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Olympia, the Sound and the Mountain


Tucked alongside Budd Bay on Puget Sound, Washington’s capital city is a sparkling gem in the Evergreen State. With a rich history, vibrant culture and a beautiful setting, Olympia is a great place to visit… The highlight of our stay will be Harbor Days, a festival celebrating the vintage tugboats of the Sound.


Take a tour of these mighty little tugs, watch them race in the bay, and learn a little history along the way. Interspersed with the festival activities, experience the best of the region… in true Sports Leisure fashion “tour the farms, taste the bounty, and meet the locals.”

  • 3-night stay on the waterfront overlooking Budd Bay 
  • Lunch in the grand Paradise Inn Dining Room at Mt. Rainier National Park 
  • Cruise on the historic steamboat, Virginia V 
  • Enjoy the festivities of Olympia’s Harbor Days



Daily Itinerary

SailboatsDay 1

Your Pacific Northwest adventure begins with an early morning flight to Seattle. Upon arrival, transfer to the Port of Tacoma to experience another form of travel. Step back in maritime history as you cruise the waters of the southern sound on the historic steamer, Virginia V. Affectionately called “Virginia Vee,” this ship has been steaming around Puget Sound since 1922. Our four-hour cruise will take us under the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and down past Steilacoom, Ketron Island, Anderson Island and into Budd Inlet. The festival kicks off this afternoon, and our waterfront hotel is minutes away from Percival Landing. DoubleTree by Hilton – 3 nights (L,D)

Mount RainierDay 2

Mt. Rainier, dubbed “The Mountain” by the locals, dominates the skyline on a clear day. As a matter of fact, locals often say “The Mountain is out today.” Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, this iconic glacier-topped mountain is legendary with mountain climbers and casual visitors. Passing by alpine meadows and streams filled with crystal clear glacial water, travel to Paradise. The Paradise Jackson Visitors Center hosts films and exhibits relevant to this mountain, which by the way is an active volcano; and the Paradise Inn offers Mt. Rainier as a breathtaking backdrop during lunch in the historic Inn Dining Room. Return to Olympia in the late afternoon, to enjoy festival activities and tour the tugs. (FB,L)

HoneyDay 3

Start your morning with a trip to Lattin’s Cider Mill, a small, family-owned farm known for its apple cider and delicious apple fritters. In addition to their apple products, the mother-daughter owners have stocked the Farm Market with a variety of fruit syrups, honey, jams, and speciality meats and cheeses – including smoked salmon. This afternoon, the “world’s largest vintage tugboat race” takes place in the deep channel of Budd Bay. Viewing of the race is from the water aboard one of the festival’s host vessels. This evening, dinner features the best of the region and caps off our stay. (FB,D)

Day 4

One last chance to taste the bounty of the region before returning to the airport for your afternoon flight home. (FB,L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


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