The Little Town That Could

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.

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.

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.

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North Coast

Lance Fisher Fishing

The great thing for fishermen here in the Pacific Northwest is that you have year around runs of Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon. Some months are certainly better than others, but to enjoy such an abundance of different types of fishing...

422 Gateway Ave.
Astoria, OR

503-822-6188
Email us (info[at]lancefisherfishing[dot]com)

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North Coast

Oregon Film Museum

The Oregon Film Museum celebrates the art and legacy of films and film-making in the State of Oregon. Housed in the old Clatsop County Jail, the museum invites visitors to explore these and other films and the production behind making...

732 Duane Street
Astoria, OR

503-325-2203

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North Coast

Black Dogg Guide Service

Captain Gordy Webster, owner of Black Dogg Guide Service, is a USCG licensed captain in Oregon and specializes in fishing for Albacore Tuna, Salmon, Bottom Fish, Halibut, Sturgeon and Crab. We fish the Pacific Ocean and the world famous Buoy...

320 Lake Drive
Hammond, OR

(503) 313-6740
Email us (Gordy-w[at]hotmail[dot]com)

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North Coast

Pilot House Distilling

Pilot House Distilling, Oregon’s North Coast destination distillery. Located in Astoria, Oregon where everything is handcrafted on-site. Take in the views of the beautiful equipment that helps create Pilot House Distilling’s award-winning products while you sip on your favorite spirit....

1270 Duane Street
Astoria, OR

503-741-3101
Email us (christina[at]pilothousedistilling[dot]com)

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North Coast

Double M Outdoors

Double M Outdoors offers exciting and safe fishing trips on the north Oregon coast and the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. They target Salmon, Steelhead and both keeper and trophy Sturgeon. Your guide Matt Myers has over 20 years of experience...

Astoria, OR

(503) 956-5489
Email us (fishymatt[at]me[dot]com)

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North Coast

Long Beach Peninsula Visitor 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...

3914 Pacific Way
Astoria, OR

360-642-2400
Email us (jane[at]funbeach[dot]com)

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Heritage Museum

Built in 1904 as Astoria’s City Hall, this building is now home to the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Heritage Museum, Research Center & Archives. Explore the history of Clatsop County through temporary and permanent exhibits featuring Native Americans, early pioneers,...

1618 Exchange Street
Astoria, OR

503-338-4849
Email us (cchs[at]cumtux[dot]org)

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Hazen’s Guide Service

When was the last time you took your favorite people out fishing? Cherish the memories made while fishing on the rivers and bays of the Astoria, Tillamook, and St. Helens areas with your boat captain, Mike Hazen.  Because salmon, steelhead...

Astoria, OR

503-440-1354
Email us (gofishwithmike[at]gmail[dot]com)

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North Coast

Columbia River Maritime Museum

Explore the world of 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 and perils of the the Columbia River. Sail a model boat on...

1792 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR

(503)325-2323

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High Life Adventures

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....

92111 High LIfe Rd
Warrenton, OR

503-861-9875
Email us (info[at]highlife-adventures[dot]com)

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Flavel House Museum

Experience the elegance of the late Victorian period by touring the home of Captain George Flavel. The 1885 Queen Anne home features original Eastlake influenced woodwork, period furnishings, and exotic hardwood fireplace mantels. Begin your tour at the Carriage House...

714 exchange street
Astoria, OR

503-325-2203
Email us (cchs[at]cumtux[dot]org)

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West Coast Artisans

Discover unique gifts and a variety of art at this gallery in Astoria.

160 10th Street
Astoria, OR

(503) 739-3953

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Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Physical: 111 West Marine Drive
Astoria, OR
Mail: PO Box 176
Astoria, OR

503-325-6311
Email us (visitors[at]oldoregon[dot]com)

Travel Stories

A Romantic Weekend in Astoria

Dinner and a movie make a classic date night, but there’s nothing like a romantic weekend getaway to rekindle the romance. If you and your sweetie are ready for a change of scenery, look no further than Astoria. With its...
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Fall Wellness Weekend at the Coast

If you’ve ever felt like the ocean has healing powers, you’re not mistaken. The roar of the surf, blue horizon and heart-melting sunsets on the Oregon Coast are a balm for the soul, and sometimes a getaway is just what...
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Where to Find Fresh Produce and Fish on the Oregon Coast

