Southwest Washington Tourism Guide
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y family has lived, worked and played in Southwest Washington for four generations, and it’s easy to see why we’ve stayed. Lewis County is central to the biggest cities of the Pacific Northwest and to our area’s greatest amenities — oceans, mountains and quiet bucolic splendor. If you’re about to visit this land of trees, rivers, peaks and prairie, you’re in for a treat. If you’re already here and want to learn more about the activities available, then dig in to By Brian Mittge Chronicle The Chronicle’s 2012 edition of our editor-in-chief Tourism Guide. We’ve made it easy for you to dial in to what you’d like to experience today. Want to go play outside? Looking for a good time with your family? Is a Sunday drive through
the backroads part of your agenda? We’ve put together what you need to know to enjoy your stay here, whether it’s for an afternoon, a weekend or a longer stay. We hope you take time to explore. Check out the shops in our historic downtowns. Tour the communities that preserve the best of classic American small-town life. Stop to say hello — you’ll meet plenty of friends, folks who are proud to point out the sights. Climb the mountains, cast a line into our lakes, slide down the “Howling Tornado” at Great Wolf Lodge, or pick up the perfect antique as a memento to a vacation that you’ll never forget. We’re glad you came to visit. ••• Brian Mittge is editor-in-chief of The Chronicle. When he wants to get away with his family, he heads out into the woods in his backyard.
Go Play Outside • White Pass and Volcano Country— p. 5 • Fishing — p. 7 • Hikes, Walks and Climbs — p. 8 Shop • Centralia Factory Outlets — p. 8-9 • Downtown Twin Cities — p. 8-9
• Remember the ‘Centralia Massacre’ — p. 16-17 Eat, drink and be merry • Wineries — p. 14 • Brewpubs — p. 15 • Farmers Markets — p. 15 Have a night out on the town • Twin Cities night life — p. 21
Sleep • Hotels, Bed-and-Breakfasts — p. 10-11
Have Fun With My Kids • Great Wolf Lodge — p. 22 • Bowling — p. 22 • Swimming — p. 22
See the Sights • Learn the history — p. 12-13 • Oddities and unusal sights — p. 18-19
Experience the Culture • Events Guide - Best Bets — p. 22-27 • Complete Events Guide — p. 28-30
Outsıde Go Play
The Sky is the Limit as You Explore the State’s Highest Peak and Some of Its Grandest Old Trees
Mount Rainier looms in the background as hikers stop for lunch at the High Rock fire lookout in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Jesse Smith / For The Chronicle
OLD FIRE LOOKOUTS A network of manned fire lookouts once dotted many of the peaks of the Cascades. Most are gone now, but two remain and beckon to visitors who want to experience an afternoon of gorgeous solitude. Getting to Burley Mountain From the Twin Cities: Head south on Interstate 5. At Exit 68, go east on U.S. Highway 12 for about 50 miles to Randle. Turn south on Forest Road 23 for 10 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 28 and
Tubing, skiing and boarding at White Pass. From an active volcano to gorgeous high-country lakes surrounded by virgin forests, the greater Lewis County area is nature’s playground. Even the area’s biggest city, Centralia, is nestled amongst greenery and boasts natural areas that could — and has — kept scientists busy for days. Here are some places to visit to experience the adventure, beauty, biodiversity and spiritual richness of wild Washington.
go 1.3 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 76, past the Cispus Learning Center, and go about 3.5 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 7605 and drive 7.5 miles over rough terrain. Turn left on Forest Road 7605-086 and travel one final mile to the lookout. Getting to High Rock The High Rock Trail 266 begins on Forest Road 8440. To get to there from the north, take state Route 706 from Elbe to Ashford. Proceed east past Ashford for
Mount Adams viewed from Mount St. Helens. • Ashford and Longmire — These two charming communities are along the route from Morton and Mineral to Paradise. Find Out More: www.visitrainier.com has maps, sample itineraries and all you need to know to plan your excursion MOUNT ST. HELENS
Washington’s tallest mountain has opportunities for climbers — you’ll need to go with a guide, available in the mountainside hamlet of Ashford — hikers or day-trippers who want to visit an area so gorgeous that it’s called Paradise.
Until 1980, this mountain was known for its perfect conical shape. That all changed on May 18, 1980, when an explosion with the force of a nuclear bomb blew the top off this volcano, killed more than 50 people and decimated a huge area. A network of visitor centers and roads approaching from different sides allow you to experience an active landscape of change and rebirth.
• Ohanapecosh — An island of oldgrowth trees on a family-friend hiking trail • Paradise — Glacier hikes and a historic lodge • Wonderland Trail — for an afternoon or a week, hike around the mountain
• For those who want to get out of their cars and tromp through the ash: Approach from the north via Randle on U.S. Highway 12 for a surreal experience as you drive through a canopy of old-growth forest and round a corner
about two miles and turn south on Forest Road 52 (Skate Creek Road). Continue for about five miles to Forest Road 84. Go south for about seven miles to Forest Road 8440. Turn right and drive just under three miles to the trailhead on the right. From the south, take Forest Road 52 north from Packwood and go about four and a half miles to Forest Road 47. Turn left and continue for about seven and a half miles to Forest Road 84. Turn right and proceed for about seven and a half
miles to Road 8440. Turn left and go two and a half miles to the trailhead. Forest Road 84 can also be reached from Randle via Forest Road 47, which begins just east of White Pass High School on Silverbrook Road. The junction with Forest Road 84 is about 14 miles from Randle. From there, proceed as if driving from Packwood. * All of the roads listed can be driven using most passenger cars, but a truck or SUV is a better option.
Snowboarding in fresh powder at White Pass.
to a scene of absolute devastation. Be sure to stop and see the “miner’s car,” which sits ravaged where it landed after being hit by the eruption. Hike to the top of Windy Ridge and see the crater face-to-face. Take in the surreal scene of a mat of logs floating on Spirit Lake. This highway closes during the winter. • For a quick and rewarding drive: Approach from the west via Toledo on state Routes 504 and 505 for an easy drive to a handful of interprative centers that are open year-round, and a summer-only center at Johnston Ridge that is so close to the volcano that it seems almost within reach. • To go underground: Approach from the south and take tours of the Ape Caves, the longest lava tube in the continental United States. • To hike to the top: A limited number of climbing permits are available to hike along the “Monitor Ridge” route on the south flank of the volcano, allowing you to hike to the very top of the crater. Find Out More: www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens
Mount St. Helens behind visitors at Windy Ridge. WHITE PASS RESORT
After a recent expansion doubled its size, the White Pass Resort is a haven for people seeking the glories of powder during the winter. Late spring, summer and early fall activities at the pass include hiking, bird watching, fly fishing at Leech Lake, lake fishing at Dog Lake, mountain biking, swimming, wildlife viewing, driving tours and huckleberry picking. Best Bets: • Hogback Basin — This new 750acre expansion area is friendly to intermediate-level skiiers and features a midmountain lodge. • Winter Carnival, held the first weekend in March, includes a no-holdsbarred ice sculpting competition that has included a fire-breathing dragon made with a welding torch. Find Out More: www.skiwhitepass.com — weather conditions, rates, services and more Continued on page 6
Picture-perfect Packwood Lake is an easy hike away. Continued from page 5
Find Out More
www.whitepassvillageinn.com — The White Pass Village Inn, which remains open year round.
www.fs.usda.gov/activity/giffordpinchot/recreation/hiking for more information and maps
PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
For fishing or hiking, car-camping or a far-away retreat, there are many alpine lakes in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
The world-famous Pacific Crest Trail winds through huckleberry patches and opens into several areas in this well-traveled stretch of the trail that runs from Mexico to Canada.
Best Bets: • Packwood Lake — Just a short drive and four-mile hike from the East Lewis County community of Packwood, this 42-acre lake is on the edge of the untrammeled wilderness. The view of an island in the middle of the lake is unforgettable, and the late-summer water is the perfect temperature for swimming. The trailhead is located on Forest Road 1260. Contact the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District at Randle (360-497-1100) for advice on trails in the area.
