Opening Day Boat Parade May 3, 2015

San Juan Island Sailing

Enjoy the beginning of boating season with a festive parade in Friday Harbor. The parade is open to just about any kind of seaworthy vessel, powerboats, sailboats, and human powered boats.  There will be prizes for the winners in a variety of categories. The parade begins at 2:30 p.m.  Free moorage at Port of Friday Harbor Sunday, May 3 for registered boats.

San Juan Island Sailing

Samuel Smith Salute – April 17, 2015


SamSmith-WinterWelcome-270x336The dynamic beer duo, John Gilroy and Aaron Anderson, who brought us the memorable Okotberfest and Winter Welcome dinners, have another great event planned for us this spring. Each April Merchant du Vin has their annual Samuel Smith Salute, a national event celebrating this iconic English brewery. They will kick off a series of San Juan Island events at Coho Restaurant with a special beer dinner. Samuel Smith helped build the micro brew revolution in the United States when their first shipment of beer arrived here in 1978. We have an amazing line up of beers planned for the evening along with Chef Bill’s deft pairings. So join us on April 17th at 6 p.m. for a 5 course dinner. Dinner is $45 and the beer pairing is $25.

Surprise at Sunken Park near Tucker House

Sunken Park Friday Harbor

Sunken Park is a lovely little town park, located conveniently across the street from Tucker House Inn, and was built in the 1930’s for Friday Harbor by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). In 1995, it was refurbished by the Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation.  However, in all these years, no one had worked on the foundation of the gazebo located on street level until the town of Friday Harbor, in their 2015 renovation of Sunken Park.  And what they found was amazing.

As workers begin the dismantle the concrete steps of the gazebo, they discovered something you don’t usually see in concrete steps:  horseshoes.

A little research into the town of Friday Harbor history here on San Juan Island showed that during the Depression, many building materials were scarce, including rebar. Rebar has been around for centuries, and is used to reinforce the strength of poured concrete; but what can you use instead?  Apparently, the Friday Harbor townspeople, famous for their ability to create workarounds for almost anything, decided to use horseshoes instead.  Our best guess is they were requisitioned from the Livery Stable that was on First Street during that era.

The 2015 version of Sunken Park and its gazebo should be completed this week, with the addition of new playground equipment.  A brighter, cleaner park for the community and visitors is waiting for you now…but you will need to bring your own horseshoes!

Sunken Park Friday Harbor

Surprising historical find during the renovation of Sunken Park, across the street from Tucker House Inn, Friday Harbor, WA




Tucker House offers tips on finding a petsitter

Cats like to stay home
Cats like to stay home

You’re going on vacation? I think I’ll pass.

Make your dream vacation a dream for your pet, as you prepare to head for Tucker House Inn at Friday Harbor.

Some pets love to travel; we have all heard stories about the motorcyclist whose terrier likes to sit in his lap as they motor down the highway, and animal rights activist Cleveland Amory, who took his pet cat Polar Bear, on worldwide travels.   Here at the  Tucker House, on San Juan Island, we love animals, love to pamper them as much as we do our human guests, but we recognize that some pets do NOT have travelling on their bucket list.

We offer these tips to you in case your pet would rather stay at home with their familiar surroundings.  Hiring a house/pet sitter is an important process in creating a stress-free atmosphere for your beloved pet while you are away on vacation.

When to Start Looking:  As soon as you have your travel dates!  The best house sitters are booked months in advance, and you will want the best.

What are you looking for?  Is your sitter going to stay the night or just stop in to feed and water the animals? Clear expectations are critical, and it will help you to consider making a list of your needs.

Where do you look?  First, ask your friends, fellow frequent travelers, and your veterinarian.  If there are no results, check out classified ads at a local pet store.

What do they charge?  House sitters set their own rates, and those rates are based on how many animals, walking times, overnight stays, etc.  Because you have already taken the time to outline your expectations and have your dates, you should be able to get a price quote in the first phone call.

What next?  The sitter should provide you with three references, and you should call those references.  If that all goes well, set up a meeting with the sitter, yourself, and your animals at your house.  Trust your instincts and those of your pets when interacting with the potential sitter.  Set up a second visit a week before your departure, to go over everything in detail.  Lastly, call your sitter the day before you leave, just to ensure all is in place.

How do I prepare?  An experienced sitter will probably have their own checklist, but here are some of the subjects you need to cover before you catch that plane:  Plenty of pet food on hand?  Where do you want the sitter to sleep if it is a stay over?  When does the trash get picked up at your house? Does the sitter need to water plants, get the mail or newspaper, start the family car, put out bird feed?  Who can the sitter call if there is an emergency at the house?  Can the sitter use the family computer while you are gone?  More information is better than not enough.

Once you find a responsible and caring pet sitter, offer to serve as a reference.  Stay in touch, by email or a call every couple of months – and tell your friends about this sitter.  A busy house sitter will stay in the business and therefore be there for your next trip away! If you decide to bring Fido and need a pet sitter for an afternoon outing, let us know, there are some great resources in Friday Harbor.



Coho Restaurant Chef’s Italian Wine Dinner – Friday, March 13

Canas Feast Wine Glass

We can never get enough good Italian food and great wine, so we planned another special dinner to showcase the cuisine and the fabulous wines of this favorite food destination. We are excited to have Kristie Adams the Fine Wine & Marketing Manager of Noble Wines on Friday, March 13th to host this wonderful evening. She will showcase 6 exquisite wines from their Italian portfolio representing Italy’s renown wine producing regions. Chef Bill’s food pairings will complement the wines and display his deft hand with Italian Cuisine. We will offer one seating beginning at 6 p.m. 5 courses; 5 wines – $55 food and $35 wine. Reservations recommended.

Notte Italiana
March 13, 2015
Kristie Adams, Noble Wines
Bill Messick, Executive Chef

Grissini, Italian Cheese, Pear

NV Cleto Chiarli Brut Rose (Emilia-Romagna)

Baked Pacific Oyster
Prosciutto, Wilted Spinach, Crispy Shallot

2013 Pallavicini Roma Malvasia ‘Puntinata’ (Lazio)

Pan Seared Striped Bass
Puttanesca Sauce, Roasted Tomatoes, Olive Tapenade,
Fried Caper Berries

2012 Tascante Ghiaia Nera (Sicily)

Wild Mushroom & Rapini Cannaloni
Wild Boar Bolognese, House Made Mozzarella

2010 Renato Ratti Barolo ‘Marcenasco’ (Piedmont)


Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb
Roasted Delacata Squash, Risotto, Fig Demi Glace

2011 Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa (Veneto)

Due Torte
Toasted Almond Pound Cake, Caramel Sauce
Panforte, Whipped Marscapone Cream

2007 Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (Tuscany)


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