Celebrate Oregon Wine Month: Astoria + Seaside Wineries

May is Oregon Wine Month, but any month is a great time to check out the tasting rooms in Astoria and nearby Seaside.  You don’t have to drive to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting in Astoria – you can visit both Shallon Winery and the Cellar on 10th on just a mile-long stroll through Astoria’s downtown from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast. If you’re planning to visit the Buddha Kat’s tasting room in nearby Seaside, just drive half an hour south on Route 101 to this quaint town, where you can enjoy its beaches and wildlife, plus visit Lewis and Clark’s 1806 Salt Works, feed Seaside’s seals at the Aquarium,  and stroll along the oceanfront promenade.

Glass of red wine on stump against view of field & trees by Jaime Street https://unsplash.com/@jamie452Shallon Winery
Location: 1598 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103 Phone: 503-325-5978
Open daily: Approximately 1 pm – 6 pm
Shallon’s tasting room overlooks the Columbia River and Washington in the distance. The one-man winery features two unusual wines: Cran du Lait and Chocolate Orange, both made using whey (including all of milk’s vitamins and minerals). Cran du Lait is a smooth, semi-dry cranberry-and-whey wine, especially popular at holiday times. The rich Chocolate and Orange whey wine, made with six different chocolates, is similar to a liqueur – it can be served as a topping for ice cream or cake, a dip for fruit, or warmed as an elegant hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream. The Los Angeles Times describes it as “a bonbon in a bottle.”

The Cellar on 10th
Location: 1004 Marine Drive Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-6600
Open: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
The Cellar on 10th stocks an extensive inventory of Oregon wines. The Cellar has a wine bar, and offers Saturday afternoon wine tastings with a new winery featured each week.

Buddha Kat Winery
Location: 37 North Edgewood, Seaside, OR  97138
Phone: 503-739-7023
Winter Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12 – 6 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 – 8 pm
The Seaside tasting room features award-winning red and white wines and port from vineyards near their winery in Sandy, Oregon. Offerings include a Willamette Valley Gewurztraminer, Columbia Valley semi-sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc, and Columbia Gorge Chardonnay aged in a mixture of oak and stainless steel. Their fruit wines come from the same area. They suggest serving their blackberry wine with any rich dessert, and pairing their raspberry wine with anything chocolate.

May is a beautiful time of year in Astoria, and celebrating Oregon Wine Month is a great excuse for a getaway, so give us a call or go online and book your stay today!

Astoria Vacation Rental at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast

Your vacation lodging in Astoria, the oldest American city west of the Mississippi River, should be in the city’s charming historic district, and the Moose Lodge at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast is the perfect choice for families with children, couples traveling together or larger parties desiring individual quarters in the same location. Fido will be welcome, too!  Located next door to the B&B in the heart of Astoria’s historic district, you can walk to all the downtown shops, museums, restaurants, and activities. Two separate units are available: Moose Suites and the Riverview Loft.  Both have living areas, well-equipped kitchens for fixing your own breakfast (and other meals if you wish), private entrances, outdoor spaces, and views of the historic Flavel House and Columbia River, plus luxury linens, bath amenities, and robes to pamper you. A two night minimum is requested; weekly rates are available.

kitchen counter & post in foreground, floor lamp, sofa in middle, windows in rear

Moose Suites Common Area

The Moose Lodge began as a private residence over 150 years ago. Perhaps the oldest surviving house in Astoria, Job Ross, the original owner, lived there from some time in the 1850s until his death in 1895, when it was inherited by his son. Like many Victorian homes on the higher ground overlooking the Columbia River, it survived the devastating fire that destroyed Astoria’s downtown waterfront in 1922. The building began a new life as the Moose Temple Lodge, home of the fraternal Loyal Order of Moose, from 1925-1948, then became a Mormon meetinghouse from 1950-1966. When Judith Markham established the B&B in 1993, she began renovating the Job Ross home next door, soon to become The Lagniappe Café. In 1998, the building was transformed into accommodations for the B&B, and now, in 2017, into vacation rentals for guests seeking longer stays and/or accommodations for larger groups.

 

queen bed with green & white print bedspread, table lamp, bookshelves on right

Riverview Loft

We invite you to choose our new option for extended stay accommodations in Astoria’s historic district the next time your plans include a larger group or a longer stay to enjoy more of our area’s many attractions and activities. Both units in the Moose Lodge accommodate up to six people, and free unrestricted street parking is available. We hope you will make yourselves at home!

Astoria’s Garden of Surging Waves honors its Chinese heritage

a short walk from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast, you’ll find the “Garden of Surging Waves,” honoring two centuries of the Pacific Northwest’s ties to China and the many contributions Chinese immigrants to Astoria and the Lower Columbia River Basin. You see the evidence of their efforts from the railroads to the canneries to the jetties at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Michelle Roth Photo: Pavillion with carved white columns and wood beams at Garden of the Surging Waves

Photo: Michelle Roth

The Garden, named for the Surging Waves Pavilion in a classical garden in Suzhou, China, expresses the themes of transition, values and Chinese design in its architecture and art. The garden’s juxtaposition of elements and contrasts of colors express the cultural transitions that Chinese immigrants experienced after arriving in Oregon. Quotes from Chinese philosophers and writers reflect their values of family, education, authenticity, and resourcefulness.  The Garden integrates symbols from Chinese culture throughout its design. Local materials, such as the wood rails and elongated pavers resembling canneries’ wooden floor planks, reference the industries of timber, railroading, and fishing. Landscape design brings together traditional Chinese plants and trees with those native to this area. The Garden’s website provides detailed explanations about it symbolism, artwork, history, and stories of Chinese heritage, so don’t forget to view it as a part of your visit to the Garden.

Astoria’s many attractions and activities will fill your busy days, but be sure to take some time as you walk through our historic district to pause and enjoy the Garden of Surging Waves’ tranquility and peace. The Garden changes with each season, so don’t wait to book your next getaway while spring is in the air!

Photo by Michelle Roth courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

Tall Ship Lady Washington in Astoria OR June 7-9 2017

Washington sails into the Port of Astoria June 7, 2017, where she will drop anchor at the Maritime Museum until the morning of June 10, 2017. You might recognize her from roles in such movies as the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Two-masted Tall Ship Lady Washington under sail at seaThe State of Washington’s official tall ship, she is a full size replica of the original Lady Washington. That Lady sailed around Cape Horn, was the first U.S. ship to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan, and helped inaugurate America’s Pan-Pacific trade in the late 18th century.

