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Posted on June 1st, 2012

JAM-PACKED WEEKEND FULL OF RUNNING AND BEER SLATED FOR FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND near Camas, Washington
 - Vancouver USA Marathon
 - Spartan Race
 - Who’s Your Daddy Beer Festival


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karen Hall
Hotelier & Restaurant Owner.

Posted on May 24th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on May 12th, 2012

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



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

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

Karen Hall
Hotelier, Camas Hotel 

Posted on May 3rd, 2012

One more great reason to come to Camas or Vancouver on May 18-20. This will be so much fun!

TOP ROWERS FROM THE NORTHWEST TO COMPETE AT VANCOUVER LAKE
High school regatta event with over 1,000 participants is the largest of its kind in the U.S.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – From May 18-20, high school rowers from throughout the Northwest will converge at Vancouver Lake for the annual US Rowing Junior District Championships, sponsored by the United States Rowing Association. With over 1,100 participants, the three-day regatta competetion is the largest US Rowing District Championship in the United States.

“Vancouver Lake is an ideal location for an event of this magnitude and size and we couldn’t be happier to host this competition here,” said Ashley Shimer, Sports Sales Manager at the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, which operates the Vancouver USA Regional Sports Commission. “Not only do these athletes, parents, coaches and volunteers get to experience our region and natural beauty but they also provide a boost to the local economy.”

All of the competitors are limited to two events throughout the weekend and will compete for spots in the US Rowing Youth National Championships, held June 8-10 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. While the Junior District Championship is open to the Northwest District, which includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, typically only teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho attend.

The competition was booked by the Vancouver USA Regional Sports Commission and is organized annually by the Portland Vancouver Rowing Association (PVRA). The PVRA is an umbrella organization that has a representative from each of the eleven rowing organizations in the Portland Vancouver metro area. Its primary mission is to maintain the fully buoyed race course on Vancouver Lake, and to provide infrastructure to host rowing competitions there.

For more information on the event, visit www.usrowing.org or contact Nick Haley, Head Coach of Rose City Rowing, at 503-799-9440 or by email at nickhaley@comcast.net.TOP ROWERS FROM THE NORTHWEST TO COMPETE AT VANCOUVER LAKE
High school regatta event with over 1,000 participants is the largest of its kind in the U.S.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – From May 18-20, high school rowers from throughout the Northwest will converge at Vancouver Lake for the annual US Rowing Junior District Championships, sponsored by the United States Rowing Association. With over 1,100 participants, the three-day regatta competetion is the largest US Rowing District Championship in the United States.

“Vancouver Lake is an ideal location for an event of this magnitude and size and we couldn’t be happier to host this competition here,” said Ashley Shimer, Sports Sales Manager at the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, which operates the Vancouver USA Regional Sports Commission. “Not only do these athletes, parents, coaches and volunteers get to experience our region and natural beauty but they also provide a boost to the local economy.”

All of the competitors are limited to two events throughout the weekend and will compete for spots in the US Rowing Youth National Championships, held June 8-10 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. While the Junior District Championship is open to the Northwest District, which includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, typically only teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho attend.

The competition was booked by the Vancouver USA Regional Sports Commission and is organized annually by the Portland Vancouver Rowing Association (PVRA). The PVRA is an umbrella organization that has a representative from each of the eleven rowing organizations in the Portland Vancouver metro area. Its primary mission is to maintain the fully buoyed race course on Vancouver Lake, and to provide infrastructure to host rowing competitions there.

For more information on the event, visit www.usrowing.org or contact Nick Haley, Head Coach of Rose City Rowing, at 503-799-9440 or by email at nickhaley@comcast.net.

by K Hall on April 27th, 2012

We were immensley touched by the wonderful love stories shared on our Camas Hotel facebook page for our recent Valentine's Contest: What's Your Love Story!  and are now enjoying meeting the lucky winning couples.

The Winners were:
1st Place (night in honeymoon suite & mini-romance package).
Shaina & Sean Felger:Touching story and and whole lot of love.

2nd Place: 2-way tie ($50 gift certificates to the Camas Hotel)
Steve & Stephanie Overbay - For working hard to better your family
Staff Sergeant Bejemn & Ashley Agre - For serving our country while standing by each other

3rd Place: 3-way tie  ($35 Gift Certificates)
Erin & Robert Mee - For showing us that friendship is the foundation of love.
Judy & Greg Gorham - Adorable Camas Sweethearts
Mr. & Mrs. Sergey Lyuda Osintsiv - From Russia (actually Ukraine) with love.

All Other Entries: $20 Camas Hotel certificates for everyone who entered. We loved your heartwarming stories. Thank you !