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Things to do in Columbia County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“4th of July fireworks to music, great bands, lots of vendors, free concerts!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lodging
“Great brew & food. Live entertainment (occasionally) & it's located right on the Columbia River! Must see (especially for those CosmicTripsters).”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a great place to eat smoked meats! Priced reasonably and nice portions! Also caters to local home brewers, so they have an excellent shop to check out.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“Great craft beers with a gourmet food truck across the street that delivers to the brewery.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“We heard rumor its legendary, and I believe it. my friends and I go and have to split a lunch or dinner, and my hubby and I go and bring home food all the time, always leftovers. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Health Food Store
“This is a small health-food store which has very good quality items. It is quite expensive but they carry most things that health-food stores carry except fresh produce”
  • 1 local recommends
Harbour / Marina
“Scappoose Bay provides rental kyaks and the staff are extremely helpful. It's location allows for excellent opportunites to explore Sauvie Island inlets and wildlife.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Within St. Helen's Historic District, this restaurant has terrific pasta dishes. Haven't yet tried the steak, but I bet it's great, too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“I have travelled all over the world and tasted coffee everywhere and you cannot beat Zojo's. This cafe is like a sitting room and is definitely a local meeting place. I go there every day. They are open 7-4 PM Mon-Fri and 9-2PM at weekends. They also have a drive through and internet cafe on Ocean Beach just round the corner.open all the time. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Food
“Delicious personal wood-fire pizzas. I like the Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the Cabernet Franc. Fun atmosphere. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
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“Great wedge salad—I advise adding bacon & avocado. Favorite drink is the lemon basil-tini! A few beers & wines but better known for their mixed drinks. They have fondue & some flatbread pizza & sandwiches. I like the calamari appetizer with the dipping sauces! Some other eats on the menu as well. Small but nice venue. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is such a cool place. It's down some stairs below the sidewalk on Commerce St in Longview. By day it is Gyros Gyros Cafe. At 4pm it becomes Bowers' Down Restaurant. Both are owned and run by a local farm to table restauranteur. You will be amazed at his locally sourced and hand crafted dishes!! He butchers his own meat from his farm. He's an endless source of entertainment and information. Highly recommend you call for reservations if going during Bowers' Down time.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Nudist Beach
“Nude beach - there are more conservative beaches before you hit this one (if you prefer). You'll see parking for these along the way. Be sure to stop at the general store after you cross the bridge onto Sauvie to get a parking pass, I think they're $5. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Relax and enjoy Mark's delicious offerings in casual, comfortable surroundings floating on the Columbia Channel. An outdoor deck over the water is lovely and inviting. Live music from 7 - 10pm Saturdays with a nice meal is a perfect evening in Scappoose. It also accomodates large groups with reservations.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pharmacy
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  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bar
“This is a great place to eat smoked meats! Priced reasonably and nice portions! Also caters to local home brewers, so they have an excellent shop to check out.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We heard rumor its legendary, and I believe it. my friends and I go and have to split a lunch or dinner, and my hubby and I go and bring home food all the time, always leftovers. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Within St. Helen's Historic District, this restaurant has terrific pasta dishes. Haven't yet tried the steak, but I bet it's great, too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“Great wedge salad—I advise adding bacon & avocado. Favorite drink is the lemon basil-tini! A few beers & wines but better known for their mixed drinks. They have fondue & some flatbread pizza & sandwiches. I like the calamari appetizer with the dipping sauces! Some other eats on the menu as well. Small but nice venue. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is such a cool place. It's down some stairs below the sidewalk on Commerce St in Longview. By day it is Gyros Gyros Cafe. At 4pm it becomes Bowers' Down Restaurant. Both are owned and run by a local farm to table restauranteur. You will be amazed at his locally sourced and hand crafted dishes!! He butchers his own meat from his farm. He's an endless source of entertainment and information. Highly recommend you call for reservations if going during Bowers' Down time.”
  • 2 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Relax and enjoy Mark's delicious offerings in casual, comfortable surroundings floating on the Columbia Channel. An outdoor deck over the water is lovely and inviting. Live music from 7 - 10pm Saturdays with a nice meal is a perfect evening in Scappoose. It also accomodates large groups with reservations.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family style Americana restaurant featuring classic selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's a bar in the back where the locals hang out. Family friendly and great for groups. Marie's favorite is the Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich on sourdough with a glass of wine. Conveniently located at the north end of town. Plentiful parking. The claim to fame is Elvis Presley's visit in the 1960s. There's a placard on the building about it, and plenty of memorabilia.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
“A quaint café located at the Camp Kalama campground just north of town on the Kalama River. People often describe it as a "cute little Mom and Pop cafe". The food is fresh, made to order and reasonably priced. A very cozy log-cabin atmosphere. Don't be surprised if you end up chatting with the chef!”
  • 3 locals recommend

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