Property at a Glance: Pampered Wilderness
At Pampered Wilderness, guests are within equal reach of lush wilderness and the creature comforts of home. Inside their safari-style canvas cabins, visitors are surrounded by full-sized beds with plush linens, electric lamps, desks, and basic appliances. When they part the curtains that serve as their front door, guests can step directly into Millersylvania State Park, and explore miles of hiking paths beneath old-growth fir trees.
- In-room amenities: include microwaves, mini-fridges, and barbecue grills.
- Romantic ambiance: Lodgings are filled with candles in mason jars, which cast a soft glow after the sun sets.
- Camping cuisine: Each stay includes a snack basket with popcorn and s’more-making ingredients.
- Deep Lake, a five-minute walk away, is an ideal spot for kayaking, fishing, and canoeing.
Olympia, Washington: Capital City Along Puget Sound
Washington’s capital city, Olympia, sits along the southern end of Puget Sound on the shores of Budd Inlet. The city has a small-town feel, especially when the state legislature isn’t in session. Set on a bluff overlooking the sound, the Washington State Capitol has an imposing presence. You can take a tour to see the eagles and gilded rosettes painted in its 287-foot-high dome. Afterward, enjoy a fresh seafood dinner at a dockside restaurant or visit the city’s farmers’ market.
Known for having a thriving arts scene, Olympia has numerous theaters and show venues. At the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, you can see touring plays, operas, and ballets. The town has its own film festival and shows classic and independent films year-round at the Capitol Theater. For rock-history buffs, Olympia is also where Kurt Cobain wrote most of Nirvana’s iconic album Nevermind.