A Family 4th of July near Motel in Puyallup

Remembering Freedom Day in a Historical Mansion

The Meeker Mansion was the home of Ezra Meeker, built and completed around 1890. Meeker was known as the ‘Hop King of the World’, becoming wealthy through the production of hops, ingredients in beer for flavoring and stability.

He dedicated himself to tracing and marking the Oregon Trail, the famous wagon route and emigrant trail, worked many hours writing about it and the history of the Puget Sound, producing twelve books on the topics. The Meeker Mansion was the social and political center of the valley, during Ezra Meeker’s life.

The Meeker Mansion attracts many visitors not only for historical significance but because the structure itself is The 15-rooms and 12-feet high ceilings of the mansion are impressive, decorated with frescoes and plaster sculptures.

Gold-leaf molding, fancy metal doorknobs and hinges, built-in bolt locks on the doors, and inside blinds were part of every room. Speaking tubes are used for communication throughout the mansion, and gas lights for lighting. The exterior of the house is truly representative of the period’s architecture.

The Puyallup Historical Society at Meeker Mansion is now responsible for the restoration and preservation of Meeker Mansion, to preserve and promote the historical aspects of the Puyallup Valley and its links to the Oregon Trail.

There are self-guided tours conducted for visitors, school tours, community events like psychic fairs, art fests, tea parties, antique sale, and special events like weddings and parties are accepted. For the 4th of July, there’s the free Meeker Mansion 4th of July Family Games & Concert.

Family games will be held on the lawn at 2pm. Strawberry treats are available for purchase. The concert called Puyallup Community Band Concert will start at 3pm. People are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Snacks are available as well.

A History-Rich Celebration with Family

Are you used to a noisy 4th of July celebration since you can remember? Sans the fireworks, staying with us at our hotel in Puyallup will afford you a quieter 4th of July but one not lacking in family fun activities and historical significance. We invite you to come to a more relaxed celebration.

Puyallup Farmers’ Market Begins April 2017

Catching the First Produce of the Season

With this year’s banner shout of “ So Fresh and So Green”, a Downtown Puyallup tradition of 30 plus years rolls again into town, opening April 15th. The seasonal Saturday farmers’ market offers locally-grown produce, flowers & artisan foods, all grown in Washington state. Local farmers and producers, specialty food vendors and artisan crafters from all over the state come to the market to promote and sell their produce and products. You will also find respected non-profit organizations at the market promoting worthy causes while supporting the farmers.

The farmers’ market is sponsored by the Puyallup Main Street Association a nonprofit and charitable organization supported by memberships, contributions, fund raising events, and volunteer participation. Their mission is to create a vital, inviting downtown Puyallup which promotes quality business, cultural and community growth. It doesn’t only support the market, but also other special events as Clean Sweep, a street clean-up drive, also Meeker Days, an art and music festival in June, Art and Wine Walk, a business get-together of art and wine vendors by October, and Christmas events as well.

If you go and buy products at Puyallup’s farmers’ market, you are actually helping the community’s business endeavors, creating a positive image of the downtown area, and helping position Puyallup as heritage tourism destination.

Come to Puyallup Farmers’ Market, a premier regional weekend celebration! Market opens Saturdays from 9 am until 2 pm at Pioneer Park and Pavilion. It begins April and will last till October. They also provide top notch entertainment while visitors and local people shop.

Great Market Days Close By Motel Puyallup

Stay at our affordable motel in Puyallup for a few days and get premium amenities and awesome service. Spend your hard earn money shopping at the Farmers’ Market and bring back home goods and memories of our town. You don’t get any better deal than that while staying in Puyallup.

Combining Wine and Art for a Night in Puyallup

Paint Like an Impressionist

Are you a budding painter or just trying to have fun while painting? An art studio in Puyallup is home and host to special nights of painting classes for all those who like to learn to paint under tutelage of a local artist. To ensure a fun event, it is always coupled with wine drinking. And that’s why it’s called a paint and sip event! It’s bonding time with friends or family, or making new friends while learning. And don’t worry about the tools of the trade.

The studio, which is a franchise of the now sensational Pinot’s Palette, is providing everything from apron to paints, canvas, easels and brushes. All you have to do is sign up in their Events Calendar (available via their website) for the specific class you fancy to join. Bring your ID along when you attend.

With paint and sip studios in Hawaii, Idaho, California, and another in Spokane WA, the one in Puyallup is Pinot’s Palette South Hill that proudly serves the best in upscale paint and wine/paint and sip parties to Puyallup. You don’t need any art experience to join. You just need to be 21 years old and above.

