Astoria - June 2013

We spent an enjoyable couple of days in Astoria, a two-hour drive northwest of Portland. With a 200-year history, Astoria is one the first areas in the west to be settled. We stayed at the Hotel Elliott right downtown and easy walking to the locations we wanted to see. We arrived while the Sunday Market was underway right outside the hotel. Karen had heard of this great fish & chips place nearby and joined the slow-moving line at Bowpicker that ended up being worth the wait. We rode the vintage riverfront streetcar from one end of the line to the other, a 6-mile round trip. Past many historic sites with running commentary by the volunteer trolley staff. Then for an overview of the city and surrounding area, we went up to the Astoria Column, climbed the 164 steps up the 125 foot column to the observation deck for a great view. Finished the day on the hotel roof-top patio with a glass of wine and more views of the town and even saw a couple of bald eagles soaring over us. Toured Flavel Museum, a large Queen-Anne style mansion now a museum built in 1885.

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