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!

Washington’s 2016 Water Music Festival: Musical Palette

2016 Water Music Festival Musical Palette - Waves photo by Kris Guico on Unsplash https://unsplash.com/@krisguicoWhat 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: mailto:clatsop41@yahoo.com 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
e-mail: cchs@cumtux.org

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