Welcome to the Tucker House Blog!

Feel free to share your impressions of your stay with us and your time on the Islands - your favorite hike, best dining experience (you can even mention your favorite breakfast or cookie), and most memorable moment. We will do our best to keep you apprised of not-to-miss events on the Islands and news from the Inn. Stay tuned and we are looking forward to your thoughts...

Accommodations in Friday Harbor, the Tucker House Inn

roadside oddities

Off the Beaten San Juan Island Path

                          There is so much to see when driving around San Juan Island:  breathtaking seascapes, old growth forests, interesting state and national parks, the camel, the yellow submarine….wait….what?  You won’t […]

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nasa shot of earth

Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday Party

                    Red and green are the colors of our winter holidays, so this year, concentrate on green as in eco-friendly for your holiday party planning. Keeping the holidays green means looking at every […]

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Red Chair Travels in November 2015   at the top of Mt. Grant on San Juan Island, gazing at Mt. Baker on the Mainland

SJ Island’s Mt. Grant Campaign

Note:  For a week in November 2015, Harrison House and Tucker House were honored to host the Red Chair during its four year travels across the USA.  During the week the Chair accompanied our intrepid owners and reporter to over 50 sites and […]

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Holiday entertainment with The Magic Flute

Holiday Events at SJ Community Theatre

Looking for a getaway that involves peace and quiet, but retains the holiday spirit? Check out these traditional holiday offerings in Friday Harbor this December. Booking accommodations at  Tucker House or Harrison House in December can include dinner at Coho Restaurant before or after […]

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Our Guest Books

It wasn’t that long ago when packing for vacation, one of my mandatory errands was to Serendipity books, just around the corner on A Street in Friday Harbor. I would spend hours going through piles of old books choosing the perfect ones […]

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Meet Eddie Our New Chef!

The Harrison House Suites and Tucker House Inn welcome Chef Eddie Garcia to San Juan Island. Mr. Garcia recently relocated from Nantucket where he spent last summer and fall as the Communard (staff chef) for the Great Harbor Yacht Club. Prior to […]

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Christmas Dinner at Coho – just down the street!

Coho Restaurant is opening on this special day so you can enjoy a relaxed holiday meal with family and friends.   Tucker House Inn and Harrison House Suites guests can just take a 5 minute stroll from their rooms to Coho! Our […]

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Join us for Thanksgiving at Coho

Chef Bill will be cooking up our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, complete with all the fixin’s, and all you have to do is relax and enjoy. We’ll be seating from 3:00 to 8:00; book early, as we already have a number of tables […]

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Failla Wines

Winemaker’s Dinner at Coho, November 20, 2015

Coho Restaurant is pleased to host a special winemaker’s dinner with Hourglass and Failla Wines – two boutique Napa wineries. Sip these highly acclaimed wines and taste for yourself why they’re in such demand! And with Chef Bill’s deft food pairing, this […]

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At Tucker House, Harrison House Suites, and Coho Restaurant, we know every drop counts.

Tucker House Owners & Staff Conserve Precious Water

In keeping with our Going Greener goals here at Tucker House, we work closely with the Town of Friday Harbor to support the town’s efforts to save water.  Sometimes even a small change can produce amazing results in savings, and provide a […]

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Look for this sign at the beginning of the trail

Afterglow Vista – Spooky Spot for Historical Hike on SJI

We all want to be remembered once we shuffle off this mortal coil, but Roche Harbor resident John S. McMillin took that thought several levels above the vision of the usual “tombstone in a cemetery”. Mr. McMillin was a staunch Republican, Mason, […]

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Pig sculpture by Matthew Gray Palmer, at Brickworks Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor Brickworks: Community Restored

It is an Ugly Duckling sort of story. The Brickworks building on Nichols Street, adjacent to Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor, Washington, began its life almost 100 years ago, as a brick manufacturing business in the 20’s The building began deteriorating when […]

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Goose in the Pond Quilt Pattern

Goose in the Pond? Dove in the Window?

As an Innkeeper checking guests into their rooms, I sometimes notice a puzzled look when I tell them they will be residing in a room called Castle Wall or Four Winds. Granted, these are unusual names if you are not a quilter. […]

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Friday Harbor Helicopters offer an aerial tour experience

Friday Harbor Helicopter Rides!

When planning  your next visit to the Tucker House in Friday Harbor, Washington, ask one of our innkeepers to set up a helicopter ride for you and your family!   With a variety of aircraft and very experienced pilots, Friday Harbor Helicopters […]

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red chair and dogs

Famous Travelling Red Chair Coming to Tucker House

In the winter of 2011, a Cape Cod innkeeper took a red chair from her Woods Hole Inn and whimsically placed it on the frozen pond outdoors. She posted a picture of it on Facebook, and was overwhelmed by the response she […]

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Friday Harbor WA

Friday Harbor Trivia

One of the common questions residents of Friday Harbor hears during tourist season is:  “Where do you all live in the winter?”  The answer is that about 2,000 residents make their homes here year round.  The town was incorporated in 1909, and […]

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baby bald eagle chicks

Bald Eagles on San Juan Island

With over 125 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in the San Juans, the possibility is strong you will see at least one during your stay at Tucker House Inn. Often one or two of them are seen flying over Friday Harbor, and […]

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Sunken Park Friday Harbor

Surprise at Sunken Park near Tucker House

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 […]

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Cats like to stay home

Tucker House offers tips on finding a petsitter

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 […]

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Friday Harbor Pet-friendly Inn

Sammy’s 2015 Postcard

Sammy has been coming to the Tucker House Inn for the last couple of years. His parents are long time guests and share their knowledge of the property as they have seen it change over the past 20 years. Gizmo, Sammy’s brother, […]

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