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 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

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

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, 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.

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:
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

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!

Washington’s 2016 Water Music Festival: Musical Palette

2016 Water Music Festival Musical Palette - Waves photo by Kris Guico on Unsplash better place for the Water Music Festival than Washington’s Pacific Coast? You’ll  listen to the artistic strains of jazz, guitar, and classical piano, as well as the sounds of the surf, at this year’s festival, Musical Palette, on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 2016. Friday’s evening concert and Saturday’s afternoon and evening concerts are held at three different venues along the Long Beach Peninsula, all less than 40 miles from Astoria, Oregon, and Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast. Tickets for individual performances may be purchased online at the Water Music Festival website.

Friday evening, October 14, 2016, features the highly regarded jazz group Pearl Django with guest vocalist Gail Pettis, recently named Northwest Vocalist of the Year. You’ll swing to their two decade repertoire of both original compositions and jazz classics at Ilwaco, just a 15 minute drive over the Astoria-Megler Bridge from Astoria.
Admission: $35 Social Hour: 6:30 pm  Concert: 7:30 pm
Venue:  Inn at Harbour Village, Ilwaco  120 Williams Avenue NE  Ilwaco, WA 98624
Phone:  (360) 642-0087

Saturday afternoon, October 15, 2016, you’ll enjoy the 50 minute drive up the Long Beach Peninsula to Ocean Park, WA, to hear Cavatina Duo at the historic Oysterville Church. The duo of Eugenia Moliner, flute, and Denis Azabagic, guitar, have performed world-wide to critical reviews of both their sophisticated style and technical artistry.
Admission: $30 Concert: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue:  Oysterville Church, 33590 Territory Road, Ocean Park, WA , 98640

Saturday evening, October 15, 2016, you can venture a little farther up the coast to scenic Ledbetter Farms in Ocean Park, and listen to the poetic notes of Tien Hsieh, renowned classical pianist. Winner of major piano competitions, she is known for her personal warmth and sense of humor as well as her superb performances with symphonies and at festivals across the country, as well as in Germany, Hungary, and China. Her most recent CD is entitled Bach & Beethoven: Mostly Transcriptions 2.
Admission: $45 Social Hour: 6:00 pm  Concert: 7:00 pm
Venue:  Leadbetter Farms  35710 I Place Ocean Park, Washington, 98640

Astoria and surrounding areas host many events on the weekend of October 14-16, 2016, so don’t wait to purchase your Water Music Festival tickets and reserve your stay at our B&B soon!

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup – September 23-25 2016

Calling all beer lovers for the 15th annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup in Astoria, Oregon’s Historic District on the last weekend in September.  Named “Best Beer Festival” by The Oregonian, it features many northwest breweries, plus live music as eclectic as the brews, and food to clear your palette while you sample. Admission to the Festival is free, but to taste beer you need to buy a souvenir mug and tokens for sampling.

2016 Pacific Northwest Brew Cup with image of two bottles at bottom leftYou’ll find over forty beers and ciders from across the Pacific Northwest at the Brew Cup this year.  Oregon brewers include Astoria Brewing Company, Buoy Beer Company, Fort George Brewery and Public House, FOTM Brewing, Pfriem Family Brewers, Two Towns Ciderhouse, and Seaside Brewing. Washington brewers include North Jetty Brewing, and the 2015 winners of both “Thar She Blows” and People’s Choice honors. Last year, Prodigal Son Brewing’s Huckleberry Wheat was the People’s Choice, and Walking Man Brewing’s  Black Cherry Stout was the first keg to go.

Don’t miss seeing which keg is the first to blow in the 2016 “Thar She Blows” contest, and voting for your favorite brew in the People’s Choice Award.  You may do some serious tasting to decide your vote, so you’ll want to stay within walking distance of the festival (located just east of the Columbia River Maritime Museum). There’s no better choice than Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast on Exchange Street. You’ll be less than a 15 minute walk from the festival, so book your weekend now, and get ready to lift your mug at the Pacific NW Brew Cup – a beer connoisseur’s (beeroisseur’s) delight.

