San Juan Island Lodging WA Friday Harbor

e-newsletter June 2011
Featured Recipe
Friday Harbor Dining
Photo of the Month: Fireworks Over the Water
Bath Bar Soap
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I.C.E. Your Phone
New Travel Tips
Upcoming Island Events
Featured Recipe

Down South Eggs Benedict     

Eggs Benedict 


 Our chef Paul la Valley is always creative in the mornings.  One day he came up with a  Southern-style Eggs Benedict which he served with grits and a corn pepper coulis.  It was really different and delicious.  Guests enjoyed his new twist on an old favorite.


Down South Eggs Benedict Recipe 

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Coho Restaurant and the San Juan Community Theatre  team up this summer for dinner and a play within a play.   



Dog Holmes   


"The Real Inspector Hound" is a mystery, a farce, and a very sophisticated satire written by acclaimed British playwright Tom Stoppard in the early 1960s.  Murder, intrigue, and romance unfold as the audience discovers they too become part of the story.


The pre-performance dinner at Coho Restaurant will be offered Thursdays through Saturdays, July 29 through August 12, and includes a 3-course meal, glass of wine, and special treat sure to please the most sophisticated British palate. The package is only $42 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 your meal voucher.  Please present your voucher when dining, so remember to pick them up before your dinner date.   


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Photo of the Month
Fireworks Over the Water  
Fireworks Over the Water


We just LOVE how Mike Bertrand captures the beauty of San Juan Island.  Every one of his photos makes you "wish you were there!"  One of Mike's photos is probably the next best thing to being there and a great remembrance of your trip; you can view and purchase his work online at  


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Bath Bar Soap


Foaming Hand Soap


Our new soap maker, Seattle Soap Works, has been creating some lovely seasonal scents for our guest room bath bars.  A particular staff favorite is the Lemon Verbena - just a light hint of scent, clean and refreshing for hot summer days.   


The stock keeps rotating and the scents keep changing, so you may want to call and see what's on hand before ordering.  Or, you can let us surprise you, by ordering through our online gift shop.

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Last month we shared how proud we were of the Great Island Clean-up.  While this was akin to a major spring cleaning, there are many individuals and service groups who have adopted roads and beaches; they work tirelessly throughout the year to keep our Island looking beautiful.  Indeed, many visitors and locals alike have noticed how remarkably clean the island is. 


We believe the San Juan Island attract many eco-conscious visitors.  In fact, one of our islands themes, "Take only pictures, leave only footprints", embodies our awareness of minimizing the impact of tourism on our fragile marine ecosystem. We often refer to "Island Time" and try to offer a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere so our guests can slow down.  But Island Time also applies to the values which we hold in respect for the community and our environment. 


Eco-conscious travel means thinking about your impact on the environment - both physical and social - so that tourism can be sustainable.  And it means making eco-friendly choices while traveling.  Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Logo with Nature Scene


As green Inns, we are always thinking about the 3 R's.  Reduce, Reuse, Recyle. Our new websites feature a section under About Us, that includes tourism tips to help you make green choices when on vacation.  Here are a few items to pack for your green trip: 

  • Reusable bags. Many Friday Harbor shops ask if you want a bag, because most locals bring their own reusable bags.  There are good quality, lightweight bags that stuff into a tiny sack; they are easy to stow, and can be used for shopping as well as stowing wet clothing or dirty shoes in your luggage.
  • Reusable water bottles. Buy a good quality, stainless steel bottle; get a clip for it, and attach it to your carry on. You can take it empty through airport security, and refill it once you're inside the gate. And your refill is free.
  • Reusable coffee containers and utensils if you're a fan of latte's and take out food.

Here's some additional green travel tips:


  • Be a traveling locavore. Dine at restaurants that use locally grown, sustainably-farmed ingredients. On San Juan Island, choose restaurants that are Island Certified Local.  These establishments utilize ingredients produced locally - instead of shipped across the country - thereby producing a much richer flavor and no doubt healthier dish with a reduced carbon footprint.
  • Hang on to your recyclable items until you find a proper container to deposit them. There is a blue bin in the Upper Tucker House kitchen expressly for recyclables, as well as in each of the suites and cottages.

Most importantly, allow yourself time to get out in nature. Smell how clean the air is; hike back into a forest and listen to the birds; watch a sunset; sit on a beach and be lulled by the gentle waves.  Truly feel the beauty of the island and, like us, you'll melt into Island Time.  




