Did you have unused vacation time in 2016? If so, you’re not alone. According to New York-based Bankrate.com’s December 2016 survey, 52 percent of Americans who get vacation time don’t plan to use it all in 2017. The report states that these days go unused due to workers’ fear of falling behind at work or being identified as a “slacker.”

In actuality, the restorative benefits of travel reach far beyond any work that might be accomplished by the glow of a computer monitor. This year, make a resolution to travel, and use those vacation days in 2017! Some year-round inspiration:

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  • Wintertime Wanderings. Don’t wallow in the holiday hangover – get outside and enjoy the Pacific Northwest in all its glory. Enjoy a trail to yourself and, weather permitting, strap on some snowshoes for the wintry wonderland of Capitol Peak Trail. This 9-mile round trip jaunt reaches over 2,600 feet so when you reach the peak, snow is likely, as are breathtaking views of Rainer, Adams and Baker, along with Olympic National Park, the Pacific Coast and Puget Sound.
  • As temperatures begin to rise, spring forward and get outside. Foodies and families alike may enjoy the Bountiful Byway’s markets and farms, while green thumbs find inspiration at Lael’s Moon Garden Nursery. Those looking to enjoy the region’s many waterways and stretch weary winter muscles safe above the water should hop on a Stand up Paddle Board (SUP). West Bay Paddleboards offers all things SUP - from rentals and lessons to tours and yoga.
  • Book a summer visit and enjoy beaches, lakes and sunshine aplenty! Average summer temperatures hover in the mid-70s and water fun abounds. A visit to the Quarry Pool in Tenino offers a refreshing dunk complete with cascading waterfall. Pile the family onto a paddleboat at Offut Lake or stroll the variety of beaches, such as Tolmie State Park, for wading, exploring and tide pool treasure hunting.
  • Fall fun awaits as leaves change colors and farms open for pumpkin patching, delicious fare and much more. Indulge in the famous apple fritters at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm while finding the perfect pumpkin. Sip Washington reds along the South Sound Wine Trail or sample seasonal suds while exploring the South Sound Craft Crawl.

Find scenic views, cozy beds, adrenaline-pumping adventures and seasonal fare for every time of year at  www.visitolympia.com.

Featured Events

Brewgrass Thursdays at Cascadia Homebrew, Feb. 2

Enjoy a pint of local beer with bluegrass tunes every first Thursday of the month from 7:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Find more event details here.


South Sound Wedding Show, Feb. 4

Meet wedding professionals, see the latest styles in beautiful fashion shows and even register to win prizes! The South Sound Wedding Show will be sure to inspire you and help make your wedding dreams come true! Find more info here.

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Ethnic Celebration, March 11

A free event for the whole family! Enjoy music and dance from around the world on three performance stages. Experience traditions from other lands through demonstrations and displays. Sample exotic flavors and artwork from our food and craft vendors. Find full event details here.

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