If you haven’t been to Vancouver, Washington lately, it’s probably much different than you remember. Once occupied by a paper mill, the Columbia River’s north shore is now accessible for the first time in 100 years. Enjoy fresh seafood on WildFin’s outdoor patio, watch the sunset while taking a stroll along the Waterfront Renaissance Trail, and savor an Instagram-worthy milkshake from The Yard—these are just a few options for spending a day at the Vancouver Waterfront.
Opening summer 2022, the AC Hotel by Marriott and Hotel Indigo provide premiere lodging experiences with riverfront views. Pair your stay with a stop at one of the six (soon to be eight) wine tasting rooms within a few blocks of one another from renowned wineries around Washington and Oregon. Sip a Cabernet Franc bellied up to the circa 1885 wood-crafted Brunswick bar at Maryhill Winery’s Vancouver tasting room or experience the aviation history tied to Airfield Estates while enjoying wines titled after vintage aircrafts. Brian Carter Cellars brings European-style blends paired with crab cakes or charcuterie, and Barnard Griffin shares their family-owned operation through carefully crafted reds and whites.
Less than a half mile away, downtown Vancouver buzzes with festivals at Esther Short Park, original breweries and the historic Kiggins Theatre. Find eateries as casual as a fun pizza place like Hungry Sasquatch, to a fancy farm-to-table dining spot at Elements Restaurant. Original coffee shops and women-owned boutiques make the charming downtown feel welcoming to all. The tight-knit “Brewcouver” community makes any of the 16 downtown breweries and taprooms a great place to grab a pint of PNW-style suds.
Discover the city’s roots at Fort Vancouver just a mile east of downtown—one of the first permanent settlements west of the Rocky Mountains. Next door, explore the area’s rich aviation history at Pearson Air Museum (free admission). Explore Officers Row lined with 22 preserved Victorian homes that transport you to another era.
Vancouver is where history meets creativity, and where the past meets the future. Come see for yourself. Plan your visit at https://www.visitvancouverwa.com/.