San Juan Island Lodging WA Friday Harbor

e-newsletter December 2011
Featured Recipe
Friday Harbor Dining
Photo of the Month
Doggie Biscuits
Free Tickets
Island Authors
Island Events
Special Offer for Our Guests
Featured Recipe


   Rum Truffles     

Champagne Toasts   

December is a month filled with impromptu visits, friends and business associates, holiday parties, and special celebrations.  


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 the perfect treat to have on hand for drop-in visitors, hostess gifts, tasty presents for that person who always does a little extra something for you, and elegant finishes to holiday meals. 


Chocolate Rum Truffles


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Celebrate in Style with Coho's Extraordinary  

Holiday Dinners    


 We've got a full line-up for you to choose from:


Saturday, December 17: Sup and Sing with San Juan Singers and a special pre-concert dinner. 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Saturday, December 24: Our regular winter menu, plus some holiday specials. 5:00 - 9:00 pm


Sunday, December 25: 

6 courses, fixed menu with choice of appetizers, entrees, and desserts; optional wine pairings.

$50 per person, $25 optional wine pairings.   4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Saturday, December 31: 

6 courses of special holiday fare plus two optional wines pairings - sparkling or still. $55 per person, $30 optional wine pairings.   5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


As you know, our tiny restaurant can only fit so many people, and these holiday extravaganzas are always booked to capacity, so make your reservations now.


Call (360) 378-6330 to make your dinner reservations.      


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   Photo of the Month       

Champagne Toasts  

One of the weddings we hosted and catered this summer was captured on film by Seattle free-lance photographer Jonathan Steinberg.  


We love how his images seem to draw the viewer into the moment.


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Gift Shop  


Doggie Biscuits  

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Don't forget your four-legged friend this Christmas. We bake our doggie treats fresh from scratch, using the the same high quality ingredients we use in our breakfasts They make perfect stocking stuffers for Fido, or Fifi, Molly, Zeke, Cooper, Max, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen .....


You can order them through our Gift Shop


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Harrison House Suites &
Tucker House Inn Newsletter




With a change of year just one month ahead, we'd like to announce a change at the Inns as well. The Upper Tucker House, our "official" check-in area for both inns, will be greatly enhanced.


By the end of December, our tiny Business Office that Anna Maria and Stephanie were crammed into, will be transformed into a new Reception Center for guests. Here you'll find maps, ferry schedules, brochures, restaurant menus, and a bulletin boared of island events. Our innkeepers will staff the front desk during check-in hours. The cozy living room is still available for your use, as well as the guest kitchen, so you can help yourself to coffee, tea, and snacks any time you'd like.


The walls in this home are looking a little bare at the moment, in preparation for some beautiful local artwork that will soon adorn the space. Claudia Fullerton, owner of Island Studios, the local artisan and crafters co-op, is coordinating a rotating display of works available for sale. We're excited to host these attractive works that represent the islands, and you will have the opportunity to meet the individual artists in upcoming newsletters.


A huge thank you to all of you who have taken the time to complete our survey forms during your stay. We read them all, and took each and every one of your suggestions to heart. You've given us invaluable information! We are carefully evaluating your comments, and prioritizing a list for implementation. Some suggestions are quickly and easily implemented, while others are major, expensive projects which will take more time to complete. Our housekeepers anxiously collect the forms from the rooms - we are all striving toward a line of 5-star check marks.


From the entire staff of Harrison House Suites and Tucker House Inn, we wish you and yours a most peaceful and joyous holiday season.


Anna Maria & Dave


Free Tickets 


No one likes to pay taxes, but here's a chance for you to recoup some of the lodging tax that you pay on hotel rooms. Thanks to funds received from the Friday Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, the Whale Museum is offering free Vacation Passes to our inn guests.  Read More


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Island Authors

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

Champagne Toasts


New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas's new series begins during the most magical time of year, "Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor."


Thirsty Goose Farm owner Jim Lawrence has penned "Callused Hands Hungry Heart," his memoir of a fisherman farmer. Champagne Toasts 


Award-winning, bestselling novelist, Susan Wingate writes young adult romantic fantasy, women's fiction, suspense, mystery and literary fiction.


Based on a true story, Naomi Black's "Springer's Journey" is the account of a brave young whale, a surprising journey, and the discovery that the road home doesn't begin on any map: it begins in your heart.


David Conover's "Once Upon An Island" recounts the adventures and misadventures, the terrible trials and the comic failures of a young couple who buy their island dream.


These and many more books by San Juan Islands authors are available at Island Studios, (360) 378-6550. 


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Island Events



The town is always lovely in December, with storefronts decorated and lights twinkling everywhere. There's no trace of the hustle and bustle of mainland cities - a peaceful calm fills the air, and there is truly a sense of joy everywhere on the island. Read More



Saturday, December 17: Final Farmer's Market of the Year.   Read More 


Saturday, December 17: San Juan Community Singers. Read More 


December 16 through December 24: Island Stage Left presents "Omnium Gatherum or From the Sublime to the Ridiculous." Read More



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Special Offer for Returning Guests
As a thank you to all who stayed with us this year (2011), we would like to extend a special offer for you. Stay one night and the second night is on us. 


This is valid for new reservations booked between December 5, 2011 and December 31, 2011, for travel through February 28, 2012, holidays excluded.  


To apply this offer, request code TWFR when booking.  

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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.