Best Bet: • The trail crosses U.S. Highway 12 at White Pass, making access to this hiking opportunity very easy. Hikers can plan a long camping trip, or any number of short day trips. A variety of scenic lakes can be accessed from Lewis County via the Pacific Crest Trail. Find Out More: • www.fs.usda.gov/pct
Cast Your Line and Reel in Relaxation Those who want to include sportfishing in their travel or vacation plans can find some of the best in and around Lewis County. There are so many great fisheries, in fact, it would be impossible to pick the 10 best. The Cowlitz River, for example, has a great spring chinook run every year, provides hundreds of fall coho for anglers, is one of the Northwest’s best streams for summer and winter steelhead, and continues to build a reputation as one of the finest sea-run cutthroat fisheries in the country. The Cowlitz River from the Barrier Dam near Salkum to the mouth of the Toutle above Castle Rock constitutes at least five of the best fisheries anywhere, often providing near record catches for hundreds of happy anglers. Mineral Lake, at the town of Mineral north of Morton, is perhaps the best trout water in the western half of Washington. It is a rich lake in natural feed, growing huge rainbow and brown trout, some of which reach the 10-pound class every year. The unique experience of fishing Washington’s high mountain lakes is enough to name them among our best places to fish. The biggest alpine lake in the region, Walupt Lake, may surrender naturally-spawned trout as large as salmon, but the smaller, incredibly beautiful alpine waters, especially Takhlakh and Council lakes, should be on everyone’s list to at least visit, if not to fish. Back on the Cowlitz watershed, three impounds rate mention as prime destinations for the traveling angler. Those include Mayfield Lake, Riffe Lake and Lake Scanewa, each with a unique personality
and each delivering its own kind of fishery. Mayfield, for example, holds thousands of husky rainbow, largemouth bass and legendary hybrid tiger muskies. In recent years, the lake has built a population of landlocked coho, fish that were naturally spawned in the Tilton River (also a great fishing experience!) and took up residence in the lake instead of migrating to the ocean. Riffe Lake is a huge impound that is managed for planted landlocked coho; delicious pink-meated trophies that splendidly grace a dinner table. It also holds rainbow, cutthroat, catfish and a burgeoning population of smallmouth bass. The latter is so abundant these days that many anglers catch and release dozens in a day’s fishing. Lake Scanewa, the uppermost lake on the river system, is becoming justifiably famous for the migrating salmon and steelhead that are transported there over the river’s three-dam hydroelectric structures. Along with a fine population of native and hatchery trout, it’s possible to catch giant king salmon, feisty coho, and both summer and winter steelhead in the relatively small confines of the lake. There are dozens of smaller lakes and ponds, streams of every size and character, and even hidden mountain streams best suited for the catch and release of small native trout and salmon smolts, many of which haven’t been fished more than once or twice a year for decades. It is the experience, rather than a potential trophy, that draws angling purists to the high country. Whatever your fishing objective, the waters in and around Lewis County have great treasures to offer. Please come join us!
The Barrier Dam near Salkum is a popular spot on the Cowlitz River.
Go Shopping in Style From a factory outlet mall with more than 30 shops, to numerous antique shops in downtown Centralia or unique boutiques in historic downtown Chehalis, visitors can find plentiful shopping in the Twin Cities. Snow carpets the Seminary Hill Natural Area, which towers above downtown Centralia.
Centralia Factory Outlets Offer Discounts for Shoppers
Take a Walk in the Woods There’s no reason to stay inside when nearby trails await. Check out these hikes or explore more online at www.lewiscountytrails.org Seminary Hill Natural Area This 72-acre hillside is dense with second-growth trees and carefully tended hikes. Even in the heat of summer, the canopy of fir, maple and cedar keeps the trails cool as trillium. Maidenhair ferns and other natural wonders flourish around you. Enter on the eastern edge of downtown Centralia at the corner of Locust Street and Barner Drive. Chehalis River Discovery Trail This trail is actually northwest of Centralia, but it contains a beautiful stretch of the Chehalis River. Watch for bald eagles overhead and plan to pick blackberries if you visit in late July. Enter from Goodrich Road off Old Highway 99.
Stations of the Cross
The DeGoede family, devout Catholics who settled in Lewis County and raise tulips, made a trail on a hillside near Mossyrock leading from a humble chapel to a grand 50-foot-tall cross built on a bluff overlooking Lake Mayfield. The trail is adorned with painting depicting the 12 Stations of the Cross. Directions are available at DeGoede Bulb Farm and Garden, 360-983-9000. Willapa Hills Trail Known locally as the “rails to trails,” this 56-mile-long path runs from Chehalis to the Pacific Coast town of South Bend. Partially paved, the trail runs through farmland and winds up the Chehalis River Valley and into the namesake Willapa Hills. The trail is popular with bikers, joggers and even scout troops that take on the entire hike as a week-long excursion.
Centralia offers more than 30 outlet stores on both sides of Interstate 5 just off of the Harrison Avenue exit. The outlet mall includes Chico’s, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Helly Hansen, Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Amour and Nike. “We have a lot of big deal stores and a lot of great names,” said Renate Johnson, the marketing and property manager for the outlets. “An outlet mall has name brands at discounted prices,” Johnson said. Manufacturers sell merchandise directly to outlet stores, rather than going though a buyer like regular stores, allowing them to offer 25 to 65 percent off. The Centralia Factory Outlets have opened several new stores recently and plans to open more this year. “We’re really excited about the new stores we’ve opened because they’re some of the biggest names in the nation,” Johnson said. Downtown Centralia Well-Known Antiquing Destination Downtown Centralia is a common destination for antique lovers. “It’s just a fabulous place to shop. We have several antique stores and lots of really great smaller shops,” said Colleen Stewart of the Centralia Downtown Association. Stewart recommends walking north from Main Street along Tower Avenue and Pearl Street to see most of Centralia’s antique shops. “In about four blocks you can hit 15 to 20 stores,” she said. “The selection is just great. Once you get going you never want to stop. I don’t know how you’d ever get through them all in one day.” Stewart said there are often many dealers selling in one large antique store. “They’re rather unique,” Stewart said. “They offer things not commonly found in big cities like shabby chic and mid-century modern things.” In addition to antiques, downtown Centralia offers clothing shops, book stores, eateries and other retailers.
GETTING THERE Centralia Factory Outlets Location: on both sides of I-5 off Exit 82 Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday Information: www.centraliaoutlets.com Downtown Centralia Directions: From I-5 take Exit 82, travel east, keep left at the fork, following signs for city center. Stay on Harrison Avenue, until it turns into West Main Street, continue to downtown. Downtown Centralia Antique Walk Directions: Walk north from Locust Street along Tower Avenue and Pearl Street Downtown Chehalis Directions: From I-5 take Exit 77. Travel east to Market Boulevard make a left on Market Boulevard.
“There really is shopping for everybody,” said Stewart. Centralia offers free parking and an Amtrack station downtown. Historic Downtown Chehalis Provides a Hub for Quilters Historic downtown Chehalis offers many shops for visitors to browse, including fabric and quilting stores. “Quilters drive from all over for our fabric and quilt shops,” said Mitch Moberg, a member of the Chehalis Business Association. “It’s a quilting hub.” In addition to quilting, shoppers can find a variety of shopping including clothing boutiques, eateries and even a homebrew store on Market Boulevard in downtown Chehalis. In the summertime, Chehalis also offers a farmers market on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vendors set up on Boistfort Street between Pacific Avenue and Market Street from June 12 to Oct. 23. “The quality of bang for the buck is awesome,” Moberg said. Moberg encourages out of towners to visit historic downtown Chehalis. “It’s a great place to stop, people in Chehalis have a lot to be proud of,” he said.
BIG SALES AT CENTRALIA FACTORY OUTLET MALL: Memorial Day Sale May 25 to May 28 All stores open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Memorial Day Fourth of July Sale June 30 to July 8 All stores open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4 Labor Day Sale Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 All stores open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Labor Day Columbus Day Sale Oct. 5 to Oct. All stores open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Columbus Day Midnight Madness Nov. 22 to Nov. 23 Right after Thanksgiving dinner, shoppers can start holiday shopping when all outlet stores are open at midnight. After Thanksgiving Weekend Sale Nov. 23 to Nov. 26 All stores open Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Centralia Factory Outlets beckon shoppers from around the Northwest.
