The Camas Hotel
by The Camas Hotel Staff on February 11th, 2018

​Girls Weekend Getaways for a Galentine’s Day with Your True Soulmates! Come spend the weekend at the Camas Hotel with your girls for Galentines weekend! Enjoy pampering yourselfs and taking advantage of all the fun shopping that Downtown Camas has to offer! With places including All Therapeutic Massage, Camas Beauty Bar, Rushing Water Yoga, Allure Boutique, Arktana and MANY MORE!! Then enjoy a delicious lunch at MESA, A Beer at a Time or even Mill City Brew Werks!

by The Camas Hotel Staff on February 3rd, 2018

​We are so excited to be bringing back our Salud promo for the month of February!
Book any Ensuite room and receive a FREE PREMIUM BOTTLE OF WINE from the Camas Hotel's own private wine locker at Salud Wine Bar - Event Center - Wine Storage! Also, you will receive 25% off all menu items at Salud with this promotion!


Offer valid 2/1/2018-2/28/2018 | Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions | Ensuite reservations only | Some black out dates may apply | Subject to rates and availability

by The Camas Hotel Staff on January 30th, 2018

We had such a great time hosting the first Rest and Revive Retreat yesterday!

The wine tasting by Rusty Grape Vineyards was amazing on Sunday Night! Yoga by Rushing Water Yoga was relaxing yesterday morning! The Better Breakfast Bowl Workshop provided by Good Medicine Nutrition was a hit as well! Ended the day with a restorative hike lead by Spears Strong in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge!

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible! We look forward to hosting more Rest & Revive Retreats !
Camas Hotel employee Michelle on the hike in the Columbia River Gorge lead by Spears Strong! 
One of the Better Breakfast Bowls from the workshop hosted by Good Medicine Nutrition!

by The Camas Hotel Staff on January 27th, 2018

Nick Calais and Tami Weidert- two of Camas's biggest First Friday attenders and ambassadors are getting married!!

​Everyone loves a wedding so we are especially excited to announce that for the First Friday in February, 2018, we will be hosting a wedding in Downtown Camas where everyone gets to be a part!!

It will be a "Wedding Affair to Remember"! Nick Calais and Tami Weidert—two of our biggest First Friday attenders and ambassadors—will say "I do" in front of friends and family and the community is invited as well! Nick and Tami have been to each First Friday since April 2015 and have made so many friends and connections over the years. They have a true heart for our community and what First Fridays bring and they want to share the First Friday experience with all their friends and family—and want you to come, too!

The theme each February traditionally has been "A Chocolate Affair to Remember" so for Feb 2018 it will be "A Wedding Affair to Remember"!

It will be a giant downtown wide wedding celebration! The ceremony will be held at the Liberty Theatre at 2pm (community is invited!). Our Camas Mayor Scott Higgins will marry them. Tami will carry a paper bouquet (including toilet paper of course!) in honor of our town’s heritage. Cake Happy will provide the wedding cake and food from all the downtown restaurants will be served at an outside celebration with lighted tents, music, dancing, games and more! There will be wedding themed specials and activities all through town. We’re hoping to have the breweries/tap rooms have wedding themed beers, special wedding cocktails and specials in the restaurants, and whatever else our creative merchants come up with! For the passport activity in the evening from 5-8pm, merchants will have their wedding pictures in their shops and you get to guess the date of the wedding! There will be chocolates throughout town at merchants as well. 

The Liberty Theatre of Camas-Washougal will show the classic film An Affair To Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr that Friday and Saturday as part of the theme.

A Wedding Show with local vendors will be set up in Journey from 5-8pm as part of the theme including Your Big Day, truly scrumptious, blu box art,Whispering Waters Farm, Chickabloom Floral Studio, Whimsy Chocolates,Mandi MOON artistry, Your Party & Event Center, and more. A perfect way to connect with quality local wedding vendors!

It is because of their heart and downtown engagement that we decided to do this for a First Friday event. An amazing way to celebrate two of our favorite downtown visitors and include the community in a big way! It's going to be a First Friday to top all First Fridays and all are invited.

Mark your calendars for 2-2-18! It will be a wonderful night celebrating love and community.

by The Camas Hotel Staff on January 25th, 2018

Some things old... Some things new! 

We are so excited to be celebrating 107 years at The Camas Hotel! Above is a picture of the original lobby in 1911! 
Built in 1911 by Prussian immigrant Paul Hinz, the Camas Hotel is 107 years old officially on January 29th! The Hotel is the oldest commercial building in Camas. With renovations back in 2011 and prior as well as a recent renovation this past May, 2017 to a few rooms the hotel, it has stayed in excellent shape!

The hotel used to be known as the "Commercial Hotel", but after a fire in the 1930's a rival hotel, which stood just across the street that was named "Camas Hotel". After this fire Hinz was able to adopt the name to "Camas Hotel". 

Paul Hinz lived in the hotel with his wife and three children for several years after completing construction. His wife passed away while his children were still young, so he raised his three children in the hotel. He was rumored to be very strict, according to some older Camas residents who still remember the Hinz children as their classmates. 

​No story in Camas would be complete without some mention about the local Paper Mill, which is an integral part of the town's history. In the 1930's the city agreed that the Crown Willamette Paper Mill could ad pulp processing, and it became a 'kraft' mill". This provided many new jobs, but unfortunately led to a distinctive odor in the town. Camas, in spite of it's charm, beauty and lovely lakes, became known for being the "stinky town across the river" to many Portlanders. This didn't help the town's hotel business, and Paul Hinz decide to fight the mill. He sought damages for the loss of business, and was awarded a settlement of $5,000 in 1932. This was a lot of money in those days, but it made Paul a somewhat unpopular man in town, due to the fact that so many people worked at the mill. 

Fortunately for Camas, Georgia Pacific, who currently own the mill, installed hi-tech clean smokestacks over a decade ago so residents and visitors can enjoy fresh air along with all the many other charms of this historic riverside town.

In our lobby we have a binder full of stories and pictures, so next time you visit us take a look at the history!  

Camas Hotel Founder Paul Hinz