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WE ARE DELIGHTED TO PRESENT YOU WITH THIS VISITOR GUIDE. Our team at the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau takes pride in knowing and keeping up to date on where to stay, play, eat and meet in Thurston County. To find the latest happenings, openings and events, be sure to check out our website at—and once you are in town, stop by our Visitor Information Center at 103 Sid Snyder Avenue, Olympia on the Washington State Capitol Campus.* Our staff and volunteers are always happy to assist you. (360.704.7544)


THURSTON COUNTY THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THURSTON COUNTY There are so many things to see and do in Thurston County that you won’t be able to experience anywhere else in the world. For example, our parks are simply stellar. We have it all: views of Mt. Rainier, wildlife at Nisqually National Refuge, waterfalls and river trails through Tumwater Falls Park, downtown walking, and biking paths around Capitol Lake and Budd Bay. And that’s just a quick glimpse. Then there’s our rich history, which encompasses three Native American tribes: the Nisqually, the Squaxin and the Chehalis. Tumwater is the oldest settlement in the South Sound, from which state government expanded. Our events tell our stories too, from the Dragon Boat Races,* Arts Walk* and the South Sound BBQ Festival to Tumwater Artesian Brewfest and Capital Lakefair. Do you know about our coffee culture, with more than a dozen hometown cafes like Batdorf & Bronson*, Olympia Coffee Roasters, and Mud Bay based right here? And everyone knows about our seafood, enjoyed best at waterfront restaurants like Budd Bay Cafe* and The Oyster House, or bought fresh from the Olympia Seafood Company. But do you know we’re also a top spot for finding a great steak at fine restaurants like Ricardo’s? Our vibrant dining scene is global, from fine French at La Petit Maison* or super-cool Thai fusion at Lemon Grass to the fun Mayan Family Mexican Restaurants’,* sushi at Kobito and casual American fare at Ramblin’ Jacks.* More classic sites are the bustling Olympia Farmers Market, and the farms, gardens and craft-makers along our scenic Thurston County Byway route. And do you know about our South Sound Wine Trail,* or our thriving local breweries like Fish Brew Company, Three Magnets and Top Rung?* Distilleries are also popping up everywhere, from Sandstone in Tenino to Salish Sea Organic in Lacey. For families, too, the possibilities are endless: The Hands on Children’s Museum,* the Recreational Athletic Complex, Wolf Haven and much more. With excellent lodging choices, a million things to see and do, and convenient access to it all, Thurston County provides a new and different experience from anywhere else you will travel. Our members (noted by a star*) especially will make you feel welcome. We invite you to come explore, experience and enjoy! SEEING IS BELIEVING. EVERYTHING IS RIGHT HERE!



CALENDAR OF EVENTS MAY Lacey S.T.E.M. Fair & Grand Prix Electric Car Races* - Saturday, May 2, 2015 Olympia Wooden Boat Festival - Saturday, May 9­10, 2015 Lacey Spring Fun Fair & Parade* - Friday, May 15–17, 2015 Capital City Marathon - Sunday, May 17, 2015 JUNE Deschutes Duck Dash - Saturday, June 6, 2015 Boat swap & chowder challenge* - Saturday, June 20, 2015 Capital City Pride Festival* - Friday, June 19–21, 2015 Rochester Swede Days - Saturday, June 20, 2015 Dixieland Jazz Festival - Thursday, June 25–28, 2015 JULY Yelm Prairie Days* - Thursday, June 25–27, 2015 Olympic Air Show* - Saturday, June 27, 2015 Dirty Dash – Saturday, June 27, 2015 Black Hills Triathlon - Sunday, June 28, 2015 Lacey Days* - Saturday June 27 –Saturday July 11, 2015 Tumwater 4th of July Celebration* - Saturday, July 4, 2015 South Sound BBQ - Saturday, July 11, 2015 Black Lake Regatta* - July 11–12, 2015 Capital Lakefair* - Wednesday to Sunday, July 15–19, 2015


Washington State Senior Games* - Thursday, July 23–26, 2015 PNW Mushroom Festival* - Saturday, July 24–26, 2015 Rugged Maniac Race* - Saturday, July 25, 2015 Oregon Trail Days* - Saturday, July 24–26, 2015 Thurston County Fair* - Thursday, July 29–August 2, 2015 6

CALENDAR OF EVENTS AUGUST Capital to Bay Relay - Saturday, August 1, 2015 Olympia Brewfest* - Saturday, August 1, 2015 Olympia Pet Parade* - Saturday, August 15, 2015 Rainier Round Up & Pickin’ Party - Friday, August 21, 2015 Sand in the City* - Saturday, August 22–23, 2015 Tumwater Artesian Brewfest* - Saturday, August 22, 2015 Nisqually Watershed Festival - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 SEPTEMBER Harbor Days - Saturday, September 4–6, 2015 Brats, Brews & Bands* - Saturday, September 12, 2015 Summer’s End in Lacey* - Saturday, September 19, 2015 Fall Arts Walk* - Friday, October 2–3, 2015 OCTOBER Children’s Day Lacey* - Saturday, October 3, 2015 Cider Sunday & Return of the Salmon Celebration* - Oct. 3, 2015 Apple Festival & Pumpkin Patch* - Every weekend in October Schilter Farm Harvest Festival – Daily in October Rampage at the RAC - Saturday, October 10, 2015 NOVEMBER Olympia Film Festival* - Friday, November 6–15, 2015 Downtown for the Holidays* - Sunday, November 29, 2015 DECEMBER Jingle Bell Run* - Saturday, December 5, 2015 Olympia Toy Run - Saturday, December 5, 2015 Parade of lighted ships - Saturday, December 5, 2015 Lacey Polar Bear Plunge* - Friday, January 1, 2016 JANUARY Lacey Ploar Bear Plunge - January 1, 2016 FEBRUARY Paper Airplane Flight School - February 20, 2016 MARCH Ethnic Festival - March 5, 2016 Capital Food & Wine Festival - March 26, 2016 APRIL Spring Arts Walk - April 22, 2016 Dragon Boat Festival - April 24, 2016


TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS MARCH Ethnic Celebration,* March 7 Free for the whole family, this celebration of international cultures is an exciting, fun-filled mix of music, dance, food, crafts and more at Saint Martin’s University.* MAY SMU Dragon Boat Festival,* May 25 Now in its second decade, the Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration of spirited races and Chinese traditional visual and performing arts that attracts more than 4,000 spectators and participants. JUNE Dixieland Jazz Festival, June 25–28 The annual Dixieland jazz festival brings a lineup of national jazz and blues stars to Saint Martin’s University,* with much of the proceeds going to sending students to jazz camps. JULY South Sound BBQ Festival,* July 11 All the great regional restaurants are on hand to show off their top barbecue talents, as well as a slew of sides to go with them. If you love a good grill, or a fun family festival with everything from chicken wingeating contests to the Seattle Seahawks SeaGals, put this event on the schedule. Capital Lakefair,* July 15–19 Join us for the area’s largest summer celebration the third week of July. There’s plenty of fun, family activities, music, crafts, and more! Washington Senior Games,* July 23–26 The state’s largest Olympic-style athletic competition shows off the skills of those aged 50 and older. Try archery, cowboy-action shooting, rock climbing, dance, bowling, badminton, and track, field and running events. Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival,* July 24–26 From crab-filled mushroom caps to mushroom soup to surprisingly tasty mushroom ice cream, you’ll learn all about this famous Pacific Northwest fungi here. Plus there are wine tastings, celebrity chefs, as well as farm 8

TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS animals, bouncy houses and more for the kids—all together at Lacey’s beautiful Recreational Athletic Complex and park. Oregon Trail Days Tenino,* July 24–26 Tenino was once a major trade crossroads for Native American peoples, fur traders, farmers and settlers. This annual summer event celebrates those early days with a Black Powder Shoot, costumed performers, farmers’ market, rock and gem show, and food vendors galore. AUGUST Thurston County Fair, July 29–Aug. 2 This fair is a showcase of the county’s most flavorful foods, thriving agricultural pursuits, and busy regional farm-related businesses. There’s tons of family fun to be had, including animals, live music, local crafts, and a rodeo. SEPTEMBER Harbor Days Maritime Festival & Tugboat Races, Sept. 4–6 On Labor Day weekend, history comes to life with historic tugboat tours and races, maritime activities and much more. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER Olympia Film Festival* Oct. 6–15 The ultra-cool Capitol Theater is where you can catch old movie series, new movie premieres and film events.



TOP ATTRACTIONS THE STATE CAPITOL TOUR, P. 16 Take a fascinating walk through state history and government. Free tours begin on the hour. THE OLYMPIA WATERFRONT, P. 16 Try this lovely waterfront stroll among parks, local arts and the bustling Port of Olympia. OLYMPIA FARMERS MARKET, P. 17 Enjoy a fun, vibrant mix of fresh, farm-grown food, and community arts and activities. HANDS ON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM,* P. 17 This enormous, indoor-outdoor learning playground is a must-see for kids! TUMWATER FALLS PARK & HISTORIC BREWERY SITE, P. 24 Scenic waterfalls and a woodland river trail surround the historic buildings of the former Olympia Brewery. OLYMPIC FLIGHT MUSEUM, P. 24 See antique airplanes and other regional aviation exhibits in their own hangar. NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, P. 20 Endless glistening wetlands scenes offer myriad walking tracks with thousands of migratory birds. SHIPWRECK BEADS, P. 20 Experience the world’s largest collection of beads jam-packed into one color-splashed location. WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, P. 69 The beautifully renovated performance hall hosts events that draw more than 2 million guests annually. REGIONAL ATHLETIC COMPLEX (THE RAC), P. 21 Lacey’s top outdoor spot and family fun space has jogging and biking trails, sports fields, picnic areas, and play parks.


TOP ATTRACTIONS THURSTON COUNTY BOUNTIFUL BYWAY SCENIC ROUTE, P. 12 Take a day to explore the region’s farmlands, taste local fare, and sip wines and spirits crafted right here in Thurston County. WOLF HAVEN INTERNATIONAL, P. 28 Walk among wolves, learn about the effort to rescue and rehabilitate, and participate in fun seasonal activities. OVERVIEW MAP, P. 80-83 Use our map to plan the ultimate visit to Thurston County.

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UNIQUE COUNTRY SCENES THURSTON COUNTY BOUNTIFUL BYWAY SCENIC ROUTE Explore the heart of Thurston County on the newly designated Thurston Bountiful Byway scenic driving loop. You’ll find many of the region’s classic natural sights and parks, local artisans and winemakers, and dozens of South Sound farms. With the purpose of promoting agricultural tourism that explores more than 90 creameries, nurseries, gardens and historic sites, there are plenty of convenient stopping points along the way where you can hop out and relax, picnic, talk with the farm owners, walk through their lands, and pick up fresh produce, herbs, flowers, milk, eggs, and meat. Couple that with a bottle of wine from one of our small labels or a bottle of spirits from one of our new distillers, and it’s the perfect way to see the heart of Thurston County—and take some of it home with you. Pick up fresh berries, jams, and syrups in season at Spooner Berry Farms ( and Johnson Berry Farm (johnsonberryfarm. com), both near Lacey. There’s also lovely, aromatic lavender from Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm ( in Olympia. Kirsop Farm ( in Tumwater and Helsing Junction Farm (helsingjunctionfarmcsa) and Rising River Farm ( in Rochester are dedicated to growing organic produce that you’ll find in many Puget Sound groceries and farmers markets. Mushrooms from Ostrom’s Farms ( in Lacey are in every local store, as are the farm-fresh eggs of Wilcox Farms ( near Roy. If it’s fresh meat, stop by Broken Bow Farm (253.228.8843) in Rochester for Icelandic lamb, turkeys and chicken, or Nelson Ranch ( for the best grass-fed beef in the Pacific Northwest.





Some of our favorite family stops along the way include Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm* (, where you can buy homemade apple fritters, pies and cider all year long. Kids love the animals and gardens, and autumn brings a pumpkin patch and lots of fun events. The 180-acre Schilter Family Farm ( in the Nisqually Valley also opens its pumpkin patch, kids activities, and petting barn at their fall Harvest Festival (they also have a Christmas tree farm). We encourage you to get out on this scenic route and enjoy the day! ( SOUTH SOUND WINE TRAIL* Award-winning, local wineries are located along this lovely route through Lacey, Olympia, Tenino, and Shelton. At each stop you can meet the winemakers, explore unique flavors and tour the operations. Seasonal events abound, too!


