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Hike to the Astoria Column on the Cathedral Tree Trail

September 30th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

sgraffito frieze on Astoria Column with blue sky and clouds in backgroundFall is a beautiful season for hiking in the Pacific Northwest, and Astoria offers the perfect combination of a short hike to enjoy our urban forest and a visit to the Astoria Column – hiking the Cathedral Tree Trail to one of Astoria’s most famous landmarks and its spectacular views. Of course, you can drive up Coxcomb Hill to the parking area for the Column, but the soft surface footpath offers the additional reward of a moderately easy 1.6 mile loop through Sitka spruce, western hemlock and alder to reach the Column. As you ascend through the woods, you will see interpretive signs explaining both the history of Lewis and Clark and native plants. The Cathedral Tree, for which the trail is named, is a 200 foot high Sitka spruce over 300 years old.

The Astoria Column is modeled after Trajan’s Column in Rome (A.D. 106). It’s sgraffito frieze celebrates three historic events at the mouth of the Columbia River: Captain Robert Gray’s explorations, the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and the arrival of the ship Tonquin to establish an outpost of the Pacific Fur Company. Scenes depicting these events spiral 125 feet from the base of the Column to just beneath its viewing platform.

view of Astoria, Astoria-Megler Bridge, Columbia River, WA state in distanceA narrow 166-step spiral staircase leads you up to the viewing platform. Your rewards are views of Astoria, the Astoria-Megler Bridge spanning the Columbia River, Young’s Bay and Young’s River, and the Coast Range beyond Saddle Mountain to the south and beyond Cape Disappointment to the north. In the distance, you may see the Pacific, and on a clear day, even Mount Olympus.

Descend from the Column to see a replica of Chief Coboway’s burial canoe on the Column grounds. The memorial honors the leader of the Clatsops, who was given Fort Clatsop as a parting gift by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1806.

You’ll find the Cathedral Tree Trailhead (and several parking spaces) at Irving Avenue and 28th Street, about a mile and a half from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast. Note that the trail is steep in some places, and may be muddy in wet weather, so footwear with good grip is advised. Detailed information about the trail is available on OregonHikers.org and Alltrails.com. The Column is among the most visited parks in the state of Oregon, so be sure to add it to your bucket list for Astoria, and reserve your stay at our bed and breakfast.

Photos courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Partial Solar Eclipse Astoria OR – August 21 2017

August 11th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

drawing of sun with partial solar eclipseAlthough Astoria is not in the path of totality for the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse, we will see a partial eclipse as the sun, moon and earth align so that the moon’s shadow blocks out the sun – NASA describes this phenomenon as a “celestial coincidence,” since the sun is about 400 times wider than the moon and about 400 times farther away. For extensive information about the eclipse, visit the websites of the Rice Space Institute and NASA.

Here in Astoria, the moon will block over 97% of the sun’s rays – 97.2% obscuration (the percentage of the sun’s area covered by the moon) and 97.3% magnitude (percentage of the sun’s diameter covered).  The eclipse begins here at 9:06 am PDT, and will reach its maximum at 10:18 am.  According to Travel Oregon, the sky will darken as if it’s overcast, and the moon’s silhouette will cover the sun leaving a glow of sunlight at the top. You may see the bright star Venus as well. The sun will emerge completely from the moon’s shadow at 11:37 am. The moon’s shadow will slow as it crosses the state, from about 3,400 miles per hour at the Pacific to 2,900 miles per hour as it reaches Idaho. To watch the path of the eclipse and a simulation of what you will experience in different locations, visit the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s website and select the location you wish to simulate.

Remember, even to observe a partial eclipse, you must use eclipse glasses with the ISO or CE mark on them certifying that they meet requirements for safely viewing the eclipse. The American Astronomical Society website lists brands available and retail locations. Glasses also may be obtained from the Oregon State Parks. To prevent damage to your retinas from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, wear these glasses for observation throughout the period of the eclipse, not just at the maximum period.

