Fish & Chips and a 100 Year Old Trolley Ride in the Port City of Astoria, Oregon

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The Port City of Astoria in Oregon sits at the mouth of the great Columbia River that connects to the ocean.

Two weekends ago, we had no plans and spontaneously decided to drive about an hour and a half to Astoria even though the weather forecast stated “severe weather”. We are nonsensical travelers like that.

Our day trip to Astoria ended up being magical. We ate fresh fish and chips, took a walk along the rails, basked in the perfect chilly sunshine, came across a running historic 100 year old trolley and rode it, walked some more, had a couple of drinks and dessert, and finalized our day by buying our first piece of art for our apartment from an art gallery. It only started pouring rain when we drove back home after 8pm.

Our roadtrip started with a rainbow sighting.
Our roadtrip started with a rainbow sighting.

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The first time I saw Elk Jerky van sellers in Oregon I was surprised, a year later, it's normal to me.
The first time I saw Elk Jerky van sellers in Oregon I was surprised, a year later, it’s normal to me.
We stopped the car on our way to look over Longview, WA
We stopped the car on our way to look over Longview, WA
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Astoria, OR

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A Little History

The Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805–1806 at Fort Clatsop, a small log structure south and west of modern-day Astoria. The expedition had hoped a ship would come by to take them back east, but instead endured a torturous winter of rain and cold, then returned east the way they came. Today the fort has been recreated and is now a historical park.

The city was founded in 1811 as Fort Astoria and incorporated in 1876. This port city has an interesting history revolving around fur trade, fishing, fish processing and lumber.

Today, tourism, Astoria’s growing art scene, and light manufacturing are the main economic activities of the city.

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We decided to dine at the highly reviewed Silver Salmon Grille Restaurant.

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You are never too young to draw on the table (if paper and crayons are provided). Remember the pink and green boat, and the rainbow in the pictures above? That was my art.

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I ordered the salmon fish and chips and Josh picked the herb crusted salmon. They were definitely yummy. You can’t go wrong with fresh salmon.

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After a wonderful lunch, we decided to take a walk and explore.

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The Astoria–Megler Bridge at a distance.

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The weather was my kind of weather. It was chilly and sunny just enough.

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Then we came across a trolley. We quickly found out that it cost a dollar to ride it and it tours along the scenic riverfront of Astoria. We hopped on it without even discussing it.

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The “Old 300” Historic Trolley of Astoria.

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On board, we learned that the trolley is over a 100 years old and built in 1913 by the American Car Company of St. Louis, Mo.

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Average round trip is about 1 hour. The trolley uses the same tracks going both directions, but the tour narration changes. The trolley passes through downtown twice during the hour round trip. It costs $2 for an all-day ticket.

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Picture perfect houses of Astoria.
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People waving from a newly opened brewery.

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One of the stops is at the Maritime Museum of Astoria, on the right of the picture above. We saved that attraction for another day.

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Since the trolley was going to suspend service for an hour, we rode it all the way to the end near the Astoria-Megler bridge and walked back to downtown.  It was a really pleasant walk.

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The only beach in Astoria.

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We stopped at the brewery we saw earlier but they were packed (1 hour wait), so we kept going.

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No idea what that was.

We went back to downtown and found a place to have a couple drinks and dessert. Then we found that there was an Art Walk happening that evening and we joined by going into one of the art galleries where we bought our first decorative art piece. Then we drove home. It was a really wonderful chill Saturday.

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This was our third time in Astoria, and every time we come, it is a different experience that we always enjoy.


Climbing The Astoria Column and a side trip to Seaside


9 thoughts on “Fish & Chips and a 100 Year Old Trolley Ride in the Port City of Astoria, Oregon

  1. Ok this Astoria place is going on a travel list now. I love the feel of the place or how you make it feel anyways. The trolley looks adorable and informative as well.

  2. I love Astoria! On one visit to Portland many years ago, I drove along the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge to the coast road, crossed that awesome bridge into Astoria, and caught the sunset at Seaside.

    And remember: “Goonies are good enough!” 😀

    1. Ha, yes! The Goonies are from there and part of the movie was shot there too. Other movies shot in Astoria where: Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Into The Wild 🙂

      During the trolley tour, they showed us an art mural that appears in Kindergarten Cop.

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