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

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

War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz

“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 […]

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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, Oak and Fir Tree that […]

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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 island has to offer, whether […]

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It Takes a Village

Being stewards of these 100 year old buildings is a challenge. We have similar troubleshooting procedures in place to a technical help line. Our guests or housekeepers alert us to a problem. Our innkeepers are the first line of defense. They know the idiosyncrasies of each unit […]

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Best of 425

Tucker House is #1

425 Magazine’s readers voted the Tucker House Inn Best B&B in their May/June issue. The discerning readers of this trendy Seattle lifestyle magazine selected the Tucker House for this honor. Wow! Then the next week, Zagat included the Tucker House in their 10 Essential Places on San […]

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Rhubarb Citrus Sorbet

                  1 # rhubarb, coarsely chopped ½ c orange juice ½ c honey ¼ c water 2 tsp. orange zest, finely grated 1. Simmer ingredients together until rhubarb is tender. 2. Cool and strain. Reserve rhubarb. 3. Spin in […]

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San Juan Island Ferry

Ferry Reservations Coming Soon!

                      Many of you ask about making a reservation for the ferry. Currently the Anacortes – Friday Harbor ferry is first come first served. Only the international crossing to Sidney accepts reservations. But that is going to […]

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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 as he visited each summer […]

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Your Next Book Club Pick!

Diane Hammond is a Keiko expert. You may know Diane Hammond as a popular writer of several successful Pacific-Northwest based books, but I was first introduced to her as Keiko the whale’s press secretary. As a naturalist and orca freak, naturally I worshipped Keiko, the world’s most […]

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What Makes the San Juans Special

By now, everyone knows that the San Juan Islands are stunningly beautiful in the high season, and that they’re a great place to see amazing wildlife or have a thrilling outdoor adventure. Trip Advisor rated us the number one island in the country and number four in […]

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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 the southern end of San […]

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Photo by Drew Harvell

Sea Stars Going Extinct?

Around these parts, the orcas and seals get a lot of attention, but they aren’t the only species of fascinating and beautiful wildlife that can be found here. Far from it, in fact. Whale-watching may be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think […]

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How Would an Oil Spill Affect the San Juans?

Some environmentally conscious folks have launched a project to find out. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Georgia Straight Alliance have undertaken a research project to find out what would happen if an oil tanker began leaking into the Salish Sea, which is the collective name for […]

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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 their own unforgettable experiences to […]

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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 friends to the south in […]

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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 share it with all of […]

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The Blackfish Effect and San Juan Island

One of the hottest films of 2013 wasn’t about an apocalypse, a star-crossed beautiful couple, or superheroes. It was about killer whales. Blackfish, a documentary filmed directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, began as an investigation into the events leading to the death of veteran Sea World trainer Dawn […]

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TripAdvisor is a Win-Win

Back in the day, choosing a place to stay on your vacation was usually a last-minute decision, whether that meant pulling off the freeway when you were done driving for the day and hoping for the best or just selecting an accommodation from your stack of trusty […]

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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 NextAvenue.org, boomers spend almost $160 million every year on travel. There are several categories of travel that are becoming increasingly […]

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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 much careful planning you do, […]

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