Stay While You Play CENTRALIA: McMenamins Olympic Club Hotel and Theater 112 N. Tower Ave. Centralia, WA 98531 360-736-5164 Price: starting at $40 Amenities: WiFi, free parking, pets allowed for $15 per pet, free movie tickets Historic Hotel: Fully restored European style hotel, rooms include sink, bed and table with shared bathrooms Americas Best Value Inn 1325 Lakeshore Dr. Centralia, WA 98531 360-736-9344 866-736-9344 Price: starting at $41.99 Amenities: Wifi, continental breakfast, lakeview, free parking, dogs allowed, inroom refrigerator and microwave Ferrymanâ€™s Inn & Suites 1003 Eckerson Rd. Centralia, WA 98531 360-330-2094 Price: starting at $39.99 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, pool, workout room, free parking, pets allowed, in room refrigerator and microwave Peppermill Empress Inn 1233 Alder St. Centralia WA 98531 360-330-9441 Price: starting at $66 Amenities: WiFi in lobby, rooms have wired DSL, continental breakfast, free parking, in room refrigerator and microwave Travelodge 702 Harrison Ave.
Centralia, WA 98531 360-330-9844 Price: starting at $49.99 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, pool, free parking, pets allowed, in room refrigerator and microwave King Oscar Motel 1049 Eckerson Rd. Centralia, WA 98531 360-736-1661 Price: starting at $42 Amenities: Internet access, continental breakfast, pool, free parking, pets allowed, in room refrigerator and microwave Motel 6 1310 Belmont Ave. Centralia, WA 98531 360-330-2057 Price: starting at $37.99 to $45.99 Amenities: Internet access for $3.23, pool, free parking, pets allowed, in-room refrigerator and microwave for $3 CHEHALIS: Holiday Inn Express 730 NW Liberty Plaza Chehalis, WA 98532 360-740-1800 Price: starting at $99 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, pool, workout room, free parking, pets allowed for $35, in room refrigerator and microwave Best Western Parkplace Inn and Suites 201 SW Interstate Ave. Chehalis, WA 98532 360-748-4040 Prices: starting at $90 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, pool, workout room, free parking, adult
dogs under 80 pounds allowed, in room refrigerator and microwave Chehalis Inn 122 SW Interstate Ave. Chehalis, WA 98532 360-740-5339 Price: starting at $60 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, pool, free parking, pets allowed for $10, in-room refrigerator and microwave in delux rooms Relax Inn 550 SW Parkland Dr. Chehalis, WA 98532 360-748-8608 Price: starting at $60 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, free parking, pets allowed for $6 to $15, in-room refrigerator and microwave GRAND MOUND: Great Wolf Lodge 20500 Old Highway 99 S.W. Grand Mound, WA 98531 360-273-7718 Price: starting at $189 Amenities: WiFi, waterpark, workout room, free parking, in room refrigerator and microwave GLENOMA: Lodge At The Glen 8598 U.S. Highway 12 Glenoma, WA 98336 509-877-3651 Price: starting at $75 daily, weekly or monthly rates available Vacation Rental Triplex: two fully furnished units, full kitchens, sleeps up to seven
11 SALKUM: The Shepherd’s Inn Bed and Breakfast 168 Autumn Heights Dr. Salkum, WA 98582 800-985-2434 Price: starting at $90 Amenities: WiFi, full breakfast, free parking, refrigerator and microwave provided MOSSYROCK: Lake Mayfield Resort and Marina 350 Hadaller Rd. Mossyrock, WA, 98564 360-985-2357 www.lakemayfield.com Price: camping $28, cabins $59, hotel rooms $79 Amenities: WiFi for $7, free parking, pets allowed, in-room refrigerator and microwave in hotel rooms, kitchenette or full kitchens MINERAL: Mineral Lake Lodge 195 Mineral Hill Rd. Mineral, WA 98355 360-492-5253 Price: starting at $119 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, free parking, guest kitchen Mineral Lake Resort 148 Mineral Hill Rd. Mineral, WA 98355 360-492-5367 Price: starting at $79.95 Cabins: free parking,
pets allowed, in room refrigerator, microwave and kitchenettes
in room refrigerator and microwave, some kitchenettes
Roy’s Motel and RV 161 N. 2nd St. Morton, WA 98356 360-496-5000 Price: starting at $70 Amenities: WiFi, free parking, pets allowed, in room refrigerator and microwave
Cowlitz River Lodge 13069 U.S. Highway. 12 Packwood, WA 98361 360-494-4444 Price: starting at $60 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, free parking, pets allowed, in room refrigerator and some microwave
Season’s Motel 200 Westlake Ave. Morton, WA 98356 360-496-6835 Price: starting at $80 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, free parking, pets allowed for $10, in-room refrigerator and microwave RANDLE:
Crest Trail Lodge 12729 U.S. Highway 12 Packwood, WA 98361 360-494-4944 Price: starting at $80 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, free parking, pets allowed, in room refrigerator and microwave
Tall Timber Restaurant Lounge and Motel 10023 U.S. Highway 12 Randle, WA 98377 360-497-2991 Price: starting at $43.92 Amenities: free parking, pets allowed in some rooms, in-room refrigerator
Packwood Inn 13032 U.S. Highway 12 Packwood, WA 98361 360-494-5500 Price: starting at $59 Amenities: WiFi, pool, free parking, pets allowed, in-room refrigerator and microwave
Woodland Motel 11890 U.S. Highway 12 Randle, WA 98377 360-494-6766 Price: starting at $35 Amenities: WiFi, free parking, pets allowed,
Moon Mountain 694 Cannon Rd. Packwood, WA 98361 360-494-4949 Price: starting at $135 Amenities: WiFi, hot tub, free parking, pets allowed,
in room refrigerator and microwave Mountain View Lodge & Motel 13163 U.S. Highway 12 Packwood WA 98361 360-494-5555 Price: starting at $45 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast in summer, free parking, in some rooms refrigerator, microwave and kitchenette Peters Inn 13051 U.S. Highway 12 Packwood WA 98361 360-494-4000 Price: starting at $63 Amenities: WiFi, free parking Tatoosh Motel 12880 U.S. Highway 12 Packwood, WA 98631 360-494-7379 Price: starting at $45 Amenities: WiFi, continental breakfast, free parking, pets allowed $10, in-room refrigerator and microwave
Great Wolf Lodge has an indoor water park.
WHITE PASS: The Village Inn 48933 U.S. Highway 12 White Pass, WA 98937 509-672-3131 Price: starting at $140 Amenities: WiFi, pool, free parking, in room refrigerator and microwave, basic kitchen and full kitchens avaliable
The Olympic Club Hotel is rich with history.
Take a Tour Through Historic Ambiance Fort Borst Park
This 101-acre park includes the 1860s Borst Home, a one-room schoolhouse replica as well as the Fort Borst blockhouse. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children aged 5 to 12 years and $10 for families. Head west on Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Turn left on Johnson Road, go past the middle school and swimming pool. Follow the signs to the Borst Home. 360-330-7688
Built in 1858, the Claquato Church is thought to be the oldest Protestant church in the Pacific Northwest and it’s included on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s located off state Route 6, west of Chehalis. 360-748-4551
Olympic Club McMenamin’s Olympic Club remains one of Centralia’s most popular destinations — that’s not surprising since it comprises a restaurant and bar, a hotel and even a movie theater. If you go, be sure to pick up some locally brewed beer to go. 112 N. Tower Ave. 360-736-5164 www.mcmenamins.com/451-olympicclub-home
Lewis and Clark Park Lewis and Clark State Park, a popular camping destination, comprises 621 acres, including one of the last old-growth forests in the state. http://tinyurl.com/lewisandclark-wash Jackson House The 1845 Jackson House was the first pioneer home built north of the Columbia River. It’s located near the Lewis and Clark State Park. Tours are given with advance notice. 360-864-2643 Museums • Lewis County Historical Museum Housed in a 1912 Northern Pacific
Railroad depot in downtown Chehalis, the Lewis County Historical Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history and heritage of Lewis County. 599 N.W. Front Way, Chehalis 360-748-0831, www.lewiscounty museum.org • Veterans Museum The Veterans Memorial Museum showcases the personal histories of veterans from Lewis County. 100 S.W. Veterans Way, Chehalis 360-740-8875, www.veteransmuseum. org • Tenino Depot Museum The museum, built in 1914 as a railroad depot, houses the history of Tenino, a town of 1,600. Visit the museum to see American Indian artifacts from the Nisqually and Chehalis tribes, logging and quarry tools or the printing press used to make wooden money during the great Depression. 399 Park Ave W. Tenino, WA 98589 360-264-4321
• The Vintage Antique Motorcycle Museum This private collection includes original and fully restored pre-1916 Indians, Harley-Davidsons Excelsiors and other vehicles and bicycles. It’s a stunning testament to America’s love of horsepower. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays or by appointment. Admission is $5. http://antiquemotorcycles.net 545 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis, WA 360-748-3472 • White Pass Country Museum Learn about the rich history of the East Lewis County and the eastern slope of the Cascades at the White Pass Country Historical Museum in Packwood. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children and it is open by appointment. 12990 U.S. Highway 12, Packwood (360) 494-4422 www.whitepasscountrymuseum.com
The Claquato Church sits in a tiny pioneer community west of Chehalis.
