Hotel at a Glance: Camas Hotel
Locally-owned shops, restaurants, and art galleries are within a short walk of Camas Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Camas. The boutique hotel features a mix of hotel- and hostel-style accommodations. Lofty third-floor rooms have in-room sinks, and share two bathrooms and a kitchen with a balcony. Deluxe queen rooms boast private bathrooms stocked with philosophy shampoos and soap; each stay here includes a free continental breakfast that includes quiche, served in a sunny atrium. Lofty third-floor guests may purchase breakfast for an additional $8.
- Raise a glass of bubbly: A bottle of chilled champagne and two Camas Hotel-labeled champagne flutes are included in some options.
- Pet-friendly: The hotel keeps natural treats and other pet supplies on hand.
- Comfort food is on the menu at Harvest, which serves up fried chicken, meatloaf, and other American classics.
- Catch a flick: Queen deluxe rooms include two free tickets to the historic Camas Liberty Theatre for Sunday–Thursday stays.
- Award winner: Camas Hotel was awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2012 and 2013; guests loved the charming rooms and location.
Camas, Washington: Small-Town Charm a Half-Hour from Portland
The town of Camas sits on the picturesque shores of Columbia River, which separates Washington from Oregon. Like its neighboring cities Vancouver and Portland, Camas is a great spot for outdoor activities. In nearby Lacamas Park, scenic hiking trails wend through wildflower fields to The Potholes, a series of small waterfalls that cascade along Lacamas Creek. The park's namesake lake is also popular for canoeing and kayaking on warmer days. It's worth the 10-minute drive to the Columbia River Gorge, as is the hour-long trip to Class III, IV, and V rapids (rafting season begins in April) and numerous small wineries.
Locally owned boutiques and restaurants line the streets of downtown Camas, a tree-filled neighborhood with waterfront views. Head here on the first Friday of every month to enjoy games, outdoor art displays, and after-hours shopping from 5–8 p.m. Downtown also hosts a handful of springtime festivals that center around colorful blooms.
Vancouver and Portland are 15 and 20 miles away, respectively, and both cities are thriving centers of arts and culture. Vancouver has a strong Hawaiian cultural presence and one of the few Brautigan Libraries in the nation, which holds more than 400 unpublished works of literature. You can get an idea of Portland's countercultural ethos in its slogan: "Keep Portland Weird." Here, you'll find eclectic art districts, such as the Pearl District, farm-to-table restaurants, and microbreweries.