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Traveler’s Companion

The Definitive Guide to SW Washington

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

5 Publisher’s Welcome 6 Pacific County 8 Willapa Harbor 9 Tokeland 10 Raymond 14 South Bend 17 Bay Center 18 Long Beach Peninsula 20 Naselle 20 Seaview 21 Ilwaco 22 Long Beach 24 Ocean Park 26 Wahkiakum County 27 Cathlamet 28 Cowlitz County 29 Ryderwood 29 Toutle 30 Castle Rock 31 Woodland 32 Silver Lake and Kid Valley 33 Kelso 33 Kalama 33 Longview 34 Lewis County 35 Salkum 36 Map 38 Toledo 39 Vader 39 Winlock 40 Chehalis

41 Centralia 42 Mossyrock 45 Randle 46 Morton 46 Packwood 50 Grays Harbor County 52 Westport 58 North Beach 59 Ocean Shores 60 Hoquiam 61 Aberdeen 63 Cosmopolis 63 Montesano 64 Elma 66 Grays Harbor County Fair 68 McCleary 69 Advertisers Index

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elcome to Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. You are in for a beautiful journey. My name is Pat Myers and I am the publisher of the Traveler’s Companion. I would like to give you a preview of what you are about to become a part of as you tour our lands. These are the most lush and prolific of forests found on the North American continent. In fact, the Olympic Forest, just north of the Raymond-Aberdeen area, is categorized as a true rainforest – the only one that exists in the country. Along with these magnificent forests come a myriad of species of flora and fauna. You may see redheaded woodpeckers knocking at a giant Douglas fir. Nesting Canadian geese may be escorting their goslings down one of the many waterways. The Roosevelt elk are very abundant from the volcanic Cascades all the way to the coastal communities. The beautiful wood duck finds its nests in the trees along our rivers and streams. The great bald eagle nests, hunts, and thrives here. Don’t be surprised if you spy the black-tail deer feeding in someone’s backyard or a raccoon racing across the road in front of you. This list of plants and animals could number in the thousands, so I will keep it short and say just this … stay alert as you travel and you will see. The fishing here is world class. The coastal communities enjoy ocean fishing year-round with the salmon season opening in June. On the coast, you can jump on board with one of the many friendly charter boat captains who can put you right on the fish. Halibut, bottom

fish such as sea bass and lingcod, and salmon, are the most popular on the coast. As you move inland, the fishing changes to freshwater rivers, streams and lakes; it’s all good fishing. The mighty steelhead, the many salmon species, sturgeon, bass, trout, northern pike, walleye, crappie and perch, just to name a few, are all found in abundance in these waters. With the railways and coastal ports supporting the timber industry since the 1800s, access to this land was easy for the early settlers. An interesting result of this area’s early development are the antiques that can be found in abundance. There are many shops with tons of great finds. You will also find many restored, turn-of-the-century homes and mansions. The cuisine of the Northwest is also wonderful. Eating is one thing the locals really like to do, and as a result, there are many great places to sample a diversity of fantastic foods. I have lived in the Northwest for 24 years now. And I love this land. My past addresses include the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Colorado, the island life of Galveston, Texas, and the beach life of Los Angeles. Now I awake everyday to songbirds singing at my window. I look out to the mist-covered, forested hills, and I hear the river babbling close by. I realize that I am at home and at peace. So, let me be the first to welcome you to our home and to invite you to stay as long as you can. Pat Myers, Publisher

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Dear Traveler,

Cover Photo Bulb farms are located throughout southwest Washington. During the spring flower festivals occur in various locations. Be sure to visit these areas when the flowers bloom and produce a riot of color. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of the events that happen throughout southwest Washington have been canceled for 2020.


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Welcome to Pacific County

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Pacific County was formed by the government of Oregon Territory in 1851 and named for the Pacific Ocean. South Bend is the county seat and Raymond is the largest city. Oysterville, established in 1852, was the original county seat until the late 19th century. Pacific County is centered on the Willapa Bay, a region that provides twenty-five percent of the United States’ oyster harvest, though forestry, fishing, and tourism are also important elements of the county’s economy. From the harbor to the ocean, you’ll find lots to enjoy and explore in the county in the most southwestern corner of the State of Washington. .


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Discovery awaits you on the Willapa Harbor. Experience the past in one of the great local museums. The Northwest Carriage Museum is a true gem and with their recent expansion, there is even more to explore. Be sure to stop and peer into local maritime history at the Seaport Museum when you finish your tour of the carriages, coaches, and other land-bound modes of transportation. Continue into South Bend for the Pacific County Historical Museum, where you can journey further into the local past. Can’t get enough history? Discover some of the places and things that shaped our communities. Spend some time exploring the fine details of the tile work, sculpted trim, and stained glass under the rotunda of the Pacific County Courthouse, which is featured on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Bring home a little of our past from one of our antique shops. Picturesque homes and church buildings will remind you of old-world craftsmanship and days gone by. Then there’s the historic Raymond Theatre, still in operation after more than eighty years. They offer weekend showings of recently released films on digital equipment as well as a stage for live performers - and the acoustics are superb! Just ask anyone who has ever attended a Sunday Afternoon Live concert. You can even rent the theater for private parties.

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Next door to the Raymond Theatre you’ll find Pacific Fine Art Gallery/Studio. Check out this recent addition to Raymond’s downtown where you’ll find work by painter Judith Perry and other area artists. Visit pacificfineart.studio online to view some of the pieces on display, then visit in person. Looking to discover the great outdoors? Begin here in North Pacific County. There’s an abundance of wildlife for the nature lover. Shore birds abound, especially during their migration times in late winter and early spring. It’s easy to spot a herd of elk if you look out to the tree line at the edge of the pastures and fields. Look closely as you pass the steel sculptures of black-tailed deer along Highway 101 in Raymond and you may discover their live counterparts grazing peacefully alongside. The Rails-to-Trails bike trail that runs through Raymond into South Bend gives you an opportunity to meander along the banks of the Willapa River. There are several camping options along the river and beyond, and a dozen parks of all shape and sizes for day use. The Willapa River and Bay are a kayaker’s paradise. The kayak dock near Robert Bush Park in South Bend puts you in right in the middle of it all. A kayak dock has also been placed in Raymond at the Raymond Riverfront Park on Alder Street. Local residents use the waterways to commute to work and shop the local area by kayak or boat, as well as to enjoy a fun day on the water. Many tourists seek the waters to get a different view of the area and enjoy

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Named for a nineteenth-century chief of the Chehalis Tribe, the shore-side community of Tokeland sits on the north end of Willapa Bay on the Tokeland Penninsula. The community boasts a casino, several places to stay, as well as seafood and maritime facilities. Looking to park your vessel? Tokeland Harbor hosts the Tokeland Marina, operated by the Raymond-based Port of Willapa Harbor. Moorage is provided by the marina for 45 vessels of up to 45-feet in length. The marina is dredged to 10 feet below mean low tide, while the entrance from the bay is dredged to 15 feet below mean low tide. Various shore-side facilities are available, including a double-wide boat launch ramp and the 30-site Tokeland RV Park. Those looking to try their hand at a game of chance will enjoy time spent at the very recently remodeled Shoalwater Bay Casino. Besides gaming activities, dinning and lodging are also available. A free shuttle service serves casino patrons coming from Long Beach on Mondays and Thursdays, while those from Aberdeen are served by the shuttle on Tuesdays. Looking for a place to stay or to hold a get-together? The Tokeland Hotel and Restaurant is a national historic landmark overlooking Willapa Bay. The establishment is billed as the oldest resort hotel in Washington and was utilized as a family home before being turned into an inn in 1889. Facilities are available for weddings, reunions, and other large group gatherings.

You won’t find the big box stores here. Instead, discover the one-stop shopping at the aforementioned Dennis Company, or treat yourself in one of the specialty shops between Raymond and South Bend. From hardware to “shabby chic” and antiques, specialty teas to German chocolates, scrapbooking to seafood, the local merchants look forward to serving you. Two neighborhood supermarkets and a weekend Public Market will help you meet your needs, whether you’re staying here for a week or just for the day. Discover great music at the Willapa Harbor Festival in downtown Raymond the first weekend in August and experience family fun at the Pacific County Fair in Menlo and “Come and Play on Labor Day,” the multiday celebration in South Bend. If you need more information to plan your visit, stop in at the Visitor’s Center on Commercial Street in Raymond, send an email to info@willapaharbor.org, or find us on Facebook and Pinterest. Discovery awaits -- so what are you waiting for?

Restaurant hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Those in need of medical care don’t have to look far. They can visit the Shoalwater Bay Tribe’s health clinic. More than half of the patients seen annually are not tribal members.

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the multitude of locations to come ashore and enjoy the natural habitat. Life can be gracefully slower here. It’s a little easier to breathe deeply and take in the scent of fir trees while listening to the sound of birds and the gentle lapping of the water. Boating in a vessel that’s somewhat larger? You’ll find moorage along Willapa Bay. Or you can launch your boats in South Bend right off Highway 101. Discover the thrill of wrestling a salmon or sturgeon from the incredibly clear waters. Wade out in the mud on our great clamming beaches, or enjoy freshly caught Dungeness crab. Sportsmen know that the Willapa Harbor area is home to deer, elk, and ducks. The Dennis Company offers tackle and gear, as well as hunting and fishing licenses … as well as some local expertise. If you’re a fan of oysters look no further -- you’ve discovered the “Oyster Capital of the World.” Oysters love the waters of the Willapa, and you’ll love our oysters. You can buy them fresh from one of the oyster farms or visit a local restaurant to sample their specialty dish.



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Welcome to Raymond, the city of the steel sculptures. We welcome all tourists and would like to invite you to become better acquainted with our small, but friendly town. As you cross the bridge entering Raymond from the north on Highway 101, you will see the Weyerhaeuser Mill following the banks of the Willapa River to the right. This mill is the primary industry in our town.

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Follow the curving entrance on the right, travelling south on Hwy 101, into downtown Raymond and proceed down Third Street. The Raymond Theatre is the ornate building located a couple of blocks down on the left hand side in the middle of the block between Duryea and Commercial Streets. This beautifully maintained historical theatre, built in 1926, still offers popular Hollywood movies each week and live performances by local and national talents all year long. Several blocks further Third Street dead-ends at the Riverfront Park and Flag Plaza. This park offers pleasant outdoor strolling on an open plaza, boardwalk, and pier overlooking the South Fork of the Willapa River. Three attractive buildings nearby house the Willapa Seaport Museum,

the Northwest Carriage Museum, and the Willapa Bay Public Market. The Northwest Carriage Museum offers a priceless selection of historical buggies and carriages from across the country, and just recently renovated and added on to their building, allowing for more carriages. The museum has been expanded by 2,860 square feet. The Willapa Bay Public Market offers arts and crafts produced by local artists and local products, as well as fresh produce (in season) from local farms and gardens. This is also the corner of town that the Willapa Harbor festival is held at, and the festival is usually held around the beginning of August annually in downtown Raymond, celebrating the summer months with live music, merchant sales, dances and food vendors. The festival is really about bringing business back into the downtown area


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of Raymond. A classic car show is usually held in conjunction with the Willapa Harbor Festival, along with a parade through the downtown. Turn left onto Alder Street for two blocks, then left again onto Fifth Street. On the left, you will pass the Dennis Company, the largest department store in town, which has served the people of Raymond for more than 100 years. Just across the street from Dennis Company, near the east end of the park is one of the two older giant wooden statues in our city – The Longshoreman, a tribute to our early history as a shipping center. Halfway through the park, one-half block west on Commercial Street, is the Visitor’s Information Center, which offers brochures, maps, and tourist information, as well as friendly locals who will gladly try to answer all your questions. Proceed to the north end of the park, where you will see the Dr. O. R. Nevitt Memorial Swimming Pool, the city wading pool for young folks, and some unusual and unique play equipment for the kids. This part of the park is the site of the other older giant wooden statue – The Logger, a tribute to our early logging industry. At the corner of Fifth and Duryea streets, across from the park, is the



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Known as the “Oyster Capital of the World�, South Bend is the gateway to Willapa Bay. Oysters from Willapa Bay are known around the world for their quality and flavor. Willapa Bay is one of the few pristine estuaries left in the nation. Hunting, fishing, bird watching and kayaking are a few of the many activities available in and around South Bend for those who like to get outside and enjoy nature.



