The Camas Hotel
Posted on August 11th, 2012

It Wouldn't be Summer Without the...
Clark County Fair - August 3-12  

"Summer's Best Party" is just around the corner! The 144th annual Clark County Fair promises to entertain the whole family with big-name music stars taking the stage, carnival rides for all ages, vendors selling mouth-watering food, and non-stop entertainment at the grandstand! Nothing says summer like the county fair, so be sure to get your tickets now!

More Summer Events
July 29 - Music In the Vines - Patrick Lamb at Bethany Vineyard and Winery
July 31 - August 8 - Western Junior Regional Baseball International Tournament at Propstra Stadium
August 5 - Columbia River Concours d'Elegance & Car Show at Officers Row
August 10 -11 - Vancouver Brewfest at Esther Short Park

Check out the Event Calendar on the Vancouver USA website for more information on these and other upcoming events.

Community News
Experience History First-Hand  
From the various churches and schools to the old City Hall to the modern and international buildings, the history of downtown Vancouver truly is worth exploring. In the summer, the Clark County Historical Museum leads walking tours through downtown every Friday at noon and every other Saturday at 9am, each with a different theme. Just one afternoon with a tour guide will leave you amazed at the history of our town!

Markets Galore!
On July 12, the Salmon Creek Farmers' Market opened in North Vancouver, meaning there are now six area markets open for the summer! There is no shortage of options for fresh produce, local food vendors, and home-made arts and crafts. With markets also in Downtown Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas, Ridgefield, and La Center there is always a farmers market nearby!

Tourism & Travel News 
Summer Travel Hot Tips
Portland International Airport has added several flights this summer, giving you even more options to come see us! PDX also released a guide to making your airport trip as easy and convenient as possible, including tips on how to get through security lines quicker, where to park, and how to enjoy some unusual perks such as live music.

Vancouver's Month of Music   
Is there anything better than grabbing a lawn chair at an outdoor summer concert while soaking up some rays? There is no shortage of live music options throughout Clark County this August!
From August 3-4, CouvFest NW will feature 14 bands over two days on three stages in the downtown area, with food carts and vendors on hand as well. The performances will take place at Torque Coffee Roasters, Turtle Place Park, and in front of Briz Loan & Guitar.

Just two weeks after CouvFestCouvapalooza  will take over downtown, with bands performing on the Esther Short Park stage! All proceeds from ticket sales at this inaugural event will go towards Clark County schools music programs.         

The Sleep Country Amphitheater and Clark County Fair never disappoint with their summer concert series'. And as the weather heats up in August, so do the acts taking the stage! Over the following month, Sara Evans, Creed, Chris Young, Sublime, Kiss, and Motley Crue will entertain thousands of visitors from near and far.

Well-known as one of the most popular events of the year, the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival will return to Esther Short Park from August 24-26. The performance lineup was recently released and features world-renowned jazz musicians and multiple GRAMMY winners! Where else can you taste some of the best wines around while taking in an incredible lineup of heralded jazz artists? 

The only thing better than a summer concert is a summer concert for charity! Every Tuesday until the end of August, Camas Meadows Golf Club is hosting Concerts for a Cause, with each week featuring a different local performer and supporting a different charity.

Don't forget to check the schedule and stay up to date with the weekly Six to Sunset and Noon Concert shows as well!

Posted on July 18th, 2012

The Northwest is bursting with life in the Summer. In Camas the trees are laden with green leafs, and flowers are blooming throughout the downtown. Summer is the time when everyone comes out of the woodwork to enjoy their neighbors at festivals, farmer's markets, concerts and so many other lively events. 
  Guests who visit Camas may particularly enjoy the multitude of activities that are goimg on in or near Camas this summer: the National Motocross Races in Washougal 7/21 & 22, Camas Days Festival & Parade  7/287 & 28, The Camas Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival  8/3 & 4, The Camas Vintage Street Faire   8/25, and the Camas Farmer's Market every Wednesday in downtown Camas from 4:00 - 8:00pm. The Port of Camas-Washougal, which has a marina hosts Riverside Concerts throughout the summer.