15th Annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup
Barbey Center, east of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, OR 97103
(Festival also may be accessed by vehicle or the Astoria Riverfront Trolley)
September 23-25, 2016
Friday: 12 pm – 10 pm
Saturday:  11 am – 10 pm
Sunday:  11 am – 4 pm

Admission: Free
Guests wishing to purchase a mug and sample beers must have their ID checked to verify they are of legal drinking age.
Souvenir tasting mugs are $9.00 Tokens are $1.00 each (a 4 oz pour) 3 tokens = a full beer

2016 Astoria Finnish Brotherhood Salmon Dinner and Heritage Exhibit

The Finnish Brotherhood annually hosts a traditional Salmon Dinner, celebrating their rich heritage.  This year they will once again gather on September 10, 2016 in the Uniontown Historic District of Astoria, Oregon.

Row of fishing boats anchored in harbor text: Finnish Brotherhoold Salmon Dinner

Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

If you stroll through the Uniontown neighborhood of Astoria, you’ll see the proud legacy of the many Finnish immigrants who swelled Oregon’s population in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. In fact, so many Finnish families arrived over a century ago that they became the largest group of immigrants in the city, and Astoria sometimes was called the “Helsinki of the West”.

The United Finnish Kaleva Brotherhood & Sisterhood, formed in 1887, still boasts over 200 members and sponsors the Heritage Salmon Dinner, Saturday, September 10, 2016.. The Dinner, together with the Finnish Heritage Exhibit, honor the Finns’ expertise in commercial and sport fishing in the lower Columbia River. For the Exhibit, local descendants share family pictures and possessions that illustrate the ideals and traditions of these early Finnish settlers. Almost all of them were fisherman or worked in the fish packing plants.

Make plans to dine September 10,  when the salmon will be served fresh off the boat at Suomi Hall in historic Uniontown. (Suomi is the word for Finland or the Finnish language). Only 100 tickets will be sold, so make your plans now for the Dinner and your stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast. Suomi Hall, near the waterfront, is a pleasant walk or just a five minute drive from the inn. What better way to welcome fall than with dining on Oregon’s famous salmon, learning about Finnish-American culture, and enjoying a relaxing weekend getaway in Astoria?

Finnish Brotherhood Salmon Dinner & Finnish Heritage Exhibit
Date: September 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Suomi Hall, Uniontown Historic District
244 W Marine Drive, Astoria, Oregon 97103
Admission: $20 (only 100 tickets available)
Advance purchase $18: Phone 503-861-2400
Email contact: Subject: Finnish Brotherhood Salmon Dinner & Finnish Heritage

The Astoria-Megler Bridge Turns 50 August 27, 2016

Imagine Astoria’s waterfront without the Astoria-Megler Bridge. That’s what you would have seen 50 years ago while you waited to take the half-hour ferry ride across the river to Washington state. If the weather was bad, you couldn’t even take the ferry! That’s why everyone celebrated the construction of the longest continuous truss bridge in North America, and is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary today.  The four-mile-long bridge, one lane in each direction, spans the Columbia River from Astoria to Point Ellice at Megler, WA. 

Astoria-Megler Bridge over Columbia River

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Over 30,000 people watched Governors Mark Hatfield of Oregon and Dan Evans of Washington cut the ceremonial ribbon on August 27, 1966. This ambitious project cost $24 million in 1966, the equivalent of $175 million today. Over 7,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day – can you imagine how many ferry trips that would be? Bad weather isn’t a problem now – the bridge was built to withstand 150 mph wind gusts and a river water speed of 9 mph to tame the “Graveyard of the Pacific”.

Help celebrate the birthday of this final segment of U.S. 101 between Olympia, WA, and Los Angeles, CA. on your visit to Astoria this summer. Be sure to cross the bridge and visit the special exhibit  “Memories of Megler” at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. It’s just a scenic half-hour drive up U.S. 101 from the bridge to Ilwaco, WA.  Historic photographs and first person memories will take you back in time to see the end of the ferry era and the beginning of contemporary auto travel on U.S. 101.

So don’t miss saying ‘Happy Birthday’ to what once was called “The Bridge to Nowhere’, but this year is celebrated as “The Bridge to Everywhere”. Book your stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast today – the special exhibit closes October 2, 2016.

Special Exhibit: “Memories of Megler” July 29 to October 2, 2016
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake St., Ilwaco WA 98624
Phone: 360-642-3446
Open: Tuesday – Saturday Hours: 10 am – 4 pm

Lewis and Clark’s Fort Clatsop Free August 25-28, 2016

The National Park Service celebrates its centennial August 25, 2016, and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park invites everyone to the party with free admission to the Park August 25-28, September 24, and November 11, 2016. You’ll travel back another century beyond the 1916’s centennial when you visit Fort Clatsop in the Park, back to the winter of 1805-6 when the Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean that December. The men quickly built Fort Clatsop by the Columbia River as their winter encampment before returning East in the spring.  The successful Expedition, charged to study Indian tribes, botany, geology Western terrain and wildlife, marked a turning point in the history of the United States.

