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.

14th Annual Washington State Health, Fitness, & Beauty Expo

People are increasingly more interested in their health and appearance nowadays. If maintaining a strong, healthy body and an attractive, youthful appearance is high on your list, don’t miss out on the Washington State Health, Fitness, and Beauty Expo. This annual tradeshow gives attendees a chance to browse the latest in products and services designed to improve your health and fitness. You can also check out or participate in a number of fitness-related competitions, including weightlifting, dancing, pole dancing, bodybuilding, and bikini physique competitions. If you’re a fan of fighting, check out the Redemptions MMA Cage fights, where some of the area’s fiercest fighters will face off with mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and more.

The 2016 Health, Fitness, and Beauty Expo is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 16th, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. You can find it at the Sleep Train ShowPlex, right here in Puyallup. Admission runs from $20 to $55. Visit the official WA State Fitness Expo website to learn more about the upcoming expo.

Washington Arms Collectors Show

Are you an avid hunter, gun collector, or enthusiast of firearms and other weaponry? If you’re staying at our motel in Puyallup at the right time, don’t miss the opportunity to view the wares of the Washington Arms Collectors. This group is a non-profit corporation devoted to promoting the safe and legal collection of firearms. To further their purpose, they regularly host the largest gun show in Washington State, right here in Puyallup. It is here that you can find as many as 1,200 tables of vendors selling guns, ammunition, accessories, and other related items.

You can attend the Washington Arms Collectors Show in Puyallup’s own Washington State Fairgrounds. Only members of WAC are able to buy, sell, or trade firearms, but the general public can get in for a small gate fee to view the wares. Shows are held most months for two days at a time. Visit the Washington Arms Collectors website to learn more about the events, or find out when they are next coming to Puyallup.

The Spring 2016 Great Junk Hunt

Looking for a souvenir to take home after your stay at our Puyallup motel? If you’re staying with us this April, you can’t go wrong with the Great Junk Hunt.

The Great Junk Hunt started right here in Puyallup, when Linda Albers closed her antique store to go on the road. Today, this travelling flea market serves as a place for junkers and collectors to assemble, buying and selling unique treasures of all kinds. Here you can find vintage items, one-of-a-kind artwork, clothing, furniture, crafts, collectables, and a host of other untold goods. An avid treasure hunter can spend hours at a time browsing!

This spring, the Great Junk Hunt returns to Puyallup’s Washington State Fairgrounds Pavilion from April 22nd to the 23rd. Hours are from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Visit the official Great Junk Hunt website to learn more about the market. Visit the website of the Washington State Fairgrounds to learn more about the upcoming event in Puyallup.

2016 Saint Patrick’s Fest NW

Are you looking for a good way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day during your stay at Motel Puyallup? Look no further than the Washington State Fair Events Center, where the annual Saint Patrick’s Fest NW is returning for another night of Irish-themed festivities. This festival represents the largest of its kind in all of the Northwest United States!

Saint Patrick’s Fest NW features live music and other performances. The 2016 event is scheduled to feature authentic Celtic music, U2 tribute band U253, Johnny Cash tribute band Folsom Prison, bag pipers, and more. There will also be food, games, and a selection of European beers and Irish whiskey. It’s a great way to raise a glass to the spirit of Ireland!

This year’s festival is scheduled to take place from 4:00 PM to midnight on Friday, March 11th, and then from noon to midnight on Saturday, March 12th. Admission is $5 if you buy pre-sale and $10 on the day of the event. Visit the official Saint Patrick’s Fest NW website for more information.

70th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Pantages Theater

Nothing serves to welcome the winter holidays quite like a tree-lighting ceremony. If you find yourself at our motel in Puyallup this Thanksgiving weekend, make your way up to Tacoma’s Pantages Theater to experience the classic fun of this long-standing South Sound tradition.

The Holiday Tree Lighting has been an annual tradition for the past seventy years. It is here that the community assembles together for Christmas carols, pictures with Santa, and other holiday festivities. This year, attendees are invited to catch Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience before and after the lighting. Featured on shows like David Letterman, Ellen, and the Tonight Show, these dogs are famous for their dancing, comedic antics and high-energy tricks. Popular demand is bringing these amazing canines back to the Pantages Theater.

This year’s Tree Lighting is scheduled to take place on November 28th at Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. You will need a ticket for the Stunt Dog Experience, but the Tree Lighting itself is free. You can read more at the official Broadway Center website.

2016 Washington State Spring Fair

Is the long, murky Washington winter getting you down? If so, once the sky begins to clear and the weather begins to warm, head on down to Puyallup’s own Washington State Fairground. It is here that you can get in on all the fun at the Washington State Spring Fair.

The Spring Fair features all of the classic attractions you can expect from a state fair. Indulge in hearty fair food, like corndogs, elephant ears, cotton candy, and scones. Take in the free entertainment, like the pig races, dog tricks, musical performances, monster trucks, and the Slamfest Demolition Derby. There’s also a wide array of fair rides, including old favorites like the Tilt A Whirl, the Grand Wheel, the Classic Coaster, and a whole lot more. If you have little ones with you, take them to one of the many kid’s attractions. It’s good, old fashioned fun for the whole family!

This year’s Spring Fair is scheduled for April 14th to April 17th. Visit the official fair website to learn more.