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.
Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce
Slow down in a place where 14 knots is considered speedy. It's amazing what passing freighters, fishing vessels, and sailboats will do to relax and refresh your spirit. So help yourself to the maritime heritage, historical sites, restaurants, shops, and natural splendor at the mouth of the Columbia.
Columbia River Maritime Museum
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.
Comfort Suites Columbia River
In the heart of downtown Astoria, the hotel Elliott provides historic charm with an urban feel. Within walking distance of restaurants, shops, the Columbia Riverfront and multiple museums, experience what downtown Astoria has to offer. Featuring 32 uniquely restored rooms and suites, this historic five-story hotel weds early 20th Century elegance and contemporary amenities. Our "Wonderful Beds" are just one feature that makes our hotel unique and inviting to the traveler looking for an experience to remember. Enjoy our rooftop terrace with its extraordinary views of the downtown and surrounding areas. Rediscover the pleasures of classic lodging and leisure in the heart of historic downtown Astoria!
Astoria Open Studio Tour 2015
Meet artists and see their art in their studios during your free, self-guided tour Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, 10 am -4 pm. Sculptors, painters, fiber artists, photographers, and others have pieces available for purchase. Discover Astoria’s vibrant arts community. Free tour maps available online and in town in early July. http://AstoriaArtists.org.