Board the ship and you travel back in time more than a century before Astoria was founded to find out what life was like aboard a sea-going trading vessel. The Vessel Tour lets you explore the ship and visit with the crew while they are docked. Evening Sails let you experience the Lady Washington ship under sail, where you’ll learn about its handling, sea shanties, and have the chance of watching a sunset on shipboard.

Brig Lady Washington
Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport 
Docked at: Columbia River Maritime Museum 1972 Marine Drive Astoria, OR 97103
Dates: June 7 – 9, 2017
Schedule
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
   Vessel Tours: 12:00 – 5:00 pm  Evening Sail: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 8, 2017
   Vessel Tours: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday, June 9, 2017
   Vessel Tours: 12:00 – 5:00 pm Evening Sail: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Admission:
Vessel Tour: $5 donation requested
Evening Sail: Adults $49, Children 12 & under $42; must be accompanied by adult.
Tickets required for all passengers.
For tickets go online or phone: 800-200-5239
Photo by Bob Harbison. Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Astoria Coffee Shops with a Columbia River View

hand&arm holding coffee cup up against view of oceanSome people believe Oregon coffee is a culture, not a beverage, with more than 200 specialty coffee shops in the state. Sometime during your stay, you’ll probably find yourself exploring Astoria’s Riverwalk, and wish for a good cup of coffee and a place to relax and enjoy the view of the Columbia River.  There are lots of great specialty coffee shops throughout Astoria – these three also provide that view.

The Coffee Girl
100 39th St, Astoria, OR  97103
Phone: 503-325-6900
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm   Saturday – Sunday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Coffee Girl is a cozy shop in the West’s oldest cannery building at the end of Pier 39. Its view of the Columbia River is unbeatable – both the coffee shop’s windows and its patio overlook the water. Why the name? The shop features pictures of Astoria’s original ‘coffee girls’ who used rowboats to bring food and hot coffee out to the fisherman. Here’s a place where you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the passing ship traffic while you sip your coffee. With luck, you’ll see sea lions or seals frolicking in the distance. The Bumblebee Cannery Museum and Rogue Ales Public House are nearby on Pier 39 as well – all are about a 20 minute walk from the bed and breakfast.

3  Cups Coffeehouse
279 W Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-7487
Hours:   7:00 am – 4:00 pm daily
You’ll find 3 Cups Coffeehouse on Marine Drive, right under the Astoria-Megler Bridge, about a 20 minute walk from the bed and breakfast. While not on the waterfront itself, tables have a clear alley-view of passing ship traffic on the river. The independently-owned shop also boasts a clear interior-view of Columbia River Roasting Company’s roasting and packing floor, and Thundermuck coffee is served. The Coffeehouse has received many local Reader’s Choice awards.

Wheelhouse Coffee Company
175 14th Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-8430
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm   Saturday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
If your day’s activities take you farther west along Astoria’s Riverwalk, Wheelhouse Coffee Company has the view for you. You’ll find comfortable seating with lots of windows inside, and plenty of outdoor tables to take in views of the river traffic. The Wheelhouse is in the historic downtown area, about a 10 minute walk from the bed and breakfast.

No matter where you wander in search of that perfect cup with a view, Judith will be waiting to welcome you back to Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast – your home away from home in Astoria. Why not give us a call and book a weekend getaway today?

Fort Clatsop Fort to Sea Trail- Great Hike near Astoria

Drawing showing two hikers surrounded by tall evergreens walking away on trailNational Park Week – April 15 to 23, 2017 – is the time to highlight some great hiking trails in the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park to enjoy during your vacation in Astoria. The Fort to Sea Trail and its associated trails are great choices for nature lovers and history buffs alike.  The Trail winds through the Oregon landscape where Clatsop Indians once lived, and Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery explored and documented during their expedition in 1805-1806.

Beginning at the Visitor Center at Fort Clatsop, you’ll hike 6.5 miles through forest, pastures, and dunes to Sunset Beach on the Pacific coast. The first two miles bring you to the top of Clatsop Ridge, and your first view of the Pacific. From there, the trail leads through woods and pastures, then gentle dunes and beach woods to reach the beach. If you’re looking for wildlife, you might see deer, elk, beaver, bear or eagles along the way. Returning to Fort Clatsop on the Trail will make the total length of your hike 13 miles; alternatively, arrange for a cab or other transportation to meet you at Sunset Beach. To hike the trail from the ocean to the Fort, begin at the Sunset Beach/Fort to Sea Trailhead on Sunset Beach Lane, Warrenton, Oregon. For details about this moderate difficulty hike, visit the AllTrails website.

You have lots of options for shorter hikes along parts the Trail as well: From the Fort’s Visitor Center trailhead, a short ½ mile loop is great for families with small children or just some exercise. From the Fort’s Visitor Center to Clatsop Ridge and back is about 4 miles. For a shorter roundtrip hike, take the portion of the Trail from the Fort’s Visitor Center to Clatsop Ridge, then back to the Visitor Center. At the Sunset Beach, a 1-mile trail leads from the Sunset Beach/Fort to the Sea Parking area down to Sunset Beach and back.

Oregon’s spring weather is great for hiking, with daytime highs in the 60s, so make plans to follow in  the Corps of Discovery’s footsteps and explore the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park . Book your stay at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast – you’ll start your hiking day with a delicious gourmet breakfast, and all the comforts of the inn will await your return at the end of the day.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Road Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-861-2471
Fort to Sea Trailhead and Surrounding Trails are open daylight hours all year.
Entrance Fee (ages 16+) $5.00 per person
Image courtesy of National Park Service

Astor Street Opry Co Presents New Melodrama Spring 2017

astor-streetNeed an antidote for any lingering winter blues? If you’ve laughed at being “Shanghaied in Astoria”, then the Astor Street Opry Company has just the cure for you! Make plans to travel farther back in time when they present their original production: “Lewis and Clark, or How the Finns Discovered Astoria.” Welcome spring with this vaudeville-style musical melodrama where you can cheer for the heroes as they struggle to make their way from Missouri to Oregon, and boo the evil villains they face at every turn. Will they be able to rescue the Corps of Discovery? Lose their most precious cargo? You’ll rejoice when our heroes finally arrive at the Pacific to found Astoria, and can celebrate with their supply of beer!

