Holiday Parade, Picinic & Fireworks – July 4


TrashFash_parade-shot-300x283Small town parade fun – funky and homey.

Parade begins at 10:30 at the top of Spring Street;  runs approximately 30 minutes. The Pig War community picnic follow immediately at the San Juan Historical Museum. Fireworks begin at dusk over Friday Harbor.

Tucker House has Strawberries Ripe for the Picking!


Strawberry from the Tucker House Garden

Strawberry from the Tucker House Garden

Strawberries are ripe and ready for picking!  We are so lucky to have a chef’s garden right outside the Garden Cafe’s door full of delicious strawberries, edible flowers, greens and herbs. This year our strawberry crop has been bountiful and extra sweet. We have been hard at work picking, hulling, freezing and creating delicious recipes using strawberries – trifle, strawberry short cake, cheesecakes garnished with strawberries, strawberry rhubarb cobbler, and even a wedding cake, garnished with strawberries.

Wenda, our innkeeper and head gardener, at Tucker House and Harrison House started amending the soil last fall with chicken manure. She also uses natural remedies to keep slugs and other insects away from our strawberries. It is working!  We have an over abundance of strawberries and plenty extra to freeze for winter. Congrats Wenda on an amazingly, delicious harvest!

Come stay with us at the Tucker House and sample some of our mouthwatering strawberry desserts!

Strawberry Trifle in a Teacup

Strawberry Trifle in a Teacup

Mini Cheesecake with Strawberries

Mini Cheesecake with Strawberries

Corliss Estates & Tranche Cellars Winemaker’s Dinner June 27, 2014


You’ll want to set aside Friday evening June 27 at 6 p.m. for this special evening with Griffin Frey, winemaker from Tranche Cellars. We did the tasting earlier this week and we are super excited about the wines and the menu Chef Bill has put together.

Tranche-CellarsGrilled Spanish Anchovies Bruschetta
White Bean & Wild Mushroom Duxelles

2013 Pink Pape

Oyster Rockefeller & Seared Scallop
Creamed Spinach & Bacon, Grilled Zucchini & Fried Shallots

2012 Pinot Gris

Roasted Blue Foot Chicken
Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Rösti, Haricot Verts, Morel Mushroom Cream Sauce

2010 Barbera

 Grilled Goat Loin & Braised Leg
House Made Pappardelle, Picholine Olives, Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs, Seasonal Vegetables

2009 Barbera

Spice Rubbed Seared Venison
Mousseron Mushroom & Wild Rice Risotto, Glazed Carrots & Snap Peas, Triton Cherry Demi

2010 Syrah Estate

A Chocolate Surprise

imagesEnjoy this fabulous Mediterranean-inspired 6 course meal for $45, and the optional pairing for $35. Reservations are suggested as the tables are filling up fast! Hope to see you there!


Grover Travels to American Camp

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Grover and Teresa educating themselves at American Camp

Grover and Teresa educating themselves at American Camp


In 1859 the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig. The territory in dispute was the San Juan Islands, and the confrontation began when an American farmer shot a pig that belonged to Britain’s Hudson Bay Company.  The “Pig War” ended 12 years later with the American’s gaining control of the San Juan Islands.

American Camp National Park located on the southern most tip of San Juan Island is not to be missed during your visit. There are stunning hiking trails that take you through a large national prairie and down to South Beach, the longest public beach in the islands, with views to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains; others lead up through a cedar forest to 285-foot Mount Finlayson. Seasonal residence to more than 200 species of migratory birds, American Camp is home to a nesting pair of bald eagles that have 2 eaglets that are getting ready to fledge in the next couple of weeks. Red foxes abound and orcas are frequent visitors to the waters off South Beach. The park is located about a 15-minute drive from Friday Harbor or a rolling 9 mile bike ride.

Grover and Teresa enjoying the open landscape at American Camp

Grover and Teresa enjoying the open landscape at American Camp

War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz

K-Pod orcas seen from the shore; photo by Libby Baldwin

“Pre-order a book, Save a whale!”

The book — War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz — tells the story of the twenty-year battle to limit navy sonar in whale habitats.

For every member that pre-orders a copy of War of the Whales from the order page on our website at:!war-of-the-whales/cngt
$5 will go to fund our field research of the Southern Community of orcas.

War of the Whales is being published by Simon & Schuster on July 1st. The first reviews call it “Rivetting” and “A gripping, brilliantly told tale….” Amazon has chosen it as its “Best Beach Read”, and USAToday has selected it as one of its three “must-read” nonfiction books of the summer.


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