Tucker House Inn and Harrison House Suites
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Harrison House Suites &
Tucker House Inn Newsletter                      March 2013 
Happy Spring! While many areas are digging out from snow, we are fortunate to enjoy the early signs of the season with crocus, hellebores and primrose in full bloom. As I walked around the garden, I realized it was already time to prune and to apply an organic horticultural oil to the fruit trees. I look at the calendar and it is only February but the weather and our volume of visitors makes us feel it is much later in the season. And we have you to thank - not for the great weather, but for your loyalty you have shown us over the years.    
This year we begin our 9th season as stewards of these historic properties,and we celebrate how far we have come. As I was browsing our photo archive looking for photos of Gizmo (his article is in Inn News), I took a moment to reflect on the many changes we have made to the buildings and to our services. This was validated with the Inns achieving membership in the BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection this winter. It was a real team effort and we realized our team needed to grow to keep up with it all. We can't wait for you to meet Beth Fricke our new Guest Services Coordinator. She provides reinforcement for Stephanie and I. After her first week, the good news was, we didn't scare her off. She joked about running around the office with a big net sweeping up whatever we dropped. She is going to fit right in.   
Don't miss Chef Molly's baklava recipe. She made a version for Valentine's Day infused with roses and drizzled with chocolate. And if you need some activities to work off the Baklava, we have included some Island events to plan your visit.   
In addition to all the happenings at the Inns, we have some island stories to share: the dedication of the Fluke, the Town's first public art piece, a follow-up to Stephanie's article last November; two new exhibits at the Whale Museum; and a precious gift from a long time islander. 

Beth Fricke Joins the Inns 
If you haven't met Beth, you will no doubt have the pleasure of speaking with her as you plan your trip to the Island. She is our new Guest Services Coordinator and we are thrilled to have her as part of our team. She has a terrific sense of humor and easy going demeanor that will make your feel right at home. Learn more...  
Island News
Whale You Be My Valentine?  Islanders celebrated the holiday a bit differently without the traditional chocolate and roses.
The Story of Sooke (L-112), a 3 year old southern resident Orca Whale who died in February 2012 and is now back home.

The Town of Friday Harbor Dedicates 'The Fluke'.
Dodie Gann's Gift to the Island - her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of Islanders for generations to come.
Inn News


Harrison House Suites & Tucker House Join Other Premier Inns as members of BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection.  


Gizmo Passes the Torch to Sammy and trains him for his modeling duties posthumously.


Harrison House Gets a New Roof and other winter projects in preparation for the season.


Gift Shop

We have a new offering in our gift shop and an amenity for our honeymoon suites. In addition to our cozy robe, you will be color coordinated with these non-stick waffle weave slippers. So now your feet will be toasty warm as you walk across the hard wood or tile in your suite. Learn more...

March Recipe


Chef Molly's Baklava

Don't be daunted by the use of phyllo. Phyllo is quite forgiving and as Molly writes, "Put the broken sheets in the middle, no one will ever know." Baklava is a lightly scented, aromatic pastry, crunchy on the outside with a nutty sweet filling. It has its roots in Greek and Turkish cuisine.
Drizzle it with dark chocolate as a counterpoint to the sweet filling.  Learn more...

Upcoming Events

From Food to Flowers
There is something for everyone to enjoy on the Island this spring. Lots of culinary events including the outdoor farmer's market that will open in its new location on Nichols Street, Global Cuisine Nights at Coho, wild flower festivals at the National Parks and the Island marathon. 

I know you all shared a smile when you read about Gizmo and Sammy and perhaps shed a tear when reading about Sooke. I couldn't bear to share the photos of Sooke's necropsy, but they are on the Whale Museum Site if you are so inclined.

We do love our animals, and particularly our four-legged friends. In addition to ensuring an ample supply of doggie treats, 
Chef Molly put down her spatula and whisk for a few hours and hand painted doggie mats for our visiting pals.  

We are sending you our heartiest thanks for visiting us, sharing your thoughts and comments, and referring us to your friends and family. From our family to yours,      

Anna Maria and All the Staff at the Inns
Harrison House Suites & Tucker House Inn
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