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Astoria Coffee Shops with a Columbia River View

April 24th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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

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

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

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

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

Fort Clatsop Fort to Sea Trail- Great Hike near Astoria

April 20th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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

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

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

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

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

Visit Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum

March 23rd, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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!

Astoria’s Ghost Stories: Liberty Theater & Flavel House

October 27th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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

The Astoria-Megler Bridge Turns 50 August 27, 2016

August 25th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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

August 18th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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 12th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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

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

July 28th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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
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