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

  • Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

    111 W Marine Dr
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503) 325-6311

    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

    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

Featured Events

  • Free Wild Mushroom Hikes

    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    Sunday, Sep 28th, 2014 - Sunday, Nov 30th, 2014

    Go forth and forage! This fall, Fort Stevens State Park offers free wild mushroom hikes to guide you on the hunt for hearty edibles like Chanterelles, King Boteles and Lobster mushrooms. As experts on coastal fungi, park rangers will explain the area’s foraging regulations and offer instruction for mushroom identification and usage on the one mile round-trip tour. 
     
    Programs start at Battery Russell and dates include:

    • Tuesday, September 30 at 1 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 5 at 1 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 12 at 1 p.m.
    • Monday, October 20 at 1 p.m.
    • Monday, November 10 at 1 p.m.
    • Sunday, November 30 at 1 p.m.

    Dress for changing weather conditions and bring a basket and pocket knife for gathering.
     
    Can?t make it one of those weekends? Go on a self-guided tour with this handy guide to mushrooms. Pro tip: Get there early in the season before the best ones get picked over! 

  • “Scrooged in Astoria”

    ASOC Playhouse
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    Friday, Dec 5th, 2014 - Sunday, Dec 21st, 2014

    The 8th season of the warm holiday tradition for the whole family SCROOGED IN ASTORIA will open Friday December 5th at the ASOC Playhouse (129 West Bond Street Astoria) at 7:00pm with the doors opening at 6:30pm and will run every Friday and Saturday evening until the 21st with two Sunday Matinees on the 14th and 21st at 2:00pm doors opening at 1:30pm. Tickets are $15 to $8 with great group pricing for your office party! And don’t forget $5 Fridays! That’s right! All seats are only $Bucks! So don’t be a Scrooge! Go online @ www.astorstreetoprycompany.com or call 503-325-6104 to make your reservations NOW!  Before it is too late!

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