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A Weekend in Astoria Featuring Tasty Food, Oregon State Parks, and the Voodoo Room

Astoria, Oregon

Recently, I spent a whole weekend in Astoria, Oregon taking in the sites, eating the food, and just generally enjoying this quirky northern Oregon Coast town. We stayed at the Commodore Hotel, ate and drank at Buoy Beer and the Blue Scorcher Bakery, wandered Fort Stevens State Park, and spent a couple of nights at the Voodoo Room.

An excellent weekend trip, even if the weather didn’t cooperate until the day we left.

Commodore Hotel
The rooms here have private and shared bathrooms. We had a deluxe cabin (private bathroom). Pros: Great location, cozy lobby downstairs. Modern, Scandinavian aesthetic. Cons: lacking in amenities for the price — at least for the “deluxe” rooms (no in-room coffeemaker or refrigerator, no towel hooks in the bathroom).
258 14th Street
Astoria, OR 97103

Buoy Beer
No. 1 Eighth (8th) Street
Astoria, OR 97103
Awesome beer and food. Great waterfront location!

Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe
1493 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103
This is always a good breakfast or lunch choice.

Fort Stevens State Park
West of Astoria, off Highway 101. Both Pacific Ocean and Columbia River beaches.

The Voodoo Room
This is always a good drinking choice. Sometimes there is live music — we saw Daric Moore the first night and the . . . → Read More: A Weekend in Astoria Featuring Tasty Food, Oregon State Parks, and the Voodoo Room

A Full Moon Weekend in Astoria, Oregon

Eating, Restaurants and Sights in Astoria Oregon

I’m a big fan of Astoria, Oregon.

I’m not sure why exactly. I did get married there, so I’m sure that has something to do with it, but the reason we even picked Astoria in the first place is that it’s just a cool little town. It’s a bit rough around the edges (although, less so since cruise ships dock there now) but it’s still very quirky. Beautiful. Strange. And sometimes even sunny. Okay. I guess that’s why.

On this recent trip, we rediscovered a restaurant that we weren’t quite sure about based on a lukewarm first impression, and found a new one that we liked right away.

Baked Alaska
#1 12th Street
Astoria, OR 97103

We first tried Baked Alaska a number of years ago, when we were looking for catering options and had a very disappointing lunch there. We gave it another try this last time we were in town and it was a solidly good meal.

We started with calamari, because I have a calamari clause built into all my dining out activities, and it came with an awesome spicy mint dipping sauce. The Caesar salad was quite tasty and liberally dressed (which . . . → Read More: A Full Moon Weekend in Astoria, Oregon

Astoria & the Great Columbia Crossing


So, jwa and I did the Great Columbia Crossing 10k in Astoria on Sunday. He ran and I walked it. He did the 6.2 miles in 49 minutes and 49 seconds. So awesome! Meanwhile, I walked the 6.2 miles in 1 hour and 40 minutes. Not too bad. My goal was to come in at or under 2 hours. Woo! We figured out that he ran at about 7.7 miles per hour and I was doing about 3.8 miles per hour walking. Not too bad. Especially since this is the first time either of us has done anything like this before.

We drove up there Saturday, scanning the radio, while jwa sang along with a lot of the songs we recognized on the radio in the style of the Decemberists. And that is as fun as it sounds!

After getting out of Portland, I was slightly nervous at the number of McCain/Palin signs on the drive in, but was relieved to see a huge Obama/Biden sign about 20 miles outside of Astoria. Hooray! I try to keep my blog politics-free (hey, we all like to eat), but we cheered at the sight of that one.

Anyway, once in . . . → Read More: Astoria & the Great Columbia Crossing

Oh, Look, It’s the Wedding Recap


Yep, the post we’ve all been fearing. No, not really! It’s just taken some time to get the photos and then I got distracted trying to get some MyPublisher books together and I forgot to post here. Oops.



First off, our awesome photographer was Christina Gilchrist and we loved her. Her prices were reasonable and in the range we wanted to pay, her travel fees for Astoria were also totally reasonable, she was super nice and fun and we really like our photos. So, there you go. All of the pictures here (unless otherwise noted) are the ones she took. Grade: A



The Hotel Elliott was a pleasant surprise. Not that I didn’t think it would work out well, but, man, they were so laid back and pretty much an all-around pleasure to work with throughout the last year. Plus, the rental fees for the rooftop and wine bar were really good ($150 each) and although we had to book the Presidential Suite to use the rooftop for the wedding, it worked out to still be much cheaper (and nicer) than a lot of places we looked . . . → Read More: Oh, Look, It’s the Wedding Recap

Astoria Pictures (and Some Breakfast Food Items…and Some Seals!)


Images of our most recent trip to Astoria, with captions and everything!

Latte at the Astoria Coffeehouse.

Breakfast sandwich at the Astoria Coffeehouse.

jwa makes a bagel sandwich…guess where?

More bagel sandwich!

Hey! The Hotel Elliott has Stash Tea…neat.

Me by the bridge.

The dock and a big ship. There were a bunch of them (about 5) lined up. We thought maybe it was to be lead out across the bar? Or maybe they were all just sleepy?

jwa and I on the Elliott roof…

Seals….could they be . . . → Read More: Astoria Pictures (and Some Breakfast Food Items…and Some Seals!)