Farmers Market Basket

Foodie Foray

The San Juan Islands are becoming known as much for their abundance of sustainably-farmed produce as for the breath-taking scenery. With your souvenir reusable shopping bag in hand, set off for the island farms, Farmer’s Market, fish market and Food Co-op. After your day of procuring island bounty, peruse the Inns signature cookbook, La Cucina […]

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Tito Tippler

Jump-start your island-time relaxation with a tipple of Tito’s barrel-aged vodka on arrival. Hand crafted in the heart of Texas, this vodka is worthy of slowly savoring, just like a fine cognac. Served on ice with olives and martini glasses, your private happy hour awaits you. Add $20/couple. Available year-round.

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Wild Nights Cover - Front

Local Author Named in Top Five Fiction Debuts

Finalists for ForeWord Firsts’ Winter 2013 competition include Wild Nights, by Friday Harbor author MaryEllen Coutney. The award contest recognizes the brightest self-published and independently published works of debut fiction. The Winter 2013 Winner will be announced May 30, 2013. “Choosing the top finalists was a challenge this quarter,” said ForeWord Reviews Publisher Victoria Sutherland, […]

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John Darrah with Japanese fishnet float found at South Beach

Great Island Cleanup 2013

Occasionally visitors remark how clean the island looks. Indeed, drive down island roads this month and you’ll see very little roadside litter; that’s because over 200 volunteers participated in this year’s Great Island Cleanup on Earth Day weekend. Not including the town of Friday Harbor, they traversed about 45 miles of county roads and several […]

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Now deceased Southern Resident J2, AKA Granny, near an oil tanker

Power Past Coal Update

Public opposition against the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal/Custer Spur (GPT) at Cherry Point in Whatcom County, WA has been remarkable. It appears there are quite a few people who think that strip mining coal in the mid-west, sending it by rail across the country to Oregon and Washington, and shipping it to China is just […]

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Chief oikami pipe banger on the Sea Goose - safety aspects: hammer tied to his belt, ear protection, eye protection, life-vest.  He was in view of the vessel operator.

IOSA Tries New Drill for Whale Protection

Volunteers for Islands Oil Spill Association (IOSA) have regularly been practicing maneuvers in the event of an oil spill in the San Juan Islands, but their latest endeavor targeted our beloved Southern Resident orcas as well. With the islands being so remote, it would take precious hours before rescue crews could arrive here to control […]

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Global Cuisine Night at Coho Restaurant – Feb 13, Mardi Gras & Creole Countries

This winter, enjoy Foods of the World without costly airfare! Every Wednesday night, Coho Restaurant will feature global cuisine in place of our regular menu. Mark your calendar for your countries of choice and join us for global dining:  Creole Countries & Mardi Gras, Feb 13; (click here for full menu);  Germany, Feb 20; Brazil, Feb […]

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Fluke Sculpture

Fluke By the Ferry?

Islanders are rallying to collect money to install a beautiful sculpture of a whale fluke at the top of the ferry landing. Led by consummate volunteer Lori Stokes, the project needs to raise $25,000 to purchase the Micajah Bienvenu sculpture and install it on the huge rock at the corner of 1st and A, across […]

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Scoping Hearings Determine Environmental Impact Statement

Scoping hearings are now being held in our area regarding the Gateway Pacific Terminal. Earlier we wrote about the proposed project to mine coal in Montana, transport it across the country by train to Bellingham, build a terminal there to receive the coal and load it onto the world’s largest tankers that would pass through […]

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Hemphill Family Square

Visits From Descendants

                      In October we were honored with visits from two descendants of island pioneers. Jerry Hemphill, who we wrote about in our February 2012 Inn Newsletter, actually stayed with us in the original 1898 Tucker House, what we call the Lower Tucker House. Jerry’s father […]

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New Restaurant in Friday Harbor

Today I was able to escape the office to try out the newest restaurant in town, Tia’s Tacos. Tiny Tia’s Tacos is tucked away in the old Ellsworth Building (sorry, I couldn’t resist the alliteration) on Blair Street, between the Post Office and the long wall off Spring St. There are a few rustic tables […]

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Volunteer Rewarded for Efforts

My husband and I enjoyed a marvelous weekend at the Tucker House in the Four Winds room last weekend. We were the lucky winners of a gift certificate donated by the Tucker House to the  League of Women Voters of Seattle -King County raffle last fall.  When I made reservations we made reservations for the Coho Restaurant. […]

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Now deceased Southern Resident J2, AKA Granny, near an oil tanker

Island News, Fall 2012

Many of the readers of our last issue expressed concern over the issues that the island and its residents – both human and otherwise – are facing. We thought we’d give you a brief update. Coal Export Terminal: In August, Dr. Claudia Oakes, part-time Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Political Science, Native American […]

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Fantastic Stay At Tucker House

My wife and I had a fantastic stay at Tucker House. We will highly recommend your establishment to any friends and family going to Friday Harbor…. Gary P. Houston, TX (Lizzie’s Cottage)

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Grape Harvest

Top 10 Things to Do in the Fall

  Fall is our favorite time of year. The island is less crowded, the weather is usually still gorgeous, and there are plenty of activities still going on. Here are some of our top picks, in no particular order. Art Stock – Tour the homes and studios of island artists and see them in action. […]

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Pets on Pinterest

We’ve got our new Pinterest boards going, with categories for Breakfast; Wedding Ideas We Like; Food Ideas We Like; Pets, Critters & Creatures; Weddings at the Inns; Our Guests; Gardens and Ideas We Like; Travel & Places; and San Juan Island Scenes. We would love to share your photos on our boards. Got snapshots of […]

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Fly to the Island on Kenmore Airlines

Stay with us and receive 5% off on your flight from Seattle to Friday Harbor on Kenmore Airlines.  Contact us with your flight information and we will take care of making the reservation for you. We’ll need the full name, birth date, and approximate weight of each passenger. Note, we need to book the flights […]

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Bird Package

Birders Bounty Package

The mild weather of the San Juan Islands offers a virtual winter paradise for birds. Seabirds and water fowl vacation here in winter, and give way to arriving migrants such as swallows, hummingbirds, vultures and warblers as Spring dawns. Join acclaimed naturalist Barbara Jensen for the ultimate tour of the island’s birding hot spot. Barbara […]

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Guest Anxious to Try Out Cookbook Recipes

We truly did have a very nice time at Tucker House. I just rote a very complimentary review which I assume they will post, and I hope that lots of people come to stay with you. I can hardly wait to try a recipe or two from your cookbook. Thanks for everything. Lucy G. Moraga, […]

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Guests Look Forward to Future Visit

Dear Hosts, We had a lovely time there on July 16-18.  We look forward to future visits and recommending you to our friends. The breakfasts were truly extraordinary, and the numerous little touches for our comfort and convenience were noteworthy. I am thinking of QTIPs, cotton balls, foaming hand soap–the fresh milk and orange juice […]

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