Unlike lodging in the immediate path of totality, Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast still has guest rooms and our extended stay Moose Suites available for August 20-22, as well as the preceding weekend. If you want to avoid the crowds in other parts of Oregon, it’s a perfect time to plan a late summer getaway to Astoria, whether you want to experience the eclipse, or just enjoy all our area in the Pacific Northwest has to offer, from great dining, shopping, and museums to hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.

OR Railfans – 2017 Clamshell Railroad Days July 15-16

July 11th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Celebrate the history of railroading in the Pacific Northwest at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s Clamshell Railroad Days, July 15-16, 2017. Railfans of all ages can tour the railroad’s Pullman coach, the NAHCOTTA, a typical passenger coach of the 1880s. The Peninsula Model Railroad Club, the Mt. Rainier N-Scale Club and the Portland Cascade Z-Scale Club Model will host model train displays. Kids will have fun at the Kids Craft Caboose and the Lego train as well.

Door to 1888 railroad coach with seats, hanging lights, boy standing at end of carFrom 1888 until 1930, the narrow gauge Clamshell Railroad provided the primary transportation along Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, from the Columbia River to Nahcotta, on Willapa Bay. Although it lacked any connections with outside rail lines, the railroad both linked the coastal communities, and transported local products such as oysters, cranberries, and timber, to ports where they could be shipped to outside markets. Schedules of the steamboats that met the train at its endpoints determined the time table for the “Irregular, Ramblin’ and Never-get-there Railroad”. Although the railroad ceased operations over 80 years ago, some landmarks along the train’s route can still be identified.

After the railroad ceased operation, the NAHCOTTA became a cottage in Seaview, Washington until the 1960s, when Henry Welzel acquired the coach and restored it over the next 30 years. Much of the original Eastlake-style oak woodwork remains; the Carter Brothers style seats are replicas of the originals. The Nahcotta came home to Ilwaco in 2003, where it rests next to the restored Ilwaco Freight Depot at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

The railfest is just across the Columbia River in Ilwaco, WA, conveniently located less than half an hour from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast in Astoria. Give us a call to book your weekend getaway, and you’ll enjoy our delicious gourmet breakfast to start your day, and have all of Astoria’s shops, galleries and restaurants nearby when you return from your day at on the rails.

Clamshell Railroad Days
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
Dates: July 15-16, 2017
Location: 115 SE Lake Street Ilwaco, WA 98624 Phone: 360-642-3446
Admission: $5.00 for adults including a souvenir pin and Museum entrance for 2 days, children under 12 free.
Photo courtesy of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Shanghaied in Astoria: July 6 – September 9 2017

July 6th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Did you know, a century ago you might have risked being Shanghied right here in Astoria – kidnapped “for the crew of a ship by unscrupulous means, as by force or the use of liquor or drugs” (www.dictionary.com)? Luckily, today, you’re just invited to an evening of fun and laughter. The Astor Street Opry Company transformed tales of the city’s sometimes infamous past into vaudeville, with the 33rd annual production of its original musical melodrama: Shanghaied in Astoria.

Group photo of Shanghaied in Astoria castWill Miss Virginia Sweet be rescued by her Norwegian hero? How will he outsmart her guardian? Get ready to cheer the heroes, and throw plenty of popcorn at the villains while you enjoy a less than historical, but rather hysterical, performance. The curtain is going up on this summer’s production, so don’t wait to reserve your weekend getaway at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast. We promise a fun-filled evening, plus all the other entertainment the Astoria area offers, from fine dining and shopping to outdoor adventures.

Shanghaied in Astoria July 6 – September 9, 2017
Astor Street Opry Company Playhouse, 129 West Bond St. Astoria, Oregon
Evening performances: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm
Box Office opens at 6:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm.
Sundays Matinees: July 16, August 6, and September 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm.
Box Office opens at 1:00pm and doors open at 1:30 pm
Tickets: Range from $13 to $21 and can be purchased online or by phone: 503-325-6104. Although tickets may be available at the door beginning one hour before each show, reservations are recommended.

