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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

Lighthouses and More Featured in National Historic Preservation Month

May is the month when the entire nation celebrates history, architecture, and culture of the past. Communities share significant historic sites and buildings that tell the stories of the past, and celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and towns. We are fortunate that Friday Harbor was one of the few towns [...]

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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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Italian Grain Pie

Italian Grain Pie

Makes 8 Servings   Filling: ½ cup Wheat berries 5 Large eggs ½ cup Sugar 1 tsp Vanilla 1½ lbs Ricotta 1 Large egg white 1 tsp grated orange zest or orange flower water Crust: 1 cup Flour ¼ cup Sugar ½ tsp Baking powder Pinch Finely ground sea salt 1/8 lb Unsalted European style [...]

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Lizzie Lawson

With 17 rooms, suites and cottages in historic wooden buildings, we have to pick and choose which accommodations will get a “face lift” each winter. This year it’s our rugged little Log Cabin. By the time we’re finished, it will be wearing a new roof, walls, shower, wainscoting, paint, and a new name, Lizzie’s Cottage. [...]

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Tuscan Bean Soup

Makes 8 as a Starter, 6 as an Entree   1½ cup dried borlotti, cranberry, red kidney, pinto or white beans (or any combination of beans) 3 quarts cold water 3 large Idaho baking Potatoes, peeled, cut into ½” dice 2 springs fresh rosemary 2 fresh or dried bay leaves 1½ tsp peperoncino (crushed red [...]

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Island News – February and March 2012

“Glocalisation” is the growing trend of dealing with big global problems through small, individual actions – something that every one of us can do. Vacation travel which includes volunteering for a charitable cause, called “Voluntourism,” is perfect for travelers who want to make a positive change in the world, yet still enjoy a relaxing experience. [...]

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Organic Seed Savers Workshop for Enthusiastic San Juan County Farmers

Cathleen McCluskey, one of our recent guests, was on island to help conduct an Organic Seed Savers workshop. She graciously gave us permission to post this entry from the OSA Seed Broadcast blog:

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Island Authors Works Make Thoughtful Gifts

Readers and island lovers might enjoy a gift that brings both together – a book from a San Juan Island author.

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Chocolate Rum Truffles

Makes 24 Servings This recipe is quick and easy, and since the truffles will keep for at least three weeks (if you don’t eat them before), they are nice make-ahead treats.

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Honey Granola

Harrison House Suites Granola

We get so many requests for our house-made granola recipe, I thought it was time to post it again. We make buckets of this yummy treat each week, not only offering it at our breakfast table to guests, but also sending it out to our local San Juan Food Coop, and to previous guests who [...]

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

So many gluten-free baked goods are overly sweet.  These cookies are just lightly sweetened, and the delicate sweetness of the golden raisins really shines through. We usually under-bake our cookies just a tad, so the centers stay chewy.

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Salted Caramel Mousse

Yield: 6 servings   At the inns, we occasionally host luncheon meetings or garden parties for community groups or guests. This ethereal dessert is an intriguing gustatory surprise that is becoming an oft requested favorite.

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Innkeeper Plays with Abbey Road

Eleanor Rigby has special significance for Sally Browne.  The classic Beatles tune features a cello solo, and our summer-time innkeeper, Sally, was thrilled to play the solo in her first appearance with a rock/pop band last Saturday evening at the San Juan Community Theatre. The Band was Abbey Road, a Beatles tribute band.  For their [...]

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Washington Cherries For Breakfast Desserts

From the keyboard of Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos: The first of the Washington cherry crops arrived last week – to the delight of Anna Maria and me.  We both sat with bowls of cherries in front of us, gorging like black bears on the glossy, merlot-colored fruit.  From our local co-op we obtained boxes of Tieton Cherries, [...]

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Parking Pass Now Required for Lime Kiln State Park

Travel Alert: As of July 1, visitors wishing to park a vehicle in WA state parks and recreations lands will need to purchase a Discover Pass.  The fee is $10 for a one-day pass, or $30 annually. You will need this vehicle pass in order to visit Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island.  [...]

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Down South Eggs Benedict

Makes 4 Servings Our chef Paul la Valley likes to get creative in the mornings. One day he came up with a Southern-style Eggs Benedict which he served with roasted new potatoes. It was really different, and guests enjoyed his new twist on an old favorite.

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Keep Up the Great Island Cleanup

Now that we’re all spending more time outdoors with this glorious weather, let’s remember to keep up the momentum of the Great Island Clean-up. If you see litter along the road, it only takes a moment to pick it up. Pack your picnic meal in reusable containers. Bring your reusable shopping bags. Once you put [...]

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What to Do with Jerusalem Artichokes

They’re known as Jerusalem Artichokes, though some people call them sunroots or sunchokes or earth apples or (as in France) topinambur.  Most of us don’t call them anything because we can’t figure out what the heck to do with those gnarly-looking things, so why bother?

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New Chef at Harrison House Suites

People come and people go, and our inn is no exception to the movement of personalities. 

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Innkeeper Moves On

Innkeeper John Hamilton has left us to further his career with the newly formed Cask and Schooner in Friday Harbor.  Acting as the Head Chef and Kitchen Manager of the restaurant portion of the tavern, John will apply his love of locally grown foods to the menu he’s creating for the new venture.  Focusing primarily [...]

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