Winter weekends ahead mean lazy mornings spent with family, friends, a great cup of coffee and some delicious food. We’ve sourced some of the top menus for local brunch spots and breakfast cocktails, and even scored a recipe from one of the sweetest spots in town. Make your list, check it twice and indulge in a little morning merriment courtesy of the Olympia area’s top chefs.

Each weekend Iron Rabbit serves up traditional brunch fare alongside creative house specialties. Check out the Chipotle Benedict or the Polenta and Eggs for something new, or opt for contemporary favorites like classic buttermilk pancakes or omelets made with locally-sourced, cage-free eggs from Stiebr Farms. Don’t miss the creative round up of cocktails including an Iron Mimosa made with orange organic liqueur, orange juice and sparkling wine or the Medici Coffee crafted with meletti ciocclato liqueur, organic orange liquor, Batdorf & Bronson coffee and whipped cream. 

Drink your breakfast with the ultimate Bloody Mary served at River’s Edge in Tumwater. Order the Mother Mary or the Morning Mary and find nearly all your brunch favorites – including sausage, pancakes and more – all artfully arranged on top. Located in the clubhouse at Tumwater Valley Golf Course, enjoy traditional breakfast fare alongside multiple flat screens that keep sports lovers happy.

Stop in at 222 Market for a variety of morning options courtesy of The Bread Peddler. Grab a freshly-baked pastry to-go from the bakery, or opt for sweet or savory treat. Located within 222 Market, they're serving up delicious, carefully crafted products influenced from France, and made from scratch. 

Dine with a beautiful waterfront view at the spot that hails as the "Best Brunch in the South Sound" for over 20 consecutive years. Try a seafood omelet or smoked salmon lox at Budd Bay Cafe for brunch with a fresh from the sea twist. 

Spend the night to sample what’s rumored to be the best scone in town. The cozy and centrally located Swantown Inn & Spa provides meticulously appointed accommodations in a Victorian, Queen Anne Revival style home. The innkeepers serve a locally lauded breakfast known for its mouth watering scones. Plan a visit, or try your hand at home with the Swantown Scone recipe:


Swantown Scones - Serves 8

Swantown Scones
Photo Courtesy of Swantown Inn & Spa


2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1/4 Cup butter
3/4 Cup buttermilk
Fruit and Nuts Your choice, go-to variations include:

  • Maple Pecan – Pure maple syrup and pecans added to the mix with whole pecans.
  • Cranberry Walnut – Dried cranberries and walnuts added to the mix.
  • Blueberry – To avoid purple scones we use dried whole blueberries.
  • Cinnamon Raisin – 1/4 tsp cinnamon and raisins added.
  • Banana Nut – add 1/2 ripe banana and reduce buttermilk to 1/2 cup with walnuts



Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put flour, sugar, baking soda and salt into a food processor. Cut butter into small pieces and add to dry ingredients. Add in fruit and nuts of your choice.Blend together until mixture is crumbly. Pour in buttermilk and mix until the mixture forms a loose "ball." Tip out of food processor and roll in to ball. Cut into 8 equal pieces. Like a pizza or pie slice. Place each of the 8 pieces on a baking stone. Bake for 11 to 15 minutes, until golden brown (you made need to play around with baking time depending on your oven).


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Coming Up

Coffee Cuppings & Tastings, Ongoing

As featured on the recently launched South Sound Coffee Trail, Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. offers complimentary coffee cuppings every Friday morning. The experts from this top local roaster will sample different roasts and preparations in order to educate sippers on how to quantify and understand a coffee’s quality.

Batdorf & Bronson also offers a tasting experience to learn about and sample their fresh roasts. Tour and Tasting is offered on the second Wed. of each month. To register, email or sign up directly in the tasting room location. Two hour experience begins at 10 a.m. and includes tour, tasting, brewing equipment and brewing class. $40/per person.

Coffee Cupping


Noon Year’s Eve, Sunday Dec. 31, 2017

Can’t stay awake until midnight?  Bring the whole family to the Hands On Children’s Museum to countdown (early) to the New Year.  There will be shimmer, sparkle and shine with the ‘disco ball drop’ every hour from 10 a.m-5 p.m.

Noon Year's Eve


Polar Bear Plunge, Monday Jan. 1, 2018

Leap into the new year with a refreshing dip in Lacey’s Long Lake. The fun begins at noon with campfires, music, and hot cocoa—culminating with the "plunge" at 1 p.m.  Others may opt to stay warm and dry on shore and cheer on the swimmers. 

Polar Bear Plunge


South Sound Wedding Show, Sunday Jan. 28, 2018

Plan your big day with help from local experts. Wedding dresses, cakes, photographers, venues, florist and more can all be found at the 11th annual South Sound Wedding Show at the Marcus Pavilion at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information visit,

South Sound Wedding Show Event