There's no question that this election cycle has been crazy, even surreal. And while uncertainty hangs in the air in the nation's capital, there is plenty to be certain about in Washington's own capital city of Olympia — at least when it comes to having a great meal before you dash off to chew out your state representative.
For years, the Olympia Farmers Market near the waterfront has been the bipartisan place that locals gather to shop, eat, and enjoy life outside of the capital — nothing divisive about it. From there, it's an easy walk through the lively downtown, teeming with attractive street art and antique shops. And the recent addition of the charming 222 Marketplace (from community partners Gray and Joy Graham and chef Lela Cross) has only added to the civil discourse, not to mention the incredible food selection, in downtown Oly. Look to these, and other great spots in the city, to offer up comfort and solace as 2017 unfurls.
—Jenise Silva, with contributions by Adam H. Callaghan
Note: Map points are ordered geographically and are not ranked by preference. Is your favorite destination in Olympia missing from the list? Show it some love in the comments, send an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.Read More