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.
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.
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.
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 trips is certainly special. Some of the top runs on the continent exist on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. Because of this, you have many choices from which to choose, and Lance Fisher wants to make sure that you end up with the trip or trips that best suit your needs and desires. Lance has spent the last decade developing a guide/charter service that people can really enjoy. Equipment matters, and he and his family have gone to extensive lengths to make sure that clients are fishing in and with the very best equipment available. From the state of the art 25′ Willie Raptor, to the top of the line G. Loomis rods and Shimano reels- great fishing equipment, along with the available fishing makes for great days on the water together. So whether you’ve come to Lance as a corporation looking to entertain clients, or a private individual or group simply looking to fish, the goal is to make your days on the water as turn key and productive as possible.
Astoria Sunday Market
If fresh produce, live music, and local art mixed with a street market atmosphere is your idea of a weekend well spent, then the Astoria Sunday Market is a place you can’t afford to miss. The second largest market of its kind in Oregon, celebrating its 19th season and spanning four city blocks, the Astoria Sunday Market is located in the heart of downtown Astoria. Showcasing 200 vendors each week with arts and crafts from the unique coastal region as well as a rotating cast of eclectic musicians, the market is a local hub well worth the visit for any traveler. The vibrant food court and quirky vendors border a nearby waterfront walk that is easily accessible, and the refurbished trolley system provides access to all the rest Astoria has to offer.
The Hotel Elliott, built in 1925, is Astoria’s premier historic hotel and features 32 uniquely restored rooms and suites. This historic five-story hotel underwent a three-year renovation that weds early 20th Century elegance and contemporary amenities. Hotel Elliott’s deluxe guestroom accommodations have been finely appointed with our signature bedding, cedar-lined closets, heated tile bathroom floors, handcrafted cabinetry, and original artwork. Our attention to detail will exceed your highest expectations. Fireplaces and jetted tubs are available in select rooms. Our private rooftop terrace offers dramatic views perfect for watching the ships. Enjoy an evening relaxing in our wine bar stocked with the Northwest’s premier wines. Travelers and locals alike choose the Hotel Elliott for its friendly and welcoming service, stunning architectural features, and terrific central location in Astoria’s historic district.
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 Estuary. Waterfront balconies offer unparalleled views of a real working river and special amenities such as breakfast, wine & hors d'oeuvres, chauffeur driven vintage cars and a full-service Spa with authentic Finnish Sauna and Mineral Therapy Hot Tub make a stay here an extraordinary experience.