If you travel highway 30 on a Saturday, you most likely have seen groups of cyclists ascending into Columbia County from Portland. For years, these groups of cyclists have been coming out here to enjoy the CZ (Crown Zellerbach Trail) from Scappoose to Vernonia and onward to Banks, OR. You see, as a country, we are quite bike friendly. The City of St Helens has a Pedestrian and Bike Commission that meets on a monthly basis. Plus, many local businesses are bike friendly with bike racks. If you own a business, check out how to become Bike Friendly and more from City of St. Helens Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission.
To meet the needs of locals and tourists alike, June 18th will mark the 1st Cycle Columbia County, Columbia Centurian Challenge, starting in downtown St Helens riding thru many small towns such as Vernonia, Mist and Columbia City. To see a full route and to register for the challenge which opens soon go to www.cyclecolumbiacounty.com and “like” Columbia Century Challenge Facebook page. #hereincc #columbiacenturychallenge #cyclistslovecc
Are you looking for a nice place to take your Valentine next weekend? You have many options right here in Columbia County.
Two of the local favorites in St Helens for fine dining are the Dockside Steak & Pasta and Klondike Resturant. They both are located within blocks of one another in Ole Town St Helens located beside the Columbia River. You can take a romantic stroll before dinner or after along the waterfront. Both restaurants are currently taking reservations for the upcoming special holiday. For more information go to Dockside Steak & Pasta Menu and Klondike Restaurant Bar Menu.
In Scappoose, you can dine on the water at Mark’s On The Channel for a special Valentine’s Day Opening. They officially open for the season on March 8th, 2016. Click here for menu, reservations also recommended.
Enjoy your special date lunch, day or night with your love. Thank you for choosing to celebrate where you live. #welovecolumbiacounty #keepitlocalcc #valentinesday #dinelocal
Dreaming of a healthier you in 2016? If you are not as motivated as you’d like, try group exercise. Groups are a great for accountability, to make new friends, build self-confidence and meet your health goals. Columbia County has many group exercise options. After reading a community facebook post where locals bragged about the following exercise hot spots, I’ve complied a list of their favorites. I also wanted to share a few more if your New Year’s Resolutions is for a healthier you, if you are into that. If not, maybe just because it’s good for you.
Columbia City: Pacific Athletic Club. Racquetball, pickleball, and more just follow their facebook page.
St. Helens, OR- Have you heard about the Reindeer Run? It is a signature event in Columbia County. It happens the 1st weekend in December. This Saturday December 5th marks the 6th Annual Reindeer Run held at the Columbia River Four Square Church 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens. You can participate in the walk or run. 5K ,10k or half-marathon. It’s up to you which one you choose.
Money raised at this run is donated back to support community programs. The three chosen local charities benefitting from the run are St. Helens Police Reserves Academy, Toys for Tots Program and Columbia Pacific Food Bank. . Over the last few years an average of over $12,000 was raised each year.
Scappoose, OR- There is a new kid in town when it comes to a retail store in Columbia County located right across from Scappoose City Hall at 3355 Columbia Ave, Suite 113. Young or old it doesn’t matter, you can now entertain the “nerd” in you by stopping by to check out cards, comics and gaming. The Nerd Nest is the kind of place you can stop in for a little while to hang out or buy Disc Golf Sets to get some exercise.
The Nerd Nest is a unique retail venue in South Columbia County. To keep up with what’s going on “Like” their facebook page The Nerd Nest . Owners, Sean & his wife Jamie Lowry, have been open for 2 months. They have already partnered with another local business, NERDstaglia, Inc. to carry their Disc Golf Sets owned by Chris and Emily Emanuel.
Next time your looking for something to do. Stop by to grab a comic book or a new Disc Golf Set to go play at a local disc golf park such as McCormick Park in St Helens.
St. Helens, OR- English High Tea? Cucumber sandwhiches or tasty chicken curry sandwhiches, perhaps. Let’s not forget about the scones. Tea stirs up good conversation with loved ones.
