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

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

503-822-6188
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 Street
Astoria, OR

503-338-4849
Email us (cchs[at]cumtux[dot]org)

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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...

320 Lake Drive
Hammond, OR

(503) 313-6740
Email us (Gordy-w[at]hotmail[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

503-440-1354
Email us (gofishwithmike[at]gmail[dot]com)

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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)

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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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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...

714 exchange street
Astoria, OR

503-325-2203
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, Oregon where everything is handcrafted on-site. Take in the views of the beautiful equipment that helps create Pilot House Distilling’s award-winning products while you sip on your favorite spirit....

1270 Duane Street
Astoria, OR

503-741-3101
Email us (christina[at]pilothousedistilling[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...

732 Duane Street
Astoria, OR

503-325-2203

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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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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

360-642-2400
Email us (jane[at]funbeach[dot]com)

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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

More Info

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 Stories

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...

Astoria, OR

503-440-7168
Email us (shelby[at]astoriadowntown[dot]com)

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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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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.

225 14th street
Astoria, OR

503-741-3499

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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
Email us (fish[at]southbaywild[dot]com)

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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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Blackberry Bog Farm

This family farm is on a historic 1884 farmstead in Svensen, Oregon, just east of Astoria off Highway 30. Nursery offers vegetable, herb and flower starts, hanging baskets, bedding plants, and perennials. Produce and berries are marketed through a CSA,...

40271 Old Highway 30
Astoria, OR

503-717-3676
Email us (blackberrybogfarm[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Gaetano’s Market and Deli

Gaetano’s Market and Deli is a unique business to the North Coast. They offer many imported specialty grocery items, as well as items produced in the Northwest. They have a full service deli with imported and domestic meats and cheeses,...

1004 Commercial Street
Astoria, OR

503-741-3043
Email us (matthew[at]gaetanosmarketanddeli[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. They specialize in custom blends and roasts using the best beans available.

279 W Marine Dr
Astoria, OR

503-325-2755
Email us (info[at]crcrcoffee[dot]com)

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Rosebriar Mansion

If you are looking for a unique and memorable place to stay or host an event in Astoria, Oregon, look no further than the Historic Rosebriar Mansion. This former convent has been transformed into a luxurious and cozy retreat, with...

636 14th Street
Astoria, OR

503-501-7947
Email us (info[at]rosebriarmansion[dot]com)

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Obelisk Beer Co

Obelisk Beer Co.’s motto is “Slow Beer, Good Times.” The brewery, founded by Nathan Lampson and Dave Coyne – two Fort George Brewery alums – focuses on creating artisanal beers with intriguing ingredients and flavors.

598 Bond Street
Astoria, OR
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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

503-791-1907
Email us (infonwwildproducts[at]gmail[dot]com)

Featured Lodging

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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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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 Street
Astoria, OR

503-325-4996
Email us (canneryres[at]vestahospitality[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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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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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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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 Street
Astoria, OR

503-298-0082
Email us (info[at]pier39-astoria[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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Astoria Dunes Motel

288 W. Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR

503-325-7111
Email us (astoriadunesmotel[at]hotmail[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
Email us (frontdesk[at]astoriahie[dot]com)

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North Coast

Captain Johnson House

960 Franklin Ave.
Astoria, OR

509-664-7982
Email us (john[dot]windus[at]icloud[dot]com)

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North Coast

The Y Astoria

You can now stay at The Y DORMITORY located in the former YMCA building in Astoria, Oregon. This 2500 sq. ft. space is a perfect place to spend time with multiple families or a group of friends. The spacious living...

514 12th Street
Astoria, OR

208-914-1496
Email us (theyastoria[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Rosebriar Mansion

If you are looking for a unique and memorable place to stay or host an event in Astoria, Oregon, look no further than the Historic Rosebriar Mansion. This former convent has been transformed into a luxurious and cozy retreat, with...

636 14th Street
Astoria, OR

503-501-7947
Email us (info[at]rosebriarmansion[dot]com)

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