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3 Days Culinary Weekend in Washington

Cooking Vacations in USA

Book this holiday for a weekend of delicious cooking and eating. A team of chefs will bring their passion for food to cooking seminars customized just for you. The seminar includes demonstrations led by Tucker House Inn’s chefs, and preparation of a 3-course lunch or dinner, featuring amazing recipes from San Juan Island, and the conviviality of sharing good food and dining experiences with friends. This vacation is perfect for couples, families, friends, team building, or corporate retreats.


  • Cooking lessons
  • Seminar with cooking demonstrations
  • Personally inscribed copy of La Cucina Anna Maria cookbook
  • Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal
  • 2 night accommodation


1 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Inn accommodations include two historic Victorian-era houses with cozy rooms, and three cottages. Restoration has been lovingly applied to provide guests with all the modern conveniences, yet retaining the charm and shabby chic elegance of the days gone by.

Jennie’s cottage

Jennie’s Cottage is a cozy stand alone studio cottage, perfect for a couple or single traveler. It is located off the main deck between the two historic houses. It has a queen feather top bed, mini kitchen and private bath with a tub/shower combination. Guests enjoy the main deck as an extension of their living space. The barbecue grill, conveniently located outside the cottage, is ideal for grilling King Salmon and veggies for an evening meal. Jennie’s is value-priced and the perfect choice for the economy-minded traveler or those traveling with furry friends, as this is a pet-friendly cottage. Please note that this cottage does not have a fireplace.

Amethyst Chain

This quaint second-floor room, decorated in soft shades of lavender, includes a wrought iron queen feather-top bed and cozy corner sitting area. The low hipped roof line in this room exemplifies the charm of this Craftsman home. The beautifully appointed bathroom has a large two-person Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower.

Dove in the Window

This quiet second floor room features a queen feather top bed and overlooks Sunken Park. Dove in the Window is frequently requested because of the spacious bathroom, which is almost the size of the bedroom! The hand-laid tile bathroom, including a corner heart-shaped two person Jacuzzi bathtub, is the perfect setting for that special occasion getaway. There is also a separate walk-in shower.

Patience Corner

This quiet second floor room features a brass queen feather top bed. Finished in soft blues and taupe, the hand-laid tile bathroom and heart-shaped two person Jacuzzi bathtub is the perfect antidote after an active day on the Island, or for gentle relaxation. There is also a separate shower.

Secret Passage

This quiet second floor room features an iron queen feather top bed. Many of the architectural features of the 115 year old house are evident in this guest room including the tongue and grove ceiling, stained glass, and “Secret Passages.” The hand-laid tile bathroom includes a large two person Jacuzzi bathtub and a separate shower.

Goose in the Pond cottage

This charming stand alone studio cottage has a cathedral ceiling with skylight, ceiling fan, and a remote controlled gas fireplace. The king feather top bed, bath with shower, and kitchenette round out this comfortable space. Open the split doors and enjoy the grassy lawn, weeping willow and shade gardens. A few steps away is the main deck where you can take advantage of the shared barbecue. How about a feast or an early evening cocktail? The small but well appointed galley kitchen includes a 2-burner stove, small bar sink, mini refrigerator and coffee maker. There are two private entrances and a covered patio and plenty of places to secure your bicycle. This is a pet-friendly cottage.

Castle Wall

This bright and airy deluxe king guest room is decorated in soft coral tones. This corner room with lots of natural light is warmed by the afternoon sun and remote controlled gas fireplace. Enjoy a glass of wine on the large private balcony overlooking the town of Friday Harbor. The spacious black and white tiled bathroom harkens to the antiquity of the house, and the antique-style pedestal soaking tub is perfect for a relaxing bubble bath. There is a also a separate shower in the over-sized bathroom. The high ceilings and king feather top bed, complete with an intricately carved antique headboard, enhance the room. Castle Wall is handicap accessible and pet-friendly.

Evening Star

This spacious deluxe king guest room is a fabulous choice for a couples retreat. Enjoy the views of the property from your private deck, a good book in your cozy leather club chairs, or lounge in the adjacent living room while enjoying a refreshing beverage. The DVD player is perfect for watching your favorite movies, and you can end your day with a relaxing bubble bath in the large two person jacuzzi tub. There is also a separate walk-in shower. A large wrought iron king feather top bed and corner fireplace add a special touch of warmth to this ground floor room. This is a pet-friendly room.

Lizzie’s cottage

The cottages at the Tucker House come in three sizes, like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Lizzie’s cottage is the “Papa Bear”, the largest of the cottages. Over 100 years old, this stand alone cottage offers lots of privacy, perfect for a romantic getaway or for a weekend retreat with the family and pet. The amenities include a king feather top bed, futon sleeper couch, and a remote controlled gas fireplace. The fully-stocked kitchen includes a 4-burner stove top, refrigerator, micro-convection oven and coffee maker. A few steps from the cottage’s front door, is the main deck with a shared gas barbecue grill. The dining nook is the perfect setting for family meals or board games. Enjoy the shade of the giant redwood tree on your private patio located behind the cottage. This is a pet-friendly cottage.