OLYMPIA Olympia: Heritage “Olympia is proud to be Washington State’s Capital City. Our waterfront community is home to the milelong, award-winning Percival Landing boardwalk, as well as one of the state’s premier farmers’ markets, showcasing craft food and produce from southwest Washington. Welcome!” —Mayor Stephen H. Buxbaum, City of Olympia OLYMPIA IS MORE THAN JUST A CAPITAL CITY. It’s also a center for culture, arts and cuisine, as well as a wonderful walking spot and a fun family field trip. Threaded with forests and trails, and centered on the scenic landscapes around Capitol Lake, it’s a place for getting outdoors all year long. Besides the hilly tracks through Priest Point Park and the serene paths along glistening Budd Bay, you’ll find many small, tucked-away quiet spots, even in the heart of the city. Olympia’s Artesian Well and Commons right downtown, and the colorful Yashiro Japanese Garden near the Capitol Campus,* are just two popular places to take a break after a meal or a meeting in the city center. You can picnic, play, and experience wildlife year-round in plenty of parks around Olympia.



OLYMPIA IF IT’S CITY EXPLORATIONS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, Olympia is ideal, with its compact and thriving small business corridors. Lined with blocks of boutique shops, art galleries and an eclectic mix of top restaurants, there’s always something new to discover and do. It’s not just a nine-to-five downtown, either; after-hours and on weekends the arts scene is first-class, with seasonal gallery strolls, crafts bazaars and music festivals. Some of the best times to experience the city are on the Spring and Fall Arts Walks,* at the colorful Dragon Boat* and Wooden Boat festivals along Budd Bay, and the summertime Capitol Lakefair in Heritage Park next to the Capitol Campus.* We also love music, and we celebrate our variety with events like the Olympia Old Time Music Festival in the winter months, and at the Olympia Brewfest in August. Plenty of performing arts are on the schedule year-round, too, on-screen at the historic Capitol Theater, on stage at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts,* and at the Olympia Film Society’s* annual Film Fest each November. A TRIP HERE ISN’T COMPLETE WITHOUT A VISIT TO THE CAPITOL CAMPUS.* Wide green lawns and easy walkways surround the collection of stonewashed 18th-century edifices that spread out from the gleaming dome of the central Legislative Building. Free tours run daily all year, and can be paired with a visit to the the Governor’s Mansion, the State Law Library and Temple of Justice, and the State Capital Museum.* At the campus entrance, the Olympia-LaceyTumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau has a wealth of free information on the history, attractions and activities around the city and county. Olympia is also a fun place to for families to roam, and full of indoor and outdoor activities. Can’t-miss kids’ sites are everywhere, from the Hands On Children’s Museum* and the WET (Water Education & Technology) Science Center* near the East Port of Olympia to Watershed Park. Wander through the Olympia Farmers’ Market and sample local produce and sweets; ogle the sculptures along the Percival Landing boardwalk; or splash in the Heritage Park fountains. Downtown, everyone can find funky souvenirs in the many boutiques, or settle down in one of the local art galleries to decorate pottery or create your own canvas. Every month we have exciting events to enjoy: Pie Fest in February, the Boat Swap & Chowder Challenge in June, Sand in the City in August (create your own sand sculptures right in the street!), and December’s Lighted Boat Parade on the bay. And in any month, it’s easy to enjoy being a kid — or feel like one again—with a mug of hot chocolate and a handmade treat from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters.* 15


Washington State Capitol & Capitol Lake At 287 feet high, the Legislative Building is the tallest masonry dome in North America, and the fifth-largest in the world. Take an insider’s tour of the state’s most important government buildings. Learn lesserknown highlights of the capital’s history and the real stories that shaped state government here weekdays 10 to 3 and weekends 11 to 3; free tours begin on the hour at the Tour Information Desk on the second floor. Governor’s Mansion tours are also available by reservation on Wednesdays. (Tip: Take a walk around pristine Capitol Lake beforehand to get the lay of the land.)

Percival Landing Built in 1860 by the Percival family and named after an old commercial steamship wharf, this lovely 3-acre waterfront rendezvous is a stroll amid small parks, local arts spaces and the bustling Port of Olympia. The mile-long boardwalk leads along the edge of the bay, with its docked sailboats, outdoor sculptures and waterfront restaurants—a relaxing wander in any weather. At the head of the landing is the tower overlooking the Port and its timber-shipping docks. Be prepared for some stair-climbing! 405 Columbia St NW, Olympia, 360.753.8380, 16


Olympia Farmers’ Market Within walking distance of downtown, nearly a half-million visitors gather here annually. This thriving attraction offers a popular blend of good food and community activities. Along the open-air aisles is a mix of fresh, farm-grown food, local handmade crafts and eclectic restaurant fare. The mission of the all-year, outdoor market is to promote regional agriculture and local small business—an effort that’s now been successful for nearly 50 years. The market is also a center for community arts and events; look for music and performers on weekend mornings.

Hands On Children’s Museum* Children and adults will both have a blast at this marvelous two-story museum within walking distance of downtown. More than 150 fun-filled exhibits let you explore and experiment: Arts & Parts crafts studio, Build It! construction zone, two-story cargo ship and working crane, Fabulous Forest animal rescue center and treehouse, stream slide and eagle’s nest, and 25-foot Airways Maze. Head to the plaza’s Outdoor Discovery Center, a half-acre scene for nature pathways. The HOCM is open Tuesday–Saturday 10 to 5, and Sunday–Monday 11 to 5, with programs daily. 414 Jefferson Street NE, Olympia, 360.956.0818, 17

LACEY Lacey: Verdant With nearly 6,000 acres of in-city parks and surrounding nature preserves, 72 holes of golf— including the driest public course and one of the most challenging private courses in Western Washington— miles of paved walking and biking trails, five fresh water lakes, and the sparkling waters of Puget Sound, Lacey exemplifies the Pacific Northwest experience. —Mayor Andy Ryder, City of Lacey FAMILY-FRIENDLY LACEY is a thriving business and cultural center of its own, and its nearly 6,000 acres of parks and nature preserves create the most extensive municipal park system in Thurston County. For walks and wildlife, start with the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and its wetland trails, the beachfront walks of Tolmie State Park, or the blend of forest and estuaries of Woodard Bay Conservation Area. If you prefer more structured spaces, head to the RAC,* the city’s modern recreational and athletic complex, which offers sports fields, easy jogging and biking trails, picnicking areas and play parks for youngsters, making it a truly unrivaled experience. Of course, there are the must-see attractions in Lacey, starting with Cabela’s outdoor sports store—a giant shrine to outdoor activities galore with its own aquarium, kids’ shooting range, and wild animal displays. If you’re the crafty sort, check out Shipwreck Beads,* where you’ll find millions of buttons, beads, jewelry-making necessities and more. For peaceful strolls, spend some time on the forested campus dotted of Saint Martin’s University.* There’s also plenty of arts and culture to be found in Lacey, whether at seasonal open-air markets, music festivals, or outdoor events in the parks.



LACEY WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT LACEY? ANY TIME! One of the best ways to experience all that the city has is during one of its big, bold, and unique festivals. The onset of summer brings the Lacey Fun Fair & Parade, celebrating all things fun and outdoors. Then there’s the lively Dixieland Jazz Festival, and the smokin’ South Sound BBQ Festival* with its local chef competitions. Don’t miss the activities and tastings at the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival*­—an homage to the region’s famed fungi and one of the city’s near century-old and favorite businesses, Ostrom’s Mushroom Farm. Families always enjoy the Thurston County Fair in late August and the Schilter Family Farms Harvest Festival weekends in autumn, as well as the End of Summer Car Show in September. If you love the outdoors there’s also the springtime Lacey Family Fish-In,* the Arbor Day Seedling Giveaway, the S.T.E.M. Fair & Grand Prix Electric Car Races,* and the Nisqually Watershed Festival at summer’s end. If cuisine and culture are your thing, head for the Capital Food & Wine Festival. Or, if you crave physical challenges, sign up for Rampage at the RAC* giant obstacle course race, the annual Jingle Bell Run, or the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. WHILE THERE’S PLENTY TO SEE AND DO IN LACEY, it should also be noted that it’s located just minutes away from Joint Base LewisMcChord—the largest military installation in the western U.S. and the second-largest employer in Washington state. Thousands of regional military members reside in Lacey, including those in the 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat team. The city truly embraces partnerships with the military community through many local businesses and services. The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, in fact, was created to facilitate the collaborative effort of merging the ongoing needs of the military presence in the South Sound with the opportunities of the local business communities.


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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Head into this beautiful 3,700-acre rivershed area, located along Lacey’s eastern border. Join a weekend nature program, check out the Nisqually Watershed Festival in September, or visit during National Wildlife Refuge System Week in mid-October. It’s the prime site for viewing migratory waterfowl, winter songbirds, peregrine falcons, American kestrels, and bald eagles. With clusters of returning chum salmon in November, and the 4,000–6,000 wintering geese and waterfowl that settle here by the end of the year, you’ll find it’s a lovely spot to enjoy one of the region’s most memorable waterways in every season. 100 Brown Farm Road, Olympia, 360.753.9467,

Shipwreck Beads* A treasure trove of 1 million different beads and all their accoutrements are jam-packed into this 22,000-square-foot, color-splashed showroom. The name arose from its nautical theme and its original site on the shores of Mud Bay; today a labyrinth of aisles and displays make Shipwreck the world’s largest collection of beads. Classes and events are on the monthly schedule, and there’s a deli inside, too. Can’t visit? Request the 1,000-page, full-color catalog. 8560 Commerce Place Dr. NE, Lacey, 800.950.4232, 20


Rails to Trails Lacey is the hub for access to a variety of paved pedestrian and bicycle trails suitable for a relaxing tour or a day-long hike. The Chehalis-Western Trail forms Lacey’s western border, stretching north 6.5 miles to the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area and south 16 miles to the rural town of Rainier. The trail features access to Puget Sound, Chambers Lake, the Deschutes River, wetlands, forests, farmland, creeks, prairies and other habitats. The east-west Woodland Trail intersects the Chehalis-Western in Lacey, and provides an urban connection from the scenic Woodland Creek Community Park to the State Capitol Campus.*

Regional Athletic Complex* Named “Best Municipal Sports Complex” by Washington Recreations and Park Association, this 100-acre facility features premium allweather playing surfaces and advanced lighting fixtures throughout, with gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier. Centrally located along the I-5 corridor, the RAC hosts more than 250,000 athletes and spectators at tournaments each year. You can reserve shelters seasonally, while trails, playgrounds and the wonderful family-friendly atmosphere are free to all. 8345 Steilacoom Road SE, Lacey; Lacey Parks & Recreation Department,* 360.491.0857, 21

TUMWATER Tumwater: Brewing As Washington’s “first community” and southern gateway to Puget Sound, Tumwater boasts several historic buildings, a beautiful river with cascading falls, breathtaking landscapes, quiet neighborhoods, easy access off Interstate 5, and many services and amenities. It’s a great place to live, work, shop, eat and play. Welcome to Tumwater! —Mayor Pete Kmet, City of Tumwater THE OLDEST PERMANENT SETTLEMENT ON PUGET SOUND, Tumwater’s history is centered on water. At the nexus of the most southerly point of Puget Sound’s saltwater bays and the cascading Deschutes River, Tumwater takes its name from the regional Chinook tribal word for “falling water.” Before pioneer settlement in the mid1800s, the setting was a shellfish-gathering, salmon-harvesting spot for the Nisqually, Chehalis, and Squaxin Island tribes (together known as Coastal Salish). While the original settlement was founded as New Market in 1845, by 1863 the growing town had adopted the more descriptive name of “Tumwater.”