Cowgirl holding book Lewis & Clark looking away toward Oregon

Photo: Marcus Brown

Evening Performances: Fridays & Saturdays March 31 – April 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Sunday matinees: April 9, April 23 at 2:00 pm
The house opens 30 minutes before each performance.
Tickets are $5.00 for Friday performances and $7.00 – $16.00 for Saturday and Sunday performances.
Tickets may be purchased online or by phone: 503-325-6104.

A stay at historic Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast will put you in the mood to visit the Opry Company’s Astoria of long ago, without sacrificing any of the comforts of today. Leave the lumpy beds and dried provisions to the Finns – you can look forward to luxurious bed linens, robes and spa-quality bath amenities, multi-course gourmet breakfasts, plus complimentary beverages and small bites each afternoon! Celebrate spring’s arrival with a refreshing weekend getaway to Astoria – just give us a call or go online to book your stay.

Visit Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum

Facade of Columbia River Maritime Museum at night

Photo courtesy of Columbia River Maritime Museum

The Columbia River Maritime Museum has one of the foremost collections of Pacific Northwest maritime artifacts in the U.S. The Museum’s exhibits reflect all aspects of the Columbia River – the extreme forces of nature, legendary salmon runs, the contributions of Columbia River Barge Pilots and the U.S. Coast Guard, navigation aids, and daily life in the Pacific Northwest over the centuries.

The Lightship Columbia: The floating lighthouse and National Historic Landmark marked the approach to the Columbia River from 1951 until 1979. The Columbia offers tours daily.

Crossing the Bar – Perilous Passage: This exhibit shows the consequences when forces of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean collide, creating one of the most dangerous bar crossings in the world. The exhibit displays a rare bar pilot pulling boat used for many years to transfer pilots to ships, plus dramatic video of the Columbia River Bar Pilots and U.S. Coast Guard during dangerous winter storms. Its interactive shipwreck map highlights the hundreds of ships lost to the Columbia River Bar over the past two centuries.

USS Shark Cannon: Here you will see two carronade lost in the shipwreck of the USS Shark, which ran aground on the Columbia Bar when trying to leave the Northwest Territory in 1846.

A Peaceful Return-The Story of the Yosegaki Hinomaru: This exhibit looks back at the mid-twentieth century in a reflective way.  Japanese soldiers in World War II were given flags covered with signatures and well-wishes from family and friends as they departed for war. American soldiers often collected these flags as souvenirs; seven decades later their families realized such flags might be rare tangible mementos of the Japanese soldiers for their families. These flags are being returned to those families in Japan.

Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR
Phone: 503-325-2323
Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults: $14.00, Seniors (65+): $12.00, Children 6 and over: $5.00 3D Film $5.00

When you’re planning that trip to Astoria, you’ll find Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast on Exchange Street is a wonderful central location for exploring not only the Columbia River Maritime Museum, but the other museums, shops, and restaurants in Astoria’s historic district and along the waterfront. According to Frommer’s Oregon, “This is one of the best museums in the state,” so don’t leave the Museum or our B&B off your bucket list for Astoria – give us a call or book online today. History and adventure are just steps from our door!

Curious About Ghosts on the Oregon Coast?

4 rows on white grave stones in graveyard

Photo courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

Do you wonder if there are ghosts and spirits on the Oregon coast? Since the coastline around Astoria and Seaside boast over two centuries of history, it’s no wonder visitors may hear of encounters from beyond. Perhaps some spirits linger in Seaside from past shipwrecks before the lighthouse was finished in 1881, or from a brawl at the Bridge Tender Tavern.

You have the chance to find out much more about these mysteries at the Oregon Ghost Conference, the largest paranormal convention in the Pacific Northwest. The 6th annual conference takes place from March 31 to April 2, 2017. Perhaps you’ll even help investigate the Tavern’s story – or at least have a ‘ghoulish’ drink there! Don’t believe in ghosts? That’s OK – just bring your own curiosity, and choose to believe or not believe any or all of the presentations. You don’t need to believe in anything, just to question everything!

The General Admission ticket gives you access to the vendors and the 16 speakers and six panels on topics ranging from Oregon Ghost Towns to Afterlife Experiences to Do You Want to Be on a Paranormal TV Show? In addition, a number of classes will be offered with separate ticket prices on topics as varied as Reiki Energy Healing, Paranormal Journaling, and Historical Research for Paranormal Investigators. There are entertaining events, ghost tours, and parties to round out the schedule.
Bonfire on the Beach: Share the best ghost stories, true or not, around the fire. S’mores optional!
The Historical Conjuror Magic Show: Presenting illusion and mystery in the same way that 18th and 19th century audiences would have seen it – bringing parlor tricks back from the past.
Mystiques Roadshow: Phychometry with Ankhasha Amenti – Audience members may bring haunted, mysterious or ancestral objects to be read.
Northwest Ghost Tours:  “Walk with the Spirits” into Seaside’s haunted history and listen to ghost stories based on documented research. Two Tours: Seaside Promenade and Oceanfront; Downtown Seaside and Broadway.
Investigations at the Bridge Tender Tavern

Oregon Ghost Conference
Dates: March 31 – April 2, 2017
Seaside Civic & Convention Center 415 First Avenue, Seaside, OR 97138
Visit the website for detailed information and conference schedule.
Admission: $5.00 General Admission to Vendor and Speaker areas for the entire conference. Admission for events and classes vary in price and may be purchased individually or as part of a VIP Pass.

You’ll feel right at home when you reserve your stay at historic Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast, since you may get an extra paranormal bonus. Some people say the Moose Temple Lodge building (part of the B&B) is the oldest building in Astoria, and some guests have reported they encountered a spirit named Mary there. Judith will be waiting to welcome you warmly to her bed and breakfast – who knows if you’ll encounter Mary as well?

Antique shopping? Stay in Astoria’s Historic District

man making telephone call on antique phone in antiques store

Don Frank Photography: Vintage Hardware

If you enjoy shopping for antiques, creatively repurposed and reclaimed items, architectural salvage, vintage and more, what better place for a getaway than Oregon’s oldest community – Astoria! You’ll find most stores clustered in the historic downtown district by the waterfront, but exploring the surrounding area yields treasures as well. Here are just three shops to add to your bucket list – the winner, runner-up, and honorable mention in Coast Weekend’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Antique Store:

Astoria Vintage Hardware
1162 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-1313
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday noon – 4:00 pm
A must see is the new location of Vintage Hardware, where their 10,000 square foot store features their eclectic collection displayed in creative period vignettes, each with a unique theme. The owners are known for their artistically reclaimed and repurposed or “upcycled” offerings for home and garden. You’ll find ‘hip’ antiques and architectural salvage from lighting and bath fixtures to windows and doors, plus a huge selection of decorative drawer pulls and knobs – ‘jewelry’ for your furniture. New in 2017 is a Pop Up Shop within the store, where the owners will showcase a different artisan each month who lacks a traditional brick-and-mortar location.

