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Astoria OR Historic Sites Along Lewis and Clark Trail

September 1st, 2018 by Clementines B&B

Staying at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast’s in the heart of Astoria’s historic district, means you can follow the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to its Pacific endpoint, and still make time to explore some of the sights, shops, galleries, and restaurants in downtown Astoria.

Of Astoria and Ilwaco’s six High Potential Historic Sites on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail: From Plains to the Pacific, the final three document the Corps of Discovery’s experiences in Oregon during the winter of 1805-1806. While weather forced the expedition to shelter at Dismal Nitch, Lewis and a small party went on to reach Cape Disappointment. The expedition then explored the northern shore of the Columbia River and camped at Middle Village – Station Camp, the site of an unoccupied Chinook fishing village. After almost two weeks at that camp, the expedition moved on to explore the coastal region south of the Columbia River and locate a place for their winter encampment.

two ships at Tongue Point with mountains in background

Tongue Point 
The expedition next made camp on Tongue Point, where the main party endured more days of rain and wind while Lewis and a small party searched for a suitable site for shelter until spring. The expedition returned to Tongue Point again in March, 1806 after surviving the winter at Fort Clatsop. The area around Tongue Point includes 20 islands along the shores of Columbia River. Visitors to Astoria can view Tongue Point by looking east from the Astoria Riverwalk, or looking west from the public areas of the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge.

Fort Clatsop
Fort Clatsop was the expedition’s winter encampment from early December, 1805, until late March, 1806. The location was chosen because the ocean provided a nearby source of salt, and game was plentiful. Today, the grounds of Fort Clatsop include a Visitor’s Center and a reproduction of the fort, recreated according to the original plans. Park Rangers explain and demonstrate aspects of life at the fort for the Corps of Discovery. The Fort is located on Fort Clatsop Road in Astoria, just a 10 minute drive from our bed and breakfast.

Ecola (Whale) Creek / Cannon Beach
While encamped at Fort Clatsop, some members of the expedition ventured to Cannon Beach to obtain whale oil and blubber at a Chinook village. The dramatic coastline they saw at Cannon Beach can still be enjoyed today. At Les Shirley Park, just north of Ecola Creek, visitors can explore restored wetlands aw well as wayside exhibits about the Corps of Discovery. Ne Cus’ Park, to the south, is the Ecola Creek Village archeological site. Cannon Beach is about 25 miles south of our B&B in Astoria’s historic district.

The National Trails System website includes descriptions of each of the High Potential Historic Sites on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, plus maps including an Interactive Trail Atlas and a map locating all the Lewis and Clark Visitors Centers and Museums.

The Moose Lodge Suites at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast are ideal for longer stays or vacation rentals. Moose Suites I and II and the Riverview Loft Cottage are located in a separate building adjacent to the B&B. They are family and pet friendly. You’ll stay in larger quarters that offer a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable living and bedroom areas, free parking, and internet – all essential for extended stays in our beautiful area of the Pacific Northwest.

Michelle Roth Photo of Tongue Point courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Lewis and Clark Historic Trail Sites Near Astoria OR

August 31st, 2018 by Clementines B&B

Visitors to Astoria staying at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast in the city’s National Historic District will find six High Potential Historic Sites on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail nearby in Oregon and Washington. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System, so it’s a great time to have ‘”an adventure in history” and explore these sites along the shores of the Columbia River that are so important to the United States’ westward expansion. The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail follows the route of the Corps of Discovery during 1804 to 1806 as they searched for a water route from the Midwestern plains to the Pacific Ocean. The Trail begins near St. Louis and traverses 11 states on its way to the Pacific at the mouth of the Columbia River. Below are three of the Historic Sites near Astoria, two across the Columbia River in Washington State, and one in Astoria.

full rainbow arching over Columbia River at Astoria - hills on left, gray and white clouds against blue sky

Dismal Nitch
Stormy weather on the Columbia River forced the expedition to shelter at Dismal Nitch for almost a week in November, 1805. The probable location for Dismal Nitch is just across the Astoria-Megler Bridge, at the Megler Rest Area on US Highway 101. A short trail leads from the rest area to the expedition’s encampment site. The rest area also has wayside interpretive exhibits.

