18 Ways to Experience Astoria and Clatsop County in 2018

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Soak in the panoramic views from 600 feet above sea level from the Astoria Column. Photo credit: Wendi Agalzoff

Clatsop County is a place unlike any other. Small ranges of hills give way to sweeping valley views of rivers, bays, and local natural resources that are the backbone of the local economy. Rejuvenated energy in the small spattering of towns has given the county a breath of fresh air and a renaissance of arts and culture. The pounding ocean continues to change our coastal beaches and gives glimpses into the expansive underwater world just offshore.

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Completed in 1926 the Astoria Column has become one of the most recognized monuments of the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Wendi Agalzoff

The hardworking people of this region have inspired new art, award winning beers, and have kept the colorful history of our region alive. Whether you are a longtime local or a first time visitor, there are so many ways to explore and enjoy Clatsop County. Here are our suggestions for 18 ways to enjoy Clatsop County in 2018.

  1. Get a taste of local agriculture by exploring five farmers markets, local farms that sell directly to consumers, and all that North Coast Food Web has to offer.
  2. Surf the waves at Indian beach, explore tide pools and hike miles of coastal trails at Ecola State Park.
  3. Take a Friday roller skate during community skate night, attend a world-class concert, and more at the Astoria Armory community and event center.
  4. Love beer? Get a sample of local award winning brews and more at Seaside’s Pouring at the Coast this March or Astoria’s Pacific Northwest Brew cup in September.
  5. Celebrate a piece of Astoria-area history by viewing the 33rd consecutive season of Shanghaied in Astoria presented by Astor Street Opry Company summer 2018.
  6. Soak in the sun and see outstanding sand formations at the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest.
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    The mighty Columbia River and its boat traffic are the back bones to the local fisheries and have inspired artists for generations. Photo credit: Wendi Agalzoff
    Reconnect with the historical community of Brownsmead during the annual September Brownsmead Corn feed and enjoy a traditional dinner, all-you-can-eat corn, and friendly atmosphere.
  8. View the entirety of Clatsop County laid out beneath you by hiking the Saddle Mountain Trail.
  9. Enjoy the traditional fanfare, dancing, and foods of a few cultures that helped shape our region during the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.
  10. See Lewis and Clark settlement life come alive during a historical reenactment at Fort Clatsop National Historical Park. Throughout the summer, park staff and volunteers recreate aspects of life through musket shots, candle dipping, and more.
  11. Conduct a graveside chat with some of the most entertaining former citizens of the area during Talking Tombstones.
  12. Ready to golf on a century-old golf course overlooking the Pacific Ocean? Gearhart Golf Links is a public golf course that offers lessons, a pro-shop, and a classic links feel for golfers. While you are there be sure to grab lunch at McMenamin’s Sand Trap restaurant and pub overlooking the golf course greens.
  13. Fort Clatsop National Park offers insight into settlement history, miles of trails and river kayak tours during summer months. Photo credit: Wendi Agalzoff
    Experience Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area that has over 1,000 acres of protected refuge for local fauna.
  14. Play Cornhole at The Big O – Olney General Store and Saloon. Just seven miles outside of Astoria on Highway 202, the historical local watering hole offers gas, restaurant, bar and events.
  15. Make a rope at the Columbia River Maritime Museum and learn more about maritime traffic by visiting historical Astoria Ferry Tourist No 2.
  16. Get a good look how spring chinook and winter steelhead are raised at Gnat Creek Hatchery. Tour the facility, hike nearby trails, or stay at nearby Gnat Creek Campground for a semi- primitive camping experience within Clatsop State Forest.
  17. Feel the burn and climb the Astoria Column to see the view from 600 feet above sea level. Enjoy it during the day or if you’re lucky, catch a sunset you’ll never forget.
  18. Promenade a partner at a monthly Contra Dance with a live caller and a jovial crowd. Bring a partner or come by yourself, the country dancing community welcomes all ages.
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