Now, do I have your attention? New business Tea Time located at 165 N. 11th Street, on the corner of 11th and Columbia Blvd.,owner, Cindy Sutiff, invites you to join her for the Grand Opening Oct 30th along with a Ribbon Cutting by the South Chamber of Commerce at noon. Tea Time Open House 12-5 where you should check out her inventory of teas, homemade English treats and step back into the 1920’s at her new tea shop.
Cindy spent her time as a kid having tea with her grandma. It was a family event. It’s a tradition she wants to bring to Columbia County to share some of her own experiences with others. She opens Oct 30th with starting hours on Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5, with occasional Friday 11-5 . She has already started booking private parties and encourages you to come by for a cup of tea. She also loves to collaborate and is looking for artists to showcase their work on a monthly basis. Cindy believes in Shop Local and currently serves on the City of St. Helens Pedestrian and Biking Committee.
To follow Cindy on her journey as her business grows, please “like” her on Facebook.
St. Helens & Columbia City are so close you can walk from one to the other. You follow the paved path across from the County Roads Department down Heart Attack Hill. When you come out of the wooded area, you’ve reach Columbia City. Not only are they close in proximity but both communities have women who have received industry awards one from city government and the other from the building and design industry. You may have even heard their names, Kannikar Peterson & Leahnette Rivers.
Kannikar Peterson from St Helens Oregon will be recognized at the upcoming Oregon Builds Connections Conference Oct 15th for a luncheon at the Sentinel Hotel Portland, OR. The Daily Journal of Commerce’s 2015 Vision Awards go to top of their industry to women in the building and design industry from Oregon and Southwest Washington. The criteria set for receiving the award is leadership, industry accomplishments, mentoring efforts and community involvement. 65 women were nominated and 25 where chosen. Congratulations to Kannikar Peterson for winning this award. Kannikar Peterson, Co- Owner with husband, Al Peterson,Akaan Architecture & Design is active in the community. Kannikar currently serves on the Art’s and Cultural Coalition for the City of St. Helens. Read more: DJC Oregon 2015 Women of Vision Awards
Leahnette Rivers, City Administrator for Columbia City for the last 16 years, was awarded the Kehrli Award in Bend Oregon. The Kehrli Award is given out by the Oregon League of Cities, a volunteer organization to represent Oregon’s 242 incorporated cities. Oregon League of Cities helps local city governments serve their citizens by providing legislative services, policy setting, and other support. Leahnette received the nominations for the award from elected officials; staff and community. They praised her work on the veteran’s park, her leadership and financial planning skills. Click here to read more
Congratulations to local leaders, Kannikar Peterson and Leahentte Rivers. Good to see you at the top of your Industry.
St Helens – St. Helens celebrates the Spirit of Halloweentown as an Annual Tradition. The 1998 Disney Channel orginal movie “Halloweentown” had scences shot in the Courthouse Plaza. Over the years, the city pays homage every October to the movie “Halloweentown” by redocrating the square complete with a Pumpkin Lighting to kick off the celebrations. The number of Halloween activities continue to grow always celebrating a beloved holiday by many who live in Columbia County. If Halloween is your thing, you will surely find a few activities to join in on the fun.
Local organizers recently announced Kimberly Brown, actress from the movie will be attending and acting as the Master of Ceremonies for Annual Pumpkin Lighting on Oct 10th at 7:30 at the Courthouse Plaza. See You Tube announcment from Kimberly Brown actress from Halloweentown.
Many local business will put up scarecrows to participate in the Scarecrow Contest to give you a fright and don’t forget about the “Taste of Terror” as local resturants have featured Halloween food/drinks. Many other Halloween related activities from the Pumpkin Lighting to a Monster Dash benefitting Veterans. a pumpkin carving contest and so much more which will take place Oct 10th-31st. To keep up with all the local activities and as more are being added follow the Spirt of HalloweenTown Facebook page. See below a snapshot of activities:
Oct 8th – Oct 16th – Drop off pumpkin at City Hall for Judging Oct 8th-Oct 16th. One day voting Oct 17th 11-3:00 PM. Cash prizes sponsored by St. Helens Arts Coalition Commission.
