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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

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!

Antique shopping? Stay in Astoria’s Historic District

March 10th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Man making call on antique brown telephone, glass display case in front at Vintage Hardware. Don Frank Photography

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