Four Winds suite

Four Winds is the ultimate honeymoon suite. This three room suite, decorated in a clever and comfortable travel theme, has all the elements of northwest elegance. It is located on the upper level of the house and has sweeping views of the Town of Friday Harbor and the surrounding hills. The suite has everything you need for a romantic and relaxing getaway - remote controlled fireplace, separate bedroom with king feather top bed and French doors, and a separate sitting area. Four Winds has a private balcony, vaulted ceilings, ceiling fan and a flat screen TV and VCR in each room. The spacious hand-tiled private bath has the largest 2-person Jacuzzi tub at the Inn. There is also a separate shower.

Victoria’s Flower Garden suite

This 5-room ground floor suite features all the architectural features of this 110 year old historic Inn with all the modern conveniences. Victoria’s Flower Garden has high ceilings, an over-sized sitting room, 2 separate bedrooms, each with queen feather top beds and an en-suite bathroom. The living room has a cozy gas fireplace, DVD player, and queen leather sleeper sofa. There is a full kitchen with granite counter tops, four burner stove top, micro-convection oven, toaster and refrigerator. Enjoy breakfast delivered to your suite in the suite’s solarium overlooking the beautiful shade gardens, weeping willow and front lawn. The suite has its own private entrances, and is pet friendly.


After settling into your room, you can relax in your luxurious room and maybe enjoy a nice evening in your private jacuzzi. The next day, you will start off with a delicious 3-course gourmet breakfast. Around lunch, you will start your cooking seminar, which will include demonstrations led by the Inn’s chefs, followed by a workshop, where you will learn to prepare a 3-course lunch or dinner, featuring recipes from La Cucina Anna Maria: Good Life Recipes from San Juan Island. During your stay, you can also take advantage of the complimentary use of bicycles and kayaks and enjoy some quality outdoor relaxation.


The Tucker House Inn is perched on a hill overlooking the town of Friday Harbor. Friday Harbor is located on beautiful San Juan Island, seated in an archipelago of 170 islands in the Salish Sea between Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria. Friday Harbor is a picture-perfect historic seaport surrounded by spectacular mountain and marine views. With a natural grandeur that combines salty breezes, vibrant blue water, pebbled beaches and fragrant woods, it is a rare, unspoiled retreat ideal for outdoor adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Friday Harbor, an antidote to city life, is a small, well-preserved community. It’s a year-round destination, accessible only by ferry or seaplane, where visitors can easily get around on foot to indulge in the eclectic collection of art galleries, coffeehouses, boutiques and eateries. Nestled in the center of a “rain shadow” cast by the mountains on the Olympic Peninsula, Friday Harbor enjoys nearly 250 days of sunshine each year and only half the annual rainfall of nearby Seattle, making it a place where kayaking, biking and walking are as common as driving. It is one square mile of walkable seaside activity, recreation and culture, known for its picturesque streetscape of turn of the century wood frame buildings and popular harbor.



  • Boating nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Sauna nearby
  • Spa nearby
  • Swimming nearby


  • Bar nearby
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request


  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer


At the Tucker House Inn, owners pride themselves on their food service. From the satiating three course breakfast and satisfying afternoon cookies to the sumptuous dinners at Coho Restaurant, each is carefully prepared and made from the freshest local ingredients.

Breakfast at the Tucker House Inn is not to be missed. Every morning, you will be treated to a hot, multi-course savory breakfast made from the freshest seasonal ingredients. Breakfast is a three-course affair starting with fresh fruit and our house-made granola and Greek-style yogurt, followed by a hot entrée of the day and a sweet treat for dessert. The menu changes daily and reflects the availability of local seasonal ingredients from island farms.

Many of the herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruits, that will be used in cooking, come from local farmers throughout the San Juan Islands or from the Inn’s organic garden. The inn has developed relationships with local farmers and fisherman to ensure that the very best produce, meats, fish, and cheeses are available for your stay.

A local dairy farm provides Tucker House Inn with lightly pasteurized fresh milk and cream, delivered weekly in glass jars by the “milk man.” Island farms provide organic free range duck and chicken eggs. The house blend coffee is locally roasted from the San Juan Coffee Roasting Company, specializing in fresh roasting exotic estate grown coffees from around the world, while the selection of specialty and gourmet teas come from the mountains of China, the jungles of Japan, and the coasts of Canada and Washington State.

Things to do (optional)

  • Attend local events
  • Go cycling
  • Go fishing
  • Go shopping
  • Go to the beach
  • Hike
  • Kayaking
  • Visit art galleries
  • Visit local farms
  • Visit museums
  • Visit the spa
  • Whale watching

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Complimentary use of bicycles and kayaks
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Daily breakfast
  • House-made cookies baked and delivered fresh to you each afternoon
  • Personally inscribed copy of La Cucina Anna Maria cookbook
  • Preparation of a 3-course lunch or dinner

What's not included

  • Additional meals and beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Friday Harbor Airport (FRD).

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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