DAY ONE - THE CAPITAL CITY TOUR
Start your day at Burial Grounds Coffee Collective, a worker-owned cooperative shop in the heart of Olympia's downtown, before heading up the hill to the State Capitol. Tour the impressive grounds before heading inside for a guided or self-guided tour. If you're on foot, take the winding dirt path that leads you down to Marathon Park and stroll along Capitol Lake before stopping for lunch or a snack at one of the West Side food trucks or Cascadia Grill. Spend the afternoon shopping downtown at shops like Browsers Bookshop (the women-owned, independent bookstore has been around since 1935), pick up a gift for your green-thumbed friends at Underhill Plants, or add to your epic vinyl collection with a new addition from Rainy Day Records. Enjoy beautifully crafted cocktails and pristine seafood at the Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar (be sure to sample the Chelsea Gem, their namesake oyster) before heading over to take in some historic murals and meet the locals at The Brotherhood Lounge.
DAY TWO - ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Before heading northeast to Lacey, stop off on Olympia's East Side and enjoy some of the best French pastries in the region at Left Bank Pastry. Hop on I-5 and get ready to spend the morning bird watching and breathing in fresh air along the boardwalks at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, a biologically-rich and diverse area that supports a variety of habitats including the estuary, freshwater wetlands and riparian woodlands. That croissant should be long gone by now, which makes it the perfect time to stop for lunch at State and Central as you make your way back to Olympia, an East Side established neighborhood eatery home to the "Juicy Lucy" burger and 12 craft beers. Spend the afternoon vintage and antique shopping at shops like Courtyard Antiques & Home Decor, Unseen Articles, Peacock Vintage, and The Wiggle Room (there are so many more ...) before heading to drinks and dinner at Octapas - a welcoming café with a diverse menu and quality ingredients. Not ready to call it quits? We feel you. Head over to Cryptatropa Bar with its rotating seasonal cocktails counter-culture vibe.
DAY THREE - FARMERS MARKET BOUNTY
You've got a long day ahead of you - better start the day of right at Stellar Juices where you can score high quality organic and plant-based, juices, smoothies, food, and hot beverages. Then head to the Port and explore the Olympia Farmers Market, the second largest market in Washington State, overflowing with fresh produce, baked goods, meat, and seafood, as well as local craftsmen and makers. Enjoy the live music and grab a sweet treat or lunch item for later at one of the many food stalls on site. After you stash your haul, take a walk along the 0.9-mile boardwalk at Percival Landing that extends along the eastern shoreline of West Bay from the Fourth Avenue Bridge to Thurston Avenue featuring local shops, art galleries and restaurants. If you're a coffee connoisseur and need an afternoon pick-me-up, circle back to the Dancing Goats Coffee Tasting Room and take an intimate behind-the-scenes look at coffee roasting while also sampling their brew. For a taste of the Pacific Northwest influenced by the traditions and techniques of the American South, look no further than Chicory. This woman-owned casual fine-dining restaurant celebrates local and regional farmers, fishers, ranchers, foragers and winemakers (they have an amazing vinyl collection as well). Looking for some entertainment? Head a few blocks over to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts which has become a community gathering place, providing a focus for the performing arts unique to the region.
DAY FOUR - HIKE TO THE SHORE
Start the day at a West Side local favorite, Hash. Fuel up on oversized burritos, the spam loco moco, or the blueberry-pistachio pancake that's served on a pizza pan (you're welcome) before lacing up your hiking boots and heading to a far-left parking lot at Evergreen State College to hike the Evergreen Goeduck Trail. You'll be at the water's edge in an hour or less and ready to head back to town for lunch or a snack at the Park Side Café. Situated in a Victorian-era styled building in West Olympia, you'll find a fresh take on plant-based foods and a dedication to expanding awareness of the connections between people and their community. Get ready to walk off that lunch and enjoy views of the bay at West Bay Park. Be sure to update your Insta with selfies at the Rainbow Rails. When you're ready to put your feet up, head to TOSS Taps and enjoy their 40-tap taproom featuring only Washington produced beers, ciders, seltzer, and soda. If you're feeling competitive, there's an arcade area featuring classic pinball, darts, arcade games and pool. Unwind with dinner at Le Voyeur - the quintessential Olympia lounge and restaurant featuring vegan comfort food, an ample beer selection and live music. If you just can't call it quits, finish the day at the Cheeky Martini downtown where you'll find old classics and inventive new offerings in stylish digs.