The Lewis County Historical Museum in Chehalis tells the story of the areaâ€™s early days.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry Between the Chehalis Valley Wine Tour, historic brew pubs and various farmers markets, Lewis County offers tourists many ways to eat, drink and be merry. WINERIES
Tastings: By Appointment Birchfield Winery, which started in 1993, specializes in oak barrel aged full body red wine, which includes merlot, cabernet franc and Syrah.
Eight wineries around Lewis County participate in the biannual Chehalis Valley Wine Tour. This year, the wine tour is May 5 and 6. Presale tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the wineries or at the door for $20. The wine tour will also run the last weekend in September. Here is a sampling from the wineries that will be on the tour and are also open for business throughout the year in Lewis County.
• Heymann Whinery Where: 212 N. Tower Ave., Centralia Contact: 360-623-1106 Website: heymannwhinery.com Prices: Fruit wines $12 to $15, grape reds $16 to $28 Tastings: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Heyman Whinery is known for their award-winning cranberry and apricot wines.
• Agate Creek Cellars Where: 105 Agate Creek Lane, Chehalis Contact: 360-740-1692 Prices: $12 to $28 per bottle Tastings: Every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Agate Creek Cellars, which opened in May 2011, specializes in “big reds,” which include Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera. Their marionberry fruit wine is also popular.
• Scatter Creek Winery Where: 3442 180th Ave. SW, Tenino Contact: 360-273-8793 Website: scattercreekwinery.com Prices: $12.50 to $25 a bottle Tastings: Varies by appointment over two weeks each month Scatter Creek Winery is known for their soft white wines, bold red wines and fine dessert wines.
• Bateaux Cellars Where: 288 Jackson Hwy S., Toledo Contact: 360-607-0774 Website: bateauxcellars.com Prices: $8 to $25 a bottle Tastings: By appointment, starting May 5 through October noon to 5 p.m. Bateaux Cellars focuses on the heratage of the area. Bateaux is the name for flatbottom cannons used by fur traders while exploring the Pacific Northwest. The cellars are know for their traditional wine blends, including the Voyageur Bordeaux Blend made from Yakima Valley grapes. • Birchfield Winery Where: 921 Middle Fork Road #A, Onalaska Contact: 360-864-5500 Prices: $6 to $19 bottles
• Weatherwax Cellars Where: Brim Road, Onalaska Contact: 360-736-7027 Prices: $15 to $120 Tastings: By appointment Weatherwax Cellars is a family-owned winery on a Christmas Tree farm in Onalaska. • Wells’ Winery Where: 140 Eschaton Road, Onalaska Contact: 360-978-6254 Website: wellswinery.com Prices: $14.86 a bottle, 10 percent off six bottles or more at regular price Wine Truffles: $3 each Winery logo Glasses: $5 Tastings: Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Well’s Winery is known for using only naturally grown fruit and berries from the Northwest and raw organic sugar.
FARMERS MARKETS Once springtime hits Lewis County, local gardens and artists will set up shop at various farmers markets in the area. Community Farmers Market (Chehalis) Where: Boistfort Ave., Downtown Chehalis When: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 12 - October 23 More Info: www.communityfarmersmarket.net Contact: Jackie Rose, 360-870-5824 The Historic Lewis County Farmers Market (Centralia) Where: Corner of N. Pearl and Maple (across from The Chronicle) When: Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., May through Sept. More Info: www. lewiscountyfarmersmarket.org Contact: Derrill Outland, 360-736-8977
Above: The late brewmaster Dick Young’s signature ales live on at Northwest Sausage and Deli near Centralia. Left: Agate Creek is one of the newest additions to the area’s many wineries.
• Widgeon Hill Winery 121 Widgeon Hill Road, Chehalis 360-520-2919 widgeonhill.com Prices: $12 to $26 Tastings: By appointment Widgeon Hill’s favorite wines are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah and Chenin Blanc. The reds are aged in French, American and Hungarian oak.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deli is the main retail outlet for Dick’s Brewing Company (which is open on 3516 Galvin Road in Centralia Friday and the third Saturday of the month from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.). The deli has 11 Dick’s Beers on tap, including the most popular, Danger Ale.
• Olympic Club Where: 112 N. Tower Ave., Centralia Contact: 360-736-5164 Website: mcmenamins.com Prices: Microbrew: glass $2.60 / pint $4.65 / pitcher $12.90 Hours: Sunday–Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Breakfast served: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Olympic Club serves McMenamins Ales on draft, which includes Hammerhead, an intense hopped blend and Ruby, a raspberry ale.
Those looking for a unique atmosphere to drink a locally-made microbrew can find it in Lewis County at Northwest Sausage and Deli or the McMenamins Olympic Club. • Northwest Sausage & Deli Where: 5945 Prather Road SW, Centralia Contact: 360-736-7760 Website: dicksbeer.com Prices: $3.75 a pint, $8 to $10 for growler refills
Community Farmers Market (Centralia) Where: Corner of N. Pearl and Maple (across from City Hall) When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21 - Sept. 29 More Info: www.communityfarmersmarket. net Contact: Jackie Rose, 360-870-5824
Tenino Farmers Market Where: 301 Old Hwy. 99 N., Tenino Elementary School When: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., June 2 through Sept. 24 More info: www.teninofarmersmarket.org Contact: Dawna Donohue, 360-264-2002 Rochester/Grand Mound Farmers Market Where: Rochester Middle School, 9937 Hwy 12 S.W., Rochester When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June through Oct. Contact: Bethany Lael, 360-273-9567 Mossyrock Farmers Market Where: 258 Mossyrock Road West, Mossyrock When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May through Sept. Contact: Darla Brooks, 360-983-3092 Winlock Farmers Market Where: Winlock Events Plaza on Kerron St., Winlock When: Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April through Oct. Contact: Jeanie Emmeneger, 360-785-4817
17 “The Resurrection of Wesley Everest” is a bold, colorful rendering of the labor side of the 1919 incident known as “the Centralia Massacre.”
Massacre Mural Brimming With Labor Movement Symbolism The two-story Wobbly mural on the side of the Centralia Square Antique Mall building holds weighty symbolism, both obvious and lesser known. “The Resurrection of Wesley Everest” was painted in 1997 by Mike Alewitz, a professor at Central Connecticut State University, who explained the meaning of his work. Alewitz said he wanted the concepts to be applicable to modern history, which is why the Spanish words, Organisacion, Educacion and Emancipacion, appear on the painting. He said the struggle of labor in Centralia continues today with Latino workers, and did not stop with the famous Industrial Workers of the World, who made the city famous when they battled parading residents on Tower Avenue in 1919. The basic elements of the mural are listed by number:
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Signs of a Tragedy By The Chronicle Two two sides of the “Centralia Massacre” of 1919 are told in a downtown Centralia statue and a nearby mural. The Industrial Workers of the World, a radical labor union also known as the Wobblies, clashed with the established townsfolk during a Tower Avenue parade on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Five people died violently that day — four gunneddown veterans and one IWW member, beaten, shot and hanged from a narrow bridge over the Chehalis River. The basic context that led up to the massacre makes the street battle a little less surprising. The events are described in the book “Wobbly War,” written by Longview newsman John McClelland, Jr. According to the book, the parade began at 2 p.m. The route on Tower Avenue had actually been extended from
earlier parades. It proceeded slightly past the IWW hall, where it turned around to go the other way. What happened next is hopelessly in dispute, except that it ended in the quick death of three of the Legionnaires — Warren Grimm, Arthur McElfresh and Ben Cassagranda. One marching veteran, and some Wobblies, said members of the parade suddenly dashed toward the hall and were in the process of breaking down the door when the Wobblies started shooting. Most of the Legionnaires, however, said the Wobblies began shooting from both sides of the street as part of a well-planned ambush on the unsuspecting veterans. Wesley Everest, a Wobbly who had served in the Army’s spruce logging division, ran from the Wobbly hall and was chased. In a final confrontation on the banks of the Skookumchuck River, Everest fatally shot
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Evidence of Centralia Massacre Visible Today Dale Hubbard, a young veteran trying to apprehend him. Everest was captured, beaten and dragged through town with a belt around his neck to the jail, the site of Centralia’s current police station and City Hall. As the afternoon turned to evening, the mood of Centralia was apparently fearful and dangerous. That night, the lights went out downtown and Wesley Everest was removed from his cell, put in a car, and taken to the bridge at Mellen Street. He was hanged twice and shot several times. Some stories say he was castrated, though that remains under major dispute. His body was left to dangle through the night from the span over the Chehalis River that came to be known as Hangman’s Bridge. No one was ever arrested or tried for Everest’s lynching. Controversy of the incident and the trial of the Wobblies lingered for years. Only in recent decades has the incident come into the light of open discussion.