Farmhouse Funk
35408 US-101 Business, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-4474
Hours: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Farmhouse Funk offers an eclectic collection of antiques and collectibles, plus country decor and all things Western, from saddles and tack to boots. Just take a five minute drive south on Business 101 – the shop is across the Young River.

Phog Bounders Antique Mall
892 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone:503-338-0101
Hours: 10:00 am -5:30 pm
This antique mall is just a couple of blocks along Marine Drive from Vintage Hardware. The well-curated booths offer a wide variety of creatively displayed collections, including tools, clocks, and nautical items.

When you stay with us at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast in Astoria’s National Historic District, you’re only a five minute stroll from the antique shops on Marine and Commercial Streets, as well as Astoria’s riverfront.  Our B&B includes both our restored 1888 historic inn and 1850’s era Moose Temple Lodge,  which may be the oldest building in Astoria. You’ll find the inn’s décor an eclectic blend of vintage, European, and Asian furnishings, while the Moose Temple Lodge features a more casual cottage motif with primitives and vintage pieces. We’re the perfect lodging choice for any antique lover’s getaway, so give us a call or book online soon!

Photo by Don Frank Photography courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

UnWined in Astoria March 4 2017 – Taste Oregon’s Best!

Glass of red wine &bunches of grapes by Roberta Sorge https://unsplash.com/@robertinaUnWined in Astoria March 4, 2017, at an exclusive preview of award-winning wines to be featured at April’s  Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival. Every year, approximately 40 Oregon winemakers complete for these honors, creating a field of close to 150 wines for the judges to evaluate. The 2016 winners were Zerba Cellars’ Malbec 2013 (Best of Show Red), TeSoAria Vineyards’ Vermentino “Secco” 2015 and Namaste Vineyards’ “Peace” White Blend 2013 (Best of Show White), while the People’s Choice Award went to Seufert Winery’s White Pinot Noir 2014.

While you sip and you consider your own vote for the People’s Choice Award, you’ll be able to meet judges Jade Helm, Kerry McDaniel Boenisch, Mattie John Bamman, and Patrick McElligott, and learn more about Oregon wines.  Delicious appetizers accompany the wines, plus live music by violinist Rory Holbrook, whose improvisational style ranges from classical and Celtic to modern. Best of all, you’ll be the first to learn the 2017 competition results – what the judges decide will be Best of Show for the Festival. Your ticket includes 10 wine tastes (additional tastes may be purchased), appetizers, and a souvenir 2017 UnWined wine glass.

Don’t miss this wonderful chance to learn more about – and sample – Oregon’s great wines. Book your weekend stay at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast now– you’ll savor the tastes of wine knowing we’re less than a 10 minute walk away!

UnWined 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 5:30 pm. – 8:00 pm
Venue: Liberty Theater: Paulson Pavilion & McTavish Room (Use side entrance on 12th Street)
1203 Commercial Street Astoria, OR 97103
Tickets: $35.00 (may be purchased online)
Only people age 21+ may purchase tickets and attend– a valid ID is required at the door.
For more information, contact Kelsey Balensifer Phone: 503-325-6311
Email: kelsey@oldoregon.com

FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria OR February 24-26 2017

Bouys, ropes, life preserver ring hanging on wall of commercial fishing boat

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

February may be a quiet time for fishing in the Pacific Northwest, but the FisherPoets Gathering  brings Astoria alive this month with its celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song. Begun almost two decades ago, the Gathering now brings nearly 100 poets, storytellers, and songwriters and their fans from the east coast to the west, and as far away as Hawaii and Europe, to our Columbia River community. The U.S. Library of Congress recognizes the FisherPoets Gathering as a ‘Local Legacy’ project that has ‘spawned’ the genre fisherpoetry through the voices of those whose careers are linked to the sea as fisherman, shipwrights, and cannery workers.  Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Today Show, and BBC all have featured this unique event. For a taste of the talented fisherpoets’ catch, visit In the Tote an on-line anthology of works by participants in past FisherPoets Gatherings.

This year, Fisherpoets will perform poetry, music, and prose Friday and Saturday evenings, February 24 and 25, from 5:00 – 11:00 pm at venues throughout Astoria including the Astoria Event Center, Columbian Theater, KALA performance gallery the Wet Dog Café, the Voodoo Room, and Fort George Brewery’s Lovell Showroom.  They’ll offer workshops Saturday morning on topics such as song writing and knot tying at the Columbia Maritime Museum, and gather later on Saturday afternoon to share oral histories at the popular Story Circle. You’ll also find visual art by Fisherpoets displayed at local galleries and screenings at the Columbian Theater Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast is the perfect location for enjoying all the different Fisherpoet events – you’ll be a short five-six minute stroll from almost all the venues.  Don’t wait to give us a call or go online and book your stay – as Sharon Boorstin titled her Smithsonian article (www.smithsonianmag.com), “Rhyme or cut bait: When these fisher poets gather, nobody brags on the verse that got away”!

FisherPoets Gathering 
February 24-26, 2017
Visit their website for complete list of Fisherpoets, events, and venues
Admission for the weekend: $15 event buttons will be available from all venues and at the FisherPoets Gathering Gearshack beginning at noon on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Astoria’s Flavel House Museum Victorian Christmas 2016

Step back in time to the end of the 19th century, and celebrate the holidays at Astoria’s historic Flavel House Museum,  one of the best examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest. The Clatsop County Historical Society decorates the mansion for a Victorian Christmas, with evergreens encircling fireplace mantels, and strung over doorways. Favorite decorations in that era included gilded or silvered nuts, and a Christmas tree decorated with fanciful paper chains and ornaments and lighted with candles.

Holiday Tea and Plum Pudding
You can enjoy the Holiday Tea from 1 pm until 4 pm  on the afternoons of December 17 to December 23, and December 26 to December 30, 2016,. Tour the beautifully decorated house and refresh yourselves with a cup of tea and a dish of fresh, warm Plum (or Christmas) Pudding. The pudding originated in medieval England but did not become a tradition for Christmas dinner until the mid-1800’s. Don’t expect plums in your Victorian treat, since the word “plums” was an early term for raisins, and today the pudding can include different dried fruits!

Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration

Girl hugging Santa while sitting on his lap, Victorian fireplace draped with Christmas greens in background

Photo: Clatsop County Historical Society Museum

St. Nicholas comes to town Monday, December 19, 2016, for the Flavel House’s Christmas Celebration. Although he could choose from six of the festively decorated fireplaces in the house, you’ll probably find him sitting in the library, waiting to hear the children’s wishes. Why not celebrate the season with music, games, and stories for the children, while you enjoy sharing cookies and hot cocoa with St. Nick?

Celebrating at Astoria’s Flavel House Museum this December will take you back to the Victorian era, and what better way to enjoy the nostalgia of Christmas past then staying at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast this holiday season? Give us a call, and let us surround you with the warmth of both Christmas past and Christmas present.

Flavel House Museum
Corner of 8th and Duane Streets
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-2203

Holiday Tea and Plum Pudding
Dates: December 17 – 23 and December 26 – 30, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost for Tea: $12.00 for non-members of the Historical Society
Sponsor: Clatsop Community Bank
Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration
Date: Monday, December 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Museum admission: Adults $6.00, AAA/Senior/Student $5.00 , Youth (6-17 years) $2.00, Children (under 6) free
Sponsors: Easom Property Management and the Windermere Pacific Land Company

Get a Bonus with a Gift of Memories this Holiday Season

Gift Certificate with red border & white snowflakesImagine the memories your family and friends could create on a getaway to historic Astoria, with its parks, museums, theatres, shops, galleries, and restaurants, plus events like August’s Regatta and the Great Columbia Crossing in October. Then imagine their enjoyment when they stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast, in the heart of the historic district. Our intimate Victorian inn, gourmet breakfasts, picturesque gardens, and most of all, our warm hospitality will become memories for years to come.

Give the gift of a getaway, because everyone needs one from time to time (or often!). It’s always the right size and color (no need for returns) and ideal for any special occasion not just holidays, but  birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or as a thank you gift. We’re offering a special bonus this December – when you purchase a gift certificate for a minimum of $150, we’ll add 20% to the certificate’s value. There is no maximum amount for your certificate. For example:

  • $150 becomes $180
  • $250 becomes $300
  • $500 becomes $600

Just think what the extra value can add – our Birthday or Anniversary Package ($65), tickets to a show at the Astor Street Opry Company, a souvenir from one of Astoria’s many galleries – the possibilities are endless!

Gift Certificates make giving easy:

  • Purchased Gift Certificates never expire or decline in value, and have no blackout dates
  • Certificates can be sent to you or the recipient
  • We can send hand-processed  paper certificates (for under the tree, etc.) via USPS, or  send an electronic certificate with a holiday look via email (an ideal last-minute gift)

A Gift Certificate for Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast is the perfect gift of treasured memories, so let us help you with your shopping this holiday season. Just complete this form, and we’ll do the rest!

Astoria OR: Astor St. Opry’s 2016 Starving Artist Faire

Red, Green, Blue Christmas tree ornaments with snowflake decorations "Starving Artist Faire"If you like to give unique holiday gifts, don’t miss the Astor Street Opry Company’s 21st annual Starving Artist Faire on December 2 – 4, 2016! Enjoy the Faire’s festive atmosphere with musical performances and holiday treats while you peruse items created by over 50 talented artists and artisans from the Pacific Northwest. You’ll find one of a kind gifts and fine art crafts ranging from photography to paintings to pottery, plus jewelry, clothing, and more.

Not finished decorating your home for the holidays? You’d better watch out, since Santa will visit the Faire both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am until noon. Don’t worry, you’ll stay on his ‘Nice’ list when you choose from the great selection of wreaths, candles, and holiday décor that are sure to please both you and Santa!

The Starving Artist’s Faire is held at the Astoria Armory, just a short 10 minute walk up Exchange Street from Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast. You know that Judith’s delicious breakfasts mean you’ll never leave the B&B hungry, so don’t let Astoria’s artists starve either! Give us a call at the inn or go online and book your room today. Don’t miss one of Astoria’s most festive holiday traditions!

Astor Street Opry Company presents the Starving Artist Faire
Location: Astoria Armory
407 17th St, Astoria, OR 97103

Dates & Times:
Friday, December 2, 2016 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm

Admission: $2 per person

Astoria OR Holiday Concerts 2016: Sounds of Christmas!

Holiday wreath on green door by Jez Timms https://unsplash.com/@jeztimmsThe Oregon coast is alive with the sounds of the holiday season, from the traditional carols to modern jazz. Here are a few of the concerts planned in Astoria and the surrounding region of the Pacific Northwest.

Community “Messiah” Sing-along & Play-along
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016 Time: 4:00 pm
Begin the Christmas season when the North Coast Chorale and Astoria Christian Church present selections from Frederic Handel’s beloved ‘Messiah’. You can sing along with the Chorale or bring your instrument and join the piano accompaniment by Debbie Loyd. Donations to this holiday concert benefit local food banks.
Venue: Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center
588 16th Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Cost: No admission fee, but donations for the food bank are suggested.

Tuba Christmas at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm
The annual Tuba Christmas concert will feature the Astoria Tuba Quartet performing a variety of seasonal selections, jazz arrangements and even a Christmas polka.
Venue: Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake St Ilwaco, WA 98624
Cost: Free, sponsored by the Ilwaco Merchants Association. Seating is limited.
For more information contact the Columba Pacific Heritage Museum
Phone: (360) 642-3446

Here We Come A Caroling – North Coast Chorale’s Holiday Concert
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm
Date: Sunrday, December 11, 201 Time: 2:00 pm
Don’t miss the North Coast Chorale’s Holiday Concert featuring Benjamin Britten’s beautiful “A Ceremony of Carols” accompanied by Harpist Cheryl Walker. The Chorale invites the audience to join them in singing familiar carols as part of the concert.
Venue: Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center
588 16th Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 338-2306
Cost: $10 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Water Music Society Christmas Concert 
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016 Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
The Water Music Society’s Christmas Concert offers a musical feast of seasonal jazz vocals and instrumentals. This year’s concert features Greta Matassa, one of today’s most talented jazz singers. Celebrate the Pacific Coast’s Christmas season with holiday music, beverages, and homemade sweet treats at this annual event.
Venue: Inn at Harbour Village
120 Williams Avenue NE Ilwaco, WA 98624
Phone: (360) 642-0087
Cost: Free; donations are gratefully accepted with a portion donated to local high school music programs

Joyful Christmas Traditions Concert
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016 Times: Pre-show 3:30 pm and Concert 4:00 pm
As Christmas approaches, the North Coast Symphonic Band and Liberty Theater present this joint concert with the North Coast Chorale. This year, the concert features vocalists Deac Guidi and Aleesha Nedd, and harpist Cheri Walker. Come early too enjoy the pre-show music provided by the Astoria Tuba Quartet.
Venue: Liberty Theater
1203 Commercial, Astoria, OR 97103
Cost: Adults $20; children 18 years old and under $5
Tickets: Box Office open Tuesday – Saturday 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm, by phone: (503) 325-5922, Ext. 55 or online at Tickets West.

