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Camas & Vancouver Washington Entertainment, Dining, & Lifestyle Guide

Entertainment, Dining, & Lifestyle Guide

Welcome to Camas/Vancouver, Washington. A growing city in Southwest Washington surrounded by nature and steeped in history. Just 15 minutes north of Portland, Oregon nestled between beautiful mountain peaks. You’ll enjoy the outdoors, arts, entertainment, fine wine, upscale dining, and all that Southwest Washington offers.

We’ve put together this guide to help you get around and explore this beautiful Pacific Northwest location.

Dining

Experience upscale dining at Roots Restaurant & Bar in Camas, 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 casual Italian and American dining experience. 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. Set to the scene of a 1930’s auto shop, you’ll find award-winning beers and diet-sensitive options on their menu. When the weather’s nice, have a seat in the large outside dining area of this bustling urban-centric restaurant.

Uptown Village in Vancouver offers excellent choices for everyone. Bring in 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 to complement your meal. For a healthier option, try Ingrid’s Paleo Grill. With hand-selected produce and innovative made to order menu items, you’ll find something for every diet or restriction that’s sure to satisfy your discriminating palate.

Duck into the Brickhouse, an American fare family eatery with a 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.

Entertainment

Step back into the prohibition era at the Birch Street Uptown Lounge in Downtown Camas, offering classic cocktails, draft beer, and perfect noshes 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 located in Downtown Camas. 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 the Top Shelf Martini Bar, where you’ll enjoy creative martini’s and  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. 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 an upscale dining experience. 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.

Vancouver Waterfront

Take a stroll down the Vancouver Waterfront, where you’ll be enticed 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, the perfect gathering place to watch the sailboats and capture special moments on camera. Enjoy a southern-style meal at Barlow’s Brewery or wine tasting at Mayhill’s Tasting Room with 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 where you can have a picnic and continue strolling down the Columbia Renaissance trail for waterfront dining and an umbrella drink at Beaches Restaurant & Bar.

The Waterfront wouldn’t be complete without a locally sourced seafood brunch at Warehouse’ 23, where your taste buds are sure to be satisfied by savory menu options paired with your favorite libation.

Coffee Houses & Bakeries

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 located just outside of 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 their famous 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. 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.

Wineries

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 take in their summer concert series on the lawn. Maryhill Winery in Goldendale Washington has a beautiful Tasting Room on the Vancouver Waterfront with a gastroopub style food menu and live music throughout the week. English Estate Winery, located in Camas, settled in 1903 and is the oldest vineyard, winery, and gathering place in Vancouver. For the wine connoisseur, visit Niche Wine Bar located in the heart of downtown Vancouver offering a wine selection from around the world. Choose from 160 bottle selections and 30 glass selections beautifully paired with small plates in an intimate setting. Take the scenic route to Moulton Falls Winery in Yacolt. This rustic location provides the perfect setting to enjoy wine or ciders from locally sourced grapes and apples with your wood-fired pizza, salad, hummus, and olive or hard meat and cheese plate. Galleotti’s Wine Cellar  is a hidden treasure on Main Street in Battleground, serving up authentic Italian foods paired with elegant hand-selected wines. You’re sure to feel right at home in this family-style setting that brings in local monthly talent for you to enjoy.

Historic Locations

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.

Pearson’s Field

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.

Kiggins Theatre

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.

Downtown Camas

1920’s charm permeates Downtown Camas. This historic shopping and dining district has shops, galleries, and restaurants on tree-lined streets. Take in a movie at historic Liberty Theatre, showing Hollywood hits and independent films. Each First Friday, you’ll find local art, entertainment, themed events, and activities for the whole family from 5-8 pm.

Outdoor Activities

Washougal Waterfront Park

This 12-foot wide cement trail takes you around this beautiful Waterfront Park where you can launch your motorless kayak, canoe, or watch your kids play in a natural play area. Along the mile-long trail, you’ll discover viewpoints, interpretive signage, and water access to the Columbia River.

Lacamas Regional Park

Hiking, fishing, and recreation await at this 312-acre park encircling Round Lake.

Keep your eyes open for birds and wildlife as you explore the upland forests of the lake. And when the Camas Lillies are in bloom in mid-April, you’ll want to make sure you’re ready to capture the perfect shot. Explore the network of scenic hiking trails that connect you to the Lacamas Heritage Trail along the south shore of the lake.

Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge

Just 20 to 30 minutes outside of the Portland/Vancouver Metro area and east of Washougal, WA, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge sits along the Columbia River is over 1000 acres of breathtaking views and year-round wildlife sightings on its wetlands, pastures, and woodlands.

Cottonwood Beach

This historic beach was founded 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.

Renaissance Trail

The Waterfront Renaissance Trail provides a scenic escape for outdoor fans of all levels. This five-mile paved walkway connects you to downtown Vancouver shops, restaurants, and Waterfront.

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

Established in 1965, The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was 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.

Moulton Falls

This beautiful waterfall on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge is just northeast of Vancouver and is the perfect place to go for a hike in your own backyard.

Whipple Creek Regional Park

Whipple Creek is perfect for hikers of all skill levels. This mossy green park has over 4 miles of paved trail cut through over 300 acres of towering Douglas fir trees for a magical wooded experience. Its tranquil forest setting makes the perfect home for various types of wildlife, including woodpeckers, hawks, deer, flying squirrels, herons, and beavers.

Farmers Markets

Vancouver Farmers Market

The nationally-recognized Vancouver Farmers Market is Southwest Washington’s #1 visitor attraction with over 100 vendors and is 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

Salmon Creek Farmers Market

The Salmon Creek market is famous for its bounty of greens and colorful raw produce for fresh home-cooked meals. You’ll feel like you’re at the farm with this small-town gathering of vendors.

Night Market Vancouver

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

Camas Farmers Market

Every Wednesday from 3-7 pm, Camas Farmer’s Market brings a celebration of our region’s agricultural bounty to Downtown Camas, 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. Enjoy chef demos, healthy living, gardening information, kids’ activities, and live local music. Chat with a farmer, fill your basket, grab dinner, and relax on the library lawn. This is your weekly invitation to fresh! Between the library and City Hall in historic Downtown Camas.

Ridgefield Farmers Market

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.

Health, Fitness, and Wellness

Lacamas Athletic Club is a premier club in Camas offering everything you’d hope or for including group classes, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and 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 Orangetheory Fitness. This science-backed, coach-inspired group workout designed to help you get results with tracked workouts intended to encourage growth from one fitness level to the next.

Step into an authentic yoga practice at the Breathing Room. Traditional yoga practice is integrated with modern life teachings to reduce reactivity and soften the mind. To support a way of being in this world that is more compassionate, patient, creative, and joyful.

Shopping

Downtown Camas

Visit historic Downtown Camas to enjoy a variety of local shops and boutiques with unique offerings. Explore antiques, clothing, northwest fine art, gifts, and home decor in our historic district.

Vancouver Mall

The Vancouver Mall has more than 75 stores with restaurants, 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

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.

Cascade Station

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.

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