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DESTINATION<br />

VANCOUVER<br />

DINING // HOTELS // EVENTS // RECREATION // DRINKS & MORE


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PLAN YOUR TRIP<br />

THE OTHER<br />

VANCOUVER<br />

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON, IS<br />

A TOP SPOT FOR HISTORY BUFFS<br />

Visit <strong>Vancouver</strong> USA<br />

written by Sheila G. Miller<br />

THERE’S A VANCOUVER out there that is<br />

not to be overlooked. It may share a name with<br />

a glamorous Canadian city just up the highway,<br />

and it may be overshadowed by Portland just<br />

across the river, that twee town expanding under<br />

the Keep-It-Weird motto.<br />

But <strong>Vancouver</strong>, Washington, has a great deal to recommend.<br />

Beyond its convenient location as a bedroom community to the<br />

Portland Metro area, <strong>Vancouver</strong> offers worthy stops on any history<br />

buff ’s list, as well as an up-and-coming food and bar scene.<br />

Add a new expansive development on the Columbia River waterfront,<br />

and this spot is becoming a destination in its own right.<br />

DAY<br />

1<br />

THE CROWN JEWEL of this city by the<br />

water is the Fort <strong>Vancouver</strong> National Historic<br />

Site, which transports you to another<br />

era—even several eras.<br />

On the banks of the Columbia River,<br />

Fort <strong>Vancouver</strong> started out in 1825 as a<br />

fur trading post operated by the Hudson<br />

Bay Company. The trading post was the<br />

main colonial settlement in the Northwest until it burned to the<br />

ground in 1866. Today a replica of the original fort stands on the<br />

archaeological footprint of the fort, which was excavated and preserved<br />

by the National Park Service. At the site, walk through the<br />

wooden gates to check out the gardens, as well as wooden buildings<br />

that represent a fur store and other historically accurate depictions<br />

of life at the fort in the 1800s.<br />

That’s just the start of it, though. In 1849, the area was established<br />

as a military barracks. It was the first U.S. Army post in the<br />

Pacific Northwest and was an important place especially during<br />

the Civil War and Indian War. The barracks was also a key location<br />

Cover photo: Visit <strong>Vancouver</strong> USA<br />

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for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and during World<br />

War I and World War II.<br />

Walking (or driving) through the barracks, just blocks from the I-5<br />

corridor, feels like a different world. From structures with wraparound<br />

porches built in the early 1900s to a grouping of CCC buildings put<br />

up in the 1930s and barracks from the 1940s, there’s a feeling of quiet<br />

history throughout the area. Many of the buildings are in some state<br />

of disrepair. In 2012, the military buildings were transferred over to<br />

the National Park Service for renovation, restoration and eventually<br />

to reopen some of them to the public. For now, some remain closed.<br />

After exploring the barracks and adjacent buildings, which have<br />

markers and signs explaining their historic uses, head to Officers<br />

Row, a group of twenty-two restored nineteenth century homes. Several<br />

of the homes are open to the public, and the Grant House, built<br />

in 1850, has been turned into a nice restaurant perfect for grabbing a<br />

sandwich and a coffee.<br />

Once you’ve rested your feet, it’s time for another dose of history<br />

at the Pearson Air Museum. The museum is part of Pearson Field,<br />

which started as a civilian air field and transformed to become part of<br />

the Army base. Today it provides an inside look at the “golden age of<br />

aviation,” with old airplanes and historical information about the role<br />

the base and the airfield have played.<br />

After a day of history, it’s time to return to the present with some<br />

culinary excellence. <strong>Vancouver</strong> has several forward-thinking restaurants,<br />

including Lapellah, a modern American restaurant with an<br />

eclectic menu that would fit in on the trendy east side of Portland.<br />

Locally sourced eats include paella and a coal-roasted pork chop that<br />

will have you looking around to make sure you’re still on the north<br />

side of the Columbia.<br />

Rest your head at Hotel Indigo, the new boutique hotel opening up<br />

at The Waterfront. The hotel is near the convention center, the Portland<br />

International Airport and right on the water. With 132 rooms<br />

and forty condominiums, this spot is just right for mixing business<br />

and pleasure. The hotel is just one perk among the 32-acre mixeduse<br />

property of south-facing waterfront real estate, which began<br />

construction in 2015. The $1.5 billion mixed-use development will<br />

provide new green spaces like public parks, walking and biking trails<br />

along with offices, shops and other attractions.<br />

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“The crown jewel of this city<br />

by the water is the Fort <strong>Vancouver</strong><br />

National Historic Site, which<br />

transports you to another era—<br />

even several eras.”<br />

FAR LEFT The Pearson Air Museum<br />

focuses on the golden age of aviation.<br />

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Fort<br />

<strong>Vancouver</strong> is a replica of the 1825 trading<br />

post. Grant House is now a restaurant<br />

perfect for a midday break from exploring.<br />

Officers Row has nearly two dozen<br />

restored nineteenth century homes.<br />

Photos: Visit <strong>Vancouver</strong> USA


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Photos: Visit <strong>Vancouver</strong> USA<br />