Cape Disappointment
While the expedition camped at Dismal Nitch, Lewis’ and a smaller party explored the surrounding area. They reached Cape Disappointment, where the men had their first view of the Pacific. Today, Cape Disappointment State Park in Iwalco, WA, highlights the Cape’s dramatic scenery, varied habitats, and inviting beaches. The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center provides visitors with information, films, and interactive exhibits about the Corps of Discovery. Visitors can hike in terrain from old growth forest to saltwater marshes and along the shores of freshwater lakes. Cape Disappointment is about a half hour drive from our bed and breakfast, but is a shorter drive if you already are visiting Dismal Nitch.

Middle Village – Station Camp, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
After leaving Dismal Nitch, the expedition travelled on, exploring and mapping the northern shore of the river. They camped here at a Chinook fishing village that was not occupied during the winter. This area in the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park focuses on Chinookan history and culture. Visitors can follow a system of footpaths with interpretive features and scenic vistas of the Columbia River. The site is located on Fort Clatsop Road in Astoria, about 5 miles south of the B&B on Route 101.

Our next blog will describe the three other High Potential Historic Sites near Astoria, Oregon. There is extensive information about the Lewis and Clark Trail: From the Plains to the Pacific on the National Trails System website. You will find descriptions of all the High Potential Historic Sites on the Trail, plus many kinds of maps including an Interactive Trail Atlas, story maps, and a map locating all the Lewis and Clark Visitors Centers and Museums.

Plan to spend several days in Astoria to explore all these Historic Sites on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Our bed and breakfast makes a great home base for your adventure in history when you reserve one of our Moose Lodge vacation rentals for your stay. Each of these suites includes a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable living area, luxurious bedding, spa robes, free parking, and internet.

Michelle Roth Photo of Columbia River courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Walk to Astoria Sunday Market from Historic District B&B

July 28th, 2018 by Clementines B&B

Be sure to make a stop at the Astoria Sunday Market during your summer weekend getaway to Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast! From our B&B in Astoria’s historic district, It’s just a five block stroll past the Garden of the Surging Waves. From mid-May and mid-October, the Market draws thousands of visitors to Astoria’s historic district on Sundays. It’s the second largest market of its kind in Oregon!

woman in red apron holding bunch of flowers standing behind buckets of tulips and other flowers at Astoria Sunday Market

Photo by Michelle Roth

Explore the Sunday Market between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm each week. You’ll find about 170 vendors offering products that have been grown, gathered, or created by local farmers, craftspeople and artisans. The products are reviewed by the Sunday Market to assure their quality and authenticity. About one-third of the vendors offer fresh produce and artisan-crafted foods. Others offer everything from art to jewelry, and distilled beverages to a wide variety of handmade crafts from wood to ceramics. Lisa Sophia is the 2018 featured artist.

Don’t go just to shop for artisan gifts or foods – there’s entertainment, too! The Market features live music each week in its food court. Check out this video, and visit the website for a guide containing more information about the performers, vendors, and special events. Here’s a sampling of the regional entertainers performing this summer and fall.

