The Eld House
5531 Sunrise Beach Rd NW, Olympia, Washington, 98502, United States
More about Olympia
At the harbor in downtown Olympia 12/2006
Washington state seal
Travel Tips for Olympia
Get Your Brew On
Coffee, that is. Olympia is home to Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. While that big, green "other coffee company" may have put specialty coffee on the map, B&B is where it's at, whether you're in Olympia or elsewhere. If you're in town, stop at the retail store or head down to the tasting room at the roastery, next door to the Olympia Farmer's Market. If you're out of town or even out of state, you can still contact B&B to find out where their coffee is brewed up daily - you'd be amazed where you'll find B&B. Or you can visit their website and order some for your own consumption.
Prepare to get your brew on - this coffee is the shiznit!
There are some great little...
There are some great little places outside of downtown, dotted around. Any Happy Teriyaki is a great restaurant. Get Chicken Teriyaki (with an extra side of thick sauce) or sushi.
Vic's Pizzeria on Division Ave. on the westside has great pizza and pretty good beer.
Thai Gardens inside of Capital mall is pretty good. O'Blarneys is a good bar in Lacey, on Martin Way.
Fish Tale Ales brews organic beer and has decent food. Located on 5th Ave, near the artesian well.
For movies go to Lacey Cinemas most of the time. Capital Mall has less selection. The Capitol Theatre on 5th Ave. is a terrific choice for cult and independent films, with constant showings. They also play main stream...I saw Quills there.
The Olympia Film Society has a lot going on if you're interested in independent film making.
Tumwater Falls is beautiful, near the brewery, and a great place for a relaxing walk.
Priest Point Park (I think it's on Priest Point Rd...take 4th Ave going East past downtown andturn left on Plum, follow it for several miles...it turns into Priest Point rd I think) is gorgeous seaside adventures, with a rose garden.
The Olympia Zen Center is located about 10 minutes out of town, and has a full practice Soto temple in operation. All are welcome. Attend zazen at 6:15am (you may want to view the schedule on the webpage), or on weekend evenings.
The Valley Athletic Club has raquetball courts, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a huge array of exercise equipment (360.352.3400).
The Olympia Timberland Library (on 9th and Franklin) offers free internet access for up to an hour. All the libraries do.
The list goes on and on.
Washington State Capitol : the House Chamber
Interesting to have a look on the House Chamber !
The 98 state representatives are elected for a 2-year term. The membership selects a leader of the majority party to be the Speaker of the House who sits on the rostrum and facilitates legislative proceedings. On the wall above the rostrum is a reader board listing the daily business, and an electronic tally of votes.
The marble lining the chamber is French Escalette and the desk are constructed of walnut. Into the carpet are large representations of the Pacific Rhododendron, the Whashington State flower. The name of the 39 state counties are on the walls surrounding the chamber.
Tumwater Falls Park
Tumwater Falls Park is a small urban park constructed by the old Olympia Brewing Company. The Brewery is now out of business but the park remains. The park, City and falls were named after a Chinook word 'tumtum' meaning rushing water.
This park, although small and in many cases altered from its natural state, still makes for an urban oasis. The proximity to I-5 makes it an ideal location to stop on your way south to get out and stretch your legs. It is easily accessible as well and would be a suitable place to bring the kids for a casual outing.
Tumwater Falls Park Links:
Oly WA "the hIPest town on the west coast"
I lived in Oly for a little less than seven years. It's an awesome place. It's been said that if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain in Rome that you will someday return. I think seeing just one show in Olympia has the same effect. People just can't seem to stay away from here for long.
Popular Hotels in Olympia
4520 Martin Way East, (formerly Ameritel Inn Olympia), Olympia