FROM LEFT Esther Short Park is at the center of <strong>Vancouver</strong>’s busy events calendar.<br />

Confluence Project’s <strong>Vancouver</strong> Land Bridge is a unique art installation.<br />

DAY<br />

2<br />

START DAY TWO with a trip to Boomerang,<br />

a “generosity shop and coffee house,”<br />

which translates to a coffee shop that also<br />

sells donated items and gives all the profit<br />

to local causes. There is also a used bookstore<br />

and a kids’ treehouse in this hot spot<br />

on Main Street.<br />

Don’t end your history journey just<br />

yet. There’s still Esther Short Park, a sweet little spot in downtown<br />

<strong>Vancouver</strong> that was given to the city by the park’s namesake in the<br />

1850s. The park features a rose garden, a clock tower and the Slocum<br />

House, a villa-style home from the 1860s that was relocated to the<br />

park in the 1960s and features an art gallery and winery called East<br />

Fork Cellars. Finish up with Covington House, a tiny log cabin that<br />

served as a boarding school for students in the 1800s.<br />

Perhaps most interesting is the Confluence Project’s <strong>Vancouver</strong><br />

Land Bridge, an earth-covered pedestrian bridge soaring over State<br />

Route 14 to reconnect Fort <strong>Vancouver</strong> with the Columbia River.<br />

