Steamboat Community Highlight

For a chance to get away from it all, while still within a short driving distance of the city, check out the steamboat island peninsula island of steamboat itself.

Most commonly referred to as Steamboat Island, the island itself is home to roughly 40 residents and is only 6.5 acres in size. The peninsula is much larger at 11,000 acres, or 17 square miles, most of which is open farmland, natural forest, and beautiful waterfront homes. Steamboat is the perfect community for those of us who crave a more rural flavor of life, with a wide variety of homes—from waterfront bungalows to luxury estates.

The Carlyon Beach waterfront community offers a variety of homes, as well as an affordable private marina, waterfront park, kayak storage, and a dog park, all on the beautiful Puget Sound. For a more private living experience, Steamboat offers homes on ranches and farms, with some houses surrounded by the Pacific Northwest natural landscape for that perfect secluded feel. Waterfront homes beautifully line both sides of the Peninsula, most of which have some sort of beachfront for farming shellfish. It’s not all seclusion on Steamboat though; local businesses have been popping up in the area over the last few years.

Steamboat Island Waterfront Home with Dock

One of our favorite places to unwind on Steamboat is Sovereign Cellars. They offer wine tastings by appointment, with selections that have won medals at the 2020 Seattle Wine Awards. If you’re looking for some sweets to pair with your wine, a chocolate truffle from Blissful Wunders Confectionery Chocolates is your solution. Customers are treated to a delectable assortment of organic handmade chocolate truffles, with vegan varieties and diabetic friendly selections for the dietary restricted customer. For a fun night out with friends, check out Steamboat’s Board and Brush. Specializing in DIY wood signs, Board and Brush offers workshops that combine your creativity and willingness to learn new skills.

Stocking up on produce? Steamboat offers a selection of Community Supported Agriculture farms, such as Building Earth Farm. Thurston County residents can subscribe for Summer Fruit and Vegetable boxes, as well as a Wintertime Box—full of produce from the farm that you know was grown right on Steamboat. For a quick grocery run, locals love the Island Market, which has served the community since 1977. Locally owned, the market offers everything from organic food, private mailboxes, DVDs, and fuel, with items purchased from local co-ops.

Locals who seek an active lifestyle will enjoy the indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities that Steamboat offers. Steamboat Tennis & Athletic Club offers four US Open Blue tennis courts. Head next door to Tin Cup Golf for a backyard style driving range. For an outdoor getaway, Frye Cove County Park lies right off Steamboat’s Gravelly Beach. Offering trails and beaches, it’s the perfect spot for a picnic and a brief walk.

Steamboat Island has something for everyone, with its offerings of local goods and rural delights.

Steamboat Attractions

Island Market


Island Market is a locally owned and family operated business serving the community and beyond. They are firm believers in supporting other local businesses and do this by carrying their products.

Steamboat Grill and Greens


A local, family owned and operated drive-thru restaurant offering burgers, fries, homemade soups and daily specials.

Tipsy Whale Mercantile conveniently located in Steamboat Island


A place where friends and neighbors could congregate over a pint or a glass of wine, make friends, and share in the experience of living in the Steamboat Island Community.

Frye Cove Park near Steamboat Island


A 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Hope Island Marine State Park


Hope Island Marine State Park is a special place to those who live in the greater Olympia-Shelton-Hoodsport area. Hope Island Marine State Park is a 132-acre, marine camping park in Mason County on Puget Sound. This island is only accessible by boat and is blanketed by forest and saltwater marshes.

Griffin School District


Griffin School District 324 is a public school district headquartered in Olympia, Washington, US. It serves portions of Thurston County to the northwest of Olympia.