TUMWATER WITH ITS RICH HISTORY, Tumwater has retained important sites that were key to 19th-century settlers. The Crosby House, built in 1860 by entertainer Bing Crosby’s grandparents, was restored and is still operated by Daughters of the Pioneers. In 1895, German brewmaster Leopold Schmidt picked the lower Tumwater Falls as the site for his new brewery, and a six-story, sandstone and brick brewhouse was built there by the Olympia Brewing Company in 1906. The 1905 Schmidt House, now owned and used for historic programs and events by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation,* was at the time nicknamed “Three Meter” by the five Schmidt sons who had to climb the hill between their home and daily work at the brewery. The Henderson House, also near the falls, was built for German brewmaster William Naumann. ALTHOUGH PROHIBITION ARRIVED IN WASHINGTON STATE IN 1916, it was repealed in 1933, sparking the groundbreaking of a larger brewery facility just upstream. This led to the heydays of the Olympia Brewery as a tourist destination, attracting upwards of 100,000 visitors each year, and nearly 250,000 during the 1962 World’s Fair. Between tours and the busy tasting room (which offered root beer to kids), the brewery was a key employer in the community until it closed in 2003. Today Tumwater Falls Park is a must-see with its rushing rapids, hilly trails and historic buildings. It’s beautiful in any weather, but the park is arguably most fun to visit during the annual Deschutes Duck Dash in June, or on Cider Sunday and Return of the Salmon every October. TUMWATER’S OTHER SHOWPIECE IS RIGHT AT THE REGIONAL AIRPORT, where the Olympic Flight Museum* is a treasure trove of aviation antiquities. It’s also the site for some of the city’s other main events, like the Paper Airplane Flight School in February—a kids’ favorite! One of the South Sound’s top celebrations, the Olympic Air Show, is held at the airport in late June. Rivaling flight festivals around the U.S., it’s a must-go-to event, with visiting vintage aircraft, celebrity pilots, flight demos by top wartime aircraft, and many handson children’s activities. Stick around one more week for the Fourth of July, and you’ll also see that Tumwater has one of the biggest and best fireworks displays around, highlighting a day of fun family festivities.

FUN FACT: Every August more than 30 Pacific Northwest breweries merge in Tumwater for the annual Tumwater Artesian Brewfest.* Dipping back into the days of the great Olympia Brewing Company, the event melds some of the best regional beers on tap with local music and fun activities. Find more details at



Tumwater Falls Park & Historic Brewery Site Paved paths and footbridges intertwine in a half-mile maze of scenic Deschutes riverside trails through 15 acres of wooded hills and historic buildings. The park’s gemstones are three rushing, rocky cascades, among sections of splashing rapids and deep, swirling pools. The former, historic Olympia Brewery site and the Washington Salish Native Plant Garden make this a must-see site. (Tip: Don’t miss salmon jumping up the fish ladders in mid-autumn.) 110 Deschutes Pkwy SW, Tumwater, 360.943.2550,

Olympic Flight Museum* Right at the Olympia Regional Airport in its own spacious hangar, the museum highlights antique planes and other historic aviation exhibits. See the FG1D Corsair, a BAC-167 Strikemaster, the AH-1S Cobra, two Hueys and the P-51 Mustang—all war-experienced. Also on site is the A6M2 “Tora” Zero, from the classic 1970 movie “Tora! Tora! Tora!” which details the WWII Pearl Harbor bombing. Don’t miss the annual Olympic Air Show on Father’s Day weekend in June, with its incredible stunt demos and aircraft that you can climb in and pretend to fly on your own. 7637-A Old Highway 99 SE, Tumwater, 360.705.3925, 24

YELM Yelm: Community “Rich in history from pioneers settling west, Yelm has grown into a vibrant and diverse community with small businesses that are as unique as the residents who own them. We’re also a shopping center for the south Thurston county area, with great parks, a museum, great shops and recreational opportunities. Yelm continues to be a favorite community for visitors and residents!” —Mayor Ron Harding, City of Yelm NISQUALLY TRIBAL LEGENDS NAMED THIS BROAD STRETCH OF PRAIRIE “SHELM,” after the shimmering heat waves that appeared over the tall meadows each summer. Settled into the shadow of Mt. Rainier, the area was a crossroads for Native American trails between the Cascades to the north and the Cowlitz River to the south—trails which later became the main paths for fur traders, Hudson Bay Company settlers and the Northern Pacific Railroad route. From all the foot traffic, Yelm arose as a farming and sawmill getaway to Mt. Rainier through the late 1800s, and by 1912 was a town of its own. Be here in June for Yelm Prairie Days* and see it all come to life again!

TODAY, WITH A POPULATION OF 7,915, Yelm is a blend of thriving businesses and comfortable, affordable residential communities, all wrapped in small-town pride and history. One of the most-livable cities in Thurston County, it’s well-known for its safe neighborhoods, highquality educational facilities, attractive parks and fun, family-oriented community celebrations. The proximity to western Washington’s major metropolitan areas and the large military installation of Joint Base Lewis-McChord have also helped Yelm grow into center of commerce for south Thurston and southeast Pierce Counties. With a daily market area of over 30,000 people, it’s a key place for business startups, as well as for families and military members searching for homes in the region. 25

TENINO Tenino: Sandstone “Tenino, in the heart of south Thurston County, offers a walkable downtown shopping area, beautiful park and historic district for a great day of exploration.” —Mayor Bret D. Brodersen, City of Tenino QUARRYING HAS BEEN THE LIFEBLOOD OF TENINO since the first sandstone operation opened in 1888. By the turn of the century it had expanded from a tiny town around a train depot into a bustling blend of new sandstone buildings, two rail lines, and three major quarries: Fenton’s Tenino Stone Co. to the south; Eureka Sandstone company to the east, and Hercules Stone Co. to the west on Lemon Hill. Along with the quarries came lumber mills and several logging companies, creating a classic Northwest boomtown. However, when cement began replacing sandstone for building in the 1920s and ’30s, both the quarrying and sawmill industries saw a downslide. Many of the old sandstone buildings still stand around town, though, including the Tenino Stone Company Quarry House, the former State Bank of Tenino, the former Campbell & Campbell Mercantile building (now Campbell & Campbell Events Space*), and Tenino City Hall. Today, Tenino’s city park and pool are also set in the deep, steep quarries that were once Fenton’s, and the Tenino Train Depot Museum next to the park is the same sandstone building that hosted up to 10 trains daily during the height of quarrying and lumber mill days. All of this history is proudly celebrated at the lively Oregon Trail Days in July, which has everything from a parade and farmers market to old-fashioned gun shooting contests and a rock and gem show.


TENINO A STOP ON BOTH THE SOUTH SOUND WINE TRAIL* and the Thurston County Bountiful Byway driving route, Tenino is building into unique craft industries, such as iron works, art supplies, candles, wines and liquor. Start with Scatter Creek Winery* a family-owned business that’s been in the South Sound for a decade and now a major South Sound Wine Trail stop. Don’t miss Swans Candle and Encaustics Arts Supplies, where you can pick up all sorts of candle-making, soap, lotion, and wax art ingredients. Sandstone Distillery* is a must-see destination, as well as Seasonal Goodness egg, chicken and pig farm, and Stoney Plains organic vegetable farm. If you’re on either route, the owners will be happy to give you a tour and offer intriguing local history.

FUN FACT: During the Great Depression, Tenino was famous for its wooden money, printed on cedar and spruce, to avoid a flood of bank failures.



Wolf Haven International* With the mission of conserving and protecting wolves and their habitat, Wolf Haven has been a unique Thurston County attraction since it opened in 1982. Take a guided walking tour for close-up interactions with all sorts of wolves at this nationally recognized sanctuary. Set around the Mima Mound prairie lands, the site also offers educational programs, seasonal “Howl-Ins,” and easy trails where you’ll spot native flora and fauna. 3111 Offut Lake Rd. SE, Tenino, 360.264.4695,

Sandstone Distillery* Named for the city’s historic industry, and a logo taken from a local sandstone artist, the distillery is where you can watch an enthusiastic team hand-craft spirits from Washington-grown grains and pure Pacific Northwest water. The site itself is a museum of quarrying history, with old photos of stone carvers and antique tools. From the boilers to the flavoring ingredients, it’s a fascinating look at how local gins, vodkas, whiskeys and more are created—with a tasting included. 840 Wright Rd. SE, Tenino, 28

RAINIER Rainier: Old Time Fun THE RAIL TOWN OF RAINIER, named for the mountain behind it and just 15 minutes south of Olympia, was settled in 1890 as a stop on the Northern Pacific line. Within 10 years, the Bob White Lumber Mill, a post office, school, and church had been established. (The latter two are now historic landmarks.) Between the lumber industry and its depot for the Milwaukee and Northern Pacific rail lines, Rainier expanded into a prosperous boomtown over the following decades. Incorporated in 1947, the community is still a small, but thriving blend of local residents, military members working at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and others who made Rainier their base for its small town atmosphere that’s still close to the large Puget Sound cities. One of the best times to experience the town’s lively past history is in August, when residents re-create the old-time atmosphere with the banjo-playing excitement of the Rainier Roundup & Pickin’ Days.


YELM-TENINO TRAIL Quiet rural scenes are found along the 14-mile hike-or-bike Yelm-Tenino Trail. From roughly 1869 into the late 1980s, the trail was a rail route connecting Yelm, Rainier, Tenino and south Thurston County. Acquired by the county in 1993, the trail runs parallel to State Route 507, winding through forests, marshes, creeks and agricultural lands. The trail begins behind Yelm City Hall, passes near Wilkowski Park in Rainier and ends at Tenino City Park, with the Deschutes River and McIntosh Lake views as highlights. The trail also intersects with the 22-mile Chehalis Western Trail, which links the cities of Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia, and Woodard Bay on the Puget Sound. 29

BUCODA Bucoda: Railways STILL A TINY RAILROAD TOWN that’s spread out from one grocery store and the century-old Joe’s Tavern, Bucoda is one of the region’s oldest settlements. It’s a place with deep local history, starting from the late 1800s when it was officially named Seatco—a tribal term for “ghost” or “devil.” Historic markers abound, including at the site of Seatco Prison, the original penitentiary in the Pacific Northwest, which operated from 1878–1887 and is now a park. As time passed, lumber mills took over the area, including the original Mutual Mill site next to the prison, and made Bucoda the largest town in Thurston County. BUT WHILE THAT INDUSTRY DWINDLED IN THE 1940S, THE RAIL LINES DID NOT; today roughly 75 Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Amtrak trains pass through town daily. Visit Town Hall weekdays to see old photos of the growth of rail and timber activities. Later came ranchers and fishermen, with the nearby coal plant in Centralia serving the growing demand for electricity. During the first week in August, the town stages its annual Territorial Days picnic, with games and activities to celebrate this rich history.

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GRAND MOUND & ROCHESTER Grand Mound: Family ALTHOUGH ITS BEST-KNOWN SITE IS THE GREAT WOLF LODGE, Grand Mound was actually founded in 1851. Starting in 1854 the settlement became a small rail stop, then lingered as a small town until the 70-acre Washington State School for Girls opened in 1914. With a new strawberry processing plant built a few years later, the town flourished. But after the Great Depression and subsequent rail depot closing, life here continued on a small scale. However, Grand Mound’s location right along the well-traveled I-5 kick-started residential and commercial growth again in the 1990s. Now the most popular local stops are the gourmet eatery Burger Claim, with its Gold Rush and Ghost Pepper specialties, and the Great Wolf Lodge hotel, conference center and indoor water park.


Rochester: Native SWEDISH HISTORY IS ALIVE AND WELL IN ROCHESTER, where the main site is Swede Hall and the town’s annual Swede Days celebration is the biggest event. Like many of the settlements around it, Rochester first thrived on lumber after its founding in 1852. The added Northern Pacific Railroad link to the port at Grays Harbor helped facilitate the industry’s growth into the mid-1900s. Later, strawberries became the town’s main crop and are still grown there today. One of the area’s main attractions, however, is the South Sound Speedway, a central spot for racing in the region. 31

LITTLE ROCK Little Rock: Mystery LOCAL LORE has it that the forest and farmland town of Little Rock is named for a real landmark boulder. Just 11 miles southwest of Olympia, Europeans began settling the area in the 1850s, platting the still unincorporated community first known as “Viora” in the 1890s. Early days saw the building of a tavern in the early 1900s; the descendent of that structure is still open today. You’ll also find a post office, grade school, upholstery shop, espresso stand, two churches, a gas station/ grocery store and a meeting hall. Several large companies are now also based here, and the quiet little neighborhoods are slowly expanding.

Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve These lands protect a unique natural site where domelike patterns of earth up to 150 feet wide and 6 feet tall dot the landscape. No one knows how they originated, but theories range from wind-blown vegetation to ground movement by earthquakes to swelling of clays in the ground due to pocket gopher activity. With more than 637 acres in the park, it’s also a terrific place to view bird life, butterflies and local flora. The site was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1966.


TRIBAL TREASURES THE SOUTH SOUND HAS A PROUD NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE, from which many local business and street names have generated. Here is a preview of that history: SQUAXIN An island 4.5 miles long and a half-mile wide just northwest of the capital is the base for the People of the Waters, the area’s Native American group that made its living on the rich tidal lands between Olympia and Shelton. In 1854, that island was ceded to the tribe and named “Squawksin of Case Inlet.” Over the following years, many moved to the mainland to pursue farming and shellfish harvesting. In 1965, the Squaxin Island Tribe was one of the first Native American groups in the Pacific Northwest to create an autonomous relationship with the federal government. Today, you can explore more tribal history, artifacts and art, and the Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research Center (, founded in conjunction with Seattle’s Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture. NISQUALLY The Nisqually people first arrived from the Great Basin region of Nevada and Utah, crossing the Cascades to settle near the Mashel River. For 10,000 years, the Nisqually dwelled on roughly 2 million acres of land between Olympia, Tenino, DuPont, and Mt. Rainier. A fishing culture, salmon is both a dietary staple and a theme throughout their history, and today they operate the Nisqually River fisheries resources as well as the Clear Creek and Kalama Creek fisheries.


CHEHALIS For centuries, the Upper and Lower Chehalis Tribes lived in cedar longhouses along the Chehalis River. A Salish-speaking people, they built the longhouses with one end open to the water, from where they received a bounty of salmon and other river-based sustenance. The Cehalis have built and run some of the region’s largest and best-known businesses, including the Lucky Eagle Casino and Eagle’s Landing Hotel, as well as several community and wellness centers. 33

EATING THE DINING SCENE IN THE GREATER OLYMPIA AREA IS ONE OF THE BEST. A variety of high-quality restaurants abound on a world tour of authentic cuisine, with everything from dazzling waterfront seafood spots and steakhouses to casual Italian, Mexican, Thai, and Deep South diners and food trucks. Sample the best at area festivals, and find great appetizers and premium drinks at discounted prices during happy hour.

Local Fine Cuisine ANTHONY’S HOMEPORT* Closer to downtown Olympia, sparkling Budd Bay is the backdrop for artfully prepared seafood and classic Northwest dishes. 704 Columbia St. NW, Olympia 98501, 360.357.9700, BUDD BAY CAFE* Right on the boardwalk near the Farmers’ Market and downtown Olympia, this cafe offers top-notch surf and turf with views of activity at the local docks. Tip: They have a terrific Sunday brunch buffet. 525 Columbia St. NW, Olympia 98501, 360.357.6963,

IRON RABBIT* Fresh local ingredients are the hallmark of the eclectic menu in the bustling bar and family-friendly dining room. 2103 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia 98502, 360.956.3661,

MERCATO RISTORANTE* Enjoy fresh, handmade Italian fare at this elegant dining venue, with a beautiful bar and Italian-focused wine menu. Tip: For a special occasion, book the four-course dinner paired with an exceptional Pinot Noir. 111 Market St. NE, Olympia 98506, 360.528.3663,

OLY ROCKFISH GRILL* Upscale food in cool downtown mode, from breakfast & lunch to happy hour cocktails & dinner with Cajun, Middle Eastern, comfort food edge. 700 4th Ave. E, Olympia 98506, 360.753.5700,

RICARDO’S RESTAURANT* This romantic Italian-accented steakhouse offers a lovely, authentic atmosphere for sharing pastas, wine, and desserts like chocolate soufflés and root beef floats inside or on the summery patio. 5211 Lacey Blvd. SE, Lacey 98503, 360.413.9995, Moving November 2015 to 676 Woodland Square Loop, Lacey 98503 34



RIVERS EDGE* Set amid views of the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, the restaurant offers casual, upscale dining and sports bar fun, plus three banquet rooms. 4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE, Tumwater 98501, 360.753.5100, ANTHONY’S HEARTHFIRE A pristine waterfront setting at the edge of the Port of Olympia provides fine seafood and Northwest fare to sunset views. 1675 Marine Dr. NE, Olympia, WA 98501, 360.705.3473,

GARDNER’S RESTAURANT Perfectly crafted steaks, seafood, Italian fare and wine are what you’ll find at this small downtown restaurant near the water. 111 Thurston Ave. NW, Olympia 98501, 360.786.8466,

FALLS TERRACE RESTAURANT Thrilling views of the tumbling Deschutes River Falls and a casual, cozy atmosphere make this a favorite local lunch or dinner venue. 106 Deschutes Way SW, Tumwater 98501, 360.943.7830,

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EATING International Atmosphere EL SARAPE* Terrific Mexican food at affordable prices is a casual, fun place for the whole family to enjoy. 4043 Martin Way E., Olympia 98506, 360.459.5525; 1200 Cooper Point Rd., Olympia 98502, 360.352.1201; 5409 Capitol Blvd. SW, Tumwater 98501, 360956.9506; ITALIA PIZZERIA* A fun family spot near the mall with oven-fresh pizzas, pasta dishes, soups, salads and a range of Italian drinks and sweets. 2505 N 4th St. W, Olympia 98502, 360.754.3393, LA PETIT MAISON* True French cuisine and wines are honored here with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Your family hosts provide a French country home-style ambience and cater to your every whim. Tip: Perfect celebratory spot, a take-your-time luxury dining experience. 101 Division Street Northwest, Olympia, WA 98502, 360.754.9623, MAYAN FAMILY MEXICAN RESTAURANTS* The family-run area chain offers authentic Jalisco-style appetizers and entrees in festive settings. 4520 Pacific Ave., Lacey 98503, 360.491.8244; 2120 Marvin Rd. NE, Lacey 98516, 360.456.8222; 4820 Yelm Hwy. SE, Lacey 98516, 360.459.0818; TRADITIONS CAFE & WORLD ART* This healthy sandwich, soup and dessert cafe sits adjacent to Olympia’s world market of fair-trade clothing, souvenirs and accessories. Tip: Live music, book readings and other entertainment is often on the schedule. 300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia 98501, 360.705.2819, BEAU LEGS Southern comfort food at its best: chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, salmon croquettes, fried pickles, gizzards, red beans & rice, and collard greens. 8765 Tallon La. NE, Lacey 98516, 360.915.6328, KOIBITO JAPANESE RESTAURANT When you’re craving sushi, udon, teriyaki or any Japanese-style cuisine, this small, tucked-in spot has the top menu in town. 1707 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia 98502, 360.352.4751, THE LEMON GRASS RESTAURANT Spices and sauces at this trio of uber-cool restaurants sourced from the top local Asian markets makes this Thai-focused menu the most revered in the South Sound. Tip: Hit the spectacular bar at each for the best local cocktail scene. 212 4th Ave. W, Olympia 98501, 360.705.1832; 8125 Quinault Dr. NE, Lacey 360.459.9511; 5801 Capitol Blvd. SE, Tumwater 360.705.0055; 36

EATING MECONI’S ITALIAN SUBS Hot foot longs, cold-cut six-inchers, and salads—Meconi’s has all your quick lunch and picnic basics. 1051 Capitol Way S, Olympia, 360.534.0240; 2527 Marvin Rd. NE, Lacey 360.688.7919; 5225 Lacey Blvd. SE, Lacey 360.459.0213; 111 Capitol Way SE B107, 360.528.3292 Tumwater; PHO HOA These fast-stop noodle shops deliver healthy and budget-friendly soups and meals. 1600 Cooper Point Rd. SW, Olympia 98502, 360.754.1601; 1120 Galaxy Dr. NE, Lacey 98516, 360.529.8082; QUALITY BURRITO A simple, colorful local Mexican joint specializing in burritos, tacos and American and vegan eats. Bonus: There’s a cool bar in back, too. 213 4th Ave. E, Olympia 98501, 360.357.3997,

Burgers, BBQs & Brews FISH TALE BREW PUB AND FISH BREWING COMPANY* This 21+ pub has great on-site brews (including the house Fish Tale Organic Ales) plus homemade sandwiches and hand-crafted, locally sourced dinner options. Tip: Catch excellent live music on weekends. 515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.943.3650, MCMENAMINS SPAR CAFE* The historic Pacific Northwest chain with famous hand-crafted ales also serves up big breakfasts and tasty American fare. 114 4th Ave. E, Olympia 98501, 360.357.6444, RAM RESTAURANT & BREWERY* Families head here for lively local sports and trivia while dining on Northwest burger, snack and surf options. The bar is another top area sports-watching hub. 8100 Freedom La. NE, Lacey 98516, 360.923.5900, RAMBLIN’ JACKS* This bustling local restaurant and bar has sandwiches, salads and soups, pizzas and full barbecue dinners—with huge portions. 520 E 4th Ave., Olympia 98501, 360.754.8909, THE RANCH HOUSE BBQ* More than 13 years and a couple of stints on The Food Network, plus topping the BBQ award circuit, gives this place the kudos to tout itself as having “The Best Rack in Town.” 10841 Kennedy Creek Rd. SW, Olympia 98512, 360.866.8704, 37

EATING TUGBOAT ANNIE’S* Grab terrific burgers and American fare on a real tugboat to sparkling views of the Port of Olympia and Budd Bay. Expansive, family-friendly dining room (with Irish Music Wednesdays and Magic Night Thursdays) and meeting space for up to 100 guests. Kayak rentals are also on site. 2100 West Bay Dr., Olympia 98502, 360.943.1850, BEN MOORE’S RESTAURANT Gourmet American fare is paired with a list of intriguing regional wines and beers. From breakfast through late dinners, it’s a local hotspot to nosh with family and friends. 112 4th Ave. W, Olympia 98501, 360.357.7527, CASCADIA GRILL Quality American classics like burgers on house-baked buns, milkshakes and craft beers on tap are this downtown family diner’s specialties. 200 W. 4th Ave., Olympia 98501, 360.628.8731, DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT Texas-style barbecue is in the South Sound just as it was in 1941. Beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken and sausages, plus a sides like rolls, mac ’n cheese and jalepeno beans are ready to go. Tip: Kids always get free ice cream, and eat free on Sundays, too. 1001 Cooper Point Rd. SW, Olympia 98502, 360.705.1600, EAST SIDE BIG TOM DRIVE INN This neighborhood American food icon serves up an array of its famous combo burgers and sides with their legendary GOOP dressing. Breakfasts available, too. 2023 4th Avenue East, Olympia, 98506, 360.357.4852, FIVE GUYS BURGERS One of the newest of this national chain serves up fresh-grilled burgers, dogs and fries, plus sassy toppings in a jiffy. 1200 Cooper Point SW, Olympia 98502, 360.943.9497 NORMA’S BURGERS One of Olympia’s best burger joints, first opened 50 years ago, is now at two roadhouse restaurants in the Nisqually Valley. Tip: Get the fries and a milkshake too. 7210 Martin Way E, Olympia, 98516, 360.456.6547; 10322 Martin Way E, Olympia 98516, 360.412.0333, PINTS & QUARTS Head to either location for great pub fare, popular happy hour and nightly specials. The mall site is a key place to watch Mariners baseball and Seahawks football, and your stop for a quick bite before or after the movies. 625 Black Lake Blvd. (Capital Mall), Olympia 98502, 360.943.5611; 1230 College St., Lacey 98503, 360.438.9183; 38

