The SpaceThis Serene bedroom has a queen bed with a tempurpedic mattress top and black-out drapes for cozy, dark mornings so you can sleep in. It is one of two guest rooms, so you may be sharing the house with another person or a couple.
The Serene Bedroom is has a small closet and a rattan table to put your things on. There is an electric fireplace that is more like a light show, but can heat the room fast. There are places in the house to sit and watch the ships on the river or hook up your laptop, eat breakfast, etc.
In the kitchen we have a "guest pantry" with cereals, oatmeal, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for guests to use when they make their own breakfast. Coffee, teas, soy and other non-dairy milks, and fresh fruit are available.
The bedroom has two doors - one opens into the shared bathroom and another opens to the kitchen/back porch with a fabulous view of the Columbia River. There is a separate entrance into the kitchen from the back garden.
The bathroom has a heated toilet seat/bidet, a deep Jacuzzi tub, and a rain-head shower. There is another full bathroom upstairs that is available as needed. If the other guest room is rented, you will be sharing the bath that is between both rooms.
The house sits on a hill overlooking the river which is 4 miles wide. From May 15 to October 15 Astoria has an organic farmers market on Thursdays and a huge Sunday Market starting at 10 AM. There are many restaurants, including Indian, Chinese, Bosnian, Italian, andJapanesee. The Blue Scorcher is a vegetarian cafe on Duane St., and there are many other cafes, art galleries, museums, breweries, and beautiful places to walk. Our favorite restaurant is T. Paul's Supper Club on 12th and Commercial next to the beautiful Liberty Theater where the Award-winning Astoria Music Festival has opera, symphony, and Chamber music the last two weeks of June. We also recommend Tora Sushi, the Urban Cafe, and the Bridgewater Bistro.
There are a few cabs - not much public transportation, but most places are within walking distance. We are about a mile and a half from the downtown area, but up a hill. We recommend that you drive down the hill, park near the river, walk around, then be really happy you have your car to drive back UP the hill.
Biking and walking is easy on the 6 miles of the Riverwalk below us.
For info about the Astoria Sunday Market (May 15 to October 15) events and music: (URL HIDDEN)
You are welcome to use the TV (in the kitchen dining area), the back porch and deck, and the garden. Guests don't cook meals here, but are welcome to use the microwave to reheat food.
We love to meet our guests and give them a short tour, but also leave them alone as they wish. Mickey hangs out in his den upstairs and I'm usually in the studio/office. Our bedrooms are on the top floor.
Our neighborhood has about 55 homes, and there is only one way in and out, so it's very safe. Cars don't drive by unless they belong in the neighborhood. We are all on a hill with great views. We are near the famous Goonie House and the Astor Elementary School used in "Kindergarten Cop". It's fun and beautiful - with a forest ridge line all the way around us - except to the north where you see the river.
One bus runs up and down the coast - good for sightseeing, not getting somewhere fast. Lots of small cab companies and the Riverwalk trolley runs on the hour all the way through town and back in the summers only.
There is a bike shop downtown that rents bikes.
We try to be home when you arrive, but the front and back doors will be unlocked if we aren't, and I will give you the tour when we finally meet. Both guest rooms have signs on them so you can find the right one.
We love having you! Guest Accessthere are two parking spots for guests in front of our house, or right across the street. We ask that you park there rather than in front of our neighbor's house because they have work and family vehicles and need their spaces.
There is a gate with a latch that opens on the side, then six concrete stairs to the walk way and then the big front staircase to the door. About 10 steps with solid handrails. Still, if you have trouble climbing stairs, you can walk along the side of the house and come in from the back deck which has fewer stairs. If you have bikes or heavy luggage, you can let us know and we will open the garage door and you can leave your bikes inside and bring your luggage up the stairs from the garage which is at the ground level. Astoria - hills and stairs everywhere. Interaction with GuestsI love to talk to guests, but am just as happy when they take their space and enjoy the town and their partner.
We live here, our bath and bedroom and sitting room are upstairs, and we are usually home when guests arrive. The NeighborhoodOur neighborhood is at the east end of town and secluded from major traffic. Pretty quiet, on a hill.... one way in, one way out. Fifty-five homes are in this neighborhood and it's very friendly and calm here. Getting AroundThere is a bus that runs along the coastal towns, but it's not really for getting around the town itself - more for a scenic ride to other towns nearby. You catch it a few blocks from here on the main road. There are bus shelters in front of Safeway and downtown.
Bring your car or take a cab or plan to walk the 3 mile round trip from our place to downtown and back. You can also rent bikes at a great bike store downtown, but our hill is steep. Short but steep.
Cabs are a good choice if you go out for drinks and don't want to drive afterwards.
The trolley runs along the riverwalk during the summer only from noon to 6 PM. The driver gives your a little tour as your look around. Other Things to NoteWe are in compliance with the City of Astoria and our license number is (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
We have some recommendations:
Our favorite restaurant (cozy, consistently delicious appetizers and dinners, great bar, downtown) is T. PAUL’S SUPPER CLUB next to the Liberty Theater on 12th and Commercial.
Across the street from T. Pauls is a really good sushi place - Tora Sushi.
Our favorite lunch place is the BRIDGEWATER BISTRO on the water near the bridge on Basin Street, near the Cannery Pier Hotel. The restaurant is in a large old warehouse with huge windows, booths, a fireplace, and great food – a good Sunday Brunch.
At the bottom of 12th Street is a gourmet pizza place that is a part of the BAKED ALASKA.
BEST SEAFOOD TAKE OUTS: The SEAFOOD café 354 Industry Street (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) on the Harbor behind the RiverView Inn. The BOW PICKER – a boat transformed into a fish and chips restaurant across the street from the Maritime Museum – serves tuna as the fish. You can request more fish, less chips.
BREAKFAST: The BLUE SCORCHER on 15th and Duane is also a bakery, vegetarian, local, and has some great gluten-free pastries.
The ASTORIA COFFEE HOUSE on 11th and Marine has breakfasts and pastries. 3 Cups Coffee House is on Marine Drive just under the Bridge overpass. It has wonderful people working there as well as great coffee and food. Closes around 5.
The COFFEE GIRL is inside an old cannery on Pier 39. GREAT little place on the river, wonderful pastries and soup, sandwiches and COFFEE.
The best maritime museum on the West Coast is the COLUMBIA RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM. Close to downtown right on the River. Tons of parking.
The ASTORIA COLUMN is the highest point in town and has an amazing view. You can climb the 166 steps to an outside viewing platform and fly little paper airplanes off the side. The BEST.
BREWERIES:Fort GEORGE (15th and Duane) is cool. We like the sample tray of their beers. Great PIZZA upstairs.
BUOY BEER (#1 8th St.) is new and very nice – right on the river and has a view floor to watch the sea lions. Has a bar menu.