Winter is here. Whether you're looking to escape for the weekend with girlfriends, spend some quality time with mom or travel solo, the Olympia region is the perfect place to feel rejuvenated and relaxed after the holidays.

Go slow with nature.

Hike, run or snowshoe! Located in the Black Hills of Olympia, Capitol State Forest offers 110,000 acres of play space. If you time it right, you might have the chance to strap on snowshoes and tromp your way through wintery-white trails. But never fear, the woods beckon year-round and are stunningly lush when not covered in snow—and there are plenty of other nature escapes to explore.

Wind down with yoga.

Spend a minute releasing stress in Shavasana…or five. True Self Yoga offers over 50 classes each week and is sure to have a style that’s right for your entire group. Choose from slow flow, yin flow, Hot Hatha and more. And if you’re in the mood for some animal therapy, give goat yoga a try at Stone City Farm. You’ll flow though Hatha and Yin poses, complete with plenty of goat snuggles.

Goat Yoga
Photo by Stone City Farm

Sip your way through winter.

Refreshing brews and scenic adventures await! Explore Thurston County’s 60-mile Bountiful Byway for a taste of handcrafted beer, wine and spirits. Visit the wide-open spaces by car or bus during winter. Come back in summer (May-September) to take advantage of free bike rentals from Tenino Yellow Bicycle Project. Is coffee more your thing? Get your caffeine fix with coffee tastings and cupping classes at a local roaster.

Feed your artful soul.

Experience Olympia’s wildly creative side. The heart of downtown beats to plays and musicals at the State Theater, home to Harlequin Productions. History comes alive in the Capitol Theater, operated by the Olympia Film Society. Prefer a slower pace? Take a self-guided tour of Olympia’s one-of-a-kind murals or find a local piece of inspiration at several art galleries.

Downtown Alleyway
Photo by Ingrid Barrentine

Go cross-county thrifting.

Top off your winter getaway by perusing vintage boutiques and local quirky shops across the Olympia region. No skis required. Search for forgotten treasures in The Iron Works Boutique or uncover retro dresses at Hot Toddy. Belleza Ropa is a gem for eclectic clothing, and JZ Rose and Archibald Sisters are fun stops for gifts. 

Do it for the Gram.

Take some selfies during your stay to capture the memories! Share your travels by tagging social posts #DecidedlyDifferent and connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter (@Experience_Oly) and Instagram (@ExperienceOly).

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