South Bend is the seat of Pacific County and was officially incorporated on September 27, 1890. South Bend is the birthplace of the state song, Washington My Home, by Helen Davis. This quaint little city on the bay, which calls itself the “Oyster Capital of the World,” is a great place to escape the pressures of the hectic, fast-paced world and yet still remain in touch. Come spend the day with us! Located on the Willapa River and nearby Willapa Bay, it is one of the last pristine estuaries in the nation. South Bend offers a moderate climate, nearby hunting, fishing, and water-based recreation, and is the gateway to the Long Beach Peninsula. South Bend is home to the Pacific County Court House, constructed in 1902 and featuring a tiled rotunda capped by a Tiffany-style stained-glass dome. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. This unique building is a must see for travelers. Its beauty will amaze you. It’s a perfect spot for a little picnic with many photo opportunities. An economy based on timber, oyster farming and processing, fishing, agriculture, and food processing supports a quaint downtown shopping area of gift shops, antique stores, a grocery store, motels, and restaurants. Dining opportunities on offer include seafood, Chinese, American, and Mexican cuisine, as well as various lounges and coffee shops. The Pacific County Museum, located in the center of downtown, is a virtual warehouse of documents and photos as well as historical displays. The staff is very knowledgeable about the history of the area. You’ll want to make this your first stop, as you might be there longer than you think. South Bend’s citizens are very proud of having one of the few state-of-the-art micro-

South Bend Courthouse filtration water treatment facilities in the State of Washington. South Bend has also joined forces with the neighboring town of Raymond on a $30-plus-million-dollar regional wastewater sewage plant to continue to keep the Willapa River one of the cleanest rivers in the world. Take a walk from Eklund Park, where new restrooms have been added to enhance the Steve Russell Walking Trail, which connects Raymond to South Bend and the South Bend school system. Just north of South Bend is the Willapa Harbor Carriage Museum with nearly 50 completely restored carriages, including the carriage used in the film “Gone with the Wind.” This is a must see! A walk through the scenic town of South Bend will take you along boardwalks, gardens, parks, and even in front of the historic Carnegie Library, which also is on the National Historic Registry and is of course another must see! The Pacific County Transit System connects South Bend with bus transportation to Aberdeen in the north, as well as to the Long Beach Peninsula and Astoria, Oregon, to the south. The city is also home to a first-rate K-12 educational facility. The South Bend Indians are rich in history, and if you talk to a graduate of South Bend, you will see their face just light up with excitement. Just three

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miles away is a Grays Harbor Community College satellite campus. A remodeled 26-bed hospital and its accompanying assisted living residence, Alder House, are within blocks of downtown. The city offers two banking facilities, a full-service post office, county buildings, an 1890’s steam donkey, and several real estate offices, which will certainly be glad to offer their services to assist you in settling in South Bend in order to enjoy relaxed living. Some notable native South Benders are actress Helen Kleeb, who played Miss Mamie Baldwin on the TV series The Waltons; comedian and satirist Pat Paulsen; and Helen Davis, who wrote what was to be adopted in 1959 as the official state song. Davis donated all proceeds from the song to the Washington State Tourism Department – just another example of the great people who reside in the City of South Bend. Come spend the day with us. You’ll be glad you did! By Kirk C. Church, Former Mayor of South Bend ARTIST TOUCH As you travel along Highway 101 be on the lookout for the Riverside Gallery located in South Bend, Washington. You can’t miss the bright red sign with the artist multicolored hand print! It’s the perfect spot to stop and take a break. This artist cooperative is home to over 16 artists from Pacific County and surrounding areas. As you enter the Gallery you are warmly greeted by one of the many artists donating their

time that day. They are eager to share their art and the art of their fellow artist in the gallery. If you are lucky, you will find the “artist at work.” Take your time and discover the contemporary to the whimsical in watercolors, acrylics, photography, pottery, jewelry and so much more. One of a kind art. I’m sure locals and travelers will find that “something” that will bring joy and remembrance of their drive along Scenic Highway 101. Just that perfect “Artist Touch.” Riverside Gallery is located at 1015 W. Robert Bush Dr., South Bend, WA.

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Situated on Goose Point Peninsula near the center of the eastern edge of Willapa Bay at the mouth of the Palix River, the community of Bay Center is focused around the oyster industry, with several aquaculture and seafood processing operations forming the backbone of the local economy. Commercial fishing and processing of Dungeness crab, salmon, and Manila clams are also of economic importance. Historically, the indigenous population inhabiting the area were predominately Chinook. Fresh oysters and other locally produced foods and products are available for retail purchase at Goose Point Oysters located on Niawaukum Street off of Highway 101. With a gorgeous view of pristine Willapa Bay off their back-patio area, customers are welcome to avail themselves of the available barbeque equipment to grill up their oyster purchase. Dock of the Bay restaurant on Bay Center Road offers seafood, shellfish, and general American fair. Hours vary on a seasonal basis but are typically 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Specials include prime rib on Fridays, seafood bucket on Sundays, and tacos on Thursdays. Camping enthusiasts will find themselves welcome at the Bay Center/Willapa Bay

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KOA. The campground is located in a picturesque forest environment with a scenic nature trail leading from the campground to the beach. The beach is a perfect spot for bird-watchers and beachcombers, and big foot himself can be found lurking along the trail. Activities include swimming in the tidal bay, raking for delicious steamer clams (license required), riding on the KOA’s three-wheel banana-peel bikes, and playing a game of volleyball, basketball, badminton, or horseshoes. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the campground plays host to ice cream socials and family activities each weekend. Days spent camping are best rounded out by observing the beautiful sunsets over the bay. Also notable in Bay Center is the community’s post office, which has been in operation since 1876.

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Often called the ‘Cape Cod of the West,’ the Peninsula wraps an arm around Willapa Bay like a protective parent, shielding the region’s habitats and inhabitants from sea winds and storm waves. Giant storm waves crash at Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park Photo by Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau

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across the Chinook River. Later, the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company built a narrow-gauge railroad passing down the main street of Chinook. The railroad was dismantled in 1931. Come launch your boat at the Port of Chinook or visit the interpretive sites located at Dismal Nitch and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in McGowan.

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The community of Naselle first flourished as a logging town, and logging remains the dominant private industry. Settled primarily by Finnish and Scandinavian immigrants, the community has maintained this cultural heritage despite a declining percentage of traditional family names. Since 1982, Naselle has hosted a “Finnish-American Folk Festival” every APPELO ARCHIVES CENTER other year, and in 2006 co-hosted, with the nearby city of Astoria, Ore., Logging Museum, Café, Library & Bookstore the national FinnFest USA festival. To learn more about Naselle visit The Appelo Archives Center specializes in the Appelo Archive Center and Loffpreserving and presenting the history of the ing Museum. Naselle-Grays River Valley area of SW Washington. Though very near the Columbia The Archives offers a museum, café, local River’s estuary, the valley’s Naselle genealogy, library, archival materials, River flows west into nearby Wiland bookstore. lapa Bay and then into the Pacific Ocean. Close about the town lie the OPEN Wednesday through Friday evergreen covered Willapa Hills. An (9:00am to 2:00pm) early settler along the river called Saturday (10:00am to 2:00pm) it the Kenebec. The name comes from the Nisal Indians, a Chinookan tribe formerly residing on the river. OUR BEST SELLING BOOK:

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The gateway to the Long Beach Peninsula, Seaview is a town that arose from one settler looking to run a vacation resort within view of the ocean. A man from Ohio named Jonathan Stout, who was a cooper (or someone who generally works with wood in making utensils, casks, drums, and barrels, as well as other accessories) purchased 153 acres of land along the ocean front. Stout registered and recorded his townsite at the Pacific County Courthouse in October of 1881, and began selling lots that were mostly fifty by one hundred feet for $100 even. The lots were popular among Portland residents, as the area was and still is a popular vacation spot. Many people would take a steamboat down the Columbia River to Astoria, where they would dismount and board a smaller steamboat to take them to Ilwaco, from where they would ride by stage coach in to Seaview. In the year 1900, the South Bend Journal recorded that the

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number of summer vacationers was an astonishing 20,000. A half mile of accumulated sand covered with trees currently separates Stout’s hotel site from the ocean, due to the effects of the North Jetty at the mouth of the Columbia River. In 1889 the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company started regular service on a narrow gauge railroad that ran up the Long Beach Peninsula. The Seaview Depot, which was just a shed along with a platform, sat right near Stout’s Seaview House hotel. In 1905, a standard depot was built in place of the shed, which ran all the way until 1930, when car and pedestrian ferries and highways took over the industry. Today, the Depot Restaurant is operated out of the very same building as the Seaview Depot, where they feature fine dining with fine wines, microbrews, a heated outdoor deck and special events going on throughout the year. Other attractions and businesses in Seaview may not necessarily be rooted in the origins of the town, but are equally putting Seaview’s name on the map.

travelerscompanion-tc.com The city of Ilwaco was first settled by Henry Feister in 1851. He named the city after Elwahko Jim, the son in law of Chief Comcomly. Ilwaco spawned a narrow-gauge railway, the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company, to which it owes its early development. The Clamshell Railroad provided the primary transportation from Ilwaco in the south to Nahcotta in the north, making peninsula communities accessible to each other and allowing for those in the area to have a reliable route to outside markets. The town was a transportation hub for travelers that were traveling to the Long Beach Peninsula, which is still to this day a popular vacation destination. Fishing has been a major industry for Ilwaco ever since the late 1800s when a deep channel between Fort Canby and Sand Island enabled fishermen to set traps, allowing for bigger bounties. Ilwaco’s boat basin is a major hub for commercial fishermen and the Port of Ilwaco charter fishing, and recreational fishing runs from May to October. The port is also where the town hosts its popular Saturday market,

where vendors sell their farm stand-style items and crafts at the Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco running April 29 to September 23. Ilwaco hosts many events throughout the year, including Feel the Thunder Fireworks at the Port on July 3, followed by the Firecracker 5k Walk and Run on July 4. The Clamshell Railroad Days is in mid-July and celebrates the history of the city and its roots. In late July, there is the Deep Canyon Challenge, a fishing derby that helps feed the hungry in both Washington and Oregon. September brings the Slow Drag at the Port, a classic car show and race. The annual Cranberrian Fair in October is a celebration of local harvest and includes all things cranberry, as well as food, crafters, vendors, and entertainment. The year continues with the November “Ocian in View” cultural weekend, Saturday Christmas Markets in late November and early December, and the December lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas Tree. Don’t forget to visit the Cape Disappointment State Park while in the area. The park is a great spot for hiking, camping and beachcombing. During the summer the park is the location for the Waikiki Beach Concert Series.

