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Lacey & Olympia Area Guidebook

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Lacey & Olympia Area Guidebook

Entertainment & Activities
North of Olympia, 20 min. drive. Small family-run marina with kayak & stand-up paddle board rentals. Small grocery/store, a few taps of beer. Wonderful Sunday brunches on the deck in the summer. Great views of the Olympic Mountains. Many harbor seal sightings too!
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Boston Harbor Marina
312 73rd Avenue Northeast
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North of Olympia, 20 min. drive. Small family-run marina with kayak & stand-up paddle board rentals. Small grocery/store, a few taps of beer. Wonderful Sunday brunches on the deck in the summer. Great views of the Olympic Mountains. Many harbor seal sightings too!
Just north of the tiny house, 10 min. drive. Ski boat & fishing boat rentals by the hour or day. Explore the Puget Sound by boat for a unique experience!
Zittel's Marina Inc
9144 Gallea Street Northeast
Just north of the tiny house, 10 min. drive. Ski boat & fishing boat rentals by the hour or day. Explore the Puget Sound by boat for a unique experience!
Central Lacey area, 10 min. drive. Catch a flick on a rainy night...
Regal Martin Village ScreenX & IMAX
5400 Martin Way East
Central Lacey area, 10 min. drive. Catch a flick on a rainy night...
Downtown Olympia area, 20 min. drive. Family friendly restaurant & bar, with views East over the harbor & docks. Kayak & breakfast specials on Sat/Sun, call for details. Just kayak: $20+ for rentals
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Tugboat Annie's
2100 West Bay Drive Northwest
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Downtown Olympia area, 20 min. drive. Family friendly restaurant & bar, with views East over the harbor & docks. Kayak & breakfast specials on Sat/Sun, call for details. Just kayak: $20+ for rentals
Just down the street 500 ft from the tiny house (head down the hill on 61st Ave, or walk along the beach). 2.5 miles of hiking/walking trails through lush forest. Pretty bridge over an estuary & fun tidelands to explore.
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Tolmie State Park
7730 61st Ave NE
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Just down the street 500 ft from the tiny house (head down the hill on 61st Ave, or walk along the beach). 2.5 miles of hiking/walking trails through lush forest. Pretty bridge over an estuary & fun tidelands to explore.
Food Scene
Just north of the freeway exit area, 5 min. drive. This is the absolute BEST meat or veggie subs in town. Salads & soup too. Family run, Olympia legend. Open M-F 10-8, Sat 10-7.
Meconi’s Italian Subs
2527 Marvin Road Northeast
Just north of the freeway exit area, 5 min. drive. This is the absolute BEST meat or veggie subs in town. Salads & soup too. Family run, Olympia legend. Open M-F 10-8, Sat 10-7.
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Your standard Mexican restaurant. A great option for a quick bite on the way to the tiny house. Superb tortilla soup.
Mayan Family Mexican Restaurant
2120 Marvin Road Northeast
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Your standard Mexican restaurant. A great option for a quick bite on the way to the tiny house. Superb tortilla soup.
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Delicious Thai food. Their forte is curries, but pretty much anything on the menu (noodles included) will not disappoint.
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Lemon Grass Restaurant Lacey
8101 Quinault Drive Northeast
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Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Delicious Thai food. Their forte is curries, but pretty much anything on the menu (noodles included) will not disappoint.
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Wide selection of beers, burgers & pub fare. Good veggie burgers too. Large sports bar or restaurant seating, your choice.
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
8100 Freedom Lane Northeast
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Wide selection of beers, burgers & pub fare. Good veggie burgers too. Large sports bar or restaurant seating, your choice.
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Free Wi-Fi. Large table for working, or comfy chairs by the fireplace.
Cutters Point Coffee
1340 Marvin Road Northeast
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Free Wi-Fi. Large table for working, or comfy chairs by the fireplace.
East Lacey area, 10 min. drive. Delicious. If you're into ethnic food, this is for you. Not fancy or elegant, but the charm of the interior & the staff are great!
Cebu Restaurant
9408 Martin Way East
East Lacey area, 10 min. drive. Delicious. If you're into ethnic food, this is for you. Not fancy or elegant, but the charm of the interior & the staff are great!
East Lacey area, 10 min. drive. Po' Boys & Hush Puppies. Gumbo & Fish & Chips. No frills just good food. This southern family transplanted here after Hurricane Katrina & have been making delicious food here ever since!
Beau Legs Fish & Chips
8765 Tallon Lane Northeast
East Lacey area, 10 min. drive. Po' Boys & Hush Puppies. Gumbo & Fish & Chips. No frills just good food. This southern family transplanted here after Hurricane Katrina & have been making delicious food here ever since!