EATING SCOTTY B’S Grab a table or a seat at the counter of this fun, 1950s-style diner set right along the Thurston County Byway scenic drive. Stop in any time for a burger and shake, or a home-cooked lunch or dinner, or dress up and come out for one of the classic car events throughout summer. 500 Sussex Ave. E, Tenino 98589, 360.264.5605 SOUTHBAY DICKERSON’S SLOW & LOW BBQ This delicious hometown barbecue joint has it all: ribs and roasts, pulled pork and chicken tacos, smoked meat loaf, and even hot peach cobbler and real sodas. Tip: Wednesdays are music/stand-up comedy open-mic night; Thursdays come with free peanuts; weekends bring in live bands. 619 Legion Way SE, Olympia 98501, 360.943.6900, THREE MAGNETS BREWING CO. Beer and banking go together at this contemporary industrial setting, where exposed brick walls and wood beams are the backdrop for a restaurant and brewpub serving American fare and savory seasonal beers. 600 Franklin St. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.972.2481,

Cafes & Bakeries BATDORF & BRONSON* Enjoy delicious certified organic coffee drinks, homemade goodies and comfortable, spacious coffee bar and lounging areas. (more on p. 43) WAGNER’S EUROPEAN BAKERY* The bakery is crammed with beautiful European pastries, cookies, doughnuts, cakes and pies. Breakfasts and lunches are served in the adjacent restaurant, and there’s also a pizza annex. 1013 Capitol Way S, Olympia 98501, 360.357.7268; 3000 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia 360.292.7497; Olympia Farmers’ Market, 700 Capitol Way N, Olympia 98501, 360.292.4664; 39


EATING Food Trucks THE TAILGATE BBQ* Coming soon! CEBU Fine, fresh Filipino food available to eat street side. 9408 Martin Way E., Olympia, WA 98516, 360.455.9128 HEAVENLY HOG BBQ & SMOKERY There’s real barbecue to tempt here, from pulled pork to ribs—and even apple-cranberry coleslaw! 2421 93rd Ave. SE, Tumwater 98501, 360.561.9577 MADELINE’S BAVARIAN WURST Besides brats and other dogs, there are big breakfasts like the favorite Farmer’s Scramble. 700 Capitol Way N., Olympia 98501, 360.786.1934, NINEVEH ASSYRIAN From large portions of lamb and beef schwarma to fried cauliflower, this little food truck draws raves. 728 4th Ave. E, Olympia, WA 98506, 360.513.7072 STONE CREEK WOOD FIRED PIZZA Perfect pizza slices, cinnamon rolls and more are brick-oven fresh in Olympia. 4524 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia, WA 98502, 360.888.9500 TACOS CALIFORNIA Craving Mexican food? Get it hot, fresh and spicy here! 728 4th Ave. E, Olympia (downtown) 98506, 360.870.9032; 2411 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia (Westside) 98502, 360.789.9305; 800 Sleater-Kinney Rd. SE, Lacey 98503, 360.789.9767; 7619 Martin Way E, Olympia 98516, 360.789.6333; TACOS TIJUANA Make a quick stop for delicious tacos and other snacks from south of the border. 400 State Ave. NE, Olympia 98501 TAMALE FUSION Coconut rice, tamales and lavender lemonade are among the choices at this cute local truck. 911 Adams St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501, 888.801.0315 THE HOT BOX CART American comfort food comes to West Central park, even late-night. West Central Park, Division St. NW, Olympia 98502, 360.890.7464, 41

EATING Catering ELYSE’S CATERING* Full-service private and event caterer with 30 years of experience; fun, fashionable and able to fulfill all cuisine and speciality requests. 360.943.5555, BUDD BAY CAFE CATERING* The best appetizers, surf and turf, and desserts can be brought to life for your own off-site event. THE TAILGATE BBQ* The Tailgate BBQ* and its live wood smoker can travel to nearly any location to serve award-winning tastes: choice-cut meats and side dishes. 360.790.6003, MARV’S MARVLUS PIT BAR-B-Q Tasty, wood-fired barbecue fired up right at your event—rain or shine. 360.459.7729, OCCASIONS CATERING More than 20 years as a local catering specialist in social and corporate events. 360.943.9494,


OLYMPIA’S COFFEE CULTURE DID YOU KNOW THAT OLYMPIA HAS A COFFEE CULTURE to rival that of the biggest cities around Puget Sound? More than a half-dozen independent local java brewers are happily percolating from several locations and growing outside of Thurston County. BATDORF & BRONSON* offers delicious certified organic coffee drinks, homemade goodies and comfortable, spacious coffee bar and lounging areas. The original Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, which roasted high-quality brews, was opened in 1988—long before the Pacific Northwest caught onto the trend. Today you can pick up a cup at the original downtown location on Capitol Way, at the Market Street Dancing Goats Espresso Bar by the Farmers’ Market, in Lacey and other locales throughout the U.S. Be sure to visit the production site and tasting room near the Olympia Farmers’ Market as well, and to pick up a classic, local Olympia gift to take home. 516 S. Capitol Way, Olympia 98501, 360.786.6717, FORZA* is Lacey’s newest java stop, a cool haven for coffee sipping, pastry tasting, and wine, games and live music in the evenings. 130 Marvin Rd. SE, Lacey 98503, 360.338.0925, BURIAL GROUNDS is the perfect spot to chill any time, if you like a funky, offbeat vibe. Java like Ultra Violence, Ice Cold Corpse and Voodoo should do the trick. 406 Washington St. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.359.4285, CAFE AU LAIT is that cute little coffee stand at the Capital Mall across from Target, and a “Best of Olympia” coffee winner by Seattle’s KING 5 News. It’s a convenient and tasty drive-through for a hot coffee drink on the way to work, or to see the sights. 2925 Harrison Ave. NW, West Olympia, 360.556.5423, MUD BAY COFFEE COMPANY, named for the shallow mudflats of West Olympia, is a small-batch coffee roaster and retail shop with employees that love people and coffee. 1600 Cooper Point Rd. SW, Olympia 98502, 360.754.6222, OLYMPIA COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY makes its name on fresh and finely crafted brews that are sourced only from the best farmers in the world. 108 Cherry St. NE, Olympia 9850, 360.753.0066, OLYMPIC CREST COFFEE ROASTERS, Lacey’s first full-service coffee company, also provides wholesale beans to many regional espresso shops. 4211 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey 98503, 360.923.0973, 43

BREWERIES CASCADIA HOMEBREW* This central location houses three businesses: a home-brewing supply & equipment store, a brew-it-yourself site to create your own batches, and a full-service brewery. Try some notables: Juniper Rye, Smoked Wheat, Bourbon Oak Porter, Ginger Saison, plus a solid selection of IPAs. 211 4th Ave. E, Olympia 98501, 360.943.2337 FISH BREW COMPANY* Handcrafted brews, ales and ciders are on tap at this cozy watering hole, as are delicious homemade comfort fare and frequent live music. 515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.943.6480 RAM RESTAURANT & BREWERY* The South Sound-based brewery, with sites in Tacoma, Lakewood and across the U.S., is the place to taste RAM brews on tap, and see how they’re crafted; also a favorite spot for burgers, ribs, steak and salmon, and catching the latest sports games. Large restaurant is family friendly. 8100 Freedom La. NE, Suite C, Lacey 98516, 360.932.5900 TOP RUNG BREWING COMPANY* The spacious, picnic-table filled tasting room, lined with firefighter memorabilia, has the true feel of a craft brewery. In the back, local firefighters man a 10-barrel production site. Military, firefighters and law enforcement can bring in a “challenge coin” for $3.75 pints on Saturdays. 8343 Hogum Bay La. NE, Lacey 98516, 360.915.8766 THREE MAGNETS BREWING CO. Tucked into downtown, this local favorite combines tasty cuisine with cool brews named for city icons, like Rainy Day IPA (Rainy Day Records), and Oldschool Lager (Oldschool Pizzeria). It also has a family section, and indoor/outdoor seating. 600 Franklin St. SE, Suite 105, Olympia 98501, 360.972.2481 GRAVITY BEER MARKET Olympia’s local beer market has more than 700 brews, ciders and mead, making for an adventure in taste by a local husband and wife team. Tip: They fill growlers, and kegs are available. 1001 4th Ave. E., Olympia 98501 , 360.352.5107, OLY TAPROOM Olympia’s first taproom and bottle shop, designed with a mix of repurposed wood and corrugated tin with mist-like accent colors, is the place to linger and try selections from more than 600 bottles and 14 taps. Set at downtown’s waterfront, with Olympic Mountain views. 312 Columbia St. NW, Olympia 98501, 360.515.0661 44

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WINERIES Wineries SWING WINE BAR* A classic 19th-century home hanging above gorgeous views of Capitol Lake has been renovated into a top-notch sipping spot with some of the tastiest wine accompaniments and dinners around Puget Sound. 825 Columbia St. SW, Olympia 98501, 360.357.9464 UNCORK AND UNWIND* Wander through Washington wines, beers and cheeses, complemented by light appetizers, soups and salads. 324 Custer Way Southwest, Tumwater, WA 98501, 360.943.9463 MARCHETTI WINE ROOM* Taste wines created “in the manner of the Old World,” unfiltered and without sulfites or other chemicals, in this classy, cozy bistro-style spot. 511 Washington St SE Olympia 98502, 360.359.4288 RUMORS WINE BAR* Perfect place to tip back a glass, relax and nibble appetizers and desserts. 203 4th Ave, Olympia 98501, 360.480.503

Where to Tour a Local Winery MADSEN FAMILY CELLARS* Stop by the tasting room to sip and pick up a bottle or two from this award-winning winery. 2825 Marvin Rd. NE, Olympia 98516, 360.438.1286 MEDICINE CREEK WINERY* Sip samples, see the winemaking process, and enjoy live events at this boutique winery and event space, located on a farm in the Nisqually Valley. 947 Old Pacific Hwy. SE, Olympia 98513, 360.701.6284 NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN WINERY* Relax with your pick from the list of fine, award-winning wines created here. Second Saturday evenings May–October are Fire Pit Nights, which include snacks, music and fun. 2825 Marvin Rd. NE, Olympia 98516, 360.464.7125 SCATTER CREEK WINERY* This award-winning stop creates wines found in restaurants across the region. Look for events like vintners dinners and special tastings. 3442 180th Ave., Tenino 98589, 360.273.8793 46

WINERIES STOTTLE WINERY* Established through a passion for wine and simple pleasures, Stottle makes 13 award-winning wines, from Viognier to Cabernet Sauvignon. Tastings and tours Wed–Sun, 12 pm–5 pm, year-round. 2642 Willamette Dr. NE, Suite C, Lacey 98516, 360.515.0356 WALTER DACON WINES* “Experience the Rhone” at this winery near the Hood Canal shores. Dedicated to Rhone and Mediterranean style wines, the owners source grapes from vineyards along the Yakima and Columbia valleys, and take pride in hand-crafting their products. 50 SE Skookum Inlet Rd., Shelton 98584, 360.426.5913

Where to Buy Regional Labels THE WINE LOFT* Delve into the South Sound’s most unique varieties while learning about their flavors and histories. 401 Columbia St. NW, Olympia 98501, 360.754.6208

Taste Your Finest Local Liqueurs SANDSTONE DISTILLERY* Watch an enthusiastic team hand-craft spirits from Washingtongrown grains and pure Pacific Northwest water. From the boilers to the flavoring ingredients, it’s a fascinating look at how local gins, vodkas, whiskeys and more are created—with a tasting included. 840 Wright Rd. SE, Tenino SALISH SEA ORGANIC DISTILLERY The first organic distillery in the South Sound and Lacey’s original spirits business has a fun, lively spot next to Stottle Winery.* 360.890.4927 47

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21+ AFTER HOURS FUN Cool Spots for Drinks & Music DILLINGER’S COCKTAILS & KITCHEN* Housed in the bank vault of Olympia’s 1927 Security Building, this chic spot revitalizes the Great Gatsby era, including cocktails from Prohibition times. 404 Washington St., Olympia 98501, 360.515.0650 RHYTHM & RYE* It’s official: Olympia’s best live music venue is right here, and always bringing something new and intriguing to town. From live jazz to rock to eclectic, just come and enjoy—excellent drinks and atmosphere, too. 311 Capitol Way N, Olympia 98501 360.705.0760


1230 ROOM The hippest dance music spun by the area’s top DJs, plus special theme nights and parties fill this huge multi-level party space. 111 Washington St., Olympia 98501, 360.943.5611, BIG WHISKEY SALOON Country rock has made its way to downtown Olympia at the largest dance floor in the Pacific Northwest. Do the two-step, shake your badonk-a-donk, throw back a shot of Petrone and get your country on! 425 Franklin St., Olympia 98501, 360.357.4721 THE BROTHERHOOD LOUNGE Funky art, great cocktails, live music and Sunday movie nights (plus kitschy velvet paintings and tapestries) create a cool hangout. 119 Capitol Way N., Olympia 98501, 360.352.4153 50 51

