"There are some great little..." Olympia Off The Beaten Path Tip by Bacat

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by Bacat

There are some great little places outside of downtown, dotted around. Any Happy Teriyaki is a great restaurant. Get Chicken Teriyaki (with an extra side of thick sauce) or sushi.

Vic's Pizzeria on Division Ave. on the westside has great pizza and pretty good beer.

Thai Gardens inside of Capital mall is pretty good. O'Blarneys is a good bar in Lacey, on Martin Way.
Fish Tale Ales brews organic beer and has decent food. Located on 5th Ave, near the artesian well.

For movies go to Lacey Cinemas most of the time. Capital Mall has less selection. The Capitol Theatre on 5th Ave. is a terrific choice for cult and independent films, with constant showings. They also play main stream...I saw Quills there.
The Olympia Film Society has a lot going on if you're interested in independent film making.

Tumwater Falls is beautiful, near the brewery, and a great place for a relaxing walk.
Priest Point Park (I think it's on Priest Point Rd...take 4th Ave going East past downtown andturn left on Plum, follow it for several miles...it turns into Priest Point rd I think) is gorgeous seaside adventures, with a rose garden.

The Olympia Zen Center is located about 10 minutes out of town, and has a full practice Soto temple in operation. All are welcome. Attend zazen at 6:15am (you may want to view the schedule on the webpage), or on weekend evenings.

The Valley Athletic Club has raquetball courts, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a huge array of exercise equipment (360.352.3400).

The Olympia Timberland Library (on 9th and Franklin) offers free internet access for up to an hour. All the libraries do.

The list goes on and on.

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  • Updated May 14, 2005
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