Of course nearby Portland, Vancouver, and the small towns and wildnerness areas in the scenic Columbia River Gorge are full of activities as well. Visit for more info or for Portland, Tripadvisor lists about 297 attractions. In addition to the regular attractions, Portland also has plenty of special events for foodies and music lovers.  

Posted on June 1st, 2012

 - Vancouver USA Marathon
 - Spartan Race
 - Who’s Your Daddy Beer Festival

Traveler's coming to Camas or greater Clark County will find lots to do on Father's Day Weekend.  Fitness enthusiasts and beer lovers alike will have no shortage of activities to partake this Father’s Day weekend, June 15-17. The Vancouver USA Marathon and accompanying  activities in Esther Short Park, the Spartan Race in Washougal, and the Who’s Your Daddy Beer Festival at Turtle Place in downtown Vancouver will make for one of the busiest weekends of the summer.

 Kim Bennett, President and CEO of Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office said,. “With the recent and upcoming additions of breweries in the area, we are quickly emerging as a distinct craft brew destination, and with our ideal summer climate and terrain, we are seeing more and more fitness events, races and conferences being held here.”

On Friday and Saturday, Fit Right will be hosting a fitness expo at the Hilton Vancouver, where runners can pick up their marathon race packets and view the latest in athletic goods, services and products. The Vancouver USA Marathon (, presented by Energy Events, will also be hosting live music and a beer garden in Esther Short Park throughout the weekend, with Widmer Brother’s Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing, Micholob Ultra, and Shock Top on hand. The Freedom 5K and Kids Marathon will be held on Saturday, while the Vancouver USA Marathon and Half Marathon will take place Sunday morning, beginning from Esther Short Park.

At the Washougal Motocross Park on Saturday, a Spartan Race ( will be held for the first time in the Pacific Northwest, as part of the national series of obstacle course races. The endurance race is a 5K and features more than 15 obstacles, including fire, water, and lots of mud, to challenge the competitors before they reach the finish line. More than 4,000 participants have registered at this point, with race organizers expecting up to 5,000 by race day. Spectators are invited out to the course as well and can purchase a $15 spectator ticket onsite the day of the race.

“We are thrilled to bring an event as unique, challenging and fun as the Spartan Race to our area,” said Ashley Shimer, Sports Sales Manager at the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office and Sports Commission. “With the various marathon races happening in downtown Vancouver and the Spartan Race taking place in Washougal the same weekend, there are options for everyone, no matter their fitness level.”

For those still searching for a unique Father’s Day weekend activity, By the Bottle will be hosting the third annual Who’s Your Daddy Beer Festival on Saturday ( in Turtle Place, marking the first year the festival will be outside. Entry to the event is $15, which will include a commemorative tasting glass and six sample tokens. Festivities throughout the day will include a chili cookoff, tin foil hat contest, and plenty of Washington beer sampling.

We hope you'll visit us at the Camas Hotel, or our restaurant, Oliver's, while you're in the area. 

Karen Hall
Hotelier & Restaurant Owner.

Posted on May 24th, 2012

Here are a few more reasons to come to Clark County (of course we hope you'll stay at teh Camas Hotel!)

Take Your Turn in the Driver's Seat!
Open Cockpit Day at Pearson Air Museum - May 26
Head out to Pearson Air Museum this Saturday for its second Open Cockpit Day of the year. Sit inside various rare vintage planes, take a spin in the flight simulator lab and explore the current exhibits! Weather permitting, local pilots will even give free airplane rides to children!

Big Changes at the Fort
Memorial Day at Fort Vancouver - May 28
It's going to be an exciting Memorial Day at Fort Vancouver, when the East and South Vancouver Barracks will close as a U.S. Army Reserve post and become the most recent addition to the national park during the Post to Park Celebration, followed by the annual Soldiers' Bivouac. Come be a part of history and witness the transition of the Barracks and then stick around to explore the numerous camps with costumed interpreters portraying various eras of the Fort's history, from the

Civil War through WWII!
Logging Like They Used To
Open Farm Weekend at Pomeroy Farm - June 9-10
 It's almost time for the 2012 Open Farm Weekend at the Pomeroy Living History Farm. Head out to Yacolt to see some steam logging, operating steam donkeys, and antique logging equipment and demonstrations! Over 25 staff will be on hand dressed in period clothing and providing living history entertainment for all.

