I HAD THE MOST AWFUL TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE WITH AUDREY LEVINE!!!
I would NOT go with her. I never recommend her. She has a strange sense of fear around birth...
I would highly recommend Jaydee Sperry who's a lay midwife http://www.infinitebirthing.org/
or if you want a CPM, I would suggest Amanda Feldemann (she's willing to travel to Olympia!) http://exodusmidwifery.com/
I also like Dawn Wadleigh http://www.firstlightmidwifery.com/
Though I haven't used her personally- I just used her by phone during a home miscarriage.
Olympia is fantastic! The best place to shop is the Olympia Food Co-Op. There are two locations, my favorite being the bigger one on the East Side http://olympiafood.coop/
Their prices are so low, it will blow your mind. They have bulletins there where you can connect with the crunchy folk in the area.
The Farmers Market is pretty nice too. Not the biggest, but we enjoy it. http://www.olympiafarmersmarket.com/
A great place to take the kids and meet crunchy mamas is the Hands On Childrens Museum. We have a membership there and go often. (I'll be ther Tuesday infact!!) http://www.hocm.org/
The Olympia FreeSchool has so many neat things going on. I used to go to nutrition classes there, and just meet up with other mamas and babies. http://www.dsame.com/freeschoolcommunity/
Vic's is my favorite resturant in town. It's a pizza place- best pizza ever! They have vegan pizza too! My favorite is the Greener, but add the vegan white sauce and artichoke hearts! http://eatatvics.net/
Traditions would be my second favorite place. It's also a very crunchy place, lots of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. http://www.traditionsfairtrade.com/pages/tradhome.html
Both of those resturants have areas for the kids to play with toys and both resturants are very relaxed and don't mind if your kiddos are playing and enjoying themselves (you know, making noise!)
Another great place that again has Vegan and Vegetarian options is Darby's Cafe on 5th street. No website though...
Many great parks!! My favorites are these:http://www.olympiawa.gov/cityservice...geFountain.htmhttp://www.olympiawa.gov/cityservice...ks/Bigelow.htmhttp://www.olympiawa.gov/cityservice...endlyGrove.htmhttp://www.olympiawa.gov/cityservice...riestPoint.htm
(I had my Blessingway here in the Rose Garden!)
The best part of Olympia, in my opinion, is the free flowing pristine water from the Artesian Well in downtown Olympia. Around 250 people come and get water here AN HOUR from all over the place. It's amazing...we had it tested by my FIL who works for the city as an engineer (he didn't test it, but he brought it to the tester who's name I believe was Erik Iverson) and it was found that the water is absolutely pure and pristine! You can find out more here http://www.oly-wa.us/Artesians/index.php
Each year there is a huge event called Precession of the Species and the Olympia Arts Walk, very awesome! http://www.ci.olympia.wa.us/NR/rdonl...r09_Events.pdf
There's LakeFair in Olympia as well each year, fun place to take the kids.
I really love my Naturopath in Olympia. You can find her here http://www.naturalhealthclinicofolympia.com/index.html
There is a natural toy store (robeez, haba, plan toys, etc) called Wind Up Here. Fantastic store- http://www.winduphere.com/
Some great Zoo type things to check out near Olympia:
Wolf Haven http://www.wolfhaven.org/
Northwest Trek http://www.nwtrek.org/
Fun things like this:http://www.ci.olympia.wa.us/events/p...arden_tour.htm
We use this gymnastics studio and have enjoyed it overall. They have GREAT teachers (our favorite is Ashley!!) but the lady that's usually at the front desk is going to quite possibly be a total snatch everytime you see her... lol http://blackhillsgymnastics.com/
The Olympia Timberland Library is great. It's a HUGE branch all over Western Washington and I cannot rave enough about our library system. There is story time for little ones twise a week and you can always connect and meet other mamas that way. www.trlib.org
Basically, once you get there, take many walks downtown. You will discover the most unique little shops, coffee/tea stores, resturants, etc. There is so much to do and I absolutely love Olympia!!
OH OH OH and Olympia has the best garage sales EVER!!!!!! Also check out their thrift and cosignment shops!!