Astoria

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.

Featured activities

  • Columbia River Maritime Museum

    Columbia River Maritime Museum 1792 Marine Drive
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2323

    Six galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightship Columbia interpret the Pacific Northwest's rich maritime history. Visitors of all ages can experience what it's like to pilot a tugboat, participate in a Coast Guard rescue on the Columbia River Bar, and live in Astoria during the height of salmon fishing. Explore 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 of life and commerce on the Columbia River, including the dangerous work of the Bar and River Pilots. Walk the bridge of a World War II warship, marvel at the 44-foot motor lifeboat plowing through a wave in a rescue mission. Participate in interactive and hands-on exhibits. You can board the Lightship Columbia, a National Historic Landmark, that once guided ships to safety at the mouth of the Columbia River.

  • Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

    111 W Marine Dr
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503) 325-6311

    Slow down in a place where 14 knots is considered speedy. It's amazing what passing freighters, fishing vessels, and sailboats will do to relax and refresh your spirit. So help yourself to the maritime heritage, historical sites, restaurants, shops, and natural splendor at the mouth of the Columbia.

Featured accommodations

  • Meredith Lodging

    2015 NW 39th Street
    Lincoln City, Oregon 97367
    (800) 224-7660

    Meredith Lodging specializes in offering exceptional lodging perfect for all occasions including company retreats, reunions with friends, family vacations and romantic getaways. Our homes feature a wide variety of amenities including oceanfront, beachfront and lakefront locations, hot tubs, internet access, pet friendly options, fully equipped kitchens and more. Each of our vacation rental homes has been carefully appointed to ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible.

  • Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa

    10 Basin St
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503-325-4996

    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.

Featured Events

  • Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup

    Coast-Wide
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503)844-9571
    March 24, 2018

    Presented by AAA Oregon

    SAVE THE DATE!

    On Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10AM – 1PM, thousands of volunteers will come together for a day at the beach! We’ll be clearing the coast of litter and marine debris at 45 locations stretching from Astoria in the North, all the way to Brookings in the South.

    SOLVE’s Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup, presented by AAA Oregon has been a family-friendly tradition for over thirty years! Each of the 45 locations offers a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and explore the Oregon coast, all while making a positive difference for marine animals, coastal communities and the health of our entire ocean!

    Supplies and instructions are provided at each check in location and all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in!

    VOLUNTEER

    To register and view a list of project sites, visit solveoregon.org or call 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or 1-800-333-7658. Registration will open on February 5, 2018.

    Questions? Contact SOLVE at 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or email us at info@solveoregon.org

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  • SOLVE IT for Earth Day

    Coast-Wide
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503)844-9571
    April 21, 2018

    Presented by Portland General Electric

    SAVE THE DATE!

    On Saturday, April 21, 2018 thousands of volunteers will come together to care for Oregon during our states largest Earth Day event, SOLVE IT for Earth Day, presented by Portland General Electric.

    Across the state, Oregon’s coast and natural areas continue to face threats from diminishing wildlife habitat, invasive plants, and litter, which flows downstream to rivers and out to the ocean. By volunteering you’re helping to preserve and improve our state for today and for tomorrow.

    Join us in the effort to take care of our home by volunteering at a local project, or make the event into an adventure by exploring our state while making a difference. With over 100 projects set to happen across Oregon there is no shortage of ways to get involved!

    SOLVE projects are community driven and focus on cleaning up and restoring natural areas and neighborhoods with hands-on work. Supplies and instructions are provided and all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in!

    VOLUNTEER

    To register and view a list of project sites, visit solveoregon.org or call 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or 1-800-333-7658. Registration will open in February of 2018.

    Questions?

    Want to lead a project?

    Contact SOLVE at 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or via email at info@solveoregon.org.

    Visit Website
  • SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup

    Coast-Wide
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503)844-9571
    September 29, 2018

    Presented by the Oregon Lottery

    SAVE THE DATE!

    On Saturday, September 29, 2018 thousands of volunteers will come together to care for Oregon at over 100 hands-on projects, and we want you to be there!

    SOLVE’s Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery has been a family-friendly tradition for over thirty years! Our projects are a great way to explore the outdoors, meet your neighbors and make a difference.

    Across the state, Oregon’s coast and natural areas continue to face threats from diminishing wildlife habitat, invasive plants, and litter, which flows downstream to rivers and out to the ocean. By volunteering, you’re stopping litter from making journey through our state and out to the coast, ensuring clean and healthy water ways for all.

    Projects will focus on cleaning up and restoring natural areas and neighborhoods with hands-on work. Supplies and instructions are provided and all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in!

    VOLUNTEER

    To register and view a list of project sites, visit solveoregon.org or call 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or 1-800-333-7658. Registration will open in July of 2018.

    Questions?

    Want to lead a project?

    Contact SOLVE at 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or via email at info@solveoregon.org.

    Visit Website

Featured Deals

  • Experience the Inn at Cannon Beach

    That’s right, your $99 rate includes a $20 gift certificate to the hottest ticket in town, Tom's Fish & Chips! This special is available on standard king or two queen guest rooms, Sunday – Thursday. Add a Friday and/or Saturday for $119 per night. Black out dates include Dec. 23, 24, 25, 30 & 31, 2016 and Feb. 17, 18, & 19, 2017. There is…

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    This package includes an overnight stay, $40 in dining credits and complimentary shuttle service to Holiday Lights at Shore Acres where over 325,000 lights adorn the park including three life sized whales and other favorite marine animals. (Shuttle service must be booked in advance) Rates start at $165 (+tax)* To book this special stay, please call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3

  • Romance Package at The Mill Casino Hotel

    Our Romance Package includes an overnight stay, $40 in dining credits that can be used in any of our dining venues, complimentary champagne or cider, two complimentary toasting glasses, a special treat from Coastal Mist, and turn down service. Prices starting at $188.00 + tax. To book your Romance Package, please call us at 541.756.8800 ext 3 or 800.953.4800 ext 3. *Based on availability. Cannot…

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