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.
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.
Meredith Lodging specializes in offering exceptional lodging perfect for all occasions including company retreats, reunions with friends, family vacations and romantic getaways. Our homes feature a wide variety of amenities including oceanfront, beachfront and lakefront locations, hot tubs, internet access, pet friendly options, fully equipped kitchens and more. Each of our vacation rental homes has been carefully appointed to ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible.
Now heading into its second year, Astoria Pride comprises three days of gatherings in June throughout this historic and picturesque small city at the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. Festivities typically include a parade along Astoria’s scenic river walk, an art show, a special LGBT Astoria Riverfront Trolley tour, an art show, dance parties and more.
SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup
Join thousands of volunteers on September 23 as we take care of Oregon's neighborhoods, parks, and natural areas! It's an easy, fun way to get outside, meet your neighbors, and make a difference by cleaning up litter and marine debris, removing invasive plants, or planting native trees and shrubs at project sites along the entire coast and across the state.
Part of the International Coastal Cleanup and the National Public Lands Day, the SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup has been a family-friendly Oregon tradition since 1984. Volunteer registration will open in late July!