There are so many ways we celebrate the holidays in Astoria, from shopping at our unique boutiques and galleries, to festive dining, to these many sounds of Christmas you will hear throughout the season. We’re decking our halls at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast, so give us a call and let us surround you with the sounds of Christmas during this holiday season. We’re waiting to welcome you!

Taste 2016’s Sparkling Holiday Spirits in Astoria OR

glass of red wine with bottle and glass container of Christmas balls and ribbons behindAs the holidays approach, some of us wonder what sparkling wine or champagne to choose to celebrate the many festive occasions as the year draws to a close. Astoria’s Cellar on 10th  will have the answers for you on December 3, 2016, when it hosts its annual Holiday Sparkling Tasting that afternoon and its Holiday Sparking Winemaker’s Dinner that evening. The Tasting gives you the chance to sample bubbly from different worldwide regions producing these festive beverages, and make plans for the season’s entertaining. Even better, why not begin the season’s festivities yourselves at the Winemaker’s Dinner that evening? You’ll enjoy a five-course gourmet dinner featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine, perfectly matched with Champagne and sparkling wines. Space is limited in the Cellar Room so make your reservations early.

If you’re planning your Astoria getaway for some other weekend in November or December, don’t despair – The Cellar on 10th hosts a wine tasting each Saturday. Their weekly tastings in November and December feature wines chosen especially for different holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Plan to stop by on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and enjoy the tasting, or just browse in their well-stocked shop. There is a $5.00 tasting fee, complimentary with a purchase of the wine tasted.

November 19, 2016            Wines for Thanksgiving
November 25 & 26, 2016   Holiday Open House and Special Tasting
December 3, 2016               Annual Holiday Sparkling Tasting
December 10, 2016             Wines for Holiday Entertaining
December 17, 2016             Wines for Christmas
December 24, 2016             Christmas Eve Surprise    Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
December 31, 2016             New Year’s Eve Surprise

The most festive season of the year is almost here, so book your weekend getaway at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast, and get ready to enjoy the holiday spirits you’ll discover in Astoria!

The Cellar on 10th in Astoria’s Historic Underground
1004 Marine Dr., Astoria, OR
Phone: (503)325-6600
Saturday Wine Tastings
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 tasting fee
Holiday Sparking Winemaker’s Dinner
Date & Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm C
ost: $125 per person

Scrooged in Astoria at Astor Street Opry: December 2016

Theater marquee advertising Scrooged in AstoriaScrooge Shanghied in Astoria, Oregon!

For the 10th year in a row, the Astor Street Opry Company presents Scrooged in Astoria. The company of over 26 actors transforms the lessons of Charles Dickens’ magical 19th century tale into a melodramatic 1960s style holiday television special featuring characters from Shaghaied in Astoria.

Boo, hiss and cheer as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, The Big Krooke, Christmas Present, Miss Yul Macie, and Christmas Future, Saint Lucia, guide miserly “Scrooge” aka Max Krooke Jr. to change the error of his ways. Don’t miss the fun of this holiday tradition, and be warned, you’ll even be treated to singing commercials! The Miss Vivian saloon and Miss Virginia soda fountain will be open, should you need to refresh your body as well as your spirit.

Don’t act like Ebenezer Scrooge or Max Krooke, Jr.! Listen to the Ghost of Christmas Present instead, and book your December stay right now at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast. We’ll be waiting to welcome you to the inn, and we know the Astor Street Opry Company’s Scrooged in Astoria will warm your heart and fill you with holiday spirit during your stay!

Scrooged in Astoria
Evening Performances:
Fridays and Saturdays December 2-3, 9-11, and 16-17, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Matinees:
December 11 & 18 , 2016 at 2:00 pm

Astor Street Opry Company Playhouse
129 W Bond Street in Uniontown, Astoria, OR
Phone: (503) 325-6104
Tickets are  $5.00 – $16.00 and may be purchased online.
Although tickets may be available at the door beginning one hour before each show, seating is limited and reservations are recommended.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s Fall 2016 Exhibits

Histiruc tablecloth showing map of US with different symbols for attractions, etc.

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Don’t miss Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s special exhibits on your getaway to the Pacific Northwest this fall. If you’re coming in October or November, Tabletop Tourism: Picturing America will take you back in time to the 1940s and 50’s, when cars were made for the open road and new highways made touring the USA the perfect vacation.

Keepsakes from these road trips to discover America were as important as the roadside attractions visited, and state tablecloths made practical, useful souvenirs. These clothes highlighted attractions, icons such as the state flower, bird, or tree, and towns in the state or region.  Many tablecloths were stored away in a linen drawer at vacation’s end, preserving their bright colors, amusing graphics, and wide-ranging designs. You’ll return to those nostalgic days at the Museum’s special exhibit of over 30 vintage state tablecloths from a private collection.

postcard-memories-of-megler-courtesy-of-cphm

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Visiting in December,2016, or early 2017? The summer’s Memories of Megler exhibit will return by popular demand. The exhibit traces the Columbia River’s transition from the era of steamboats and ferries to the opening of the Astoria-Megler Bridge in 1966. The exhibit features photographs, newspaper articles, and personal accounts by local residents of riding the ferries and watching the building of the Bridge.

So don’t wait to plan your own road trip to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, just a scenic 45 minute drive over the Astoria-Meglar Bridge and along the coast to Ilwaco, WA. Book your stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast soon, and get behind the wheel for a cruise down memory lane to those nostalgic days of mid-20th century America.

