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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

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 and 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

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