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Astoria Midsummer Scandinavian Festival in June

May 3rd, 2018 by Clementines B&B

ring dancers in Scandinavian costumes at Astoria Midsummer FestivalAstoria celebrates its Scandinavian heritage throughout the year, but especially at the summer solstice when days are the longest and nights the shortest. The annual Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival transports visitors back across the Atlantic, celebrating music, dance, food, and traditional Midsummer activities throughout the three day festival each June. Retail booths offer Scandinavian import items, handcrafts, and traditional Scandinavian foods such as, Finnish pancakes (pannukakku), and meatballs (frikadeller).

When you stay at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast for Astoria’s Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, you’ll be treated to Scandinavian dishes as part of your gourmet breakfasts. As a special treat this weekend, Judith prepares a variety of pastries based on Swedish and Danish recipes, and the beloved ebelskievers (fluffy Danish pancakes filled with jam) of course!

The 2018 Festival will be held June 15-17, 2018. Highlights include a Torchlight Parade and Bonfire, the Festival Parade with Midsummer Pole raising and ring dancing, the Running of the Trolls, and the Empire of Chivalry and Steel’s Viking encampment with demonstrations of medieval crafts, tournaments, armor making, and combat arts. Scandinavian meals abound, from a Viking Dinner, and the Midnight Sun and Pannukakku Breakfasts to Aebleskiver and Meatball Eating Contests. The annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is held the third week of June each summer at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. For more information and the schedule of events, visit the Festival website.

Astoria traces its Scandinavia heritage back more than a century to the waves of immigrants who arrived in the area during the last decades of the 19th century. The railroad’s completion from San Francisco to Astoria in 1870 meant easier travel for these immigrants from California north to Oregon to settle. They came from Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, driven from their homelands by poverty and the collapse of traditional farming methods in the Scandinavian peninsula. Many were fishermen, loggers, and farmers. By 1910, 35% of Astoria’s population was Scandinavian.

Soon, visitors will be able to learn about Astoria’s Scandinavian heritage year-round at Hipfish: Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park. The park is to be constructed at 16th and Marine Drive, near the waterfront and Riverwalk. This location close to the Columbia River will pay tribute to the contributions of all waterfront workers as well as the Scandinavian immigrants and their descendants.

Hipfish will be located about 10 blocks from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast, easily accessible by foot or Astoria’s Riverfront Trolley. The site of the Midsummer Festival is just four miles away, less than a ten minute drive. Don’t wait to go online or give us a call to book your stateside Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration in Oregon – no airfare required!

Photo courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Astoria Riverfront Trolley: Historic Waterfront Tour

April 10th, 2018 by Clementines B&B

Ride the Astoria Riverfront Trolley to see city landmarks and learn about Astoria’s history from the Trolley’s conductors. Visitors can ride a three mile route along the Columbia Riverfront from Uniontown in the west to the foot of 39th Street. The fare to ride “Old 300,” the restored 1913 streetcar, is just $1. An all-day hop on/hop off fare is just $2 – one of the best bargains in Astoria. The Trolley’s nine convenient stops include the Maritime Memorial Park, Columbia River viewing platform, Columbia Maritime Museum, and The Uppertown Firefighters Museum.

Astoria Riverfront Trolley with conductor in doorwayThe historic Uniontown area includes over a hundred historically significant buildings typical of late 19th- and early 20th-century architectural styles, including Italianate, Queen Anne, Stick Style, and Craftsman. Ahead on the Trolley’s route is the famous Astoria-Megler Bridge, joining Oregon and Washington. Under the Bridge, Maritime Memorial Park honors members of the U.S. Coast Guard and local residents lost at sea, together with the region’s seafaring heritage.

A small park and dock at the 6th Street stop offers a viewing platform where visitors can watch the ship traffic along the river. Another small riverfront park at 14th Street marks the historic landing for Car Ferry No. 2, the only way to reach the state of Washington until the Bridge replaced the ferry in 1966. Around 13th and 14th Streets, the Trolley passes through the part of the city destroyed in Astoria’s two great fires in 1883 and 1922.

man and boy sitting inside 1913 trolleyAt 17th Street, the Trolley stops at the nationally-known Columbia River Maritime Museum; the Heritage Museum, with its regional historical exhibits, is nearby as well.

Past the Mill Pond, the Trolley stops again at 30th Street. Nearby, the Uppertown Firefighters Museum exhibits antique firefighting equipment, including hand-pulled and horse-drawn vehicles, plus historic photos of the 1922 fire.

Visitors hear the clang, clang, clang of the Trolley throughout the late spring and summer months. It’s fun to just take the hour-long ride, but even better is to use it to see some of the many Astoria attractions along its riverside route. The Old 300 website includes detailed information about the landmarks along the route as well as the Trolley’s history and schedule.

When you’re staying with us at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast on Exchange Street, the closest Trolley stops are at the foot of 6th Street and 11th Street. Either stop is just a six or seven minute walk from the bed and breakfast. The Trolley has just begun its 2018 season, so it’s time to give us a call or go online and book your spring getaway now!

2018 Schedule
April 13 to May 6, 2018: 12:00 – 6:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
May 11 to September 4, 2018: 12:00 – 6:00 pm Daily
NOTE: The Trolley does not run when it’s raining.

Photos courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Breakfasts are Special at our Historic Astoria OR B&B

February 8th, 2018 by Clementines B&B

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only excuse you can use for a February getaway to a bed and breakfast! February is National Hot Breakfast Month, and here at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast in Astoria, MAGIC happens in our kitchen for breakfast. You’ll be pampered with a multi-course gourmet meal each morning, with choices that vary each day. The aroma of freshly-brewed coffee and Judith’s warm muffins, scones, or coffee cake will draw you into the kitchen, where a choice of juices, hot beverages, and a first course of seasonal fruit await you. In February, it might be baked pears or apples, or perhaps a warm fruit crisp.

innkeeper mixing batter with large whiskYour main dish might be savory or sweet– an individual skillet of baked eggs with smoked salmon, Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict, a blintz souffle with berry sauce, or Clementine’s Famous Buttermilk Cornmeal and Oatmeal Pancakes with seasonal fruit. After being pampered with a hot breakfast like this, you’ll be ready to explore all the activities Astoria holds in store, from museums or shopping in our historic district to outdoor adventures like a hike up to the Astoria Column or exploring the length of Astoria’s Riverwalk.

If National Hot Breakfast Month isn’t enough excuse for a late winter vacation to our B&B, you can celebrate National Muffin Day, February 20, or Pancake Day on February 13, 2018, with a delicious breakfast here in our cozy kitchen. Just give us a call to reserve your stay and let us know what tasty holiday you’ll be celebrating – muffins, pancakes, all the courses on our hot breakfast menu, or Valentine’s Day. If by chance you have to wait until spring for your great Oregon escape, why not celebrate Pancake Day (or any other day of the month) at home with a batch of Judith’s Greatest Pancakes?

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.