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...

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‘Tis the Season for Gratitude!

Happy Thanksgiving week to you and yours! Libby here, new San Juan Island resident and blogger. Hopefully you’ve already seen my blog about experiencing the off-season here for the first time! I’m continuing that series this week with a few thoughts on Thanksgiving 2013 – my first Thanksgiving away from Florida and my family. I […]

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Juvenile bald eagle, photo by Heather Callin

Wolf Hollow Helps Keep Our Wildlife Wild!

As residents of San Juan Island, we hear plenty about the multitude of wildlife conservation efforts that are a huge part of life here – from shore-based whale-watching, to the annual Christmas Bird Count, to keeping a safe distance from our 4,000+ harbor seals. But there are so many people living here who are working […]

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J-8, also known as Speiden, is the most recent loss in the southern resident orca community. She and three others will be honored at this year's Day of the Dead ceremony.

Beloved Orca Speiden Missing and Presumed Dead

The months of October and November are not unusual months to see orcas in the San Juan Islands. Although the peak season is May-September, our southern resident community of orcas, most notably J-Pod, tends to stick around and have been sighted every month of the year historically. What was unusual about October 16 was the […]

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Unplugged on San Juan Island!

As islanders, so many of us are entirely dependent on our connections to the outside world, those necessary evils called cell phones and Internet service. For many, it’s the only way we can keep in touch with family, friends, and current events. So the big event this week – a complete shutdown of cell and […]

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Fall arrives in Friday Harbor

Experiencing Fall on San Juan Island – For the First Time!

Greetings from the newest blogger for the inn! My name is Libby, and I’ve just joined the team. I’m thrilled to be here, and also thrilled to be experiencing the “off season” here on San Juan Island for the first time. I’ve been coming here during the sunny, exciting summer season for the last three […]

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Carl Zichella

Friends of the San Juans Speaker Highlights Energy Positives

Carl Zichella, Director of Western Transmission, Land & Wildlife Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, gave the keynote address at the Friends of the San Juans annual meeting. Carl is the organization’s lead staff for western U.S. Renewable energy transmission siting and serves on a nationwide team working on renewable energy development issues. In this role, […]

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Green Christmas Tips from a San Juan Island Green Leader B&B

Bing Crosby may have dreamed of a White Christmas, but on San Juan Island, we prefer the REduce-REuse-REcycle mantra. Christmas is no exception. Here are a few tips to help you bring the 3-RE spirit to your home: For the Tree: Choose LED Lights If live trees are wrapped with miniature lights, the lights should […]

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San Juan Island has some great spots for enjoying year-round tide-pooling. Marine Naturalist Brittany Bowles offers tips on getting the most from your excursion.

Tide Pooling on San Juan Island

Tide Pools can be a place of endless fascination and entertainment, for young and old alike. When the sea recedes on the rocks near the shore, it leaves little puddles of water, often home to delicate creatures that survive in both wet and dry conditions. They may hide under rocks or seaweed to protect themselves […]

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Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos

Season of Change

We write often about the seasons in our blogs and newsletters. This is due in part to the fact that the foods we serve our guests are locally grown, so we are very much in touch with the seasonal crops. But it’s also because here on San Juan Island, we are much more connected to […]

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Halloween Oct 1981

DIY Halloween Tips From Friday Harbor B&B

The Friday Harbor Fire Department Thrift House has a whole rack of Halloween costumes out. Even better, they have lots of colorful garments and linens for those who like to stretch their imagination and create something unique, avoiding the toxic dyes and petroleum-based products of ready-made costumes. If you’re going for a scary look, you […]

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Court Rules that Federal Agency Failed to Protect Thousands of Whales and Dolphins from Navy Sonar

A federal court has ruled that National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) failed to protect thousands of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and sea lions from U.S. Navy warfare training exercises along the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. In an opinion released late Wednesday, Magistrate Judge Nandor Vadas, U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California, […]

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House Repair Tools

Guest Comments Spur Renovations for Friday Harbor B&B

Housekeepers, Innkeepers, Office staff – we all read those feedback forms that you, our guests, kindly take time to complete. It is from these forms that we learn what we’re doing right, where we need to tweak, and occasionally some great ideas to implement. During the busy summer months, Friday Harbor is awash with visitors […]

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Beatles Fans Will Love San Juan Island Artist’s Latest Creation

San Juan Island “Trash to Treasures” artist Kevin Roth has erected a whimsical tribute to the Beatles at the former site of his West Side Free Pile. The grand Yellow Submarine stands behind a memorial bench to beloved islander John Buck, creating a great photo op. The Yellow Submarine is composed of 99% recycled materials […]

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Chili Cook Off Art Stock 2013

Friday Harbor B&B Chef Enters the San Juan Island Harvest Chili Cook-Off

The latest news: Chef Molly, who dreams up all the wonderful breakfasts at Harrison House Suites and Tucker House Inn, has decided to compete in the San Juan Island Harvest Chili Cook-Off.  She’s entered the Vegetarian category, and already has some of the ingredients marinating. I’m not much of a chili person myself, but I […]

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San Juan Island has its share of "characters," and this B&B Blogger particularly loves Cow and Pig

More San Juan Island Characters

What is it about small communities and islands that breeds “characters?” You find them in every small town, every remote enclave; they are the people who feel free to express themselves in whatever way they choose, and seem to be accepted – good, bad, or indifferent – as just another part of the whole. They […]

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L119 and Her Mother Matia

Orca Calf L-119 is Named

After several weeks of public voting with more than 2,500 votes counted, Southern Resident Community Orca calf  L-119 has received her name! Though the voting was close, Joy is the winning name by about 100 votes. Joy is a fitting name as this playful calf has brought joy and hope for these endangered whales.Read more […]

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Lummi Nation Totem

Kwel Hoy’ – “We Draw the Line”

The Lummi tribe has declared their strong opposition to the Coal Project and on September 15th embarks on a 1200-mile long  road trip Lummi style, a Totem Pole Journey through the sacred landscapes of the West, to unite the west in saying NO to coal export. Kwel Hoy’ means “We Draw the Line.” The House […]

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The proposed coal terminal in Longview would ship 44 million tons of coal per year, almost as much as Cherry Point in Bellingham. Courtesy of Columbia River Keeper.

Comments Open on Proposed Coal Terminal in Longview

Regulatory agencies are currently accepting comments on the scope of the Enviromental Impact Study for the proposed Longview coal terminal (Millennium Bulk Terminals.) The proposal would ship 44 million tons of coal across SR 432, 16 new trains a day, and run 730 coal ships per year through the environmentally sensitive waterways of the Columbia […]

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We've now added the orange RSS feed icon on our blog posts. If you'd like to keep up on San Juan Island and B&B news, this is a real simple way to do it.

Use RSS Feed to Get San Juan Island and B&B News

We’ve now added the orange RSS feed icon on our blog posts for Tucker House Inn, Harrison House Suites, and Coho Restaurant. You’ll find it at the top of the right hand column. If you’d like to keep up on San Juan Island and B&B news, this is a real simple way to do it. […]

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The Samish Indian Nation of the San Juan Islands

With their powerful declaration against coal exports, the Lummi Nation has been in the news frequently of late. But there is another First Nations Tribe whose ancestral homes are right here in the San Juan Islands, the Samish Nation. Last month I attended a lecture at the San Juan Island Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, […]

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