Unveiling the Bounty of Thurston County

Support Small Business Series

The Swantown Inn is a small Mom and Pop, family owned business. In this series of blog posts we want to highlight other small businesses. Some we frequent often, some less so, but if there is a choice between a chain and a local option we almost always go for the local.

The Bountiful Byway

Craving a scenic escape filled with fresh flavors, friendly faces, and a taste of rural life? Then pack your bags for a delightful adventure on the Thurston Bountiful Byway. This 60-mile loop winds through Thurston County, Washington, showcasing the region’s agricultural bounty, charming communities, and hidden gems. Yes the farms are a highlight, but so are the galleries, scenery and culinary delights!

On the byway you may notice that many businesses we have highlighted or talked about before are mentioned. Nathan actually serves on the Byway Committee, a committee appointed by the county and administered by our Visitors and Convention Bureau, Experience Olympia.

Thurston Bountiful Byway Logo

A Journey for the Senses

The byway unfolds like a treasure map, leading you past rolling farmlands, quaint towns, and pockets of natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of local farms, where you can savor seasonal fruits and vegetables, witness farm animals up close, or perhaps even pick your own produce or flowers. Don’t miss the chance to stop at roadside stands and farmers markets brimming with the freshest local finds.

A Culinary Adventure Awaits

Foodies will rejoice on the Thurston Bountiful Byway. From artisan cheesemakers and creameries to award-winning wineries, distilleries, breweries and cideries, the byway offers a delectable journey for your taste buds and senses. Sample local brews at a craft brewery, indulge in treats at a charming bakery or patiserrie, or savor a farm-to-table meal at a cozy restaurant.

Beyond the Farms

The byway caters to more than just your appetite. Explore historic sites that whisper tales of the region’s past. Get lost in the beauty of a sculpture garden or lose yourself amidst the towering trees of the Capitol State Forest. The Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve offers a unique opportunity to witness these mysterious geological formations. If heading east you will see majestic views of Mount Rainier, forever overshadowing the area with her glorious beauty.

Planning Your Bountiful Escape

The beauty of the Thurston Bountiful Byway lies in its flexibility. Whether you’re seeking a quick day trip or a leisurely weekend escape, the byway can be tailored to your pace. For a comprehensive guide, download a map from the Experience Olympia website to discover all the designated stops and hidden treasures. You can also find all the byway members and get even more advice and options in our very own digital guide. Of course we would also love for you to make more than a day of it, adding a night or more stay with us as you explore and experience our area in depth. The Swantown Inn actually qualifies for membership under our farm to table breakfasts, historical property and food producing gardens.

The Byway is great to experience year round, but really hits its peak during the summer when farms are in full swing. Their is nothing quite like a drive through the back roads, savoring all we have to offer.

So, buckle up, roll down the windows, and breathe in the fresh country air. The Thurston Bountiful Byway awaits, promising a delightful escape filled with rural charm, agricultural abundance, and unforgettable experiences.


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