  • August 5, 2018: Jazz and blues vocalist Elena Welch who has recorded four popular CDs.
  • August 12, 2018: – Dave Quinton & Brad Griswold play folk, country, bluegrass and swing on guitar, banjo and mandolin.
  • August 19, 2018: Castletown’s AmeriCeltic music ranges from jazz and blues to rock ’n roll. Their new CD is Fired Up Folklore.
  • August 26, 2018: Swing Cats of Astoria feature swing era tunes, plus some blues, bossa nova, and rock ‘n roll.
  • September 2, 2018: Bar-K Buckaroos
  • September 9, 2018: Double J & The Boys, a folk/country band, treat listeners to their own tunes as well as classics.
  • September 16 and 30, October 14, 2018: Greg Parke’s ballads and dance music feature his own original tunes.
  • September 23, 2018: Two Crows Joy combines vocals and guitar with fiddle, banjo, drums, bass, and keyboard. Their original music blends classic rock, Celtic, and country into a unique style.
  • October 7, 2018: Ray Prestegard’s original songs feature banjo, ukulele, dobro, and guitars.

Savoring Astoria Sunday Market’s bounty is the perfect way to continue exploring Pacific Northwest cuisine after your multi-course gourmet breakfast at our B&B. If you’re staying in one of our vacation rental Moose Suites, it’s a great place to shop for breakfast! Enjoy some casual shopping and sample some tasty treats while you listen to performers from the local music scene. The Market is just a short walk from our historic district location on Exchange Street – walk the three blocks to the Garden of the Surging Waves, then turn down 12th Street to the Market. The Sunday Market disappears during the winter months, so don’t wait to give us a call at 503-325-2005 or go online and reserve your weekend getaway soon.

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

Astoria OR Riverwalk has History Ships Shops & Views

June 5th, 2018 by Clementines B&B

The best way to see the Columbia River waterfront in Astoria is to walk or bike along the Astoria Riverwalk, also known as the Astoria River Trail. The Riverwalk hugs the bank of the river, providing visitors with great views, a trip through Astoria’s history, and access to many museums and attractions nearby.

red and white ship in river seen from riverwalk framed by tree branches by Michelle Roth PhotographyIt follows the route of Astoria & Columbia River Railroad, begun in 1898. In the 1990s, Astoria transformed these abandoned railroad tracks into the first section of the Riverwalk through the National Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Today, it stretches just over six miles from Smith Point and Port of Astoria on Young’s Bay to Tongue Point. The trail is flat and paved except for a few boardwalk sections. Visitors can access the trail almost anywhere along its length. The Traillink website has a map and detailed information about the trail.

The Riverwalk begins at the Port of Astoria, passing through this industrial area with its great variety of ships, to a viewpoint of the historic Astoria-Megler Bridge. Under the Bridge, the Maritime Memorial Park offers more views of the river and its ship traffic. The Park honors members of the U.S. Coast Guard who died during service on the Columbia River and residents who have worked in the maritime industry.

Columbia River viewing tower with brown wooden railings, green tower, &  red roof by Michelle Roth PhotographyThe Riverwalk passes historic cannery buildings and wharves, and at 6th Street, visitors can stop at the viewing platform to enjoy more ship traffic and scenic vistas along the river. The trail passes through the riverfront area of downtown Astoria. Here, most of the old buildings have been converted to shops, galleries, restaurants and brewpubs for visitors to explore.

Many Astoria attractions and museums are just a short walk from the downtown section of the Riverwalk. The Oregon Film Museum, a Goonies favorite, and the historic Captain George Flavel House are only three blocks away. Farther along the downtown portion of the trail, the Garden of the Surging Waves and the Museum of Whimsy are within an easy walking distance as well. At the eastern edge of downtown, the trail passes the nationally famous Columbia River Maritime Museum.

Visitors who enjoy watching wildlife will enjoy the eastern section of the Riverwalk, beginning at the Maritime Museum. This section features more natural habitat. Birders may spot heron and bald eagles, and tens of thousands of birds gather along the shoreline during their fall migration.

two white and red ships on water evergreen forested mountains in background by Michelle Roth PhotographyThe Riverwalk continues past the Millpond to 36th Street. There, visitors are likely to hear the barking of sea lions as they sunbathe around the docks. The trail branches at its eastern end, with one branch providing access to LaPlante Park. The other leads toward the lagoons, ending at Lagoon Road near Tongue Point.

