Astoria Port is the main port of the picturesque city of Astoria in Clatsop County, Oregon. The port is located on the north shore of the great Columbia River. As a transportation hub and the gateway to the unparalleled beauty of the surrounding countryside, Astoria is an important cruise port. There are many things to see and experience in this city of only about 11,000. During the summer season, the city celebrates an annual event called the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. This event draws both local and international tourists alike. A visit to the Astoria port of call will prove to be a memorable experience, with the city’s charming countryside, historic museums and more.
Astoria is well known for its many art galleries offering fabulous works of art. Some of the best art galleries in town are River Sea Gallery, Dahlsten Studio Gallery, Astoria Photograpphix, and Shanahan Gallery. Visitors will find a unique array of paintings and photos in these shops. There are also several antique shops in Astoria selling vintage merchandise. Most of these are housed in quaint shops on Commercial Street. Some of the best antique shops in Astoria are Pooh’s Corner, Between Friends, Old Things & Objects, and Treasures Antiques. Visitors can find an assortment of antique objects such as furniture, jewelry, artwork and knick-knacks.
Handmade quilts and blankets is a popular souvenir item from Astoria. The best ones are found in Northwest Stitchins on 10th Street.
Things to See
Visitors who want to experience a glimpse of Astoria’s rich history and culture should head for the Columbia River Maritime Museum. This expansive museum houses one of the largest exhibits of maritime items such as shipwrecks, naval history, and lighthouse facts. Many of the pieces on exhibit are over 200 years old.
Must-see destinations include the Cape Argo lighthouse. Built in 1866, this impressive lighthouse is located on the northern end of the island. Cape Blanco is another beautiful lighthouse. Located on a small peninsula jutting over a mile out into the ocean, Cape Blanco is a picturesque place that visitors should not miss. Watching sea lions down at the docks is a guaranteed fun activity in Astoria. Some of the sea lions are visible from the street.
Restaurants and Bars
Astoria offers a wide range of dining choices. For visitors looking for authentic home-style cooking, T. Paul’s Urban Café is worth a visit. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers a delightful selection of salads, gourmet soups, sandwiches, quesadillas and pasta. For fresh seafood and a taste of authentic Croatian cuisine, Celemente’s Restaurant is highly recommended. Guests can dine in a formal European style setting while enjoying sumptuous dishes made of fresh natural ingredients. The Baked Alaska eatery offers a taste of northwest cuisine. Its menu offers grilled wild salmon, seared albacore and fresh cut steaks. Baked Alaska is a favorite among locals not only for the great food but also for its charming outdoor deck seating and picturesque river views. The eatery also offers local draft beers and international wines. For a taste of freshly brewed Oregon lagers and ales, a visit to the Astoria Brewing Company on 11th Street is in order.