The hall of the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies: The Wobblies guarded their hall on the day of the massacre, expecting an ambush from local townsfolk. It had happened a year earlier to their second hall, which was burned down during a Red Cross parade. The “OBU” on the top of the building stands for “One Big Union” of workers, a popular slogan of the IWW. In the background at the hall is a small picture of Karl Marx, the most influential socialist theorist.
Old Man Lassiter: Tom Lassiter was a partially blind newsstand owner who would sell socialist newspapers. He was run out of town in 1918, shortly before the massacre.
Raining black cats: These “sabo tabbys” are the symbol for sabotage, which the Wobblies regularly used to disrupt capitalist enterprises.
The “Steam Plant”: This smoking plant is a tribute to the TransAlta mining company, which runs a coal-burning plant in North Centralia, and donated money to get the mural painted.
Mount Helen Lee: This was a tribute to an Evergreen State College professor who helped come up with the idea for the mural.
The two stumps: The “I Will Win” banner is a reference to the IWW workers, who lived in log cabins. It is juxtaposed with the stump on the other side of the mural that shows a trailer with the banner “Suse Puede,” roughly translated to mean the same. Alewitz said he was struck by the poor conditions endured by immigrant workers in Centralia, and the two stumps are a then-and-now approach to local labor.
The “pie in the sky” and the angel protesters: The pie in the sky is a reference to a satire song by slain Wobbly folk singer Joe Hill. He coined the pie in the sky phrase that appeared in his song “The Preacher and the Slave,” a parody of the well-known hymn “In the Sweet Bye and Bye,” which promised a better home in heaven after hard labor on Earth. The dripping wet angels holding the sign are meant to be the wives of the Wobblies who were shot with water from fire hoses when they called for the release of their husbands, imprisoned after the massacre.
Wobbly threat. The fecal matter is turning into a mob of people waving crosses, nooses and American flags, marching toward the Wobbly hall over the imprisoned workers and flames of discontent. Alewitz said some of the mob members have “block heads,” which was a term to describe workers who believed their bosses when they were told hard work would lead to a better life for them.
The capitalist pig: The pig symbolizes the logging company owners surrounded by piles of timber and bags of money. The pig is being hugged by a block head and a “porkchopper,” a reference to a bureaucratic union boss who doesn’t really care for the union members.
The Elks Club: Members of the Centralia Elks Club, which formed alliances with other established groups in the town to oppose the Wobblies, are shown as rats with a noose, a knife and a gun. The Elks Club at the time of the massacre was located in what is now the Ayala Brothers Furniture Co. on North Tower Avenue.
Wesley Everest: The slain Wobbly was beaten and eventually shot and hanged from a bridge over the Chehalis River. He is pictured half in logger clothes and half in his military garb to show his experience in both fields.
Coal mining: The heavy equipment is meant to show Centralia’s strip mining industry, which was still in action until the TransAlta coal mine was shut down in 2006.
“The powers that be”: This figure, described by Alewitz as an “ugly human” is spewing fecal matter from his mouth. Alewitz said the suited man is meant to symbolize the established power in Centralia, including the press, which created hysteria about the
Above: ‘Hangman’s Bridge,’ where Wesley Everest was hung by a lynch mob, was torn down a few decades later, but a replacement bridge nearby is still in use on Mellen Street. Far left: The Sentinel, a tribute to the four fallen veterans in the Centralia Massacre, was erected by the American Legion, in Washington Park in downtown Centralia.
Weird, Wild and Wonderful
Explore the Unusual and Extraordinary Take an idyllic Sunday drive through Lewis County’s rural pastures. While you take in the scenery, consider checking out some of the area’s most unique roadside attractions. Start in the Twin Cities and then go... NORTH Take I-5 north and take exit 88 for Tenino. Take a right onto Old Highway 99. Take a left onto 183rd Ave. SW and the South Sound Speedway will be on the right.
South Sound Speedway and Its Million-Dollar Toilets
South Sound Speedway owner Butch Behn bought four self-cleaning toilets from the city of Seattle after they became havens for drug abuse. He paid $13,000 for them through eBay — Seattle originally paid $1 million. You also may want to check out a race while you’re there. 3730 183rd Ave. S.W., Rochester, WA 98579 360-273-6420
Tenino, Home of Wooden Money
From the South Sound Speedway, head back onto Old Highway 99 and go 5½ miles east into Tenino, a town famous for its sandstone quarries and its
creation of wooden money during the banking crisis of the Great Depression. Head north from Tenino on Old Highway 99 for 3 miles, then take a right onto Offut Lake Road.
Hear the real call of the wild at this sanctuary for captive-born wolves, which is also home to a nationally recognized breeding program for two species of highly endangered wolves. Tour the facilities to meet the wolves and unleash your inner wild animal at a “Howl-in” 3111 Offut Lake Road S.E. 800-448-WOLF www.wolfhaven.org Head back into Tenino, go east on Old Highway 99 and back to I-5, then go north to exit 95. Take a left and go under the freeway, then take a quick right onto Maytown Road. Go 3 miles to Littlerock and through the community until the road Ts. Turn right onto Waddell Creek Road and look for the “Mima Mounds Natural Area,” sign on the left
This state preserve shows off the unique geographic formation known as Mima Mounds. Their origin is a mystery and their ecology is equally fascinating, as they offer a home to rare prai-
rie flowers, grasses and lichen. Keep an eye out for butterflies and the elusive Mazama pocket gopher. www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mima-mounds
Visit the “world’s largest egg,” located in Winlock. The egg is a tribute to the town’s history when it was considered the egg capital of the world. If possible, visit June 22 through 24, during the city’s annual Egg Days celebration, which features a car show and royal court. First Street, Winlock, WA Then head east on 505 toward E. Front Street. Turn right onto Camas Road and on your left will be the Gospodor Monument Park.
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Gospodor Monument Park
The Gospodor Monument Park was built by the late Dominic Gospodor, a millionaire from Seattle. The enormous statues pay tribute to Mother Theresa, Jesus, American Indians and Holocaust victims.
Justice General Store, Onalaska
Step back in time when you visit the quaint Justice General Store, with its wooden floors and old-fashioned ambiance. It is said to be the oldest continually running grocery store in Washington. 116 Main St. Onalaska, WA 98570 360-978-4194 Gospodor Monument Park Stay on Camas Road south until it turns into Drews Prairie Road. Turn left onto Telegraph Road. Turn right onto state Route 506 and follow it into the town of Vader (where the name predates “Star Wars”). You’ll see Little Crane Cafe on the right.
clude pancakes, burgers, and roasted turkey and roast beef. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all available any time of the day. 110 7th St, Vader, WA 98593
From Chehalis, take I-5 south toward Portland. Look for the proudly conservative Uncle Sam billboard on your left. A mile later, take Exit 71 for state Route 508. Turn left (east) onto 508 and continue straight until you hit the lumber town of Onalaska. You’ll see a giant smokestack on the left, the only remnant of what was once the largest inland timber mill in the world.
This popular restaurant this winter became known less for its tasty food than for the fact that a small spring is now flowing underneath it. While that problem is likely temporary, the quality meals are here to stay. Stop by this diner for some homemade food at good prices. Menu choices in-
7 Turn right on Leonard Road. You’ll see the Justice General Store up ahead on the left.
Little Crane Cafe
Head south on Leonard Road toward Railroad Avenue. Turn left onto U.S. 12 and turn right onto Birley Road. Turn right onto Mossyrock Road, and the farm will be on your left.