Editor’s note: Note that masks are required at farmers markets and in indoor public spaces in Oregon. Check business hours and protocols before visiting. As the warm season settles in at the Oregon Coast, balmy weather sets the scene for...
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How to Support Oregon Coast Businesses From Home

In this time of social distancing, Oregon Coast businesses are doing all they can to keep everyone safe. In some cases, that’s meant temporarily closing their doors; in other cases, it’s meant changing the way that they do business. To...
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Visit the Oregon Coast Virtually

Thank you for honoring Governor Kate Brown’s executive order to stay at home to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It’s the best way to keep you and our coastal communities safe. When this outbreak has passed, we’ll be...
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Starring the Oregon Coast

With the call to stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak, you may find yourself missing the Oregon Coast’s salt-licked air and windswept vistas. You’ve also likely found yourself with a shrinking watch list as you catch up on TV shows...
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Featured Dining

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Astoria Sunday Market

Astoria Sunday Market, located in the heart of Astoria’s Downtown, combines fresh produce, local arts & crafts, food, music, and more in a lively downtown street market atmosphere. The market features up to 150 vendors each week offering locally-made products...

Astoria, OR

503-440-7168
Email us (shelby[at]astoriadowntown[dot]com)

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Nekst Event

Enjoy delicious Vietnamese street food at Nekst.

175 14th Street
Astoria, OR

503-298-0838
Email us (chefholen[at]nekstevent[dot]com)

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Buoy Beer Co.

Check Buoy Beer Co’s Facebook page for updated location and hours! Here, one of the West’s most relentless rivers meets the wilderness of an entire ocean. The unstoppable meets the unyielding. And here, a community with grit and backbone make...

1 8th Street
Astoria, OR

503-325-4540
Email us (beersup[at]buoybeer[dot]com)

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Grandview Bed & Breakfast

Nestled in the green hills of Astoria, Grandview Bed and Breakfast welcomes you home. Start your morning with a complete complimentary breakfast. All rooms are light, cheerful and smokefree. Most rooms have hardwood floors, with breathtaking views of the Columbia...

1574 Grand Ave.
Astoria, OR

503-325-0000
Email us (grandview[at]grandviewbedandbreakfast[dot]com)

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Hondo’s Brew & Cork

A nano-brewery, taproom and bottle shop, Hondo’s Brew & Cork has 19 rotating taps of craft beer. They also offer over 100 bottled beers, home brew supplies and wine.

2703 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503-325-2234
Email us (info[at]hondosbrew[dot]net)

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Bowpicker Fish and Chips

Bowpicker Fish and Chips is located across from the Columbia River Maritime Museum in the converted gillnet boat. Firm chunks of Albacore tuna are lightly beer battered and fried to perfection by Ron and Linda, they stand ready to soak...

Corner of 17th & Duane Streets
Astoria, OR

503-791-2942
Email us (webmaster[at]bowpicker[dot]com)

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Reach Break Brewing

Astoria is already a hot spot for craft beer lovers, but now you can add one more destination to your list. Opened in spring 2017, just two blocks west of Fort George Brewery, Reach Break has several projects in the...

1343 Duane Street
Astoria, OR

(503) 468-0743
Email us (info[at]reachbreakbrewing[dot]com)

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Bruski’s Dock Seafood Market

Pier 11, bottom of 11th Street
Astoria, OR

503 325-3712

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Bridgewater Bistro

Open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner, and sunday brunch. LIVE music on friday, saturday, and at sunday brunch. 6:30 to 9:00 friday and saturday, 11:30-2:30 Sunday. Columbia riverfront dining cocktails, northwest regional foods, wines & brews, casual family...

20 Basin St.
Astoria, OR

503-325-6777
Email us (info[at]bridgewaterbistro[dot]com)

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Columbian Cafe

Specializing in fresh, locally caught seafood and sincerely spicy vegetarian fare, the Columbian Cafe offers a truly unique dining experience in downtown Astoria, Oregon. For 30 years, chef Uriah Hulsey has set an unparralleled standard for dining in the Northwest.

1114 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503-325-2233

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Crosby House Bed & Breakfast

If you’re looking for a relaxing retreat in the beautiful Astoria area, then look no further than Crosby House Bed & Breakfast. Crosby House was constructed in 1880, and its Victorian charm truly has an enchanting effect. Guests at Crosby...