Photo courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Enjoy Fort Clatsop Historical Programs Summer 2017

June 29th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

While visiting Astoria this summer, step back two centuries in time to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park and experience what life was like for the Corps of Discovery when they wintered at Fort Clatsop in 1805-6. The log fort is a replica of the one described in William Clark’s journal.  A 50-minute audio tour includes journal readings, music of the Corps of Discovery, and voices of the descendants of the Clatsop and Chinook Native American tribes who helped the Expedition survive the winter.

Park Rangers in period costumes standing in front of Fort ClatsopDuring the summer months, you can watch Fort Rangers dressed in buckskins reenacting Raising the Colors at 9:30 am, and Lowering the Flag at 5:30 pm. Throughout the day, you can see the Rangers demonstrating skills essential for the Corps’ survival, such as hide tanning, using flint and steel to make fires, writing with quills, and flintlock shooting. Every day the Fort presents Flintlocks: Tools of Survival at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, and Historical Demonstrations from 11:00 am -1:00 pm and 2:00 -4:00 pm.

Park Ranger in period costume standing by entrance to log Fort ClatsopOther programs offered this summer include Neutel Trail Guided River Walks at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day.  If you enjoy longer hikes, the Park includes almost 15 miles of trails following paths similar to those taken by members of the Expedition. At the Visitor Center, you can see films, displays of artifacts, and browse the gift shop with books and media related to the Expedition.

Summer is a beautiful season on the Oregon coast, and we’re waiting to welcome you to Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast while you enjoy all the Astoria area offers, from history to hiking, and Railroad Days to the Regatta!

Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
June 21, 2017 – September 4, 2017
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Admission: Adults (ages 16+): $5 per person for a 7 day pass; Children 0-15 free.
National Parks and Federal Lands Passes and Oregon Coast Passes are honored.

Images courtesy of the National Park Service

Music in the Gardens Tour near Astoria: July 15 2017

June 23rd, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Water Music Society will host its 11th annual Music in the Gardens Tour on Southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, just north of Astoria. Gardens on the Tour are located from Chinook, WA (about 15 minutes from Astoria) to Oysterville, WA, 45 minutes away. Each stop on the garden tour features live music in various styles, plus master gardeners happy to share their knowledge as well as the history of their properties.  Most of the gardens will tempt you to linger to enjoy the small bites and beverages they are offering.  One of the gardens will have raffle items as well. Visit the Tour’s Facebook page as the tour date approaches for highlights about the musicians and artists to be featured, as well as preview the gardens in bloom and raffle prizes.Music in the Gardens July 15, 2017

Tickets are $20 per person and include the Tour map and a keepsake brochure with information about the gardens and points of interest.  The event benefits the Water Music Society, whose mission is to bring classical music to the Long Beach Peninsula, and the Ocean Beach School District Music Program. We can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day in July than enjoying music and art in these beautiful coastal gardens near Astoria. We have several rooms still available for your getaway that weekend, so don’t wait to give us a call or go online to make your reservation.

Water Music Society’s Music in the Gardens
Date: Saturday, July 15th, 2017  Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tickets: $20.00 for adults; children under 18 are free.
Tickets may be purchased online; the Garden Tour map may be obtained at one of three locations on the tour. The location closest to Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast  in Astoria is The English Nursery at the intersection of US 101 and 103 in Seaview, WA.

Summer Wildflower Hike: Saddle Mountain Natural Area

June 16th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s current exhibit, Oregon’s Botanical Landscape, inspires hikes in places like Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, where wildflowers peak from late June until mid-July. AllTrails ranks the hike # 4 of 106 hikes in Oregon. They say:
“Be prepared to marvel at the sheer volume of natural beauty packed onto the mountain, from a mature forest setting to fields of wildflowers to an open rocky summit. The view from the top of the mountain is one that cannot be described … it must be experienced.”

wildflowers by Stephanie Krist https://unsplash.com/@srpphotoAllTrails rates the hike to the summit as moderate difficulty with some steep grades, recommended for experienced hikers. One a clear day, the 360 degree views from the highest point in Clatsop County include Astoria, ship traffic as it approaches and enters the Columbia River, miles of Pacific shoreline, the Coast Range to the south, as well as views of Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, Mt Baker and Mt Hood. Visit the AllTrails website for hiking information and maps. Paul Gerald’s blog also has detailed information.

