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Urban Spelunker: Hawks Prairie Region

Big box stores meets mom and pop stores

Hawk's Prairie Casino. Photos by Jackie Fender

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Bordering the Lacey, Olympia city limits is the Hawks Prairie region. Also known as Johnson Point, Hawk's Prairie is a matrimony of sleepy residential areas, forested outdoor attractions and pockets of business districts including downtown Lacey. The core of the area delivers all of your creature comforts with big box stores and corporate dining options alongside a variety of retail and commercial attractions. Among these you'll also find locally owned and operated destinations worth spelunking. Here are just a few:

[Know When to Hold ‘Em]
Card tables galore featuring Spanish 21, Black Jack, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Pai Gow, and others can be found at Hawk's Prairie Casino.  You can also fuel your gambling at in-house destination The Riverbend BBQ and Bar. Special events include regularly scheduled poker tournaments. Lay down your cards. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, 8318 Quinault Dr. NE, Lacey, 360.528.8888
[Solo or Family Feeding Frenzy]
Hawk's Prairie Restaurant and Sports Bar has been family owned and operated since 1978! This establishment is both a family friendly dining joint and sports bar highlighting the big games of whatever season it is with 12 flat screen TVs paired with happy hour specials. The menu includes everything from breakfast staples to classic American dining entrées and burgers. 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 8306 Quinault Dr. NE, Lacey, 360.459.0900
[You've Entered Wine Country]
Northwest Mountain Winery is just one of many wineries in the region. Family owned and operated NW Mountain Winery sources its grapes from Eastern Washington and hand crafts its varietals. It also boasts a wicked concoction of honey and jalapeño with the FireBreathing Mead. The tasting room is comfy and includes an outdoor patio, and the service is knowledgeable and friendly. Noon to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 2825 Marvin Rd. NE, Suite Q, Olympia, 360.464.7125

[Exotic Eats]
The Lemongrass in Lacey (sister store to Olympia digs) features Thai Asian Fusion cuisine in a slick, swank atmosphere. Hankering for curry, Pad Thai and egg rolls? Lemongrass is the place to go in Lacey. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, 8125 Quinault Dr. NE, Lacey, 360.459.9511

[Putt-Putt and Home Runs]
The ultimate recreation destination can be found at the Marvin Road Golf and Batting Range. Swing away at the batting cages, practice your swing on the driving range or bring the whole brood to play putt-putt golf. It's outdoor fun for all. Fees are reasonable, and folks can rent the space out for special occasions. 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2831 Marvin Rd. NE, Olympia, 360.438.2299

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