East Lacey area, 10 min. drive. Absolutely the BEST indian food in town. No-frills location but the food is to DIE for! Take out available.
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Curry Corner
9408 Martin Way Southeast
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East Lacey area, 10 min. drive. Absolutely the BEST indian food in town. No-frills location but the food is to DIE for! Take out available.
Downtown Olympia area, 20 min. drive. Huge selection of local produce, locally made gifts & wares. A handful of mini restaurants too. Open Thurs-Sun 10-3 (April-Oct) and Sat-Sun 10-3 (Nov-Dec).
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The Olympia Farmers Market
700 Capitol Way North
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Downtown Olympia area, 20 min. drive. Huge selection of local produce, locally made gifts & wares. A handful of mini restaurants too. Open Thurs-Sun 10-3 (April-Oct) and Sat-Sun 10-3 (Nov-Dec).
Downtown Olympia area, 20 min. drive. Great wine selection, and gourmet food in a lovely old house overlooking Capitol Lake. Partial views over the lake & outdoor seating in summer. Opens at 4pm. "Lush Rush" happy hour is 4-6pm or 4pm-close on Mondays, with drink specials & small bites.
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Swing Wine Bar
825 Columbia Street Southwest
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Downtown Olympia area, 20 min. drive. Great wine selection, and gourmet food in a lovely old house overlooking Capitol Lake. Partial views over the lake & outdoor seating in summer. Opens at 4pm. "Lush Rush" happy hour is 4-6pm or 4pm-close on Mondays, with drink specials & small bites.
Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. The best cocktails in town. Dimly lit, classy converted garage. Gourmet, locally sourced food, worth the splurge.
The Mark Olympia
407 Columbia Street Southwest
Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. The best cocktails in town. Dimly lit, classy converted garage. Gourmet, locally sourced food, worth the splurge.
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Yummy teriyaki, take-out available. In a strip mall with other food options nearby.
Season's Teriyaki
1401 Marvin Road Northeast
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Yummy teriyaki, take-out available. In a strip mall with other food options nearby.
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Quick eats or takeout.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
1177 Marvin Rd NE
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Quick eats or takeout.
Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. The best breakfast in town. Hole-in-the-wall restaurant run cooperatively by a handful of locals. Locally sourced foods served when possible. Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian & omnivore options available.
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New Moon Cooperative Cafe
113 4th Avenue West
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Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. The best breakfast in town. Hole-in-the-wall restaurant run cooperatively by a handful of locals. Locally sourced foods served when possible. Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian & omnivore options available.
Close by no frills thai food. 6 miles away. Takeout available.
Pattaya Thai Restaurant
8640 Martin Way E
Close by no frills thai food. 6 miles away. Takeout available.
Central Lacey area, 15 min. drive. The best steaks, pasta (some homemade) & wines in town. Period. Nice unpretentious atmosphere, low-lit decor with friendly staff. Perfect for date night. Awesome happy hour. Owned by a longtime friend, the food never disappoints.
Ricardo's Kitchen + Bar
5211 Lacey Boulevard Southeast
Central Lacey area, 15 min. drive. The best steaks, pasta (some homemade) & wines in town. Period. Nice unpretentious atmosphere, low-lit decor with friendly staff. Perfect for date night. Awesome happy hour. Owned by a longtime friend, the food never disappoints.
Closest cafe to the tiny house, connected to a local bike shop. Friendly, neighborhood feel. Serving coffee & pastries from their pastry case.
Baby-Boomer Bikes
3205 Willamette Dr NE
Closest cafe to the tiny house, connected to a local bike shop. Friendly, neighborhood feel. Serving coffee & pastries from their pastry case.
Quick, fresh asian fusion fare. Drive through available for takeout!
MiSo
2539 Marvin Rd NE
Quick, fresh asian fusion fare. Drive through available for takeout!
Shopping
North of the freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. The largest bead store in the WORLD (really), in a huge warehouse. This place is simply amazing & a must-see for any crafty person.
Shipwreck Beads
8560 Commerce Place Drive Northeast
North of the freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. The largest bead store in the WORLD (really), in a huge warehouse. This place is simply amazing & a must-see for any crafty person.
Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. Artisan jewelry, colorful kitchen essentials, locally made cards, books, and a vast assortment of eclectic wares.
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Compass Rose
416 Capitol Way South
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Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. Artisan jewelry, colorful kitchen essentials, locally made cards, books, and a vast assortment of eclectic wares.
Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. A wacky, Olympia must-see classic. All sorts of crazy randomly themed trinkets, gifts & accessories, plus Archibald's own line of funky lotions & fragrances.
