Welcome to Camas, WA. A growing city in Southwest Washington surrounded by nature and steeped in history just 25 minutes north of Downtown Portland, Oregon. Nestled between beautiful mountain peaks, and 45 min away from iconic Mount Hood, you’ll enjoy the outdoors, arts, entertainment, fine wine, upscale dining, and all Southwest, Wa offers.
Affinity Homes is a builder of unique luxury homes. We hope you’re considering relocating here to build your new luxury home. With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide to help you get around and explore this beautiful Pacific Northwest destination.
Officer’s Row & Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Take a walk through one of the first permanent settlements west of the Rockies on Officer’s Row and Fort Vancouver, a 191-acre area located on the north bank of the Columbia River.
The birthplace of West Coast Aviation, Pearson’s Field, will take you back in history with engaging activities and memorabilia for airplane enthusiasts to enjoy.
Clark County Historical Museum
Located in the 1909 Carnegie Library building just off Main Street between Downtown and Uptown Village, this building listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the perfect place to explore exhibits and learn the history of the Northwest.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located on downtown Vancouver’s Main Street since 1936, this single screen theatre in Vancouver is the only historic theatre still in operation. Just upstairs, you’ll find an old smoking lounge where you can purchase your choice of wine or beer paired with popcorn while watching your favorite classic or latest indie film.
1920’s charm permeates Downtown Camas, WA. This historic shopping and dining district has shops, art galleries, and restaurants on tree-lined streets. Take in a movie at historic Liberty theatre showing Hollywood hits and independent movies. Each First Friday, you’ll find local art, entertainment, themed events, and activities for the whole family from 5-8 PM.
Experience upscale dining at Roots Restaurant & Bar in Camas, WA offering a welcoming modern vibe with high-quality menu items and a welcoming and friendly staff that defines Northwest hospitality.
If you’re looking for flavorful Pacific Rim cuisine, you’ll satisfy your cravings at Tommy O’s. Inspired by the Pacific Ring of Fire, Tommy infuses the distinct flavors of the Pacific Rim in his menu offerings.
Twilight Pizza Bistro is the place for the perfect pie. Or, if you’re looking for casual Italian and American dining, you’ll enjoy their menu choices. With ten beers on tap, a large selection of craft beer, and an extensive wine menu, Twilight is the perfect place for gathering with friends and family.
Brewpubs are a staple of the Northwest, and Grains of Wrath Brewing is the place to visit in Camas, WA. Set to the scene of a 1930s auto shop, you’ll find award-winning beers and diet-sensitive options on their menu. You’ll enjoy the large outside dining area in this bustling urban-centric restaurant when the weather’s nice.
Uptown Village in Vancouver offers excellent choices for everyone. But if you love your own cooking, bring your food to the Thirsty Sasquatch and wash it down with a Kombucha, craft beer, wine, or your favorite spirited drink.
La Bottega offers authentic Italian and American Northwest Cuisine on their fresh daily menu with a wide variety of artisan bread, cheese, meats, and top-rated wines.
Duck into the Brickhouse, in downtown Vancouver, WA, serves up an American fare in their family eatery. You’ll love the full bar, happy hour, and weekend brunch menu. This iconic location has been an integral part of Downtown Vancouver and is known for its original live music scene.
The Vancouver Waterfront will entice you with savory aromas from WildFin restaurant as they prepare their Daily Catch of locally sourced seafood. Sit on the patio at Twigs Bistro and enjoy a classic martini and artisan flatbread just outside the Grant Street Pier, It’s the perfect gathering place to watch the sailboats and capture special moments on camera. Enjoy a southern-style meal at Barlow’s Brewery or go for a wine tasting at Mayhill’s Tasting Room while you enjoy gastropub fare and live music.
Bring the whole family and the dog to the Historic Vancouver Farmer’s Market. This nationally acclaimed market, known for its beautiful bouquets, offers the perfect balance of fresh, locally sourced food and unique artisan crafts. Round your day off with a walk to the expansive Waterfront Park, for a picnic, and stroll down the Columbia Renaissance trail.
Step back into the prohibition era at the Birch Street Uptown Lounge in Downtown Camas, WA offering classic cocktails in this 1928 setting. And if you love live music, look no further. You can drink your absinthe while listening to Jazz, R&B, and Motown classics every weekend.
Are you looking for comfortable and casual wine drinking? You’ll find it at Salud! Wine & Event Center is located in Downtown Camas, WA. It’s a fun wine cellar and bar offering hard cheeses, fondue, charcuterie, and live music every weekend.
Feel like dancing? Check out Six West Lounge and dance the night away to top 40 hits. Or, if you prefer a more intimate dance experience, make your way around the corner to the Top Shelf Martini Bar, where you’ll enjoy creative martinis while dancing to DJ or live music.
Coffee, tea, or wine is perfect at Say Ciao!, where you can listen to original music in an intimate setting. It fills up fast, so be sure to make a reservation.
Make an evening of it all in one location at the Ilani Resort. Be sure to arrive early to play your favorite games in this beautiful Casino Resort just 15 north of Vancouver.
While you’re there, visit Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse for upscale dining. Or sip on your favorite cocktail while listening to sultry music at Line & Lure before your free concert at the Muze Lounge. You can see all that’s happening at the Ilani Resort here.
The Pacific Northwest is brimming with elegant wine districts, and Washington offers some of the finest wines in the area.