The Riverwalk and the route of Astoria’s Riverfront Trolley parallel each other from near the Piers at Smith Point to 30th Street, just past the Mill Pond. Visitors who want to stroll shorter portions of the trail can ride the Trolley on other sections if they wish.

Spring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, so don’t wait to book a weekend getaway to Astoria! The Riverwalk showcases Astoria’s maritime history together with its culture, shopping, and lively restaurant scene. Best of all, when you stay at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast, access to the downtown portion of the Riverwalk is just three blocks away. Spring has arrived, so give us a call and book your stay!

Photos by Michelle Roth Photography courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Astoria Midsummer Scandinavian Festival in June

May 3rd, 2018 by Clementines B&B

ring dancers in Scandinavian costumes on green lawn at Astoria Oregon  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.

Red, cream and green Astoria Riverfront Trolley on tracks with conductor in open 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.

backs of man in blue jacket and boy sitting on wooden seat inside 1913 trolley with curved wood paneled ceilingAt 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

2018 Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival

March 1st, 2018 by Clementines B&B

April in Astoria means it’s time for our award-winning Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival at the Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center. Make plans to visit our corner of the Pacific Northwest for the 36th annual Festival, April 27-29, 2018. You’ll find all kinds of fresh Pacific seafood, Oregon wines, and a variety of our North Coast food products.

pile of five freshly cooked red dungeness crabs on old wooden seat by Don Frank PhotographyOver 50 artisan vendors will offer designs in glass, wood, textiles, graphics, and more, plus jewelry and accessories, soaps and scents, and gifts for pets. You’ll find vendors almost from A to Z – artisan and gift items from Amazing Enterprises and Artistic Endeavors to Timbergrove Stained Glass and Unique Nite Lights. There will be food products from Blissful Wonders Chocolate to Whiskey Flats Gourmet Foods.

The Festival lets you take a tasting tour Oregon’s wines without leaving Astoria. You’ll be able to sample wines from Oregon vineyards from the Columbia River Valley to the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon, with a dozen or more from both the Willamette Valley and the Umpqua Valley. Bring your own wine glass, or purchase the official glass at the festival as a souvenir. You’ll sip and shop to live musical entertainment by local groups in the Exhibit Hall and near the Food Tent.

The Astoria Rotary Club will serve fresh Dungeness crab dinners during the Festival. You can feast on a whole or half crab and several sides in the Exhibit Hall during all hours of the festival, and vendors will offer a variety of other seafood items as well.

The Festival draws over 14,000 visitors each year, so don’t wait to book your weekend stay at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast now!

Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
Dates and Hours: Friday, April 27, 2018, from 4:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Festival Admission: Please visit the website – Admission pricing varies
Individual vendors: Each vendor sets prices for wine, food, and artisan products
NOTE: Visitors must be age 21 and over to purchase tickets – a valid ID is required at the gate

Photo 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.

smiling female cook in red blouse and white apron mixing batter in glass bowl on wooden counter 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?

Christmas 2017 – Enjoy Astoria Oregon Holiday Events

November 21st, 2017 by Clementines B&B

It’s time to make plans for a joyful holiday getaway to Astoria this December, with Christmas concerts and carols, tours and holiday tea at the Flavel House Mansion, plus performances of A Christmas Carol and Astoria’s own melodramatic version, Scrooged in Astoria.

tall narrow Christmas Tree with gold vertical ribbons and white lights in front of window at nightReader’s Theatre will present five performances of their adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’, including early 19th century Christmas Carols, during the first two weeks of December. In contrast to the Astor Street Opry Company’s Scrooged in Astoria, the Reader’s Theatre takes a more traditional approach portraying the classic Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
Dates & Time: Wednesday, December 6, and Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 13, Thursday, December 14, and Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Admission: $15.00 Tickets may be purchased online.
Location: The McTavish Room of the Liberty Theatre, 1203 Commercial St, Astoria, OR
Phone: 503-325-5922

