Captain’s Guidebook

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Captain’s Guidebook

Sightseeing
Two blocks away is this impossible-to-miss landmark. Captain Flavel ran steamboats along the river. Captain Johnson operated the steam tug “Astoria” for Flavel before becoming an independent. The home is now open for tourists. Start in the gift shop/ticket center Carriage House.
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Flavel House Museum
441 8th Street
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Two blocks away is this impossible-to-miss landmark. Captain Flavel ran steamboats along the river. Captain Johnson operated the steam tug “Astoria” for Flavel before becoming an independent. The home is now open for tourists. Start in the gift shop/ticket center Carriage House.
Welcome to Goonieville! Directly across from the Flavel House, the Film Museum is the scene of memorable moments from the movie. A very easy two block walk from your stay.
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Oregon Film Museum
732 Duane Street
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Welcome to Goonieville! Directly across from the Flavel House, the Film Museum is the scene of memorable moments from the movie. A very easy two block walk from your stay.
It’s all about the view. See ships as they navigate the four-mile wide mouth of the Columbia River. Sunsets are spectacular and it’s a doable walk for the ambitious.
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The Astoria Column
1 Coxcomb Drive
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It’s all about the view. See ships as they navigate the four-mile wide mouth of the Columbia River. Sunsets are spectacular and it’s a doable walk for the ambitious.
This is the best place to learn about the dangers and lore surrounding this stretch of the river. Learn what challenges face those who have tried crossing the entrance to the river. A map of shipwrecks is a reminder of the dangers.
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Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive
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This is the best place to learn about the dangers and lore surrounding this stretch of the river. Learn what challenges face those who have tried crossing the entrance to the river. A map of shipwrecks is a reminder of the dangers.
Open 10 am to 3 pm in season. Chat with local vendors and get a taste of the Northwest. Tasty smoked salmon, goat cheese, berries, and baked goods are usually available. Best to get there early for best selection. Just a few blocks walk.
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Astoria Sunday Market
12th Street
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Open 10 am to 3 pm in season. Chat with local vendors and get a taste of the Northwest. Tasty smoked salmon, goat cheese, berries, and baked goods are usually available. Best to get there early for best selection. Just a few blocks walk.
This 6.4 mile trail takes you past breweries, eateries, and likely some noisy sea lions. Great by bike or on foot.
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Astoria Riverwalk
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This 6.4 mile trail takes you past breweries, eateries, and likely some noisy sea lions. Great by bike or on foot.
This is the oldest fish processing plant on the lower Columbia River though instead of housing the Bumble Bee plant, you’re more likely to see visitors sipping at Rogue Brewery. Before Captain Johnson lived in the home on Franklin, it housed the John Fox family. Fox started the Astoria Iron Works that created the machines for the canning industry. A wonderful, authentic complex with unique public restrooms.
Hanthorn Cannery Museum
100 39th Street
This is the oldest fish processing plant on the lower Columbia River though instead of housing the Bumble Bee plant, you’re more likely to see visitors sipping at Rogue Brewery. Before Captain Johnson lived in the home on Franklin, it housed the John Fox family. Fox started the Astoria Iron Works that created the machines for the canning industry. A wonderful, authentic complex with unique public restrooms.
Trails can be muddy so bring good shoes. The journey is more impressive than the destination and the trail can get busy. Still a good way to burn off calories.
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Cathedral Tree Trail Trailhead
2560 Irving Ave
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Trails can be muddy so bring good shoes. The journey is more impressive than the destination and the trail can get busy. Still a good way to burn off calories.
Only movie magic could get kids on bikes from the Goonies house to Cannon Beach so fast. Parking can be a challenge in the summer but for visitors into movie lore, you’ll want to go. Less crowded is Indian Beach inside Ecola Park at the north end of town. By the way, the Goonies House is a private residence not open to visitors. You are asked to respect the owner’s privacy, though sadly many do not.
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Haystack Rock
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Only movie magic could get kids on bikes from the Goonies house to Cannon Beach so fast. Parking can be a challenge in the summer but for visitors into movie lore, you’ll want to go. Less crowded is Indian Beach inside Ecola Park at the north end of town. By the way, the Goonies House is a private residence not open to visitors. You are asked to respect the owner’s privacy, though sadly many do not.
Now a national park, this was the winter encampment for the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery. It’s open every day except Christmas. Costumed interpretation and wonderful walking trails.
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Fort Clatsop Visitor Center
92345 Fort Clatsop Rd
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Now a national park, this was the winter encampment for the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery. It’s open every day except Christmas. Costumed interpretation and wonderful walking trails.
This city park is designed to celebrate the Chinese heritage of Astoria and the Lower Columbia. The park is two blocks away; bordered by 11th Street to the west, Duane Street to the north, in the core of our historic downtown district.
Garden of Surging Waves
This city park is designed to celebrate the Chinese heritage of Astoria and the Lower Columbia. The park is two blocks away; bordered by 11th Street to the west, Duane Street to the north, in the core of our historic downtown district.
Beer Geek Central
We’re the craft beer town you’re after.
