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.

  • 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.

Featured accommodations

  • 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.

  • Hotel Elliott

    357 12th St
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2222

    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!

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! 

  • ‘Be an ASOC Angel’ Fundraiser

    Downtown Astoria Events Center
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503-325-6104
    Thursday, Nov 13th, 2014

    The Astor Street Opry Company will be holding an evening of fun and fundraising on Thursday November 13th at the Downtown Astoria Events Center starting at 6pm. The “Be an ASOC Angel” is sponsored by Steve Forrester and Brenda Penner and hosted by Betsy Johnson. The evening includes a fine dinner prepared by Chef Peter Roscoe of Fulio’s Tuscan Steak House, drinks and a silent and oral auction to follow along with live musical entertainment from some of ASOC’s finest performers.

    Tickets are only $30.00 for this fun way to enjoy an evening while supporting one of the best loved community organizations in the region! So come on! Become one of the “Hosts” of Angels and call now to reserve your spot or table for the “Be an ASOC Angel” Dinner and Auction on November 13th at the Astoria Events Center! But space is limited and can only be reserved by calling now 503-325-6104.

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