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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

Photo by Libby Baldwin for San Juan Excursions

A New Year Means a New Chance to Save our Orcas!

As you reflect back on 2013, you may remember moments of both triumph and tragedy in your life. You may think about the highs and lows of the year and use those memories to reflect on what you want to change, or what kinds of New Year’s […]

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A Floridian’s First Snowfall in Friday Harbor

Hi! I hope that all of you folks who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day. This was my first Christmas away from my family, but fortunately I had some wonderful people on the island who made me feel included, and the day was relaxing and peaceful. We […]

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Fire safety is so important when it comes to holiday decorations!

Keep Your Holidays Safe!

It just isn’t the holidays until you’ve trimmed the tree and strung the lights. Some just go with a simple, pre-lit tree; others choose to go all out and decorate every surface inside their homes and even yards! Whatever your amount of electric holiday spirit, this advice […]

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There are a plethora of books set right here in Friday Harbor that you can pick up today!

Add Some Local Color to Your Holiday Gift List!

We all know that the San Juan Islands are truly a slice of heaven on earth – from the rolling grasses of American Camp to the rocky shores of Lime Kiln Point, and everywhere in between, this place inspires a feeling of connection with nature and certainly, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Oktoberfest, Coho Restaurant Friday Harbor

German Beer & Wine Dinner October 3, 2014

Join us for Oktoberfest – Coho Style.  Due to the overwhelming response from our previous dinner, we are going to do it again this Fall. What could be better than German Beer and Food aptly timed for Oktoberfest! The beers will be coming from the iconic Ayinger Brewery […]

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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 – […]

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