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

  • High Life Adventures

    33136 Highway 101 Business
    Warrenton, Oregon 97146
    503-861-9875

    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! We also offer customized Team Building Programs to challenge your group while bringing them together as a team. Take your team to the next level! Please visit our website at highlife-adventures.com for more information or call us today at (503) 861-9875.

  • 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.

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.

  • Hotel Elliott

    357 12th St
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2222

    In the heart of downtown Astoria, the hotel Elliott provides historic charm with an urban feel. Within walking distance of restaurants, shops, the Columbia Riverfront and multiple museums, experience what downtown Astoria has to offer. Featuring 32 uniquely restored rooms and suites, this historic five-story hotel weds early 20th Century elegance and contemporary amenities. Our "Wonderful Beds" are just one feature that makes our hotel unique and inviting to the traveler looking for an experience to remember. Enjoy our rooftop terrace with its extraordinary views of the downtown and surrounding areas. Rediscover the pleasures of classic lodging and leisure in the heart of historic downtown Astoria!

Featured Events

  • So You Think You Can Sing! Karaoke

    Three Rivers Casino & Hotel
    5647 Hwy 126
    Florence, Oregon
    877.374.8377
    January 4 - December 27, 2017

    If you’ve got the pipes, Three Rivers Casino has got the mics! So You Think You Can Sing! Karaoke, every Wednesday night.

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  • Florence First Friday

    Historic Old Town and Antique District
    Bay St
    Florence, Oregon 97439
    January 6 - December 1, 2017

    Dine and shop every First Friday of the month in Florence! Merchants will offer special discounts, wine tasting or some inviting music to enhance your time in the unique shops and restaurants. Look for signs in the windows of participating businesses.

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  • Florence First Friday

    Historic Old Town and Antique District
    Bay St
    Florence, Oregon 97439
    January 6 - December 1, 2017

    Dine and shop every First Friday of the month in Florence! Merchants will offer special discounts, wine tasting or some inviting music to enhance your time in the unique shops and restaurants. Look for signs in the windows of participating businesses.

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Featured Deals

  • Horseback Riding Package – Driftwood Shores

    Feel the gentle breeze blowing as you fulfill the fantasy of riding a horse on the sandy beach at the Oregon Coast. Now you can stay in one of Driftwood Shores Resort ocean view rooms and get a discounted ride on that fantasy beach ride or guided tours. C&M Stables has horses available for every level of riding skill and for petting. Fun lifetime experience.…

  • Overleaf Lodge & Spa – 20% Off

    Enjoy 20% off per night at the Overleaf Lodge if you bring in 2 cans of food (2 cans per night) through March 23rd – some black out dates apply. For more information please call 541-547-4880.

  • Best Western AAA Discount

    AAA members enjoy a hotel discount of 10% or more on rooms at Best Western® Hotels® & Resorts.  Hit the road and explore amazing destinations across North America. From warm breezes of the Florida beaches to the dramatic coastlines of the Pacific Northwest, travel the amazing sites and save with your AAA discounts all along the way.  To Start Saving: Reserve a hotel room online…

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