Fort Clatsop: log fort with trees behind

Photo: Lewis & Clark National Historic Park

At the Visitor’s Center you’ll learn about the background and details of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and how they survived their winter on the Pacific coast.  You’ll also learn about the Native American tribes living in the area and their history.  From the Visitor’s Center, take the short walk to the fort itself, recreated according to the original plans. Park Rangers in period buckskin costumes will tell you about the fort, and demonstrate skills essential to the Expedition, such as lighting a fire with flint or firing a gun.

Ever wonder how Fort Clatsop got its name? The Clatsop are a small tribe of Chinookan-speaking Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. In the early 19th century they inhabited an area of the northwestern coast of present-day Oregon from the mouth of the Columbia River south to Tillamook Head, Oregon. (source: Wikipedia)

History buffs, don’t miss this opportunity to travel back to the days of Lewis and Clark and experience the challenges they faced. Reserve your stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast, just a short 10 minute drive from the Park, and when you return from your visit in the 19th century to the 21st, you’ll be in the heart of historic Astoria, with its shops, restaurants, and waterfront.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Road Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-861-2471
Regular Entrance Fees (ages 16+) $5 per person
FREE August 25-28, 2016
FREE September 24, 2016
FREE November 11, 2016


Fill Your Picnic Basket at the Astoria Co-op Grocery

August is National Picnic Month, a perfect time to lounge on a knoll or the beach, take in a scenic view, and treat yourselves to the bounty of summer’s harvests. It’s as easy as cherry pie when your late summer getaway is to Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast in Astoria.

Vegetable display of red and green cabbages, tomatoes, etc.Your picnic fare can be waiting for you just a five minute stroll down Exchange Street at the Astoria Co-op Grocery, where you will find locally grown ‘fresh foods that are good for you and the planet”. You don’t need to be a member – all hungry shoppers are welcome! Their grab-and-go deli can supply you with a great selection of wraps, sandwiches, salads, and more, plus a soup of the day made from scratch. There always are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices available. An Astoria landmark for over 40 years, the Co-op was recently named Best Grocery Store by the Coast Weekend’s Reader’s Choice Awards. The Co-op works directly with as many farmers and producers as possible, so you have choices of produce, meats, breads, hummus, and tempting treats from nearly 100 local suppliers.

Now that you have your picnic goodies, it’s time to choose your picnic spot with a scenic view. You’re in luck, with so many options in the area. For a spectacular view over the city, the Astoria Column on Coxcomb Hill in the heart of Astoria is your choice. It’s a 5 minute drive or a 25-minute walk from the inn or the Co-op. Your hilltop perspective gives you views of the Coast Range, Young’s Bay, the Columbia River, and even the ocean in the distance. There are picnic tables and restrooms, and after your picnic, you can hike the Cathedral Tree Trail.

If you’d rather have your scenic view at sea-level, head for the Pacific Ocean at Sunset Beach, less than a 20 minute drive from the B&B. Take the boardwalk to your picnic site on the beach, where you’ll have views toward Cape Disappointment in the north and Ecola State Park in the south. For a pre-picnic hike here, there’s the historic Fort-to-Sea Trail. There’s no better place to celebrate National Picnic Month than Astoria, so make your reservation at the inn and get ready to pack your picnic basket now!

Astoria Co-op Grocery
1355 Exchange St., Astoria, OR 97103
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
Phone: 503-325-0027

Astoria Column
Coxcomb Hill, Astoria, OR 97103
Hours: Monday-Friday  9:00 am to 5:30 pm Saturday-Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Phone: 503-325-2963
Free access to Column   Parking: Limited, $5 per vehicle for a one-year pass

Sunset Beach State Recreation Site
US 101, Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, Warrenton, OR 97146
Free access to Recreation Area, Free Parking

Plan to Tour Astoria’s Legendary ‘Other’ Flavel House

FlavelHouseHistory and architecture buffs take note – Astoria’s ‘Other’ Flavel  House will be open for a tour on Sunday, August  14, 2016, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.  In contrast to the well-known  Flavel House Museum, the ‘Other’ Captain George Flavel Home on 15th Street had fallen into disrepair during the past 25 years when it stood vacant.  The new owner, Greg Newenhof, has begun restoring it to its original stately elegance after the long years of neglect, and you can view his progress.

The mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1901 by Captain Flavel and is an important piece of Astoria’s history. The Captain’s son, Harry Flavel, inherited the home, and lived there with his wife, son, and daughter. Legends about the reclusive son, known for his erratic actions, still haunt the home. Nicknamed ‘Hatchet Harry’ because in a fit of anger, he once chopped up the mansion’s wooden banister with a hatchet, he was convicted of stabbing a passerby in 1983. When he exhausted all appeals in 1990, he abandoned his home, becoming a fugitive from justice. After Harry’s death years later, black mourning bunting is said to have appeared mysteriously on the balcony of the abandoned mansion.

The Clatsop County Historical Society will present this special tour with sponsorship by the City Lumber Company. It is the public’s first chance to view the past year’s progress in the mansion’s interior, although it will be years before the grand lady’s transformation is complete. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Flavel House Museum’s Carriage House Visitor Center, 714 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR.

Don’t miss your chance to visit Astoria the weekend of August 13-14, 2016, your only chance to tour the ‘Other’ Flavel House, plus enjoy the Astoria Regatta and the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Make your reservations now for your stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast, and you’ll be close to Regatta events, and  just a 10 minute walk from the ‘Other’ Flavel House.

Captain George Flavel Home Tour
627 15th Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Admission: $25 for non-members of the Historical Society; $10 for members
Phone: 503-325-2203

Grab a Paddle in OR to Celebrate Park Service’s 100th

Netul River with grassy banks, mountain in distance

Photo: Lewis and Clark National Historic Park

You want to getaway to Oregon’s coast before summer ends, and the National Park Service gives you a perfect excuse. Citizens should support their Centennial this August, and what better place to choose than Astoria’s Lewis and Clark National Historic Park? Staying at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast puts you right in downtown Astoria, with all its restaurants and shops, and only a 10 minute drive from the Park. Plan a morning or afternoon to enjoy a leisurely paddle along the river, guided by a Park Ranger. The Lewis and Clark River Trail is a gentle, one and one-half mile meander along the river, where you can still see many of the sites viewed by those famous explorers. Imagine them drifting past the same lush riverbanks and evergreens, watching playful river otters along the stream or bald eagles soaring overhead. You’ll experience a unique perspective of the National Historic Park during this three-hour excursion in two-person watercraft, including both natural and cultural insights from your Ranger. After you debark at Netul Landing, you can continue your historical journey at the Visitor Center at Fort Clatsop.

The National Park Service offers Paddle Tours once a day Thursday through Sunday until September 4, 2016. Due to changing tides, tours begin as early as 7 am and a sunset one as late as 6 pm. The Park Service provides the two-person watercraft, paddles, and life jackets. A mandatory safety and boat use orientation is required at the beginning of the tour. Reservations are required and are on a first-come first-served basis. Please visit Lewis and Clark River Paddle Tours for the detailed information about tour departure times each day, necessary items to bring, and making reservations. The tour is free with park admission (16 and older: $5 per person; a variety of annual and regional passes also are available).
August is almost here, and space on the River Paddle Tours is limited, so make your reservations for the tour and your stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast without delay!
Lewis and Clark River Paddle Tours at
Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, OR 97103
Paddle reservations: Visit website or phone 503-861-4425

Astoria OR Artists Showcase Work in Open Studio Tour

Astoria Open Studio Tour July 30-31 10 am - 4 pmMake plans to discover the talents and diversity of Astoria, Oregon’s arts community when artists welcome you into their studios from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, 2016. Their sixth annual Astoria Open Studio Tour showcases 47 different artists who are waiting to greet you and discuss their art and sources of inspiration. You’ll meet both professional artists and emerging talent who work in all kinds of media – sculptors, painters, fiber artists, potters, photographers, and more. You will see works in progress as well as finished pieces for sale, and learn what has drawn different artists to this beautiful location.
The Tour is self-guided and self-paced, allowing you time to watch live demonstrations as well as engage with the artists at the different studios and locations throughout the peninsula. Before you begin, be sure to visit the Astoria Visual Arts’ 2016 Open Studio Tour web page, where you will find a map, information about each of the artists participating in the 2016 Tour, their biographies, and examples of their creations. The Open Studio Tour website currently features the work of participants in the 2015 Tour.
The tour guide and map, which includes the 24 locations and all of the participating artists, is available on the Astoria Visual Arts website and at several gallery locations in Astoria. Best of all, you’ll find a number of the Open Studio Tour locations are clustered within an easy 5 to 10 minute walk from Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast on Exchange Street. Book your weekend stay at our B&B the last weekend in July and you’ll find yourself perfectly located for the Tour!
2016 Open Studio Tour
Astoria, Oregon
July 30-31, 2016  10:00am – 4:00 pm

