Kirk House is a really great B&B, and I do not say that lightly. I was a bit apprehensive when I realized that the B&B had changed owners and that they'd be on the job only two months prior to our visit, but those fears turned out to be unfounded. As long as you can tolerate Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits on constant rotation on the CD player, you will enjoy yourself here.
Doug and Roxy were very welcoming and had fresh-baked cookies and homemade iced tea ready for us on arrival. There was also some type of coffee cake; the second day there was something else. Oh and FREE wine from the local vineyard. (I'm not sure how long that can last.) Two rooms open onto the veranda and the two others open onto the yard with a designated outdoor table. The rooms are not big, but they're big enough. There's a TV with DVDs (so we were told, I never checked) in each room, as well.
The breakfasts really stand out. But even before that, D&R put a basket with coffee, cream and sugar outside your door at 7:30am. On Saturday, they had a copy of the Seattle Times, as well, although not on Sunday. Make sure you're hungry for breakfast, though, because it is spectacular. Each day starts with a parfait, made with vanilla yogurt, fresh berries, and Kirk House's granola recipe. My wife was so enamored with this recipe that she found it online (it's on their website) and made it once we got home. After the parfait there is the main dish. One day it was an excellent baked egg dish, the second there was a waffle, which was OK. They also had a side - bacon one day, ham the next.
Kirk House is walking distance from town and is right across the street from a high school, but it doesn't feel that way. There is a very pleasant sitting room with some antique-y features, such as an old phone and the nice (original) stained-glass windows.
The real stars, however, are not Doug and Roxy but Dylan and Joplin, the couple's Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I might be causing D&R a headache by saying this, but if you want to see them you have to ask, because these dogs love to shed so they are not allowed in the B&B. Anyway Dylan, the tricolor, is a snorter and Joplin, the blenheim, is a bit of a singer, but they both seemed to love company.
The only downside I would point to is that D&R are new owners, so they may not be as well-informed as some other B&B owners around town. For instance, one of them had not heard of the Duck Soup Inn, which is the most well-regarded restaurant on the island. But I would imagine this will be less of a problem as time goes on and they become better acquainted with the island from living there and from their guests. They have only been living on San Juan Island since March so they are still getting their bearings. And I would not hesitate the heartily recommend this place to anyone going to the islands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kirk House is a gracious historic home built in 1907 by noted industrialist Peter Kirk. It is located minutes from the Friday Harbor ferry and provides guests with an opportunity to enjoy the comfort and relaxation of a bygone era. Each of the four rooms has a private bath and entrance from outdoors. Full breakfast includes award winning granola, locally grown produce and our signature coffee. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Kirk House Bed & Breakfast Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA