San Juan Island Lodging WA Friday Harbor

e-newsletter May 2011
Featured Recipe
Friday Harbor Dining
Photo of the Month: Morning Glory
Foaming Hand Soap
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New Website and Photographer
National Historic Preservation Month
Upcoming Island Events
Island News
Featured Recipe

Jerusalem Artichoke Hashbrowns    

Charlie Brown in Yellow Sweater 

Coho Restaurant and the San Juan Community Theatre team up again for everyone's favorite cartoon characters in live form, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown."  


Thursdays through Saturdays, May 12-14 & 19-21, Charlie and his memorable friends Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally and, of course Snoopy, will all be there - child characters with adult sensibilities and issues.  In this delightful musical comedy, all roles are played by adults with bigger-than-life set and props to give the illusion that they're children, making this a musical for all ages.  

The pre-performance dinner at Coho Restaurant will include a 3-course meal, glass of wine, and special treat in honor of Charlie Brown. The package is only $47 per person, tax and gratuity excluded.  Call (360) 378-6330 to make your dinner reservations, and (360) 378-3210 to order your tickets for the performance and meal voucher.  Vouchers will need to be presented when dining, so please pick them up before your dinner date.   


Charlie Brown the Musical Poster  



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Photo of the Month: Morning Glory 

Sunrise on San Juan Island
Morning Glory
Mike Bertrand's photos will make you long to come back to the island.  You can almost feel the serene beauty and peace caress your psyche and soothe your soul when you gaze at them!

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Recently we've had a spurt of requests for our Foaming Hand Soap. This moisturizing soap is scented with eucalyptus and thyme, and turns every chore of hand-washing into a mini "spa" treat.   Experience your own simple luxury at the sink by ordering through our online gift shop.

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Please join us in welcoming Paul la Valley to the inns. As Breakfast & Catering Chef, Paul has already proved his mettle with "trial by fire" in recent large catered events. Paul is taking over for John Hamilton,who has left to pursue an alternate career path on the island.

Chef Paul la Valley

Paul la Valley by Roche Harbor Marina

Paul brings an impressive cooking career to the Inns having worked in luxurious resorts and fine dining restaurants throughout the San Juan Islands and Tucson, his former home. You will find a range of inspiration and influence in his cooking including South West American, Chinese, French, Italian, and Japanese. He has an infectious curiosity about food and will be sure to put a smile on your face. 

As Executive Chef at the Chef's Table in Tucson, he prepared, cooked, and served guests his own creations demonstration-style. Guests sat around him at a huge granite counter in a state-of-the-art kitchen, so they could watch while he prepared the meal. Two cameras captured the action in close detail, and guests could interact with him while he worked.

Though raised in Arizona, Paul has embraced the Pacific Northwest whole-heatedly, and loves the San Juan Islands in particular. "I am very excited I found a career-minded job that I can grow with, and a beautiful place to live for many years to come. It is my goal to create a relationship with our guests and have our staff in their memory when they return home."


Check out Paul's Jerusalem Artichoke Hashbrown Recipe.  It's our featured recipe this month. 




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New Website and Photographer

Mike Bertrand, Photographer
Mike Bertrand Captures the Beauty of the Island


Last summer the historic 1898 Tucker Home was transformed with a new exterior color scheme. This year, it's our virtual home that's being updated. Next week, we launch our new website, with easier navigation, updated room photos, and added information. As you explore the site, you'll find new pages for Catering Events, and a new travel tool kit that has a wealth of information for planning your stay. Our room availability and reservation software will seamlessly interface with the new web site. Don't forget to check out our package deals and specials.


The new photos of the inns were shot by professional photographer and island resident Mike Bertrand. Mike spent many years in architecture and design, giving him a keen awareness of lighting, proportions and scale. With his unique perspective and creative eye, he was able to capture the relaxed mood and elegant simplicity of the Tucker House rooms. 


Boats on the Docks in Friday Harbor
Destination Friday Harbor

Mike says, "Living in the Pacific Northwest, especially the San Juan Islands, has inspired me to strive for that 'perfect' shot. Most of my photography is of images that people in the area see on a daily basis.  My true challenge is to capture these everyday images with 'new eyes,' to inspire you. My desire is that through my photographs, you might appreciate more, the created beauty around you." After viewing the proofs from the Tucker House photo shoot, Mike made all of us see the rooms and suites with new eyes. Mike's photograph, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" graces the cover of the Inn's cookbook. 


Take a moment to browse through Mike's work on his website, You'll see the very scenes you viewed with your own eyes during your visit - ferries, float planes, boats in the harbor, lighthouses, lavender fields, Madrona trees and more, but they are captured more beautifully than most of us could ever snap with our own cameras and cell phones.  No luck here, just skill and an artistic eye, and that's what makes them such great souvenirs of your San Juan Island vacation.  Additionally, Mike uses only the best inks, mats, papers and canvas to provide you with a quality, original image that will last for years to come. (Check out his coupon below.)  


