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The Tumwater, WA Area

Tumwater is located on the western part of the state of Washington near the Deschutes River, which enters Budd Inlet on the southern part of Puget Sound.  It has shared boundaries with the neighboring capital of Washington, Olympia.  The city is approximately 31 miles southwest of Tacoma and 62 miles southwest of Seattle.  It is the oldest existing Puget Sound settlement.  It is referred to as the Oregon Trail and the Cowlitz Trail.

Before American settlement, descendants of the Nisqually, Squaxin Island, and Chehalis natives occupied the Puget area where they harvested salmon near the inlets and hunted and planted on the prairies.  American settlers first arrived in 1845; led by Michael T. Simmons.  Then the city was named New Market, but was later renamed to Tumwater. 

One of the early records of racial division in the area is that of a mixed race man by the name of George Bush who settled north of the Columbia River upon entering the area with Simmons; due to the fact that the Oregon law banning residency of mulattoes was not enforced in that area.

The earliest “road” built in the town was a wagon trail cut by those first residents, which would later become part of the Oregon Trail.  This community would lead to the expansion into Olympia, Seattle, Whidbey Island, and other Puget Sound towns.  Much of the growth seen can be contributed to its location near the Deschutes River.

Hotel Services & Amenities

In addition to visitors to Tumwater, highway travelers along Interstate 5, traveling through Tumwater may want to settle in for the night in a cozy pillowtop bed at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Tumwater.  Here you’ll be spoiled with amenities such as 40” high definition televisions with premium cable channels and high speed internet access to keep you connected on your phone, tablet, laptop or other mobile device.

Guests can unwind in the Lobby Bistro + Bar which is open Monday-Saturday Evenings. The Lobby Bistro + Bar is a full-service Bar featuring Burgers, Pizzas, Sandwiches, Salads, & Appetizers.

If you are in town visiting local friends or businesses, and you’ve got limited minutes or power on your phone, make free local calls from your room and receive voicemail.  If you are in town for business or a special occasion, you can arrive to the event looking your best with freshly pressed clothing and perfectly groomed hair thanks to the iron, ironing board, and hair dryer.

You’ll likely be eating out at the area restaurants while your in town and the microwave and refrigerator will come in handy for preserving and heating up leftovers.  We’ve got you covered for breakfast with our Bright Side Breakfast bar stocked with Waffles, cereal, bread, muffins, bagels, pastries, fresh fruit.  Wash it all down with coffee, milk, and orange juice.

Our indoor swimming pool makes any day a great day for a swim.  The spa is a great way to close out your workout in the onsite fitness center.  Need to utilize a PC?  Do so at the business center where you can also print and send faxes.  Don’t leave your pets at home; they are welcome to come along and stay with you at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Tumwater (call to ask about restrictions).

Attractions Near Tumwater

Dining options near the hotel are plentiful; including several within walking distance such as Falls Terrace Restaurant, River’s Edge, Brewery City Pizza, and Happy Teriyaki.  A short drive away you’ll find Lemon Grass Café, Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Olive Garden, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Anthony’s Heartfire Grill all under 5 miles away.

Shopping is close by at the Capital Mall and Olympia Farmers Market; both approximately 3 miles away.  The Thurston County Fairgrounds, and Centralia Outlet Mall are within reasonable driving distance.  Looking to get out and have some fun?  There are several leisure options including Olympic Flight Museum, Governor’s Mansion, Madsen Family Cellars, Percival Landing Waterfront Park, Hand on Children’s Museum, Monarch Contemporary Art Center and Sculpture Park, and Capital Event Center.

Area businesses include Providence Saint Peter Hospital, Group Health Olympia Medical Center, Washington Timberland Management, H&R Water Work, Northwest Cooperative Development Center, Point Plaza West, Saint Martin’s University, The Evergreen State College, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Washing State Capital Building and several Washington State Departments.  Book a room at La Quinta Inn & Suites Tumwater if you’ll be spending time at any of these places.