2016 Astoria OR Regatta Sails into Port August 10-14

Get ready for parades on land and sea, concerts, fireworks, local foods and brews, entertainment, and the Regatta Sailboat Races, of course! This year the Astoria Regatta’s theme is Bridge to Everywhere, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Astoria–Megler Bridge, spanning the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.Drawing of bridge overlaying ship's wheel announcing 2016 Astoria Regatta: Bridge to Everywhere

Be sure to make your reservations to arrive by Friday, August 12, 2016. After being welcomed to the B&B, your Regatta weekend can begin with Friday’s Regatta in the Park Concert at Warrenton City Park. Saturday morning, you can linger at the B&B after savoring Judith’s Pacific Northwest cuisine for breakfast, since you’re less than a block away from the route of the Grand Land Parade. It’s the oldest of its kind west of the Rocky Mountains. After the Parade passes you by, it’s an easy stroll to Regatta Square, official headquarters of the Regatta, on your way to watch the afternoon’s sailboat races. You may not be hungry after your multi-course breakfast, but the Square’s BBQ and local brews in the Beer Garden are likely to tempt you while you enjoy the music and performances.


Sailboat in front of Astoria-Megler Bridge

Logo & Photo by Scott Docherty

You can’t come to the Regatta without watching the Astoria Yacht Club’s Sailboat Races. On Saturday, they will be east of the Megler bridge, just blocks from your B&B. Then enjoy a stroll along the Astoria Riverwalk while you wait for high tide and the Highwater Boat Parade as the evening begins, and end your day with the Fireworks Show over the river.

Sunday, your morning is free to explore the Sunday Market, where Steel Wool, a folk rock band, will be entertaining on the music stage, take a ride on the Riverfront Trolley, or visit another of Astoria’s many attractions before the Regatta Sailboat Races resume west of the bridge in the afternoon. The Regatta closes with a Pops Concert presented by the Columbia River Symphony.

Staying at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast gives you the perfect location to enjoy the Regatta, just blocks away from these Saturday activities, so be sure to make your reservations early for this annual event! For a complete schedule of 2016 events and their locations, visit the Astoria Regatta’s website.

Don’t Miss Oregon’s Astoria Sunday Market!

When your stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast includes a Sunday in summer or autumn, be sure to plan a visit to Astoria’s Sunday Market. Unlike the many Saturday farmers’ and artisans’ markets, Astoria’s popular gathering place opens on Sundays only from 10 am to 3 pm. The second Sunday in May until the second Sunday in October, you’ll find thousands of locals and visitors alike strolling the four blocks in the historic downtown district. 

Crowded open-air street market bordered by Victorian buildings with Columbia River and hills on far shore in background

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Sunday Market features up to 200 vendors of products that have been grown, gathered, or created by local farmers and artisans. You’re likely to find birdhouses to blown glass, ceramics to a craft distillery, flowers to furniture, seasonal plants, produce, and more! You can be assured that vendors’ offerings have been reviewed by the Market for quality and authenticity. 

Even though you breakfasted in style at the B&B, the live music and choices from soup (salmon chowder) to nuts (roasted) in the Market’s food court will beckon you by afternoon. Linger at a picnic table while your feet tap to the sounds of ‘fresh locally-grown artists’ playing original music. You may hear anything from bluegrass to Celtic folk to jazz. Sunday Market’s website lists performers featured each Sunday.

Remember, after your Sunday morning breakfast feast of fresh juice, seasonal fruit compote, homemade sweets, and a main dish that might be Judith’s Blintz Soufflé with Blueberry Sauce or Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict with Asparagus, you’ll be ready for a little exercise. The five block walk to the Market and wandering through the many stalls is a perfect option for both shopping and entertainment. So when you make your plans for a weekend getaway in Astoria, your stay doesn’t have to end with your Sunday breakfast!