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Friendly, festive and welcoming, Long Beach has all the elements for good times spent at the seashore. Here, memorable sights and sounds abound: A glittering carousel, saltwater taffy, laughter of children, invigorating salt air. Visitors can pedal a bicycle surrey, stroll a boardwalk, window shop, and enjoy a giant ice cream cone, while gazing out to sea. An old-fashion beach town, Long Beach welcomes families with numerous outdoor festivals, salt water taffy, fish n chips, carnival rides, Marsh’s Free Museum, kite shops, video arcades, miniature golf, and many more entertaining activities. Lantern-style street lamps, flower-filled planters along the sidewalks, and a regal street clock reminiscent of the Old World add cheerful touches to the main street. The world’s largest clam pan is one of many unique attractions found in one of the town’s pocket parks. Colorful mosaic columns, weathered wooden seals, sea lions, orcas, an octopus and seahorses decorate nearby parks. An old-fashioned gazebo often hosts traveling musicians, and another nearby outdoor stage is the setting for larger bands. Not to be missed is a walk along the sun-bleached, half-mile boardwalk with interpretive panels, picnic areas and picnic tables. Unlike other boardwalks, this one is build over grassy dunes and affords great views of the Pacific Ocean. A favorite attraction is the 8.2-mile long, paved Discovery Trail. Enjoyed by pedestrians and bicyclists alike, this interpretive trail meanders through dunes from north Long Beach into Ilwaco. With a superb collection of kites from across the globe, the World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame showcases a rotating selection of over 1,500 kites, including a 200-foot dragon kite with a head the size of a chair! The museum is a must-see during the annual, weeklong Washington State International Kite Festival, which takes full advantage of perfect ocean breezes to fill the skies over the beach with a panorama

of colorful kite designs. Fascination and fun come together at Marsh’s Free Museum, an emporium boasting such treasures as Jake the Alligator Man, whose birthday is celebrated every August with a huge outdoor party. The world’s smallest execution machine is there as is a mechanical gypsy, who will tell fortunes for a few coins. Sandsations and City Sandsations bring both professional and amateur sandcastle builders to Long Beach to work wonders with truckloads of sand. This four-day event also brings sand into the downtown Long Beach for demonstrations and hands-on workshops. The more adventurous can take a horseback ride along pounding surf or sign up for a Rib-Eye Ride – an evening horseback ride including a dinner prepared over a campfire.

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Ocean Park Area Pacific County

The tiny towns on the peninsula are small gems with big hearts. They’re picturesque, vibrant, and home to communities who keep their area’s traditions alive while also inviting exciting new events and institutions to join in with open arms. Each of these lovely little towns is worth a visit. From Oysterville, to Ocean Park, no matter which one you set your sights on, when you arrive you’ll encounter hospitality to spare. However, we really should warn you: These tiny towns are all so charming, so lovely, and so darned friendly, that once you visit, you’ll be anxiously looking at real estate, hoping to move right in. To help our guests find their way around, we are going to list some of the “don’t miss spots.” Please visit the Chamber web site for web page listings and more information on the businesses, activities and events found here. The address is http://opwa.com Leadbetter State Park and the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge - If nature, peace and solitude are your desires at the beach, then this is the place to go. It is possible to see over 100 varieties of birds here as well as black bear, deer, elk, and a host of smaller animals in the Refuge. The park does require the Washington State “Discover Pass” which is $11.50/day or $35.00/year for vehicle access. Jack’s Country store sells these passes. Nahcotta Tidelands Interpretive Site The Interpretive Center on Sandridge Rd. has signage describing animal and plant life in Willapa Bay. It is the only place where oysters

can be harvested on this side of the bay. Oysters must be shucked on site and the shells left there for future oysters to grow on. The Beach - The Ocean Park Area beaches are famous for razor clams, “treasure hunting” and for being able to drive on the beach at low tide. If you have a disability, or walking in soft sand is difficult, our drivable beach offers the opportunity to easily visit the waters edge. The Chamber Web site provides links about Razor clamming. Oysterville – is a very special historic place with its beautiful church, pioneer school house, vintage homes and walking tour brochure (available in the old church). Vesper services are held each Sunday during the summer and the church or school house are available for weddings and a variety of community activities. Unbelievable peace and solitude are found here. Ocean Park Walking Tour - The walking tour brochure is available at the Chamber office and online. The selfguided tour offers an interesting glimpse into the remnants of Ocean Park’s past. Willapa Bay Interpretive Center - Visit a replica of the residence of oystermen and their families. The Interpretive Center has a video and commands a beautiful view of Willapa Bay. Port of Peninsula - Offers a close up view of the bustling shellfish and seafood industry with its deep roots in the area. Watch oystermen head out at sunrise, make use of the public boat ramp or enjoy the multiple events held at the new cedar fenced park shaded by

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travelerscompanion-tc.com Oysterville Post Office - The Oysterville post office is the oldest in the state operating under the same name. Oysterville Cemetery - Chinook Indian Chief Nahcati is buried here along with many early settlers and sailors. For a history buff this is a fascinating place and it is also very quiet and peaceful. Nahcotta Post Office - shares the building with Bailey’s Bakery & Cafe. It’s fun to just go in the old post office and imagine what life in Nahcotta was like 100 years ago. Garlic Festival - For over 30 years it has been “Chic to Reek” in Ocean Park on the 3rd weekend in June. Come join us for two fun-filled days of musical entertainment, plus food and craft vendors. This is the ideal place to buy all of the garlic variety items and condiments that you cannot find at your local stores. Old Fashioned 4th of July - Every year Ocean Park hosts a 4th of July Parade that brings families from Washington and the neighboring states to participate in the parade. Kid’s bicycles are decorated for free, there are fire trucks galore, an official flyover by the Coast Guard, family decorated floats and a good time is had by all. A very special small town family parade!

Art in the Park – In an effort to feature our many talented local artists, The Chamber sponsors “Art in the Park” on the 4th of July. Located on Sheldon Field, across from the school where the parade ends. Please join everyone shopping for local crafts and art work. Water Music Festival - In October we celebrate bringing fabulous music to the Long Beach Peninsula. Join us as we present three exciting concerts, each of which features remarkable artist ensembles. Jazz and Oysters - An outdoor concert for Jazz enthusiasts! Two fabulous jazz bands. Great food! Grilled oysters. Beer and wine garden. Dogs welcome in designated areas. Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy. Rod Run to the End of the World – Since 1983, the Beach Barons Car Club has hosted a car show for approximately 750 participants to show off their cars to avid attendees at their 30 acre field, the weekend after Labor Day. There are also food, car product and craft vendors plus a swap meet. If you have any interest in cars at all, you’ll see a variety of cars 30 years and older all in one place. Awesome! This just scratches the surface of activities to do and places to see. Come Visit! Relax! Enjoy! For More information www.opwa.com

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a noble tree with the retired boat, Mae West, serving as a performance stage.



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Welcome to Wahkiakum County

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The ferry connects Cathlamet to Westport in Oregon on the Lower Columbia River. This is the last remaining ferry operating on this river. Enjoy your step back in time to this special spot in Southwest Washington. Hotel Cathlamet was built in 1926 originally as a hotel. It has been many things over the years and in 2010 it was converted back to a 19 room hotel. After undergoing major renovations, the Hotel Cathlamet is handicapped accessible with each room having a private bath. However, many original features and its historic charm remain! Centrally located on the middle of Main Street, it allows easy access to everything Wahkiakum County has to offer. Enjoy breakfast, the library and seating area with a view to downtown, ideal for parade viewing. You will be welcomed with new owners who live in Cathlamet. Next door to the hotel is Lower Columbia Realty, Designated Kay Cochran and the entire office are ready to show you residential and commercial property. Step in the next door to one of the newer businesses. It’s Daisy Chain Floral. This welcoming shop and owner offers an array of cut flowers and arrangements. You’ll also find gift items for your shopping pleasure. Across the street from the hotel is Tsuga Gallery. Featuring artists from Wahkiakum, find an ever changing show and display featuring various media. Head toward the port and take a stop in River Mile 38 Brewing Co. So you’ve left the city Cathlamet in Wahkiakum. Time to venture out into the county. Head west to Skamokowa. “Little Venice” was designed with houses and other buildings facing the water. Usually with a dock and boat, it was linked via boardwalks. People rowed to church, mercantile establishments, or to visit friends or family in other parts of the community. Listed on the National Register as a National Historic District in 1976, it is one of the few surviving examples of a small water based community once common along the lower Columbia River. Grays River and Rosburg are twin picturesque farming communities on the Grays River named for Captain Gray. Scenic drives and cycling routes are popular attraction sin the area. The historic Grays River Covered Bridge, Ahlberg Park and Deep River Lutheran Church are a must see. Built in 1905 this covered bridge is the last in use in Washington

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state. Other sites include Rosburg Community Hall where a Crab and Oyster Feed is held every March. Both communities boast wonderful fishing and hunting along with camping. Back to Cathlamet, head over the bridge to Puget Island. The island is 3 miles wide and 7 miles long, nearly 5,000 acres, and the largest island in the county. Population in 2000 was 800. Plan a visit to the farmer’s market featuring local products and produce. CH Smoked Fish is at home on Puget Island on your way to the Wahkiakum County Ferry. Find their products at festivals, events, area stores including Cathlamet Market Fresh and the area Costco. They will also help prepare your fish for travel. For the smallest Washington state county in total area, there are many LARGE reasons to visit Wahkiakum.

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Cowlitz County

Welcome to Cowlitz County

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travelerscompanion-tc.com Driving south on I-5, Exit 59 is the last one before crossing into Cowlitz Co. A marker on the east side of the freeway commemorates the site as Cowlitz Landing, where boat and overland travel overlapped in the days of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The exit is marked Vader / Ryderwood / SR 506, and the scenic road meanders west for 9 miles through Vader before dipping into Cowlitz Co. and ending at the historic little town of Ryderwood. Ryderwood’s first history dates to 1923 when Long-Bell Lumber Company built both Longview and Ryderwood. It was Ryderwood’s timber that fueled the new mills in Longview. R. A. Long wanted reliable and happy loggers so he built the first logging town for families. And a real town it was: a fullservice Mercantile, Post Office, school, church, gas station, theater, bowling alley, jewelry store and more. Maximum population reached approximately 2000. After most of the logs and loggers were

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Toutle is a small community east of Castle Rock on Spirit Lake Highway that leads to Mount St. Helens. This scenic area is filled with outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, fishing, hunting, and water skiing in the summer, as well as snow sports in the winter. There are several resorts along Spirit Lake Highway that offer their own unique accommodations. There are lakefront hotels and campgrounds, as well as bed and breakfast options. Just outside of Toutle is the Riverdale Raceway, featuring both motocross and drag race tracks. This raceway runs their outdoor motocross tracks year-round for both events and practice sessions. All levels of riders from kids on 50cc bikes to experienced riders will find the tracks both fun and challenging. They also welcome quads. The year-round track is open every weekend except

for extreme weather conditions or if there is an event that uses both tracks. The drag strip is set up for Sportsman 500 1/8mile handicap racing. Drag racing is very weather dependent, so be sure to check the website for race details. Visit www.riverdaleraceway.com for more information. Less the 20 miles east of Toutle at the end of State Highway 504 (Spirit Lake Highway), travelers will find the Mount St. Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory. Johnston Ridge is located in the heart of the Mount St. Helens blast zone. The center’s interpretive displays indelibly portray the sequence of geologic events that transformed the landscape and opened up a new era in the science of monitoring an active volcano and forecasting eruptions. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Visit www.fs.usda. gov/mountsthelens for more information.

