Travel Guide: Weekend in Astoria, Oregon

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Updated May 2018

I recently just made it to Astoria, Oregon for a second visit and added a few  fun places to my Travel Guide. If you’re looking to hit up a fun place on the Oregon Coast, Astoria is a quick and easy drive from Portland, Oregon and great little town to explore.

We finally made it to Astoria, Oregon!

The pretty coastal town of Astoria has long been at the top of my wish list. Everyone who has come to visit us in Portland, has pretty much made it to Astoria before we have.

We definitely got sidetracked by the multiple trips made to Lincoln City to work on our airbnb beach house, but now that it’s up and running – we are back to our adventures and travels all over Oregon.

Here’s what I suggest you eat, see, and do on your own weekend getaway to Astoria:

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Doe + Arrow 

I spotted this adorable store full of well-curated home goods and clothing on our way to Fort George Brewery. Doe + Arrow is just down the way and carries a mix of new and vintage items along with a selection of vinyl.

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Fort George Brewery

This brewery is central to the major revival that Astoria is having right now and with good reason. The craft brews are aplenty (try the Three-Way IPA), the food is on point and the atmosphere is pretty outgoing in this restored loft space.

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When we visited Fort George Brewery there was a birthday party and graduation party happening at the same time. We found a seat at the bar and made our way through a flight of tasters. Definitely order the oyster shooters – they are made with local oysters from across the bay!

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Albatross & Co.

Looking to get your seafood fix at a hip and local spot? We hit up Albatross & Co. on our first night in town and grabbed a cozy booth in this dark and moody space. We loved all the vintage items and dark wood everywhere.

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For our starter we shared the Dungeness Crab Deviled Eggs ($8 for 2) which gave us a delicious taste of local Oregon crab. For our mains we ordered the Parisian Gnocchi with stinging nettle pesto, creme fraiche and a soft boiled duck egg ($19). Our second main was the Clam Bucatini with bacon, parsley and pickled peppers ($17). Everything was amazing, I definitely recommend checking it out.

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The Wave Mural

Make sure to stop by Imogen Gallery in Downtown Astoria to have a look at some interesting art, but to also snap a pic in front of this epic wave mural located on the side of their parking lot.

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The Astoria Column

The absolute BEST time to go and check out The Astoria Column is at sunset. Set your Google map and take a long and winding road to the top of the hill to this scenic lookout that was built in 1926 to celebrate Astoria.

It’s the perfect place to get a bird’s eye view of the town and water. The murals on the column celebrate major moments in Northwest history from 1792 to 1818. If you’re feeling active, climb to the top of the tower for more dramatic views. Parking is $5 and the pass is good for the whole year if you’d like to go back again.

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Bowpicker Fish & Chips

We were so stuffed from brunch on that particular day that we only walked by Bowpicker Fish & Chips – but how damn adorable is this boat turned food cart? Do note – the lineups on the weekend are long, so don’t come hangry and get ready to wait. You’ll be rewarded with golden fried crispy goodness.

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Silver Salmon Grille

You can’t visit Astoria without trying some salmon, so where else to do it then Silver Salmon Grille – a locally-owned restaurant where salmon is their signature. I chose the Smoked Salmon Fillet ($28) as my main and it was some of the best salmon I have ever had. It was served with some delicious and tangy chimichurri sauce, mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables.

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Paul was just craving a good steak and ordered a Petit Filet Mignon ($22) served with a baked potato and vegetables – which was a pretty good value. There’s a reason why this restaurant is always packed. The food and service were all on point.

I would definitely return again and would definitely recommend Silver Salmon Grille to anyone visiting who wants to try out an excellent salmon dinner.

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Custard King

For dessert, I recommend hitting up this local frozen custard stand for a chocolate or vanilla cup or cone. The Custard King stand has been here since the 50s and was just recently revitalized in 2015. Look for a Portland expansion – coming to the city soon.

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Buoy Beer Co.

Don’t miss out on another one of our favourite breweries from this trip! Buoy Beer Co. is a great place to grab a flight of craft brews and watch the boats sail on by on the Columbia River. The menu looked pretty delicious, but we chose to just nibble on their hummus plate with our brews.

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Josephson’s Smoked Fish

For edible souvenirs + gifts from your trip to Astoria, do stop by Josephson’s Smoked Fish for some locally caught and processed smoked salmon (vacuum sealed for travel) or cans of smoked fish for your next fancy salad or appetizer.

Look for cold smoked Chinook salmon, hot smoked seafood, salmon jerky, or stop in for a toasted bagel with lox.

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Columbia River Maritime Museum

If you’re not sure if you have time to spend at a museum during your weekend in Astoria, I do suggest checking out the Columbia River Maritime Museum at the beginning of your trip if you have time.

The museum has some incredibly exhibits, shares a lot of the history of Astoria and will give you an incredibly sense of space during your visit. You could definitely speed through it in an hour and it’s the perfect rainy day activity for kids and adults.

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The Waterfront Trolley

If the weather is nice, spend some time strolling along Astoria’s waterfront. There are lots of quirky restaurants, bars and shops to explore. The city also runs a historic 3-mile riverfront trolley which is a great little activity for families. The whole ride is about 1 hour round-trip and is only $1 / per person.

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Astoria Sunday Market

Visiting on a Sunday? The Astoria Sunday Market runs from 10 AM to 3 PM from May to October and it’s a great way to get to know the city’s artisan and to shop for gifts. There’s also a farmers’ market, if you’re looking to bring home some fresh produce after your weekend away.

We also really enjoyed the food court (above) to stop in for lunch and to try some local bites. Bring a hat and wear lots of sunscreen as there is full sun and not a lot of shade. You’ll find over 168+ vendors and lots of interesting things!

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Uptown Cafe

For brunch, we stopped in at Uptown Cafe and we ended up ordering off the lunch menu! This charming local restaurant is a mom and pop spot located in nearby Warrenton, Oregon – just across the bridge.

I ordered the Cobb Salad with chicken, onion rings and a side of fruit.

It’s also located near a shopping plaza with a Costco, TJ Maxx and a few other stores if you’re looking to do some tax-free shopping while in Oregon.

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Have you been to Astoria, Oregon recently? Any suggestions on additional things to eat, see and do for my return visit?