In two to three hours, be inspired by their artist who will guide you step by step through a featured painting. Wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages are also available to purchase at their bar. Though they have also small snacks to purchase, you are free to bring along your appetizers; they provide the tableware. At the end of the class, you get to bring home your masterpiece!

Like the other studios, Pinot’s Palette South Hill also offer their venue for private parties, corporate team building events, girls’ night out, birthday parties, and more. They can also teach you how to do a pet portrait. Go to their website and find out what’s paintin’ in their Events Calendar and sign up quick!

Painting and Sipping Class near Motel in Puyallup

If you’re staying with us, Motel Puyallup is glad to assist you if you want to join the paint and sip event. Have fun with friends and meet new friends in a couple of hours or so painting and wining in Puyallup.

Living with Art near Motel in Puyallup

Exploring Puyallup’s Art in the Open

There are more than 50 artworks on public display at Puyallup’s Outdoor Art Gallery. It was a dream that hatched in 1995 to bring art of quality to the town. It’s the businesses and private citizens of Puyallup that provide this free year-round art exhibit to cultivate the public’s interest in art and appreciate art nuances. The City of Puyallup supports this endeavor to increase visual art literacy and improve the citizens’ quality of life, providing educational tours and public tours.

The outdoor gallery features works by different artists – students, professionals, and even emerging artists. Participating artists get the chance to showcase their works, be advertised, recognised and get paid for their art. Some art works are permanent fixtures in the gallery, like “BEAUTIFUL NIGHT” by Sabah Al-Dhaher, “LOTUS SEEKER” by Leo Osborn, “ALWAYS GROWING” by Austin Byers, and “SPRING DANCES” by Grace Nirschl. They also feature rotating art by some artists, like Lance Carleton, Jim Johnson, and Olinka Broadfoot. Every year, the city picks their ‘People’s Choice’ from among the art works shown that year.

The whole showcase is often called ADT or Arts Downtown and people come to look and appreciate while others come for the education program and lecture series. ADT depends a lot on people’s donations, organization grants, and other forms of financial assistance. They encourage membership and membership fees as they work in a totally all-volunteer and non-profit organization.

Feeling the People’s Pulse in Art in Puyallup

If you’re in Puyallup and staying at our Motel in Puyallup, come and experience the town’s Open Art Gallery in Pioneer Park. Through art appreciation, feel the people’s pulse and know why folks here are warm and welcoming.

Farms and Farmers near Motel in Puyallup

Pumpkins, Berries, Corn and more in Puyallup

The state of Washington has 40,000 farms with 300 specialty crops contributing to a diverse agri-economy. The soil is rich, the climate diverse, and irrigation is large-scale that make the state one of the most productive growing regions in the country and in the world. Washington is the second largest producer of wines in the US, being the first in US production of grapes. It also ranks first in the U.S. for production of apples, sweet cherries, pears, red raspberries and hops, and second in the production of potatoes. Around Puyallup, you’d come across some of the most thriving farms that made Washington famous in produce.

The Double R Farms, a third generation family farm between Tacoma and Puyallup, just off River Road, features a five-acre corn maze and the largest selection of pumpkins in the Puyallup Valley, every October. Kids will love the pumpkin slingshots, tractor hayrides, decorative gourds, and the farm animals, of course. The Duris Cucumber Farm grows strawberries in mid-June, pickling and slicing cucumbers from August to September; there’s also green beans, zucchini, squash, and dill.

The Linbo Blueberry farm is a 70 year old farm with many heirloom varieties of blueberries when fruit is ripe, usually mid to late July and picking is encouraged. The Picha Farm invites in June and July to enjoy delicious strawberries, raspberries and blackberries; in October, they hold the Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. Family owned since 1882, the Spooner Farm is still growing the best Washington berries; harvesting raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and corn happens in July and August. Then there’s the Wild hare Organic Farms, your year-round stop for seasonal organic fruit, vegetables, eggs, seeds, plants and truly delicious local foods.

Any Season is Good Season

If you can time your visit to Puyallup during harvest season, you’ll have your fill of some of Washington’s renown produce and go home with the best buys. Otherwise, any season is good season to visit. When you do, staying at our motel in Puyallup gives you the chance to see our farms.

LeMay Museum – America’s Car Museum

Our country has enjoyed a long-standing love affair with the automobile, ever since this American innovation first rolled off Ford’s assembly line. If you share in this national passion for cars, make your way over to the LeMay Museum; just a quick trip west from our motel in Puyallup, this facility serves to restore, preserve, and showcase automobiles as a celebration of automotive culture.

With the Holidays coming up, Santa and Mrs. Clause will be at ACM to upgrade their car. You can take a photo with their 1906 Cadillac Model K Tulip Touring Car.
Santa photos (digital download) are included with your ACM admissions.

