We had to stay here during a plumbing mishap at our property. The rooms are clean and neat, and appear to have been built in the 1960s. They are each decorated with charming Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs. The major drawback, as we entered on a chilly afternoon, was the cold temperature of the rooms. Perhaps you're like me. When you've been driving at night and want to stop at a motel, the last thing you want is to lie down and have to go to sleep in all your clothes, because the room is too cold. On the bright side, this probably means this is one of the cooler spots to stay during the busy tourist season in the summer.
Of all the antique malls in this area (and there are quite a few), this is probably the best. Red's contains several large rooms which are interconnected. In terms of ambiance, sometimes the temperature is a bit cold in some of the sections. Books, magazines, pamphlets and postcards are the strengths here, along with kitchen items, china and so on, so if you like to read, you'll be more interested in visiting. The antique dealers we've met here have been friendly and helpful; finding a great balance between those who hover worriedly over any potential customers, and those who seem resentful about selling anything. The chairs provided for browsers of postcards are greatly appreciated. I've spent more money here than in some other stores, and because of the more comfortable atmosphere, I've enjoyed parting with my cold cash much more!
Oysterville is almost a ghost town; from being a bustling metropolis a hundred years ago, now this farm and its store are the only real business in town, although there are still residents and a few historical structures in the area. The store keeps fairly short hours, and is located in a low-key part of Oysterville. The store is small, but features some local treats (including oysters of course) and some regional food and card gifts, the bulk of them being artisan or handmade. The prices are reasonable considering the high quality and small proportions; the staff, like the town, are low-key. You'll want to visit on a sunny day, as the area is so quiet that it's spooky.
Located on Seaside's main tourist trap, Broadway Avenue, this shop may generally be overlooked by locals. That's too bad, as this features some wonderful nautical and tropical-inspired gifts. Not just the extremely expensive, hand-carved wood variety, although you can find that here, too. There's a whole section of tiki lounge type goods, including mugs, plastic doo-dads and much more. Nothing in here is of great interest to frugal buyers or cheapskates - the owners have to pay rent on Broadway, after all - but it all tends to be of high quality. If you want a unique gift for a land-lubber (or sailor wannabe), this is the store to visit. If you want the typical touristy type T-shirt stuff, you can find that here, too, albeit the store owners generally carry higher quality stuff, along with Bahama hawaiian shirts.
This is bowling as it was meant to be; somewhat darkened alleys, with loud music and lots of people hanging out. This is a place where families can go at one hour, and friends and dates can hang out at another. No one cares if you can bowl well or not; everyone's too busy having a good time with their friends, and you can even get a printout of how well you did on your game. A wider selection of balls would be good, but this is a classic bowling alley, which means you don't expect perfection but you will enjoy yourself.
Having been across town to the "other" bowling alley in Longview, we decided to give Highlander a try after it moved to its larger location. It is very bright and clean, with a lot of nice video and action games aimed at children, in the front. The actual bowling areas have some new equipment, but instead of yards and yards of bowling slots, there are smaller clumps. You don't feel like you're so much in an alley, as that you're in an amusement area which also has a larger-than-life skeetball. It takes away something, and is far from the anonymity and sound of a larger bowling alley; with the higher price, we found that we just plain preferred the "other" alley.
On a lark, we decided to come here and find out more about the Waukakieum area. It was a drizzling January, but we found this B&B to be absolutely beautiful, inside and out. We talked at length with one of the owners, who was charming and told us a lot about the area. The front room has a beautiful picture window that looks out over Cathamet; they have a on-site shop with lots of beautiful hats, tea and other Victorian-themed items. A lovely place to stay overnight or drop by during the day.
Don't believe the mega drugstore chains; sometimes you'd be surprised to find out how much more reasonable your locally-owned, independent drugstore and pharmacy can cost. That was the case here. Our doctor was in the Seaside area and recommended we pick up a prescription here. When we checked the price difference between going to a mega store and getting the same item at Holladay, Holladay was cheaper. The service was also great; they really do seem much more invested in the community. Also, Holladay has kept an old-fashioned ice cream parlor on site, and sells some old-fashioned toys and other novelties along with the regular stuff you can get at any drugstore.
Packed to the gills with lots of goods for pet owners, including those who own birds and reptiles, and not just dogs and cats, this is generally a good bet for items not carried by major stores like Target. The book selection, however, is a real eyesore; many appear dusty and out of date, although sold at full price. Staff members are friendly, although a couple of teenager clerks seem out of their depth knowledgewise. One young clerk recommended a metal tool to remove tangles from a cats coat, oblivious that the specific tool can injure a cats delicate skin and should only be used on dogs, and not every day at that. Do your research online first and then know what youre looking for; dont depend on their recommendations alone.
Very clean and open year round, this is one of the best amusements in the Lower Columbia region, and definitely gives a lot of bang for your buck. Carnival style games and newer video games are available, but also several gamesd aimed at pre-teens and preschoolers. Its not especially difficult to win tickets; adults will enjoy the card table like games, which have the same odds as slot machines but much lower risks. Nice staff and good atmosphere appeals to adults in their twenties and thirties, teens and families. Our last visit, we spotted a group of kids visiting on the way to the prom.