If an easier hike is your style, follow the main trail for just a quarter mile from the trailhead and take the short Humbug Mountain viewpoint trail.  While you won’t have the panoramic views from the summit, this trail offers the only real view of Saddle Mountain while in the park.

Although you can see Saddle Mountain in the distance from the Astoria Column, the Oregon State Park is about three-quarters of an hour drive from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast – but worth the drive! Wildflowers reach their peak during the next month, so don’t wait to book your B&B getaway. We’ll fortify you with a bountiful breakfast to begin your day, and relaxation in our flower-filled garden will await your return from the day’s adventures.

Saddle Mountain State Natural Area
The 2.5 mile trail to the 3,283-foot summit climbs 1,650 feet from the parking area.
Fees: None for hiking.
Facilities: Restrooms and picnic sites at the trailhead.
Suggestions from other hikers to make the hike more enjoyable: start early in the morning to avoid midday heat, check the weather which may be different from Astoria, layer your clothing (temperatures are different at the trailhead and summit), wear good hiking shoes with ankle support, consider hiking poles or a walking stick, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy, 1-2 liters of water per person, a camera for photographing wildflowers, and a good pair of binoculars to enhance views from the summit.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum: Oregon’s Botanical Landscape

June 8th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

The current exhibit at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Oregon’s Botanical Landscape: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon Before 1800, presents works by Corvallis resident Frances Stillwell. Frances Stilwell ExhibitionLR, Courtesy of CPHMHer 82 pastel drawings, watercolors, and oils represent the native flora of all eight of Oregon’s ecoregions, from the Coast Range and Klamath Mountains to the Columbia Plateau and Blue Mountains. She says: I paint in response to what I see, though often don’t realize what that is until afterwards. – The Democrat Herald, March 13, 2009.

Frances Stilwell Painting, Courtesy of CPHMHer award-winning artwork has been displayed in multiple juried exhibits. In the forward to this exhibit’s companion book, she writes: This is my window into Oregon’s botanical landscape. By the end of this book…  You will have become more familiar with the natural world of Oregon. Familiarity is the first step towards a sense of home. Like the book, the exhibit’s purpose is education about the natural world, taking time to slow down and stop, to consider colors, shapes, and shadows.

Wildflowers abound during the spring and early summer here in Astoria, so why not plan a getaway to Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast soon, and enjoy both our flora blooming in nature and that experienced though Stillwell’s botanical landscapes?

Oregon’s Botanical Landscape: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon before 1800
Dates: May 12 – July 8, 2017
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake Street Ilwaco, WA 98624 Phone: 360-642-3446
Museum Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday & Monday
Museum Admission: Adults $5.00, Seniors (55+)$4.00, Children (12-18) $2.50, Children under 12, Free
Admission on Thursdays is FREE for everyone thanks to the Port

Images courtesy of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Oregon Presents: Astoria Music Festival 2017

May 31st, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Sheet music on stand in foreground, more stands and the backs of musicians playing violins in background

Voted Oregon’s Best Fine Arts Festival, the Astoria Music Festival offers “a string of jewel-like presentations – first-rate soloists, top-notch orchestral playing – at the beautiful renovated 1925 Liberty Theatre…”- Oregon Music News. The 2017 15th Anniversary Festival features international vocalists and instrumentalists performing symphonic and chamber music, opera, and more from June 11 – 25, 2017.

The concert series opens with Metropolitan Opera’s Angela Meade in her Oregon Solo Recital Debut with acclaimed pianist Danielle Orlando . The Grand Finale on Sunday, June 25, is The Barber of Seville with Mexican baritone Luis Ledesma as Figaro leading the all-star cast.

