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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cougar Mountain

The region known as Cougar Mountain has a long and fascinating history, having served as the home for native hunters, miners, loggers, farmers, and even a missile site for the US Army. In the 1960’s, after these missile sites were decommissioned, King County assumed ownership of the land, electing to preserve this site of great natural beauty and historical significance for future generations.

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is 3,100 acres of protected Washington wildland, serving as a stunning representation of the area’s rich natural world. Here you can see mature second growth forests, streams, wetlands, cliffs, caves, and views of Lake Sammamish, the Cascade Mountains, and the nearby metropolitan areas. Visitors to the park enjoy spotting a variety of different bird populations, as well as bobcats, black bears, and a host of other fascinating creatures.

You can find Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park east of Seattle and Bellevue, a short trip north from our motel in Puyallup. Visit the park’s page on the King County website for more information.