Turning Hiccups into Progress at the Inns!


House Repair ToolsHello 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 fantastic team here at Harrison House and am so excited about sharing news about what’s going on with you!

Part of life on an island, as I am learning, is being able to “go with the flow!” A fitting term with this week’s exciting happening at the inn, as our hot water heater has decided to rebel against us – specifically the one located on the second floor of Tucker House. The inner core of the heater cracked, so none of us noticed what was happening until it was too late – the moisture building up was too much for the second floor and caved in. Three-fourths of it will have to be replaced, and water made its way all the way down to the basement, where it has formed several lovely pools!

Despite the mess, we always consider it a good thing when life hands us an opportunity to upgrade our facilities! Over the years we have steadily been replacing every water heater at the inns, so this is just another chance to do so. These historical buildings do require regular upkeep, which we are happy to do — the charm and beauty that our rooms and suites offer can’t be beat!

“People can plan life and then life happens, and it is not always what you expect. I’m grateful that it’s not August with a full house; we were able to relocate people….there are really so many pluses in this. And hey, the insurance will cover it!” pointed out Beth, our perpetually smiling guest services coordinator. Like most of us, Beth wears many hats and this week, one of them is supervising cleanup!

So, please pardon our mess as we work around the clock to get everything cleaned up and back to running in tip-top shape! We are grateful for our current guests and their flexibility – I went into the living room at Tucker House to investigate, and despite the presence of humming machinery and a large tarp over most of the floor, I spotted a couple of folks enjoying their morning coffee and paper in the warmth of our beautiful sun room. This time of year in the islands, it’s starting to get gray and chilly outside – a perfect time for you and yours to do the same!



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