Casey wrote this a few years ago for the Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild web site, that site and organization is being rebranded and turning in to the Washington Innsiders, which we are proud to have just rejoined.
Olympia is located at the southern most tip of the Puget Sound about 60 miles south of Seattle and 110 miles north of Portland, Oregon. There is an endless amount of things to do an see, from fine performances; music, live theater or film from the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Harlequin Productions, and the Olympia Film Society, to two historically designated neighborhoods and numerous historical homes, as well as some of the finest dining anywhere. Olympia is the home of the oldest seafood restaurant in Washington, The Oyster House, which started out as the processing plant for the famed Olympia oyster. There is plenty to do for the nature lover too! Nisqually Delta Wildlife Refuge, as well as Wolf Haven, a wolf sanctuary, not to mention numerous parks, miles of bike trails, and ample access to the Puget Sound. Of course this is the capitol of Washington and the capitol building and campus are definitely worth a visit. Our capitol building is the 4th tallest domed structure of its kind in the world and full of Tiffany chandeliers! We also have numerous museums on Washington and Olympia’s history and the abundant Art Galleries and a vibrant downtown with great shopping with unique items. Our Farmers Market is open year round and packed with gift ideas, plants for your garden and some of the best and freshest ingredients anywhere. End the day with a walk down Percival Landing and the boardwalk to watch the sun set from the observation tower with views of the Olympics, Cascades, Mt Rainier, and the boats on Puget Sound.