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Centralia's Edison District. No Hills.

7/14/2020

Historic Edison District homes, some elegant, some massive, grace the streets of this neighborhood.

Named after the highly desirable Edison Elementary School which, of course, was named after an amazing American inventor.

Homes here are always in demand.

This area is a great place to take walks.  No hills.  :)

Within walking distance are dozens of antique shops and restaurants, a playhouse to see live theater, and even a historic movie theater to see low cost second run movies.

Centralia's Northridge Neighborhood. This is home.

7/13/2020
This is a quiet neighborhood perched above the Skookumchuck River Valley.  Views of Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, and the city lights are common from the homes on this hill.

There is no through-traffic in this cul-de-sac.

Abundant wildlife wanders through the area for your enjoyment.  Deer are plentiful.  I have also seen quail, eagles, rabbits, a fox, geckos, humming birds, and many other birds.

Residents have more pie cherries and figs than they can eat when they are in season.  And blackberries.  Oh my.  There is over an acre of blackberries in the green-belt that are free for the picking.  Eat them fresh.  Make a cobbler.  Can some blackberry jam.  Nuke them and pour them over vanilla ice cream...YUM!  Make me a pie.  :)

You should definitely buy a house here.  This is home.

Centralia. 365 Things To Do.

7/12/2020
Centralia is the CENTER of everything!  

Halfway between Seattle and Portland.  Halfway between the mountains and the ocean.  Centralia is the largest city in Lewis County.

There is so much to do in the area that I started a Facebook page, "365 Things To Do In Lewis County".  Scroll through the page for hundreds of ideas.  Like the page and get even more ideas in the future!


GREAT CENTRALIA RESTAURANTS:

 - La Tarasca, authentic Mexican food.  This is nothing like Taco Bell, Taco Time, or any other Mexican restaurant chain.  This is the real deal!

 - McMenamin's Olympic Club, historic character, great food, even an old movie theater where you can dine while watching a movie.

 - Dawn's Delectables, best sandwich & dessert shop in the county!

 - Big T's BBQ, killer pulled pork sandwiches.  I get mine with extra sauce!

 - Judy's Country Kitchen, the best place for a big farm-style breakfast!

 - Tiki Tap House, weirdly delicious pizza.  Yes, they have one with SPAM and Mango on it.


Chehalis. 365 Things To Do.

7/11/2020
Chehalis is a wonderful place to live!  

There is so much to do that I started a Facebook page, "365 Things To Do In Lewis County".  

Scroll through the page to see hundreds of ideas!

Like the page to receive even more ideas in the future!

Great Chehalis restaurants:

 - Mackinaw's Restaurant, the perfect place to celebrate with a romantic atmosphere!

 - Dairy Dan's, HUGE ice cream cones and dozens of milk shake flavors!

 - Once Upon A Thyme, the best place for lunch in the county!

 - Somsiri Thai, feel the burn!  Thai food doesn't get any better than this!

 - Jeremy's Farm to Table, fresh food expertly prepared!

 - Market Street Pub, best burgers in the county!

Adna. There is no place to go that you shouldn't !

7/10/2020
Adna is a modern-day Mayberry.  Some say this town is so small that the New Year's baby was born in October and at the local beauty pageant no one took 2nd or 3rd.

This quiet community is only a few miles from I-5 and Chehalis.  It has one little store, a post office, a coffee drive thru, and a high school but no hospital, so bring your own first aid kit.

Adna (probably an acronym for Always Dreamy Never Awful) is the home of everyone's favorite gluten free/vegan bakery; the Pacific Northwest Cookie Company

The Willapa Hills Trail runs through town providing quick access to miles and miles of walking, jogging, horseback riding, and cycling opportunity.

Adna has great schools and the per capita income is probably the highest in Lewis County.

10-minutes from Walmart, Home Depot, Starbucks, and everyone's favorite, Dollar Tree.

If you dream of driving your mower down Main St or peeing in a corn field then you are dreaming about Adna!

Bucoda. Small Towns, Fresh Air, and Trains.

7/9/2020
A quiet little town; except for the trains.  If you love small towns, fresh air, and trains, you will probably love Bucoda.  This town in the Skookumchuck Valley is surrounded by hills covered with majestic fir trees.  Don't be too surprised to see deer walking through town.  If you are lucky you will see an eagle soaring overhead.

Property values are very reasonable but you should either retire here or plan to drive to another town to work.  Jobs are scarce.

Other than a convenience store and a bar, if you want to spend money you will need to leave town or go online.

Rumor has it that the burgers and curly fries at the bar are amazing and the local park is a perfect picnic spot by the river.

Bucoda is not far from Tenino and Centralia where gas, groceries, restaurants, etc are plentiful.

Galvin. A River Runs Through It.

7/8/2020
This quiet little town could see a lot of growth in the near future.  The new food distribution center in the nearby Port of Centralia will put an increased demand on local housing.  Home prices AND rents are expected to rise.

The Chehalis River runs thru Galvin and is prone to flooding.  Do your homework and invest wisely.  It is all about risk/reward.

Don't expect to do your grocery shopping in Galvin.  In fact, don't expect to do any retail shopping at all.  Centralia, just a couple miles away, features an outlet mall, dozens of antique shops, and a Safeway shopping center.  Just a couple miles beyond Centralia you will find Home Depot and WalMart right along I-5.

Galvin is about 30 minutes from Olympia where the jobs and wages are more desirable than the immediate Galvin area.  Not a bad commute if you want to live in a quiet rural area.

Here's a secret:  Galvin has its own post office and the locals claim Miss Wanda is best postmistress in the whole wide world!

Napavine. The greatest little town you never heard of.

7/7/2020
This little town is perched above the Newaukum River Valley.  Views of Mt Rainier are common from the homes in the area.

Abundant wildlife wanders through the area for your enjoyment.  Deer are plentiful.  You may also spot quail, eagles, rabbits, a fox, geckos, humming birds, and many other birds.

Residents have more apples, plums, and pie cherries than they can eat when they are in season.  And blackberries.  Oh my.  Blackberries everywhere are free for the picking.  Eat them fresh.  Make a cobbler AND a pie.  Can some blackberry jam.  Nuke them and pour them over vanilla ice cream...YUM!

Mexican food at Plaza Jalisco and pizza at Sahara Pizza are top-notch.

You can't go wrong converting oxygen into carbon dioxide in the great little town.
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