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It's the Water: Olympia, Washington

A travel journal to Olympia by wanderlustgirl

Olympia Brewery Photo, Olympia, Washington More Photos
Quote: "Olympia Beer. . . it's the water," was the motto that's sticks in your head kind of like a bad 80's song like "I Love a Rainy Night" (wasn't that Kenny Loggins?). Olympia is much more than a brewery town, this enclave situated two hours north of Portland and an hour South of Seattle is home to an eclectic community where oppposites attract. From the steps of the state capitol to the forested campus of the Evergreen State College, Olympia is a place where all sides of the political spectrum have learned to coexist, mostly. Make a point to stop off while visiting Washington, or take a day trip from Seattle or Portland. Even better if you can time it to see one of the bi-annual art walks or many festivals.

It's the Water: Olympia, Washington

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Olympia Brewery Photo, Olympia, Washington
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If you're lucky enough to come to Olympia in the summertime, don't miss the Olympia Farmer's Market now located at the farthest northern end of Capitol Way (the main thoroughfare in town). While you're in the area, stroll over to the Batdorf & Bronson coffee roasters plant next door. Their tasting room offers delicious samples of the freshest roasted coffee around. Olympia sustains a rich arts culture from their bi-annual (April & October) Arts Walks, a terrific film festival, and annual events like...Read More

The Harbinger Inn

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Hotel | "Lighthouse Bungalow"

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Overlooking Budd Bay Inlet, the front steps of (formerly the Harbinger Inn) was the late-summer site of my good friend's wedding. The proprietress was warm and welcoming, extremely organized, and helped to provide a lovely day. The front suites have porches leading out to a terrific panoramic view of the sailboats on the Sound (good for walking off pre-wedding nerves). The grounds are well-maintained and behind the house is a pretty moat-like pond. Lit with a bevy of floating candles and fragrant peonies, it seemed otherworldly.The location is far enough out of town to be quiet and restful, but close enough for an easy walk to both downtown & also Priest Point Park (maybe 1/2 mi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2002

The Harbinger Inn
1136 East Bay Drive
Olympia, Washington
(360) 754-0389

Trinacria

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Restaurant

Trinacria Photo, Olympia, Washington
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Eugenio Aliotta, the Sicilian owner and chef will charm your every sense with his earthy, simple creations. Tradition is strong here, from the centuries old paintings from his family's estate on the walls to the lilting Louis Prima on the stereo. The three legs of the Trinacria (see the menu photo), the heraldic symbol of Sicily, are said to represent the island's three points. The head depicted in the center is that of Medusa. The dishes are simple and lovingly crafted, standouts are the Pasta Matriciana, Aglio e Olio, and the Rigatoni. Also available are Sicilian pizzas (calzone shaped), and Napoletanas (traditional pizza rounds). Don't forget to try a bottle of wine, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2002

Trinacria
113 Capitol Way N
Olympia, Washington 98501
(360) 352-8892

Oldschool Pizzeria

Restaurant | "Old School Pizzeria"

Oldschool Pizzeria Photo, Olympia, Washington
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Located in the heart of Oly's downtown is the best New York style pizza this side of the East Coast. Hipsters sidle up alongside urban families - all anticipating that first tasty bite. Order by the slice or a whole pie, you'll sit down at one of the funky booths & feel transported to the 70's or 80's (which granted, can be a good or a bad thing!). The walls are full of posters you used to have in your room in junior-high & the back room is a mecca for those in love with old arcade games (think Pac-Man, Centipede, old Pinball Machines, etc).Owned & operated by just about the nicest group of guys in town, Old School is a great (and inexpensive) place to refuel after a day of wan...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 26, 2002

Oldschool Pizzeria
108 Franklin Street NE
Olympia, Washington 98501
(360) 786-9640

San Francisco Street Bakery

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Restaurant

San Francisco Street Bakery Photo, Olympia, Washington
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It's a sunny spring morning, or maybe a rainy winter afternoon...you're in the mood for a something sweet, or perhaps something savory, whatever you're craving and whenever the mood strikes you, head to San Francisco Street Bakery. Tucked up on the Eastside neighborhood of Olympia is the gem of all comfort foods, a gathering place for families, community activists, state senators, and anyone seeking out love in the form of a finely formed loaf of bread. San Francisco Street Bakery has been in business for over 25 years, and almost twelve of those under the present owners, Gene Otto & Judi Mendoza. Thriving in it's place up on the hill, San Francisco Street serves another of my Oly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2002

San Francisco Street Bakery
1320 San Francisco Street
Olympia, Washington
(360) 753-8553

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters

Attraction | "Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters"

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters Photo, Olympia, Washington
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Some may call it a local obsession, all I know is that I've been known to drive an hour to Olympia from Seattle to pick up a few pounds of B&B coffee. It could be the notorious Northwest weather (all that you've heard is true, at least in winter...rain, rain, rain), but people here are loony about their coffee fix. How else do you explain the multitude of coffee carts, cafe, shops, etc. set up within feet of one another anywhere you go in Washington? So it's true I don't really have to drive an hour to purchase a few week's worth of beans, I even know a few spots in locally in Seattle that B&B is sold...but for the freshest, most flavorful brew, to Olymp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2002

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
200 Market Street Northeast
Olympia, Washington 98501
(360) 753-4057

Wolf Haven International

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Attraction

Wolf Haven International Photo, Tenino, Washington
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A short drive from Olympia will find you nearing Tenino and an amazing group of both people and wolves. Started in 1982 as a non-profit Wolf Haven is a sanctuary for wolves born into captivity. They endeavor to replicate the animal's natural habitat and so you should arrive prepared for weather eventualities and walking a bit. On our hour-long tour we discovered there are many reasons why the wolves are born in captivity, usually very sad ones. They come from: illegal owners (these are often dog and wolf mixed-breeds, zoos and other wildlife facilities (these include roadside zoos that would use cattle-prods to make the wolves act vicious f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2002

Wolf Haven International
3111 Offut Lake Road Southeast
Tenino 98589
(360) 264-4695

Archibald Sisters

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An Olympia institution, Archibald Sisters is a modern-day apothecary, chock full of every funky gift item you can imagine. Even if you don't have time to go in, the window displays are always amazingly creative & worth a look. I always stop in here to stock up on cards, good smelling lotions or bubble bath, jewelry, cheap sunglasses, strange magnets...you get the picture. There's a whole section for kids too (including the grown-up kind). There really is something for everyone here. At the back of the store they will custom mix you perfumes, lotions, or other bath products. It's an inexpensive way to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2002

Archibald Sisters
406 Capitol Way Soth
Olympia, Washington 98501
(360) 943-2707

Olympia Farmers Market

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Attraction | "Olympia Farmer's Market"

Olympia Farmers Market Photo, Olympia, Washington
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Olympia Farmer's Market On a sunny afternoon (yes, we do have them - a little known secret is Washington's pristinely beautiful summers), you can pick out the freshest fruits and vegetables, find a lush salmon filet for dinner, and cozy up in front of the main stage for a mid-afternoon concert. You can buy starter plants in the spring and early summer, find framed prints, beautifully-crafted wooden boxes, and so much more in this airy, open building. There are also several small food kiosks for a quick meal - ranging from hearty vegetarian, Indian, Italian, Vietnamese, and the almighty coffee. Some ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2002

Olympia Farmers Market
700 North Capitol Way
Olympia, Washington 98501
(360) 352-9096

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