Tabletop Tourism: Picturing America
Dates: October 21, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Memories of Megler
Dates: December 10, 2016 – February, 2017

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake St Ilwaco, WA 98624
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday – Saturday Closed Sunday and Monday
Phone: 360-642-3446 Email: pr@cphm-ilwaco.org

Admission: $5.00 Adults, $4.00 Seniors (+55), $2.50 Children (12-18), Children under 12 Free Thursdays are FREE for all thanks to the Port of Ilwaco?

Astoria’s Ghost Stories: Liberty Theater & Flavel House

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Whether or not you believe spirits may linger in the historic buildings of Astoria, visitors’ thoughts often turn to possible ephemeral inhabitants as Halloween approaches. Since Astoria boasts over two centuries of history, it’s no wonder visitors may learn about ghostly residents who haunt places like the historic Liberty Theatre and the Flavel family’s 19th century mansion.

Although Astoria’s Liberty Theatre hosted entertainers like Duke Ellington, Jack Benny, and Guy Lombardo in the past, it’s the spirit of ‘Handsome Paul’ that many people believe lingers on today. Nattily dressed in white tuxedo and Panama hat for his unending nights out, performers and crews sometimes hear him slamming doors, rattling knobs, or making strange noises. Who knows if it’s his way of applauding or booing the production? What’s a night at the theater without refreshments, so it’s said that sometimes Paul turns on the popcorn machine and soda fountain for a late night snack, and leaves them running for employees to find in the morning. Why not take a virtual tour of Handsome Paul’s haunts on the theatre’s website?

Apparently, spirits of the Flavel family still share their elegant mansion in Astoria with today’s visitors to the Flavel House Museum. Captain George Flavel, a prominent bar pilot and businessman, built the Victorian home in 1884-5, and moved in with his wife Mary Christiana and two adult daughters, Nellie and Katie (Clastop County Historical Society).  In 1934, great-granddaughter Patricia Jean Flavel gave their home to the city of Astoria as a memorial to her family, so perhaps the original occupants feel their ethereal presence is essential. Tales of hauntings in the Flavel House abound. Phantom voices and music may sometimes be heard in the music room, where the talented Nellie and Katie often performed recitals, and the apparition of Captain George Flavel has been reported in his second floor bedroom. Other specters of the family may be sensed in the bedrooms as well – a floral scent, and closed curtains being opened when no one is present.

Whether or not you believe the tales of Liberty Theater’s phantom and the Flavel ancestors, don’t be haunted by postponing your visit to Astoria. A lively welcome always awaits you when you stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast on Exchange Street, in the heart of the National Historic District. You’re less than a block to the Flavel House Museum and only seven blocks from the Liberty Theatre. Haunted or not, both are among Astoria’s best attractions. The Museum is open daily, and for the schedule of events at the Theatre, visit their Facebook page. We’re waiting for your call from ‘beyond’ – Astoria, that is!

Flavel House Museum
441 8th St, Astoria, OR 97103
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Phone: (503) 325-2203

Liberty Theatre
1203 Commercial St, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-5922

Seek Buried Treasure at Astoria Talking Tombstones 2016

Dead men (and women) talking? It’s true at Talking Tombstones, an annual living history event when interpreters bring people buried in the cemetery ‘back to life’ by portraying their past lives the historic Astoria, Oregon region. This year, the Clatsop County Historical Society is partnering with the Seaside Museum to present Talking Tombstones XIII, Buried Treasure, at Evergreen Cemetery, Seaside, Oregon on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 1 pm until dusk. Who knows what former residents will appear from their graves to tell you about their lives in the first seaside resort in Oregon, a major tourist attraction of the Pacific Northwest for over a century?

Tombstone photo with greenery background by Adrian Moran on UnSplash https://unsplash.com/@adrianmoranThey may be women or men, famous citizens, infamous scoundrels, or residents remembered by their descendants alone. They may have come from many walks of life – a hotel owner, a midwife, or an excursion boat captain – but their different journeys brought all of them to this part of the Pacific Northwest in the past. Who knows what buried treasure they were seeking?

You’ll only find out who appears if you join hundreds of visitors who come to listen to the life stories of these early residents who lie beneath tombstones often noting no more than name, birth, and death. You’ll need to spend time chatting with all the spirits who appear from the past, so be sure to arrive by 3 pm, since spirits begin to fade away as the sun sets over the Pacific and dusk falls over the cemetery.

Seaside is a scenic half hour drive down the Oregon coast from Astoria, and there’s plenty to fill your day there, from a visit to Arcadia Beach State Recreation Area, to feeding the seals at the Seaside Aquarium, to the Seaside Museum, where exhibits show over 2,000 years of the town’s heritage, including a diorama depicting Seaside in 1899. So book your room at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast now, and make plans to seek friendly Seaside spirits and their buried treasure this Halloween season.

Talking Tombstones XIII: Buried Treasure
Evergreen Cemetery, Beerman Creek Rd, Seaside, OR 97138
Date: October 30, 2016 Time: 1:00 PM – Dusk
Dampness doesn’t bother the deceased at all, so you can expect spirits to be  present rain or shine
Admission: FREE
Sponsored by Astoria Granite Works

2016 Astoria International Film Festival: Oct. 21-23

silhouette of film maker against golden sky with clouds

Photo: Astoria International Film Festival

Calling all movie buffs to the 10th Astoria International Film Festival, October 21-23, 2016! Now in its 10th year, the Astoria International Film Festival brings the talents of independent filmmakers from around the world to the Oregon coast for this unique event. The Festival offers audiences a curated viewing experience of documentary, dramatic, and short films in the intimate setting of Astoria’s historic vaudeville-style Liberty Theater. In this distinctive setting, they not only have opportunities to view and learn about the films, but also have the privilege of meeting with filmmakers and discussing their works.

Although the Festival draws international attention, part of the program also showcases outstanding works of filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. The 2015 Festival’s world premiere of Voyagers Without Trace by Oregon filmmaker Ian McCluskey and the Northwest premiere of Black Road by Oregonian Gary Lundgren, will both be featured again this year. For this year’s 10 Year Anniversary Commemoration program, visit the AIFF website. It promises an “Intelligently and thoughtfully curated marquee of films, some major coups, unheard of for a film festival of this intimate size.”

Film lovers shouldn’t miss this “One-of-kind opportunity to see some world-class films alongside the works of Oregon filmmakers.” (Kate Giese, The Daily Astorian, Coast Weekend Arts & Entertainment).  Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located just a five minute walk from both the Liberty Theater and Imogen Gallery, so give us a call and book your stay.

