Beer, Food, Oregon, Travel

Astoria Oregon – Oldest Town West of the Rockies

Astoria, Oregon…where’s that? 

If you have seen The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, or Free Willy then you know what I’m talking about. It is the oldest town west of the Rockies. It is where Lewis and Clarke ended their journey.

Many people from Portland love taking weekend trips to this quaint little town. Some think of it as a little San Francisco, mainly because of the steep streets downtown. 

I moved here almost 2 years ago; I had no idea what I was getting myself into. When I saw the town for the first time I could not believe this was my new home.

So why would anyone come to Astoria?

Location

Astoria is an hour and 40 min from the PDX airport, about 2 hours from downtown Portland. It is a great place to begin or end an Oregon Coast road trip. Lastly, Washington is literally right across the river, the Columbia River that is. 

Attractions

Since there is a bunch of history here you can find more than enough museums around town. Maritime Museum, Captain George Flavel House Museum, Oregon Film Museum, and Heritage Museum just to list a few of the main ones. 

The Goonies House sits up on the hill, the old Bumble Bee Cannery sits on Pier 39, and the Astoria Column sits high enough to overlook all of Astoria along with the Astoria-Megler Bridge.  There’s always a chance you can spot a Bald Eagle from up there, especially if you climb the column! 

Many things here are pretty walk-able I would say.

In the summer time I would definitely stop at the Sunday Market for some goodies. The downtown area is filled of cute little shops and there is even an old style arcade.  

During the summer a trolley runs along the River Walk for only $2. Beware that during the busy season this thing is crammed to the door. If you jump off around the East Mooring Basin you can catch California Sea Lions barking along the dock. 

Food & Drinks

A town with a population of 9,500 and it has 6 breweries! Wowwie! Who wants a cold one? Magnificent views of the Columbia River combined with a cold pint and a happy hour menu, what could go wrong? Regardless if it is a brewery or not, there are many great places to chow down some food. Click here for an Astoria, Oregon Brewery Guide

 Coffee roasters and cafes are excellent places to have some breakfast too. A late breakfast always seem popular around here. And don’t forget that pastry to go.

Astoria definitely has an abundance of beer, coffee and seafood and you don’t want to miss out!

Events

Astoria holds a few popular events throughout the year.

The Columbia River Crossing is a 10k race which is run across the Astoria-Megler Bridge, starting in WA and ending in OR.

The FisherPoets Gathering is a very unique event. Many fishermen perform their pieces and guest from near and far come to listen. It is always held in February.

The last one I will mention is the Crab, Seafood, and Wine Festival held in April. Just by the sound of the name you know you don’t want to miss out.

These three I would say are the most popular, but for a small town there are quite a bit of events that take place here. 

I know this was brief but I will break a lot of this down in smaller chunks along the way. The links in the meantime should help you navigate your way around. I pinky promise it’s not too bad.

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14 thoughts on “Astoria Oregon – Oldest Town West of the Rockies

  1. WOW ……….These are such great stories and info on your home town, sounds like a lovely place to live or visit. You ARE enjoying the town (city). I enjoy your writings very much. Thank you, Kelsy. XOXO Grammi

    1. Thank you! I appreciate that so much. And it is a pretty wonderful place. Luck of the draw that I was put in this town. Thanks for reading Grammy! XOXO Kelsy

  2. Wow, this small town sounds delightful! I love discovering lesser-known places that hold a lot of charm and beauty – and 5 breweries never hurt either! I’d love to visit this town someday!

    1. Lesser known place with charm and beauty, sounds like it’s perfect for you them 🙂 I hope you get to make it here someday because it is worth it!

    1. The PNW is an amazing place. There is so much to see and so many outdoor activities. The museums in Astoria are great and many are very cheap, they supply some great information. I am sure you will enjoy this area when you make it here!

    1. Nice! I was more of a Goonies fan but you rally can’t go wrong with either one 🙂 I never get tired of those three things so you are so right.

    1. Erin, the breweries are always a great seller! Astoria is easy to miss since it’s at the very Northwest core of the state.

  3. I had never heard of Astoria, but it looks like a really great town. I’ll admit, I felt kind of winded just looking at those steps though! Haha! I’d still like to visit, especially for those views of the river.

    1. Oh yes the views of the river are my favorite, everyday I think how beautiful it is. Haha and those steps are easily avoidable 🙂

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