Visit Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery to sip on chilled wine while you take in their summer concert series. Maryhill Winery has a beautiful Tasting Room on the Vancouver Waterfront with a gastropub-style food menu and live music.
Closer to home is English Estate Winery, located in Camas, WA settled in 1903 and is the oldest vineyard, winery, and gathering place in Vancouver. Downtown Vancouver is where you’ll find Niche Wine Bar. It’s a cozy venue where you can choose from an extensive wine selection of 160 bottles from around the world.
Take the scenic route to Moulton Falls Winery in Yacolt. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy wine or ciders from locally sourced grapes and apples paired with wood-fired pizza.
Visit Galleotti’s Wine Cellar, a hidden treasure on Main Street in Battleground, serves authentic Italian dishes paired hand-selected wines. You’re sure to feel right at home in this family-style setting that brings in local musical talent.
Coffee is one of the most prominent trademarks of the Northwest, and Vancouver has a variety of favorites to check out.
Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar is the quintessential Northwest gathering place just outside Downtown Vancouver in a turn of the century craftsman house — featuring upscale coffee, sweet treats, and mouthwatering food plates.
At Treat, you’ll find everything from fresh-baked pies to delicious homemade ice cream and Cereal Killer Cookie.
Sugar and Salt and Bleu Door are more than bakeries, offering fresh-baked bread and pastries plus brunch and breakfast menus that include vegan and vegetarian options.
Don’t forget to embrace the Northwest vibe with a trip to Twin Cylinder or Coffee Villa for a cup of your favorite coffee to go in Hazel Dell and Turtle Place.
Hiking, fishing, and recreation await at this 312-acre park wrapped around Round Lake.
Enjoy birds and wildlife as you explore scenic hiking trails and upland forests of the lake. During the spring, you can catch the blooming Camas Lilies.
This historic beach was found over 200 years ago and is a popular beach during the summer months offering sandy beach access to the Columbia River. Cottonwood Beach is a 93-acre park where you can explore multiuse trails historic interpretive elements, and use its picnic shelters for special events or just beach days with family or friends.
Esther Short Park
The historic five-acre square Esther Short Park dates back to 1953 and is the oldest public park in the Northwest. It’s the epicenter of downtown Vancouver USA where you’ll find year-round events and summer concert series.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1965 and preserved to provide wintering habitat for the subspecies of the Canada goose. You can spend the day exploring the natural wildlife habitat and learn the history of the people who lived there.
Whipple Creek is perfect for hikers of all skill levels. This mossy green park has over four miles of paved trail cut through over 300 acres of towering Douglas fir trees. Its tranquil forest setting is home to woodpeckers, hawks, deer, flying squirrels, herons, and beavers
The nationally-recognized Vancouver Farmers Market is Southwest Washington’s #1 visitor attraction, with over 100 vendors known for its beautiful flowers, fresh produce, and artisan wares. The market runs every weekend from mid-March through October. It’s a great place to meet people, enjoy live music, walk through the park, and have a perfect day in the heart of Vancouver.
Mid-March – End of October.
This monthly night market fuses artful expression with food at Terminal 1 on the Waterfront. Shop over 80 local vendors, listen to live music, and get to know local businesses. It’s the perfect place to go for a unique, handmade gift.
5-10 pm monthly. (website)
Every Wednesday from 3-7 pm, Camas Farmer’s Market brings a celebration of our region’s agricultural bounty to Downtown Camas, WA and the community joins right in. Freshly harvested seasonal produce, flowers, natural products, and a hearty variety of prepared and hot foods fill the market.
Spend the entire day enjoying chef demos, healthy living and gardening information, kids’ activities, and live local music.
Chat with a farmer, fill your basket, grab dinner, and relax on the library lawn. Your weekly invitation to fresh! Between the library and City Hall in historic Downtown Camas.
Ridgefield’s Farmers Market offers the freshest produce, homemade products, and artisan wares operating in Downtown Ridgefield’s Overlook Park.
The market opens the first Saturday in May and runs every Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm, through the first weekend of October.
Lacamas Athletic Club is a premier club in Camas offering everything you’d hope for, including group classes, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and even badminton.
Need more personal or specialized sports training? Body Design Fitness offers cutting-edge personal training and group classes.
Barre3 Vancouver – Camas is a beautifully appointed space with luxury amenities offering towel service and purified water. Barre3 integrates the mind, body, soul in a workout designed to challenge your physical strength.
Compete with yourself at Orange Theory Fitness. This science-backed, coach-inspired group workout is designed to help you get results with tracked workouts to encourage growth from one fitness level to the next.
Step into an authentic yoga practice at the Breathing Room. Formal yoga practices are integrated with modern life teachings to reduce reactivity and soften the mind, supporting a way of being in a more compassionate, patient, creative, and joyful world.
Visit historic Downtown Camas to enjoy a variety of local shops and boutiques with unique offerings. Explore antiques, clothing, northwest fine art, gifts, home decor in our historic district.
The Vancouver Mall has more than 75 stores with restaurants, a food court, and a luxury theatre for you to enjoy. You’ll find all the stores you love and others specific to the northwest culture.
Downtown Vancouver is bustling with activity in vintage shops, eateries, and historic theaters. You’ll enjoy exploring antique stores and unique art while strolling down Main Street Vancouver, USA.
A quick trip south on the I-205 will get you to Cascade Station. It has all your premium shops, IKEA, Marshalls, DSW, Bath & Body Works, and Best Buy. You’ll also enjoy some of your favorite food options like Famous Daves and Red Robin.