2013 Tourism Guide

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2015 Destination Rainier Tourism Guide

2013: ‘Gateway to Paradise’ Showcases the Splendor of Our Area

2013: ‘Gateway to Paradise’ Showcases the Splendor of Our Area

It was with much pleasure I was able to direct the coverage of the annual “Gateway to Paradise: Destination Rainier 2013” special section. As a new publisher for the Nisqually Valley News, I’ve just begun to learn about the splendor of this area. In detailing the worthy stops from Tenino through Yelm up to the [...]

2013: Gateway to Tenino

2013: Gateway to Tenino

Tenino’s natural rock quarry swimming pool, fed by natural spring water, is the go-to spot for summer fun. Located in Tenino City Park, it is the remnant of the abandoned Tenino Stone Company quarry where miners once harvested sandstone, a sedimentary rock that consists of sand or quartz grains cemented together. Not only is it [...]

2013: Oregon Trail Days

2013: Oregon Trail Days

From Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28 this year, Tenino throws a birthday party that’s hard to beat, Oregon Trail Days. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Adam Craig Music Foundation hosts a benefit concert on the Quarry House Stage with local musicians and a beer and wine garden. Proceeds benefit the Tenino School [...]

2013: Gateway to Rainier

2013: Gateway to Rainier

Rainier Roundup Days Three Rainier men once got an idea to gather musicians for a bluegrass jam session. Now the annual event has turned into a weekend of pickin’ and grinnin’ at Wilkowski Park in Rainier, sponsored by the Rainier Lions Club. The 21st Annual Bluegrass Pickin’ Party officially runs Friday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Aug. [...]

2013: Downtown Rainier

2013: Downtown Rainier

If your destination is Paradise, you must stop by to find a bit of heaven at the Main Street Cookie Company in the city of Rainier. The kitchen and cookie case are located at 112 Binghampton St. NE inside the former Rainier Hotel on the main street through town. As you walk up to the [...]

2013: Gateway to Yelm

2013: Gateway to Yelm

Prairie Days If you’re in the Nisqually Valley toward the end of June you might just find yourself in the middle of Prairie Days. This annual event is Yelm’s oldest and biggest, it brings everyone in the community together. Prairie Days a community parade, a carnival, vendors booths and games, keeping a tradition of more [...]

2013: Yelm City Parks

2013: Yelm City Parks

Yelm, perhaps best known for its Mount Rainier vistas, has several parks that are worth a side trip. The most visible of the parks is Yelm City Park located at State Route 507 and Mosman Avenue in the heart of the city. Owned and operated by the city, the property was donated by Chuck and [...]

2013: Yelm Activities

2013: Yelm Activities

Yelm Prairie Lanes Prairie Lanes is a state-of-the-art, eight-lane bowling alley family owned and operated. From karaoke tournaments to the 11th Pin Cafe, Prairie Lanes can entertain the whole family. Bowling activities include Monte Carlo on Fridays, Glow Bowl and Rock-N-Bowl on Saturdays. Open bowling is available seven days a week. A specialty of the [...]

2013: Christmas in Yelm

2013: Christmas in Yelm

Each year Yelm residents look forward to ringing in the holiday season as a community. On Saturday, Dec. 7, residents of Yelm will celebrate a community Christmas in a way that’s uniquely Yelm. Residents continue a traditional kids’ parade. After the parade, the community gathers at Yelm City Park for a one-day social event. Civic [...]