A Day on the East Side (Camas, Washington)

At the corner of 4th and Cedar in downtown Camas, Natalia’s Café has been earning enthusiastic reviews from locals and out-of-towners for several years. With breakfast fare consisting of stuffed French toast and crepes as well as several omelet options, this is a great start on a day of great stops.

Display at Navidi's Oils & Vinegars

Display at Navidi’s Oils & Vinegars

Stepping out onto the tree-lined streets of Camas, take the morning to browse unique clothing stores such as Lily Atelier and Luxe or home décor stores like Lizzabeth A, The World Works and The Cupbearer. These last two in particular are part of the ‘up cycle’ movement where a glass fruit bowl, for instance, is turned into a beautiful bird feeder. The Cupbearer also carries a line of wonderfully crafted wine furniture made by the shopkeeper’s father out of used wine barrels. At Navidi’s Olive Oils & Vinegars you can taste all of the oils, vinegars and sea salts carried here. Dubbed as a specialty food store, there’s more to Navidi’s than the name suggests.

About three miles east along Hwy 14 is Washougal, home to Pendleton Woolen Mills Washougal Mill since 1912 when it was purchased primarily for weaving capabilities. Their 45 minute informative and entertaining tours are free and given at 9am, 10am, 11am and 1:30pm Mon-Fri. At the end of the tour, take time to browse their extensive store filled with the beautifully dyed blankets you just saw being made.

Directly across Hwy 14 from the Pendleton Woolen Mill is the entrance to a multi-use trail that runs along the dike and drops down onto Cottonwood Beach Park or you can continue the full three miles into the Steigerwald Wildlife Refuge where there’s another trail that meanders through the refuge called Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail. Whatever you decide, this is a great spot for a late picnic or a place to ponder after a long stroll in a beautiful setting.

Fifteen minutes from the park heading back to Vancouver off the 192nd Avenue exit is English Estate Winery, the oldest winery in Clark County. Set amid buildings dating back to 1915, the 20 acre homestead is at once comfortable and elegant. Come to enjoy a tasting, some live music, food offered on Friday nights, or find a favorite varietal and savor the day a little while longer.

 

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