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gone, Long-Bell sold the entire town to the newly formed Senior Estates, Inc. for $96,000 in 1953. This was the beginning of Ryderwood’s second unique history as the country’s oldest retirement community. The old houses, many of which remain today, were pretty dilapidated but had “good bones” and the hardy crew of retirees quickly turned them into show places. The town’s reputation for volunteerism and neighborliness was evident at the outset. Today, all of Ryderwood’s 274 homes are reserved for senior citizens over 55. Besides the older homes, several 1923-era buildings remain: Community Hall, Post Office (continuous operation), Community Church, Pioneer Hall (prior First Aid Station) and Library building (former café). The town hosts a monthly veterans breakfast (1st Saturdays), Town-Wide Garage Sales the last weekends of the “A” Months (April and August), 4th of July Parade and Picnic, Craft Fairs and “The Nest” Gift Shop. Learn more at www. ryderwood.org.


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Castle Rock Cowlitz County

Castle Rock is the northernmost city in Cowlitz County. Located between the Willapa Hills and western base of Mt. St. Helens, Castle Rock is at the start of Washington timber country in the Pacific temperate rainforest. Castle Rock is named for a volcanic rock outcropping over the Cowlitz River, “The Rock,” rising 190 feet on the south side of the city. The rock formation, resembling a castle, became a geographic landmark for Cowlitz Indians and Hudson Bay Company traders as early as 1832. Today, it is the location of The Rock Community Park, with hiking trails, picnic tables, and a historical marker. Castle Rock is centered primarily on the donation land claim of Eliza and William Huntington, who settled at the location in 1852. The city was platted Dec. 12, 1888, and incorporated on June 20, 1890. Castle Rock prospered as a Cowlitz River steamboat port and trading center for valley farms. The local sawmill was the first to produce cedar shingles, using Western Red Cedar, which grows in abundance in the region. By 1940, the population had reached 1,182 and was supported by dairy farming, truck farming , and lumber manufacturing. Sword ferns, common in the region, were

picked each year by several hundred people to be processed into medicine. In the spring, large quantities of Cascara Sagrada bark were gathered, dried and shipped, also for medicine. Castle Rock, known as the Gateway to Mt. St. Helens, is 117 miles south of Seattle and 58 miles north of Portland. Castle Rock is situated between the Cowlitz River and Interstate 5, one mile south of the confluence of the Cowlitz and Toutle Rivers. The city provides tourists accommodations, restaurants and shopping. The Riverfront Trail, a multi-use off-road trail, runs along both sides of the Cowlitz River. On the east side, the trail begins at Lions Pride Park, runs past The Rock Community Park, and 1.5 miles later reaches the PH10 Bridge. On the west side, the trail runs 1,100 feet to the Castle Rock Sports Complex. Enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, motorcycling, bicycling, wildlife watching, museums, monuments, visitor centers, cross-country skiing, and snow shoeing all in or around Castle Rock. By Claudia Hunter Castle Rock has been competing in the national America in Bloom community beautification challenge since 2012 and has quickly become one of the more outstanding participants. Planters are installed throughout the community. The new Visitor’s Center at Exit 49 has just opened. A new water feature is being added along the main road at the south end of town. Castle Rock’s first project involved building a water feature outside City Hall in 2012, complete with aquatic grasses and an artificial creek, then planters outside the city’s historic jail facility in 2013. The following year saw their most ambitious project to date, as volunteers from within the city and around the region gathered to transform a storm water runoff basin locally called “Jackson Hole” into a wildlife habitat. With all the planning for Jackson Hole, volunteers still found time to significantly improve the facilities at Gateway Park. Festivals and events are year-round including the Community Tree Lighting and Parade, plus Festival of Lights in December.


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With a heritage spanning back to 1850, Woodland is one of the oldest communities in Cowlitz County. Located along the Lewis River and at Exits 21 and 22 along I-5, Woodland is a great place for day trips from Portland and Vancouver, as well as extended stays for those eager to sample the offerings of rural Southwest Washington. Among the many attractions available are the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, located at 115 S Pekin Rd. Founded more than 100

years ago by gardener Hulda Klager, she famously developed more than 250 varieties of lilac during her lifetime, with 90 currently on display. The gardens are open all year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a $3 entry fee. Also featured prominently is Planters Day, celebrating the completion in 1922 of dykes to protect the city from flooding. Planters Day is boasted as the oldest continually held civic celebration in the State of Washington. For more information, visit ci.woodland. wa.us.


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Silver Lake and Kid Valley Cowlitz County

The Gateway to Volcano Country If you are looking to stop for the night travelers have many choices along the route. As you take your time enjoying Mount St. Helens you will wind up in Silver Lake, the home of the Mount St. Helens National Monument. The lake is 3,000 acres and camping is available at Seaquest State Park and in Toutle at Kid Valley Campground. At Kid Valley they offer RV hook-ups (30 and 50 amp), partial hook-ups, picnic areas, bath house with showers and tent camping. Set in a quiet forest on an old homestead, the park offers a convenient base for sightseeing, hiking and biking the Mt. St. Helens area. Kid Valley Campground is also located close to fishing opportunities at nearby lakes and the famous Toutle River. Winter activities include hunting, crosscountry skiing, and snowmobiling in the nearby area, including the Toutle state forest, with 35,000 acres open to snowmobiling. Kid Valley is a great sportsman retreat located adjacent to the Toutle River and a few miles from the Green River, both of which have recovered from the volcanic mudflows and offer great salmon and steelhead fishing. It’s a short drive for fly-fishing at Coldwater Lake and bass and trout fishing in Silver Lake. Year around elk viewing is popular on the road to Mount St. Helens. This area along the Toutle River known as “Kid Valley” was settled around the turn of the century. Upriver logging camps and mining

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claims near Mount St. Helens brought people and notoriety to this small settlement. Many remember the old time proprietor of the Kid Valley Store, Stanley Lee, as being cut from the same hard rock as Harry Truman, and possibly Bigfoot himself. In days past, rumors of gunfire, moonshine and flashy ladies gave Kid Valley a very colorful reputation. When Mount St. Helens erupted “downtown” Kid Valley was spared but many families in outlying areas, such as Maple Flats, lost their homes. Across the river, 19 Mile Logging Camp was completely buried under 12 feet of mud and just upstream the mudflows filled the Green River Fish Hatchery. Despite the changes, Kid Valley retains its unique character and charm. One of the original homesteads in the area now is host to the Kid Valley Campground, where campers can relax under Northern Spy apple trees planted about 100 years ago. The best burgers in Volcano Country are found in Kid Valley at Patty’s Place 19 Mile House Restaurant. Voted #1 for Outdoor Dining by the readers in Traveler’s Companion, be sure to save room for the cobbler. Today the campground and 19 Mile House are owned and operated by one of the Toutle River Valley’s original families. We welcome you to come and enjoy this quaint little corner on the Toutle River, as we have for over five generations.


A city against the hills, Kelso has its roots in the local logging and fishing industry and is proud to display its connection with the Scottish settlers who immigrated to the area. Incorporated in 1889, Kelso received its name from the hometown of founder Peter W. Crawford, who hailed from Kelso, Scotland. For much of the early 20th century, Kelso was renowned for its fishing industry, particularly smelt. Kelso is now the county seat for Cowlitz County and one of the main places to stop along I-5, at Exit 39. If you happen to be in Kelso during their annual Highlander Festival you will likely see all the best the city has to offer. Taking place at Tam O’Shanter Park, the weekend


Kalama is a small town built along both the BNSF railway and the mighty Columbia River in Southern Cowlitz County. Located along I-5 at Exit 30, Kalama is proud of both its connections to local Native American culture and its history as a regional transit hub. Easily viewed as one approaches from the freeway is a 140-foot totem pole carved from a single piece of Western Red cedar, which is said to be the world’s largest carved wooden totem pole. Crafted by Chief Don


The largest city in Cowlitz County, Longview is home to a vibrant historic downtown area where history meets the present. Founded in 1921 by R.A. Long, co-owner of the Long-Bell Lumber Company, Longview was one of Long’s many visions for a planned city, and his most ambitious at the time, with an expected population of 50,000. Longview’s present population is actually closer to 36,000, but it remains one of the economic and cultural powerhouses for the entire region. If you find yourself downtown, you can happen across many of the shops and venues along Commerce Ave., while those looking for

features a 5k fun run/walk, a highland dance competition and, of course, highland games. Also featured will be a festival parade and parade of clans, as well as a flower show taking guests on a “Journey Through The Highlands.” For more information on these events, visit kelso.gov/visitors/highlanderfestival. Kelso also features a large complex of shopping centers right off Exit 39, including a recently renovated movie theater at Three Rivers Mall. The Cowlitz County Historical Museum is also a great place to view pictures and artifacts depicting local heritage, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 405 Allen St., Kelso, WA 98626. For more information, visit kelso.gov or call (360) 423-1371. Lelooska in the 1960s, the totem pole, as well as three other smaller poles, are located right along the river in Marine Park and commemorate the area’s Native American traditions. Other local traditions include the annual Kalama Fair. Those simply wandering through have the opportunity to sample the many antique stores and historic buildings along 1st Street and can even visit the parking lot of Kalama High School, where scenes from the Twilight film series were shot. For more information, visit cityofkalama.com or call (360) 673-4562. a quiet place to relax and enjoy the city can visit Lake Sacajawea in the center of town. You’re also likely to come across the Nutty Narrows Bridge, a squirrel bridge spanning trees in the park area in the city center and certified by Ripley’s Believe It or Not as the first of its kind. A festival to celebrate this unique aspect of the city’s history has been held since 2012. And for the sports fan, be sure to catch an evening game of Cowlitz Black Bears baseball, playing regular games from June through August at Story Field at Lower Columbia College. It’s baseball the way it used to be! For additional information, go to mylongview.com.


