Astoria Journals

Across the Border from Washington State

A June 2000 trip to Astoria by imascribe

Quote: You wander back in time at this small seaport town with a history, a haunting history if you've ever heard about "shanghaiing" - join me, hmm?

Across the Border from Washington State

Overview

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Take the trolley along the water to imagine what this town used to be: 36 rollicking canneries along the shores. See historic homes, learn the history. Take a tour.

Quick Tips:

Talk to the locals. They have a lot to share.

Best Way To Get Around:

Driving there is the best experience, lots of great tourist interest. Wonderful beaches 20 or less miles away. History sites. Scenic drives.

Comfort Suites Columbia River Astoria

Hotel | "Comfort Suites"

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Beautiful suite next door to Columbia River. Microwave, fridge, next door to grocery store with great deli. Near trolley stop. Indoor pool. Hot tub rooms. Excellent!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

Comfort Suites Columbia River Astoria
3420 Leif Erickson Drive
Astoria, Oregon 97103
(503) 325-2000

Wet Dog Cafe

Restaurant

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Some great local brews and an order of tacos overlooking the Columbia River. Add lots of activity and friendly wait staff. What else could you want?

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

Wet Dog Cafe
144 11th Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103
(503) 325-6975

Ship Inn The

Restaurant | "Ship Inn"

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You can't stay at a seaside city and not partake of the seafood, unless you just really care not to. But why? Great chowder, fish and chips, oysters, etc. The best in Astoria. Listed in NW Best Places for 20 years.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

Ship Inn The
1 2nd Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103
(503) 325-0033

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This is the nationally-acclaimed maritime museum of museums. See a bar off the Titanic, view boats, history, art, photos. Most extensive US collection of nautical artifacts. Go on a boat (part of the museum experience). Gift shop. Helpful staff.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive
Astoria, Oregon 97103
(503) 325-2323

Clatsop County Historical Society

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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Remember the reference to 'shanghaiing' in my introduction. Get on over to this museum and see a replica on the second floor of a bar like the 'olden days' with a trap door on the floor. Get 'em drunk and drop 'em through. Lots of historical information.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

Clatsop County Historical Society
1618 Exchange Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103
(503) 325-2203

Astoria Column

Attraction

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Strong legs and constitution? Climb the 164 steps to get the best view of the lower-Columbia region. To get there drive up the hill on 16th Street from downtown Astoria. Artistic tableaus on the column's exterior cover area history.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

Astoria Column
One Coxcomb Drive
Astoria, Oregon 97103
(503) 325-2963

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Get those comfortable boots or walking shoes on and get ready to view an era-gone-by. With more than 70 historical homes and buildings along Franklin Avenue, you'll be busy for a while. Enjoy the historical tour with a guide you buy at the Chamber of Commerce.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

Walking Tour of Historic Astoria
Chamber of Commerce
Astoria, Oregon

Waterfront Trolley

Attraction

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Hop on for $1 and enjoy a 45-minute view of the waterfront if you stay on it to the beginning of where you started. Comes with some historical tidbits added by the trolley operators. This is a Trolley Association-run operation. The trolley online this summer is a 1913 beauty that saw some down-time as a residence and chicken coop! It's fit for a king now. The seats reverse for the direction you travel in. Only $1 everytime you get on.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

Waterfront Trolley
Waterfront in Astoria
Astoria, Oregon