Get Shanghaied in Astoria July 7 – September 10 2016!

Need an excuse for a weekend getaway? Tell them you were Shanghaied in Astoria! ‘Part-vaudeville, part-soap opera, and part 1950’s style Hollywood musical’, this award-winning three-act melodrama has been entertaining audiences every summer for 32 years, and should be on your bucket list for 2016.

Shanghaied in Astoria cast in costume

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

So get ready to travel back in time to 1904, and Astoria’s Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, where Miss Virginia Sweet must be rescued from her guardian by the Norwegian hero, Eric Olson. You can cheer for the heroes, sigh with the heroine, and boo, hiss and throw popcorn at the villains while you enjoy a tale about Astoria’s infamous history. At intermission, belly up at the bar in Miss Vivian’s Saloon for refreshments if you wish – a local draft from Fort George Brewery, soft drinks, hot dogs, candy, and that essential popcorn, of course.

The Astor Street Opry Company is ready to Shanghai you Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons this summer.

July 7 – September 10, 2016
Evening performances
Box Office opens at 6:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm, and show time is 7:00 pm.

July 24, August 14, and August 28, 2016
Sunday Matinees
Box Office opens at 1:00 pm, doors at 1:30 pm, and show time at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $17 to $21 and can be purchased online or by calling the Shanghaied Ticket Hotline at 503-325-6104. Although tickets may be available at the door beginning one hour before each show, reservations are recommended.

We promise you won’t be Shanghaied when you come to Clementine’s – you’ll awaken in a delightfully comfy bed, and Judith’s breakfasts featuring the summer’s local bounty will reassure you that you are right here in Astoria and not in a bunk on a ship bound for parts unknown! Book now for an entertaining adventure and a tale you can tell on Monday morning.

Last Minute July 4th 2016 Getaway Events in Astoria OR

fireworks displayStep back in time from 2016 to days gone by and enjoy some old-fashioned Independence Day celebrations all weekend long in Astoria, Oregon with a parade, fireworks, American Heroes concert, BBQ, and more. You can get in the spirit Saturday afternoon, July 2nd by tasting ‘Wines for July 4th Holiday BBQs’ at The Cellar on 10th in the Astoria Underground from 1-4 pm.

Sunday, July 3, 2016, plan to enjoy Astoria’s Sunday Market (10 am – 3 pm) in the heart of Astoria’s historic downtown, just a five minute walk from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast. Brownsmead Flats will be performing on its Music Stage located in the Food Court.

Music continues Sunday evening with a traditional concert of patriotic music at the Liberty Theater celebrating ‘American Heroes’. The North Coast Jazz Ensemble will present pre-concert music at 7:00 pm; the concert by the North Coast Symphonic Band begins at 7:30 pm. Some of the instrumental selections will honor Abraham Lincoln, the Coast Guard, and the United States Space program. In addition, guest vocalists Andy and Rachel Becker will sing familiar patriotic songs and a medley ‘The Homefront: Musical Memories from WWII’. The concert is free (donations accepted). Tickets may be obtained at the Liberty Theater Box Office Phone: 503-325-2431 (open Wednesday – Saturday and 2 hours before curtain) or through TicketsWest (subject to a convenience charge) Phone: 800-992-8499.

Monday, July 4, you’ll continue your traditional celebration in Warrenton, less than 15 minutes away by the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, at their Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. There’s a Classic Car Show (11 am – 3 pm), and Volunteer Firefighters’ community Barbecue (noon – 3 pm). At 3 pm, be ready to ‘March through Time’, the theme for the 2016 Parade.

You’ll end your Independence Day celebration with Astoria’s fireworks display, Monday evening. So make your reservation now for an old-fashioned celebration and getaway to celebrate our nation’s birthday!

Oregon Presents: Astoria Music Festival 2016

Voted Oregon’s “Best Fine Arts Festival,” the Astoria Music Festival concert series includes over 100 performers, and features international vocalists and instrumentalists as featured artists.  The 2016 programs include symphonic and chamber music, opera, classic film and dance programs from June 17 – July 3, 2016, selected and conducted by Artistic Director Keith Clark. The Festival also features its Apprentice Artists June 29 – July 2, 2016.

conductor and string players performing

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Among the 2016 season’s highlights are:

  • Verdi’s Il Trovatore with Angela Meade and an all-star cast reprising her acclaimed Metropolitan Opera performance
  • Beethovan’s Symphony #3, Eroica
  • Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
  • Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro
  • NW Premier of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 4, based on David Bowie’s album “Heroes”, an Independence Day tribute to American Heroes

The orchestra is comprised of musicians from major American ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Oregon Symphony, and Portland Opera and Ballet Orchestras.

