We will be visiting Astoria in May....anything we should try to see?
Personally, my husband and I love to visit the Flavel House Victorian Mansion. They have tours offered by the Historical Society and a small museum of articles found in the house. We also like to stop by the "Goonies" house as well since that was a favorite movie of ours in the 80's. There's the Lewis and Clark trail you can follow with guides at Fort Clatsop (short drive), as well as the Peter Iredale shipwreck that still rests on the beach from when it was shipwrecked 100 years ago. There is also a Marineland I believe, but we've never visited it. You can drive across the bridge to Washington State just for the fun of it, or cruise along the coast or drive through the State Park area and visit where the bombs hit in the War. If history is something you love, this is a great place to be since it was the first settlement west of the Rockies, and where Lewis & Clark wintered. You can even visit Fort Stevens and view the old barracks and compounds they used in the WWars and before. They have lots of neat little restaurants and pubs to visit in town, and the Hotel Elliott is worth a stay, it's gorgeous. :) Even with our 5 yo, 3yo, and infant we have fun doing all these things. So that is what we do in Astoria.
Mpsey around the quaint downtown. Eat in the funky resturants. Check out the Astoria Column and if you have time and a vehicle check out that amazing bridge!
Astoria is my second home. I adore this place! We have been visiting Astoria several times a year and own a small, second home here. Here's what I would suggest as must-sees:
1.) The Columbia River Martime Museum
2.) The Flavel House and the Heritage Museum (you can get a pass for both places)
3.) For Clatsop-take the shuttle to the Fort. You could easily spend an afternoon here.
4.) The Astor Column @ Coxcomb Hill, climb to the top or just take in the gorgeous views from the top of the hill
5.) Wine tasting-at the Shallon Winery, also the Cellar on 10th Street
6.) If you like spa treatments, check out the Columbia River Day Spa
7.) Ride the trolley along the waterfront, it's great fun and very informative!
8.) If you are there on a Sunday, check out the Astoria Sunday Market
Great places to dine include:
Fulio's for Italian, the Ship Inn for the fish and chips, Cannery Cafe, T. Paul's Urban Cafe, and the Silver Salmon Grille.
Take the bridge over to the WA coast and check out the 42nd Street Cafe in Seaview, WA. It's excellent!
I did a little dining excursion last summer where we dined out 23 consecutive nights and I found lots of gems!
Any other questions, please feel free to ask! Enjoy your time in Astoria!
We just returned from another visit to Astoria. If you like to wine taste, do NOT miss the Vintner's Room at the Hotel Elliott. They have flights of all different wines from all over the world. We enjoyed a Pinot Noir flight (there were three different ones just for Pinot Noir.)
The also have a cool cabana room where you can smoke cigars if that interests anyone in your group! Take in the gorgeous views from the rooftop garden there. Cheers!
I have lived in Astoria area for several decades and I still like visiting all the places the other informal guides have suggested.
There is something I have not visited however. There is a place down near the waterfront, in downtown, where you can actually go underground in Astoria! Maybe you'll beat me to it!
If you are a fan of radio, there is a "community radio station," called KMUN, which is near downtown at the bottom of 14th street.
I volunteered there for about 3 years and they have many volunteer programmers, it is truely a community resource.
Ask about the Troll Radio Review....I think that's what it's called, definetely kid oriented!
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