Activities Abound at Harbor Heights 55+ Community That Make Retirement Living Fun and Fulfilling in Beautiful Olympia


Things are always changing in a new phase of life, and approaching retirement comes with its own set of adjustments. For many, it is a time to start focusing on the things that matter most in life and letting go of things that are causing stress. Harbor Heights 55+ Community provides a community that not only eases all of the challenges of home maintenance but fosters a space for hobbies and connection to flourish. From community events to resident-led activities, there is so much to experience and enjoy at Harbor Heights.

Alicia Easley (pictured) has been working with Harbor Heights and as the concierge and loves connecting with residents through event planning and daily support. Photo credit: Jessica Kupcake

Harbor Heights Promotes Community with Special Monthly and Seasonal Events

Harbor Heights embodies luxury living with a spectacular view, inspired amenities and a team that strives to further develop connection amongst the residents. Concierge Alicia Easley and Sales and Events Coordinator Sarah Prohim both serve the community by helping create fun events that keep the community warm and welcoming for everyone. They plan and support a number of ongoing activities, including a monthly Wine Wednesday with a fun new theme, bunko nights, field trips to local businesses in Downtown Olympia, and workshops, such as Paint-and-Sips, with experienced instructors. Their calendar is full of fun and engaging ways to meet neighbors and learn something new.

“How we try to go about planning things for residents involves coming together as a team to make it fun throughout the year and different months,” explains Sarah. “Seeing the smile on their face and them laughing together is the best part about hosting these events. I have never been in a space like this where everyone is basically one big family.”

The holidays are a great example of this sentiment, especially considering not every resident may live close to or have family members of their own. Even in those circumstances, each person can count on an array of seasonal events to celebrate those special times of year with each other. Harbor Heights goes all out for Thanksgiving and Christmas with festive decorations and catered meals around the holidays, and plans great parties with themes like ugly sweater or gift of giving. “We start to put up decorations, and people get so excited about the time of year,” Alicia says. “We get to take part in their holiday joy as well and bring cheer to others who we wouldn’t normally be with during the season.”

Even other holidays come with fun ways to celebrate. For Halloween, Harbor Heights hosts an owner and pet costume contest, which is a big hit for the pet-friendly and dog-loving residents. In the summer, the community puts on a community block party to celebrate Fourth of July and enjoy the Lakefair fireworks in the evening, which can be seen perfectly from the terrace. No matter the season, residents can look forward to some exceptional ways to connect and celebrate. 

Sarah Prohim (pictured) serves as the Sales and Events Coordinator and takes great joy in seeing residents come together like one big family. Photo credit: Jessica Kupcake

Residents Expand Interests with Resident-Led Activities

The community is extremely close-knit and the staff invite residents to be active participant in brainstorming or planning the goings-on, which helps foster the warm and homey environment found at Harbor Heights. “If there is something that we are not doing or that isn’t already being done, we are more than happy to kickstart it to get it off the ground, whether they need game pieces or flyers,” shares Alicia. “There is always the opportunity to start something new, and we love to help facilitate it and then see them run with it.” With such a neighborly community, it is easy to explore new hobbies or find others who share the same interests as you.

Currently, the residents lead a number of fun activities on a regular basis. Every Tuesday and Sunday a resident organizes a movie in the Harbor Heights theatre, and many game clubs have formed for favorites like bridge, mahjong, and poker. The residents have also put together a monthly potluck on the second Thursday of the month where everyone brings a dish and socializes. Even on a daily basis, residents gather for morning coffee to chat and head to the spectacular deck at 5 p.m. for social hour with drinks of their choice.

“The events, the location, the building, the staff, and the residents all make this wonderful community what it is,” Alicia says. “I love the familial bonds formed here, and really feel like this place take you back in time a little bit to your ideal community.”

The terrace at Harbor Heights boasts breathtaking views and the perfect space for residents to relax and unwind together. Photo credit: Jessica Kupcake

Embark on the Exciting Next Chapter of Your Life at Harbor Heights

With such a warm, fun, and connected community, Harbor Heights really boasts an exceptional space for people to come together. Whether you like to stay active outdoors or enjoy the arts inside, there truly is a little something for everyone and someone to share it with. Discover all Harbor Heights has to offer with a tour and see what life is like in this amazing 55+ community.

Harbor Heights
500 Columbia St NW, Olympia


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