Astoria is the oldest permanent settlement on the Pacific coast and had the first U.S. post office west of the Rocky Mountains. Astoria is named after John Jacob Astor, who was the U.S.’s first multimillionaire and whose fur company founded Fort Astoria in 1811. Both Astoria, Oregon, and Astoria, New York, are named after John Jacob Astor.
Today, Astoria, Oregon, is a vibrant town fueled by small businesses and tourism. The town is rooted in the logging and fishing industries in addition to port activities. Bordered by the Columbia River, much of Astoria offers views of the expansive river and into Washington state. Some of the western portions of the city even offer a glimpse of the Columbia River Bar running into the Pacific Ocean in the distance. The Astoria-Megler Bridge crosses the Columbia River into Washington.
Astoria hosts many small-business owners. You can find wonderfully unique and eclectic shops downtown. For example, Gimre’s Shoes was founded in 1892 and is still operated by the founding family. There are over 40 restaurants in Astoria. Many are locally owned and award-winning establishments. Buoy Beer Company, Rogue, Astoria Brewing Company, and the Fort George Brewery are just some of the brewing companies in Astoria.
For additional information about Astoria and its business opportunities, visit the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce website here
Astoria currently allows Homestay Lodging under certain conditions. These short-term rentals require a license to allow one or two bedrooms for rent for less than 30 days, while the homeowner is onsite. For comprehensive details, please click here
Astoria is located on the south shore of the Columbia River, where the river flows into the Pacific Ocean. In Astoria, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are very cold, wet, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 69°F and is rarely below 29°F or above 77°F. The majority of tourists coming for warm weather activities visit from early July to early September.
The City of Astoria offers tsunami evacuation routes and maps, and encourages it residents to make a plan and build an emergency preparedness kit. For more details, please click here
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