I took my boat over and walked up into Old Town and took a looked around a bit. Old town is right on the banks of the Columbia River. The courthouse and City Hall are there. And now, there is a new art installation in the park in front of the courthouse. It’s a lovely sculpture with seating.
Salmon art sculpture
I took a walk down the main street in Old Town and looked at some of the businesses there. There’s a vendor mall with 4,300 square feet of floor space, with all kinds of things that you should go check out. Just down the street is Scandalous Hair Design. You might as well get a scandalous doo while you’re at Tango Island and St. Helens- call them and make an appointment.
Then there’s the Running Dog Pub, which invites you to come and have a glass or two with them.
At Jilly’s, you may be greeted by Betty Boop, and you can shop there for some vintage clothing.
2Cs, a large vendor mall
Down the street is the Dockside Restaurant, which features steaks and pasta if that’s your thing.
Then, cross the street and go down the walk and you come to the Haunted House. The Disney movie Halloween Town was filmed in St. Helens, and they have quite a Halloween festival in October.
The Water Side is right across the street with the Roof restaurant. Go check out the Roof- It has a good view of the Columbia River and Tango Island in the background.
Grace’s Rivertown Antiques is there. The Big River Bistro is there.
And walking up the street just a little bit, you come to the Roythai restaurant. I’ve eaten there many times, it’s very good.
The Dockside Restaurant
And there’s the city hall, in the old, old building built in 1800. Across the street is a public restroom with hot showers that are coin-operated.
In the park there’s live music played from the stage every Thursday evening, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. A street fair takes place and the whole of Old Town St Helens gets pretty lively.
I got back on the boat and went down river to the St Helens Marina. Brad, the owner, will be running a shuttle craft to Tango Island from the Marina, so you can easily get to the island.
I took the boat across the river and landed at the lovely docks that are on the island. I walked up onto the island, and got to see the leaves just sprouting out from the trees for April.
I walked down to the south end of the island to a large clearing that’s protected from the wind. I paced off an area where the dance Pavilion is going to be, sheltered from the wind at the South end of the island.
It’s April in this video. So, there is not a lot of beach. However, in August the river will be lower and warmer, with plenty of beach.