While the heyday of sandstone and saloons may be in Tenino’s past, the small town continues to celebrate old times with an annual Oregon Trail Days festival. At this July weekend of all things pioneer, participants can hone their homesteading skills and face off in a festival favorite, the black powder rifle shooting contest.
Surrounded by the high walls of the old sandstone quarry, this pit of fresh, cold water is the place to be on hot days. Apparently formed when miners struck a spring over 100 years ago and flooded the quarry, the public pool contains quite a bit of history. A wading pool area suits younger children, while a deeper section offers a raft and a diving board for the more experienced.
Located alongside Deep Lake, Millersylvania offers campsites, hiking trails, swimming, boating, and a place to while away a sunny afternoon with an ice cream or a beer from one of the beachside concessions. To live on the wild side, book a glamp site with Pampered Wilderness, where you can sleep on a memory foam mattress in a luxury tent under the stars.
The original sandstone train depot, built in 1914, decommissioned after WWII, and moved to the city park in 1965, is packed with artifacts from the town’s history. Examine the original wooden money printing press, tools from the logging and pioneer days, and articles about the area’s intriguing past.
On Saturdays between May and September, Tenino hosts a bustling farmers market. Produce stands and artisan and craft vendors provide shoppers the opportunity to buy local, sustainable, and healthy products. The mission of the market is to empower people to make good food choices and to give back to the community. Located in Downtown Tenino.
Connect with the past by taking a self guided tour of Tenino’s sandstone buildings, including the State Bank of Tenino, Tenino City Hall, the Train Depot Museum, and what’s left of the original quarry house. For information on the structures and a map, visit teninoacc.org. Located in Downtown Tenino.
Just off the Chehalis Western Trail sits this unique five-acre park and home to over 100 sculptures by renowned local, national, and international artists, as well as a giant butterfly maze (currently undergoing restoration) and a sound garden.
With roots in the early 20th century heyday of lake resorts, Offut provides camping, cabins, fishing, swimming, boat rentals, and the Lady of the Lake Public House restaurant, which serves burgers and seafood with views of the water.
Sandstone produces high-quality craft spirits with Washington-grown grains and pure, local water. Stop by for a flight Wednesday-Sunday between 12pm-5pm or by appointment to try the bacon-infused vodka, the stone-carver gin, or a fruity Wild Heart sipping vinegar.
Certified in 2020 by the Washington State Arts Commission, the Tenino Creative District embraces history, business, and creativity along a walkable stretch of town. Watch for the Tenino Spring Market, Oregon Trail Days, Tenino Holiday Market, and the Tenino Arts Creative Market (10am–3pm on second Saturdays May-September). Visit the Tenino Stone Carvers Shed for a hands-on way to share the history and artistry of the local stone carving tradition. Meet the stone carvers on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer and Saturdays during the winter. Located in Downtown Tenino.