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 Activities

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

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

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

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

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

East Mooring Basin Boat Ramp

Located at the mouth of the Columbia River, the East Mooring Basin Boat Ramp is popular and convenient launching point for anglers.

Astoria Riverwalk
Astoria, OR

North Coast

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Fort Clatsop commemorates the 1805-06 winter encampment of the 33-member Lewis and Clark Expedition. A 1955 community-built replica of the explorers' 50'x50' Fort Clatsop is the focus of the park. The fort, historic canoe landing, and spring are nestled in...

92343 Fort Clatsop Rd
Astoria, OR

503-861-2471

North Coast

Kelly’s Adventures

Kelly’s Adventures has a place on the boat for you and your party! Pat Kelly is a lifetime fisherman and avid outdoorsman. Knowing the local Streams, Rivers and even Ocean quite well, Pat will find the fish for you! Patrick...

92350 Abbott Rd
Astoria, OR

(503) 440-6369
Email us (kellysadventures[at]yahoo[dot]com)

North Coast

Columbia River Eco Tours Inc

View Astoria’s historic waterfront from the decks of the Christina Cousteau, a 40’ Tollycraft Yacht with heated cabin and restroom facilities.

PO Box 21
Astoria, OR

(503) 468-9197
Email us (christopherlloyd[at]seasurf[dot]net)

North Coast

Pecks Guide Service LLC

42058 Logger Ln
Astoria, OR

(503) 314-6554
Email us (dmpeckjr[at]hotmail[dot]com)

North Coast

RBV Adventures LLC

245 W Grand Ave
Astoria, OR

(503) 502-7983
Email us (Riverman6340[at]yahoo[dot]com)

North Coast

Liebert’s Guide Service LLC

Liebert’s Guide Service specializes in fishing the Lower Columbia River and Pacific Ocean for salmon, crab, and bottom fish, as well as sightseeing. Liebert’s Guide Service is a full service guide outfit. We specialize in fishing the Lower Columbia River...

87722 Lewis and Clark Rd
Astoria, OR

(503) 250-0305
Email us (liebertsguideservice[at]gmail[dot]com)

More Info

Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Physical: 111 W Marine Dr.
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

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

Himani Indian Cuisine

Himani Indian Cuisine features Northern and Southern India dishes.

1044 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503.325.8171

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

Columbia River Coffee Roasters

Columbia River Coffee Roaster is an independently owned company located on the shores of the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon, established in 1992. We specialize in custom blends and roasts using the best beans available. We offer equipment and service...

279 W Marine Dr
Astoria, OR

503-325-2755

North Coast

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

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

North Coast

Northwest Wild Products

We are a family owned retail and wholesale fish market. All of our fresh seafood is local, wild and caught by fisherman from our community. We also offer exotic meats, delicious prepared foods, bait, shipping, custom filleting and vacuum packing...

354 Industry St.
Astoria, OR

503-791-1907
Email us (Amanda[at]northwestwildproducts[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

503-325-7777
Email us (grandview[at]grandviewbedandbreakfast[dot]com)

North Coast

Street 14 Coffee

What started as a simple stand at the farmer’s market in Berlin led to what we consider the ideal coffee culture at Street 14 Coffee in Astoria. House made pastries, breakfast and lunch daily.

1410 Commercial St.
Astoria, OR

(503) 325-5511

North Coast

Fort George Brewery & Public House

Fort George crafts original beers distributed only in the Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at our pub in Astoria or on your front porch, our brews bring people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy.

1483 Duane Street
Astoria, OR

503.325.7468

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)

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

503-325-7777
Email us (grandview[at]grandviewbedandbreakfast[dot]com)

North Coast

Pier 39 – Astoria’s Fisherman Suites

Visit historic Pier 39-Astoria, in the Oldest American City West of the Rockies, Astoria, Oregon and stay in one of four Fisherman Suites. These remarkable suites are located right in the renovated Hanthorn Cannery and with the best views on...

100 39th St.
Astoria, OR

503.325.2502
Email us (fholcom[at]pier39-astoria[dot]com)

North Coast

Lamplighter Motel

131 W. Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503-325-4051
Email us (lamplighter[at]astoriaoregon[dot]com)

North Coast

Franklin St. Station Bed & Breakfast

1140 Franklin Ave.
Astoria, OR

503.325.4314
Email us (franklinststationbb[at]yahoo[dot]com)

North Coast

Lewis & Clark RV Park and Golf

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

Astoria Pilot House

Located on the upper level of the historic Pier 14 Pilot Station, Pilot House is an elegantly appointed luxury suite situated in the heart of Astoria’s historic waterfront. Water surrounds this ultimate Oregon vacation home on three sides. Nearly every...

103 14th St.
Astoria, OR

503-289-9926

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

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

Astoria Riverwalk Inn

Astoria’s largest and most iconic waterfront hotel is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that your stay is a memorable one. Built in 1968 and formally known as the Red Lion-Thunderbird Motel Inn, the Astoria Riverwalk Inn was the...

400 Industry St.
Astoria, OR

503-325-2013
Email us (riverwalk[at]astoriariverwalkinn[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

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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