The weekend of December 8-10, 2017 features the North Coast Chorale Winter Concert, Mysteries of the Stars, at Astoria’s Performing Arts Center. Mysteries of the Stars will present a program of musical compositions involving the stars, complemented by Karin Temple’s poetry about these mysterious heavenly bodies. The audience will hear about different aspects of stars in genres from secular to sacred and gospel. In addition, the Performing Arts Center will display star-themed art by Jo Pomeroy Crockett in the lobby.
Dates & Times: Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 2:00 pm
Admission: $10 for adults and free to children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Location: Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St, Astoria, OR

Stop by The Cellar on 10th Saturday afternoons in December for holiday-themed wine tastings.
Saturday, December 2, 2017,   Annual Holiday Sparkling Tasting
Saturday, December 9, 2017,   Zinfandels from different regions around the world
Saturday, December 16, 2017, Wines for Holiday Entertaining and Pairing with Holiday Meals
Saturday, December 23, 2017, Annual Christmas Surprise tasting
Saturday, December 30, 2017, Annual New Year’s Surprise tasting
Dates & Times for Tastings: Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 tasting fee, complimentary with bottle purchase of wine tasted

plum pudding, lemon sauce on glass plate with whipped cream, cherry, holly garnish, set on pink tableclothCelebrate a Victorian Christmas at Astoria’s historic Flavel House Museum with their Holiday Tea and Plum Pudding, available the afternoons of December 16-23, and December 26-30, 2017. Tour the beautifully decorated home and enjoy warm Plum Pudding and a cup of tea in true Victorian fashion. The Clatsop County Historical Society decorates the mansion as it would have been over a century ago, draping ropes of evergreens around fireplace mantels and over doorways. Candles and fancy paper ornaments, typical of late 19th century decorations, adorn the Christmas trees.
Dates: December 16 – 23 and December 26 – 30, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost for Tea: $12.00 for non-members of the Historical Society

Monday, December 18, 2017, Flavel House Museum celebrates an Old-Fashioned Christmas when St. Nicholas comes to town, You’ll find him sitting by one of the home’s six fireplaces, waiting to hear Christmas wishes. Why not celebrate the season with music, games, and stories for the children, while you enjoy cookies and hot cocoa?
Date: Monday, December 18, 2017
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
Location: 714 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-2203
Sponsors: Easom Property Management and the Windermere Pacific Land Company

There’s no better way to enjoy the nostalgia of Christmas past than a stay at Astoria’s Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast this holiday season. Let us surround you with the warmth of Christmas past and Christmas present this holiday season – it’s the perfect gift to create treasured memories for Christmases yet to be.

Plum Pudding photo courtesy of Flavel House Museum

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons in Astoria

November 19th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Astoria’s 2017 holiday celebrations begin Thanksgiving weekend with the Sankta Lucia Festival of Lights on Friday, November 24, 2017. Everyone is welcome, Scandinavian or not, to enjoy this Nordic entertainment and refreshments. For more information, visit their website.
Date & Time: November 24, 2017 from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Astoria High School, 1001 W. Marine Drive, Astoria, OR

stack of three decorated fine china tea cups and saucers with gold napkin on left and white flowers in backgroundFrom Thanksgiving through mid-December, weekend visitors can step back to a Victorian Christmas in nearby Seaside, OR, and enjoy a holiday Gingerbread Tea at the historic Butterfield Cottage. The home will be decorated in keeping for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration at the Oregon seashore. You can treat yourselves to homemade gingerbread and tea, hot chocolate, or cider while you enjoy the exquisite gingerbread houses on display.
Dates & Time: Saturdays November 25, December 2, 9, and 16, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Admission: Adult $3.00, Seniors $2.00, Students $1.00, Children 6 or under Free (when accompanied by an adult)
Location: Seaside Museum & Historical Society, 570 Necanicum Drive, Seaside, OR
Phone: 503.738.7065

glass of red wine, dark wine bottle in front of glass cylinder of Christmas balls and ribbons, gold beadsIt’s easy to get in ‘holiday spirits’ with wine tastings at The Cellar on 10th in Astoria’s historic district every weekend from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Saturday afternoon, November 25th, 2017, they will host their Annual Open House and Holiday Special Tasting. Sample holiday wines and gourmet treats while you peruse their in-store specials, wine-themed holiday decorations, ornaments, and plateware.

