Camas, Washington is a mill town along the Columbia River just east of the Portland, Oregon, Vancouver, Washingon metro area. The mill is in operation but is the cleanest and quietest mill I've ever been around. Don't fear the mill.
Camas has a compact downtown that was updated and beautified fairly recently, with trees, crosswalks, and neat, clean storefronts. The Camas Hotel is near the heart of downtown, with a simple entryway, small lobby, and a handsome, neat appearance.
Our room was small, with a nice private bath, located on the 2nd floor. I didn't see an elevator so I believe you must walk the stairs to get to the rooms. Not a big deal but worth mentioning for some. The room was comfortable, with quality linens, a couple of chairs, a wardrobe, coffee maker, lamps, and some desk supplies. The bathroom had a large shower with a good showerhead and water pressure. The towels are great. For me, all the toiletries except for the bar soap were extremely strongly scented and not useable. Also, all around the hotel are those little scent sticks. We spent our time inside with stuffy noses. The place seemed fresh and clean so I don't think that the scents are there to try to mask bad odors. In my world those things would not exist.
It was early spring so we slept with the windows open. We were there on weekdays so the street outside went very quiet before 10 at night and was still quiet when we awoke. There is an air conditioner but we used it only to circulate air and that helped with the strong scents from the scent sticks. (Yes, we should have asked to have them removed. We didn't. Our error.)
There are several good restaurants within 3 blocks. Right next to the hotel is Harvest, which I believe also offers some room service if wanted. The hotel provides a very good breakfast in their bright 2nd floor eating area. (The wall fountain there is awfully noisy.) Unlike so many free breakfasts there were non-sweet options, fresh berries, great Oregon yogurt, and more.
Nearby is more scenic beauty than you could see in a very long stay. We live locally so have seen quite a lot of it but it's worth seeing again and again. You can take leisurely drives, easy nature walks, or challenging hikes and more. The Columbia River Gorge is a national scenic area and few tourists see it from the Washington side. If you're there during wildflower season I'd suggest visiting the Catherine Creek area for relatively easy hike and fields of flowers. We hiked up Silver Star Mountain north of nearby Washougal, with the last couple of miles in significant fresh snow (on April 28). The view from there is extraordinary but it's a real hike, not a walk in the park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An intimate romantic boutique hotel located in the heart of historic downtown Camas. Conveniently located 15 minutes north of the Portland Airport, between downtown Portland, and the scenic Columbia Gorge. Camas has many restaurants, spas, shops and outdoor activities to offer-hiking, biking, bicycling, snowshoeing, boating in the Columbia River or at nearby Lacamas Lake, fishing, golfing and more. ... more less
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