The site opened in 2008 and has native basket weavings, indigenous<br />

plants and a timeline path that shows how the landscape has changed<br />

over time. Views of the river and Mount Hood here are spectacular.<br />

Confluence is a nonprofit that has worked with a half dozen Northwest<br />

communities, tribes and artist Maya Lin to create public art installations<br />

that help tell the history of the Columbia River system.<br />

End your day hungry at Rally Pizza. Neapolitan-style pizzas with<br />

frozen custards, made from local ingredients, put an emphasis on<br />

making pretty much everything in-house. Rally Pizza’s executive<br />

chef, Alan Maniscalco, was a key ingredient at Ken’s Artisan Bakery<br />

and Ken’s Artisan Pizza, two of the best bread-based food spots in<br />

Portland. Any pizza place that considers a fried duck egg a reasonable<br />

addition to a pie is spot on with us.<br />

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OUR PICKS<br />

BEST PLACES TO…<br />

GET A BUZZ<br />

• Cocktails: LowBar<br />

• Whiskey: The Thirsty<br />

Sasquatch<br />

• Wine: Niche Wine Bar<br />

• Martinis: Twigs Bistro<br />

& Martini Bar<br />

ENJOY LOCAL<br />

BEER<br />

• Ghost Runners Brewery<br />

• Doomsday Brewing<br />

Safe House<br />

• Brothers Cascadia<br />

• The Feral Public House<br />

• Old Ivy Brewery<br />

• Loowit Brewing<br />

GRAB A BITE<br />

• Pizza: Rally Pizza<br />

• Farm to Table: Lapellah<br />

• Coffee: Boomerang<br />

• Pub: Grays at the Park<br />

• Fish: Line & Lure<br />

• American: Hudson’s Bar<br />

& Grill<br />

• German: Gustav’s<br />

EXPERIENCE<br />

CULTURE<br />

• History: Fort <strong>Vancouver</strong><br />

National Historic Site<br />

• Farmers Market: Esther<br />

Short Park<br />

• Art: Confluence Project’s<br />

<strong>Vancouver</strong> Land Bridge<br />

• Cinema: Kiggins Theatre<br />

GET OUTSIDE<br />

• Hiking: Moulton Falls<br />

State Park<br />

• Birdwatching: Ridgefield<br />

National Wildlife Refuge<br />

• Running: Discovery Historic<br />

Loop Trail<br />

• Cycling: Columbia River<br />

Waterfront Renaissance Trail<br />

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EVENT CALENDAR<br />

Gramor Development<br />

The Waterfront is a massive new project on the Columbia<br />

River that will have walking trails, shopping and restaurants.<br />

RIVERVIEW SIX TO SUNSET<br />

CONCERT SERIES<br />

ESTHER SHORT PARK<br />

<strong>August</strong> 2-16 // Free<br />

cityofvancouver.us<br />

Head to Esther Short Park in the heart of <strong>Vancouver</strong><br />

to listen to music played by Flexor T, Patrick Lamb and<br />

Hit Machine. The concerts, held each Thursday through<br />

<strong>August</strong> 16, start at 6 p.m. and are free. Grab some food<br />

from local vendors, buy a beer or a glass of wine in the<br />

fenced beer garden, then prepare to boogie down.<br />

CLARK COUNTY FAIR<br />

CLARK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS<br />

<strong>August</strong> 3-12 // $7-10<br />

clarkcofair.com<br />

The fair celebrates its 150th anniversary with the theme<br />

“150 Years of Farm, Fun and Family Traditions.” From<br />

eating contests to mutton bustin’ to fair rides, not to<br />

mention the barns full of animals, this is an event for<br />

everyone. For a few dollars extra, you can see live music<br />

from the likes of Pat Benatar and Grand Funk Railroad.<br />

COLD BREW FEST<br />

ESTHER SHORT PARK<br />

<strong>August</strong> 4 // $5-30<br />

coldbrewcoffeefest.com<br />

Your love of coffee has a new outlet. The world’s largest<br />

cold brew coffee festival features cold brews from all over<br />

the country. Visitors can vote on their favorites from the<br />

more than thirty types of cold brew on tap. In addition,<br />

you can learn more about the process of making coffee<br />

and enjoy live music and a photo booth. Food vendors will<br />

also be on site.<br />

AMY SCHUMER AND FRIENDS<br />

ILANI RESORT<br />

<strong>August</strong> 9 // $59-99<br />

ilaniresort.com<br />

Raunchy comic Amy Schumer heads to ilani for a<br />

headlining comedy show. Schumer, who was most recently<br />

in the movie I Feel Pretty, has written a bestselling memoir<br />

called The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo.<br />

VANCOUVER BREWFEST<br />

ESTHER SHORT PARK<br />

<strong>August</strong> 10-11 // $10 entry<br />

vancouverbrewfest.com<br />

With more than a hundred beers on tap, this is a spot for<br />

beer lovers. Add wine, cider, mead and plenty of food and<br />

live music, and there’s something for everyone. Tokens<br />

are $1.25 apiece, and tastes are a token each. Or grab a<br />

whole pint for four tokens.<br />

STARGAZING AT FORT VANCOUVER<br />

FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE<br />

<strong>August</strong> 18-19 // $60-69<br />

cityofvancouver.us<br />

Spend a night under the stars with Rose City<br />

Astronomers and <strong>Vancouver</strong> Sidewalk Astronomers.<br />

The family-friendly event, at Fort <strong>Vancouver</strong>, features<br />

modern telescopes, as well as games from the 1840s<br />

and hearty meals. Bring your own tent and get ready to<br />

explore the fort at night.<br />

VANCOUVER WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL<br />

ESTHER SHORT PARK<br />

<strong>August</strong> 24-26 // $15-70<br />

vancouverwinejazz.com<br />

This three-day event is in its twenty-first year of bringing<br />

jazz, blues, gospel and pop musicians to the heart of<br />

<strong>Vancouver</strong>. Top performers this year include Judy Collins<br />

and Patti Austin. Try tastes or full glasses of wine onsite,<br />

grab a plate of food from a vendor and check out the art<br />

and vendors on display.<br />

CAMPFIRE & CANDLELIGHT<br />

FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE<br />

<strong>September</strong> 8 // Free<br />

nps.gov<br />

If you’ve ever wondered what nighttime was like for<br />

Oregon Trail pioneers, early Army soldiers or the people<br />

who lived in Fort <strong>Vancouver</strong>, check out the Campfire<br />

& Candlelight event at the fort. Lit entirely by, you<br />

guessed it, campfires and candlelight, visitors can observe<br />

historically accurate evening activities.<br />

STURGEON FESTIVAL<br />

WATER RESOURCES EDUCATION CENTER<br />

<strong>September</strong> 15 // Free<br />

cityofvancouver.us<br />

This free festival brings hands-on, family-friendly<br />

activities that will inspire the little scientist in your life.<br />

Learn about fish, plants and animals that make their lives<br />

around the Columbia River. Last year’s festival included<br />

fish dissections and live bird and reptile shows, as well as<br />

face painting.<br />

APPLETREE MARATHON,<br />

HALF MARATHON & 5K<br />

FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE<br />

Sept 15-16 // $15-130<br />

whyracingevents.com<br />

Join <strong>Vancouver</strong> for the inaugural Appletree Marathon,<br />

Half Marathon and 5K. The marathon is a Boston<br />

Marathon qualifier, and the flat, scenic course takes you<br />

through Fort <strong>Vancouver</strong> and along the Columbia River.<br />

The marathon is a two-loop course, while the Sunset<br />

5K will start at 6 p.m. for a rare evening race. Add free<br />

beer from Deschutes Brewery and apple pie, and this is<br />

a winner.<br />

THE WATERFRONT<br />

GRAND OPENING<br />

VANCOUVER WATERFRONT PARK<br />

<strong>September</strong> 29 // Free<br />

thewaterfrontvancouverusa.com<br />

The Waterfront, a 32-acre property facing the Columbia<br />

River that will change the face of <strong>Vancouver</strong>, will<br />

celebrate its grand opening at the end of <strong>September</strong>. The<br />

$1.5 billion mixed-use development is a public-private<br />

partnership that features a boutique hotel, housing, green<br />

spaces, retail and office spaces and restaurants.<br />

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