Virtuoso Traveler - August/September 2018 - 49
History, rugged scenery, and renewed
vitality where river meets ocean.
rom Fort Clatsop, where Lewis
and Clark spent the winter of
1805-06, to restored canneries
and fur-trade wharfs, Astoria
tells the story of westward expansion
against a powerful backdrop where the
Columbia River joins the Pacific.
"Astoria is where history meets
nature," says Cate Caruso, a Virtuoso
advisor located near Portland, Oregon.
"And it started with a purpose: Fur
traders loaded and unloaded their cargo
here. It was also the first settlement
on the Pacific Coast and had the first
U.S. post office west of the Rockies."
For travelers looking for a culturally
authentic destination, she adds, "This
town had a reason for being rather than
becoming a beach destination simply
because it's pretty."
Today, galleries, shops, and smallbatch breweries have revived Astoria's
historic waterfront. Learn how pilots
navigate massive freighters over the
Columbia River bar at the Columbia
River Maritime Museum (1792 Marine Drive). Then visit the Museum
of Whimsy (1215 Duane Street), in
a former 1924 bank now filled with
vintage costumes and antique furniture.
Among the dozen-plus breweries in
the area, slug a pint of 3-Way IPA at Fort
George Brewery + Public House (1483
Duane Street) or be sure to nab a spot
on the riverfront deck at the Astoria
Brewing Company (144 11th Street)
and watch the freighters pass by.
BE THERE: UnCruise Adventures'
eight-day culinary-themed voyage
aboard the 86-passenger Legacy
spends a day in Astoria before heading
up the Columbia River. Astoria
excursions visit boutique seafood
companies and craft breweries with
calorie-burning options to stroll the
Astoria Riverwalk and climb the 164step Astoria Column for ocean and
river panoramas. Departures: Multiple
dates, November 2 to December 7, 2019;
DAN MIHAI/GETTY IMAGES
Dawn delight: The Columbia River rolls
on beneath the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
Worth a wander: the string of shoreside towns south of Astoria, including quaint Depoe Bay and seashell-strewn Cannon Beach. Your travel advisor can work
with Virtuoso's on-site connection, American Excursionist, to craft a customized Oregon vacation that couples beachcombing and tide-pool trekking with visits to
foodie favorites such as Portland and Bend.
| SEPTEMBER 2018