The Camas Hotel
Posted on February 2nd, 2012

Valentine's Day is normally associated with hearts aand flowers and romantic love. However, love manifests in many different ways. Plato describes 4 types of love: Eros, Agape, Platonic & Philia in his writings.

Eros, the son of Aphrodite, whose alter ego is Cupid, is the god of passionate love. You may have read of the difficulties his wife, Psyche, encountered when she doubted him. If not, it's a myth worth reading and helps explain why we all have so much trouble with Eros!

Agape is described at selfless, brotherly or charitable love, which is something we all forget sometimes in our efforts to achieve our goals. Philia is about familial love, or the affinity we feel with like minded people. Platonic love shared between friends. At the Camas Hotel, we try to express all forms of love in our work. Hospitality, after all, is what we are all about.

Of course, we don't always achieve the perfection that we aspire to, But all of our staff agrees that the main reason we're here is to give you, our guests some respite, a chance to escape the demands placed on you every day, so you can relax and refresh your spirits. We believe if our guests leave with a smile on their faces, they'll have the energy to express their affection and support to others throughout their day. So, in our small way, we have made the world a better place. With that in mind, we wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Karen & Tom

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” ~Samuel Johnson

Posted on November 19th, 2011

The Downtown Camas Association held an awards celebration on Nov 16, 2011 which typifies what makes Camas so special. The lively evening with wine & dinner for only $10 was organized by Dawn White of the local IQ Credit Union. Local businesses and merchants arrived in force to support each other. The real fun began with the somewhat unusual awards!

You can see from the photo that the award winners won all kinds of things, from large stars, to jars of change (change is good!). Tom & I were given a safari hat and map for "Putting Camas on the Map" with the Camas Hotel. Naturally we were delighted, and this followed being bestowed the Vancouver USA "Tourism Ambassedor" award for Clark Count, which was a great honor.

It is a pleasure to be honored for doing something that we love to do, i.e. sharing this special place with friends and visitors. We are thankful for guests of the Camas Hotel and Olivers Restaurant, those intrepid souls who are willing to get off the beaten track and discover quirky little corners of the world where there is real treasure to be found.

We are also grateful for all the people we work with, especially Chefs Morris Fenton & Gwyn Manney, and our hotel managers Amanda & Diego Obando, who bring their warmth and impressive talents to our hotel and restaurant.

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you'll join us sometime soon.

Karen Hall
Camas Hotel

Posted on June 4th, 2011

Heriitage Trail Park, nearly 800 acres of wilderness & trails, can be accessed from downtown, just a few blocks from the Camas Hotel. Several Camas Hotel guests have taken to having a morning jog before they tackle their business for the day.

The trail from downtown Camas runs north along Lacamas Creek and connects to the Round Lake and Lacamas Lake Trails. Mountain bikers also this lovely area.
Many people have already discovered Lacamas Lake, but fewer people know about this little spot. On weekends guests may enjoy visiting the Camas Postholes in Summer. They are a popular spot to cool off at the top end of Heritage Trail Park, just below Round Lake.

Posted on May 23rd, 2011

Watch out for flying Pink Feathers! Last year 400 women descended on Camas to kick up their heels while raising money for local breast and ovarian cancer charities. On Thursday, May 26 from 5-9 pm we are repeating this popular event, complete with free goodies all over town, hoops for pink, Oliver's special drink, named by Jennier Ryan, the facebook contest winner as "Tickled Pink." Elida's art studio will be open for visitors to make a work of art, and free massages, hand treatments and goodies, raffles, and more are availalble throughout town. The Camas Hotel is offering a raffle for an overnight stay at the hotel. Oliver's is raffling off drinking lessons for 8. For more information visit where you can also register for this very special event.

Posted on April 5th, 2011

Richard Eackert & Jody Aubrey, whose courtship unfolded during Richard's many visits to Camas, tied the knot over Valentine's weekend in February, 2011.

We caught this photo as the happy (but tired) couple headed out for their honeymoon. We see a lot of lovers here at the hotel and they are each delightful in their way. However, during the long, wet, rainy season, we were especially happy to see these two sweet people shine!