Culture, Adventure and Beer, oh my!

It’s been quiet on the “news” front because I’ve been busy launching several new projects – all of which I am very excited about! This month (and several following) I’ll be visiting and investigating all that our state’s capitol has to offer visitors.

One part charming college town, one part Washington state capitol and two parts untouched natural terrain, Thurston County – including the cities of Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey – provides the perfect mix of quirky culture, farm fresh fare, urban amenities, and majestic beauty. More to come after my fact-finding mission next week, but here’s a peek at what I”m excited about coming up!

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  • Save the date of August 21-22: celebrate the roots of Washington’s brewing industry and sample 45+ craft beers (including the original Olympia Beer on tap) at Tumwater Artesian Brewfest.
  • Spring is an ideal time to explore the Thurston Bountiful Byway while enjoying the creameries, nurseries, wineries, sculpture gardens, and historic sites along the way. Try a tasting tour and pick your poison – Thurston County boasts more than five local coffee roasters, award-winning vintages along the South Sound Wine Trail and well as sips of local spirits.
  • As temperatures rise, the water beckons. Countless freshwater lakes, ocean marinas and river beds dot the shores of Thurston County. Water lovers can head downtown for lunch and a sailboat or kayak trip, take in a lazy lakeside afternoon fishing or paddle boarding or rise early for a whitewater adventure along the Deschutes River.
  • It’s all about golf in Washington. Located just 20 miles from Chambers Bay and the US Open site, those attending (or those who just wish they were) can’t miss the nearly one dozen courses nearby. Thurston County’s courses boast views of open prairie, Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier, and suit range of levels.

When it comes to lodging, there are several options ranging from downtown digs to remote rooms. Visitors can immerse in the local culture and history downtown at the recently renovated Governor Hotel or taste the local flavor at several inns and Bed and Breakfasts. In the warmer months, head out of town to “glamp” in style at Pampered Wilderness or enjoy any number of campsites.

Pretty excited to keep exploring. Drop me a line if you have any favorite spots in the area! More information at http://www.visitolympia.com.

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