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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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)

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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)

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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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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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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)

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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

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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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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)

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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)

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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 St.
Astoria, OR

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

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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)

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Fort Stevens State Park

Fort Stevens was once the primary military defense installation in the three-fort, Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River (along with Forts Canby and Columbia in Washington). The fort saw service for 84 years, from the Civil...

Astoria, OR

503-861-3170

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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 Guides

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 that...

Astoria, OR

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

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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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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

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Cannery Cafe

Come watch the Columbia River roll by while dining in a century old cannery. Lunch and dinner available on the riverside of the restaurant. Outdoor seating, weather permitting.

1 Sixth Street
Astoria, OR

503-325-8642

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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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Blue Scorcher Bakery Café

Blue Scorcher Bakery Café creates artisan breads, pastries and handcrafted seasonal foods using local and organic ingredients. The cafe operates as a worker collective.

1493 Duane Street
Astoria, OR

503.338.7473
Email us (bluescorcher[at]me[dot]com)

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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

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Wet Dog Cafe

Open Daily: 11am-9pm.

144 11th Street
Astoria, OR

(503) 325-6975

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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

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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
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Reveille Ciderworks

Founded in 2016, Reveille Ciderworks opened its flagship taproom and laboratory Astoria, Oregon, the town’s first and only hard cider manufacturer. Reveille delivers an ongoing evolution of pre-prohibition farmhouse and country-style hard ciders that harken back to early American recipes...

1343 Duane St
Astoria, OR

971-704-2161

Featured Lodging

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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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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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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)

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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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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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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)

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Franklin St. Station Bed & Breakfast

1140 Franklin Ave.
Astoria, OR

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

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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

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Atomic Motel

131 W. Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503.325.4051
Email us (atomicmotel[at]frankhotels[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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Bowline Hotel

1 9th St.
Astoria, OR

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

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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)

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