Credit -Stefan Scherperel

Cooked Shrimp Salad

Cooked Shrimp Salad Note: This is one of our go to dinners when we want something quick, easy, satiating and are craving lots of crunchy vegetables. Shrimp 1# shrimp, steamed with beer and Old Bay 2 Tbsp. seasoned rice wine vinegar 2 […]

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Tequila Lime Shrimp Salad - Photo Credit: Stefan Scherperel

Tequilla Lime Shrimp Salad

Tequila Lime Shrimp Salad Ingredients 1# shrimp, cleaned, peeled and deveined ¼ c. Tequila ½ c. lime juice, freshly squeezed ¼ c. red onion, sliced ¼ c. cilantro, chopped, reserve some whole leaves for garnish 1 plum tomato, seeded and diced Salt […]

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Maryland Crab Meat Salad - Photo Credit: Stefan Scherperel

Maryland Crab Salad

Maryland Crab Potato Salad Potato Salad 1# Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes 1/3 c. sour cream 2 Tbsp. aioli (recipe below) 1 tsp. stone ground mustard ¼ c. green onions diced (reserve 1 Tbsp. for garnish) ¼ c. celery […]

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Japanese Crab Meat Salad - Photo Credit: Stefan Scherperel

Japanese Crab Meat Salad

Japanese Crab Meat Salad Ingredients 1/2 # Dungeness or Maryland Blue Crab (backfin or lump, cooked and picked) Avocado Miso Vinaigrette (recipe below) 1 c. Mizuna 2 Tbsp. daikon root, julienned Edaname, tossed with sea salt Wonton wrappers or Lotus root, thinly […]

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Photo Courtesy of Stefan Scherperel

Balsamic Shrimp and Asparagus Salad

  Ingredients 1# shrimp, cleaned and deveined Heirloom tomato, thinly sliced 1# asparagus 2 oz. Prosciutto de Parma, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar reduction or aged balsamic (start with 1 cup of vinegar and reduce down until sweet, thick and viscous) […]

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