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Welcome to Lewis County

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Lewis County offers the visitor a peek into an area that promotes its natural beauty. The residents of Lewis County are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and economic growth. The county offers flourishing businesses and many outdoor recreational opportunities.

travelerscompanion-tc.com Salkum is one of the first communities travelers pass through on their way down US Highway 12 to the mountains. Just drive a few miles east of Lewis and Clark State Park, and you’re there. Named after the Cowlitz word for “boiling water,” due to the many waterfalls along nearby Mill Creek, Salkum is known as a starting place for rafters and kayakers seeking a trip west down the Cowlitz River, with the Barrier Dam boat launch serving as a popular departure point. Right by the boat launch is the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery, which features a visitor center. Hours are Monday through Friday - 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday - 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from June 15 to Sept. 30. Hours vary according to season, but the center remains open year-round. The visitor center features interactive displays teaching the various stages of a salmon’s lifecycle, with hands-on games to stimulate young minds. For hatchery info, call (360) 985-7424.

Salkum is also home to a local branch of the Timberland Regional Library District, who established the facility in 1986 to help serve their rural communities. The library received a significant remodel in 1993 and today hosts many events to include regular book clubs, family-friendly activities and guest speakers, and is likely to be the most happening place in Salkum at any given time. It’s definitely worth a trip for those seeking to learn about local events. For more information, call the library at (360) 985-2148.

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The City of Toledo is located east of I-5 off of exits 63 and 60. Toledo is a rare find for a small town. It offers tourists’ access to the Cowlitz River by means of a public boat ramp and is located just south of Ed Carlson Memorial Airfield (TDO) – a general aviation port. While this airport does not receive large jet planes, it does offer the unique experience of skydiving through Skydive! Toledo, which provides lessons and the opportunity to view seven Pacific Northwest volcanoes from high altitudes. Toledo was officially incorporated in 1892. It was named after a pioneer side-wheel paddle steamer operated on the Cowlitz River. The Cowlitz River was the main source of transport for the area until the railroad came to Winlock.

The town became known for its cheese production in the early 1900s. Also produced were hops, lumber, wheat and potatoes. In honor of this history, the city has held Cheese Days every summer since 1920 (though it was postponed during World War II). This year, the event will be held July 6-9 and features such events as a car show, auction, parade, and family fun. Also prominently featured is a Veterans Wall of Honor at Kemp Olson Memorial Park, meant to serve as a tribute to veterans from around the area, both living and deceased, the wall contains bricks bearing service information, and new bricks are being added regularly as applications are received by the Toledo Lions Club. For general information, visit http://www. toledowa.us/ or call Toledo City Hall at (360) 864-4564.

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ist church (still in use every Sunday), and several Victorian-style houses. For a far-reaching look into the past, be sure to stop by the Little Crane Café, where pictures from more than one hundred years ago adorn the walls and tell the story of a once-vibrant logging and industrial town. In 2013 Vader began holding an annual Fourth of July celebration, which has quickly become one of the largest celebrations taking place regularly in the small community. Donations are collected throughout the year to ensure their fireworks display will be an event you won’t want to miss. And be sure to try out Werden Park, located right downtown, with playgrounds, a covered picnic area, and brand new basketball court. For more information visit http://www. vaderwa.org/ or call (360) 295-3222.


Olequa Creek, a tributary of the Cowlitz River. Highways 505 and 603 intercept in Winlock. Logging was an important industry in the area, as well as hop farms, furniture manufacturing and a creamery. It was once the principal egg and chick producer in the Pacific Northwest. It’s importance as an egg producer is not forgotten when driving through the historic downtown where there are colorful statues of poultry and poultry-themed business names. “The World’s [former] Largest Egg,” per Ripley’s Believe It or Not, is on display in one of the three parks in the community, Vern Zander Memorial Park. Winlock celebrates it’s history with an annual Egg Days Festival on the 3rd weekend in June. Visitors are invited to come into town and take photos by the poultry and the Egg and stop into it’s two museums, the local shops and restaurants. Visitors are also invited to Winlock Saturday Market, a large farmers’ market and Swap Meet, which begins the first Saturday in June through the last Saturday in September, from 10am to 3pm. For more information, contact the City of Winlock at cityofwinlock.com or 360-785-3811.

The City of Vader lies on the edge of Lewis and Cowlitz counties. From I-5, take exit 59 west to find a lovely town nestled in the hills, surrounded by lush forests, clear streams and stunning views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainer. Originally named Little Falls, the community traces its history back to the arrival of the railroad in the 1870’s. The town boomed between 1906 and 1912 and was said to be the largest city between Tacoma and Portland, complete with hotels, a hospital and a one-of-a-kind opera house. Today, about 625 people live in Vader, and only a few of the original buildings remain. Those still standing include the old jailhouse (which has since been converted into a museum), the country-style Method-

Winlock is a bedroom community located in Lewis County Washington, and located on the I-5 corridor at exit 63, an hour north of the Columbia River which divides Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. Residents commute to work to the nearby larger cities of Kelso, Longview, Chehalis and Centralia, and further, for work and enjoy the peace and quiet of living the rural life in Winlock. Winlock has the largest Urban Growth Area in the State of Washington, prime for commercial and industrial development, being on the I-5 corridor between Seattle and Portland. Winlock is one of the few small towns with pristine views of both Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams. Winlock was the first incorporated town in Lewis County in February 1883, prior to Washington becoming a state on November 11, 1889. Workers building the Northern Pacific Railway set up Wheeler’s Camp, which was later incorporated and named after territorial army general, Winlock M. Miller. The railroad runs north and south through Winlock, as does


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Chehalis Lewis County

Chehalis began as a settlement around a warehouse beside a railroad track in 1873, when the Northern Pacific Railroad built northward from Kalama to Tacoma and ignored Claquato, then the county seat, three miles to the west. Some settlers decided that if the railroad would not go to the county seat, the county seat must go to the railroad. By 1874 the county seat was moved to the new settlement, leaving Claquato little more than a historical landmark. The new town was first named Saundersville, for S.S. Saunders, upon whose donation land claim it was founded. In 1879, the name was changed to Chehalis, after the native Chehalis people. Chehalis was officially incorporated on November 23, 1883. Chehalis is very proud of its rich heritage. The city boasts three districts on the National Register of Historic Places. These include the Pennsylvania Avenue-West Side, Hillside, and Downtown Historic districts. As one of the 130+ cities across the nation designated as an accredited public rose garden by All-America Selections, you can view prize-winning roses up close and personal. The program is one of the most successful and highly regarded of its kind. In 2009, the Historic Downtown Chehalis Walking Tour booklet was published, featuring facts and stories of 42 historic buildings scattered throughout downtown Chehalis. Tour booklets are available at the Lewis County Historical Museum, Chehalis City Hall, and at several downtown businesses. Our downtown is bustling with charming shops showcasing books, custom framing, gifts, clothing, furniture, a yarn shop, handmade soaps, cafes, a quilt shop, yummy bakeries, a sewing machine shop with designer fabrics, restaurants, and much more! The city’s welcoming atmosphere is a reprieve from the hectic pace of life with a real downtown in the heart of a real small town. Chehalis is home to the much-loved Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum’s 1916 Vintage Steam Train Ride. Enjoy the sights and sounds of steam railroading as it used to be as you take a scenic and relaxing journey through the Chehalis River Valley.

Visit www.steamtrainride.com for more information about weekend rides, dinner trains, and special events. Chehalis is also home to three unique museums. “They Shall Not Be Forgotten” is the motto of the remarkable Veterans Memorial Museum dedicated to the men and women who have honorably served our nation in our armed services during peacetime and war. A visit to the museum is a moving and unforgettable experience. Learn more at www.veteransmuseum.org. Even if you aren’t a motorcycle buff, the Vintage Antique Motorcycle Museum will certainly impress you. This private collection features an amazing display of original and fully restored, pre-1916 motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia. For hours of operation visit www.antiquemotorcycles.net. In the heart of downtown, in the once active Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, is the treasured Lewis County Historical Museum displaying the county’s rich culture, diversity, and history. For information about tours and special events, visit the museum at www. lewiscountymuseum.org. Want to have a relaxing family picnic? Need a place to go on those hot summer days? Chehalis has several beautiful parks to enjoy. Visit Recreation Park for a swim in our community pool or let your little ones splash about at the kiddy spray park. Please visit us at www.ci.chehalis.wa.us for a list of festivals and events. We are sure you’ll find visiting Chehalis an experience that your entire family will enjoy!

travelerscompanion-tc.com The Centralia Outlets completed an extensive renovation in 2008, which transformed the center from average to a stunning Northwest look with heavy timbers and stone columns, and incorporated some of the latest lifestyle-trends in retail development, such as widened sidewalks, new lighting, landscaping, and beautiful new restrooms facilities. The project was completed in 2008 and greatly enhances the overall experience for the shopper. More savings, downloadable coupons, and a list of special sales and events can be found on the website, www.centraliaoutlets. com. Stores are located on both sides of I-5 at exit 82 in Centralia. The mall information center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached by calling 360-736-3900. On the same side of town, you will also find the historic Borst Family Home. This house was built in the Greek revival style on the banks of the Chehalis River around 1860 by Joseph Borst, a Centralia pioneer. It was considered to be the finest house between Fort Steilacoom and Fort Vancouver. Take a tour of the Borst Home on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the second weekend of each month, April through October. Included in the tour is the one-room schoolhouse, a replica of the schoolhouses which dotted the landscape of Lewis County many years ago. The schoolhouse was erected by The Lewis County Retired Teachers Association and the Centralia Parks and Recreation Department and is located on the grounds of the Borst home. Also located on the Borst Homestead property is the Borst Park Garden, a demonstration garden created by the WSU Master Gardeners of Lewis County. This demonstration garden features heirloom vegetables, an herb garden, a cutting garden, iris and dahlia beds, shady ground cover beds, a square foot garden, a small fruit and berry garden, a bird and butterfly garden, grape arbors, rhododendron gardens and arboretum, compost demonstration garden, plus more. Please visit www.cityofcentralia.com and www.chamberway.com for more information.


Centralia was founded in 1875 by George Washington, the son of a slave who journeyed to the Pacific Northwest to start a new life. The location served the railroad as a center hub for shipping timber, local coal, and agricultural products, and also as a halfway point for people traveling from Portland to Seattle. For this reason, by the turn of the century Centralia had become known as the “Hub City.” Since the 1980’s, active community members and city officials have been working to preserve and restore the many historical buildings located in the downtown. Shop, eat and enjoy downtown Centralia, where you will discover a large assortment of unique stores, boutiques, salons, and even a local winery! The shop owners here have a reputation for their friendliness, and you will be pleasantly surprised at the variety Centralia has to offer, from hand-crafted furniture and home décor to fine jewelry and perfect party dresses. Make a stop at the-glass blowing shop and watch them in action. Just a few blocks up town you will find a complete garden center. Many of our downtown businesses are family owned and some have even been here for more than a generation. If it’s antique shopping that you love, Centralia is the place to be. With its wide array of small antique shops and large antique malls, you can enjoy an entire day hunting for treasures. Take a break at Berry Fields Cafe for lunch or have a latte or cup of tea at either Santa Lucia or the Centralia Perk. If you are in town on Friday (in season), you will get a chance to experience the historical Farmers Market, the oldest outdoor market in Lewis County. The vendors offer a large selection of items for sale; you can find everything from fresh baked treats to birdhouses. Centralia is also a convenient stop from the I-5 freeway. Taking exit 81 or 82 will bring you right into town. From exit 82 you can’t miss the Centralia Outlet Mall, the original outlet center in the northwest. It boasts over 30 stores and features popular outlets such as Coach Factory, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Nike Clearance Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet, and Aeropostale. Customers can get significant discounts every day on name brand merchandise at manufacturer“We’re No Ordinary Dealer” owned stores -- all with the exceptional design and quality they expect. It’s www.powersportsnorthwest.com especially exciting to find 300 S. Tower, Centralia • 736-0166 • 1-800-962-6826 huge discounts when the Regular Store Hours already low-priced items go on sale! Tue.-Thur. 9:30-6:00 • Friday 9:30-8:00 • Sat. 9:30-5:00 • Closed Sun. & Mon.

