Astoria

Astoria is that little town that could, a city of 10,000 people on the Columbia River, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Founded 200 years ago at the beginning of Oregon’s North Coast, Astoria has been through boom and bust times more than once, weathering the collapse of both the Columbia River fishery and Oregon timber industry. It has risen once again as a cultural haven, often referred to as “little San Francisco.” Astoria is an old place that is newly hip. Here, Victorian mansions and maritime relics live in harmony with chef-driven restaurants and tattoo parlors.

Astoria is gritty, and likes it that way. But that rustic exterior is just a cover for the many enchanting dichotomies you’ll find waiting around the next corner. Here, fisherman are poets, loggers drink espresso, and Main Street welcomes both nouveau gallery and five n’ dime. For Astoria, it’s about character, and it’s also about characters: the people who call this place home with a passion that borders on evangelical. The skipper who challenges the same mighty river his great grandfather once fished. The artist who migrated here in search of a new palette. The hotelier who resurrected a once-bustling pier.

Once you come here and learn these stories, you’ll want to share them with others, and hope they’ll tell others, too. And, it’s a place to which you’ll want to return, to see what other stories you might have missed.

Featured activities

  • High Life Adventures

    33136 Highway 101 Business
    Warrenton, Oregon 97146
    503-861-9875

    Enjoy a tour of 8 zip lines in a beautiful setting! Join two tour guides on an exhilarating zip line experience around and over a seven-acre lake. A mile of zipping, sure to create lasting memories for the whole family! We also offer customized Team Building Programs to challenge your group while bringing them together as a team. Take your team to the next level! Please visit our website at highlife-adventures.com for more information or call us today at (503) 861-9875.

  • Columbia River Maritime Museum

    Columbia River Maritime Museum 1792 Marine Drive
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2323

    Six galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightship Columbia interpret the Pacific Northwest's rich maritime history. Visitors of all ages can experience what it's like to pilot a tugboat, participate in a Coast Guard rescue on the Columbia River Bar, and live in Astoria during the height of salmon fishing. Explore marine transportation from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to the present. Watch a dramatic 12-minute film introducing the history of life and commerce on the Columbia River, including the dangerous work of the Bar and River Pilots. Walk the bridge of a World War II warship, marvel at the 44-foot motor lifeboat plowing through a wave in a rescue mission. Participate in interactive and hands-on exhibits. You can board the Lightship Columbia, a National Historic Landmark, that once guided ships to safety at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Featured accommodations

  • Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa

    10 Basin St
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503-325-4996

    Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa, named "one of the top 25 hotels in the West" by Sunset Magazine, is a luxury boutique hotel built on the historic site of the former Union Fish Cannery 600 feet into the Columbia River Estuary. Waterfront balconies offer unparalleled views of a real working river and special amenities such as breakfast, wine & hors d'oeuvres, chauffeur driven vintage cars and a full-service Spa with authentic Finnish Sauna and Mineral Therapy Hot Tub make a stay here an extraordinary experience.

  • Comfort Suites Columbia River

    3420 Leif Erickson Dr
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2000

Featured Events

  • Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival 2014

    Clatsop County Fairgrounds
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (800) 875-6807
    Friday, Apr 25th, 2014 - Sunday, Apr 27th, 2014

    We invite you to join us during the 32nd Annual Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival in 2014 to enjoy great coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, wine tasting and more!

    Festival Hours:
    Friday, April 25, 4:00pm – 9:00pm
    $10 Adult Admission
    $5 Child Admission (ages 5-12)
    (Families with young children are encouraged to attend Sunday when there are smaller crowds – Admission is 1/2 off on Sunday & Children are Free)

    Saturday, April 26, 10:00am – 8:00pm
    $10 Adult Admission
    $5 Child Admission (ages 5-12)
    (Families with young children are encouraged to attend Sunday when there are smaller crowds – Admission is 1/2 off on Sunday & Children are Free)

    Sunday, April 27, 11:00am – 4:00pm
    $5 Adult Admission
    FREE Child Admission (ages 5-12)
    FREE Military Admission (Active Duty Military ID Requested)

  • Portland Chamber Orchestra “Pictures at an Exhibition”

    1203 Commercial St.
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.5922
    Friday, May 9th, 2014

    Liberty Theater presents Portland Chamber Orchestra “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Friday, May 9 at 7:30 pm.

    The concert presents two new and vibrant interpretations of the renowned Mussorgsky composition, led by two world-class conductors.

    The first half, conducted by Maestro Yaacov Bergman, presents a version of Pictures at an Exhibition for chamber orchestra by Julian Yu that invokes musical color found only in chamber music. With frequent use of musical elements of Yu’s native China, it often uses metal percussion instruments (such as vibraphone, glockenspiel, bells and celesta) to give a humorous Chinese flavor to the work. The work is paired with live projected images created especially for this performance in the intimate and beautiful environment of the Agnes Flanagan Chapel.

    The second half, led by Israeli conductor and composer Yaron Gottfried, is a version for jazz trio and chamber orchestra. The melodies and themes of Mussorgsky’s original version are dressed in new colors and inspire new forms for the jazz trio to improvise. Each movement is approached differently, while being transformed into a live, authentic encounter between classical and jazz.

    Jazz Trio:?

    • Yaron Gottfried, Piano
    • David Captein, Bass
    • Gary Hobbs, Drums

                        

    Tickets are on sale now at the Liberty Theater Box Office and ticketswest.com

    503.325.5922 Ext. 55 Open Tuesday thru Saturday from 2-5:30 and 2 hours before curtain

    1203 Commercial St. Astoria, Oregon 97103

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