Some of the featured artists include:

  • Angela Meade, soprano, Metropolitan Opera
  • Richard Zeller, baritone,  Metropolitan Opera
  • Sergey Antonov, cello, Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist
  • Sarah Kwak, violin, Oregon Symphony concertmaster
  • James Van Valkenburg, viola, Detroit Symphony associate principal violist
  • Ilya Kazantsev, piano,  Chopin Competition gold medalist
  • Cary Lewis, piano, Director of Chamber Music at the Astoria Music Festival

Festival concerts are held in the historic Liberty Theater and several other Astoria venues. See the Astoria Music Festival website for complete schedule, featured artists, and ticket information. Ticket prices are specific to the concert or program.
By phone: 503-325-9896 or Online: TicketsWest
In person: Astoria Music Festival Office or Liberty Theater Box Office, Astoria, Oregon.

From Bach to Beethoven to Bowie, you’ll find  programs just right for you, so make your reservations with us now to experience this nationally recognized music festival set in the natural beauty of Astoria, Oregon.

Celebrate Astoria’s 2016 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

circle dance by women in Scandinavian costumes

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Make plans to celebrate summer this year in Astoria at the annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival June 17-19, 2016. You’ll be transported to the lands of the Midnight Sun for three days of Scandinavian music, dance, food, and traditional Midsummer activities including the Midsummer pole, Viking encampment, a Kubb demonstration and tournament (Scandinavian lawn game), and more. Instrumental folk trios from Denmark, Sweden, and Finland as well as the Nordleik of Poulsbo fiddlers, the Leikarringen of Portland, and the Nordic Viking Dancers of Astoria will perform all three days of the festival.

Retail booths feature handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods such as Danish donuts (aebleskiver), meatballs and red cabbage (frikadeller and rødkål), Norwegian waffle cookies (krumkaker), Swedish pea soup (ärtsouppa), and Finnish pancakes (pannukakku). The festival honors the cultural heritage of the many Scandinavian immigrants who settled in the Astoria, Oregon area beginning in the late nineteenth century. In 2017 it will celebrate 50 years of tradition thanks to their many descendants.

Location: Clatsop County Fairgrounds
(just 4 miles away from our B&B, less than a 10 minute drive)
Admission for all three days is $8 for adults; parking $2 per day or $5 all weekend.
Friday 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The complete schedule is available online.

Friday’s festivities include begin with live entertainment by trios Lydom, Bugge and Høirup from Denmark, Septentrio from Sweden, and Karuna from Finland and Sweden. You won’t want to miss the Torchlight Parade to the Bonfire and Hex Burning where throwing straw hexes into the fire will rid you of bad luck! Then you’ll be able to dance, whether a schottische, waltz or polka (or just listen) at the Queen’s Ball with music by Scandinavian Country of Astoria.

Booths open 2:00 – 6:30 pm
Beer Garden – Astoria Brewing Company’s microbrews, entertainment: 3:00 – 11 pm
Beef Dinner by Olney County Grange ($13): 4:30 pm until food runs out
Live entertainment 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Queen’s Coronation: 7:00 pm and Queen’s Ball: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Torchlight Parade and Bonfire: 8:00 pm

Saturday can begin by joining the Trolls for a walk or run, or just linger over breakfast with us. Scandinavian-themed entertainment begins at 10 am and continues throughout most of the day. The Festival Parade leads to the ceremonial Midsummer Pole raising with ring dancing. Afterwards, you can try your hand at Krub, the Scandinavian game that dates back 1,000 years. While you’re transported back in time, don’t miss the Empire of Chivalry and Steel’s Viking encampment with demonstrations of medieval crafts, tournaments, armor making, and combat arts. You’ll be able to indulge in the Viking Dinner buffet served by Scandinavian Café of Vancouver, WA, since the Dancer’s Ball, with Skolkis of Seattle providing the music, will keep your feet dancing.

