Take a break from buying and selling & enjoy some local summer activities!

Summer in the Pacific Northwest is amazing. The days are longer and warmer and the rain is gone so you can get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re in the midst of buying or selling a home and you feel like you’re overwhelmed with the details, don’t forget to take time for yourself and enjoy the beauty that Washington has to offer. Here are some great tips on activities that you can participate in locally this summer.

#1: Summer reading program through Fort Vancouver Library.
Kids, teens, and adults alike can sign up for the summer reading program through the Fort Vancouver Regional Library. Log days that you’ve read and you can earn rewards and prizes with the free program. The best part: it keeps your reading skills sharp throughout the summer.

#2: Summer concerts and movies in the park.
Every year, the City of Vancouver puts on a summer concert series in Esther Short Park. Each concert is free and family friendly. Enjoy a variety of talented local artists, including Vancouver Pops Orchestra, and enjoy food from local vendors, too. The city also puts on Friday night movie nights in parks around Vancouver in July.

#3: Dive in!
Jump in and cool off! Klineline Pond is a great spot to cool off and enjoy the warm summer weather. The pond is located in a large park setting with large water features/fountains for the little ones to run around and cool off in, too. Not to mention, there is a playground, plenty of picnic tables, and lots of green space to walk. If you want to stay indoors to swim, the pools at Jim Parsley Community Center, Propstra Aquatic Center, and Firstenburg Community Center are great places to swim.

#4: Hike or camp!
Living in the Northwest means that there are many beautiful hikes and walking trails. Hike Mount St. Helens, take a drive out through the Columbia Gorge and hike the Multnomah Falls, or enjoy some family time by setting up a tent and a mini-campground in your backyard for one night.

No matter what you decide to do this summer, take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful area we live in!

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm
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3 More Must-Knows About Vancouver

We’ve made it to our final installment in our series of “must-knows” about Vancouver!  Here are the final three things that everyone should know about Vancouver!

Vancouver is great for kids!
If you have kids, there is no shortage of awesome things for kids to do. On those warm days of summer, head to Esther Short Park and let them frolic in the water fountain area. And that’s just one of the great parks in the area! There are a lot of great, well-kept parks in neighborhoods all over Vancouver. Or, on those chillier fall or winter days, take them to locally owned Kazoodles to pick out some new games or other activities to keep them occupied.  The Vancouver Parks & Recreation Department also has some great activities and clubs for kids to get involved in – whether it’s soccer, swimming, or ballet, there’s something for every age!




The Arts District is pretty awesome.
The Pacific Northwest is home to some pretty amazingly creative people. In recent years, we’ve seen some great Vancouver area artists and musicians establish themselves in galleries and other venues across the city. Check out some of the artist booths at the local Farmer’s Market each week, as well as First Friday every month. Vancouver has some incredible artistic talent that you will love seeing and learning about!


Vancouver is great at celebrating the 4th of July.
If you love fireworks and celebrating Independence Day, then Vancouver is the place to be. The Fort Vancouver National Historic site puts on a pretty awesome fireworks show every year with food, live music, and more.  But if crowds aren’t really your thing, then you can buy a pretty fantastic selection of fireworks to do at home. So, grab some friends and family, get the grill out, and when the sun goes down, get ready to make some big noise with those fireworks!

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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