DeGoede Bulb Farm
If strolling through 30 acres of tulips sounds like a nice way to spend an afternoon, consider visiting the familyowned DeGoede Bulb Farm and Gardens, located just off U.S. Highway 12. The family first grew flowers in Holland, then later moved to Mount Vernon, Wash., and finally to their current location in Mossyrock. There are also 100 greenhouses, a garden center and a show garden with a pond and waterfall. 409 Mossyrock Road West Mossyrock, WA 98564 360-983-9000
www.degoedebulb.com Head east on Mossyrock Road and go right toward Birley Road. Take the first right onto U.S. 12. Watch for the marker commemorating the underwater ghost towns.
Underwater Ghost Towns
The towns of Mayfield, Riffe and Kosmos are located under Riffe Lake — a result of building the Mayfield and Mossyrock dams in the 1960s. You can see the towns if the water level is low enough. While you’re near Riffe Lake, check out the Taidnapam Park.
The park is popular for camping and fishing. Nearby Dog Mountain is a mecca for hang-gliders. More than 4,000 years ago, the Cowlitz and Yakama tribes inhabited the area — an interpretive display is at the park with more information about the location’s history. www.mytpu.org/tacomapower/ parks-rec 360-295-3711
Enjoy a Night on the Town in the Twin Cities By The Chronicle
Whether you’re stepping out for a drink, looking for a late meal or enjoying a full-fledged night on the town, the Twin Cities have you covered. In Centralia, McMenamins Olympic Club has for years been a staple outlet for microbrews, hearty meals and lodging. It also includes the largest pool hall in Lewis County and a theater. Located at 112 N. Tower Avenue, the Oly Club — as locals call it — can be reached at 360-736-5164. Just down Tower Avenue, visitors will find O’Blarney’s Irish Pub, which opened its doors in the Gibson House building last year. Along with a full menu of drinks and food, this increasingly popular establishment also offers several pool tables. It’s located at 221 N. Tower Ave. and can be reached at 360-807-4581. Like its twin, Chehalis is also rife with late-night options for enjoying adult beverages or late-night meals.
One of the newest additions is the Devilfish Public House. It bills itself as a mix of “old world maritime charm, good food and laughter.” Patrons can crowd around a fire inside the Devilfish to share stories, food and friendship. The Devilfish is located at 289 N.W. Chehalis Ave. and can be reached at 360996-4682. Only a couple of blocks away is The Shire Bar and Bistro. At The Shire, customers can enjoy steaks, seafood, pasta and cold drinks in a relaxing atmosphere. Stop in for a meal or stay for a few hours The Shire also frequently provides live entertainment for its guests. At right: The Devilfish Public House is a new addition to the nightlife scene in downtown Chehalis.
Family-Friendly Fun Awaits If you’re traveling with children, there are plenty of places offering adventure or an easy-going afternoon. From Great Wolf Lodge off Exit 88 a few miles north of Centralia to Victory Lanes, a Morton bowling alley, you’ll have no trouble keeping the kids entertained while you’re in town.
GREAT WOLF LODGE — IF YOU GO Where: 20500 Old Highway 99, SW, Grand Mound Reservations: 800640-9653 Contact: 360-273-7718 Website: www.greatwolf.com
GREAT WOLF LODGE The Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, which opened in March 2008, offers more than the average hotel stay. The lodge features an enormous indoor water park, various restaurants, an arcade, a gym and much more for toddlers, teens or the entire family. Check out these amenities: Fun for Children and Toddlers • Cub Paw Pool, a safe pool where toddlers can explore the spray-and-play features or wade into the zero-depth entry kiddie pool with a maximum depth of 18 inches. • Slap Tail Pond, a wave pool with three feet tall waves. • Fort Mackenzie, a four-story treehouse in the center of the indoor water park. Fun for Teens
Families and friends can play in the indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. Fun for the Entire Family • Hot Springs offers relaxation in a jumbo warming pool. • Northern Lights Arcade, a familyfriendly arcade with over 100 games designed for everyone in the family. • Iron Horse Fitness Room, a 24-hour fitness room with a variety of workout equipment. BOWLING From birthday parties to league events, Lewis County has bowling available for everyone looking for a night on the lanes.
• Howlin’ Tornado, a three-person water ride that drops down a six-story funnel and swirls people 30 feet up the side of the • Centralia Bowl funnel before safely landing at the bottom. This eight-lane alley offers Rock N Bowl • River Canyon Run, a signature raft Saturday night from 9:30 to midnight. ride down a waterslide. The entire alley is available to rent out • Scoops Kids Spa, a spa designed for for a night starting at $100. kids offers oversized banana splits while getWhere: 827 N. Tower Ave., Centralia ting a pedicure among other experiences. Contact: 360-736-3815
Prices: $2.50 per game Winter Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight Summer Hours: Tuesday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight • Fairway Lanes Along with Rock N Bowl, Fairway Lanes, an 18-lane alley, hosts Monte Carlo bowling Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: 1501 S. Gold St., Centralia Contact: 360-736-4100 Website: fairwaylanes.net Prices: Winter rates are $3.50 per game. Summer rates are $2 per game. On Friday and Saturday Rock N Bowl takes place from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m. for $14 allyou-can-bowl, shoes included. Winter Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Summer Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Victory Lanes Victory Lanes is a 12-lane bowling alley that also offers an arcade, go karts and mini golf. Where: 834 Westlake Ave., Morton Contact: 360-496-6797 SWIMMING POOLS Those looking to cool off in the water or get a workout in can find the opportunity at different swimming pools around Lewis County. Outdoors pools open in the summertime and Thorbeckes Fitlife Aquatic Center in Centralia offers swimming indoors year round. • Chehalis Community Pool Where: 410 S.W. Parkland Dr., Chehalis Contact: 360-740-8097 Hours: Opens June 22, swim lessons begin June 27 Swim Lesson Registration: June 23 and 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • Tenino Quarry Pool Where: 319 Park Ave. W., Tenino Contact: 360-264-2368 Hours: Opens Fourth of July, Wednesday through Sunday noon to 7 p.m. • Thorbeckes Fitlife Aquatic Center Where: 2020 Borst Ave. #2, Centralia Contact: 360-736-1683 Website: thorbeckes.com Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 5 a.m.-9 p.m.,Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday Noon-5 p.m. Open year round.
Events Guide: Best Bets May 2012 Vader ‘May Day’ Celebration & Parade — Saturday, May 5, 2012
Spring Youth Fair For more info: 360-748-0831 or www.lewiscountymuseum.org. Vader May Day Parade Vader May Day Festival and Parade takes place in Vader, about 20 minutes south of Chehalis. The parade begins in downtown Vader at 10 a.m. For more info: 360-295-3011 Centralia & Chehalis Railroad Depots Centennial Celebration — All Month, May 1-31, 2012 Come and celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the construction of the Centralia and Chehalis rail depots by visiting and admiring our area’s history. Both depots have been beautifully restored and maintained. The Centralia Depot is maintained as a working rail depot for the BNSF and Amtrak rail line. The Chehalis Depot now houses the Lewis County Historical Museum.
Spring Youth Fair, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds — May 4, 5 & 6, 2012 The Spring Youth Fair showcases local youth agricultural achievements and provides great family fun, including events, rides, and traditional food fare. For more info: 360-736-9758 or southwestwashingtonfair.net. 30th Lewis County Historical Bike Ride — Saturday, May 12, 2012 Grab your bike and get ready to tour picturesque Lewis County and see some of our more historical locations. There are several route options to choose from that include rural farmland and historical markers. Routes all start from Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis. For more info: 360262-9647.
Winlock Egg Days Memorial Day Flea Market, Packwood — May 25-28, 2012
The Packwood Flea Market is one of Lewis County’s biggest and bestattended events. From antiques and oddities, to power tools and housewares, you’ll find something unique and interesting at this famous gathering of merchants and vendors. Deals extend for miles outside this picturesque town. For more info: 360-494-2223 or www.destinationpackwood.com.
Father’s Day Dinner Steam Train Ride — Sunday, June 17, 2012 What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with a train ride on the historic Centralia-Chehalis Steam Train? Hop on the train with dad and travel through rural West Lewis County, starting in Chehalis and going as far as Ruth, a former community in the Boistfort Valley. For more info: 360-748-9593 or www.steamtrainride.com
Summerfest Demolition Derby Winlock Egg Days & Parade — June 2324, 2012
Visit historic Winlock, home of the World’s Largest Egg. Once home to a handful of booming industries, Egg Days celebrates days gone by with a car show, parade, and many additional events over the weekend. It’s family fun for all. For more info: 360-785-3606.
