New duo to lead Friday Harbor House

Friday Harbor House has appointed Margie O’Brien as its new innkeeper and Aaron Rock as executive chef at The Bluff restaurant.

Margie O'BrienO’Brien and Rock have nearly 20 years of combined background and expertise in the hospitality industry.

“We are thrilled to have them leading the team at Friday Harbor House and The Bluff,” said Alan Stephens, director of operational excellence for Columbia Hospitality and Friday Harbor House.

O’Brien is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and recipient of the 2009 Ambassador of the Year Award in Newport Beach, Calif. Prior to moving to Washington state, she was senior account executive at Hospitality Performance Network Global, and founder of Coastal Connections DMC, a full-service destination management company based in Southern California.

O’Brien moved to Friday Harbor with her high school sweetheart and now husband of three years, Lynus.

Prior to his promotion as executive chef, Rock was sous chef for The Bluff, beginning in early 2011. Originally from Chicago, Rock worked and studied across the U.S., arriving in the San Juan Islands from The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa in Carefree, Ariz. He earned a culinary arts degree from Scottsdale Culinary School, Le Cordon Bleu.Aaron Rock

A Friday Harbor resident, Rock resides with his fiancée Jodi and her daughter, Lily. When not at work, he can be found hiking — often foraging to keep his menu fresh and local — and enjoying the beautiful islands.

Owned by Lang and Ann Simons, Friday Harbor House, 130 West Street, is managed and operated by Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality. For more info, visit,, or call (866) 722-7356.