Bags packed. ✔️
Reservations made. ✔️
Sitter scheduled. ✔️

The only thing left is a little inspiration to kickstart your romantic getaway to the Olympia region. Do date-night a little different or enjoy a classic romance that will create timeless memories; whatever catches you and your partner's fancy! If you're searching for something special, keep scrolling for some adventures in the Olympia region that will be sure to light the spark and have you returning year-after-year!


​​Enjoy sweet dreams at a Bed & Breakfast.

Waterfront views and fresh morning brews make waking up in one of the Olympia region's bed & breakfasts a relaxing, rejuvenating experience. Try a traditional room at the historic Marie B&B or opt for modern amenities in one of their cabin-suites. Gaze off into the sunset along Eld Inlet with waterfront views aplenty and enjoy a handcrafted cabin all to yourself at the Eld House. Not far from the beautiful Tolmie State Park you'll find an English, Tudor-style home known as The Inn at Mallard Cove. Overlooking the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve, it's the perfect jumping-off point for couples-kayaking and exploration. And, if you're searching for something closer to the city, Swantown Inn & Spa is located in a quiet neighborhood in the heart of Olympia and includes an onsite Day Spa that will have you and your partner living in luxury.

Walk along the whimsical waterfront.

McLane Creek Nature Trail features boardwalks and manicured trails.
Photo by Adam Sawyer

Lean into the dating-profile cliche and take a walk along the whimsical waterways that wind their way through this area. The urban waterfront in downtown Olympia creates a scenic playground for those looking to meander, while boardwalks provide easy access to locations immersed in natural beauty like the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, McLane Creek Nature Trail or Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls. If it's sandy beaches you seek, several dot the Olympia region including Tolmie State Park, Priest Point Park and Burfoot Park to name a few.

Take it slow with dinner and a show.

Don't wind up in the drive-thru for dinner. Plan ahead and make special plans for dinner and a show. For ideas for where to eat, follow this link for foodie-delights! From casual dining to upscale eating there's plenty to pick from. As for the show, If it's live entertainment you're after, Harlequinn Productions and The Washington Center for the Performing Arts both offer impressive playbills. To enjoy some scenes on the big-screen, head to the Capitol Theater home of the Olympia Film Society or feed-two-birds-with-one-scone and hit up Uptown Lounge and Yelm Cinemas for dinner and a movie under the same roof!

Steal a kiss under the world's largest Tiffany chandelier.

The world's largest Tiffany Chandelier hangs inside of the Washington State Capitol Campus.
Photo by Nick Verbelchuck

For fans of the Art Deco style, Washington State's Capitol Campus (located in Olympia) is a dream-come-true. Be transported to a time of Gatsby-like glamour and take an especially close look at the lighting throughout the Capitol Building for a treat you can't find anywhere else. Step under the 3rd-largest masonry dome in the world and now you're standing beneath a beautiful chandelier built by the famous Tiffany & Co. that just so happens to be the world's largest. Steal a kiss (and a photo) beneath the chandelier that will last a lifetime.

Test your tastebuds together.

Be it beer, wine, or liquor, our local makers handcraft some of the best brews from local ingredients. Try something new or go with the tried-and-true. Find your way to the Thurston Bountiful Byway, the region's agritourism adventure for maps and descriptions of all of the places you can grab an artisan drink.

Plan the big day.

You've already popped the question (they said yes, of course!), now the only thing left is to plan! Get a headstart on wedding preparation. The South Sound Wedding Show on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Olympia Farmer's Market features the latest wedding styles and trends all while providing a space to find the right vendor or service provider for the big day! Find inspiration for your events or take something home to add to the pile of wedding supplies. 



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