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Archibald Sisters
406 Capitol Way South
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Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. A wacky, Olympia must-see classic. All sorts of crazy randomly themed trinkets, gifts & accessories, plus Archibald's own line of funky lotions & fragrances.
Sightseeing
A huge estuary with a loooong boardwalk over the mudflats. Excellent opportunity for bird, seal & otter viewing.
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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
100 Brown Farm Road Northeast
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A huge estuary with a loooong boardwalk over the mudflats. Excellent opportunity for bird, seal & otter viewing.
Run through this walk-through fountain, but just be careful you don't get soaked! Pretty views towards the Capital, lake & harbor.
Heritage Park Fountain
330 5th Avenue Southwest
Run through this walk-through fountain, but just be careful you don't get soaked! Pretty views towards the Capital, lake & harbor.
Downtown Olympia area, 20 min. drive. Visit the beautiful State Capital Building (free tours available). This is where I work, so drop by to say hello.
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State Capitol Building [nb]
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Downtown Olympia area, 20 min. drive. Visit the beautiful State Capital Building (free tours available). This is where I work, so drop by to say hello.
Drinks & Nightlife
NE of the freeway exit area in the warehouse district, 5 min. drive. Family run, friendly winery. Tasting room open Wed-Sun 12-6pm.
Stottle Winery
2641 Willamette Drive Northeast
NE of the freeway exit area in the warehouse district, 5 min. drive. Family run, friendly winery. Tasting room open Wed-Sun 12-6pm.
Nisqually Valley area, 15 min. drive. An old farmhouse converted to a winery, in a lovely agricultural valley setting. Tasting room open Sat/Sun 12-5pm.
Medicine Creek Winery
947 Old Pacific Highway Southeast
Nisqually Valley area, 15 min. drive. An old farmhouse converted to a winery, in a lovely agricultural valley setting. Tasting room open Sat/Sun 12-5pm.
Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. Olympia-crafted beers, and a solid restaurant too. German/Northwest inspired pub fare. Try the Wild Salmon Organic IPA. Families welcome.
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Fish Tale Brewpub
515 Jefferson Street Southeast
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Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. Olympia-crafted beers, and a solid restaurant too. German/Northwest inspired pub fare. Try the Wild Salmon Organic IPA. Families welcome.
East Lacey area, 8 min. drive. My favorite local beer! It's just a taproom but there is usually a food truck outside. Or, bring your own picnic! Or fill that growler on the shelf & bring it back!
Top Rung Brewing Company
8343 Hogum Bay Lane Northeast
East Lacey area, 8 min. drive. My favorite local beer! It's just a taproom but there is usually a food truck outside. Or, bring your own picnic! Or fill that growler on the shelf & bring it back!
Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. Bright taproom & bottle shop (ciders too), just across the street from the waterfront boardwalk. A nice place to have a beer outside and watch the sunset.
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Oly Taproom
312 Columbia Street Northwest
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Downtown Olympia, 20 min. drive. Bright taproom & bottle shop (ciders too), just across the street from the waterfront boardwalk. A nice place to have a beer outside and watch the sunset.
Local liqueurs, close by, in a warehouse district.
Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs
2641 Willamette Dr NE
Local liqueurs, close by, in a warehouse district.
Essentials
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Big grocery chain. Ice & firewood, beer & wine available too.
Safeway
1243 Marvin Road Northeast
Freeway exit area, 8 min. drive. Big grocery chain. Ice & firewood, beer & wine available too.
East Olympia area, 15 min. drive. Groceries & wares for the eco & food conscious. Salad bar & bulk foods available. Open to the public.
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Olympia Food Co-op
3111 Pacific Avenue Southeast
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East Olympia area, 15 min. drive. Groceries & wares for the eco & food conscious. Salad bar & bulk foods available. Open to the public.
West Lacey area, 15 min. drive. The closest self-serve laundromat. Clean but not fancy.
Spin City Laundry
West Lacey area, 15 min. drive. The closest self-serve laundromat. Clean but not fancy.
Just north of the freeway exit area, the closest pharmacy.
Hawk's Prairie Mart Pharmacy
2539 Marvin Rd NE
Just north of the freeway exit area, the closest pharmacy.
West Lacey area, 15 min. drive. Walk-in urgent care medical clinic.
Concentra Urgent Care
3928 Pacific Ave SE
West Lacey area, 15 min. drive. Walk-in urgent care medical clinic.
East Olympia area, 15 min. drive. Regional hospital & emergency room.
Providence St. Peter Hospital
413 Lilly Road Northeast
East Olympia area, 15 min. drive. Regional hospital & emergency room.
Arts & Culture
Free WiFi & computer use.
Lacey Timberland Library
500 College Street Southeast
Free WiFi & computer use.