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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blind Slough Logging Camp

A logging camp located between Knappa and Brownsmead. Established around 1883, the post office was established in 1910, and closed in 1924. In 1923, some 300 people were employed by the Larkin-Green Logging Co. Source: Ghost Town USA Located 19...

Astoria, OR

North Coast

Astoria Underground Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Astoria’s Underground. This walking tour takes you and your group along clear pathways on one level where you will safely tour through the underground with pre-recorded narration providing stories of entertainment and history. This tour...

1125 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR

(415)713-4141
Email us (info[at]oldastoria[dot]com)

North Coast

Skookum Fishing Charters

Fishing charter in Astoria, Oregon.

2608 Irving Ave
Astoria, OR

(503) 410-9720
Email us (Leafgeraghty[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

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

North Coast

Benjamin Young Inn Bed & Breakfast

Love is spoken at the romantic Benjamin Young Inn, Victorian Bed and Breakfast overlooking the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon. Enjoy gracious hospitality in this elegant but comfortable 1888 Queen Anne Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Astoria, Oregon. This breathtaking...

3652 Duane St.
Astoria, OR

503.325.6172
Email us (benjaminyounginn[at]charter[dot]net)

North Coast

Wet Dog Cafe

Open Daily: 11am-9pm.

144 11th Street
Astoria, OR

(503) 325-6975

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

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

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

North Coast

Himani Indian Cuisine

Himani Indian Cuisine features Northern and Southern India dishes.

1044 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

503.325.8171

North Coast

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

North Coast

Blue Scorcher Bakery Café

We create artisan breads, pastries and handcrafted seasonal foods using local and organic ingredients. We operate as a worker collective.

1493 Duane Street
Astoria, OR

503.338.7473

Featured Lodging

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

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

503.325.0000

North Coast

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)

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)

North Coast

Atomic Motel

131 W. Marine Drive
Astoria, OR

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

North Coast

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)

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

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)

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

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

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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