Patrick and Shelley are thrilled to join the San Juan Island Inn Collection Team. They return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest after a stint as nomads. We are excited to welcome a new four-legged friend onto our team as well, their adventurous dog, Iggy!
The Klausens: Innkeepers of all Trades
Patrick and Shelley met when Shelley was hired as the marketing manager for Spokane Public Radio, where Patrick spent over 20 years as production director and audio producer. She has also held marketing and development positions at performing arts venues in Bellingham and on Whidbey Island. The creative couple was married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony, which Shelley designed and catered, on a magical summer evening in 2014. Prior to their arrival in Friday Harbor in March, they managed a historic bed & breakfast in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, as well as a luxury bed & breakfast in Taos, New Mexico.
Between them, the Klausens have traversed much of North America, while spending some time in Belize, Panama, South Korea, Thailand, Europe, Hawaii, and Canada. Their greatest memories are of shared experiences with fellow travelers from across the breakfast table, in cooking classes, music jams, or over a choice beverage at a local hangout.
Shelley’s strong design aesthetic, love of entertaining, cooking, and event planning drew her to the world of innkeeping. Along with Patrick’s casual style, helpful nature, and attention to the smallest of details, the pair works together to create exceptional experiences and memories that will last a lifetime — You may even catch Patrick playing music on a summer night in the property’s garden courtyard!
The Klausen’s take great pride in making your individualized stay unique and memorable. Please let them know of special requests and how they can make your stay at the San Juan Island Inn Collection the best it can be.
Iggy: “Dogrector” of Pet Relations
Four year old Iggy became the San Juan Island Inn Collection’s new “Dogrector” of Pet Relations in March 2018. He takes his job very seriously as you will see in his intense blue eyes. Iggy has enjoyed a life getting to know pets and their people while on his journey throughout the country.
When he’s asked, “What breed are you?” He answers, “I didn’t know my parents, but probably Black-Mouthed Cur mixed with a little Husky.” He especially enjoys sneaked treats, kisses, and singing around the campfire. Iggy is happy to share his favorite island outings with four-legged guests, so be sure to catch him if you see him around the property!