Nisqually Valley News

2014: Yelm Offers Several Quality Parks to Enjoy

2014: Yelm Offers Several Quality Parks to Enjoy

By Nisqually Valley News —  Yelm City Park Yelm City Park is the area’s most popular destination, located at state Route 507 and Mosman Avenue in the center of town. Owned and operated by the city, the property — which is about one city block in size — was donated by Chuck and Wilma Demich in [...]

2014: Yelm Activities

2014: Yelm Activities

Yelm Prairie Lanes Prairie Lanes is a modern, family owned and operated eight-lane bowling alley. Prairie Lanes caters to leagues, recreational bowling, fundraisers and parties. There is limited open bowling during leagues, so call ahead for open bowl times. In addition, karaoke tournaments and the 11th Pin Cafe are also offered, which add to the [...]

2014: Nisqually Indian Tribal Center, Casino a Worthwhile Stop

2014: Nisqually Indian Tribal Center, Casino a Worthwhile Stop

By Nisqually Valley News —  With 975 slot machines, craps, roulette, blackjack, Pai Gow and three-card poker, Keno and Speed Keno, the Red Wind Casino is a must stop on your way to Mount Rainier. Located just north of Yelm on Highway 510, for dining the casino offers the Blue Camas Buffet, the high-end Squalli-Absch Grille, [...]

2014: Yelm, Tenino Host Thriving Farmers Markets

2014: Yelm, Tenino Host Thriving Farmers Markets

By Nisqually Valley News —  With about 350 farmers markets in Washington state, the cities of Yelm and Tenino provide its own one-stop shopping for just about everything local and healthy. Not only is fresh food available directly from farmers, unique products and artisans provide an experience everyday grocery stores cannot. Plus, the money spent stays [...]

2014: Before Heading Up to Rainier, Load Up in McKenna

2014: Before Heading Up to Rainier, Load Up in McKenna

By Nisqually Valley News —  You started out at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm and loaded up on cider and an apple fritter, caught a few trout at Offut Lake Resort, bought some wine at Scatter Creek Winery in Tenino, hit both farmers markets in Tenino and Yelm, bought frosted cookies at the city of [...]

2014: Lavender in Roy

2014: Lavender in Roy

By Nisqually Valley News —  Barbara and her husband Jerry Hulscher started growing lavender with a “test garden” in 2001. Today, they have about 1,000 lavender plants at Mountain Meadow Lavender in Roy, which also boasts a shop that offers a wide variety of products made from lavender, including soaps, body lotions and bath salts. The [...]

2014: Native Animals Profiled at Northwest Trek

2014: Native Animals Profiled at Northwest Trek

By Nisqually Valley News —  A narrated tram tour of the free­-roaming area allows you to see bison, Roosevelt elk, moose, mountain goats and other native animals, up close in their natural habitats. A self­-guided walking tour along the paved trails in the core of the park provides the opportunity to see grizzly bears, wolves and [...]

2014: Experience the Pioneer Life — Pioneer Farm and Indian Village Found Near Eatonville

2014: Experience the Pioneer Life — Pioneer Farm and Indian Village Found Near Eatonville

By Nisqually Valley News —  On the banks of the Mashel River, Eatonville is one of the last major stops between the Nisqually Valley and the quaint communities near Mount Rainier. A must-stop for those touring the area is the Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village, which provide glimpses into Indian and pioneer life and [...]

2014: Highlights of Elbe — Steam Engine Railroad, Historic Church, Among the Sights of Quaint Town

2014: Highlights of Elbe — Steam Engine Railroad, Historic Church, Among the Sights of Quaint Town

By Brittany Whitehead / Nisqually Valley News  —  Although the town of Elbe boasted a population of just 29 people in the 2010 census, this small town has quite a bit to offer to visitors traveling through. The Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum, a nonprofit heritage railroad, begins its train rides at its depot in Elbe, [...]

2014: On the Doorstep of Rainier — Ashford the Center of Northwest Mountain Climbing

2014: On the Doorstep of Rainier — Ashford the Center of Northwest Mountain Climbing

By Brittany Whitehead / Nisqually Valley News —  The gateway town to Mount Rainier’s Nisqually Valley, the only year-round entrance to the park, Ashford offers local and out-of-town visitors alike a plethora of options as it pertains to lodging, dining, shops, outfitters and even spas and fitness centers during their stay. Just six miles from the entrance [...]