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Welcome to Lewis County


The city began as a trading post named Mossy Rock in 1852, after a 200-foot high moss-covered rock at the east end of Klickitat Prairie. The Indian name for the area of Mossyrock was Coulph. Mossyrock was officially incorporated on January 2, 1948.

Car Show during the Blueberry Festival

8K Run during the Blueberry Festival

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Mossyrock Blueberry Festival Lewis County

The Mossyrock Blueberry Festival has quickly become one of the bigger summer celebrations in Lewis County. Scheduled for the first week of August most years, the festival celebrates Mossyrock’s farming industry and features a multitude of family oriented events and activities,

including bouncy toys, BMS track (bring your own bike or use one of those provided), and a playground at Klickitat Prairie Park. Keep an eye out for food and craft vendors in the vendor area of Klickitat Prairie Park. For more information visit www. mossyrockfestivals.org online.

Blueberry Festival Parade

Mossyrock Mossyrock is one of the oldest communities in Lewis County, tracing its roots back to a trading post established in 1852. Incorporated in 1948, Mossyrock is part of an area known as the “Heart of Lewis County.” The small city of just more than 750 residents is a popular destination for campers, anglers, hunters and recreationalists, given its proximity to The Little Rockies in the north, Riffe Lake in the east and Mayfield Lake in the west. Various camping and RV options exist throughout the area, many of which offer accommodations for those simply stopping to enjoy a daytrip to the community.

One standout camping option is Kinswa State Park, which sits right on Mayfield Lake and along Cinnabar Creek. Cabins and campsites are available year-round, and reservations can be made online at www.parks. wa.gov or by calling 1-888-CAMPOUT. Mossyrock is also known for its highly fertile soils, with multiple tree, flower and berry farms located in the area. Outstanding among these is Degoede Bulb Farm, just west of town, with a multitude of plant buying options and botanical gardens that guests can tour for free. To celebrate this horticultural heritage, Mossyrock began holding a blueberry festival annually in 2006. For more information about everything this community offers, visit http://www. cityofmossyrock.com or call (360) 983-3300.


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Mossyrock Dam


Randle is one of the last stops along U.S. Highway 12 on the way to the mountains and is a great place to take a break and see some of the best views of Mt. St. Helens from Windy Ridge Lookout. Part of the region known locally as “Big Bottom Valley,� describing the flat breadth of the Cowlitz River Basin in that area, Randle was first settled in the late 1880s and was established as a township in 1902. Randle is currently the center of the White Pass School District, which encompasses the communities of Randle, Glenoma and Packwood, and lately has celebrated a strong tradition of athletics through a partnership with the neighboring Morton School District. Randle has also become a destination for retiring seniors, due to its remote, scenic locations

and low cost of living. Local residents boast the community has no traffic problems, noise or light pollution, or even a single electronic traffic signal, and call their town a great place to get away from it all. The area offers multiple opportunities for recreation, such as camping, hunting, hiking, skiing and sightseeing. Anglers can take advantage of the nearby Cowlitz River and Cispus River, while those seeking an overnight stay can take advantage of the many RV parks, federal campgrounds and motels. One of the more prominent local attractions is Randle Woods, a business using unique patterns of maple wood in home construction and custom woodwork. Their showroom is located at 246 Silverbrook Rd. and they are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information can be found at randlewoods.com.


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Morton Lewis County

Morton is a city once known the world over for its tie mills and railroad yards, being at the center of the local logging and mining industry. Now renowned for its arts and recreational opportunities, this town of 1,100 people is a great place to stop along US Highway 12 and take in all rural Southwest Washington has to offer. Founded in 1871 and incorporated in 1913, Morton received its name from Vice President Levi P. Morton, who served during President Benjamin Harrison’s administration in the late 1800s. For a time it was considered as a possible location for the center of county government (which later went to Chehalis) but remains the center of many municipal and public services for East Lewis County. Morton is also well-known for their annual Loggers Jubilee in August. The festival, which is entering its 76th year, celebrates the local

logging industry, which is as old as many of the local communities, and features familyfriendly games and events, including a logging show and a parade. For more information on the schedule of events, go to http://www.loggersjubilee.com. Visit the Historic Morton Train Depot, painstakingly restored and preserved by the Cowlitz River Valley Historical Society. The depot, built in 1910, is older than Morton’s history is accompanied by a Visitor Center/Interpretive Building to help guests understand the history of the building as well as view artifacts in the care of the Historical Society. For more information, go to http://www.mortondepot.com, or call (360) 496-0070. For additional information about Morton, including the many camping and motel options in the area, go to http://www.visitmorton.com, or call (360) 496-6881.

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The mountain town of Packwood is located off Highway 12 in eastern Lewis County. Situated between Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens, and nestled in the Douglas Firs of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, it is regarded locally as the heart of “volcano country.” Rest assured, all of the aforementioned mountains are now-inactive volcanoes in spite of Mt. St. Helens’ minor events in recent years. The town is set in a rural, idyllic river valley surrounded by the mountain peaks of the Cascade Range and dotted by farms, which can be seen on the drive to Packwood via the White Pass Scenic Byway, US Highway 12.

Packwood offers its visitors their choice of hotels, motels, vacation cabins, and lodges, plus camping opportunities. Each presents the tourist with its own special brand of hospitality and amenities, from fullservice hotels to luxury cabins and lodges. Camping and RV options range from rustic to fully accommodated and are listed on the websites of Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. Rainier National Park. Other options are available for hiking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, fishing and camping, while the cluster of stores in the middle of town offer many options for family-friendly stops. For further information, call 360-4927365.



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Welcome to Grays Harbor County

Grays Harbor

On May 7, 1792, Boston fur trader Robert Gray crossed over the bar into a bay that he called Bullfinch Harbor, which later became Grays Harbor Bay. On April 14, 1854, the county was formed and named Chehalis County. Washington legislature changed the county name to Grays Harbor on June 9, 1915 to eliminate the confusion between Chehalis County and the City of Chehalis in Lewis County.

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Westport and the South Beach Grays Harbor County

Blue Buoy Restaurant 2323 Westhaven Dr. Westport Across from Float 6

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Westport Viewing Tower


elcome to Westport and the South Beach. Whether you’re looking for a fishing adventure, beautiful beaches, surfing, kite flying, watchable wildlife, crabbing, or just relaxing, Westport and the South Beach have it all. You can go bird watching by land or by sea, tour the Westport Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, beach comb or plan to attend one of the many events that Westport, Grayland, and Tokeland have to offer. For “the perfect getaway,” come and enjoy our 18 miles of ocean beaches. Events If storm watching is your thing, plan your trip any time between January and March. Not only do the waves put on a show, but beachcombing is at its best with chances of finding glass floats, shells and unique driftwood. For great family fun in April, come to the ‘Annual Crab Races, Feed & Derby’ at the marina in Westport. And while visiting, you can take in the ‘Tokeland & North Cove Art Studio Tour’. The ‘Annual Driftwood Show and Glass Float Roundup’ brings families to

Breeching whales Grayland in search of beautiful glass floats and that perfect piece of driftwood to enter in the show. In May, you won’t want to miss Westport’s ‘Weekend with the Fleet’ and ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ on Memorial Day weekend. During the ‘Pirate Daze’ celebration in June, there are pirates and tall ships galore in the Westport marina for three days of swashbuckling, sword fights, delightful delicacies and tall ship tours and cruises. The ‘Old Fashioned Fourth of July’ celebration on the grounds of the historic Maritime Museum is like a page right out of a Norman Rockwell photo album. Enjoy our ‘Booming Bay Fireworks’ at dark every July 4th. Don’t worry if you can’t be here for the holiday as July also features the ‘Windrider’s Kite Festival’ in Grayland, the ‘Tokeland Wood & Arts Festival’, the ‘Eastside Street Rods Show & Shine’ at the Westport marina and a human-powered boat race called the ‘Elk River Challenge’. Can you say exciting? August’s ‘Jet Ski Competition’ brings


competitors and spectators to the beach in Grayland. And at the Westport marina, you will find the coast’s premier art event - the ‘Westport Art Festival’ - where you will find juried art, crafts, music and food amid the backdrop of moored boats with the beautiful Olympic mountains in the distance. In September, it’s all about seafood! An array of barbequed seafood is offered at the ‘Annual Seafood Festival’ on the Maritime Museum grounds. You can also enjoy music, shop the craft booths or soak up the local history at the Museum. If it’s just oysters you fancy, don’t miss ‘Brady’s World Famous Oyster Feed’. Westport also celebrates its favorite fish and the people who chase them at the ‘Annual Salmon Tales’. For those looking for a bargain, you can shop in Westport, Grayland, Tokeland and all points in-between during the ‘Annual 30 Miles of Junque’ garage sale extravaganza where you can find antiques, tools, and all sorts of collectible “junque”. For the car enthusiasts, Westhaven Drive in Westport is the perfect place to showcase ‘Corvettes at the Marina’. In October, you can catch a wave at the ‘Annual Cleanwater Classic’ surfing contest

at Half Moon Bay in Westport. Whether you participate or are there to cheer them on, surfers young and old display all levels of skill on the waves. Have you ever jogged a bog? The opportunity is yours during the ‘Annual Cranberry Harvest Festival’ in Grayland. In addition, guided bus tours to working farms get you up close and personal with the “super fruit of the South Beach”. Wind through the bogs and beach on the 3K or 5K bog-jog, enter a cranberry eating contest, enjoy an evening firefly parade or visit the many vendor booths. Need some pre-holiday down time? November at the South Beach offers an affordable and peaceful prelude to the hectic holiday season. Walk the docks in Westport, stroll the beach in Grayland, or visit an historic hotel in Tokeland. The first Saturday in December, see ‘Santa by the Sea’ as he arrives in Westport via the U.S. Coast Guard. Kids can meet Santa and have the opportunity to shop with a pirate at the “kids only” store. This is just an example of a year’s worth of fun and a life time of memories that you can make at Westport and the South Beach.

