So, you’ve booked your gorgeous room at Bowline Hotel, now what? We put together a guide to help you make the most of a stay in downtown Astoria, Oregon. Our multiple-choice itinerary features a balanced assortment of classic tourist activities, local haunts, tasty treats, and quirky destinations.
4pm – It’s check-in time at Bowline Hotel! Allow us to provide valet parking in our private lot, get your complimentary glass of bubbles, and take your first breathtaking views of the Columbia River right outside the windows in our lobby. As you make your way to your room, you’ll see photos of old Astoria and historical images of our building’s past as a cannery. Settle into your stylish and comfortable room, unpack your suitcase, and get ready to start your vacation.
6:30pm – Dinner will (k)not disappoint! Have a delicious, seasonally updated and Scandi-inspired meal at the Knot Bar accompanied by a drink off our cocktail menu. While you wait for your food, watch the sunset over the river and get that perfect, Instagram-worthy shot.
8pm – Relax on the balcony while you let your food settle. Either in your own private area, or over on our pier by the fireplace. Listen to the local wildlife (a sea lion serenade, perhaps?) and watch the water lap at the pilings. Once you’ve had enough fresh sea air, head back to your room for a dip in your oversized soaking tub, followed by Bowline robes, of course.
10pm – Did you save room for dessert? Order in something sweet from Knot Bar, or maybe you’ll want to have a nightcap. Dial up room service and snuggle in for a perfect end to your first night with us. Your luxurious, cloudlike, king-size bed welcomes you in for a night of restorative sleep.
7 am – Good morning! Wake up refreshed and ready for a full day of exploring Astoria. We have in-room coffee and tea to help you ease into the morning. Take your time getting ready and soak in the views from your balcony or patio while the rest of Astoria wakes up too.
8am – Grab breakfast at Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, a short walk from the hotel. Order a coffee drink (check the specials board for some creative beverages), a sweet or savory something at the bar, then have a seat indoors or outdoors.
Greasy spoon more your style? Labor Temple is serving up diner breakfast classics with an old town ambiance. Check their website calendar, you might want to come back later in your trip to catch a show.
9:30 am – Walk off your breakfast at one of Astoria’s excellent outdoor recreation or historical locations. (Even in the rain! It’s been said there is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. Put on a raincoat!) Astoria’s Parks and Recreation Department maintains 63 parks throughout the county! You’re sure to find one that will suit your interests.
We recommend you start with Astoria Riverwalk which has over 6 miles of riverside trails, much of it paved and very accessible.
If you’ve walked out and want a ride back to where you started, hop on the “Old 300” – the Astoria Riverfront Trolley.
$1 per ride, $2 all day, CASH ONLY
Schedule: April through October: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm, Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 1pm-4pm, no Wednesday service
11am – The Columbia River Maritime Museum is located along the Riverwalk, and boasts an extensive collection of boats, maritime artifacts, interactive displays, 3D movie theater, gift shop, and fine art. Explore exhibits geared to both kids and adults.
3 pm – Drive the winding road to the top of town and explore the Astoria Column. Ascend the 164 steps of the historic monument, fly a glider, check out the history, and take in the views stretching from the ocean to the mountains. Visiting the park or climbing the column is free. Parking pass is $5 per vehicle, good for one year! Open daily 5am – 10pm
5:30pm – Descend into the basement to enter Galactix! This immersive Sci-Fi lounge, features classic and rare video game arcade machines, snacks, extensive beer/cider list, and the spaciest bathroom we’ve ever seen. Plus! Pizza progress tv!
7 pm – Dinner
Sure, Astoria is home to excellent seafood establishments, but did you know Astoria is also home to excellent Thai, Indian, Italian, Japanese and Bosnian food? It’s true! Our current culinary obsessions: Fedé, Drina Daisy, and Curry and Coco.
8pm – XANADU!
The first and only queer bar on the PNW Coast is wonderful and open to all! Check their website for a schedule of events and theme nights including drag shows, karaoke, trivia, and watch parties. Or just stop by anytime for the fruitiest cocktails and mocktails, and a full food menu (also available for takeaway.)
10pm – Nightcap in at the Knot Bar. Do some good while you’re drinking with us – you’ll find our monthly “Cocktail for a Cause” benefiting non-profit partner organizations throughout the region. Feel great about your life choices as you retire to your luxurious room.
8:30 am – Sleep in! Relax and watch boats cruise the Columbia River while you drink your morning coffee on your balcony. Or, wake yourself up in one of the barrel saunas on the pier with a front row view of the river.
11:30 am – After breakfast, you might wander through downtown Astoria. (Check out is at noon, but don’t worry, you can stay and play in Astoria a while longer before heading home.)
Is it summertime? Go to the Sunday Market! For over 20 years, Astoria Sunday Market has featured fresh produce, local arts & crafts, food, music and more on 12th St. in downtown Astoria. (Sundays – May 12-Oct 13, 2024 – from 10-3)
History buffs, garden admirers, woodworking enthusiasts, and period interior design nerds won’t want to miss the Flavel House. One of the best-preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest, the stately home is chock-full of historically accurate furnishings, Flavel family heirlooms, and contextual information. Get tickets at the carriage house on the SW (uphill) corner of the property before going into the main house.
4 pm – Sadly, it’s time to head home. What a wonderful 48 hours in Astoria! We hope you’ve had an amazing time. Come back really soon!
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