When a Reflections travel photographer planned the perfect weekend trip to Astoria, we asked her to turn it into an assignment and take notes on what she found. Here are her recommendations for a sleepy weekend on the Oregon coast, complete with beautiful, beachy state parks, local fare and hotels that provide personal record players.
Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa
Unparalleled views of the Columbia River and access to a full-service spa, sauna and fitness facilities make this the premier place to stay in Astoria. Built on the site of a former cannery, the hotel also offers guests a taste of the city’s history.
European in style, guests can choose from rooms with shared or private amenities. Enjoy a complimentary local beer tasting in the stylish and funky lobby in the evening or check out a record player from the front desk for the duration of your stay.
Street 14 Cafe
Connected to the Commodore Hotel, the Street 14 Café offers fresh, locally farmed and foraged breakfast and lunch fare paired with Stumptown coffee in a downtown environment.
If you’re looking for a quick bite, the corner of Duane & 11th hosts a group of food trucks such as Roll & Bowl and Sasquatch Sandwich Shop. Or walk a block down to Busu, a window counter Japanese spot.
Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant
For something other than seafood, this small Mediterranean restaurant offers a great option with authentic food within a close walking or driving distance to downtown Astoria.
WHAT TO DO
Check out the detailed exterior carvings from the ground before climbing 164 steps up to sweeping views of the Columbia River and surrounding area. Stop by the gift store first to buy a wooden plane that you can send from the top. $5 parking, admission is free.
Astoria Sunday Market
Browse a lively Sunday market in the heart of downtown with local produce, handmade goods, and live music. Runs from May into October.
Offering a paved path along the water for pedestrians, the Riverwalk boasts views of the iconic Astoria-Megler bridge and Columbia River, accompanied by the sounds of sea lions. Rent a bike in town or hop on the trolley.
Built in 1884, the Victorian mansion is easy to spot on the street corner. The house and grounds are on the National Register of Historical places and are open to the public for self-guided tours.
Fort Stevens State Park
The park includes campgrounds, a wide beach with the Peter Iredale shipwreck, historic military fort, freshwater lake swimming, nine miles of paved bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails.
Cape Disappointment State Park
Drive 30 minutes across the Astoria-Megler bridge into Washington to visit the cliffs, beaches, forests and two lighthouses. The North Head Lighthouse was recently renovated and opened to the public for touring.
Close to Cape Disappointment, is Long Beach, the second longest beach in the world. The nearby Seaside town is a great place to visit, especially for the annual kite festival.