21+ AFTER HOURS FUN OBSIDIAN By day it’s a rustic coffee house with local java and teas, deli fare and bakery treats served at the enormous wood bar; by night it’s a concert venue and lounge with craft cocktails, beer and wines. Tip: It’s all ages until 9 p.m. 414 4th Ave. E, Olympia 98501, 360.890.4425 facebook/obsidianolympia SKEP & SKEIN This trendy tavern is the place to try local tap brews and mead. No worries about food; area restaurants deliver here for free. 2106 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia 98502, 360.292.4400 OLYMPIA BALLROOM From ballroom styles to hip-hop pop to rotating DJs on Thursdays, it’s a fun place to cut a rug any which way. 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia 98501, 360.259.1589

Beloved Bars & Brews FISH TALE BREW PUB* Olympia’s original brewpub has been around for more than 20 years and provides a cozy bar scene. The house Fish Tale Organic Ales are on tap and casual Northwest fare is cooking up in the kitchen. Tip: Check the schedule for live entertainment. 515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.943.6480 CHARLIE’S BAR & GRILL Join the friendly, relaxed scene with nightly specials, plus live music, karaoke and a pretty patio for summertime drinks. 620 4th Ave. E, Olympia 98501, 360.786.8181 EASTSIDE CLUB AND TAVERN More than 30 microbrews are on tap, plus there’s air hockey, pool tables, table tennis and free internet. 410 4th Ave. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.357.9985 4TH AVE TAVERN This historic building was the city’s original 1860s Town Hall, Fire Department and Council Chambers, with a ballroom, theater and opera house on the second floor. Now, lots of live music is the centerpiece at this popular watering hole—plus big-screen sports games, pinball and free pool on Sundays. 210 4th Ave., Olympia 98501, 360.786.1444


21+ AFTER HOURS FUN HANNAH’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL The ultra-casual bar atmosphere makes for a low-key night watching sports and playing pool. Tip: Get your game on for the weekly open-mic night. 123 5th Ave. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.357.9890 O’BLARNEY’S IRISH PUB Everyone from senators to Evergreen College students show up for the lively pub ambience and hearty Irish and classic American fare. 4411 Martin Way E, Olympia 98516, 360.459.8084


OLY UNDERGROUND Two pool tables, jukebox, bar food and a comfortable atmosphere make for a great time downtown. Hint: Try a brew from Top Rung,* a cocktail with signature Deep Eddy vodka, or just a good old ginger beer. 109 Legian Way SW., Olympia 98501, 360.352.7343

Casinos LUCKY EAGLE CASINO* Set in the serene southwest corner of the region among quiet forests and pretty farms, this casino is one of the area’s finest, with four restaurants, spacious meeting areas, live shows and an adjacent upscale hotel. 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester 98573, 360.273.2000, LITTLE CREEK CASINO RESORT* A luxurious resort setting in the picturesque countryside is the perfect spot to play casino games and relax at the spa, spend a morning on the lovely Salish Cliffs links, sample different cuisines, catch popular live entertainment, or just explore Thurston County. Just 15 minutes northwest of Olympia, it’s also a top spot for meetings and conventions. 91 W. Hwy. 108, Shelton 98584, 800.667.7711, NISQUALLY RED WIND CASINO* The casual and convenient woodland setting along the highway to Yelm makes this smaller casino a popular stop for gaming, dining, and RV overnighters. 12819 Yelm Hwy., Olympia 98513, 360.412.5000, 53

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Chambers Bay Golf Course, site of the 2015 U.S. Open and the first such championship competition in the Pacific Northwest, is just 20 minutes north of Thurston County. What many visitors don’t know is that the Olympia area has its own championship-level courses, as well as excellent recreational golf sites. CHAMBERS BAY GOLF COURSE University Place, WA Opened in 2007 along the glittering blue waters of Puget Sound southwest of Tacoma, this world-class, British Links-style course is also a beloved local recreational area and an Audubon-certified wildlife habitat. The breathtaking bay-side setting shares the rugged beauty of traditional links courses, which are spread throughout an open, undulating landscape with few trees and fringed with sea grasses. Hosting the U.S. Amateur golf competition in 2010, made the par-71, 7,742-yard course the longest such contest in USGA history at the time. In June 2015, Chambers Bay became the first Pacific Northwest course to host the U.S. Open, bringing over 235,000 attendees. The course is part of the 950-acre Chambers Creek properties, formerly the site for a rock quarry, sand and gravel mine, major industrial center, and rail hub. INDIAN SUMMER GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB* Course: Rating 73.5 / Slope 136 Total: 7216 Yards, Par 72 Magnificent, old growth forests and an abundance of water features define Indian Summer, a premiere Northwest private golf site voted “Best of Nike Tour” by the players. Known for superb year-round conditioning, the Peter L. H. Thompson-designed course is built to rigid, tournament-caliber specifications that create one of the top five toughest courses in Washington state—a challenging and enjoyable experience for golfers of every skill level. In addition to six sets of tees, a large practice facility, luxury clubhouse with a player lounge and Embers Restaurant, pro shop, and gorgeous banquet facilities are on site. 5900 Troon La. SE, Olympia 98501 , 360.923.1075 55

GOLF THE GOLF CLUB AT HAWK’S PRAIRIE* The Woodlands + The Links Course: Rating 72.8 / Slope 124 Total: 5600 to 7170 Yards, Par 72 Framed by views of snowcapped Mt. Rainier and the glittering waters of Puget Sound, the pair of Peter L.H. Thompson-designed championship courses at Hawks Prairie provides challenging fairways. The Woodlands is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the country’s “Top 75 Most Affordable Golf Courses.” The Links is a Scottish-style course that stretches out to quiet, curving bays. Water features are a highlight of both, and each has a separate practice facility, putting greens, and chipping areas. PGA professionals are on hand to provide individual lessons and group instruction, and clinics and golf schools are regularly scheduled. Corporate event planning and facilities are also available, as is namebrand apparel and equipment at the pro shop. 8383 Vicwood La., Lacey 98516, 800.55TEEIT


SALISH CLIFFS GOLF CLUB Course: Rating 75.4 / Slope 137 Total: 7269 Yards, Par 72 The region’s newest 18-hole championship golf course is set in the gorgeous Kamilche Valley, and is conveniently located adjacent to the popular Little Creek Casino Resort. Designed by award-winning architect Gene Bates, and owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe, here you have the option of playing 16 to 18 holes, all with sweeping views of the countryside and Mt. Rainier. Five sets of tees offer courses for golfers of every level, and there’s a pro shop and restaurant at the entrance. Lessons, event facilities, spa services and more are available throughout all seasons. 91 W State Route 108, Shelton 98584, 360.462.3673 56



TUMWATER VALLEY MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE Course: Rating 73.1 / Slope 118 Total: 7038 Yards, Par 72 This attractive 18-hole championship course, designed by Roy Goss and Glen Proctor and opened in 1970, is one of the area’s finest municipal sites. Set within the Deschutes River Valley, it’s a local favorite for both competitive and casual golfers. “Fair and challenging” is a frequent comment from new and regular players alike, especially with a choice of greens on several holes. Also on site are a 10-acre driving range tee, practice bunker and large putting green, as well as a fully stocked pro shop. PGA and LPGA professionals are on hand for lessons, too. 4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE, Tumwater 98501, 360.943.9500, CAPITOL CITY GOLF COURSE Course: Rating 70.9 / Slope 121 Total: 6533 Yards, Par 72 A championship 18-hole golf course designed by Norman H. Woods and opened in 1962, Capitol City offers a challenge for golfers of all abilities. Narrow, tree-lined fairways and topnotch putting greens define the setting, which is also one of the driest all year in the region. Lessons are available, and the seasonal tournaments are among the area’s most popular competitions. 5525 Yelm Hwy. SE, Olympia 98503, 360.491.5111 OLYMPIA COUNTRY & GOLF CLUB* Course: Rating 71.5 / Slope 124 Total: 6110 Yards, Par 72 Established in 1926, this Newly Remodeled historic private club has a beautiful professional course right along the shores of Budd Inlet. The family environment, waterfront setting, excellent food and seasonal events make this an area favorite. 3636 Country Club Dr. NW, Olympia 98502, 360.866.7121 57

GOLF TAHOMA GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB Course: Rating 68.0 / Slope 113 Total: 6007 Yards, Par 72 Set in one of the sunniest spots in Thurston County, this fun and challenging course is a convenient stop on a golf tour of the area. Opened in 1967, the course today features a restaurant, pro shop, and popular Men’s Club and Ladies’ Club activities. 15425 Mosman Ave SW, Yelm 98597, 360.458.3332 DELPHI GOLF COURSE Course: Rating 32.2 / Slope 97 Total: 1937 Yards, Par 32 Nestled into the forested hills of Capitol Forest, this nine-hole executive course is playable year round. Opened in 1973, the pleasantly challenging layout measures just over 1950 yards from the men’s tees and over 1790 from the ladies tees. 6340 Neylon Dr. SW, Olympia 98512, 360.357.6437 AIRPORT GOLF CENTER Course: Rating 32.2 / Slope 97 Total: 1692 Yards, Par 29 This family owned local business is an all-in-one sports fun center, with the added bonus of a nine-hole executive golf course that’s playable for all levels. Prices are reasonable and kids golf free with parents on Mondays—you can’t beat the Mt. Rainier views. There’s also a lighted, heated and covered driving range, plus a pro shop with all the goods. 8080 Center St. SW, Tumwater 98501, 360.786.8626 SCOTT LAKE GOLF COURSE Course: Rating 32.2 / Slope 97 Total: 2550 Yards, Par 35 The public course is the perfect spot for a few hours of outdoor relaxation, with a setup to challenge experienced golfers but still not overwhelming for newer players. A well-stocked pro shop and full-service restaurant top off the experience. Tournaments and group activities are scheduled throughout fair weather months. 11746 Scott Creek Dr SW, Olympia 98512, 360.352.4838

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Birding Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (p. 20) is the prime site for viewing migratory waterfowl, winter songbirds and hunting species. Other good birding areas include the Chehalis Western Trail, the Yelm-Tenino Trail and around Capitol Lake. For more ideas, check out the Black Hills Audobon Society ( or Trail Link (

Boating & Swimming Boat launches and docks dot the waters around Thurston County, such as Percival Landing, Swantown Marina (, West Bay Marina (, and Olympia Yacht Club ( near downtown. There’s also Boston Harbor ( and Zittle’s Marina a short drive away. Outside of these, Long Lake is the most popular boating area, or head to Chambers Lake, Hicks Lake, Pattison Lake, or Luhr’s Landing, all of which have boat launches. See for specifics.