Other 2017 highlights include:

  • The Festival Orchestra performing Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and the Oregon Premiere of Philip Glass’ Spectacular, a sci-fi multi-media experience.
  • Two Baroque in Grace Concerts featuring Astoria Music Festival Baroque soloists, Baroque trumpet, Baroque cello and harpsicord performing works by Purcell, Handel, Corelli, Bach, Marcello and more.
  • 3-Leg Torso’s eclectic program of Tango, Klezmer, Latin, and Roma (Gypsy) music.
  • Beethoven and Blue Jeans – an informal mash up of music by singer-songwriter Israel Nebeker, plus eclectic classical jam.
  • Three Chamber Music Concerts with works by composers including Brahms, Turina, Schubert, Strauss, and Schumann, plus music by, and inspired by Wagner’s operas.
  • The Michael Foster Memorial Concert, Saturday, June 17, 2017, begins with Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring Roberto Cani, followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Ode to Joy’ performed by the Festival Orchestra, soloists Deborah Mayer, Angela Niederloh, Marco Panuccio, and Richard Zeller, the North Coast Chorale and the Portland Symphonic Choir.

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, available by phone: 503-325-9896 or online

From Baroque to Sci-Fi Spectacular, Beethoven to The Barber of Seville, you’ll find programs just right for you, so reserve your stay at Clementine’s Bed Breakfast now, and experience this outstanding Oregon music festival!

Shot in Astoria 2017: The Goonies + Oregon-made Films

May 26th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

The Annual Goonies Day, June 7, is fast approaching. Why not plan to visit Astoria the weekend of June 9-11, 2017, for Shot in Astoria that celebrates not just The Goonies, but the other films made in the area. You’ll be on location in the heart of the action at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast on Exchange Street.  The Oregon Film Museum, the best way to start a “Goonies” tour, is just a two minute walk away. On the way, you’ll pass the Flavel House Museum, that appeared in the film. You should recognize the Film Museum as the site of the movie’s opening jail break. You’ll want to go in rather than break out, since the Museum was created especially to serve visitors with an interest in Oregon’s film heritage. You can see artifacts from The Goonies and other Oregon-made movies, and even make your own film. The Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Visit the Museum’s website for information about Oregon films and movie clips.

Facade of Oregon Film Museum with people in front & vehicle on right reenacting The Goonies filmFrom the Museum, stroll the few short blocks to the foot of 6th Street or 11th Street, where you can board the Astoria Trolley (for $2, you can ride all day). If you wish, make a short detour to the Lower Columbia Bow (826 Marine Drive), alias Chunk’s Bowling Alley. Hop on the Trolley for a ride along the Riverwalk to the East End Mooring Basin at the foot of 36th Street (often used as a location for films). You’ll be right across from Columbia Baseball Fields, a good spot for viewing the ‘Goonies House’ at 35th Street. Please note the house is privately owned and not open to the public. Stroll along the Riverwalk toward 37th Street for another good viewing location for the house. A bonus from these vantage points is a view of the murals on Astor School, which you may recognize from the movie Kindergarten Cop.

Cap off your tour at the same location as the film’s ending – Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach. It’s about a 40 minute drive down US 101 from our bed and breakfast. Visit the Goonie Day Facebook page for more information, and the schedule of events for Shot in Astoria. The annual celebration is the weekend of June 9-11 in 2017, but we welcome Goonies fans any time of the year, so just give us a call or go online to book your stay!

Photo courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Celebrate Oregon Wine Month: Astoria + Seaside Wineries

May 18th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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

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

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

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

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

Astoria Vacation Rental at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast

May 11th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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

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

Moose Suites Common Area

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

 

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

Riverview Loft

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

Astoria’s Garden of Surging Waves honors its Chinese heritage

May 4th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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

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

Photo: Michelle Roth

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

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

Photo by Michelle Roth courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

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

April 30th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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

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

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

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

Astoria Coffee Shops with a Columbia River View

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

Astor Street Opry Co Presents New Melodrama Spring 2017

March 29th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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

Cowgirl holding book Lewis & Clark looking away toward Oregon

Photo: Marcus Brown

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

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

Visit Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum

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!

Curious About Ghosts on the Oregon Coast?

March 16th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

4 rows on white grave stones in graveyard

Photo courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area 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

March 10th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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!

February 27th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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

January 20th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

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

December 15th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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

December 9th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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

December 1st, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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

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