The Camas Hotel
by The Camas Hotel Staff on February 28th, 2018

​See you on March 3 & 4, 2018 for the opening of their 45th season.

​Open Every Weekend
March - Christmas Eve
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sundays 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

2 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204

Portland Saturday Market History 

​Every Saturday and Sunday from March through Christmas Eve the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood transforms into a thriving arts and crafts open-air marketplace. Seeing the Market’s staff delegate booth spaces with precision each weekend for so many years, most of the neighborhood has come to think of Portland Saturday Market (PSM) as a business like any other. But it certainly was not always that way, and some surprising elements still lie at the core of this unusual non-profit operation.
Portland Saturday Market was the brainchild of two women, Sheri Teasdale and Andrea Scharf. Both were artists living in the area who had sold at the Saturday Market in Eugene; their idea was to create a similar style of market in downtown Portland. Beginning in December 1973, the two visited everyone they could think of in the city to sell their idea: an open-air market of all handmade food and craft items. It would be a win-win situation they insisted. Artists would have an economic outlet for their work, customers would gain better access to locally produced items, and the city would have a new attraction to draw customers into the downtown area.
The new organization was incorporated under Oregon law as a mutual benefit corporation, a special class of institutions that do not make a profit, but exist for the economic benefit of their members, making PSM a non-profit organization that is not tax-exempt. The founders could have set up the market as a for-profit venture, but they envisioned a market where craftspeople would collectively share the responsibility for running the market while keeping whatever profit they personally made. It was to be a market for the members, governed by the members. With legal standing firmly established, Scharf and Teasdale were able to apply for a startup grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council, which awarded PSM $1,000. Seeking a location for the market, Bill Naito offered them a location next to his family business in the “Butterfly” parking lot. The large blue butterfly mural fluttered over Portland Saturday Market for many years to come.
For the first year that the market operated, there was no site plan. Members set up booths wherever and they chose, working it out with their neighbors to make sure nobody’s booth blocked anyone else’s. As the market grew, vendors began arriving earlier and earlier to claim their favorite spots, leading to the establishment of the ‘seven o’clock rule’ at the start of the 1975 season, which stated that no one could start putting up a booth or claim a spot before 7:00 am. A few weeks later, a clear site plan was created for the first time, marking out 8’ x 8’ booth spaces, defining aisles and a pattern for customer traffic.
The market then moved to the site under the Burnside Bridge in 1976, and started staying open on Sundays the following year. The Market was there for 34 years before the redevelopment of Old Town starting up again in 2006 and a permanent home for PSM was constructed in Waterfront Park. The Market officially moved into its new site in May 2009. Things have changed a lot from the early days. PSM has over 350 members and generates an estimated $8 million in gross sales annually. It has become a central economic engine for the historic Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, and attracts an estimated one million visitors to this area each year.
But some important things have stayed the same. PSM could never have gotten started without the cooperation and aid of the city and of the Naito family, and still relies on those long-term partnerships. The PSM board of directors continues to be made up of a majority of market members, putting market governance in the hands of its members.
Seven full-time and ten part-time staff members administer the operations and various programs of the Market. And items are still sold by the people who make them, giving the customers the chance to talk directly with the artisan about their craft and why artists choose to make their living at the Market. In spite of how much the Market has grown, it is still, at heart, an artists’ community.

by The Camas Hotel Staff on February 24th, 2018

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​​In the heart of nowhere, I took the plunge to stay in this place. It was kind of late and I still did not decide where to book a hotel for the night. I was almost in Washington state but I was driving. My GPS kept telling me via my screen to pay attention of my driving. I finally decided to just stop and google search for a hotel. I had an idea of a hotel but was not sure if its far from Columbia River Gorge. I planned to hunt for waterfalls the following day. I was unlucky for my first stop for waterfalls. Klamath Falls is a city and not a waterfalls (lol!). It was raining and I thought I was still in Oregon. I should have known that I was near Seattle because of the rain. So, I  decided to book for one night at Camas Hotel. I said to myself, this better be a good choice. I never heard of this hotel. With my fluency of the Spanish language, I said how could I be wrong,” Camas” in English means “beds”. I hid a chuckle and continued on my journey. It was dark when I took my exit towards the address. I saw this quaint little town with nice-looking buildings and plenty of cute restaurants. I was kind of happy and excited. I did not know where to park though. It was a small place but it seemed like a lot of people decided to stay here for the night. Finally a parking spot near the hotel. I liked what I saw when I entered the check-in area. The hotel was like a bed and breakfast than a hotel and I like it better. The manager was polite and friendly. She was giving me direction to the parking lot and I was like where? Took my room keys and prayed that I will find it right away. I was tired and hungry too. I am so bad with direction. Thank God, for the GPS! It was a farther up but it was not bad. It was drizzling a bit. Walked back to the hotel. Took a flight of stairs and voilà!  I was delighted to see this cozy room which by the way is also breakfast nook. It was just in front of my room. I really like the ambiance. Simple but inviting. It has character. Oh, before I forget, breakfast is also included with my booking. It was really affordable. I entered my room and it was beyond my expectation. I thought I was in a 5-star hotel. It was in a small space but the arrangement was  meticulously detailed as comfortable and enjoyable. I just loved it. I forgot about my tiredness and just clicking my camera. You can see for yourself with the attached photos. But, I was hungry. Went downstairs and asked for recommendations for a take out. I walked around looking for the  restaurant and I realized I really don’t know anything about Camas Washington. So, i went back to my hotel room with my food of course and saw the book about the history of the city. Camas in short was a paper mill factory town founded in 1883. The name was derived from camas lily, a plant  which is most prized by the Native Americans. Camas Hotel was named after the city, I presumed. I have to borrow the description from their website because I could not say it any better. ” CAMAS HOTEL – “The Camas Hotel is a small historic hotel located in the heart of downtown Camas. Camas is a delightful town with interesting  shops, restaurants, spas & salons and is home to Lacamas Lake. Downtown Portland and historic Ft. Vancouver are minutes away, as well as the majestic Columbia River Gorge. We think the Camas Hotel is the perfect spot to unwind and relax, and  an excellent base to explore the region”. It is a historical boutique hotel and has a European-styled rooms. The Camas Hotel is the oldest (100+ years old) commercial building in Camas, Washington. To know more about the hotel and things to do in the city of Camas, please click the link,
Come and experience the hospitality of Camas Hotel in the heart of Camas City Washington. Needless to say, I really enjoyed my stay here. I highly recommend this place.  Safe travels everyone. #travelon #lifeisanadventure #mygypsylife #beautifuldestination