364 Bond St.
Astoria, OR

503.325.4922
Email us (innkeeper[at]crosbyhousebnb[dot]com)

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Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast

Clementine’s B & B is located in the Historic District of Astoria, one of many Victorian homes. This 1888 restored B&B is comfortably elegant with 5 rooms with private baths and views from second floor rooms. The adjacent 1852 Moose...

847 Exchange St.
Astoria, OR

503-325-2005
Email us (info[at]clementines-bb[dot]com)

Featured Lodging

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Meredith Lodging

Meredith Lodging offers a large variety of vacation rentals along the Central Oregon Coast.

2015 N.W. 39th St.
Lincoln City, OR

541.996.2955
Email us (office[at]meredithlodging[dot]com)

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North Coast

Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa

The iconic Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa is the unique Northwest luxury boutique hotel resting 600 feet into the Columbia River. Unsurpassed in location, sophistication, and timeless beauty where every room has an unobstructed view, and guests can indulge in...

No. 10 Basin St.
Astoria, OR

503-325-4996
Email us (canneryres[at]vestahospitality[dot]com)

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Astoria Dunes Motel

288 W. Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR

503-325-7111
Email us (astoriadunesmotel[at]hotmail[dot]com)

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Klaskanine River RV Park

88590 Hwy. 202
Astoria, OR

(503) 325-8595
Email us (klaskanineriverrvpark[at]msn[dot]com)

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Lewis & Clark Golf & RV Park

Surround yourself with beautiful scenery and enjoy coastal convenience at Lewis & Clark Golf & RV Park located near beaches, historic Astoria, the Columbia River and Lewis & Clark National Park. The 9-hole, Par 36 golf course features challenging holes...

92294 Youngs River Road
Astoria, OR

503.338.3386
Email us (lcgrvpark[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Benjamin Young Inn Bed & Breakfast

Love is spoken at the romantic Benjamin Young Inn, Victorian Bed and Breakfast overlooking the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon. Enjoy gracious hospitality in this elegant but comfortable 1888 Queen Anne Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Astoria, Oregon. This breathtaking...

3652 Duane St.
Astoria, OR

503-325-6172
Email us (stay[at]benjaminyounginn[dot]com)

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Bowline Hotel

Bowline Hotel is a boutique hotel located on the Columbia River in historic Astoria, Oregon. Once a fish cannery, this location has been transformed into a revitalized space, with 40 luxurious rooms and suites, an on-site cocktail bar and eatery,...

1 9th St.
Astoria, OR

503-325-7546
Email us (hello[at]bowlinehotel[dot]com)

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Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast

Clementine’s B & B is located in the Historic District of Astoria, one of many Victorian homes. This 1888 restored B&B is comfortably elegant with 5 rooms with private baths and views from second floor rooms. The adjacent 1852 Moose...

847 Exchange St.
Astoria, OR

503-325-2005
Email us (info[at]clementines-bb[dot]com)

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Best Western Astoria Bayfront Hotel

Astoria, Oregon has long been known for being an idyllic coastal town, being featured in such beloved films as Kindergarten Cop and The Goonies. When you are planning on visiting this picturesque west coast destination, you can always find the...

555 Hamburg Avenue
Astoria, OR

503-325-2205
Email us (38156[at]hotel[dot]bestwestern[dot]com)

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Comfort Suites Columbia River

With its historic charm and scenic natural beauty, it’s easy to fall in love with Astoria. This bustling port city sits where the wild waters of the Columbia River meet the Pacific Ocean, our streets filled with restored Victorian houses,...

3420 Leif Erickson Drive
Astoria, OR

503-325-2000
Email us (gm[dot]or092[at]choicehotels[dot]com)

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Crosby House Bed & Breakfast

If you’re looking for a relaxing retreat in the beautiful Astoria area, then look no further than Crosby House Bed & Breakfast. Crosby House was constructed in 1880, and its Victorian charm truly has an enchanting effect. Guests at Crosby...

364 Bond St.
Astoria, OR

503.325.4922
Email us (innkeeper[at]crosbyhousebnb[dot]com)

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Columbia Inn

Whether you’re just here for the night as you travel the Oregon coast, or are here to explore the rich history of the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria has much to offer. Astoria is famous for its...

495 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503-325-4211
Email us (stay[at]columbiainnastoria[dot]com)

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