“Here, ‘handcrafted’ is a way of life.”

“People are intentional and passionate for their craft. Local makers create one-of-a-kind experiences for visitors to enjoy from artisan cheese and fresh apple cider to handmade soaps and intricate illustrations. And must not forget, the talented chefs as well as skilled roasters of fair trade coffee, brewers o handcrafted ales, and makers of some very fine wine. A getaway to Thurston County nurtures your creative side, giving you full permission to explore something new.”

Olympia Facts

  • Olympia is the capital city of the state of Washington
  • Olympia is named after the nearby Olympic Mountains, meaning there’s no shortage of spectacular views
  • On the fourth Saturday in April, in celebration of Earth Day, Olympia is host to one of the region’s celebrations, the Procession of the Species
  • The city is the gateway to Olympic National Park
  • The band Nirvana was founded in Olympia
  • Olympia has two sister cities: Kato, Japan and NanChang, China
  • Each year the Olympia Film Society produces a film festival in Olympia
  • Olympia is home to the Evergreen State College

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Recommended Attractions

Percival Landing

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

State Capitol Building

Monarch Sculpture Park

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