Where We Live
One of the many attractions of Sharp Labs is its location in the Pacific Northwest. Our headquarters is in Camas, Washington, just 10 minutes from the city of Vancouver and 15 minutes from Portland, Oregon. These are clean and vibrant cities, acclaimed for their creative culture and surrounded by endless recreation and spectacular scenery.
Perched on a 120-acre site above the mighty Columbia River, Sharp Labs offers a vista to Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood in the distance and, nearby, to meadows and forests where wildlife thrive.
Explore in All Directions
Within 90 minutes or less, you can be surfing and beachcombing on the Pacific coast, skiing or snowboarding year-round on Mt. Hood, hiking through mystical rain forests, riding the waves in the windsurfing capital of America, or exploring endless vineyards and their world-famous wines. Within a few hours drive are half a dozen volcanoes, high deserts, whitewater rivers, pristine trout streams, world-famous resorts, and national forests more than a million acres large. From rock climbing to dogsledding, kayaking to mountain biking – it’s all in the neighborhood of the Pacific Northwest.
And there are plenty of places to explore and footpaths to follow right in Sharp Lab’s own backyard. Our own Clark County offers more than 40 miles of urban trails, including the Waterfront Renaissance Trail’s 4-mile path, flanked by restaurants, shops and the Columbia River along which you can stroll or pedal.
Our Good-Natured Big Cities
The metropolitan area that surrounds Sharp Labs is legendary as one of the most livable urban areas in North America. Right in and around our home town of Camas you’ll discover a bounty of museums, art galleries, upscale boutiques and antique shops, outdoor concerts and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Just a few miles south, in Portland, you can enjoy the spirited culture of a big city built on a European model, made as much for walkers and bikers as for cars. Portland has won accolades as the number one biking, walking, and jogging region in America, as well as the safest, cleanest and most sustainable big city in the U.S. Its famous light-rail system (MAX) covers 44 miles and is free downtown. The city has become a destination for its fresh Northwest cuisine, its art and culture, boutique shopping, and the largest congregation of microbreweries in the world. And Oregon is one of only a handful of states with no sales tax, so what you see on the tag is the price you pay at the register.
A Taste of Our Attractions
Indoors and out, this is an area that teems with great culture, entertainment, and any number of ways to lay back and recharge your batteries. If you appreciate the correlation between recreation and creativity, you’ll experience the best of both in and around Sharp Labs. Get a sampling of community from these helpful links:
City and state overviews
www.vancwa.com An in-depth look at the Vancouver, WA community
www.ci.vancouver.wa.us The City of Vancouver’s official site
www.travelportland.com/visitors Tourism guide to Portland
www.portland.citysearch.com Reviews of Portland dining, shopping, clubs
www.10best.com/Portland The best of everything Portland
www.tourism.wa.gov A look at the beautiful state of Washington
www.traveloregon.com Exploring the breadth and depth of Oregon
Homes and schools
www.rmls.com Find NW homes of all sizes and price ranges
www.greatschools.net Learn more about area schools
Top cultural draws
www.vancouversymphony.org Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
www.portlandopera.org The Portland Opera Association
www.portlandartmuseum.org The Portland Art Museum
www.palmerwirfs.com Sample local antique & collectibles
Sample outdoor attractions
www.nps.gov/fova Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
www.disoverywalk.org SW Washington trails and walkways
www.crgva.org Attractions of the Columbia River Gorge
www.ridgefieldfriends.org One of many bird watching clubs
www.wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regions/reg5/hotline.htm SW Washington fishing
www.fs.fed.us/gpnf Regional Forest Service site
windsurf.gorge.net/cgwa/links.html Guide to windsurfing and more
www.parks.wa.gov Washington State parks and recreation facilities
www.mthoodterritory.com Mt. Hood travel and recreation
www.portlandparks.org Nearly 10,000 acres of Portland parks