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National Historic Preservation Month


Have you ever realized how many businesses in downtown Friday Harbor are located in old wooden buildings? (The Tucker and Harrison House have four!) We are incredibly fortunate that our town was not ravaged by fire as so many other towns in the 1800s. In fact, in 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Designated Friday Harbor one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations.  

The Fribor Theater, Built in 1916
The 1915 Fribor Theater, Now Known as The Palace


May is National Historic Preservation Month, and we celebrate our town's historic treasures with numerous activities sure to interest those who love peeking at the past, including walking tours, homes tours, films and discussions.  


One of the new walking tours is through the Lower Argyle Neighborhood, one of Friday Harbor's oldest residential neighborhoods.  It starts at the Sunken Park on the corner of Nichols and B streets, right across the street from our 1898 Tucker House.  The free tour is Saturday, May 28, 1:00 pm.


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Upcoming Island Events   

Yvonne Buijis Mancuso Glass Art

Artist Yvonne Buijs Mancuso Creates Stunning Glass Art and Happily Explains the Process to Visitors

The San Juan Islands Artists' Studio Tour is  June 4th and 5th 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a self-guided tour with 20 artists' studios and 23 guest artists. This is a unique opportunity to see how the artists work in their personal studio spaces, and travel down hidden roads and private drives that are definitely off the beaten path.


With a mixture of prints, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, sculpture, and fiber, the professional artists open their doors and welcome the public to see where art is created and explain their processes.


The tour is a free event of art, guest musicians, lovely gardens, and a drawing to art at each studio.  Maps and more information are available at


Friday Harbor Labs has two major events coming up, their Open House on May 14 from 11:00 to 4:00, and Jazz at the Labs on Saturday, June 4th.

Student shows young visitor how to us a PFD
Young Visitor Learns "The Ropes" During Open House


The Open House is cool because on the self-guided tour you can meet the scientists and students at the Labs, check out the equipment they use, step aboard the research vessel R/V Centennial and see the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), oceanographic tools and high-tech sonar systems. There will be posters, marine plants and animals, microscopes, plankton sampling and observations, and activities for visitors of all ages. Kids are encouraged to attend, so this is a great educational and inexpensive family outing.  


Jazz at the Labs is a wildly popular evening of food, fun, and great music to benefit the Friday Harbor Laboratories K-12 Science Outreach Program in the San Juan Island Elementary, Middle and High Schools and the Spring Street School. This program partners children with scientists, and offers hands-on encounters with science.


Dinner starts at 6:00 with music by San Juan Jazz Quintet, followed at 7:00 by Seattle's outstanding jazz band, Chris Amemiya and Jazz Coalescence, featuring some of the Pacific Northwest's most prominent jazz musicians. The most commonly heard phrase from last year's performance was, "These guys can play!"


The cost for dinner and music is $30 per person, and music only is $15 person. For reservations (required) and information, call Friday Harbor Laboratories at
360 378-2165, Ext 0.  

San Juan Jazz Quintet
Photo Courtesy of Trish Morse

Island News


The first ever Great Island Clean-Up was held April 9th.  Visitors and islanders alike volunteered on beaches, roads, and the town streets and parks to rid the island of unsightly litter. 

Barbara Sharp and Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos
Soroptimists Barbara Sharp and Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos Pause While Picking Up San Juan Valley Road


Our Guest Services Coordinator, Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos, was the mastermind and spearheaded this amazing volunteer effort.  Tired of seeing beautiful island marred by litter, Stephanie decided to do something about it. She contacted members of the four service clubs on the island - Soroptimists, Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions - as well as the Chamber of Commerce, and the Girls Scouts, asking for help. They were all willing to chip in, as did many other organizations and businesses. Innkeepers Erin Dannelly and Sally Browne participated as well, along with and a number of our inn guests.


In all, over 200 volunteers worked to pick up over 5,000 pounds of trash.  Now that's some major Spring Cleaning!  Welcome to our beautiful island.



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If you would like to contribute an article or photograph, or have an idea of something we should include in our next edition, please let us know. 

You can also follow our news on our blogs: Harrison House Suites Blog,
Tucker House Inn Blogand Coho Restaurant Blog.

 Contact us at:
Harrison House Suites 235 C Street  360.378.3587 800.407.7933

Tucker House Inn  275 C Street  360.378.2783  800.965.0123

Friday Harbor, WA, San Juan Island 98250


We appreciate your staying at Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites and want you to enjoy your experience long after your return home.


So as a token of our appreciation, please accept our gift of 10% off any photo from local photographer Mike Bertrand. 


To make your selection, visit Mike's website, or contact him before you come out to set up an appointment for a special viewing.  

Mike Bertrand, 360 317-6622,  


Take the island home with you!  And again, thank you for visiting. 

Ferry Coming into Friday Harbor with Mt Baker in Background
Ferry and Mt Baker


This offer is valid up to one year from the date of your stay. Please provide Mike with your reservation confirmation number.