Month: January 2014

Take a stroll along Percival Landing

Percival Landing is the waterside extension to Heritage Park. You pass through the fountain and then cross 4th Avenue near the Oyster House and you are at the “top” of the landing. It takes a slow strolling half hour to get to the other end where the viewing tower is. Along the way are a number of pavilions, public restrooms and large field of grass and play equipment for the kids. During the summer the Percival Landing hosts many events from Harbor Days, to Music in the Park. It is just a few step away from the Olympia Farmers...

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The Fish Bowl Brew Pub | Fish Tale Brew Pub

We had the conversation once with a server over the name of the pub. It can be either, as signs inside the pub attest, along with two streams of reviews on a couple of review sites. So regardless of what you call it you need to know that the pub is nearly always busy. Do not let this put you off. Tables open up and there is a whole balcony of seating as well. The food, for a pub, is great tasting comfort food for the most part. Burger, Fish and Chips (salmon or cod), fries that are hot...

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Swantown Inn & Spa – Olympia’s Bed & Breakfast Retreat

Historical Bed and Breakfast with Day Spa in walking distance to downtown Olympia. One of only three bed and breakfasts in Olympia. A very unique mansion with a modern day spa on-site. Featuring four guest rooms, all with private bathrooms, king beds and seating. Of course a highlight is the three course gourmet breakfast offered each morning. It puts the local hotels breakfast offerings to shame, and you may even be skipping lunch. The Inn has just finished an expansion and now features, The Grand Victorian Ballroom, an event space for small meetings and intimate weddings up to 65...

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McLane Creek Nature Trail

McLane Nature Trail, located off of Delphi Road is only about 15 minutes from the heart of downtown but feels like you are in the middle of your own personal forest.  A fairly easy hike with few hills, can be as short as .5 miles or as long as 1.5.  It is accessible year round with bridges but in wet weather be prepared for mud in spots.  This is favorite spot for birdwatchers because of the diversity of the area.  There are wetlands with a beaver pond, conifer...

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Mount Ellinor

Mount Ellinor is an easy drive from Olympia, and one of the best hikes we have ever been on. We went in August and the wildflowers were better than the famed ones of Mount Rainier. The video shows a vista over the Olympic Mountain range. It is a fantastic hike and for all but the fittest of hikers we recommend you leave early and depart from the upper trail-head. A forest services pass is needed for the parking area (these cost about $5 for the...

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Olympia, Washington

What is Basecamp?

Olympia is your Basecamp to the surrounding area! It is the ideal place to base yourself for a few days while you explore the region. The Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier, Mount St Helens, the coast, even Seattle are all great day trips from Olympia.

Why not stay a week, one day traveling out of town and the the next staying in town and see a show, visit the Capital, wander Percival Landing, feel the vibe of the Farmers Market.