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

  • Comfort Suites Columbia River

    3420 Leif Erickson Dr
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2000
  • 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.

Featured Events

  • Disjecta – Astor Hotel Lobby

    1423 Commercial St.
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503) 440-2888
    Saturday, Jul 9th, 2016 - Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016

    The John Jacob Astor Hotel, originally known as the Hotel Astoria, is a historic former hotel building located in Astoria, Oregon, United States, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It is one of the tallest buildings on the Oregon Coast and is a “prominent landmark” in Astoria. Constructed in 1922–23, the hotel opened in 1924 and initially was the city’s social and business hub, but soon was beset with a variety of problems, and struggled financially for years. It was renamed the John Jacob Astor Hotel in 1951, but a decline in business continued, as did other problems. The building was condemned by the city for safety violations in 1968 and sat vacant for several years until 1984, when work to renovate it and convert it for apartments began. It reopened as an apartment building in 1986, with the lowermost two floors reserved for commercial use. The building was listed on the NRHP in 1979. The world’s first cable television system was set up in 1948 using an antenna on the roof of the Hotel Astoria.

    RECEPTION: Saturday, August 13, 6–9pm

    EXHIBITION DATES: July 9–September 18

    GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 12pm–5pm

  • Disjecta – Royal Nebeker Art Gallery, Clatsop Community College

    1651 Lexington Ave
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503-338-2472
    Saturday, Jul 9th, 2016 - Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016

    The CCC Royal Nebeker Art Gallery, established in 1979 and uniquely overlooking the Columbia River, is an important community-gathering place and forum for critical, contemporary art dialogue. Formally named CCC Art Gallery, it was renamed in the 2015-2016 Academic Year in honor of artist, teacher and mentor Royal Nebeker. The Gallery is dedicated to: sustaining and promoting contemporary art and visual culture through exhibitions and programming, which creates a stimulating environment conducive to learning and creative expression; enriching the cultural life of the campus, the local community, and the North Coast region; providing local and statewide leadership in the exhibition of contemporary art through regional, national, and international exhibitions; enhancing visual literacy and critical thinking while promoting the highest professional standards of artistry and craft; and fusing our instructional programs in the Arts and Humanities directly to the cultural vitality of the community.

    RECEPTION: Saturday, August 13, 5–8pm

    EXHIBITION DATES: July 9–September 18

    GALLERY HOURS: Wed-Sat, 12pm-5pm

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