Main Theater: Liberty Theater
1203 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-5922
Artwalk Reception: RiverSea Gallery
1160 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-1270

Tickets
Liberty Theater Box Office 1203 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-5922
Box Office Open Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00-6:00 pm

Astor St. Opry: Fall 2016 Show is Barefoot in the Park

astor-streetAstor Street Opry Company returns to their historic Uniontown district playhouse the weekends of October 7-22, 2016, with its fall production of Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon. Lisa Fergus directs the local four-person cast in this romantic comedy. Get ready to travel back in time to the 1960s and across the continent to New York, where you’ll spend your evening with newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter at their brownstone apartment. You’ll laugh as the two young lovers navigate the stumbling blocks of learning to live together, when it seems that anything that can go wrong does, and a surprise visit from the mother-in-law adds to the conflicting family emotions.

man holding woman on left, man sitting on right

Photo: Marcus Brown

October brings fall weather to Oregon, making it the perfect month to plan a weekend getaway at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast and take in the Astor Street Opry Company’s autumn production. You’ll have plenty of extra time to enjoy some shopping, antiquing, or even strolling barefoot in Astoria’s parks, so don’t wait to reserve your stay at our bed and breakfast and your tickets for the show.

Astor Street Opry Company
129 West Bond Street, Uniontown, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-6104
E-mail: info@astorstreetoprycompany.com

Performances
Friday & Saturdays at 7 pm: October 6-7, October 14-15, October 21-22, 2016
Sunday at 2 pm: October 16, 2016
Tickets: $7 – $16
The house opens 30 minutes before each performance
Purchase tickets online http://astorstreetoprycompany.com/purchase-tickets/, by phone (leave message with name, phone number, date and number of tickets required) or by mail (send check to Astor Street Opry Company, P.O. BOX 743, Astoria, OR 97103 at least 1 week prior performance)

Production sponsored by Mossy Tech, L.J. Allen Construction and Bogh Electric.

Astoria OR: 2016 Great Columbia Crossing 10K Walk/Run

You can drive across the Astoria-Megler Bridge any day of the year, but there’s only one day when you can run or walk across – race day this year is Sunday, October 16, 2016!  Take the challenge of the Great Columbia Crossing 10K Walk/Run, where everyone is welcome, from experienced runners to casual walkers, singles and families. Whatever your age – just a babe in a stroller or a nonagenerian with many crossings behind you, there’s a category for you. Age groups for men and women include 15 categories from 19 and under to 90 and over.

Man & woman running in Great Columbia Crossing Race over Astoria-Megler Bridge

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the bridge and the 35th annual Great Columbia Crossing. You begin at Dismal Nitch in Washington (named by Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, when fierce winds and high waves trapped them along the rocky shoreline for six long days). The 10K course covers fairly flat terrain along routes WA 401 and US 101, except for one steep incline to the peak of the bridge. There, 200 feet above the water, unique views of the scenic Columbia River Basin below are your hard-earned reward. Then it is downhill toward the Riverwalk and Basin Street finish line in Astoria, conquering the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.

When you reach the finish line, you’ll be ready for lots of pampering, and what better place for post-race comfort than Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast. Those last steps of the race will bring you to just over a mile from the bed and breakfast, and your personal ‘spa’ where you’ll be ready to indulge in your room’s luxury bath linens and accessories, spa robes, and down bedding. Then it will be time to relax on a balcony with a view of the river you’ve just conquered, or enjoy the inn’s beautiful gardens. If your whole family is planning on the Crossing, book the inn’s Moose Lodge with its Riverview Suites. This historic house on the inn’s grounds is the perfect choice for larger parties and families with children.

Great Columbia Crossing 10K Walk/Run
October 16, 2016
The Great Columbia Crossing 10k Walk/Run is an OFFICIAL USA Track & Field Certified Event. Please visit the Great Columbia Crossing website for additional information and to register for the event.

Registration
Opens May 1 – closes at maximum of 3,500 participants; NO race day registration
Basic registration fee: $40; chip timing upgrade: $5
Children ages 8 to 17 must register as a participant. Children younger than 8 will also be allowed to participate, but do not need to register. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Registration Includes:
Parking
Shuttle bus service to start of race
Bib number
Light snacks at finish
5 “Clam Bucks” redeemable at participating Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce businesses Oct. 13-19, 2016
T-Shirt: $15 additional

Schedule
Shuttle buses depart from Port of Astoria to Dismal Nitch State Park 5:30 – 8:00 am
Shuttle buses depart from Port of Chinook to Dismal Nitch State Park 6:30 – 8:15 am
Runners start: 8:45 am Walkers start: 9:00 am
Shuttle buses depart Port of Astoria for Port of Chinook: 11:00 – 11:45 am

Pacific Northwest Breakfasts: Our specialty in Astoria

Inidividual iron skillets with dutch pancake topped with strawberries; skillets on blue & white check platesSeptember is ‘Better Breakfast Month’, and there’s no better way to celebrate the occasion than enjoying the local Pacific Northwest specialties Judith is serving this fall at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast.  Some local ingredients you’ll find on her menu include salmon, crab, wild mushrooms, all kinds of berries, and fruits such as pear, peach, and apple. The menu changes daily, based on what is best in season.

You’ll awaken from a refreshing night’s sleep to the delicious scents of scones or muffins baking and freshly ground gourmet coffee brewing. Choose from a selection of juices and coffee, a dozen kinds of teas, or Judith’s homemade hot chocolate while you watch breakfast preparations in the B&B’s gourmet open kitchen. Your first course features seasonal fruit from the area, perhaps baked pears or a plum or peach crisp garnished with vanilla yogurt.

More of the Pacific Northwest’s autumn bounty inspires your main course. Some of Judith’s  savory specialties include Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict and a Spinach Frittata with Wild Mushrooms and Goat Cheese. Oregon is famous for its fruits, so perhaps her Baked Stuffed French Toast with Caramelized Apples or famous Buttermilk Cornmeal and Oatmeal Pancakes with Oregon Blueberries will be on the menu. Baked treats such as petite raspberry muffins, scones, or buttermilk coffeecake complete your unique Pacific Northwest feast.

You’ll never find a better place to experience the bounty of the farms, orchards, rivers and ocean that surround Astoria, and celebrate the ‘most important meal of the day’. Book your stay at our bed and breakfast, and you’ll enjoy Pacific Northwest breakfasts you’ll never forget any month of the year!

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