Located 20 miles north of Vancouver, Woodland, Washington is best known as the gateway to Mount St. Helens. This growing community is home to about 10,000 people and has so much to offer from iconic historic monuments to beautiful outdoor scenery.
But when you only have a day to explore everything Woodland has to offer, it can be hard to narrow down the must-dos. That’s why we crafted an entire itinerary! Grab your walking shoes, your buddies and your sense of adventure because we’re touring the area’s best attractions, restaurants and more.
Start with coffee at Luckman Coffee Company
We can’t start a day of adventuring without coffee! Before you do anything else head to Luckman Coffee Company, one of the Woodland area’s favorite coffee shops. Dedicated to “The Art of Roasted Coffee”, Luckman Coffee’s beans are roasted in small batches and each varietal, estate and blend has a unique profile. Stop by and grab a drink (and a delicious snack) to help fuel your drive to the next stop.
Explore the Cedar Creek Grist Mill
Located a few miles from downtown Woodland and nestled on Cedar Creek, this historic landmark is one of Woodland’s most iconic stops. The Cedar Creek Grist Mill has been a part of the area’s history since 1800, when a migrant miller named George Woodham settled in the area. Today it is a working museum, showing visitors the inside workings of a grist mill of that time period. Due to COVID-19, the museum is currently only open on Sundays, but if you happen to be visiting on any other day, you can still stop by to see the outside of the mill and explore the walking trails and picturesque bridge nearby.
Take a tour of the North Clark Historical Museum
Just a few minutes from the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, you’ll find the North Clark Historical Museum! This museum shares the area’s historical legacy through educational exhibits on Native American culture, pioneer heritage and logging at the turn of the century. The museum is located inside the old Amboy United Brethren Church, a beautiful landmark that is often the site for weddings and other special events. Stop by if you get a chance on a weekend! They are open from 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays, but is also the perfect backdrop for photos on any other day of the week.
Grab lunch at Rosie’s Restaurant
For lunch in Woodland, you can’t go wrong with Rosie’s Restaurant, a local family owned and operated diner that’s been serving the area since 1985. One of the most popular restaurants in the area, Rosie’s offers breakfast all day as well as American-style comfort foods like burgers, seafood plates, steak dinners and more. Click here to explore their current menu!
Wander around the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
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In 1877, Hilda Klager and her family, immigrants from Germany, moved to Woodland where they purchased farmland and built a home. Throughout her childhood, she fell in love with lilacs and eventually began to grow them herself. By 1905, she was hybridizing and by 1910, she had created 14 new varieties of lilacs, eventually hosting an open house in her home each year to showcase her amazing flowers to the community. She became known as “The Lilac Lady” and her lilacs helped put the city of Woodland on the map. Today, you can explore her famous lilac gardens, which are now a National Historic Site, and see some of the varieties Hulda bred for yourself! They are open to the public most days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is $4.
Explore Davidson Avenue
While most small town downtown areas are adorable, we’re partial to Woodland’s Davidson Avenue, a small area filled with shops, wide sidewalks, restaurants and more. In between the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens and our next stop, park and explore the area bit. Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the Woodland Mural or the picturesque Horseshoe Lake while you’re there!
It just wouldn’t be a day in Southwest Washington without a wine tasting! After you’ve explored Davidson Avenue to its fullest, head to Matranga Vineyards, a small estate vineyard in LaCenter. Their Woodland tasting room, which is located at Speranza Antiques, is open every day of the week, usually from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Stop for dinner at La Casa Tapatia Mexican Restaurant
One of the most popular restaurants in Woodland, La Casa Tapatia is going to be a favorite for you too! They offer high quality, authentic Mexican food in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Their menu includes everything you would expect at a Mexican restaurant, made with fresh ingredients and served alongside fantastic cocktails. Click here to see their menu!
See a show at the Love Street Playhouse
Founded in 2007, Love Street Playhouse was created to provide true community theater for the city of Woodland. They put on several shows a year, created by and for Woodland residents. So, to top off a day of adventuring through the city, settle in for a show! Currently, they have moved performances to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts to help with physical distancing during the pandemic. You can learn more here and you can purchase your tickets for their current show here.
What would you add?
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