The Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites are the culmination of a dream come true for inn owners Anna Maria de Freitas and David Pass. Having spent years traveling the world as guests at many bed and breakfasts and country inns, the memories of their visits were not only influenced by the amenities that each offered, but by the hospitality of the innkeepers. Now with the inn as well as the fine dining restaurant, Coho Restaurant, and an off-site catering and special events service, they have grown well beyond their quaint, quiet, relaxing lives as B&B owners.
Before moving to the Islands in 2005, Dave worked as a software engineer and Anna Maria in public broadcasting. They worked and played hard. What drew them to life as innkeepers was their love of food, wine, and sharing freshly cooked meals using the harvest from their garden.
Since moving the island, Anna Maria has developed a passion for pilates as well. Meanwhile, when Dave isn’t down at the restaurant or running errands for the inn, he is renovating their home! Both Anna Maria and Dave are certified scuba instructors and enjoy many other outdoor activities including golfing, hiking, gardening, and downhill skiing. Anna Maria is a classically trained flutist. Dave has taken up flying and puts his hobby to good use year round flying N8485M for his regular off-island supply missions and procuring the freshest seasonal produce from neighboring farms for our breakfast table.
Innkeeper ~ Patrick
Senior Innkeeper Patrick Klausen came to the SJI Inn Collection in March of 2018. He is originally from Southern California where he graduated from Fountain Valley High School “a long time ago.” He became a resident of the Pacific Northwest when he moved to Spokane in the early 1990s. There he returned to school for a degree in radio broadcasting from Spokane Falls Community College.
While in school, Patrick was hired by Spokane Public Radio and enjoyed a twenty-plus-year career at the NPR affiliate on both sides of the microphone.
In 2015, Patrick embarked on a one year RV trip and sampled much of the western and southwestern United States. While on that journey Patrick worked in a couple of RV parks as a “work camper,” trading work in the RV park for space rent and eventually discovered the world of inn keeping. Prior to his arrival in Friday Harbor, he managed a historic bed & breakfast in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, as well as a luxury bed & breakfast in Taos, New Mexico.
Patrick has traversed much of North America, and spent time in Belize, Panama, South Korea, Thailand, Europe, Hawaii, and Canada. His 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.
Patrick is a guitarist, singer/songwriter, and our resident on-site musician at the SJI Inn Collection. Inn guests may get to enjoy a house concert or outdoor performance from Patrick during their stay!
Wenda Shinall has just returned to the Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites after a period of travel, criss-crossing America with her husband in their RV. Wenda has lived on the island for many years and has worked as a breakfast cook at the Lime Kiln Café in Roche Harbor. In addition to her cooking abilities, she comes from a family of blueberry farmers. She has a passion and knowledge of gardening and made quick work of readying our chef’s garden, hanging baskets, and flower planters for the growing season.
When she first came to work at the inn, she shared her family’s cookbook that her mom made for her. It is a black three-ring binder with glassine sheets protecting typed family recipes. She immediately dug into this book and made a rhubarb strawberry coffee cake using the first rhubarb of the season. It received lots of raves from guests. We have enjoying seeing more of her family’s recipes on our breakfast table, especially those with blueberries.
Digital Media Manager & Assistant Innkeeper ~ Molly
Molly comes to the San Juan Island Inn Collection after 20 years on the East Coast working as a writer, editor, and producer specializing in classical and experimental music, with a focus on multimedia content designed for the web. She was previously the director of content for New Music USA, hosted Carnegie Hall’s Sound Insights podcast series, and her writing has appeared in publications such as TimeOut, The Washington Post, and Serious Eats, where she explored DIY recipes for common grocery items.
She’s excited to be once again flexing her food and hospitality muscles, both from behind the camera and in person. Unable to leave her music life completely behind, she continues to serve as the administrative manager for the composer John Luther Adams and hopes to pick up her languishing violin from its case some day very, very soon.
San Juan Island local Vanessa Johnson joins the San Juan Island Inn Collection team this winter to assist with innkeeping and kitchen duties.
Vanessa was adopted from Latvia at the age of six and has lived in Friday Harbor for over 20 years. She considers herself a “horse girl” and has always had a passion for caring for and continues to ride to this day. A year before going off to college in California, in the spring of 2006, Vanessa purchased her own horse and took it with her. Upon returning to San Juan, she’s held a variety of hospitality positions.
Vanessa enjoys puttering around her kitchen late at night. She has been actively involved with San Juan Community Theatre as a stage manager for many years and continues to volunteer as her time allows. You might often even spot her filming events around the island. Music is also one of her joys, and she has been learning to play the trumpet for for the past number of years. Vanessa is excited to be a member of the great team at the Tucker House Inn &Sui Harrison House Suites and looks forward to meeting the many guests that arrive this year.
Some of Jessica’s earliest memories involve standing on a chair (so she could reach the counter) to get in on the action in the kitchen. Whether with her mom helping to roll out pasta noodles or at her grandparents kitchen sink peeling peaches to can, she has always enjoyed cooking. Her first culinary-related job came when she was 18, cooking out of a little chuckwagon for a summer camp’s horsemanship program. While attending university, she worked at a local bakery and café where she continued to learn new techniques and tips. When she was unable to get a job in her planned career field after graduation, she fell back on the food service industry as a way to pay the bills. Eventually it dawned on her, however, that the culinary world could be her career! So she attended a two-year vegetarian and vegan culinary arts program for some “official” training, and she has been cooking merrily away ever since.
In her down time, she has traveled to 11 different countries. Three of her trips involved doing mission work and one was to spend a year in Italy going to school. Locally, she enjoys hiking, beach-combing, and enjoying the beautiful nature of the great PNW. In the evenings, she snuggles up with her cat, Wesley, and escapes into the pages of a good novel.
Our team of housekeepers are phenomenal! We would not be able to function at a satisfactory level if it wasn’t for their efficiency and skill. They are hardworking and you will never ever hear them complain despite the number of dust bunnies they’ve seen! If you ever see these women working together, you can tell they truly are a team. You can hear their laughter spread throughout the property.
Originally from Michoacan, Mexico, Maria moved to San Juan Island from California with her husband. Maria loves family time. When she is not at the inn, she is creating memories with her four children and three grandchildren. Maria is known for her patience, attention to detail, and composed demeanor.
Maribel is the newest member of the team and has been a marvelous addition. Maribel also loves spending time with her family. She has two girls here and three young adult children in her home town in Guatemala. She and her husband have been on the island for seven years now.
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!
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