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Best of Olympia 2018: The Kissing Statue

Writer's pick: Best selfie spot

Jennifer Bowen, Gwyn Nielsen and Marguerite Cleveland at the Kissing Statue at Percival Landing Park. Photo credit: Marguerite Cleveland

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One of my favorite things to do in Olympia is the Selfie Tour, and my favorite stop is the Kissing Statue in Percival Landing Park. This is such a great photo stop.  You can take your photo with the statue, or stand to the side and take a photo with West Bay and, on a sunny day, the Olympic Mountains in the background. Just this one spot offers so many photo options. Turn around and catch views of Capitol Lake, the Capitol building and the lovely grounds of Heritage Park surrounding it.

Once you are finished with photos, there is plenty to do. All along the waterfront are great seafood restaurants and shops. Stop into the Wine Loft and visit Justin Wilkes, voted Best Wine Expert in Olympia in the 2017 Best of Olympia. I have conferred with him numerous times to find the perfect wine.

From Percival Landing Park, it is a short walk to reach the trail around Capitol Lake or the trails in Heritage Park. If you time it right, you can take a tour of the Capitol building.

In the opposite direction, you can work your way over to the Olympia Farmers Market. Enjoy live music, great food venues and shop for some fresh, Thurston County produce. If you like cupcakes, head across the street from the market to Miss Moffett's Mystical Cupcakes. Owner Rachel Young appeared on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars. Her bakery is now 100 percent gluten- and peanut-free. Young found that when she began offering gluten-free cupcakes, they tasted better.

For more information about the Olympia Selfie Tour and Percival Landing Park, visit

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