We planned two days for our stay in Astoria, OR and as our visit to this river town was coming to an end, we wished we had planned a bit more time to further examine the nooks and crannies of this historic area.
Exterior of the Flavel House Museum
One of the attractions of Astoria is the interesting architecture to be found in different parts of town. The notable Flavel House and Mueseum is a restored Victorian mansion that offers a self-guided tour with exhibits of period decor and Queen Anne era trappings,.
Read More about the Flavel House HERE.
Victorian features of the Flavel House Museum
Among the other noted buildings is the restored Liberty Theater, part of the Astor Building, showing its Italian Renaissance facade. The theater now serves as a premier showcase for a variety of arts including films, performing arts and student productions.
Read more about the restoration HERE.
Exterior facade of the Liberty Theater
The star of the town, however, is the Columbia River and a stroll along the waterfront properties will provide many opportunities for exploration and appreciation. This mural on the side of one of the larger riverside buildings was quite entertaining especially because we are fond of cats; dogs too!
Mural by Jo Brown behind the Sears Store via
The remnants of once bustling piers hint at the extent to which Astoria was a waterfront mecca at one time.
Remnants of once bustling pier
We read about a couple of restaurants in town that provide glass windows in their floors to show diners the seals that come to rest under the pier. One such eatery was the Buoy Beer Company. We had fish and chips which were quite good and took a look at their lone slumberer which may be hard to discern.
alt=”Sea Lion visualized through window in restaurant floor”
If you had trouble visualizing the sea lion, here are some highlighted details:
Sea Lion visualized through window in restaurant floor – notations
While we were dining, we were able to watch the boats…
Boats busy studying and working along the Columbia River
and ships go sailing by.
Ships moving up and down the Columbia River
One could probably create a picture essay of just the interesting and historic-inspired trash cans found along the streets of this former fishing village.
Artistic trash can depicts a historic scene
Although the weather was not ideal and the northern fires left the skies darkened, this picturesque area of Oregon provided a wonderful start to our exploration of the coastline
picturesque riverside scene
Read previous posts about our adventures hiking and exploring in Oregon:
Exploring Astoria, Oregon – Part 1
Read more Hiking and Exploration posts HERE
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