About Our Inn
The Tucker House Inn is perched on a hill overlooking the town of Friday Harbor and Sunken Park. The Inn consists of a labyrinth of buildings including two Victorian Houses – one built in 1898 and the other at the turn of the century, plus three cottages. The property has been lovingly restored and offers guests all the modern conveniences in these historic homes. Filled with an eclectic mix of antiques, vintage and shabby chic finds, the guest accommodations offer all the comforts of home.
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The History of Tucker House
The Historic Tucker House, the building located on ‘B’ Street was built in 1898, and was owned by the Inn’s namesake, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence M. Tucker. Mr. Tucker came to San Juan Island to build and operate a grist mill. The mill struggled to stay in operation, but Tucker found other avenues for his abilities. He served as County Treasurer and worked at the San Juan County Bank as a clerk. The upper Tucker House, the building located on ‘C’ Street was built about 10 years later by the Joy Family, whose descendants still reside in Washington State.
What these buildings have in common is simplicity of design. They are attractive and functional, but without elaborate ornamentation or frills. Both these buildings were built with local timber using the natural bedrock as the foundation. (When we restored the floors in the historic Joy House, we used island timber that was milled and kiln dried on the northwest side of the island.) Money was not so plentiful in those days and could not be used for the unnecessary. Buildings were generally painted white, more for functional protection against rot, than for decoration. In our renovations, we have chosen to adorn these buildings with a splash of color – keeping with a historical palate.
Meet the Innkeepers
The Tucker House and our neighbor Inn, the Harrison House Suites, are the culmination of a dream come true for inn owners Anna Maria de Freitas and David Pass. Having spent years traveling the world as guests at many bed and breakfasts and country inns, the memories of their visits were not only influenced by the amenities that each offered, but by the hospitality of the innkeepers. Throughout their travels, they took copious notes. So with these special Friday Harbor Inns, they have tried to incorporate and build upon many of the wonderful ideas from fellow innkeepers around the world.
Since moving to the San Juan Islands in 2005, Anna Maria and Dave have worked tirelessly to renovate these historic Friday Harbor Inns. Now with two Inns and the Coho Restaurant, they have grown beyond a small Mom & Pop Bed & Breakfast. Dave and Anna Maria, along with our professional team of room attendants, innkeepers, chef and concierge, will do everything we can to make your vacation memorable. Whether it’s kayaking through the straits and picnicking on a nearby island, taking in a spa day or having a private masseuse come to your suite, playing 18 on the local course, day tripping to Orcas, or relaxing on one of our many decks, we’ll help you plan your stay and make it your best.
Anna Maria & Dave
Before moving to the Islands in 2005, Dave worked as a software engineer and Anna Maria in public broadcasting. They worked and played hard. What drew them to the life as innkeepers was their love of entertaining, cooking, and sharing fine cooked meals and the fruits of their garden with family and friends.
Both Anna Maria and Dave are certified scuba instructors and enjoy many other outdoor activities including golfing, hiking, gardening and downhill skiing. Anna Maria is a classically trained flutist. Since moving to the Islands, Dave has taken up flying. He puts his hobby to good use year round by flying off island regularly to select the freshest seasonal produce from neighboring farms for our breakfast table.
The Tucker House – A Pet-Friendly Inn
The Tucker House is one of the only Inns in historic Friday Harbor that is pet-friendly. We welcome our four-legged friends in our suites and cottages. Our chefs bake specialty, wholesome dog biscuits for your furry friend following the tradition that Mollie, the Inn’s yellow lab, began many years ago.
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