Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner which means it’s the season to explore the Pacific Northwest. A recent Consumer Affairs story cited that “with low gasoline prices, AAA said it expects drivers to take to the road this summer in record numbers. It compares the outlook for this summer to the summer of 2007, just before the Great Recession, when demand for motor fuel hit an all-time high.”

With bountiful prairies, waterfront parks and urban outposts, Thurston County provides diversity in exploration as well as where you rest your head. With a busy travel season and a holiday weekend just around the corner, it’s time to start making summer plans and reservations. Here are five unique lodging options for your consideration.

  1. The pampered set will enjoy the scenic views of Mt. Rainier, amenities and well-appointed guestrooms at the Prairie Hotel, along with access to neighboring hiking, biking and farm fresh fare in the charming small town of Yelm.
  2. Those looking for an urban base camp should check into The Governor Hotel. Located in downtown Olympia and known for its historic charm and central location, it’s cozy rooms— many with views of the nearby Capitol Campus—provide an ideal launching pad for exploration. The free Dash Shuttle makes it easy to explore the Olympia Farmer’s Market or enjoy brunch at Mercato Ristorante followed by a Capitol Building tour or shopping along Capitol Way.
    Cover Photo 2015 Request per Ryan Image Credit: Governor Hotel
  3.  For something further afield, venture to Millersylvania State Park’s 842 wooded acres and 3,300-feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. In addition to a variety of secluded campsites, the brand new La Quinta Inn and Suites in Tumwater provides easy access to the outdoors (just a short drive away) with creature comforts like spacious guestrooms, continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and more.
  4. The newest addition to Thurston County’s lodging collection, Scatter Creek Bed & Breakfast offers a cozy country retreat with easy access to farm and winery touring in the charming town of Tenino.
  5. The Inn at Mallard Cove provides access to nature trails and morning kayak tours of the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge in addition to top notch rooms and breakfast sourced in part from the on-site garden.
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