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
Lance Fisher Fishing is a fishing guide and fishing charter service based in Astoria, Oregon. Lance targets Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon and Bottom Fish in the Ocean, at Buoy 10 and on the the Columbia River. We also fish Nehalem Bay and Tillamook Bay out of of both Garibaldi and Tillamook. Salmon Fishing-- Spring Salmon: March-June Summer Salmon: June-July Fall Salmon: August-November Steelhead Fishing-- Winter Steelhead Fishing: December-March Sturgeon Fishing-- Sturgeon Fishing: June-July Bottom Fishing-- Ling Cod and Bass: May-June
Columbia River Maritime Museum
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.
Comfort Suites Columbia River
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.
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival has been a tradition on the North Coast of Oregon for over fifty years. The Festival takes place typically on the 3rd full weekend of June. The festival embodies the rich cultural heritage that was transplanted to the Astoria, Oregon region by emigrating Scandinavians. In the Pacific Northwest they found the same bounteous seas and forests as in their native lands and the demand for their skills at managing them. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain. Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items and traditional Scandinavian foods.Visit Website
The parade and royal court are quite a spectacle, but a number of other activities round out the weekend well–a movie in the park, fun run through downtown Astoria, rose planting, food, drink, music and a kid zone with inflatables.Visit Website
Great Columbia Crossing 10K Run/Walk
Experience the glory of the Great Columbia River as you trek across the Astoria Megler Bridge during this unique opportunity to walk/run across the bridge. The 10k offers a scenic adventure on a fairly flat road with one STEEP incline to the peak of the bridge. It is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.
The Astoria-Megler Bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., to provide an improved event experience.
Whether you’re an experienced runner or looking for a family friendly event, the Great Columbia Crossing 10k appeals to everyone.