by The Camas Hotel Staff on February 22nd, 2018

​Bistro Agnes opens this week
Ox chefs Greg and Gabi Denton have an opening date for one of Portland's most anticipated new restaurants of 2018. After a handful of soft-opening dinners, Bistro Agnes will replace the Dentons' recently shuttered West End small plates spot SuperBite on Jan. 18. A first look at the menu, online now, reveals an onion soup gratinee, black pepper gougeres, a duck confit cassoulet and seven daily specials, each given a twist by the James Beard Award winners. Count me in for coq au vin Wednesdays...

527 S.W. 12th Ave.
​Dub's St. Johns finds new homeDub's, the fried chicken and waffle spot formerly found inside Ranger Tavern in St. Johns, kicked off its new standalone location with a party on New Year's Eve. The restaurant, from owner William "Dub" Travis III, now serves its fried birds, catfish, ribs and classic soul sides inside the remodeled former Kokiyo Teriyaki space next to the North Lombard Avenue Starbucks.

8537 N. Lombard Ave.
​Hem 23 brings cocktails, frog legs to NorthwestA sleek new Vietnamese restaurant from La Sen owner Tuan Lam will open next week on Northwest 23rd Avenue, Willamette Week reports. Hem 23 will feature noodle soups, beef skewers and chili-lemongrass frog legs, all served with cocktails from bar manager Jeanette Connor and Aquavit Week founder Jacob Grier.

1514 NW 23rd Ave.
​Celebrity-adored Trap Kitchen expands to Portland
Trap Kitchen, a popular catering service started by two one-time rival gang members in a Compton apartment, has expanded with a food cart in the Montavilla neighborhood. Portland rapper Cool Nutz, who helped owners Spank (Malachi Jenkins) and News (Roberto Smith) with the local opening, sent along a few L.A.-area press clippings, noting that Trap Kitchen has a cadre of celebrity fans including Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, Kobe Bryant, Kendrick Lamar and Justin Bieber.

8523 S.E. Stark St.
​Life of Pie, Pine State Biscuits expand to Northwest
Life of Pie, the impressively inexpensive wood-fired pizza spot, will join biscuit sandwich shop Pine State Biscuits and smoothie bar Moberi in the George Besaw building on Northwest 23rd Avenue. As you might recall, the new building from Vancouver-based developer C.E. John caused a stir in 2015 after a dispute led one of Portland's oldest restaurants, Besaw's, to move to a new location two blocks away on Northwest 21st Avenue.

Opening this summer at Northwest 23rd Avenue and Savier Street
​Mae spin-off has a name, locationSet to open this spring on Northeast 42nd Avenue, chef Maya Lovelace's new Yonder will specialize in fried chicken, with three different takes all served by the bucket: Mae's signature triple-fat-fried version; a "straight up, true" Nashville hot; and a western North Carolina style basted in tomato-vinegar that "clings to the outside with sour, spicy, sweet flavor." (Yes, there will be a fried-chicken sandwich.)

​4636 N.E. 42nd Ave.
​Le Pigeon team expanding with Canard
Le Pigeon co-owners Gabriel Rucker and Andrew Fortgang will open a new restaurant next door to their flagship restaurant, Willamette Week is first to report. Details remain hazy about the new project, dubbed Canard, but expect a stronger focus on wine, brunch service and ducketta, a duck-and-foie-based take on porchetta.

​734 E. Burnside St.
​Han Oak named Restaurant of the Year
In case you missed it, Han Oak took home a major award last month, earning The Oregonian/OregonLive's 2017 Restaurant of the Year award. The restaurant, built inside chef Peter Cho and partner Sun Young Park's Northwest Portland home, serves modern takes on Korean drinking snacks and street food dishes such as dumplings, noodles and ssam plates. Meanwhile, the brick-and-mortar sandwich shop of former food cart Güero was named the year's Rising Star restaurant.

by The Camas Hotel Staff on February 19th, 2018

​Super excited for our interview with Just a Girl in Camas to go live, stay tuned for March 1st to hear more about the Camas Hotel and our history!  😊
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by The Camas Hotel Staff on February 15th, 2018

​Is brunch your favorite meal? We'll it's ours!! Check out the Portland Brunch Festival on February 25th!

​​Sunday February 25th, 2018
Join us in celebrating Portland's favorite meal! Sample some of the best brunch food and drinks from local restaurants and food trucks. 

Live music will be provided by Hit Machine Unplugged.  
Time: 10am to 3pm

This years festival will be held at Leftbank Annex across the street from the Rose Quarter. 
101 N. Weidler St. Portland OR

Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Tomato

General Admission  $30 

Includes three drink tokens.

VIP  $75  Includes admission and seating in VIP lounge, hosted bar and catered brunch.

*General Admission tickets do not include food. Vendors will be selling brunch samples up to $5. Tokens may be used at the bar.

For more information including vendors check out their website at ​