Summerfest, Parade & Demolition Derby — Saturday, July 4, 2012
Billetproof Car Show — Saturday, June 23, 2012 Taking place at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, this isn’t your average car show with shiny cars and fresh wax jobs. This show features cars primarily known as “Rat Rods.” You don’t have to have a nice coat of new paint for this show — a coat of grey primer will do just fine. For more info: 360-736-6072.
Summerfest is one of Lewis County’s best-attended events. From free events at Fort Borst Park including a fishing derby, games, and performances, to the evening events including a Demolition Derby at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds and a giant fireworks display that can be seen for miles in the Centralia and Chehalis area. For more info: 360-330-7674 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic — July 14-15, 2012 The Centralia-Chehalis area is the midpoint for this famed bicycle ride through Washington into Oregon. Riders and support crew spend the evening in our area to relax, sleep, and to be entertained. You’ll often find live perfor-
Southwest Washington Fair
26 mances and specialty events that occur in conjunction with this famous bicycle tour. For more info: 360-748-8885. Toledo Cheese Days — July 14-15, 2012 One of the gateways to Mount St. Helens, Toledo celebrates its historic community heritage every year with various events including a parade and several cheese-themed events. For more info: 360-864-4391. Antique Festival — July 20-22, 2012 Visit and tour historic downtown Centralia during its Antique Festival. You’ll be impressed by the unexpected items you can find. There are business that specialize — of course — in antiques, but there are also businesses that specialize in specific goods such as art, antique fixtures, antique home furnishings and more. For more info: 360-623-1106.
August 2012 Mossyrock Blueberry Festival — August 3-4, 2012 The town of Mossyrock, near Mayfield Lake, is home to the famous DeGoede Bulb Farm and the annual Blueberry Festival. This festival includes a car show, live events, and a parade in downtown Mossyrock. For more info: 360-983-3880. 70th Morton Loggers’ Jubilee — August 10-12, 2012 The historic timber town of Morton, in the shadow of the mighty Mount Rainier, celebrates its heritage with lawn mower races, logging games, events, demonstra-
Morton Logger’s Jubilee tions and a parade through downtown Morton. For more info: 360-496-6362. Southwest Washington Fair — August 14-19, 2012 For over 100 years, the Southwest Washington Fair has showcased Lewis County’s rich agricultural history. From livestock markets, to live shows and performances, to traditional fair food, activities, and rides, there’s something for everyone. For more info: 360-736-6072. Chehalis Garlic Festival — August 2426, 2012 The Chehalis Garlic Festival has become a trademark of the Centralia-Chehalis area and has grown exponentially over the past two decades. The festival features a large craft show, garlic themed food
Hub City Car Show
27 fare, and several live music performances and various activities. For more info: 360748-6848. Hub City Car Show — August 25, 2012 Hub City Car Show is one of those car shows that women tend to enjoy just as much — if not more — than the men who have cars in the show. Why, you ask? Shopping of course! Situated in historic downtown Centralia, patrons of the car show can see beautiful classic cars while walking up and down the blocks visiting all of the best best antique and specialty stores Centralia has to offer. 9am-4pm. For more info: 360-748-8885.
September 2012 ARTrails Studio Tours — September 15-16 & September 22-23, 2012 Meet dozens of local artists and see their workplaces on the annual ARTrails studio tour. From traditional oil and canvas to modern photography and sculpture, you’ll be amazed at what our locals create. For more info: 360864-2621 or www.artrailsofsww.org.
Chehalis Valley Wine September 29-30, 2012
Tree Lighting Ceremony & Visit with Santa — Saturday, November 23, 2012
The Chehalis Valley Wine Tour features a handful of our local wineries who are very proud of their craft. It’s a great way to see Lewis County and taste what we have to offer — but remember, drive safely. For more info: 360-623-1106 or chehalisvalleywinetour.com.
Be a part of the community and join us in celebrating our annual tree lighting in George Washington Park (Centralia). For more info: 360-330-7674.
For more info: 360-748-9593 or www. steamtrainride.com.
October 2012 Apple Harvest Festival — Saturday, October 6, 2012 One of the newest festivals to our area, the Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival celebrates harvest time in Lewis County with harvest themed events and apple cider making. For more info: 360978-4018. Pumpkin Steam Train Saturday, October 27, 2012
Santa Parade in Downtown Chehalis
A new twist on harvest time, get your pumpkin and ride the Steam Train!
November 2012 Providence Festival of November 19-24, 2012
Each year, the Centralia Providence Foundation puts on a fundraiser to raise money for such things in Lewis County including hospice care and other services. Come and view beautifully decorated trees and wreaths that are available for auction. This year’s auction takes place at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. For more info: 360807-7940.
December 2012 63rd Santa Parade December 1, 2012
For over 60 years, every first Saturday in December, the Santa Parade has delighted hundreds of local residents with family fun and Holiday cheer. And, after being flown in via helicopter, Santa joins the parade! Parade at 11 am. For more info: 360-748-8885. Santa Steam Train Rides — December 1,2 & December 8,9, 2012 Another twist on an old tradition ride the train with Santa! For more info: 360-748-9593 or www.steamtrainride. com.
Complete Lewis County-Area Events Guide MAY May-Sept. — Centralia Farmers Market, North Tower Ave. and East Pine Street, Centralia May 1-31 — Centennial Celebration, Centralia & Chehalis Railroad Depots, 360-748-0831 May 4, 5 & 6 — Spring Youth Fair, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 360-736-9758, www. southwestwashingtonfair.net May 5 — Vader ‘May Day’ Celebration & Parade, Vader, 360-295-3011 May 5 & 6 — Packwood Mountain Festival & Quilt Show, Packwood: 360-494-4031 May 11 — Rotary Auction, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 360-7365954 May 12 — 30th Lewis County Historical Bike Ride, Stan Hedwall Park, 360262-9647 May 12 — 17th Annual Prairie Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., www.prairieappreciationday.org May 13 — Mother’s Day Brunch & Dinner Steam Train Rides, 360-7489593, www.steamtrainride.com May 13 — Mother’s Day Swedish Pancake Breakfast, Fords Prairie Grange, 360-330-0969. May 13 - Mothers Day Express, Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, Elbe, 360492-5588, www.mrsr.com May 17 — “A is for Adam,” Centralia College Drama Production, Corbet Theatre, 360-736-9391 May 18-19 — American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Lewis County, Stan
Hedwall Park, 4pm-4pm, 360-2692923 Mid May-Oct. — Johnston Ridge Observatory Open, Mount St. Helens National Monument, 360-274-2140, www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm May 19 — Master Gardeners Plant Sale Yard Birds Mall, Chehalis May 25-28 — Memorial Day Flea Market, Packwood, 360-494-2223, www.destinationpackwood.com May 28 — 14th Annual Olympic Club Brewfest, McMenamins, Centralia, 360-736-5164, www.mcmenamins. com End of May-Sept. — Weekend Steam Train Rides, Chehalis-Centralia Steam Train, 360-748-9593, www. steamtrainride.com End of May-Oct. — Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, regular ride schedule, Elbe, 360-492-5588, www.mrsr.com
JUNE June 2 — Willapa Trail Family Bike Ride, Chehalis, 360-748-0271 x226 June 4 — Pacific NW Chamber Orchestra, Corbet Theatre, Centralia College June 16 — Swede Days Midsommer Festival, Rochester, 360-273-7974 June 17 — Father’s Day Dinner Steam Train Ride, 360-748-9593, www. steamtrainride.com June 17 — Fathers’ Day Swedish Pancake Breakfast, Fords Prairie Grange, Centralia, 360-330-0969 June 17 — Fathers Day BBQ Train, Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, Elbe,
