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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

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

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