Welcome to 365 Things To Do Around Olympia WA

March 24, 2010 6 comments

If you’re reading this, you’ve hopefully found our page through our Facebook Fan Page.  Haven’t become a fan yet? Visit 365 Things To Do Around Olympia WA Facebook Fan Page, become a fan, comment on any item, suggest a topic or location or local area attraction or event and feel free to post photos.

Each day we’ll post something interesting about Olympia Washington to do, or something about or in nearby cities, in the Thurston County area.  Have suggestions? Leave comments here or at our Facebook Fan Page. We hope you enjoy!

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July 21 2010 National Tug of War Day

July 21, 2010 Leave a comment
Tug of war
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July 21 is National Tug-Of-War Tournament Day. It’s been years since I’ve actually participated in a tug-of-war. However, I think a tug-of-war today would be a lot of fun, especially given this is Olympia and the Washington State Capital. All of the political and community battles or intelligent debates, could be remedied or at least supported with a good tug-of-war. Any takers?

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July 6 2010 Argentine Tango or Valentine’s Performing Pigs

July 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Beyond the usual or the normal, perhaps learning the Tango would be a fun adventure today, Olympia…or if you’re looking for kids entertainment that’s “kid tested and mother approved,” you can dare to visit Lacey at

Huntamer Park
618 Woodland Lp SE
Lacey, WA 98503

to check out the Valentine’s Performing Pigs. What is this act? We’re not sure, but you can find out more information at the LokiLoka.com site.  The Tuesday series of events is part of Lacey in Tune.

Tuesdays Argentine Tango Class & Practice dance in Olympia

Today, Tuesday, July 6 7:00p to 9:30p at South Bay Grange, Olympia, WA

~Argentine Tango Class & Practice Dance in Olympia~

When..Every Tuesday
Where..South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Rd NE, Olymia, WA
What time…7:00pm – 9:30pm

~Classes..$10 include practice dance
7:00pm to 8:00pm..Intermediate class
8:00pm to 9:00pm..Beginning class

~Practice dance only.

Price: $10 for class and practice dance, $5 for practice dance without class
Phone: (253) 222-0105
Age Suitability: 18 and up

~Argentine Tango Class & Practice Dance in Olympia~

When..Every Tuesday
Where..South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Rd NE, Olymia, WA
What time…7:00pm – 9:30pm

~Classes..$10 include practice dance
7:00pm to 8:00pm..Intermediate class
8:00pm to 9:00pm..Beginning class

~Practice dance only..$5
7:00pm to 9:30pm

Great music and warm & friendly people.

Call Jenny for more information (253) 222-0105
Read more: www.TangoPS.com

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There you have it…something to do on after getting back to work from a long holiday weekend. Any suggestions? Leave a comment on our 365 Things to do Around Olympia WA Facebook Page and we’ll add it to the queue of events, place and things to do list.  Thanks Olympia…make it a great day and find a reason to shout “I Love My Oly!”

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Day 3 of 365 Priest Point Park & Ellis Cove Trail

March 27, 2010 Leave a comment
Ellis Cove at Priest Point Park Olympia WA

Ellis Cove at Priest Point Park Olympia WA

Alright, this gem of a park in Olympia has been suggested to me both online and offline numerous times this week, so as a “non-food” thing to do (I told you I love to eat, so the first two days covered some Olympia favorite eateries) I bring to you Priest Point Park along with Ellis Cove Trail! Located at 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia WA, the park has a deep and rich history. From the Olympia City website:

Missionaries of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate came to this area in 1848 to minister nearby Indian tribes. The site was claimed as St. Joseph’s of New Market and was led by Father Pascal Ricard. Father Ricard and three other priests cleared the land, planted a large garden, built a chapel and operated a school for Indian boys. The Squaxin Indians were the immediate neighbors while the Nisqually, Puyallup, and Snoqualmie tribes used the mission as a trading center. Pascal left the mission in 1857 and the mission closed in 1860.

The park became a property of the City in 1905, thanks to Olympian T.J. Kegley, Brown (first name unknown), Elias Payne, and P.M. Troy. The landscaping at the park is a result of numerous volunteers. The Leopold Schmidt family has also given many gifts to the park over the years.

From the Yelp reviews of Priest Point Park, the park rates about 4.5 stars and “features a great kid’s park that has wheelchair accessible play structures and swings.  Lots of big trees and a nice view of Bud inlet (part of Puget Sound). You can run into mosquitos as you walk closer to the beach in the Spring so be sure to bring bug repellent or wear long sleeved clothes and pants.” (quoted from Yelp by Stephen I.)