Beer here. Get your beer here. Drink history on the patio in season or inside on a typically rainy day.
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Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street
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Beer here. Get your beer here. Drink history on the patio in season or inside on a typically rainy day.
While Fort George was first to take Astoria beer big time, Buoy has the better views. If you’re lucky enough to get a spot inside along the massive windows facing the river, the beer will be just part of the experience. Wow!
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Buoy Beer Company
1 8th Street
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While Fort George was first to take Astoria beer big time, Buoy has the better views. If you’re lucky enough to get a spot inside along the massive windows facing the river, the beer will be just part of the experience. Wow!
Great river views and what looks to be the biggest collection of Goonies gift items. Ask for Chester Copperpot.
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Astoria Brewing Company
144 11th Street
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Great river views and what looks to be the biggest collection of Goonies gift items. Ask for Chester Copperpot.
For beer geeks looking for more than Buoy and Fort George, step into nirvana. Duane is your host at this great, friendly spot. Cheers!
Bridge & Tunnel Bottleshop & Taproom
1390 Duane St
For beer geeks looking for more than Buoy and Fort George, step into nirvana. Duane is your host at this great, friendly spot. Cheers!
This is the hub for small craft beverages and it’s where you’ll find an active food cart pod. Very walkable to downtown attractions.
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Reach Break Brewing
1343 Duane St
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This is the hub for small craft beverages and it’s where you’ll find an active food cart pod. Very walkable to downtown attractions.
Worth a visit to the Hanthorn Building for a brew, a bite, and some local fishing history.
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Rogue Pier 39 Public House
100 39th Street
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Worth a visit to the Hanthorn Building for a brew, a bite, and some local fishing history.
Arts & Entertainment
While COVID shutdowns decimated the performance schedule, this beautifully restored gem is the hub of the cultural scene. If you’re really lucky, you might catch local favorite Blind Pilot performing. Hey, it could happen.
Liberty Theater
1203 Commercial Street
While COVID shutdowns decimated the performance schedule, this beautifully restored gem is the hub of the cultural scene. If you’re really lucky, you might catch local favorite Blind Pilot performing. Hey, it could happen.
At the entrance to the Colombian Theatre. Intimate setting for good bands if you time it right.
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Voodoo Room
1102 Marine Dr
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At the entrance to the Colombian Theatre. Intimate setting for good bands if you time it right.
These folks know the romantic stories from Astoria’s past including many involving John Fox and Captain Eric Johnson. Exhibits and research for history buffs.
Clatsop County Historical Society
714 Exchange Street
These folks know the romantic stories from Astoria’s past including many involving John Fox and Captain Eric Johnson. Exhibits and research for history buffs.
Coffee Hangouts
More than just a spot for grabbing a cup to go. You’ll want to head to the east end of town. It’s just below the Goonie House. Reminder: the Goonie house is a private residence not open to visitors.
Astoria Coffee Company
304 37th Street
More than just a spot for grabbing a cup to go. You’ll want to head to the east end of town. It’s just below the Goonie House. Reminder: the Goonie house is a private residence not open to visitors.
Come for the coffee, wander through history. The shop is located in what was the Bumble Bee cannery. Good brews, views, and eats. Plus you can visit the Hanthorn Cannery Museum where there are more connections to the Captain Johnson House. Before the Captain lived here, it was built for John Fox who helped begin the salmon canning industry in the late 1800’s. The Troyer Fox canning machine is among the displays.
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Coffee Girl
100 39th Street
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Come for the coffee, wander through history. The shop is located in what was the Bumble Bee cannery. Good brews, views, and eats. Plus you can visit the Hanthorn Cannery Museum where there are more connections to the Captain Johnson House. Before the Captain lived here, it was built for John Fox who helped begin the salmon canning industry in the late 1800’s. The Troyer Fox canning machine is among the displays.
An always evolving spot near the house with coffee, pastries, and dine-in options. Even fresh flowers for sale in season.
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Astoria Coffee House & Bistro
243 11th Street
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An always evolving spot near the house with coffee, pastries, and dine-in options. Even fresh flowers for sale in season.
Thundermuck! It’s their custom roast. Strong enough to cut through the fog of Astoria’s wettest days. Get beans for the 4oad.
Columbia River Coffee Roaster
279 West Marine Drive
Thundermuck! It’s their custom roast. Strong enough to cut through the fog of Astoria’s wettest days. Get beans for the 4oad.
Bakeries
Located on the same block as Fort George is this much-beloved bakery and restaurant. Grab a healthy and tasty to-go item and make it a picnic lunch. I’m a sucker for their fresh breads, especially the rye. Staff is always friendly despite what can be longer lines.
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Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe
1493 Duane Street
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Located on the same block as Fort George is this much-beloved bakery and restaurant. Grab a healthy and tasty to-go item and make it a picnic lunch. I’m a sucker for their fresh breads, especially the rye. Staff is always friendly despite what can be longer lines.
Oh my. Oh my. Naked Lemon is a newer business that takes your sweet tooth craving to the next dimension. Highly recommended.