Several county parks also have beachfront acreage where you can swim: Besides Long Lake Park in Lacey (, Kenneydell County Park on Black Lake ( and Deep Lake in Millersylvania State Park ( In Tenino, head to the Tenino Quarry Pool, where the city’s famous stone carvers once created their heritage (

Camping If it’s an overnight in the outdoors you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of scenic spots to do it here. Top Picks are Offut Lake Resort* in Tenino (, Columbus Park Campground in Tumwater* (, Riverbend Campground on the Nisqually River ( and American Heritage Campground ( 60

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Cycling & Mountain Biking Bike trails abound through the parks and hills around Olympia, many of them taking you through terrain you’d never discover any other way. Try Capital Forest ( and the Chehalis Western Trail ( Friends of Capitol Forest:** is also a great resource. The Washington State Department of Transportation has a complete map of bike trails (

Fishing & Hunting When you’re going for game, here are a few great spots to try: Capital Forest, and area waters like Summit Lake, Long Lake, and Hicks Lake (

Horseback Riding Horseback riding trails thread through Capital Forest and the Chehalis Western Trail ( For general riding and lessons, try Chastain Mist Equestrian (, Journey Equestrian (, Timepiece Arabians (, Forest View Farms ( and Camp Olympia Riding Center (

Kayaking & Rafting For kayaking, start right downtown in Olympia at Percival Landing or Budd Bay, or nearby at Tugboat Annie’s* ( or Boston Harbor Marina ( For rapids, head to the Deschutes River, while the Nisqually River offers more quiet, pristine paddling scenes for wildlife watching. Another resource is 61

PARKS FOR FAMILY FUN BOSTON HARBOR MARINA Fuel up your boat at this pretty marina which offers all sorts of boating activities, kayaking and sailing lessons; a restaurant and shop are on site. 312 73rd Ave. NE, Olympia 98506, 360.357.5670, HERITAGE PARK FOUNTAINS Kids love to frolic in downtown Olympia’s 47 dancing water spouts, which shoot high in the air at different intervals. 330 5th Ave. SW, Olympia 98501, 360.753.8380, HUNTAMER PARK Lacey’s outdoor activities center is the gathering place for local Summertime Concerts in the Park, Outdoor Cinema series, the local farmers’ market and community fairs. 618 Woodland Sq. Loop SE, Lacey, 360.491.0857, REGIONAL ATHLETIC COMPLEX Athletic fields, walking paths, picnic areas and playgrounds are all part of this fun, family-oriented attraction and festival site. 5475 45th Ave. SE, Lacey 98503, 360.491.0857, WATERSHED PARK More than 25 natural springs and a temperate rainforest meander through this beautiful natural area that was once Olympia’s main drinking water source. 2500 Henderson Blvd. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.753.8380, WEST BAY ROTARY PARK Launch your kayak here and see the Port of Olympia and the State Capitol building from the opposite side, across dazzling views of Budd Bay inlet to the snowy slopes of Mt. Rainier. 700 West Bay Dr. NW, Olympia 98501. 360.753.8380,


FAMILY FUN CHARLIE’S SAFARI This indoor family fun center in Lacey includes bounce houses, laser tag, an enormous playground and more. 5400 Martin Way E, Suite J, Lacey 98516, 360.292.1600, LASER FUN ZONE Heading into the darkness for team laser fun is the highlight for all ages. 1225 Ruddell Rd. SE, Suite C, Lacey 98516, 360.455.0183 MARVIN ROAD GOLF & BATTING CAGES 2831 Marvin Rd. NE, Lacey 98516, 360.438.2299 CASCADE MINI GOLF 1504 Yelm Ave. W., Yelm 98597, 360.400.0334 YELM CINEMAS* 201 Prairie Park La., Yelm 98597, 360.400.3456, 63


MONARCH SCULPTURE PARK Wander among some of the region’s most famous outdoor art pieces, all while enjoying the classic Pacific Northwest scenes. 8431 Waldrick Rd. SE, Olympia 98589, 360.264.2408, MIMA MOUNDS NATURAL AREA PRESERVE Explore the interpretive trails around this unique landscape to see if you can solve the mystery of how the oddly shaped hills were created. NW of Littlerock, 360.577.2025, NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE & NATURE CENTER A Must See. This 3,700-acre wetland tract has more than 300 types of birds and other wildlife you can spot from the trails and interpretive center. Don’t miss the beach, boat launch, and learning center at the Nisqually Reach Nature Center (, which has hands-on activities focused on estuarine and marine ecosystems. 100 Brown Farm Rd., Olympia 98516, 360.753.9467, CHEHALIS WESTERN TRAIL Stroll, bike, board, or dog-walk along this track that travels through the heart of Thurston County’s countryside and connects with the 14.5 mi Yelm–Tenino Trail. 360.786.5595, CAPITOL FOREST More than 160 miles of easy to challenging multiple-use trails make for excellent hiking, mountain biking and much more! PRIEST POINT PARK Hike this rugged trail network along and above the beach and the bays, with plenty of picnic sites available. 2600 East Bay Dr. NE, Olympia 98506, 360.753.8380, TOLMIE STATE PARK More than a mile of saltwater shoreline stretches along Nisqually beach, with an underwater scuba diving park just past the bay’s edge. 7730 61st Ave. NE, Olympia 98589, 360.456.6464, 64

LANDMARKS OF HISTORY MT. RAINIER SCENIC RAILROAD & DEPOT MUSEUM* Take a two-hour steam train ride through the gorgeous countryside south of Mt. Rainier, then explore the world’s largest collection of logging steam trains and more at the museum. 54124 Mountain Hwy. E, Elbe 98330, 360.569.7959, OLD STATE CAPITOL & SYLVESTER PARK The original Washington State Capitol is just a few blocks northeast of today’s famous dome. The 1862 sandstone structure first served as the Thurston County Courthouse, and now sits across from verdant Sylvester Park and the historic Governor Hotel. The tumultuous Oregon Trail also ended at Sylvester Park. A monument marks the point where travelers hopped on boats to other Northwest destinations at what was once the edge of Budd Bay. Corner of Legion & Capitol Way,


GOVERNOR’S MANSION Capitol Grounds, Olympia 98501, 360.902.8880, KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL 14th Ave. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.902.8880, LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL 12th Ave. SW, Olympia 98501, 425.747.7523, MEDAL OF HONOR MEMORIAL 416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia 98501, 360.902.8880, POW/MIA MEMORIAL Winged Victory Circle, Olympia 98501, 360.902.8880, TEMPLE OF JUSTICE 415 12th Ave SW, 360.902.8880, Olympia 98501, VIETNAM VETERAN’S MEMORIAL Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia 98501, 360.902.8880, WINGED VICTORY MONUMENT Winged Victory Circle, Olympia 98501, 360.902.8880, WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL 11th Ave. SW, Olympia 98501, 360.902.8880, 65

MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL SITES Museums HANDS ON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM* More than 150 exciting hands-on exhibits and crafts spaces stretch over acres of indoor and outdoor learning and activities sites. Everything from physics demos to emergency equipment, treehouse and water fun are part of this unique and memorable experience for kids. 414 Jefferson Street NE, Olympia 98501, 360.956.0818, OLYMPIC FLIGHT MUSEUM* Explore the aviation heritage of the South Sound and the Pacific Northwest with vintage military aircraft, jet fighters, helicopters, and related equipment. Tip: Don’t miss the exciting events at Olympia Air Show in June. 7637A Old Highway 99 SE, Olympia 98501, 360.705.3925, SANDMAN TUGBOAT Hop on a historic tugboat to meet storytellers who provide vivid accounts of the vessel’s adventurous history. 302 4th Avenue W, Olympia 98501, BIGELOW HOUSE MUSEUM* In 1860 pioneer lawyer Daniel R. Bigelow built this lovely Victorian-style structure, the oldest residence in Olympia and one of the first in the Pacific Northwest. Tours by appointment. 918 Glass Ave. NE, Olympia 98506, 360.753.1215, THE SCHMIDT HOUSE Olympia Brewing Co. founder Leopold F. Schmidt built this home in 1904 adjacent to what is now Tumwater Falls Park; today it’s on the National Register of Historic Places and in the Tumwater Historic District. 330 Schmidt Pl. SW, Tumwater 98501, 360.943.2550, CROSBY HOUSE MUSEUM Entertainer Bing Crosby’s grandparents built this 1858 wood frame home, which is still one of the oldest of its style in the state and today houses a museum of pieces from the time. 702 Deschutes Way SW, Tumwater 98501, 360.754.4217, LACEY MUSEUM Inside this former local home, fire station, and original City Hall, you can explore the town’s history starting from settlers traveling the Oregon Trail. 829 Lacey St. E, Lacey 98503, 360.438.0209, 66

MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL SITES JACOB SMITH HOUSE The city’s oldest home was built during the Civil War and is a classic exhibit of the times. 4500 Intelco Loop SE, Lacey 98503, 360.491.0857, TENINO DEPOT MUSEUM The former train depot, adjacent to the city’s park, is one of the South Sound’s best places to explore regional and rail history today. 399 Park Ave. W, Tenino 98589, 360.264.4321, YELM PRAIRIE HISTORICAL MUSEUM The local Historical Society runs this compact site packed with pioneer antiques, Nisqually tribal artifacts and even an 1880s buggy. 207 3rd St., Yelm 360.458.4114, Prairie Park St # 126 Yelm, WA 98597, 360.458.5909 PERCIVAL LANDING & BOARDWALK Take a historic walk along the shores of Budd Inlet, where informational signs and public art displays highlight the development of downtown and the waterfront. Be sure to check out the 1908 “Sandman” tugboat, a floating museum detailing the region’s maritime history (free tours on weekends). 5th Ave. at Water Street,, ARTESIAN WELL Nearly 100 aquifers once dotted Olympia, and this beautiful mosaic fountain is one of the few left in the city. Built between 1895 and 1915, the 90-foot-deep well releases roughly 10 gallons of water per minute and is the primary water source for many city residents. Tip: Food trucks often stop at this site spring through fall. 5th Ave. and Jefferson St SE, Olympia 98501, 360.753.8380, 67

THE ARTS Art Galleries & Studios SPLASH GALLERY OF OLYMPIA* 501 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA 98501, 360.943.5177 STATE OF THE ARTS GALLERY* 500 Washington St. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.705.0317, ART HOUSE DESIGN 420 Franklin St. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.943.3377 ARTISTS COOPERATIVE GALLERY 2505 4th Avenue W, Olympia, WA 98502, 360.357.6920 THE ARTIST’S GALLERY 113 Legion Way SW, Olympia 98501 , 360.357.6920 CHILDHOOD’S END GALLERY 222 W. 4th Ave., Olympia 98501, 360.943.3724 EVERGREEN GALLERY 2737 McCann Plz Dr. NW, Olympia 98505, 360.867.5125 GALA-RIE-RIE MUNOZ 2384 Crestline Blvd. NW, Olympia 98502, 360.943.3354 OLYMPIA-RAFAH SOLIDARITY MURAL PROJECT 119-1/2 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501, 360.252.9779 SALON REFU 114 Capitol Way N, Olympia 98501, 360.280.3540 VAN TUINEN ART 1801 West Bay Dr. NW, Olympia 98502, 360.352.4117

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R e al . l i v e.T h e aT e R. Tickets & info 360.786.0151 or STATE THEATER 202 4th Ave E downtown Olympia


THE ARTS Performing Arts WASHINGTON CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS* Built in 1924 as the Liberty Theater, a vaudeville house for lively local shows, the structure became the Olympic Theater movie house nearly 25 years later. The structure’s third life came in the 1980s, when its early facade and interiors were re-created with contemporary flair as the Washington Center. Since then more than 2 million guests have come from across the U.S. and the world to see performances ranging from plays and musicals to regional events and incarnations of the Center’s earliest vaudeville shows. 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.753.8585,


CAPITOL THEATER & THE OLYMPIA FILM SOCIETY* Classic, quirky and uber-cool international film music and art are the showpieces that draw the hip Puget Sound crowds to this venue. 206 5th Ave. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.754.6670, HARLEQUIN PRODUCTIONS (AT THE STATE THEATER)* One of the top local live performance venues around Puget Sound spans themes from “To Kill a Mockingbird” to Hitchcock’s “39 Steps” to “Sixties Chicks.” 202 4th Ave. E., Olympia 98501, 360.786.0151, 69

THE ARTS OLYMPIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA* Enjoy the symphony monthly through a variety of concerts at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.* 3400 Capitol Blvd., Suite 203, Olympia 98501, 360.753.0074, OLYMPIA FAMILY THEATER* A lineup of children’s programs and workshops that are just as fun for adults include budget-friendly Thrifty Thursdays (by donation) and $5 daytime Let’s Play interactive experiences. 612 4th Ave. E, Olympia 89501, 360.943.2744, KENNETH MINNAERT CENTER FOR THE ARTS At South Puget Sound Community College Top international performing arts, music, and speakers are featured throughout the year, and the on-site art gallery features local and national artists in a range of exciting, educational exhibitions. 2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia 98512, 360.753.8585, OLYMPIA LITTLE THEATER The oldest live theater in Olympia and one of the oldest in the state, this elegant 1939 performing arts space focuses on quality productions at affordable ticket prices. 1925 Miller Ave. NE Olympia 98506, 360.786.9484, MIDNIGHT SUN PERFORMANCE SPACE Created in 1993, by artists interested in opening a performance space in downtown Olympia, the city’s original black box theater is today an event rental space hosting local theater, contemporary music groups, classes, private events, and original shows. 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia 98501, 360.259.2743,