Saturday, December 2, 2017, it’s their Annual Holiday Sparkling Tasting of some of the best bubbly from different regions around the world that produce sparkling wines and champagne. Saturday evening, December 2, The Cellar on 10th presents its five course Winemaker’s Dinner featuring regional Northwest Pacific regional cuisine paired with sparkling wines and champagne.

Dates & Times for Tastings: Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 tasting fee, complimentary with bottle purchase of wine tasted.
Date &Time for Winemaker’s Dinner: Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cost: $125 per person.
Location: The Cellar on 10th, Astoria Underground, 1004 Marine Drive Astoria, OR
Phone: 503-325-6600

December visitors to Astoria also can enjoy annual holiday traditions of the Astor Street Opry Company – their Starving Artist Faire on December 1-3, 2017, and their production of ‘Scrooged in Astoria’, weekends from December 1-3 through December 22-23, 2017. The 22nd Annual Starving Artist Faire features unique handcrafted items created by over 50 Pacific Northwest arts and artisans. Visitors can enjoy holiday treats and music while they shop for gifts such as ceramics, paintings, photographs, jewelry, clothing, and more. The Faire raises funds for local food banks and the Astor Street Opry Company.
one white and one gold Christmas tree balls leaning against lighted gold cylinder candle, red petals in backgroundDates & Times: Friday, December 1, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: Two cans of food or a $2 donation
Location: Astoria Armory, 407 17th St, Astoria, OR
Phone: 503-458-6250

The Astor Street Opry Company’s annual holiday play, ‘Scrooged in Astoria’, premieres December 1, 2017, with performances weekends through December 23, 2017. The Company transforms the themes of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol into a holiday melodrama with characters from their annual summer melodrama, ‘Shanghaied in Astoria’. Audiences can cheer, hiss, and boo Scrooge (Max Krooke Jr.), Miss Yul Macie, and Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future!
Theater marquee advertising Scrooged in AstoriaDates & Times: Fridays Dec.1, 8,15, 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Saturdays December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Sundays December 10, 17 at 2:00 pm
Admission: $5.00 – $16.00
Tickets may be purchased online or by phone: 503-325-6104
Location: Astor Street Opry Playhouse, 129 W Bond Street, Astoria, OR

The holiday season is almost here, and soon the decorations will be hung and the tree trimmed in our historic B&B, just awaiting the arrival of our guests. We’re waiting to welcome you with Christmas cheer, so make your holiday getaway plans right away.

stack of three gold-edged white gift certificates decorated with elaborate gold ribbon bow, black backgroundIf you can’t get away, remember that a Gift Certificate for Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast is a perfect gift of treasured memories, for yourself or for anyone special on your list. Let us help you with your holiday shopping this year – just complete this form, and we’ll do the rest!

Ghost Tales from Astoria Oregon’s Haunted Places

October 29th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Cemetery in foggy gray dusk with single tall monument and many lower headstones by Scott Rodgerson on UnSplashIt’s no surprise that some people believe Astoria, the oldest settlement west of the Mississippi River, is the most haunted city in Oregon. Famous for its maritime and military past, spirits are said to wander streets and haunt buildings. Three of the most famous sites are the Flavel House Museum, the Liberty Theater, and the Uppertown Firefighters Museum.