Other Priest Point Park Features:

  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Nature Trails
  • Playground
  • Basketball
  • Restrooms

I’m sure during the better weather days, this park is great for any day trip with the family and kids and also for a bit of walking along Ellis Cove Trail.  Again some info from the Olympia City site:

Ellis Cove Trail

At the heart of this 314-acre regional nature park is one mile of saltwater shoreline. Ellis Cove is tucked away inside the park and the Ellis Cove Trail further enhances access to more parkland and the views of downtown Olympia and State Capitol buildings.

Thanks to the folks who suggested Priest Point Park on the 365 Things to do around Olympia WA Facebook Fan Page.  Not a fan yet? Visit our Facebook Page and become one and share with others today!

Stay tuned for Day 4…until than, have a great Saturday! :-)

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Day 2 of 365 Brewery City Pizza Voted Best of South Sound

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment
Brewery City Pizza Day 2 of 365 Things to do around Olympia

Brewery City Pizza

Day 2 of 365 takes us to another eatery, this time Brewery City Pizza!

Okay, I’ve had some good pizza, and Brewery City Pizza, with three locations, one in West Olympia at 2705 Limited Ln W, (360) 754-7800; one in Lacey at 4353 Martin Way E, (360) 491-6630; and one in Tumwater at 5150 Capitol Blvd SE, (360) 754-6767, certainly does not fail to live up to it’s award winning Best of South Sound designations!

Yes, they also have a Facebook page (Brewery City Pizza in Olympia on Facebook) and according to their website, have been serving up pizza in the Olympia area since 1982.  I was lucky enough to pop into the Lacey location and yes, yummy for sure!

I have more photos and a video, but I don’t have time to post right now, so I’ll update as soon as I get back to the office.

Brewery City Pizza Day 2 of 365 Things to do around Olympia

Brewery City Pizza Logo

I’ll probably actually get to it after I take a nap, after eating so much of this great pizza! One of the many things I like to do around a city, is to check out where the locals like to eat and from what I can tell, Brewery City Pizza is a popular local pizza and sandwich restaurant.

They’re also utilizing social media and mobile texting technology to stay in touch with their customers and to share specials, coupons and rewards for their loyal customers. They are doing a drawing for a $100 Gift Card if you become a Text Reward member.  Try the Text Reward number and become a member by texting “BCP” to 88467 and try your hand at winning $100 Gift Card.

And when you pop into one of the three Brewery City Pizza locations, tell them “365 Things To Do Around Olympia WA on Facebook” sent ya in! And have you checked out yesterday? Day One of 365 Things To Do In Olympia is just a click away!

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Day 1 of 365 – On the waterfront Gardner’s Seafood and Pasta

March 25, 2010 3 comments

Olympia WA restaurants Gardners Seafood and Pasta

Gardner's Seafood and Pasta in Olympia WA

Olympia, WAGardner’s Seafood and Pasta Restaurant is a downtown favorite place to dine and has been in business nearly 30 years.  If you have out of towners, or you’re new to the area, you can’t go wrong with visiting this Olympia favorite.  Want to save 50% off dining at Gardner’s?

From their website:

“A complete dining experience . . .ambiance, service and exceptional cuisine. I recently experienced all  of that at Gardner’s. Five Forks” -Steve Fasano, For the Olympian

Gardner’s has been family owned since 1982 and has proven to be the favorite place to dine in Olympia. Gardner’s Executive Chef Leon Longan has favored the freshest local and seasonal ingredients for over 20 years. Everything is created from scratch, including soups and sauces to an abundance of desserts. With many local wines offered by the glass or by bottle, you are sure to find that perfect pour for any entrée.

Gardner’s is located in a quaint historical building with rustic hardwood floors, exposed beams and our famous stained glass window. For an intimate setting, Gardner’s 11 tables are lit by candlelight for a romantic dinner, yet placed in a casual and elegant setting appropriate for any occasion.

Many feel you can’t go wrong with dining here at Gardner’s…what’s your experience been? Do you have any stories, opinions?

Capital Food and Wine Fest

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Olympia, Washington

Every spring, The Capital Food & Wine Fest is held on the campus St. Martin’s College and features regional wines, micro beers and food. It is an annual event and is recognized as a premier festival for Thurston County.

From their website:

Olympia Washington Capital Food & Wine FestivalSaint Martin’s Alumni Association’s Capital Food and Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from Noon to 9:00 pm in the Marcus Pavilion and Norman Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martins University in Lacey, WA.

Each year the Festival hosts regional vintners to promote their bottled spirits, microbrewers to share their best brews and South Sound restaurants and food vendors to provide their tasty treats for all to enjoy. Plus there will be entertainment on two stages throughout the day.

Everyone is welcome:

  • No one under 21 years of age will be allowed to consume alcoholic beverages.
  • Everyone under 30 will have ID checked at the door.

For more information on this year’s Capital Food & Wine Fest, visit www.CapitalFoodAndWineFestival.com!

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