Getaway Guide: Weekend Road Trip To Astoria

July 7, 2012 6:00 AM

Astoria is the gateway to the Oregon Coast, nestled against the hills at the mouth of the Columbia River. Founded in 1811, the town houses historical Victorian homes and an up-an-coming artist haven, featured as the set of such movies as “Kindergarden Cop,” “Free Willy,” “Goonies” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Other must-visit venues include the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Heritage Museum, Pier 39 Cannery Museum and the Astoria Column on Coxcomb Hill.

Getting There
Astoria is 181 miles southwest of Seattle. To reach the town, drive south on I-5 to Portland, Oregon. Exit on Highway 30 going west. Astoria is located where Highway 30 intersects the coastal Highway 101.

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Cannery Pier Hotel
N 10 Basin St.
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-4996

Price: from $189 per night

The Cannery Pier Hotel is located on the former site of the Union Fish Cannery, 600 feet into the water with breath-taking views of the river, Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and Washington state. Each of the guest rooms has its own balcony, views and fireplace with a mixture of modern and historical elements. Cannery Pier Hotel offers a full-service spa, including an authentic Finnish sauna and fitness room. Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily, the hotel offers complimentary wine and lox. In the morning, it provides a complimentary continental breakfast, which features Finnish delicacies, fruits and beverages.

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Rose River Inn
1510 Franklin Ave.
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-7175 or (888) 876-0028

Price: $95 to $150 per night

The Rose River Inn sits three blocks from Historic Downtown Astoria and four blocks from the Columbia River and the Astoria Riverfront Trolley. The inn offers five guest rooms located on the second and third floor of this 1912 Craftman-style home. Each room has its own private bathroom and fireplace. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. in the dining room, which overlooks the Columbia River and Astoria.

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Rusty Cup
1213 Commercial
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-8265

The Rusty Cup promises the best cup of coffee in Astoria. This coffee house and beanery serves standard espresso drinks in sizes ranging from 8 oz. to 20 oz. with breakfast selections ranging from standard sandwich to fresh-baked pastries and bagels. Grab a sandwich, wrap or panini for lunch or blended drinks and delicious fruit smoothies any time for the perfect snack right here in Astoria.

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Fort Clatsop
92343 Fort Clatsop Road
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 861-2471, ext. 214

Price: $3 visitors 16 years old and older/free children 15 years old and younger

Fort Clatsop was the fort Lewis and Clark spent the winter at from 1805 to 1806. The visitor center boasts displays, information, short films and a bookstore illustrating the area’s fun history, and the Fort Clatsop Exhibit is about 100 yards from the Visitor’s Center. The current fort is a replica built in 1955 from drawings from William Clark’s journal. The area offers hiking trails, picnic locations, and canoe and kayak launches. Nearby Fort Stevens State Park and the wreck of the Peter Irdale make this a trip to remember. The ship has rested on the beach for more than 100 years, and at low tide is easily accessible to the public.

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Columbia River EcoTours
Astoria’s West Mooring Basin
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 468-9197

Price: $150 per person for a four-hour tour/$95 per person for a two-hour or sunset tour

Columbia River Eco Tours takes visitors to locations along the river, including those explored by Lewis and Clark. The tour visits the Columbia Esutary and Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuge, offering wonderful photographic opportunities of bald eagles, blue herons, osprey and Canada geese. The tour explores everything from salmon nurseries to ocean-going ships up close. Enjoy tours led by Christopher Lloyd, who has great knowledge of the area and a deep appreciation for the sea visitors love.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at

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