At the Flavel House, the original owners seem never to have moved on, despite their deaths over a century ago. Family specters include Captain Flavel’s presence in his bedroom and his daughters’ phantom voices and music in the music room. The Liberty Theater apparently hosts several spirits – an older woman who haunts the women’s restroom, and ‘Handsome Paul’, who spends his eternal nights enjoying the performances there. Elegantly dressed, performers and crews report he sometimes slams doors, rattles knobs, and even turns on the popcorn machine and soda fountain for a late night snack! The second of Astoria’s two devastating fires, in 1883 and 1922, may be the reason a sleepwalking fireman fell to his death in the 1920s, but still wanders the third floor, continues to stand watch.

The ghosts of the Northwest Oregon Coast aren’t found just in Astoria. Equally well know is the duty-bound young soldier who still patrols Battery Russell at Fort Stevens State Park in Warrenton, and areas nearby. Although the fort was constructed during the Civil War, and spirits from that era could be present, reports of a solider in a 1940s uniform suggest he might still stand patrol for the threat from Japanese ships during World War II. People report having seen him not only on Battery Russell, but as far away as the Promenade in Seaside. When encountered, this soldier simply vanishes into the night!

South of Seaside and north of Cannon Beach, the Tillamook Rock Light operated for 77 years, from 1880 until its decommissioning in 1957. Deaths have surrounded “Terrible Tilly’s” wild ocean landscape since its beginning, when Native Americans in the region warned it was cursed. The first man sent to survey the rock formation died, and only a few weeks before the lighthouse opened, the Lupatia was shipwrecked and bodies of all her crew washed up onto Tillamook Rock. Again in the 1930s, a ship missed the lighthouse and wrecked on the headland, killing all the crew. If these tragedies weren’t enough to cause spirits to linger, the Lighthouse became a columbarium in 1980, and still houses 30 urns of cremains, who have become “honorary lighthouse keepers”. Today, the dead only share the rock, which lies about a mile offshore, with the seabirds who nest there, but you can see the lighthouse from the shore at Ecola State Park, and from Highway 101 near Cannon Beach.

Whether or not you believe these ghostly tales at Halloween, we guarantee a lively welcome awaits you at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast, in the heart of the Astoria’s National Historic District. Judith, the innkeeper/owner, will greet you warmly on arrival, and the only disappearing acts you may witness are the delicious gourmet breakfasts she sets before all her guests!

Hike to the Astoria Column on the Cathedral Tree Trail

September 30th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

view looking up at Astoria Column’s sgraffito frieze with blue sky, clouds, evergreen tops in background by Don FrankFall 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.

overview of Astoria Oregon from Astoria Column - green lawn, trees, city rooftops, Columbia River, bridge, Washington 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

graphic of yellow sun with radiating orange and yellow rays, black disk in center representing 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.

view through door to Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum 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.

Shanghaied in Astoria cast - two rows of people in Victorian costume standing on and in front of green stage Will 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.

Fort Clatsop Park Rangers in brown period costumes standing in front of log building with green pine trees behindDuring 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.

Fort Clatsop Park Ranger in white period costume standing by entrance to log fort - National Park ServiceOther 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 Two bouquets of flowers in gray buckets by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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.”

closeup of red, yellow, greyish blue wildflowers in green field by Stephanie Krist on UnSplashAllTrails 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. white art gallery wall with paintings, four people wearing red or blue jackets looking at artHer 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.

Painting by Frances Stilwell of landscape with wildflowers, green trees and grass, blue sky, Columbia Pacific Heritage MuseumHer 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 backs of musicians playing violins in background by Adamara on UnSplash

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.

Oregon Film Museum white facade, people in front & black 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 & evergreen trees by Jaime Street on UnSplashShallon 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.

living room -black granite counter with fruit bowl & timber post in foreground, floor lamp, sofa behind, 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, lamp on bedside table, kitchenette with bookshelves, woodstove 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.

Garden of the Surging Waves Pavilion with carved white columns and wood beams on plaza by Michelle Roth Photography

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 with white sails under sail at sea by Bob HabisonThe 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.