Scratchpad: Announcing the 2022 Readers' Choice Awards

Mar. 15—This region where the river meets the sea is fortunate enough to play host to a resilient band of artisans: chefs, brewers, artists, radio hosts, musicians and dedicated business owners that form a caring and connected community.

Coast Weekend's annual Readers' Choice Awards are an opportunity to celebrate that work, recognizing the people and places that bring us joy, whether through an anticipated festival, lively performance, or a morning cup of coffee.

Thank you for your participation in the contest. Because of your nominations and votes, this year's contest received a record-breaking turnout of choices.

Nearly 16,000 nominations and 60,000 votes were cast for the best of the Columbia-Pacific region across four categories. In addition to business, dining and activities, this year's ballot featured a new arts category, recognizing the coast's vibrant scene of creators.

In this week's issue of Coast Weekend, find a complete list of winners, a gallery of favorite activities and stories of some of readers' favorite places to gather, dine and explore.

See the winners online at