5 Spectacular Activities for Residents of Ridgefield Homes
It’s not just about choosing a home, it’s also about deciding on a community to live in. After all, there’s more to life than just owning a great house.
A home is a place you come back to after a long day (good or bad); it’s a place where you should feel safe and at ease. It’s a place you gather with friends and family to celebrate special events. It’s a place where you store your treasures, create your memories, and design your life, but it’s the community that makes all of this possible.
If you’ve been looking for the right home for your family, Vancouver is a great city to look at. As you make your way through the community and into individual neighborhoods, we think Ridgefield will satisfy all of your needs – and then some. That’s one of the reasons we selected it as a place to develop our homes.
Ridgefield, Washington is an up-and-coming location to establish yourself in Vancouver. You’ll find more space, larger lot sizes, greenbelts to play on, a desirable Ridgefield School District to send your kids to, charming downtown shopping nearby (with convenient access to highways), restaurants, and parks. What is there not to love?
Still, whatever will you do on the weekends? Whatever will you do with your free time? Well, we’ve got a few ideas for you there too. After all, all work and no play will make life very dull. When you buy a Ridgefield home, “dull” won’t be in your vocabulary. Consider these.
1. Esther Short Park
Revitalization is essential to building a great city and nothing shows off Vancouver’s revitalization process more than Esther Short Park. This five-acre square is one of the oldest parks in the region, established in 1853 after it was bequeathed to the city from its namesake. Like any park, it’s had its ups and downs, but today it’s been transformed into an innovative community hub that brings people together in a variety of ways.
You’ll find the first piece of public art there; a bronze statue called the Pioneer Mother. You’ll find a playground, open space to play, and walking paths at every turn. You’ll even have space for both public and private events. Reserve your job event or family function, or take in the Vancouver Farmers Market, free summer concerts and movies, or join a race like the Vancouver USA Marathon. Best of all, it’s only a short drive from your new Ridgefield home.
2. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Located right here in Ridgefield is our very own Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, a 5,150-acre area comprised of marshes, grasslands, and woodlands. Today, it’s a vital winter habitat for waterfowl, Canadian geese, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, and songbirds. You’ll also find a plethora of wildlife, everything from black-tailed deer, coyote, raccoon, skunk, beaver, river otters, and rabbits. Of course, as a Ridgefield homeowner, you’ll readily have access to it, so you can enjoy the four-mile auto or biking route, or the one-mile seasonal hiking trail any time you choose.
You can also take in the Cathiapotle Plankhouse, a full-scale Chinookan Plankhouse based on archeological finds right here on site. This full-scale replica shows what remains of Cathiapotle, a Chinookan town encountered by Lewis and Clark on their expedition. And there’s a two-mile self-guided hike for you to enjoy.
3. Officers Row
Imagine traveling back in time and living the grandeur lifestyle in the late nineteenth century. While that might not be possible, it is possible to visit it today. Officers Row is filled with twenty-two fully restored nineteenth-century homes situated on twenty-one acres of land. All of which are listed on the National Historic Register.
Today, these buildings are homes and offices, of which several are open to the public. You can visit the Marshall House, a home owned by Brigadier General George C. Marshall and his wife, Katherine. During World War II, he served as Chief of Staff of the US Army, was Secretary of State from 1947 to 1949, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of both Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.
Or you can visit the Grant House. Ulysses S. Grant served as quartermaster at Fort Vancouver for two years in the 1850s. And while the Grant House never served as President Grant’s residence while he was here, it is the oldest remaining building at the Vancouver Barracks. Originally a log structure, it was eventually covered with plank siding, and today provides restaurant service open to the public.
Or how about the Howard House? The Howard House was considered to be the finest dwelling north of the Columbia when it was completed in 1878. It was first occupied by General Oliver Otis Howard, who was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, founder of Howard University, and the commanding general of the Department of the Columbia. Today it’s home to the Fort Vancouver National Trust.
4. Moulton Falls
Just a short drive from your Ridgefield home is Moulton Falls, a 387-acre park located at the confluence of the East Fork of the Lewis River and the Big Tree Creek. It features two waterfalls and an arch bridge more than three stories high. It sits on heavily forested land with the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad excursion train passing through the park.
You’ll also find volcanic rock formations from early lava flows, historic Indian meeting grounds, a swing bridge on Big Tree Creek, and access to the Bells Mountain Trail. All of this is in addition to the 2.5-mile trail you’ll find within the park itself. In the heart of the summer, there’s no place better to take a hike, and finish it off with a swim in the river.
5. North Clark County Winery Loop
The rolling hills located in Ridgefield produce some fresh whites, complex reds, and pleasing roses. With fertile soil and just the right amount of rainfall each year, the conditions in this part of Washington are perfect for developing wineries. And by choosing a Ridgefield home, you’ll be close to where the action is, living along one of the fastest developing wine trails in the Northwest.
Even if your preference is more for hand-crafted ale and brews than wines, you won’t be disappointed. From specialty IPA’s, stouts, porters and more, you’ll be celebrating whenever you choose with a different selection every time.
While Vancouver celebrates the love of wine and beer throughout the year, you can do so in a unique way. Pick up a 2015-2016 Clark County Wineries Passport, it’s designed to help you experience each of the wineries that are blossoming in this region. Or you can join Brewcouver on Facebook to learn all about the beer scene in Vancouver. Either way, you’ll enjoy some of the best drinks in the region, and make a few new friends along the way.
Ready to buy your new home in Ridgefield? At New Traditions Homes, we have three distinct neighborhoods perfect for your family. Check out our floor plans online. Then stop by and see all we have to offer. You’re going to love your new Ridgefield home!