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.

Featured Spots

North Coast

Pilot House Distilling

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

1270 Duane St.
Astoria, OR

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

North Coast

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...

441 8th St.
Astoria, OR

503.325.2203
Email us (cchs[at]cumtux[dot]org)

North Coast

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

503-957-6429
Email us (gofishwithmike[at]gmail[dot]com)

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...

Hammond, OR

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

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)902-4213
Email us (info[at]lancefisherfishing[dot]com)

North Coast

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 St.
Astoria, OR

503.338.4849
Email us (cchs[at]cumtux[dot]org)

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 movies in...

732 Duane Street
Astoria, OR

503-325-2203

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

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

800-451-2542
Email us (jane[at]funbeach[dot]com)

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...

Pier 1
Astoria, OR

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

North Coast

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)

North Coast

Youngs River Falls

Eight miles south of downtown Astoria, Youngs River Falls drops 54 feet into a pool and is a popular recreation spot for locals. The falls have been featured in several movies, including Free Willy 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.

88450 Youngs River Rd
Astoria, OR

More Info

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 Guides

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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Travel Guides

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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Travel Guides

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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Travel Guides

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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Travel Guides

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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Travel Guides

Whale Watching

Whale watching is a year-round activity on the Oregon Coast with gray whales by far the most commonly seen. Whale watching is not difficult, but a few tips make it easier. Any location with an ocean view may yield whale...
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Featured Dining

North Coast

Astoria Sunday Market

Enjoy is makers and growers market every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Astoria, OR

503-325-1010
Email us (astoriasundaymarket[at]gmail[dot]com)

North Coast

Curry & CoCo

Curry & CoCo offers Thai staples including curry, seafood, noodles and stir fries. The restaurant, run by Nalinrat “Lily” Sahunalu and her boyfriend, Brian Fernandez (originally from Cuba) also features Havana Nights on Thursdays where Cuban food is served.

125 9th Street
Astoria, OR

(503)741-3499

North Coast

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)

North Coast

Wet Dog Cafe

Open Daily: 11am-9pm.

144 11th Street
Astoria, OR

(503) 325-6975

North Coast

Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro

European-style coffee house and bistro serving fresh baked pastries, Caffe Vita coffee and a full breakfast and dinner menu.

243 11th Street
Astoria, OR

503-325-1787

North Coast

Frite & Scoop

We lovingly make a creamy, French-custard style ice cream with local, real ingredients. Our flavors feature housemade additions such as marshmallows, fudge sauce, rich caramel, pecan brittle, butter toffee, honeycomb candy, fresh citrus and fruit curds along with assorted other...

175 14th Street, #150
Astoria, OR

North Coast

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

North Coast

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)

North Coast

Bruski’s Dock Seafood Market

Pier 11, bottom of 11th Street
Astoria, OR

503 325-3712

North Coast

Northwest Wild Products

A family owned retail and wholesale fish market, all of Northwest Wild Products’ fresh seafood is local, wild and caught by fisherman from the community. They also offer exotic meats, delicious prepared foods, bait, shipping, custom filleting and vacuum packing...

1335 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR

503-791-1403
Email us (Amanda[at]northwestwildproducts[dot]com)

North Coast

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)

North Coast

Rogue Ales Public House – Astoria Pier 39

Opened in July 2007 in a former Bumble Bee Tuna cannery on Pier 39, the Astoria Public House features over 30 Rogue Ales on tap, Rogue Spirits, a Columbia River view, meeting and party space, adjacent luxury suites, pizza and...

100 39th St., Pier 39
Astoria, OR

(503)-325-5964

Featured Lodging

North Coast

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...

No. 10 Basin St.
Astoria, OR

503.325.4996
Email us (canneryres[at]vestahospitality[dot]com)

Central Coast

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)

North Coast

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Astoria

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Astoria is set on the banks of the Mighty Columbia River, offering spectacular, unobstructed views, and comfortable accommodations. Hotel features include, free Hi-Speed Wireless Internet, free local phone calls, and Complimentary Hot Express...

204 W. Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503.325.6222

North Coast

Best Western Astoria Bayfront Hotel

Astoria, OR 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 Ave.
Astoria, OR

503.325.2205
Email us (38156[at]hotel[dot]bestwestern[dot]com)

North Coast

Astoria Crest Motel

The Astoria Crest Motel sits on nearly three acres, overlooking the mighty Columbia River, Astoria cityscape and the Astoria Bridge. Many locals and visitors alike believe this is the best view from any hotel or motel in the area. This...

5366 Leif Erikson Drive
Astoria, OR

503.325.3141
Email us (reservations[at]astoriacrestmotel[dot]com)

North Coast

Atomic Motel

131 W. Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503.325.4051
Email us (atomicmotel[at]frankhotels[dot]com)

North Coast

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)

North Coast

Commodore Hotel Astoria

The Commodore Hotel is Astoria, Oregon’s premier boutique hotel. Occupying a commanding position in historic downtown, the Commodore sets you up for a unique experience in this intriguing city. Whether you are staying in one of our suites or cabins,...

258 14th St.
Astoria, OR

503-325-4747
Email us (frontdesk[at]commodoreastoria[dot]com)

North Coast

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)

North Coast

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

North Coast

Astoria Dunes Motel

288 W. Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR

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

North Coast

Astoria Rivershore Motel

The Astoria Rivershore Motel is located a half mile east of the Astoria Megler Bridge on Highway 30. The motel has 43 clean and comfortable rooms at affordable rates. The rooms are an excellent value, offer many amenities, including free...

59 W. Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503.325.2921
Email us (frontdesk[at]rivershoremotel[dot]com)

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