Olympia: Where the Outdoors Beckon

Nestled in the southern tip of the Puget Sound sits the capital of Washington. It’s a charming city with a small-town feel – rich in history and brimming with vibrant culture and beauty.

Get out and Explore.

It’s hard to escape the natural beauty of Olympia. With Mount Rainier National Park a little over an hour away, you can get outside and explore. Hike, climb, camp, fish – there are plenty of options for nature-lovers. Want to stay in the city instead? Walk the trails and explore on foot on the Capital Lake Trails, Heritage Park or Marathon Park.

Take a walk through the Olympia Farmers Market, where you can enjoy local produce, fresh meats and seafood, handmade breads, and artisanal goods. Going on 42 years strong, you can visit Thursday-Sunday through October and Saturday-Sunday from November to December.

Also visit: Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm, Mima Mounds Nature Preserve and Millersylvania State Park.

Food for Thought.

Families will love the many kid-friendly activities offered in Olympia. At the top of our list is the Hands On Children’s Museum, where kids can touch nearly everything in their 150 exhibits. Topics range from Arts & Crafts to Emergency Responders and Biomes to Healthy Habits.

The WET Science Center is also a must-see! Kids and families can learn about water and how to conserve and protect this natural resource. Do you know how much water you use in one shower? The WET Science Center calculates that. Plus, admission is free.

Let your imagination take flight at the Olympic Air Museum. Tour its collection of WWII planes and other vintage aircrafts.

Wine and Dine.

The Bread Peddler

The Bread Peddler is a 3-in-1 of sorts. There’s the bakery, the bistro and the creperie all located under one roof. The bakery offers pastries, quiches and sandwiches on fresh-baked bread with French-pressed coffees and café creations. The creperie offers sweet and savory crepes like banana and caramel or smoked salmon and chévre. The bistro is by reservation only and open for brunch and lunch service.

The 5th Avenue Sandwich Shop is a great place to stop and pick up a sandwich, soup or salad for lunch. Whether you eat it in-house or take it to go, try out this local favorite. Rumor has it that their Reuben and homemade soups are the best go-to.

For dinner, head to the Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar on Market St. Enjoy the freshest oysters, homemade clam chowder or octopus tacos to share, then dive into your meal with seared halibut or diver scallops. You won’t be disappointed.

If seafood isn’t your thing, try the amazing Basilico Ristorante, offering traditional, authentic Italian fare. You can even make arrangements to have a tasting menu of a 3, 4 or 5-course meal.

Head out to one or all the Olympia Wineries. We recommend Madsen Winery and Medicine Creek Winery – both offering tours and tasting room samples.

Wherever you choose to go and whatever you do, we hope to make your stay #WorthIt at Hotel RL Olympia. Set on 12 lush acres, Hotel RL Olympia has stunning views of Capitol Lake and wooded areas for you to wander. Enjoy discovering the beauty of this Pacific Northwest gem!