Running of the Trolls – 1.5, 3.0, or 5.75 mile run/walk: 8:30 am
($25 includes choice of t-shirt or 3 day festival pass and Saturday parking)
Booths: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Live entertainment: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Empire of Chivalry and Steel’s Viking Encampment: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Festival Parade: 11:30 am and Midsummer Pole Raising: 12:00 pm
Beer Garden: 12:00 – 11 pm
Kubb Demonstration and Tournament: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Costume Parade: 5:00 pm
Viking Dinner ($15): 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Dancer’s Ball: 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Sunday, there’s so much to see and do that you’ll be glad you can still visit the Viking Encampment, enjoy the live entertainment, and visit booths before the festival closing ceremony at 4:00 pm.

Booths: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Empire of Chivalry and Steel’s Viking Encampment: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Non-denominational Church Service with Scandinavian music: 11:00 am
Live entertainment: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

You’ll need all three days to take in the festival, so plan to spend the weekend with us for an unforgettable Scandinavian getaway with no airfare required!

Great Fall Events

October is full of interesting artful and archeological events on the coast. Clatsop Community College has a class on printmaking. And they will open an exhibit by Seattle artist David Allison. At the Graveyard of the Pacific there will be a presentation on shipwreck archeology talking about the many ship remains in the area.
And of course, there will be the wine tasting at The Cellar for their weekly Saturday event. There is the monthly 2nd Saturday Art walk and the Astoria Sunday Market. Go to to get more information and book your room for a relaxing break from the daily grind.

Oregon Coast Activities

There are so many things to do on the Oregon Coast we cannot possibly list them all. From shopping at the outlet stores in Seaside, which is less than 30 minutes away from Astoria or hiking on the many trails in the area (you can search for your perfect length and difficulty at to crazy outdoor adventures like deep sea fishing or calm kayaking (

August Events in Astoria

The Oregon Coast is a great place for vacation! It stays nice and cool. The average temperature for July and August is 67 degrees. And there are some great activities for the month of August for everyone to enjoy:
The Sunday Market is in its fifteenth year and includes food, handmade crafts, locally grown fruits and veggies and live music.
The second Saturday of every month (August 8th) downtown Astoria hosts an Art Walk from 5 – 8 pm.
Aug. 5-8 The Astoria Regatta featuring parades, street fairs, a pancake breakfast, a softball tournament, a duck derby and a fireworks show
August 30 USAF Band of the Golden West Commanders Jazz Ensemble Concert

Book your room at Clementine’s online so you can experience one of these events on the wonderful coast of Oregon yourself!

Judith’s Greatest Pancakes

Recipe By : jtaylor/clementine’s B & B Kitchen
Serving Size : 16 Preparation Time :0:10
Categories : Breakfast
Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method

4 large eggs — beaten
4 cups old buttermilk
1 1/3 cups corn meal
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick oats
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups berry fruit (blue, raspberry, marion)

In medium bowl combine eggs, buttermilk and oil. In another bowl combine corn meal, flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar and mix well with fingers. Add fruit. Combine wet ingredients with dry just till mixed. Preheat skillet to high and spray with Pam. Drop 1/4 C batter onto griddle and cook till bubbles appear around edges, then flip and cook about 1 min. more. Don’t keep turning or they’ll be tough. Brush with melted butter. Keep on warm platter in low oven. Freezes well. Can easily cut recipe in half.

Clementine’s Stuffed Baked French Toast

Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Breakfast Egg Entree
Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method

2 loaves stale French bread — (about 3″ dia.)
8 ounces cream cheese — softened
16 ounces creamed cottage cheese
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon orange — zest
18 eggs
10 cups milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare large casserole (about 12″ x 18″). Slice bread sandwich style into 3/4″ slices. In food processor combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, powdered sugar and orange zest and process till smooth. Make sandwiches by spreading bread generously with stuffing and placing in casserole in upright position till full. In large bowl mix eggs and milk. Pour egg mixture over sandwiches and let stand at least 15 minutes or overnight. Turn each sandwich and let stand another 10 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes. Uncover and brush with butter. Continue to bake till golden brown and puffy and egg liquid is done. Remove and cool 10 minutes before serving. Serve with fresh berries and maple syrup or fresh fruit syrup. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Variations: Add thin slices of unpeeled apple; mix jam into stuffing, add banana and pineapple and serve with toasted coconut; delete sugar and use grated cheese and thin slices of ham in sandwiches. Toppings include maple syrup and chopped toasted pecans, fresh peach syrup.