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.

Skookum Archers Range

Puyallup’s own Skookum Archers range is one of the very oldest and largest surviving archery clubs in all of Washington State. This range can be found across thirty-nine acres of scenic forested land up on South Hill. Test your archery skills on the fifty-six targets while you take in the sights of Washington’s beautiful wilderness, or try the flat range with targets at distances from twenty to 101 yards. Facilities also include targets for FITA shooting, with distances between eighteen and ninety meters.

The archery range is open to the public from dawn until dusk. Fees amount to $5.00 per person for the flat range and walk-through courses, while children under the age of twelve are allowed to shoot for free when they are accompanied by an adult. A pro shop is available to take care of all of your equipment needs, or provide you with private archery lessons. Visit the official Skookum Archery website to learn more about the facilities or to check the club’s calendar for upcoming events.

North Pole at the Fair

During the holiday season, Puyallup’s own Washington State Fairgrounds decks itself out in the trappings of Christmas for the annual North Pole at the Fair. This is a festive, family-friendly experience designed to engage kids’ imagination, foster learning, and indulge in the magic of the season. Explore Santa’s Office, Santa’s Library, the candy store, the workshop, the toy museum, and a whole lot more. Kids can get their picture taken with Santa Claus, watch Christmas movies, read Christmas classics, color, play, build, and explore to their hearts’ content.

This year’s North Pole at the Fair is scheduled to take place from November 14th to December 24th. Admission costs $5 per person, with free admission for kids under two years of age. Pictures with Santa and certain other activities entail additional fees, and it is recommended that you make a reservation for your portrait session online in advance. You can read more about the event and buy your tickets right away by visiting the official North Pole at the Fair website.

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour

Are you looking for a great happy hour experience within reach of our motel in Puyallup? If you’re staying with us at the right time, consider Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour. This event comes to famous Seattle Center on the third Thursday of every month. On this day, find your way up to the Armory for beer, specialty cocktails, and a selection of delicious food offerings from the Armory’s diverse eateries, including pizza, barbecue, sandwiches, Mediterranean food, Mexican food, desserts, and more. Listen to some music, challenge your friends in a few games of giant chess and giant Jenga, belt out a few of your karaoke standards, and enter to win exciting raffle prizes like concert tickets.

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour is held on every third Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the ground floor of Seattle Center’s Armory. There is no charge to get in, but only patrons of legal drinking age will be permitted inside the drinking area. You can read more about what to expect at the next happy hour at the official Seattle Center website.

Washington State History Museum

Maintained by the Washington State Historical Society, the Washington State History Museum is a fun and engaging place to learn more about the fascinating people and events that shaped our state. Take a walk through the past with the help of the walk-through dioramas that depict the life of the region’s early inhabitants. Visit the museum’s 1,800 square foot model railroad to learn more about the railroads that helped the state flourish. Take in an assortment of interactive exhibits, historical artefacts, and theatrical storytelling by a collection of famous figures from the past. From the rich cultures of the area’s indigenous peoples, to the women’s suffrage movement, to the mystery of DB Cooper, it’s all waiting for you at the Washington State History Museum.

The Washington State History Museum is located up in Tacoma, a short drive to the northwest of our motel in Puyallup. Visit the official Washington State Historical Society website to learn more about the museum, its permanent exhibits, current and upcoming exhibits, and upcoming events.

Kitsap Forest Theater

There are many stunning and fascinating theater venues throughout the area around our motel in Puyallup, but very few combine the magic of the stage with the natural beauty of the outside world. If you are looking for a good outdoor theater, you can’t go wrong with the Kitsap Forest Theater.

Located in Bremerton, just an hour outside of Seattle, the Forest Theater is run by one of the oldest non-profit theater groups in the country. This community theater is nestled amid a stunning rhododendron preserve. It is here that you can sit in the shade of a conifer canopy and see quality, family-friendly musical theater inspired by the natural surroundings. The theater puts on two productions every year, one in the spring and another in the summer. Past productions have included Mary Poppins, Seussical, The Music Man, Shrek: the Musical, and many other old favorites. Visit the official Kitsap Forest Theater website to learn more about the theater, to read up on its current or upcoming season, or to purchase tickets right away.

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

The Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden is an organization dedicated to conserving the rhododendron species and giving the public a chance to experience these fascinating flowers as many of their natural habitats face destruction. Featuring over seven hundred different varieties of rhododendrons from around North America, Europe, and Asia, this garden is one of the world’s largest collections of the flower.

The rhododendrons are in bloom starting in January, reaching their peak from mid-March to mid-May. Even when the rhododendrons are not in bloom, there is always something to see. Visit the Victorian Stumpery, the world’s largest public stumpery, for an amazing fern display amid one hundred forty stumps and logs. Take in the Rutherford Conservatory for blossoming flowers throughout the year, including not only rhododendrons but also orchids and other companion plants.

You can find the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, a short trip north from our motel in Puyallup. Facilities are available to reserve for weddings and other private events. Visit the garden’s official website for more information.