Scholarship Contest in Voting Phase!

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on May 6, 2019

The submission portion of our contest is now wrapped up and we are into our fan voting phase! We had another amazing response this year with 62 essays submitted to our contest.

Please be sure to vote for your favorites through our website  – Voting is today through Friday, May 10th.

The finalists will be announced on May 15th.

From the top finalists, a panel of local, independent judges will choose the three winning essays. Winners will be announced on May 20, 2019.


7 Best Thurston County Restaurants With a View

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on April 30, 2019

With a population nearing 300,000, sweeping vistas of Puget Sound and big mountain views, there’s no shortage of people or picturesque landscapes in Thurston County, Washington.

This serene setting also has a burgeoning food scene that’s often able to pair delicious menus with stunning atmospheres to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Though the county’s largest city, Olympia, is the most well-known foodie spot, other locales like Tumwater and Tenino have restaurants that are sure to surprise. In no particular order, here’s a quick look at six of the best restaurants with a view in Thurston County.

Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar (Olympia)

This waterfront restaurant has a warm and comfortable setting that’s perfect for a special occasion. Diners adore the unique fare created by the restaurant’s chef that blends her native Vietnamese culture with the customs of the Pacific Northwest. Pick a window seat and admire the boats and boardwalk as you nosh on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients like Misty Isle all-natural beef and Taylor Shellfish.

Falls Terrace Restaurant (Tumwater)

This family-owned fine dining restaurant is just outside Olympia in the sleepy town of Tumwater. As its name implies, Falls Terrace provides diners with spectacular views of the Tumwater Falls. You’ll also enjoy incredible service, fresh local food, and paired wines. After your meal, don’t miss your chance to take a quarter-mile stroll on either side of the river to the lower falls.

Budd Bay Café (Olympia)

Not far from Dockside Bistro, you’ll find Budd Bay Café, another iconic Percival Landing restaurant. This self-proclaimed “favorite waterfront restaurant” in Olympia offers a 180-degree bay view and an unobstructed look at the state capitol and the Olympic Mountains. Budd Bay also has a delectable Sunday brunch that’s the perfect way to spend time with friends or family.

Swing Wine Bar & Café (Olympia)

With beautiful views of Capitol Lake, Budd Inlet and the Olympics, this warm and inviting spot has more than just good vino. From bites like oysters on-the-half and bacon-wrapped dates to freshly baked Wild King salmon and smoked boar belly puttanesca, this eatery has a menu that’s vast and varied. Swing’s staff will suggest wine pairings, choosing from the more than 30 wines they pour by the glass or the 200 bottle selections.

Lady of the Lake (Tenino)

The Public House Restaurant at Offut Lake Resort is open year-round in Tenino. Originally built in 1939, this historic restaurant closed for many years until a massive renovation restored the Lady to her former glory. The bistro provides waterfront views, magnificent sunsets and a peaceful atmosphere that is hard to match. The menu includes an assortment of dishes, ranging from the Lady’s Lemon Twist Prawns starter to the Alaskan halibut with daily risotto and seasonal sautéed veggies.

Tugboat Annie’s (Olympia)

The quirky Tugboat Annie’s is more than just a restaurant—it’s an opportunity to have an adventure. In addition to cooking up incredible sandwiches, seafood and pub food, Annie’s rents kayaks for guests to paddle around Budd Inlet. One of the most fun additions to its extensive menu is the breakfast special that includes two single kayaks for two hours, two breakfasts and two beverages for one low price. If you’re more of a land lover, that’s OK, too. Sit back and watch the boats as you munch on a po’boy with fried oysters or a crab melt.

Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill (Olympia)

Anthony’s is a chain of family-owned restaurants all over the Pacific Northwest. They first opened in Belleview in 1969, and as they grew, providing spectacular waterfront views of the Pacific Northwest became their focus. The Olympia location offers arguably the best view in the city. This hidden gem is nestled just over Budd Inlet. Its large windows and open floor layout offer a gorgeous, unobstructed view of the sound…from any seat in the house. Once you’re done marveling at the scenery, you can get down to the real business of food. You know you’ll be getting some of the best seafood around, as Anthony’s opened their own wholesale seafood company in 1984 to ensure the finest quality food.


Like we said, these were just a few spots that you might be interested in trying for yourself. With the number of restaurants in Thurston County that tout delicious dishes and dazzling views, there’s no doubt that you’re bound to find your favorite.


9th Annual Scholarship Contest

April 8, 2019

Our “What Makes a House a Home” college scholarship contest is in its ninth year.  Our independent judging panel will be awarding three scholarships at the end of May. This is a very rewarding program for us, not just in helping some great local high school students, but also in hearing their amazing stories of […]

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Rob Rice Homes Introduces New Golf Course Home Plan

April 2, 2019

Rob Rice Homes is thrilled to reveal their latest new house plan! The “Westminster” is currently under construction in a small, peaceful setting that is part of the master planned community of Meridian Campus in Lacey, Washington. This new home is situated perfectly to take in the views of the 16th Fairway of the Woodlands […]

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April Showers Bring May Flowers: Prepping Your Garden for Spring

April 1, 2019

Gardeners, rejoice! The temperatures have started to creep up, rain showers have slowed and any fallen snow is now long gone. The spring equinox, or what’s more commonly known as the first day of spring, has come and gone, and amateur growers and planters are ready to break out their trowels. But before you get […]

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14 Budget-Friendly Home Upgrades You Should Make This Year

March 2, 2019

Everybody wants to turn their house into their dream home, or at least make small updates here and there, but the thought of shelling out all that cash can be daunting. Whether you’re refreshing your space or getting ready to sell, renovating your home is a huge financial decision. Fortunately, a complete renovation is not […]

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How to Beat the Winter Blues By Bringing Mother Nature Indoors

February 4, 2019

Did you know that Mother Nature is actually good for your health? Science tells us— it’s a fact! And while we are so fortunate to live in a place so dedicated to preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us, we can’t always have access to it in these colder months. With the days still short […]

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New Year, New Tech: The Best Smart Home Technology for 2019

January 11, 2019

With technology continuing to be a growing presence in every aspect of life, the home is no exception especially as new technology becomes available. And new technology is not just a cool gadget — it is also built for functionality in and around the house and office. Homeowners are continuously presented with a versatile selection […]

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Rob Rice Homes – Campus Peak

December 14, 2018

What do Cle Elum, Port Orchard and Lacey have in common? Besides being cities in Washington, they are all locations where you can buy a newly constructed home on a golf course. A quick search of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service shows that there are fewer than 40 brand new homes for sale throughout almost […]

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Eat Local This Winter: The 62 Best Seasonal Recipes Using Ingredients Grown in Washington

December 3, 2018

As each year ends, a new season arrives. And with it an array of beautifully fresh ingredients that offer you comfort from the cold. From hearty root vegetables to the bright leafy greens, winter produce delivers a surprising range of flavors for you to enjoy. Not only will your palate be impressed, but there are […]

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