Friday, October 30, 2015

Shipwreck Beach

Shipwreck Beach is everything. We found it via an entrance within Fort Steven's State Park in the city of Warrenton about 20 minutes from of Astoria. Next to it is Sunset Beach, where you can drive south on the sand for miles and miles and miles. (You don't need a pass, or four-wheel drive, or to air down your tires.) There's plenty of beach-goers, but with so much space you feel like you have the place to yourself. Wide open sandy shores and dunes as far as they eye can see. I was humbled and overwhelmed. Oregon's northernmost coastline has an indescribable magic to it. A feeling that crept in with each new section of the coast we visited....

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cape Disappointment | Washington

From Astoria we drove out to Cape Disappointment State Park located just outside the small town of Ilwaco, Washington. Driving over the pretty sea-foam green Astoria-Megler Bridge as it stands against the bright blue sky and deep evergreen forest is an experience in itself. At 4.1 miles long it clocks in as the longest continuous truss bridge in North America - add to that a steep incline that takes you to soaring heights. 

We spent the first half of our day at Dead Man's Cove, discovered on a whim when hiking up to the Cape Disappointment lighthouse. We had grabbed lunch to-go from Blue Schorcher Bakery in town - a delicious spinach and tomato quiche and a red pepper and potato foccacia sandwich proved we did find recommendation worthy food in Astoria after all! We washed lunch down with a bottle of Rogue Farms OREgasmic IPA a favorite among the eight we sampled at the Public House the night before.

It was the warmest day of our trip and I'm so glad we got to enjoy the sunshine in this magical little cove. And the views from the lighthouse did not disappoint ;)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cannery Pier Hotel | Astoria

I gave an overview of all the hotels we stayed at in Oregon here. Cannery Pier was particularly special, easily the most photogenic. I'm confident this is the place to stay if you are visiting Astoria.

[Hotel Perks]
-A teal blue '57 Chevy + a driver to bring you into town.
-An antique cannery machine on display in the lobby that was made in Rutland, VT (Engraved on top: CRPA = Columbia River Packers Association). 
-A blissful clawfoot tub. Additionally, a hot tub with-a-view just down the hall. 
-Architecturally stunning and well decorated common area where we ate breakfast and enjoyed wine and cheese at happy hour.
-The window seat and that Pendleton Blanket. The perfect place for getting cozy with a mug of coffee and a book. Or gazing through the binoculars at the seals playing in the river.