Anna Maria & Dave


I.C.E. Your Phone B4 Leaving Home 


When making your reservation, we always ask for your cell phone number, just in case you don't show up as scheduled.  Ferries run late, cars get flat tires, children get sick, and all sorts of delays can occur. But what if something serious happened - if you were involved in an accident or suddenly taken ill while traveling?  Emergency responders always find cell phones on the scene, but they have no idea who to call. 


That's the reason for the I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) campaign.  All you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be called regarding an emergency under the name ICE.  For more than one contact name, simply enter ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.  This is a nationally recognized campaign that can enable emergency service personnel and hospital staff to quickly contact the right person.


So store your ICE numbers today, and encourage others to do so as well.  We hope you'll never have to use them.  Travel safe this season!

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New Travel Tips in New Web Sites

Last month we launched our new Tucker House website.  This month, the new Harrison House Suites site makes its debut, with new room photos again by talented local photographer Mike Bertrand. (See his coupon at the bottom of this newsletter.)  

On both sites, we've included LOTS of new information to help you plan your island visit.  Click on the Things To Do tab.  On the bottom right on the page, you will find some links to a list of activities to help direct your interests, whether it be outdoor recreation, culinary excursions, scenic tours or sample itineraries.  Right below that menu bar is the Travel Toolkit icon; this will lead to another page with links to helpful information like Getting Here by Ferry or Plane, Ferry TravelTips and Ferry Schedule, as well as Friday Harbor Weather and Tide Tables  - in case you're boating in, or just want to plan a day digging clams at Westcott Bay Seafood's u-pick farm - and much more. 


In the website's footer, at the very bottom, you'll find links to our blog's latest news posts, as well as Island events, staying in touch via social media, our online gift shop and more. 


We're trying to make our websites as informative and helpful as possible, so we would appreciate your feedback.  As always, we are available to answer your questions and help plan your stay - we want everyone to fall in love with San Juan Island!


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Upcoming Island Events   


The Island is always hopping with fun events during the summer months.  Here are just a few of our favorites:


Fourth of July Celebration:  A quaint, community celebration starting with the canons at day break, followed by a town parade at 10:30 am.  The parade begins at the corner of Spring and Price Streets, and proceeds down Spring Street to First. It's followed by an old-fashioned community picnic at the San Juan Historical Museum grounds at 1:00, where you can enjoy a  Kiwanis-sponsored burger while listening to local musicians. At 6:00 pm, the Rotary club takes center stage with their Rock-the-Dock party at the Port of Friday Harbor.  It's topped off with fireworks over the harbor, beginning somewhere between 10:00 & 10:30, when it finally gets dark.


Music on the Lawn: Island Rec's annual free summer concert series begins July 13.  Pack a picnic supper and a sweater, and join the locals every Wednesday evening, 6:30 to 8:30 at the San Juan Historical Museum grounds. For a complete line-up of performers, check the Island Rec website.


San Juan Island Lavender Festival: This 10th annual free event is at Pelindaba Lavender Farm off Wold Road in the center of the island. Head on out for tours, workshops, demonstrations, lavender baked goods, refreshments, music, self-harvesting and more.  Anna Maria will present her popular lavender cooking demonstrations at 12:30 and 2 p.m each day.   July 16 & 17, 10-4, 360.378-4248,


Summer Arts Festival:  Fine arts & crafts, live music, demos, and pancake breakfast hosted by the Fire Fighters highlight this fun weekend in town.  It's held on the courthouse lawn and Court Street on July 16 & 17, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4, 360.378-5240.  For a full listing of the artists and crafters,


Encampment: The annual event held at English Camp (July 23 & 24) is fun for all ages.  Park staff, volunteers and re-enactors from throughout the region gather to recreate life on San Juan Island in the mid-19th century.  It includes camp life, cookery, blacksmithing, woodworking and drilling.  Visitors can participate in games popular with 19th century soldiers, learn to tie sailors' knots, plunk a fiddle, saw a log, and dance the Grand March.  For more information and park hours, check the National Park Service website.    


Family Art Days: This is a summer series tradition of free drop-in workshops where children and their families can create a work of art to take home.  These workshops are given by well-known local artists, and are held every Saturday in July and August, 11:00am to 4:00pm, at the IMA Sculpture Park at Westcott Bay, near Roche Harbor. For more information and a complete schedule, contact Island Museum of Art & Sculpture Park.  


For a full listing of events, visit the San Juan Island Visitors Bureau website.


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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.