Things to Do in SW Washington in March

On March 20, 2021, we will say goodbye to winter and hello to spring! March is a season of versatility in this wonderful region where the winter is typically short with moderate temperatures overall. As the ground warms, you can already see hints of spring approaching, with spring flowers beginning to emerge, and even some already in full bloom in your yard or on a walk around the neighborhood.

You can also still access remnants of winter within a short drive to higher elevation snow around the Mount St. Helens National Monument for snowshoeing or sledding, or hiking trails up into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Always check ahead for current conditions since this can be an unpredictable time of year!

Spring is a busy season for bird watching as Canada geese stop by to rest around Vancouver Lake, Frenchman’s Bar, and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge on their way north. There are many other species of birds and wildlife to observe in these areas along the Columbia River where you can make a day of it for a hike with your raincoat and boots, or by car for those who prefer to keep their feet dry—either way, bring your binoculars and a lunch!

Even though we love to explore our natural areas, sometimes you just want to shelter indoors from the typically soggy March weather with a good craft beverage. Southwest Washington has become a destination for award-winning wine and brews. With COVID restrictions lifting, many local pubs and eateries are beginninv to open up for indoor dining service. For those uncomfortable sitting indoors right now, many places have worked hard to design and expand outdoor covered seating—many with heat lamps and outside firepits. March is a good time to support our local restaurants get back to business.

March is also the month when the Vancouver Farmers Market opens! From March 20 through October 31 visit the Downtown Market at 605 Esther Street to shop for locally grown farm produce and plants, gourmet foods and sauces, and a variety of crafts and gifts made by community artisans. Check out the hours and list of current vendors at www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com.

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