A Weekend in Portland and Astoria

My partner and I took an impromptu trip to Portland and Astoria this weekend. We discovered two great hotels and added three new parks to the 146 Parks project.

Hotel Grand Stark, Portland

Hotel Grand Stark is a cute boutique hotel in Portland’s Eastside neighborhood. We found a fun variety of restaurants nearby and enjoyed its quirky décor.

It’s World Famous!

The next morning we left for Astoria by way of Paradise Point State Park.

Astoria River Views

We arrived in Astoria in time to check out the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which was great fun. (We’ll leave the pictures to them!)

And then were treated to some great sunset views on the river.

Bowline Hotel, Astoria

I’ve long been a fan of the Cannery Pier Hotel when I go to Astoria, but they are currently closed for renovations. The Bowline turned out to be a very fun and cute alternative. Situated on the waterfront right in the heart of downtown Astoria, it was an easy walk from there to a wide variety of restaurants and its own lobby bar, The Knot, offered some creative cocktails.

Yes, there are sea lions nearby!

On our way out of town, we took a friend’s recommendation and had breakfast at the Street 14 Café.

We visited two new parks on Sunday, Fort Columbia and Loomis Lake. OK, actually we visited three new parks, but we realized that Cape Disappointment was larger than we had time for this weekend.

One picture for now, and we’ll be back!

Beard’s Hollow View Point, Cape Disappointment State Park, west of Ilwaco, Washington
to Portland and Astoria, Oregon, and back over three days · 780 km / 485 mi
(Mouse over or tap on the markers to see the photos there.)