More Upcoming Events
May 26 - Spin In at the Mill at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill
June 1 - Children's Cultural Parade at the Fort Vancouver Parade Grounds
June 9 - National Get Outdoors Day at Fort Vancouver
June 13 - Opening Day of the Camas Farmer's Market

Check out the Event Calendar for more information on these and other upcoming events.

Community News
A Grand Opening and a Prestigious Award
On Friday, May 18, Vancouver welcomed its newest winery to the downtown area. Burnt Bridge Cellars, located at 1500 Broadway, specializes in artisan wines made from vineyards in Eastern Washington. To top it off, less than a week after opening the tasting room, it was awarded a gold medal at the 2012 Seattle Wine Awards for its 2010 Les Collines Viognier!
A Brand New View  
One of the first signs of the future waterfront development in downtown Vancouver has appeared! Just south of city hall, construction crews have cleared a path through the railroad berm, opening up a view of the river that hasn't been seen in over 100 years. Eventually, both Esther and Grant streets will run under the railway, connecting downtown and the waterfront development.

Everybody's Running for the Weekend
On June 16, the Vancouver USA region will become a runner's haven! In downtown, the second annual Vancouver USA Marathon will bring thousands of participants and spectators to Esther Short Park for the marathon, half marathon, Freedom 5K and Kids Marathon! Just down Highway 14, the Washougal Motocross Park will host the first Spartan Race to be held in the Pacific Northwest. If you're feeling brave, come on out and attempt the course consisting of mud, trails, and an obstacle course. Or, if you prefer, come out just to watch others attempt the course!

Father's Day Activities 
A brewfest, chili cookoff, fitness expo and live music...all within a couple blocks! We're basically handing you the perfect Father's Day weekend on a silver platter! Be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for even more special offers as June 17 draws nearer. 

Who's Your Daddy? Brewfest 
In just its third year, the  Who's Your Daddy? Brew Festival has already outgrown its previous home of By the Bottle in downtown Vancouver and has moved outside to become Vancouver's first outdoor craft beer festival of its kind! Celebrate Father's Day one day early by taking him to Turtle Place, located on 7th and Main Street, to enjoy some unique beer, take part in the chili cookoff, and maybe even participate in the tin foil hat contest!

Vancouver USA Marathon Festivities 
Throughout Father's Day weekend, the Vancouver USA Marathon will keep the party going downtown! With a fitness expo at the Hilton, live music in Esther Short Park and of course a race to watch, Dad is sure to have a good time. Oh, did we mention there will also be a beer garden at Esther Short Park as well? Breweries including Widmer, Ninkasi, 10 Barrell Brewing, Michelob Ultra, and Shock Top will all be on hand for the festivities!
We hope to see you soon!

Posted on May 12th, 2012

It's May, It's May, the lusty month of May!
That lovely month when ev'ryone goes blissfully astray
Tra la! It's here, that shocking time of year!
When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear
Tra la! It's May, the lusty month of May!
That lovely month when ev'ryone goes blissfully astray
Tra La! It's here, that shocking time of year!
When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear ...

For those of you who remember the film or broadway play "Camelot" this will bring back memories. If you are too young to remember, this song, sung by Julie Harris,  it is definately worth a visit to youtube. 

This bright glowing month is the perfect time to start making your own Spring memories. A stroll in the Rose Garden in Portland or a hike in the Lacamas Lily Fields in Camas, above Round Lake or a tour through the gorge to see the fruit trees blossoming are our recommendations for glorious season.  We hope you'll stop by the Camas Hotel while you are out and about. Whether you visit or not, take a minute to step outside and embrace the gorgeous (no pun intended) and most welcome Spring beauty. Happy Mother's Day to Mom's this month as well.

Karen Hall
Hotelier, Camas Hotel