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.
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 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