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

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)

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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)

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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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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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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)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge

Named for the famed explorers, the landscape and rich wildlife of this Refuge have changed very little in the past 200 years. Modern-day explorers visit this Refuge to experience its wilderness qualities and enjoy the abundant wildlife resources. Native species...

Astoria, OR

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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

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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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

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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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Hondos Brew and Cork

Brewery & Tap Room. 100+ bottled beers, homebrew supply. Open 11am-8pm Sunday-Thursday. 11am-10pm Friday & Saturday. Happy Hour 4 to 6 pm – every day.

2703 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR

(503) 325-2234

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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

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Clemente’s Restaurant

The Clemente Family hailing from Bari, Italy has a long history of preparing traditional foods. Chef Gordon Clement was immersed in the world of cooking from a very young age, both at his fathers restaurants and in daily life in...

1335 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503.325.1067

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Josephson’s Smokehouse

Welcome to Josephson’s Smokehouse.  We are family-owned and have operated for over eighty years and four generations at our Astoria, Oregon location.  At our historic Smokehouse an unequaled variety of seafood is smoked daily; sold at retail fresh from the...

106 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR

(503) 325-2190

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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

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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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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)

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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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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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South Bay Wild Fish House

Thanks to their own commercial fishing vessel, South Bay Wild Fish House offers the freshest seafood in their market and on their menu. South Bay Wild Inc. is a small, family owned and operated business committed to high quality sustainable...

262 9th Street
Astoria, OR

503-741-3009

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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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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)

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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)

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Rose River Inn B&B

Our Astoria B&B, located in a 100 year old house, is ideally located just 3 short blocks to Astoria’s Historical Downtown area. And just 4 blocks to the Columbia River, the River walk and the Astoria Riverfront Trolley. Also in...

1510 Franklin Ave.
Astoria, OR

503-325-7175
Email us (info[at]roseriverinn[dot]com)

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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

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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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Selina Commodore Astoria

258 14th St.
Astoria, OR

503.325.4747
Email us (reception[dot]astoria[at]selina[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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North Coast

Klaskanine River RV Park

88590 Hwy. 202
Astoria, OR

503.325.8595
Email us (klaskanineriverrvpark[at]msn[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

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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)

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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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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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