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.
Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau
The Long Beach Peninsula welcomes visitors with all the ingredients of an authentic Northwest coastal experience. Our villages offer great seafood, comfortable lodging, cute shops, colorful festivals, and one-of-a-kind attractions. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River and Willapa Bay, nature's wonders are plentiful.
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.
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!
Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa
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.
Free Wild Mushroom Hikes
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”
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!