Magazine article Sunset

Washington's Olympia: Everywhere You Look, This Port City Is Alive with the Spirit of the Northwest, from Cutting-Edge Food to Artisanal Crafts to Live Music

Magazine article Sunset

Washington's Olympia: Everywhere You Look, This Port City Is Alive with the Spirit of the Northwest, from Cutting-Edge Food to Artisanal Crafts to Live Music

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Over the past few years, Olympia has evolved from Seattle's edgy little sister into a creative capital. No wonder--it's a place that's awash in beauty. Mt. Rainier, with its year-round snowcapped peak, can be seen in the distance from most anywhere, and about 175 miles of bike lanes and hiking trails offer views of Puget Sound. That natural landscape has inspired sculptures and murals around town (made possible by a recent injection of public arts funding). Home of the riot grrrl movement, Olympia has held onto its reputation for cool too, with new distilleries and craft breweries, as well as visiting bands and cultural events at the 1924 Capitol Theatre.

9 A.M. Caffeinate for the day with a nitro cold brew at Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. (olympiacoffee. com), downtown across from city hall.

10 A.M. Stock up on things Northwest-local greens, bath salts, heirloom seeds, even tattoo balm--at the Olympia Farmers Market (olympiafarmers market.com).

11:30 A.M. Work up an appetite with a walk along the wooded trails of Priest Point Park (olympiawa.gov), a 314-acre oasis with pristine shoreline access and quiet picnic areas. To take in more terrain, bike or drive a leg of the 60-mile Bountiful Byway of farms, breweries, and historic landmarks, like a perfectly preserved 1910 one-room schoolhouse (bounti fulbyway.com).

1 P.M. Every of-the-moment trend is featured at the new 222 Market building in the Market District (222market.com), from a bone-broth counter (try the kimchi-pickled duck egg and housemade gomashio seasoning) to a craft distillery. …

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