Watchable Wildlife Whales If you are looking for a unique experience, Westport offers the opportunity to view magnificent gray whales. Traditionally whale watching season runs from March through May and whales can generally be spotted to the north and south of the entrance of Grays Harbor. By Sea - Local charter captains are skilled in finding whales and are approved by the Coast Guard to carry whale watching passengers. The boats have comfortable cabins and enough deck space to walk around. Whale watching trips last between 2 – 2.5 hours. By land - Sometimes juvenile whales swim inside Grays Harbor and can be seen with binoculars from the observation tower in Westport. To see them from land, you must be in the right place at the right time. You can’t count on seeing them on any given day - after all, they are wild creatures of the deep. How to spot a whale - The most obvious

way to spot a whale is to look for spouts or “blows.” Underwater tail movements can produce a slick spot on the surface of the water “whale footprints.” When a whale slowly surfaces and its eyes are just above the surface of the water it is called “spyhopping.” Pelagic Seabirds All-day pelagic bird watching trips are available to Grays Canyon, a submarine canyon which lies 35 nautical miles due west from the mouth of Grays Harbor on the edge of the North American continental shelf. The outer half of the shelf and the canyon support a vast array of marine life. In addition to regular species like Black-footed Albatross and Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, the trips also feature seasonal species such as Laysan Albatross, South Polar Skua, and Flesh-footed, Short-tailed and Buller’s Shearwaters. Other Marine Life A short stroll down Float 20 at the West-

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Grays Harbor County Westport Maritime Museum Lions, Harbor Seals, and Pelicans. On rare occasions, there have been pods of Orca Whales off the Westport coast as well. Westport and the South Beach offer many fun things to see and do such as: 1. Antiques Hunting If you want to add to your collection or just look for treasures, you can find antiques, collectibles and other eclectic stuff here on the South Beach. 2. Aquarium Located in the Marina District, the Westport Aquarium showcases aquatic life that thrives in the surrounding coastal waters. 3. Beach Bumming Whether you play in the sand, wade in the water, or just soak up the atmosphere, the South Beach boasts 18 miles of beautiful public beach to enjoy. 4. Bicycling Both Westport and Grayland are excellent bicycling areas. The back roads in Grayland are quite scenic as they wind through acres of cranberry bogs. The scenic Dune Trail in Westport can be accessed from Lighthouse State Park, Westhaven State Park or the Westhaven Drive Observation Tower for a beautiful ride adjacent to the ocean.

5. Bird Watching The tide flats, sand dunes and wooded areas are home to a large number of coastal birds. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera. 6. Boardwalk A scenic boardwalk is located at the end of Neddie Rose Drive in the Marina district. 7. Boat Basin Fishing Bring your family and your pole and fish right off the docks for jack salmon and perch. 8. Brewery Hopping The South Beach now boasts a brewing company that offers locally made craft beers to tantalize your taste buds. 9. Charter Fishing Charter fishing is alive and well in Westport! Charter boats offer a variety of trips including bottom fishing, halibut, tuna, and salmon fishing as well as whale watching and more. 10. Clam Digging Razor clams are a local delicacy and can be dug on the beaches of Grayland and North Cove during specified digging days. Seasons vary and are established by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.


12. Coast Guard Flag Tower The Coast Guard Flag Tower is located halfway down Jetty Haul Road. Flags serve as a warning system to notify boat captains of ocean wind conditions. One red pennant is a small craft advisory, two red pennants signifies a gale warning, a red flag with a black square is a storm warning, and two red flags with black squares indicates a hurricane warning. 13. Crabbing The Tokeland and Westport marinas offer excellent Dungeness sport Crab fishing. You can buy or rent crab pots and purchase bait locally. 14. Day use parks In addition to 18 miles of beach, the area also offers day use parks for your enjoyment. The Westport City Park offers a covered picnic area and has playground equipment for the kids. 15. Discover Pass Required in designated areas and day use parks, a Discover Pass provides free parking access at state parks and recreation lands and may be obtained at Twin Harbors State Park or the Hungry Whale Chevron station. 16. Entertaining Events Race a crab, dress up as a pirate wench, buy fine art, celebrate our salmon charter history or just have yourself an old fashioned fourth of July celebration - Westport offers events that are sure to bring you back year after year. 17. Fishing You can enjoy jetty fishing, charter fishing, surf fishing, and fishing off the docks at the marinas in Tokeland and Westport.

Beach Go Karts are fun for the entire family. 20. Grays Harbor Lighthouse Experience maritime history with a visit to the tallest lighthouse in Washington! Enjoy the lighthouse grounds or climb 135 steps to the top to view the original Fresnel lens and take in the ocean view. 21. Half Moon Bay Just east of the south jetty is a beautiful small cove locally known as Half Moon Bay. It is one of the best places to hunt for agates, sand dollars and beach glass. 22. Kite Flying The consistent afternoon northwest winds put Westport, Grayland and Tokeland in the running for the best places to fly a kite on the west coast. There is plenty of open beach and perfect wind conditions. Bring your own kite or you can purchase one from one of the area gift shops. 23. Maritime Museum Be sure to visit the Westport Maritime Museum. The museum is home to the Destruction Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens. This beautiful lens is a must-see sight when you visit Westport. The museum is informative, interesting, and educational. 24. Nature Trails The Westport Light Trail (also known as the Dune Trail) is a 2.5 mile paved walkway along the Pacific coast shoreline. You can access the trail from the Lighthouse State Park parking lot then go north 1.3 miles to Westhaven State Park and if you’re up for it continue another 1.2 miles to the Westport Observation Tour located at the Marina District. Twin Harbors State Park offers the Shifting Sands Nature Trail that loops throughout the park and along the beach approximately ž mile.

18. Gift Shops There are many gift shops throughout the South Beach area. You are sure to find a treasure! 19. Go-Karting Located near the Westport airport, South

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11. Coast Guard Surf Rescue Boat Stop by to see the U.S. Coast Guard Surf Rescue Boat exhibit that sits on the eastern side of the Westport Maritime Museum.



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North Beach The Hidden Coast Grays Harbor County

The Hidden Coast scenic byway showcases the rich forested views of the wild Pacific Ocean. Follow State Route 109 to the wonderful health and pleasure resort that is the North Beach. The sights and towns along the way mark history and define a laid-back atmosphere. Our beaches are favored for digging Washington’s renowned razor clams. There’s also surf fishing, surf or river kayaking, and hiking the trails amongst the windswept trees. You’ll catch sight of bald eagles along the bluffs between Copalis and Taholah, blue herons and kingfishers beside our various creeks and rivers, and flocks of seagulls and sandpipers on the beach. Enjoy kite flying, sandcastles, storm watching, whale watching, beachcombing, and sitting by a campfire while watching the sun set into the sea. A trip along the byway (SR 109) begins at a bird-watcher’s paradise on the western edge of Hoquiam at Bowerman Basin, a National Wildlife Refuge. Heading north from there, a series of small beach towns break up the increasing density of evergreen trees along the road. Quick views of the ocean are scattered along the route, so be sure to watch for beach access signage. Numerous camping and RV resorts dot the highway, and a variety of motels and beach-side cottages provide a place to get away. The Ghost Forest at Copalis Beach is a unique natural feature created by the 1700 tsunami in which the seawater inundated the Copalis River habitat. The forest is filled with dead red cedars and spruce trees, all killed by salt water inundation. The lifeless husks of the trees still stand where they did when they were alive, giving the forest its name. Currently one can only reach the Ghost Forest by launching a canoe or kayak from town, and it is reported that those kayaking cannot make it very far past the forest, as the dead trees start to lay over the river as one progresses up it until it eventually becomes inaccessible. The Copalis Spit natural area, located at Griffith’s-Priday State Park, is protected in its natural state as a wildlife refuge. Beyond Copalis Beach, you’ll find Roosevelt Beach and Iron Springs. Then there’s the Historic Dorothy Anderson Cabin, which was restored through the efforts of the Museum of the North Beach and is located at the new town of Seabrook. Continue following

the highway and you will reach Pacific Beach and Moclips, where panoramic high-bluff views showcase the impressive volcanic rock sea stacks of Point Grenville. At Moclips, the Museum of the North Beach, a Grays Harbor Visitor and Information Center, is a featured point for tourists interested in our history. The museum celebrates the entire North Beach area, from Ocean Shores to Taholah and east to Copalis Crossing. The North Beach history presented at the Museum is unique and diverse. In 1905, Moclips became the westernmost terminus of the Northern Pacific Railway, which brought tens of thousands of visitors to our area. For many years the beach had been the only route, traveled by fur traders, missionaries, and homesteading pioneers. Just some of the stories that make our coast a truly fascinating place to visit include the Quinault Indian Nation, who named the area for the quinault word for "large stream,” the countless shipwrecks that denote our area as part of the “graveyard of the pacific,” the logging of massive trees that created thousands of jobs in several local shake and lumber mills, and the razor-clam digging industry and canneries. Also located in Moclips since 1953 is the renowned Ocean Crest Resort hotel and restaurant. The resort is a North Beach icon offering visitors a wonderful experience in a beautiful forest setting by the sea. The scenic byway then takes you to the Quinault Indian Nation at Taholah. There, the Quinault Cultural Center and Museum features a wealth of natural and cultural artifacts. The North Beach area has long been considered a rugged, secluded, and solitary landscape, and in many ways it still is.

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Ocean Shores

Come for a visit or stay a lifetime, Ocean Shores won’t disappoint. Located at the southernmost tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Ocean Shores lies snuggled up to the beautiful majestic Pacific surrounded by water on three sides. Visitors and residents walk the pristine beaches, beach comb for treasures, watch the deer playing and the birds flying, while enjoying the beauty nature has to offer. Ocean Shores is six miles long and two miles wide. Within this area lies 23 miles of interconnecting canals and lakes for boating and 120 miles of beautifully paved flat roads for bicycling or jogging. A rain forest, tennis courts, soccer fields, several parks and boating docks are available free for use. The Community Club provides members and visitors a gym and both indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, sauna and a fitness center, café and meeting areas. The Coastal Interpretive Center is located at 1033 Catala Ave. SE, and is just a stone’s throw from Damon Point State Park. There one may learn about the natural wonders that abound in Ocean Shores. The Center offers educational, hands-on activities and video presentations free of charge. Damon Point State Park is the ideal place for surf fishing and crabbing, exploring the many tide pools, and searching for shells and agates while enjoying the sun and lapping tide. The North Jetty at the south tip of Ocean Shores provides the awesome beauty of the blue Pacific and a terrific vantage point for observing the power and majesty of the ocean. Winter storms offer spectacular storm watching as 25foot seas and high winds batter the coast. While visiting the North Jetty you may get to whale watch in season, watch the seals and their pups, view the marine and harbor traffic, or thrill to a soaring eagle looking for lunch. When you go, stay alert and obey the signs and do not climb on the rocks.

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If you like to snorkel, you may wish to visit Damon Point at low tide, just south of the Coastal Interpretative Center. Many tide pools form along with a small jetty and become accessible for the adventurous. Dip in to find yourself face-to-face with crabs, starfish and schools of small fish. But watch out, as the pelicans will be waiting behind you for their lunch. A few feet of visibility make this a great opportunity for some additional beach time. You may wish to rent a wet suit if you do not carry one with you, available at one of the surf shops in town. Use common sense as you look for surf treasures, but do not take anything with you unless you check first. The locals mention that a diving knife may come in handy as well as waiting just before the tide starts to come in so that if you get out too far the tide will bring you back in. Safety first. Living in a state with liquid weather, some residents don’t even realize that surfing is an option in Washington. Despite the cold water, wetsuit garbed surfers from all around Washington pilgrimage to Ocean Shores to find surfable waves. Enjoy shopping, dining, and festivities when you visit Ocean Shores.

