Visit historical Astoria property at Fort Clatsop and get to know local history. Fort Clatsop is where explorers Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery spent the winter, from December 1805 to March 1806. Explore the replica of the fort and see a great collection of artifacts exhibited in the interpretive center. From mid June to Labor Day weekend, costumed rangers lead activities and programs. There is still plenty to do and see in the winter. Watch two different films describing life at the fort. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the park.
One way to get the experience of the members of the Corps of Discovery is to take a hike on the Fort-to-Sea Trail. The trail is 6.5 miles long and winds gently uphill for two miles to Clatsop Ridge, the winds through the woods to Sunset Beach. If you’re lucky, you might meet deer, elk, beavers, or other wild animals who live in the forest. Domesticated animals also wander frequently on this public Astoria property, including cows in the pastures along the trail. For a shorter trip, take the half mile loop that starts at the Visitor Center. Visit Fort Clatsop to get more information about visiting and hiking, and plan a trip.
A favorite stop for Astoria real estate owners who are beer enthusiasts is the Fort George Brewery and Public House. This business has done a wonderful job of revitalizing the building which housed an automotive repair shop from the 1920’s until the 1990’s. The owners took this building, that unfortunately sat empty and neglected for several years, and turned it into a fun and lively place. Amazing beer is produced right on site using local ingredients and is never filtered, fined, or clarified.
There are several areas in the brewery for all who own Astoria real estate and their guests to enjoy. Come to the Tap Room to try something new or attend a presentation at a Thursday night lecture series. Enjoy lunch with friends, family, or coworkers in the pub, or have a date night in the upstairs. The menu features many items that pair well with beer, including sandwiches, tacos, and pizza. Most of the menu items are made in a woodstone pizza oven that uses Oregon oak to cook food at temperatures of 650° to 700°. All food items are also available to go. Visit Fort George Brewery to view the current beers on tap and a complete menu.
All who call Astoria home are fortunate to be surrounded by so much natural beauty. The waterways have been an essential force in shaping the Pacific Northwest, with the Columbia River being one of the most notable. The Columbia River Maritime Museum is a fascinating place that tells the story of this amazing river and the maritime history of this entire region. Founded in 1962, this museum houses the biggest collection of maritime artifacts from the Pacific Northwest and has many fascinating exhibits and hosts numerous workshops, classes, demonstrations, and special events throughout the year.
Enjoy a few hours away from your Astoria home and learn more about the giant 40 foot waves that can pummel the region during winter storms, the fabled salmon fishing runs, the role of the U.S. Coast Guard, and the very interesting Columbia River Bar Pilots. Visit any day of the year, except for Thanksgiving or Christmas from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission ranges from $6.00 to $12.00 with an additional cost of $5.00 for a 3D film. The museum is located on the beautiful waterfront of downtown Astoria. Make a day of it, and grab a bite to eat and browse the shops while downtown. Visit Columbia River Maritime Museum for more information and to plan your visit.