Oct 10th- Pumpkin Lightening – 7:30 PM with Lighting at 8:00 PM at Court House Plaza. Costumes welcome and treats will be provided.
Oct 10th- Monster Dash- 10:00 AM hosted by Rotary to support Veterans http://www.sthelensmonsterdash.com
Oct 10th- 1st Annual Dark & Dank Disco at Dockside 8 p.m. Old Town St. Helens Oregon – When it’s black outside and gloomy it’s time to throw a party. The spinning some tunes and dancing the night away. Bring a friend and be ready to get into the “spirit” of things. Wear a costume. Prizes and fun.
Oct 11th, 17th, 24th & 25th – Haunted Tractor Rides with photo opportunities allowing you to get on and off. Suggested Donation is to purchase a pumpkin. Open Saturday’s 11-3:00 PM and Sunday’s12-3 PM at the Courthouse Plaza. Costumes & Friends welcome.
Oct 31st – Little Spooks Halloween Trick or Treat – sponsored by the Chronicle starts at 7:30 PM downtown
Columbia City, OR – Yearning to put your feet in the sand or miss the sound of waves lapping the beach, you can get your fill of both by checking out Trestle Beach right here in Columbia County. You don’t need to drive all the way to the Oregon Coast. It’s a river instead of an ocean but sometimes, it’s about being near water.
Trestle Beach has easy access to the Columbia River. It’s a short walk down thru a wide path in the woods and less than 1/4 mile in the sand down to the water. If you have pets who love to swim or are looking for a quick walk along the river this is one of the closest to Columbia City and St. Helens.
Recent collaboration between Port of St. Helens, the City of Columbia City, citizens, and Oregon Department of Transportation helped move the project forward to create a safer more secure parking area for locals to enjoy this waterfront area. The Port invested $9,000 not in the Port’s budget but the port commission found funds to commit to the project according to a recent news article from the Chronicle on Sept 2nd, 2015.
The Port of St. Helens officially opened this new entrance right off of Hwy 30 in the Industrial Area outside of Columbia City on August 28th. The entrance takes you down a hill and back up the hill just follow the signs. The parking area has room for up to approximatley 50 cars and has both a bathroom and a garbage container. Prior, residents were parking alongside busy Hwy 30. This new option not only provides facilities at Trestle Beach open from 8am-7pm but a safer and secure area. Please be respectful and follow the rules to ensure us citizens of Columbia County can continue to access Trestle Beach. If you have any questions call Port of St. Helens at 503-397-2888.
Deer Island, OR – If you are looking for a farm to table bed and breakfast, you’ve found it at Deer Island Manor. Diane & Jason Dunn bought the Deer Island School a little over a year ago to turn it into a new type of Bed & Breakfast in Deer Island, Columbia County. This is small town America with big time service.
Deer Island Bed & Breakfast has a master suite, and two additional rooms. Diane Dunn is a hostess extraordinaire. It’s all about the amenities. You can get healthy food there if that’s what your into because well the cook lets you pick out of her garden when the produce is in season. I mean, how cool is that? Plus, they care about sending their guests to the best local restaurants and shops in Columbia County. You get on the spot concierge service.
Deer Island Manor is a booming business filling up with new guests everyday from all over the world with rave reviews on the internet. They host events, workshops and luncheons.
What makes them different? Diane & Jason moved out to Columbia County from Portland. They wanted a different type of B & B starting with the experience then the location. They wanted their guests to have both rest & relaxation. They want their guests to experience the small town Oregon experience to come and stay awhile. They allow you to pick your own eggs for breakfast and veggies from there garden, plus they have a robot ready to be worn by any adventurous 5-8 year old. They have chalk board for kids to create on in the kitchen bar, plus local walks and places to explore. #STAYLOCAL #CONNECTCOLUMBIACOUNTY