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Hoquiam, Aberdeen’s neighboring city, is also showing signs of change and has started a program encouraging people to walk or bike the area. If you look closely, you will see signs with QRC symbols to help those with smart phones navigate through the cities. Part of a national trend to get people outdoors, the program got its start from a Kick Starter fundraiser and provides information about routes and historical buildings and areas along the way as it sets you off on the next leg of your adventure. A town with a strong timber heritage, Hoquiam celebrates that heritage at the annual Loggers Playday with a parade, activities, and a timber sports competition. There is also plenty to see at the Polson Museum in Hoquiam if you are curious to learn more about the history of the logging industry. Displays discuss the logging heyday of the area, and the museum even has hands-on historical exhibits, including a logging camp. If you like historical theatres, Hoquiam’s meticulously restored 7th Street Theatre shows second-run movies and community shows and is Washington’s last remaining atmospheric theater. Extensive work has restored the beauty of a design that evokes a Spanish court under a starlit sky. The popcorn is served with real butter, too. Points of interest in Hoquiam 7th Street Theatre: A beautiful historic and atmospheric theatre where you should catch a movie or a local show if you can.

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360-538-9747 1958 Riverside Ave, Hoquiam, WA only two year-round farmers markets in the state. There is a deli inside, along with local meats, honey, baked goods, and crafts. Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge: While shorebirds flock to this area seasonally, its raised walking trails over critical habitat make it a great place to go year-round. Port Viewing Tower and Boat Launch: Down on 28th Street by the water is a pedestrian tower that overlooks the port. Polson Park & Museum: This restored mansion is filled with antiques and area history, and is complemented by a gift shop, picnic area, and rose garden.

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Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain The City of Aberdeen is currently going through many economic and social changes as it looks to find solutions to the downturn in the timber industry. Tourism looks to be one possible solution, and for several years a prime attraction has been the Lady Washington, the ship of state, and its brother the Hawaiian Chieftain, which are both docked on the Chehalis at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport. The Lady Washington is a tall ship that was built locally and is available for tours and sailings. While this tall ship of state spends most of the year sailing, during summers she can be found docked in either Aberdeen or Westport. Launched on March 7, 1989, the Lady Washington was built in Aberdeen by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, a non-profit public development authority. The ship is a full-scale replica of the original Lady Washington. In 1787, the original Lady Washington was given a major refit to prepare her for an unprecedented trading voyage around Cape Horn. In 1788, she became the first American vessel to make landfall on the

west coast of North America. A pioneer in Pan-Pacific trade, she was the first American ship to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan. Lady Washington opened the black pearl and sandalwood trade between Hawaii and Asia when King Kamehameha became a partner in the ship. The modern Lady Washington was thoroughly researched by historians and con-

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structed by skilled shipwrights. She was launched as part of the 1989 Washington State Centennial celebration. The new Lady Washington is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified passenger sailing vessel. Over the years, Lady Washington has appeared in several motion pictures and television shows, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trek: Generations, Once Upon a Time, and Revolution. Hawaiian Chieftain Built of steel in Hawaii in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands, naval architect Raymond H. Richards’ design for Hawaiian Chieftain was influenced by the early colonial passenger and coastal packets that traded among Atlantic coastal cities and towns. The coastal packet service was part of the coasting trade based in the mercantile activity of developing seaboard towns. The early packet ships were regular traders and were selected because they sailed remarkably well and could enter small ports with their shallow draft. Out of the gradual development of the Atlantic packet ship hull form came the ship design practices that helped produce some of the best of the clipper ships of the later 1850s. Hawaiian Chieftain was commissioned by Laurence H. “Baron” Dorcy, Jr., and constructed by Drake Thomas, owner of Lahaina Welding Co., Ltd. on the island of Maui. An article by artist and historian Herb Kane about Maui’s King Kahekili was Thomas’ inspiration for the name “Hawaiian Chieftain.” In 1993, Lady Washington joined Hawaiian Chieftain for their first mock sea battle on San Francisco Bay. After several ownership changes, GHHSA eventually purchased the vessel in October 2005, and Hawaiian Chieftain now joins Lady Washington in educational cruises and ambassadorial visits along the West Coast throughout the year. Hawaiian Chieftain also makes solo port visits as a sail training and education vessel. Like the Lady Washington, the Hawaiian Chieftain is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified passenger sailing vessel. Perhaps you are not a pirate at heart and instead, like many international travelers and music lovers, have come to the area to seek out the hometown of Kurt Cobain. The Aberdeen Museum of History, located at 111 East Third Street (closed Mondays), has created a special display of local music that includes the Melvins and Nirvana among others, and the museum

is a first stop for many looking for Cobain history. A link on the Aberdeen Museum of History website will take you to information on a walking tour of homes and locations that have been touched by Cobain. With the induction of Nirvana to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, a mural was also dedicated in downtown Aberdeen on the Moore’s Building on Wishkah Avenue. Aberdeen’s downtown is also seeing growth with the opening of many new downtown merchants that are highlighted monthly during First Friday events. On the first Friday of each month, Aberdeen downtown stores stay open a little longer to be available both to the working community and visitors to the city. With live music, vendors, and artists on display, it’s worth your time to make the effort to seek out a First Friday if your travels take you through Aberdeen early in the month. Another notable event is the annual Founders’ Day Parade, commemorating Aberdeen founder Sam Benn. The town puts on a parade, closing down streets for the celebration, and the event serves as the lead-in to Fourth of July festivities. Points of interest in Aberdeen Morrison Park Walkway: This 1.6-mile paved trail along the Chehalis River takes you past the remains of old timber mills and the current home of the Lady Washington. KC Park: On the banks of the muddy Wishkah, this park commemorates Kurt Cobain, Aberdeen’s most famous son, lead singer of the 90’s grunge band Nirvana. Nearby is the Alexander Young Bridge, where a young Cobain spent the night. Other Cobain locales include Rosevear’s Music Store and the house where he lived on First Street. Aberdeen Museum: This museum covers the town’s history, ranging from its logging past up to the present.

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travelerscompanion-tc.com If you travel south along Highway 101, you will run through the first city of Grays Harbor, Cosmopolis. Cosmopolis is the oldest city on Grays Harbor, since a donation land claim filed there in 1852. It was incorporated in 1891, and is a code city. According to

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Montesano The City of Montesano is centrally located in Grays Harbor County in Southwest Washington. Montesano is traditionally known for its agriculture, logging, and governmental services however, with Montesano’s unique location it has become a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Residents and visitors can enjoy easy

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James Phillips, Washington State Place Names, the city was named in 1853 and means “city of the world”. Local people prefer, with noticeable affection, to use the city’s nickname, “Cosi”. A point of interest is the studio at Opal Art Glass. Local glassblowers Johnny and Darlene Camp have an active studio that offers demonstrations and tours as well as some of the best handblown art glass in the Pacific Northwest. Located at 1232 1st Street in Cosmopolis, they are open year around and welcome visitors of every age to stop in and enjoy their passion.

North River access to premiere Pacific Northwest fishing and boating in the surrounding Wynoochee, Satsop, and Chehalis rivers. Montesano is also home to Lake Sylvia State Park and Friends Landing recreational park which boasts a network of scenic hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and overnight camping. Approximately 28 miles north of Montesano located at the mouth of the Olympic Mountains is Wynoochee Lake, a hidden gem, perfect for family day trips and overnight camping. The city of Montesano has a population of approximately 4000 and is 11 square miles. Downtown embraces you with a quaint small town welcome. Enjoy festivals, local restaurants, and shopping while admiring turn of the century architecture and character. A prominent feature of the town is the 1911 Grays Harbor County Courthouse. This is a three-story structure with a domed clock tower and interior finishes that features murals of local history.

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The City of Elma, incorporated in 1888, lies within the Chehalis River Valley in Eastern Grays Harbor County, about 30 miles West of Olympia and 40 miles East of the Pacific coast. Elma has historically served as the commercial center serving the East Grays Harbor County agricultural and timber industries, which even today serve as mainstays to the local economy. Recent years though, have seen the Elma area economy become increasingly influenced by increasing numbers of commuters and retirees choosing to live in Elma, as well as by increasing numbers of commercial and industrial enterprises. The East County Industrial Park, lying just West of Elma, and the Satsop Development Park, located Southwest of Elma, continue to attract business and industry new to the area, as well as accommodating businesses that have relocated from

other areas of Grays Harbor County. Elma’s fortuitous location at th interchange of State Routes 8 and 12, providing ready access to the Interstate 5 corridor to both the North and South; its modern utility infrastructure, including a state of the art sewage treatment facility and two fiber optic pipelines; great school district; competent, reliable workforce; abounding natural beauty; and an excellent quality of life bode well for Elma’s economic future. Things run year around in Elma from the Winter Wine Festival in January to the City Wide Garage Sale in June and July. One of the bigger car and motorcycle shows, Heat on the Street, draws thousands of visitors annually in August, followed by the Grays Harbor County Fair. In October, Elma offers a haunted barn and downtown trick or treat for Halloween and the year is completed with a Christmas tree lighting festival and Santa photos.

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2020 June 26-27 Elma City Wide Garage Sale Days

October 31 Elma Downtown Trick or Treat

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November 11 Veteran’s Day Celebration & Parade

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December 4 Old-Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting

October 23-24 Elma’s Haunted Barn Grays Harbor Fairgrounds October 30-31 Elma’s Haunted Barn Grays Harbor Fairgrounds

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Grays Harbor County Fair The Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds is located in Elma, Washington. The grounds are 68 acres in size, and include 15 major buildings and barns, 1200 parking spaces, and two outdoor stages . The Grays Harbor Fairgrounds along with the Grays Harbor Raceway bring summer excitement for those looking for a fast and furious night of entertainment. From high performance 360 Sprint car racing to hobbyist drivers, racing runs throughout the summer from April to October. Voted #1 for County Fair by the readers of Traveler ’s Companion, this year’s county fair is August 9-13.

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The City of McCleary was founded as a logging camp in late 1898 and was incorporated on January 6, 1943. McCleary currently has a population of 1653. After coming to the area to log cedar, Henry McCleary built his first mill in 1906. In 1923 the plant broke all records by producing over 300,000 doors in sixty days, an average of six boxcars a day. The door plant currently employs just over 200 workers and manufactures high-quality wood doors. Each year the community celebrates the Bear Festival with bear stew and a street parade usually in July. Many events lead to the festival with groups setting up fundraisers to collect revenue for the three-day festival. The festival started in 1958 over a conversation about local bears coming out of hibernation and chewing up young evergreen trees and how that was becoming a nuisance to the area. The gentlemen having the conversation, a couple of newspaper editors, Norman Porter of the McCleary Stimulator and Roy Croft of the Skamania County Pioneer both thought that bears in their local area tasted better.

Thus started a rivalry and a head-tohead bear tasting contest in McCleary. Surplus bears are donated each year for the stew, which now has grown into an annual tradition for the citizens of the area. The event has grown to include a special Grand parade, a kiddie parade, a softball tournament and Royal Court, among the many vendors, crafts and other food available during the event.

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Traveler's Companion 2020: The Definitive Guide to SW Washington  

A travel guide for the counties in SW Washington

Traveler's Companion 2020: The Definitive Guide to SW Washington  

A travel guide for the counties in SW Washington