Saturday, December 10 from 11am – 3pm
Sunday, December 11 from 11am – 3pm
Saturday, December 17 from 11am – 3pm
Sunday, December 18 from 11am – 3pm

This museum is one of the world’s largest of its kind. Featuring hundreds of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, this is a great place to get up close with the history and modern achievements of the automotive world. Tour the gallery and the show field, connect with other car enthusiasts, and take advantage of the educational center to further your understanding of automobiles.

You can read more about the museum at the LeMay website

Passing through Puyallup

What Puyallup offers the Traveler

Puyallup is a small city between Tacoma and Seattle, named after the Puyallup tribe of native Americans who inhabited the valley in the 1830s and 1840s. When the first European settlers came in the 1850s, they called the place Puyallup after the natives, meaning “the generous people.” It used to be a maze of creeks and old forest growth, and started to develop in the turn of the 20th century with the development of the railway system and nearby Tacoma. With its Oceanic climate, the city’s winters are cool and wet, though snow is rare. Summers are into the mid to upper 40’s.

Daffodils grow in acres in Puyallup’s fertile soil and are known world-wide. The annual Daffodil Parade during spring draws many visitors with its floats and marching bands. The city is nationally known also for the Washington State Fair, one of the ten largest fairs in the country with an amazing 15,000 attractions visited by over 1 million people a year during April and in September.

Its downtown is made up of historic buildings, like the Ezra Meeker’s mansion, whose owner was an Oregon Trail pioneer. There are also a myriad of antique shops and stores for the antique lovers, particularly along Meridian Street, while you also find about 32 outdoor public artworks in what they call Arts Downtown Outdoor Gallery. The kids will love Puyallup for its parks and playgrounds, such as Pioneer Park with its own fun spray park, Bradley Lake Park where you can do fishing, and Clarks Creek Park with tennis courts and a softball field, among several parks. And if you time your visit from early May to late October, you’d enjoy their Farmers’ Market that showcases home-grown produce and plants, baked goods, and crafts.

Wide choices and Unlimited Fun near Motel Puyallup

Puyallup is the place for unlimited entertainment. Come join its heritage festivals, expos, concerts and seasonal celebrations. Enjoy this little town while staying at Motel Puyallup.

Pacific Bonsai Museum

8Are you a fan of botanical novelties or Asian culture? If so, take the short trip from our motel in Puyallup to visit nearby Federal Way’s Pacific Bonsai Museum. This museum serves to provide the Puget Sound area with the particular variety of inspiration and cultural education that only a bonsai tree can offer.

The museum’s collection includes roughly one hundred different trees from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, and the United States, about sixty of which are available for viewing at any given time. Trees are periodically rotated between the display area and the restricted “growing area” so as to provide repeat visitors with variety. Several of these exceptional specimens have been awarded recognition for their high level of quality. Visit the museum’s website for more information.

Puyallup Historical Hatchery

Every city has its hidden treasures that you’ve got to keep your eye out for. In Puyallup, one such treasure in the Historical Fish Hatchery. Tucked away in the downtown residential area, within easy reach of our Puyallup motel, this fascinating piece of history is a great, simple destination for anyone interested in the region’s long-standing seafood industry.

The Puyallup Hatchery is a fully functional trout hatchery. Fed by natural spring water streams, it serves as a near-perfect simulation of the fishes’ natural habitat. Get up close to the fish in their rearing ponds, then visit the educational center to learn more about the trout and the history of the hatchery. To read more, visit the Puyallup Historical Hatchery Foundation’s Facebook page.

Sunrise Village Summer Concert Series

Will you be staying with us during the summer months? Consider taking the family down to Puyallup’s own Sunrise Village for the 2016 Summer Concert Series. Every Tuesday from July 12th to August 16th, you can get dinner at one of the many fun dining options or throw out a picnic blanket on the lawn to enjoy the free live music performances. This summer’s lineup includes the following:

  • July 12th: Hook Me Up Band (Variety Jazz)
  • July 19th: Mossy Rocks (Blues/Country/Rock)
  • July 26th: Sunrise Village’s first “Kids’ night” concert, featuring the family-friendly music of Harmonica Pocket
  • August 2nd: Darren Motamedy (Smooth Jazz)
  • August 9th: Colt and the Peacemakers (Country/Honky Tonk/Americana)
  • August 16th: Slim Wizzy (Blues/Country/Anthem Rock)

Performances are scheduled to start at 6:00 pm and run until 8:00 pm, in the plaza located near the Qdoba restaurant. You can learn more about the Sunrise Village shopping center, their summer concert series, and this year’s featured performers by visiting the Sunrise Village website.