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2024 is the perfect time to embark on new adventures, explore hidden gems in your own backyard, discover new businesses and revisit old favorites. From spending time in the region’s stunning natural beauty to stimulating local classes, fascinating history to learn, and much more, this guide unveils 24 exciting things to do and experience in Chehalis, Centralia, and throughout Lewis County in 2024!

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1 – Treat your significant other and discover Restaurants for a Romantic Date Night in Centralia, Chehalis and Lewis County.

2 – Start a homebrewing adventure at Rocky Top Homebrew, now at Dick’s Brewery in Centralia. The helpful staff can get you started on making your own beer or wine at home.

3 – Do you ever wonder what it would be like to go back in time and get lost in the nostalgia? Check out Insert Coin in Centralia and experience a time warp in this evocatively neon space. Insert Coin’s retro-style bar and restaurant is here to take you and your family back to a simpler time.

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Enjoy a 26-tap self-serve tap wall with seasonal beer and cider at Insert Coin in Centralia. Photo courtesy: Insert Coin

4 – Get together, go outside and explore fun Parks in Winlock. Amidst the tall coniferous evergreens and winding backroads of Winlock is the town’s most popular and sizeable outdoor recreational space, Winolequa Park. For the more adventurous, check out Winlock’s Skate Park.

5 – Get your glow on with Spruce Skin & Wax Shoppe in downtown Chehalis. This recently opened beauty spa is a cozy four-room oasis of rejuvenation for your mind and body.

6 – Learn more about the mysterious, forgotten underground passageway beneath our feet with Centralia’s Lost Tunnels.

7 – Need new glasses? Find patient-centered care at Rainier Eye in Chehalis. Opened in 2023, the friendly doctors here will have you looking and seeing your best!

Rainier Eye Chehalis
Rainier Eye in Chehalis is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Photo credit: Krysta Carper

8 – Read about how volunteering takes on a new tune with Bagpiper Bev York of Tenino. Her story just might inspire you to give back to what matters to you locally.

9 – Discover a gem of a trail at Lewis and Clark State Park’s Trail of the Deer. Go for a walk with your family and furry friends on this easy trail under the forest’s canopy.

10 – Buy an adorable, cuddly friend from Toledo-based crafter Dorrie Wade with The Magical Craft of Crocheting at Derpy Dragon Designs.

11 – Nurture artists and minds at Dandelion Creative Space. Now fully mobile, get creative with art classes, youth programs and more.

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Kids play under a giant parachute during Lewis County Autism Coalition’s Sensory Summer Day Camp, held up by Instructors Sharlene Hoffman and Casandra Johnson in Chehalis. Photo courtesy: Lewis County Autism Coalition

12 – Discover the mission and forces behind Lewis County Autism Coalition. Annual events include conferences, career fairs, summer camps, and lots more.

13 – Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of NW Sausage & Deli With Dick’s Brewing Company. This family-owned and operated restaurant is a can’t-miss if you’ve never been there before. Just ask Guy Fieri from the hit show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

14 – Discover a life worth living with The Legacy of Mary Kiona. Living to be a reported 115-year-old, Mary Yoke Kiona saw more than any of us could ever imagine in our lifetimes.

15 – Are you longing to unleash your wild, creative side? Are you itching to dance freely and enthusiastically? Are you ready to connect with yourself and others and discover new forms of joy? Then The Hive, an art and movement studio in Centralia, embraces and welcomes you.

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Horses hauling a spruce log 30 feet in circumference after being cut down by loggers in 1905. Photo credit: Darius Kinsey

16 – The legacy of logging and timber in the region is a testament to the area’s resilience and its enduring connection to the forests that have defined its past and will continue to shape its future, so dig into The Deep Roots of Logging in Lewis County’s Timber Industry.

17 – Find a perfect place to spend the afternoon at Napavine’s Mayme Shaddock Park. These four acres are a perfectly convenient location for your next outing, so pack your picnic basket and make this lovely green space your next destination.

18 – Did you know Lewis County is home to a fascinating ancient creature? Learn all about the interesting The Chehalis River Lamprey.

19 – Pamper your furry friend, skip the trip to the groomers, and let Northwest Paws & More come to you and your pet.

Rosie the Riveter Doris Bier
Just 16 years old, Doris took the mechanics course and landed a job at the Mount Rainier Ordnance Depot as a mechanic. She poses here with some of her fellow Rosie the Riveters. Photo courtesy: Doris Bier

20 – Celebrate a true Lewis County legend and see what a girl can do with Adna’s “Rosie the Riveter” Doris Bier.

21 – Surround yourself in history with a look at remarkable Lewis County Historic Buildings

22 – Learn how the local rivers and lakes got their names with The Story of Lewis County Waters – Part 2.

23 – Turn your left feet into smooth ballroom technique with fun Dance Lessons From Dana’ Marie’ Kiser.

24  – Explore LewisTalk’s community event calendar. It’s a wonderful place to find fun activities and things to do throughout Lewis County, including Centralia, Chehalis and beyond. Check it out and find a fun event to attend in 2024!

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