San Juan Vineyards Winemaker’s Dinner with Chris Primus – October 11, 2014

San Juan Vineyards Winemaker's Dinner Coho Restaurant

San Juan Vineyards Winemaker's Dinner Coho Restaurant

Join Chris Primus, winemaker from San Juan Vineyards for our 7th annual wine dinner, Friday October 17th at 6 p.m.  at Coho Restaurant.

Chef Bill Messick’s autumnal 6 course menu is paired with five wines – $45/person food + $25 for wine pairing. Make a night of it – the Tucker House Inn will offer $99 queen Jacuzzi guest rooms for those attending the dinner.


Lobster Summer Rolls
Napa Cabbage, Cucumber, Crispy Wonton
Ponzu Dipping Sauce

Chardonnay 2013, Yakima Valley


Crispy Veal Sweetbreads
Sweet Potato Puree, Lacinato Kale

Siegerrebe 2013, Puget Sound (Estate)


Braised Duck Leg Cannelloni
Wild Mushrooms, Baby Spinach
Marinara Sauce

Sangiovese 2010, Yakima Valley & Horse Heaven Hills



Braised Oxtail
Pumpkin Risotto, Caramelized Parsnips
Braising Jus

Cabernet Franc 2010, Horse Heaven Hills
Cabernet France 2011, Horse Heaven Hills


Apple Tart
Almond Crumb Topping, Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Riesling 2013, Yakima Valley

Cancer Relay for Life – September 27, 2014


Want fun? Live bands, good food, games, prizes, costumes, nuttiness and family friendly!




When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 3 PM – 11 PM

Where: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island WA at the Fairgrounds

What: Walkers from throughout the community will gather at the Friday Harbor Fairground Pavilion on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Participants will be helping the Society mark a major milestone in the fight against cancer.

“The American Cancer Society works 24 hours, 7 days a week to save lives from cancer and creating a world with more birthdays. It is important that we come together – as a community, as volunteers, as survivors and as leaders – to finish the fight,” “By lending your support to the Friday Harbor Relay event this year, you’ll be lending your support to the Society’s efforts to support our local community in the fight and bring an end to cancer as we know it.” During Relay For Life events, participants take turns walking or running around path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps.

Opening ceremony will take place at 3:00 pm. The survivor’s reception is at 2:00 pm. This is a community event that is family friendly. Closing ceremony is a 10 pm. The event finishes at 11 pm.

Enjoy the big band sound of One More Time who will open the event. Folklorico will be performing traditional Mexican folk dances. Teddy Dean will be performing. See expert Egyptian, Turkish and Belly Dancing. Participate in the ‘UnTalent Show’ where anything goes for anyone – 15 minute limit. Fun, food, memorabilia and luminarias are just some of what to expect.

Funds raised at Relay For Life of Friday Harbor help the American Cancer Society get even closer to bringing an end to cancer as we know it. To learn more about Relay For Life, please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Funds raised benefit the San Juan Island community directly with wigs, port pillows, off island lodging, off island transportation, and a 24/7 hot line toll free.

A Season of Love

Tucker House Inn Weddings

This time of year, between anniversary celebrations and wedding celebrations, cakes and flowers abound around the Inn. Jim and Janis celebrated 51 years of wedded bliss last week and the Flemmings arrived yesterday for their 45th. Mr. Flemming asked us to have 45 red roses awaiting their arrival. His wife was so amazed at the gesture and jokingly remarked, “I earned every one of them!”

And then there are the nearlyweds who become newlyweds under our watchful eye. The same night we were hosting David and Megan’s wedding dinner in our lower garden, Jennifer and Sam, who married a year ago in that very spot, were staying with us celebrating their anniversary. Jennifer and Sam shared over 3000 photos of their wedding weekend. It was so much fun revisiting all the little details that made their celebration so special.

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Between the Harrison House Suites and Tucker House Inn, we hosted all of their guests for the weekend in our 17 different guest rooms, suites and cottages. Here they are in Sunken Park right after the ceremony.

We made Jennifer and Sam two wedding cakes that day – a berry shortcake that we served as their breakfast dessert the morning of their wedding…

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and their wedding cake – a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling enveloped with a French meringue. Their guests also enjoyed a selection of seasonal pies including the groom’s favorite, banana cream pie.

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Their wedding color was sapphire. All the decorations and flowers were accented with hints of blue. We searched high and low to locate every blue beverage bottle for their bar!

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After dark, the toasting and celebrations continued with sparklers.

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Jennifer and Sam are part of the Tucker House extended family and are already booked for their second anniversary celebration next July 2015. We wish our “All Star Bride and Groom” many more happy years together.

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And now we turn our attention to this weekend’s events – Trina and Lewis’s wedding and Lynne’s daughter’s bachelorette party. We will prepare the wedding feast, specialty his and her cocktails, cakes and all the flower arrangements. Our very talented team loves showering special attention on our guests for life’s milestones. The San Juan Islands are indeed a special place for new beginnings and celebrations and we hope to have the pleasure of hosting yours.

Keeping Pets Cool at The Tucker House

Maya keeping cool indoors at the Innkeepers apartment

San Juan Island has been experiencing a heatwave!  Of course if you are from Texas or Florida visiting us, you might disagree. We like to make sure that our furry friends are keeping cool and not getting overheated. The Tucker House has a dog park as part of our bed and breakfast and it offers lots of shade for hot summer days. Below are a couple of tips to keep your pets cool this summer.

Harley keeping cool under a chair on The Tucker House deck

Harley keeping cool under a chair on The Tucker House deck


Ensure that your garden or yard has some shady spots for your outdoor cat to enjoy. They will find them readily enough, provided you supply them. Water should always be easily accessible and available in the outside area, as well as indoors.

  • If you have an outdoor cat, be scrupulous about checking your greenhouse or shed before closing the doors. These buildings are often uninsulated or unventilated and this might prove fatal if you accidentally lock your cat in the building.

Biju realxing in the shade of The Tucker House dog park

Biju realxing in the shade of The Tucker House dog park

Shelter from the Sun for your Dog

Your dog might enjoy a little sunbathing, but she ultimately needs a cool, shady spot to relax. Prolonged sun exposure not only leads to heat exhaustion, it can also cause sunburn. The best thing is to offer shelter. Shade from trees is nice, but not perfect. An actual structure is better. The addition of a fan will help further cool things down. If possible, put the shelter in a shady area to keep it extra-cool. Of course, the most ideal shelter is in your home. If possible, install a doggie door to allow easy indoor access.

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

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