Relax in an Oregon waterfront town whose appeal neatly bridges historical charm and modern comfort with its hands-on museums, sleek hotels, and classic bistros.
Area code is 503 except as noted.
to do and see Astoria Column Climb the 164 spiraling steps of this structure covered with murals of the region’s history and enjoy 360-degree views. 2199 Coxcomb Dr., 325-2963, astoriacolumn.org. Columbia River Maritime Museum $9 for AAA members. An interactive museum in homage to the master mariners on the “Great River of the West.” 1792 Marine Dr., 325-2323, crmm.org. Fort Clatsop $3. At a log replica of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery fort, rangers demonstrate flint rifle shooting and fire starting. 92343 Fort Clatsop Rd., 861-2471, nps.gov/lewi. The Goonies 25th Anniversary June 4–7. The town celebrates this 1985 cult classic film with a concert, cast appearances, and bus tours to movie locations. Riverfront Trolley $1. A 1913 trolley carries visitors along more than three miles of the Columbia between the Red Lion Inn (400 Industry St.) and 39th Street. 325-6311, www.old300.org.
shopping Astoria Sunday Market Load up on local berries and kettle corn as well as razor clams and oysters from nearby Willapa Bay at some 200 booths spread over four city blocks. Downtown. 325-1010, astoriasundaymarket.com. Josephson’s Smokehouse Visit this legendary seafood deli and you’ll know why Astoria was once called the Salmon Capital of the World. 106 Marine Dr., 325-2190, josephsons.com. RiverSea Gallery Glass sculpture, jewelry, and wall hangings by regional artists at an elegant downtown space. 1160 Commercial St., 325-1270, riverseagallery.com.
eats Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro Stumptown Roasters coffee in the morning; seasonal comfort food such as braised lamb shank and portobello shepherd’s pie at night. 243 11th St., 325-1787, astoriacoffeehouse.com. Bridgewater Bistro Don’t let the views divert your attention from seafood standouts including Dungeness crab cheesecake and Alaskan halibut in cream sauce. 20 Basin St., 325-6777, bridgewaterbistro.com. Drina Daisy Try traditional Bosnian sarma (beef-stuffed cabbage leaves in a red pepper sauce) and spit-roasted lamb. 915 Commercial St., 338-2912, drinadaisy.com.
sleeps Cannery Pier Hotel Built on century-old pilings, this 46-room boutique hotel juts 600 feet into the Columbia River. Use the binoculars in your room to watch ships float by your window seat. 10 Basin St., 325-4996, cannerypierhotel.com. Commodore Hotel A sleek, minimal brick building in the heart of downtown that sat dormant for four decades until its grand reopening last year. Traditional suites as well as European-style rooms with sinks and shared bathrooms. 258 14th St., 325-4747, commodoreastoria.com.
Check out the rest of our Oregon North Coast package:
Cannon Beach: Dramatic skies and solitude.
Gearhart: Old-fashioned candy and pure relaxation.
Manzanita: Go for the baked goods, stay for the trees.
Seaside: Family fun with seals and wheels, arcades and ales.
This article was first published in May 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.