Surrounded by new shops and cafes, the Vancouver Farmers Market, and a hotel with a dazzling restaurant, Esther Short Park is once again the centerpiece of downtown Vancouver, Washington.
The four-block park ― the state's oldest public square ― still has a century-ago charm with its rock-lined fountain, tall trees, and a bandstand that hosts summer concerts.
The grand opening of the new, year-round indoor farmers' market on Esther Street was scheduled for August 20. Buy fresh produce for a feast at home, or treat yourself to an elegant meal at Gray's at the Park, inside the new Hilton Vancouver. ―Bonnie Henderson
INFO: From I-5, take exit 1B to Sixth St. Vancouver Farmers Market (www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com or 360/737-8298); Gray's at the Park ($$$; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily; 301 W. Sixth St.; 360/828-4343).