Explore Woodland, Washington
Woodland is a gem of a city, offering rustic wilderness, water relaxation, and a vibrant food scene all in one place. Whether you’re interested in fishing in the river, dining at a locavore restaurant, or enjoying a glass of mountain-grown wine, there’s so much to love about Woodland. With Portland and Vancouver just a 30-minute drive away, you can easily return to the bustle of the city.
The Woodland Public School District is a small, community-focused school system that serves 2200 students at five public schools while also offering two alternative learning programs for families who prefer nontraditional education. The district publishes a pamphlet, “Our Community Matters,” to keep parents abreast of the instruction and activities offered through the school system. Woodland schools offer quality instruction from highly-qualified teachers. Over half of the district’s high school graduates continue onward at a higher education institution. Just 25 miles from Woodland is the University of Portland, one of the nation’s top-rated colleges.
Things to See and Do
Don’t miss the Battle Grounds or Scappoose Farmer’s Market, held every Saturday during the summer. There, you will find the fresh berries and delicious jams that Washington is famous for. If you’d rather pick the berries yourself, head to Bella’s Organic Farms; they have berries in late summer, apples and pumpkins starting in October, and tomatoes throughout the spring. Learn about the Dutch history of tulip farming at the Holland America Bulb Farms, and see the tulips in full bloom in early spring. If you’re interested in something a bit more rustic, visit the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, and take home a bag of flour made in a centuries-old tradition. Woodland also has exceptional museums for art and history, like the Hunter and Gatherer Gallery and the Cowlitz County Museum.
Eat and Drink
Downtown Woodland has a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, with plenty of live music on the nights and weekends. There is a wide range of places to eat and drink. Many Woodland restaurants and bars pride themselves on only serving locally-sourced food and drinks. Visit wineries like Bethany Vineyards or Three Brothers’ Vineyard to find wine a little earthier and more soulful than anything you’ll find on the West Coast. Cross the river into St. Helens to visit Columbia County Brewing to enjoy a beer made with Washington-grown barley and wheat. Finish off a meal with treats from one of the local bakeries, like a chocolate macaroon from Chaotic Chocolate Baking.
The Great Outdoors
Situated between the forest and river, Woodland offers a little bit of everything. The Lewis River, a tributary of the Columbia River, provides both stillwater and falls. Boating, kayaking, and canoeing can be enjoyed year round. Fish for chinook year round, blackmouth and salmon in the fall, or wait until October, when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stocks lakes with more than 125,000 trout. Nearby Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge boasts miles of hiking trails and plenty of chances to see elk, deer, coyotes, and a variety of birds in their natural habitats. Be sure to stop by the Woodland Park Zoo, which is home to over 1,100 more exotic animals.
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