360-492-5588, www.mrsr.com June 23 — United Way “Chef ’s Night Out,” Lucky Eagle Casino, 5 p.m., 360748-8100 June 23 — Billetproof Car Show, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 360-736-6072 June 23 — Tour de Blast, Castle Rock, www.tourdeblast.com June 23-24 — Win lock Eg g Days & Parade, Winlock, 360-785360 6 June 30 — Desert Wars Remembrance Day, Veterans Museum, 360-7408875 Mid June-Oct. — Community Farmers Market, 360-880-9546, www. communityfarmersmarket.net
JULY July 4 — Summerfest, Parade & Demolition Derby, Centralia, 360-3307674
July 4 — Pe Ell Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Display, 291-3291 July 4 — Brunch Train on the ChehalisCentralia Steam Train, 360-748-9593, www.steamtrainride.com July 6-8 — 49th Annual Schwingfest, Swiss Park, Frances, 360-748-4887 July 7-8 — Cascade Country Cookoff and Car Show, Stan Hedwall Park, 360-748-6836 July 7 — Timberland Valley Dog Show, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, www. southwestwashingtonfair.net July 13 — American Cancer Society East Lewis Relay Celebration, Morton, 253-207-5152 July 14 — Kids Day Steam Train Ride, 360-748-9593 July 14-15 — Toledo Cheese Days Toledo, 360-864-4391 July 14-15 — Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, Centralia College, 360-7488885 July 14-15 — Gun & Knife Show,
29 Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 503-363-9564 July 16-19 — Camp “Picasso 1” Children’s Art & Clay Workshop, Morgan Arts Centre, Toledo, 360-864-4278 July 20 — Visiting Nurses Golf Tournament, Riverside Golf Course, 360-623-1560 July 20-22 — Antique Festival, Downtown Centralia, 360-623-1106 July 21-22 — Napavine Funtime Festival, 360-262-3887 July 23-26 — Camp “Picasso 2” Paper Mache & Sculpture, Morgan Arts Centre, Toledo, 360-864-4278 July 23-26 — Fastpitch NW Championships Borst Park, Centralia, 360-748-3744 July 28 — Planes Trains & Automobiles, Chehalis, 9am, 360-909-5750 July 28 — Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, Lewis County Historical Museum, 360-748-0831 July 28 — Amateur Radio Swap Meet, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, www.southwestwashingtonfair.net July 28-29 — Packwood Summer Rod Run, Cowlitz River Lodge, 360-494-4275 July 28-29 — Oregon Trail Days, Tenino, 360-264-2368
July 29 — Pioneer Pie Social, Claquato Church, 360-748-0831 July 30-Aug 3 — Children’s Theater Workshop, Morgan Arts Centre, Toledo, 360-864-4278
AUGUST Aug. 3-4 — Mossyrock Blueberry Festival, Mossyrock, 360-9833880 Aug. 4 — Lewis County Amateur Golf Tournament, Riverside Golf, 360-7488182 Aug. 4 — Vietnam War Remembrance Day, Veterans Memorial Museum, 360-740-8875 Aug. 4 — Antique Truck Show, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, www.southwestwashingtonfair.net Aug. 7 — United Way “Power of the Purse,” 360-748-8100 Aug. 10-12 — 70th Annual Loggers’ Jubilee, Morton, 360-496-6362 Aug. 11-12 — 25th Annual Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival, Toledo HS, 360-866-2601 Aug. 14-19 — Southwest Washington Fair, Chehalis, 360-736-6072
Aug. 15-19 — Baseball NW - Senior Championship, Borst Park, Centralia, 360-748-3744 Aug. 24-26 — Chehalis Garlic Festival, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 360-748-6848 Aug. 25 — Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Chehalis, 360-748-9593, www. steamtrainride.com Aug. 25 — Hub City Car Show, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Downtown Centralia, 360-7488885 Aug. 25-26 — Cowlitz Threshing & Gas Show, Toledo, 360-864-2744 Aug. 31-Sept 3 — Labor Day Flea Market Packwood, 360-494-2223, www. destinationpackwood.com
SEPTEMBER Sept.-Oct. — Bulb Harvest Days, DeGoede Bulb Farm, Mossyrock, 360983-9000, www.degoedebulb.com Sept. 2 — Sunday Brunch Steam Train, Chehalis, 360-748-9593, www. steamtrainride.com Sept. 6 — United Way of Lewis County Campaign Kickoff Lunch, Great Wolf Lodge, 360-748-8100
Sept. 15 — Korean War Remembrance Day, Veterans Museum, 360-7408875 Sept. 15-16 — ARTrails Studio Tours, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 360-864-2621 Sept. 21 — United Way Golf Tournament, Riverside Golf Club, 12pm, 360-748-8100 Sept. 22 — Cowlitz Indian POW WOW, St. Mary’s, Toledo, 360-577-6962 Sept. 22-23 — Harvest Swap Meet, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 360-273-6961 Sept. 22-23 — ARTrails Studio Tours, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 360-864-2621 Sept. 29-30 — Chehalis Valley Wine Tour, 360-623-1106, www. chehalisvalleywinetour.com Sept. 29 — Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Chehalis, 360-748-9593, www. steamtrainride.com Sept. 29 — 42Five in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Corbet Theatre, Centralia College, 360-623-8100
OCTOBER Oct. 6 — Oktoberfest Swiss Park, Frances, 360-748-4887
30 Oct. 6 — Apple Harvest Festival, Onalaska, 360-978-4018 Oct. 6-7 — Gun & Knife Show, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 503-363-9564 Oct. 13-14 — Lewis County Model Train Show & Swap Meet, Yard Birds Mall, 360-985-7788 Oct. 20 — Centralia College Foundation Campaign Kickoff, Centralia College, 360-736-9391 Oct. 20 — Fall Community Garage Sale, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., 360-740-2655 Oct. 20 — Terry Barber in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Corbet Theatre, Centralia College, www.lewiscountyconcerts. org Oct. 27 — Pumpkin Steam Train Ride, Chehalis, 360-748-9593, www. steamtrainride.com Oct. 27 — Napavine Funtime Halloween Party, Napavine Elementary, 1 p.m., 360-262-3887 Oct. 31 — Halloween Safe Trick or Treat, Centralia, 360-3307670 Oct. 31 — Trick or Treat Trolley, Chehalis, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., 360-7488885
NOVEMBER Nov. 9 — Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar, Woodland Estates, 360-748-0095 Nov. 10-12 — Free Entrance Days at Mount Rainier Nov. 11 — Veterans Day Program, Chehalis LDS Church, 266-0318 Nov. 19-24 — Providence Festival of Trees, Great Wolf Lodge, 360-8077940 Nov. 17-Christmas — Poinsettia Extravaganza, DeGoede Bulb Farm, Mossyrock, 360-983-9000, www. degoedebulb.com Nov. 23 — Tree Lighting Ceremony & Visit with Santa, George Washington Park, Centralia, 360330-7674 Nov. 23 — Shopper Survival-Kit Giveaway Chamber of Commerce, Chehalis, 360-748-8885 Nov. 24 — Tower Crawl, Downtown Centralia
DECEMBER Dec. 1 — 63rd Annual Santa Parade,
Downtown Chehalis, 11 a.m., 360748-8885 Dec. 1 — Napavine Christmas Parade, Downtown Napavine, 4 p.m., 360262-3887 Dec. 1 — Crazy ‘Bout Holidays Gift Show, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 360-736-6072 Dec. 1 — Ann Fontanella in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Corbet Theatre, Centralia College, 360-623-8100, www. lewiscountyconcerts.org Dec. 1-2 — Westminster Bells Concert, Local Presbyterian Churches, 360748-0091 Dec. 1,2 & 8,9 — Santa Steam Train Rides, Chehalis, 360-748-9593, www. steamtrainride.com Dec. 7-9 — Dickens, Christmas Home Tours Visiting Nurses, 360-6231560 Dec. 9 — World War II Veterans Dinner, Veterans Memorial Museum, 360-740-8875 Dec.14-16 — 17th Annual Nutcracker Ballet, Corbet Theatre, 360-7484789 Dec. 15 — Celebration of Life Ceremony, Veterans Memorial Museum, Chehalis, 360-623-1560
2013 Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day Swedish Pancake Breakfast, Fords Prairie Grange, Centralia, 330-0969 Jan. 12 — Yana Reznik in Concert, Corbet Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Feb.-March — Spring Fever Days DeGoede Bulb Farm, Mossyrock, 360-983-9000, www.degoedebulb.com March 2013 — Miss Lewis County Pageant (TBA) Early March — White Pass Winter Carnival, White Pass Ski Resort, 509945-3189 (TBA) Mid March — Home & Garden Show (TBA) Late March — Community Garage Sale (TBA) April — Tulip Festival, DeGoede Bulb Farm, Mossyrock, 360-983-9000, www.degoedebulb.com Mid April — Pe Ell River Run, Chehalis River near Pe Ell to Rainbow Falls State Park Late April — 22nd Annual Knowledge Bowl (TBA) April 28 — Side Street Strutters, Corbet Theatre, 2:30 p.m.
Published on Feb 12, 2013