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How to Prune Lavender

Erin and Wenda have their hands full in the garden this time of year. In addition to the regular fall clean up and mulching, there is the daily onslaught of leaves. While many trees have already shed, our three beech trees are standing proud full of bright green leaves. […]

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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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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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The San Juan County Fair is in full swing, and the food court is still a popular hangout.

San Juan County Fair Food a Locals’ Treat

Today is day three of the 4-day San Juan County Fair. As typical, the businesses in the hospitality industry are overrun during fair week, and many retail, thrift, and consignment shops are as quiet as mausoleums. EVERYONE goes to the fair! It’s the chance for islanders to reconnect for […]

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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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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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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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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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Friday Harbor Picnic Cruise

Think you’ve seen and done it all on San Juan Island? Think again! Set out from Friday Harbor Marina in your private Duffy electric motor launch! Tour the harbor or undeveloped Marine Reserve Shoreline along China Cove, or head out to the UW Marine Labs and Point Caution. We’ll pack […]

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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 to the ferry the next day. And […]

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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 learn how a group of 12 could […]

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San Juan Island Scenic Byways

Washington State is filled with incredible beauty and diversity, the best of which is featured in premier driving tours designated as Scenic Byways. The spectacular San Juan Islands Scenic Byway is Washington’s newest byway, and is unique as the only state byway that includes a marine highway. The Islands […]

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Don’t Feed Mona!

                        Poor Mona, we’re loving her too much!  She is suffering from some SERIOUS camel conditions, and we don’t have an exotic animal veterinarian on the island who can really dial in the prescriptive remedy. For now, her […]

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Island Events – Summer 2012

Islanders pull out all the stops in summer, with events packed throughout the season, many of them free. Here are some of our favorites, and while you’re visiting, please remember that June 5 is World Environment Day and June 8 is World Oceans Day, and honor this great earth […]

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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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Guests Enjoy Relaxing Weekend at Harrison House Suites

Thank you! We had a great time staying with you. We appreciate all the nice touches to make our island weekend relaxing. Russell and Doreen K. University Place, WA

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