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SHOPPING OLYMPIA IS A GREAT PLACE TO SHOP, especially for boutique clothes, gifts, and unique local souvenirs. The attractive downtown gathers a collection of wonderful, locally-owned stores housed in historic buildings, where you’ll find gorgeous art pieces, books, men’s and women’s clothing, children’s toys and games, shoes and accessories, antiques, and more. Capital Mall* has all of the major stores and dining venues. Lacey’s big shopping draw is Cabela’s outdoor sports center, but a variety of small shops and galleries also abound, as they do in Tumwater, Yelm, Tenino, and other smaller cities and towns. CAPITAL MALL* All of your name-brand shops and restaurants, plus a theater complex and seasonal events, with plenty of activities for little ones. 625 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia 98502, 360.754.8017,

Downtown Olympia The Olympia Downtown Association* attracts new and eclectic local businesses into the neighborhood and helps grow the current ones and renovate downtown as a whole. The organization is the backbone of the business community here, and holds semi-annual clean-up days and other events. 360.357.8948, ARCHIBALD SISTERS* A fun and eclectic collection of gifts, toys, bath items and more. 406 Capitol Way S., Olympia 98501, 360.943.2707, BELLEZA ROPA* One of the most chic shops around for women’s clothing and accessories. 101 Capital Way N, Olympia 98501, 360.531.3046, TRADITIONS CAFE & WORLD FOLK ART* Clothing, jewelry, bath items and gifts worldwide, all through fair and equitable trade relationships. 300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia 98501, 360.705.2819, VIVALA* Chic, elegant women’s clothing and accessories, both locally-made and sourced worldwide. 111 Market St. NE, Olympia 98501, 360.754.8482, CAPTAIN LITTLE Kids will love the vast selection of unique, colorful toys and games. 121 5th Ave. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.352.5441, COMPASS ROSE Innovative and colorful clothes, jewelry, glassware and gifts. 416 Capitol Way S., Olympia 98501, 360.236.0788, 72

SHOPPING DREES Unique home furnishings, linens, stationery and seasonal decor. 524 Washington St., Olympia 98501, 360.357.7177,

Antiques COURTYARD ANTIQUES* 705 4th Ave E, Olympia 98506, LIGHTHOUSE ANTIQUES & CRAFTS MALL:* 2921 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia, 9850, 360.352.3864 A RUSTY ROOSTER 117 Columbia St. NW, 360.236.9800 ANTIQUES VINTAGE ASSOCIATION ANTIQUE JUNKIE 210 4th Ave. W, 360.352.7447 ANTIQUES OLYMPIA 203 4th Ave. W, 360.786.9234 BROWN DERBY ANTIQUES 1001 Capitol Way S, 360.352.8787 FINDERS KEEPERS ANTIQUES 501 4th Ave. E, 360.943.6454 PASSAGES END ANTIQUES 312 Columbia St. NW, 360.754.2030 PEACOCK VINTAGE 512 4th Ave. E, 360.250.0885 SHERBURNE ANTIQUES & FINE ART 100 4th Ave. E, 360.357.9177 TATTERED TREASURES 106 4th Ave. W, 360.357.0840

ANTIQUE VINTAGE ASSOCIATION Free Antiquing Map • 29 Unique Stores • Antiques • Collectibles Visit our website to print a map and view participating stores! 73

SHOPPING Cool Shops Around the County THE IRON WORKS Unique gifts, home decor, and garden art. TENINO ANTIQUE MALL: 248 West Sussex, Tenino, 98589, 360.943.5194, THURSTON BOUNTIFUL BYWAY: 103 Sid Snyder Ave., Olympia 98507, 360.446.3100,

Local & Specialty WA STATE LEGISLATIVE GIFT CENTER* Washington state artisans and regionally-themed souvenirs complete a visit to the capital city. 416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia 98501, 360.786.1889, SHIPWRECK BEADS* Browse through the world’s largest collection of beads, jewelry-making accessories, and decorative items. 8560 Commerce Pl. Dr. NE, Lacey 98516, 360.754.2323,

Sports & Equipment BIG 5 SPORTING GOODS Provides sports clothing and equipment for all major athletic games. 909 Cooper Point Rd. SW, Olympia, 360.786.6529, CABELA’S A visitor attraction on its own, the enormous two-story sporting equipment and outfitter site also has a live aquarium, shooting range, large Northwest-cuisine restaurant and lifelike animal exhibits. 1600 Gateway Blvd. NE, Lacey 98516, 360.252.3500,



SHOPPING NORTHWEST SNOWBOARDS All your snowboard, skateboard, and surfing gear is here, or can be ordered. 2413 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia 98502 360.357.3727, REI The largest outdoor sports and camping retailer of all, now in Olympia. Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia 98502, 360.786.1938, SCORE USED SPORTS GEAR Purchase gently-used gear at great prices—already broken-in for you. 1415 State Ave. NE, Olympia 98501, 360.943.7267, SPORTS AUTHORITY Everything sporting in equipment and clothing for all major team and individual sports. 1200 Cooper Point Rd. SW, Olympia 98502; 360.943.0970;1220 Marvin Rd NE, Lacey, 360.252.1420; UNDERWATER SPORTS Whether you like cold-water diving or are heading to Hawaii or the Caribbean, this is your stop. 1943 4th Ave. E, Olympia 98506, 360.493.0322, WEMBLEY SOCCER SHOP Football is as popular as ever; get attire, shoes, and shin guards here. 3700 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia 98501, 360.459.9660,

Bikes & Cycling BIKE TECH 1931 4th Ave. E, Olympia 98506, 360.754.2453, DESCHUTES RIVER CYCLERY 533 Custer Way SE, Tumwater 98501, 360.352.4240; 325 4th Ave, Olympia 98501, 360.489.1669 FALCONE’S BICYCLE CENTER 1900 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia 98502, 360.943.2091 JOY RIDE 1225 Ruddell Rd. SE, Lacey 98503, 360.491.9551, OLD TOWN BICYCLE 420 Capitol Way S, Olympia 98501, 360.943.7661, 75

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Quality Inn Olympia






Red Lion Hotel





Fertile Grounds Guest House



Ground Inn Bunk & Breakfast



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HOTELS Best Western Plus Lacey Inn & Suites

Great Wolf Lodge Guest House Inn & Suites Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lacey

Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel

Super 8 Motel BED & BREAKFASTS

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Governor Hotel - (360) 352-7700 Light House Bungalow - (360) 754-0389 Olympia Inn Motel - (360) 352-8533 Doubletree by Hilton - (360) 570-0555 Quality Inn Olympia - (360) 943-4710 Short Stay Lodgings - (360) 970-6826


Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roaster (360) 754-5282 Bigalow House Museum - (360) 753-1215 Hands On Children’s Museum (360) 956-0818 KGY Radio Inc. - (360) 943-1240 State of the Arts Gallery - (360) 705-0317

DINING 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

Anthony’s Homeport - (360) 357-9700 Budd Bay Café - (360) 357-6963 Cascadia Grill - (360) 628-8731 Fish Tale Brewpub - (360) 584-3535 McMenamins Spar Café - (360) 357-6444 Mercato Ristorante - (360) 528-3663 Ramblin’ Jacks - (360) 754-8909 Swing Wine Bar - (360) 357-9464


Archibald Sisters - (360) 943-2707 Courtyard Antique and Bistro Espresso (360) 352-3864 Finders Keepers Antique Mall (360) 943-6454


Tattered Treasures - (360) 357-0840


Traditions Café & World Folk Art (360) 705-2819


Washington State Legislative Gift Center (360) 786-1889 Captain Little - (360) 352-5441



Olympia Family Theater - (360) 570-1638 Harlequin Productions - (360) 786-0151 The Washington Center for the Performing Arts - (360) 753-8586



Boston Harbor Marina - (360) 357-5670 Swantown Marina - (360) 528-8049 Percival Landing Moorage - (360) 753-5670 Port Plaza Guest Moorage - (360) 288-0489


Enterprise Rent-a-Car - (360) 705-6459 Intercity Transit - (360) 786-1881

Capital Aeroporter – (360)754-7113 Olympic Limousine - (360) 456-8054 Redi cab Inc. - (360) 400-8294


Capitol Visitor Center - (360) 704-7544


Olympia Carriage - (360) 352-8733 OlyWalks - (360) 943-0956 STQRY- Public Art Walking Tour - (360) 709-2678


This map represents a lising of VCB members as of October 15, 2009. This is not an accurate map of Thurston County. It is intended to convey key attractions and points-of-interest. This map is designed to provide a sense of place.


LODGING 1 Best Western Tumwater Inn - (360) 956-1235 2 Candlewood Suites - (360) 491-1698 3 Comfort Inn & Conference Center - (360) 352-0691 4 Comfort Inn Lacey - (360) 456-6300 5 Eagles Landing Hotel - (360) 273-8640 6 Great Wolf Lodge - (360) 273-7718 7 GuestHouse Inn & Suites - (360) 943-5040 8 Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites - (360) 491-7985 9 The Inn at Mallard Cove - (360) 491-9795 10 Best Western Inn & Suites Lacey - (360) 456-5655 11 LaQuinta Inn & Suites - (360) 412-1200 12 Millersylvania State Park Lakeside Cottage - (360) 725-9776 13 Prairie Hotel - (360) 458-8300 14 Quality Inn & Suites - (360) 493-1991 15 Ramada - (360) 459-8866 16 Red Lion Hotel - (360) 943-4000 17 Super 8 Motel - (360) 459-8888 18 The Eld House - (360) 866-2356 19 Little Creek Casino Resort - (360) 427-7711



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Falls Terrace - (360) 943-7830 Iron Rabbit - (360) 956-3661 i.talia - (360) 754-3393 Mayan Family Restaurants - Yelm Hwy - (360) 491-0818 Mayan Family Restaurants - Pacific - (360) 491-8244 Mayan Family Restaurants - Marvin - (360) 491-8222 Ram Restaurant - (253) 227-6962 Rivers Edge - (360) 753-5100 Tofu Hut - (360) 456-8638 Tugboat Annie’s - (360) 943-1850








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SHOPPING & ANTIQUES 42 Funjunk Antiques, etc. - (360) 259-1796 43 Lighthouse Antiques and Crafts Mall - (360) 943-5194 44 Shipwreck Beads - (360) 754-2323 45 Tenino Antique Mall-The Iron Works - (360) 491-0995 46 V Spa - (360) 352-3400 47 Capital Mall - (360) 754-8017




Charlie’s SafarI, the Family Fun Center - (360) 292-1600 Historic Crosby House Museum – (360) 943-9884 Lacey Museum - (360) 438-0209 Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm - (360) 491-7328 Lucky Eagle Casino - (800) 273-2000 Madsen Family Cellars - (360) 438-1286 Nisqually Valley Fly Fishing - (360) 491-7440 Olympic Flight Museum - (360) 705-3925 Red Wind Casino - (360) 412-5000 Squaxin Island Museum Library & Research Center (360) 432-3838 Washington State Capital Museum - (360) 586-0166 Wolf Haven International - (360) 264-4695





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48 Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts - (360) 753-8586 GOLF Golf Club at Hawks Prairie - (360) 455-8383 Indian Summer Golf & Country Club - (360) 412-8300 Tumwater Valley Municipal Golf Course - (360) 943-9500




UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES 49 Brandman University - (360) 493-6392 50 The Evergreen State College - (360) 867-6192 51 Saint Martins University - (360) 438-4488 52 South Puget Sound Community College - (360) 596-5333 VISITOR RESOURCES 53 Lacey Visitor Center - (360) 491-4141 54 Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau - (360) 704-7544

CHAMBER’S BAY .............................23 MILES MOUNT RAINIER .............................90 MILES MOUNT SAINT HELENS ..............110 MILES OCEAN BEACHES ............................90 MILES OLYMPIC PENINSULA ....................90 MILES PORTLAND, OREGON ..................120 MILES SEATTLE METRO AREA ..................60 MILES 82


















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Visit Olympia + Complete Visitor's Guide  

2015 Visitor Guide for Olympia +

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2015 Visitor Guide for Olympia +