The Naked Lemon
1423 Commercial Street
Oh my. Oh my. Naked Lemon is a newer business that takes your sweet tooth craving to the next dimension. Highly recommended.
Food scene
At your request, have made note of restaurants with gluten-free options. For those of you who love the gluten, see bakery listings above!
Hmm. Something about those rosemary potatoes smells and looks familiar. Cooks have been known to clip fresh rosemary from the hedge in front of the Captain Johnson house. Always with our blessing. An Italian treat.
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Fulio's
1149 Commercial St
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Hmm. Something about those rosemary potatoes smells and looks familiar. Cooks have been known to clip fresh rosemary from the hedge in front of the Captain Johnson house. Always with our blessing. An Italian treat.
Vietnamese street food along the riverfront? Yes, if you are looking for something other than burgers and fish n chips, visit Chris and Jennifer Holen. Plenty of gluten-free choices.
Nekst Event
175 14th Street
Vietnamese street food along the riverfront? Yes, if you are looking for something other than burgers and fish n chips, visit Chris and Jennifer Holen. Plenty of gluten-free choices.
The lines can be long though the food is consistently good. Try to go off-peak hours.
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Bowpicker Fish and Chips
1634 Duane Street
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The lines can be long though the food is consistently good. Try to go off-peak hours.
Near the Astoria-Megler bridge, you’ll enjoy a sweeping river view from the lounge. You’ll also find many gluten-free menu items.
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Bridgewater Bistro
20 Basin Street
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Near the Astoria-Megler bridge, you’ll enjoy a sweeping river view from the lounge. You’ll also find many gluten-free menu items.
Want a pie? Some like it hot, if so Sahara is a “go to” pizza experience.
Sahara Pizza
740 Astor St
Want a pie? Some like it hot, if so Sahara is a “go to” pizza experience.
A short hop up the hill from here is a favorite hangout for locals. Check out the giant cookies from the bakery. Picnic baskets get filled here!
Peter Pan Market & Deli
712 Niagara Avenue
A short hop up the hill from here is a favorite hangout for locals. Check out the giant cookies from the bakery. Picnic baskets get filled here!
Bosnian food and Turkish coffee. A “go to” spot for foodies. (GF options)
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Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant
915 Commercial Street
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Bosnian food and Turkish coffee. A “go to” spot for foodies. (GF options)
This food cart is close by and makes, I’m told, an awesome Reuben sandwich. Bring it back to the house and it’s still warm!
Sasquatch Sandwich Shop
1343 Duane Street
This food cart is close by and makes, I’m told, an awesome Reuben sandwich. Bring it back to the house and it’s still warm!
Another nearby food cart across from City Hall. Say “hi” to Jordan.
Surf 2 Soul
395 11th Street
Another nearby food cart across from City Hall. Say “hi” to Jordan.
Rated by Trip Advisor as a top choice for gluten-free dining. Easy walk from your home-away-from-home. Yes, there’s quality indoor service here as well.
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Silver Salmon Grille
1105 Commercial St
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Rated by Trip Advisor as a top choice for gluten-free dining. Easy walk from your home-away-from-home. Yes, there’s quality indoor service here as well.
OK, so maybe food “scene” isn’t the best description. But if a dark place with a sorta divey vibe doesn’t put you off, the breakfast and burgers are just what the Captain ordered. To know if they’re open, look out the riverside bedroom window. If the “OPEN” sign is lit, you’re good to go!
Labor Temple Diner & Bar
934 Duane Street
OK, so maybe food “scene” isn’t the best description. But if a dark place with a sorta divey vibe doesn’t put you off, the breakfast and burgers are just what the Captain ordered. To know if they’re open, look out the riverside bedroom window. If the “OPEN” sign is lit, you’re good to go!
Great location walkable from your rooms. T Paul’s has been a stalwart through the recent shutdowns. They’ve managed to stay open and maintain quality as well.
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T. Paul's Supper Club
360 12th Street
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Great location walkable from your rooms. T Paul’s has been a stalwart through the recent shutdowns. They’ve managed to stay open and maintain quality as well.
Great for grabbing a cup or breakfast. Friendly folks with hours that expand based on seasonal demand.
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Street 14 Café
1410 Commercial Street
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Great for grabbing a cup or breakfast. Friendly folks with hours that expand based on seasonal demand.
Shopping
Beautiful Scandinavian items like linens and dish ware. A well-curated shop recognizing the area’s heritage.
Finn Ware
1116 Commercial St
Beautiful Scandinavian items like linens and dish ware. A well-curated shop recognizing the area’s heritage.
Like the vintage botanical prints in the Captain Johnson House? Here’s where we get them. An eclectic mix of colorful home goods. Recently relocated to a much larger store.
Cargo
240 11th Street
Like the vintage botanical prints in the Captain Johnson House? Here’s where we get them. An eclectic mix of colorful home goods. Recently relocated to a much larger store.
A fun collection of upcycled items, house parts, antiques, and hardware.
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Vintage Hardware
1162 Marine Drive
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A fun collection of upcycled items, house parts, antiques, and hardware.