Friday Harbor ready for Holidays

Friday Harbor Weekend December 4-5

  Ready to get into the holiday spirit?  Come to Friday Harbor this weekend!   There are still a few rooms left at the Inn (Tucker House Inn and Harrison House Suites) so make your reservations now for December 4-5! Set your mood […]

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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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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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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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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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Turtleback Mountain, Orcas Island

Fall in Review

Fall is our favorite time of year. The island takes on a slower rhythm and this year’s Indian summer couldn’t have been better. We never tired of each day’s spectacular sunrise followed by a sunset that was even more colorful and vivid […]

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AM grover sign

Grover Travels to 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 […]

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Grover at Mount Young

Grover Travels to Mount Young on San Juan Island

Grover likes to get out and about and one of his favorite trails on San Juan Island, is climbing his way up 650 feet to the top of Mount Young! Along the way he gets to sniff the trunk of every Madrona, […]

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San Juan Island Biking

The Tucker House Complimentary Bicycles

                          The Tucker House Inn and Harrison House Suites have your fun covered with complimentary bicycles! Seeing the island by bike is a wonderful way to enjoy all that the […]

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San Juan Island Biking

Landscape Cycles

      is a new start-up in the San Juan Islands this summer. While the company is new, owner Thomas Bennett is not new to guiding small, custom, bicycle trips. Over the past few seasons, we have gotten to know Thomas […]

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

K-Pod Returns to the San Juans

Over the weekend, orca enthusiasts on the island were thrilled when several members of K-Pod were reported as inbound from an area to the north called Race Rocks. Sure enough, a couple of hours later they were seen making their way down […]

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The view from the Orcas Hotel of the ferry landing

Island Hopping – Visit Orcas Island!

Of course, there is no shortage of amazing ways to fill your days right here on San Juan Island…but the beauty of our archipelago is that each of our ferry-served islands (San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw) are all unique, and have […]

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Need Something To Do on a Cloudy Day on SJI? Here’s 10!

The sun is starting to make its triumphant reappearance here in the San Juan Islands! Thanks to the “rainshadow effect,” we enjoy an average of 250 or more sunny days every year, and receive only about half of the rainfall that our […]

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Charmed by Whales

 Anna Maria and Dave recently enjoyed a well-deserved vacation in Hawaii, and she shared with me the story of an incredible whale encounter that they had. As we approach the start of whale-watching season here on San Juan Island, I wanted to […]

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Why Do You Travel?

We often hear a lot about the baby boomer generation, but what we’re hearing now is that they’ve got the travel bug. According to an article from, boomers spend almost $160 million every year on travel. There are several categories of […]

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The Best Vacation Resource You’re Not Using

With the advent of the Internet, planning your entire vacation down to the hour has become easy, with online check-in, competitively priced booking websites, and readily available reviews of every hotel, restaurant and activity in any given place. But no matter how […]

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Island Marble butterfly, once thought to be extinct

See Something Rare and Beautiful on Your Next Trip!

When it comes to wildlife and the San Juans, the first thing that generally comes to mind is the orca. Orcas are unique to this part of the country, and this area is the only one in the United States that has […]

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Photo Courtesy of Captain Jim Maya

Update on our Orcas w/ Captain Jim!

The summer of 2013 was the worst summer in a long time for orca sightings, with the J-Pod whales being sighted only 27 times in our area between April and August. But the winter has been excellent, with lots of orca appearances […]

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Meet the Washington state Poet Laureate!

On January 29, Friday Harbor will welcome a very esteemed guest. Kathleen Flenniken has served as Washington’s Poet Laureate since 2012. She will hand the post over to a new Poet Laureate this year, but before she does, she wanted to make […]

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