Astoria is gritty, and likes it that way. But that rustic exterior is just a cover for the many enchanting dichotomies you’ll find waiting around the corner. Here, fisherman are poets, loggers drink espresso, and Main Street welcomes both the nouveau gallery and the five n’ dime. For Astoria, it’s about character, and it’s also about characters: the people who call this place home with a passion that borders on evangelical. The skipper who challenges the same mighty river his great grandfather once fished; the artist who migrated here in search of a new palette; the hotelier who resurrected a once-bustling pier.
Day 1 – Wednesday May 9th – Embark on the Portland Spirit to Astoria…
The broad waters of the Columbia River will carry you from Portland’s vibrant harbor through the forest covered coast range on an adventure filled day, re-tracing the route of Lewis & Clark, the famed American explorers. Ocean freighters and tugboats share our route to Astoria, a quaint scenic river town that is filled with history and places to explore. This day-long adventure covers 60 miles of the Willamette & Columbia Rivers. Pass under the bridges that make Portland famous, and travel through Portland’s industrial area to where the Willamette meets the Columbia. We’ll be treated to the Captain’s narration as we continue our adventure through some of the most beautiful –and secluded – landscapes in Oregon. Don’t forget to look for the City Hall Clock Tower as you pass through St. Helens. It faces the river – a throw-back to times when the river was the main route of transportation through the area. Continental breakfast and lunch buffet are provided on-board. Check into our home for the next 2 nights Holiday inn Express Dinner at Baked Alaska… Enjoy fine dining and sweeping views of the Columbia River. Holiday Inn Express Astoria (B,L,D)
Day 2 – Thursday May 10th – Depart for Cape Disappointment…
Enjoy a full hot breakfast at the hotel this morning… Tour Cape Disappointment… The Cape offers 27 miles of ocean beaches, two lighthouses, hiking trails, camping, and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Perched on a cliff, 200 ft above the mouth of the Columbia River, the center tells the story of the Corps of Discovery’s journey, focusing particularly on their Pacific Coast stay. We’ll head to the Flavel House Museum… As one of the best preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest. The Flavel house today survives as a landmark of local and national significance. The house was built in 1884-85, for Captain George Flavel and his family. The captain made his fortune being a riverboat barge captain and through real estate investments. Then rest at the Hotel, or ride the historic Trolley (near the hotel)… The newly restored trolley goes along the waterfront, where you can check out the quaint shops in historic downtown, visit Waterfront Park where you can view ships, visit the Heritage Museum, or the Firefighters Museum.
Tour the Columbia Maritime Museum…. One of the best in the country! Explore marine transportation from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to the present. Watch a dramatic 12-minute film introducing the history of life and commerce on the Columbia River, including the dangerous work of the Bar and River Pilots. Walk the bridge of a World War II warship, marvel at the 44-ft motor lifeboat plowing through a wave in a rescue mission. Participate in four interactive, hands-on exhibits. Dinner is at Silver Salmon Grill… Located on the beautiful Oregon coast, they take advantage of the freshest seafood available. Silver Salmon Grille reflects a cozy, intimate casual, but elegant dining experience with stunning architectural treatments and superb interior decor Holiday Inn Express Astoria (B,D)
Day 3 – Friday May 11th – Tour Fort Clatsop…
Enjoy a full hot breakfast at the hotel this morning… Fort Clatsop was the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the Oregon Country, near the mouth of the Columbia River during the winter of 1805-1806. It’s located along the Lewis and Clark River at the north end of the Clatsop Plains. The fort was the last encampment of the Corps of Discovery before embarking on their return trip, east to St. Louis. Enjoy Lunch at Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum… Its’ architecture is authentic in materials and construction techniques, and features, for example, an 85-foot ridgepole that’s the largest such piece in the United States, and weighs approximately 25 tons! Oh yeah, the food is real good too! (B,D)
$804 Double $954 Single
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