ARTrails of Southwest Washington will host its annual Studio Tours all across Lewis County the third and fourth weekends of September. Participating studios will have art on display ranging from painted works to pottery and more, and participants in the tours will have a chance to interact with and meet the artists at each stop. The tours are a great way to discover Lewis County's beauty, both natural and inspirational. Enjoy the variety of mediums in painting (pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor), sculpture, glass, jewelry, pottery, mixed media, fiber art, carved or turned wood, basketry, enameling, collage, metal, and cement.

A reception and gala will open the Studio Tours the Friday evening before the start of the tour at the Historic Centralia Train Depot, Railroad Avenue in Centralia. The new Studio Guide with a map and photos of each participating artist’s work, is usually available in August.

For more, visit ARTrails of SWW's website.

September 21-28, 2019

This special trains will run at 1 p.m. and at 5 p.m. May 12 on Mother’s Day, offering a trip in a refurbished 1920’s dining car that provides a vintage dining experience, complete with white linen tablecloths, full china, and impeccable wait staff. Both meals include fresh vegetables, potatoes, and a green salad. The lunch choice of entree includes either roast pork, roast turkey, or swiss steak. The dinner choice of entree includes either prime rib, baked salmon with lemon or chicken cordon bleu. Dessert is included, too! Cost is $44/$55 for adults, and $25 for children 10 and under. For more information, visit the Steam Train website.

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 1:00pm

Growing into an event for cyclists from all over the "Ride the Willapa is back for its fourth year. 

From "Ride the Willapa":

Back for its fourth year, Ride the Willapa is an all-ages and all-levels bike ride in the Chehalis River Valley of southwest Washington state. Providing a beautiful break from city life, Ride the Willapa brings people of all ages and abilities to the verdant Chehalis River Valley for a leisurely-paced bike ride on the Willapa Hills Trail, Washington state’s newest rails-to-trails project.

This year’s route begins at the eastern terminus of the Willapa Hills Trail in historic Chehalis and ends six miles into Pacific County, in the Pluvius Hills. Enjoy up to 62 miles, a metric century, of pure countryside glory!

Experience the ride at your own pace and leisure! The Tour de Farms is also back this year, giving you an opportunity to not just enjoy the beauty of the trail and adjacent scenery, but also to meet our local farmers, visit the baby animals and buy some delicious food!

Make a weekend of this excursion and enjoy overnight camping. Or finish in one day and enjoy some of the arts scene, food and more in the Chehalis and Centralia area.

You’ll want a bike with 700x28c or wider tires…basically anything with thicker tires than a road bike will do alright.

Our 2018 event was our biggest yet, and it brought people from across the Pacific Northwest to see and explore the beauty of the Willapa Hills Trail, which once served as a lumber and passenger railroad in the 19th and 20th centuries!

Registration opens December 1, so get ready!

 For detailed information on the ride and its history, visit the Ride the Willapa website.



June 22-23, 2019 from 7:00am-5:00pm