Every couple of months, we find ourselves back in Astoria, Oregon.
It has become the perfect little getaway for our family as it’s only about a two hour drive from where we live in Portland and it has just about everything we could want: nature and hiking trails, beach access, great restaurants, and a vibrant little city center that is chock full of history. Anytime we visit Astoria, we make time to absorb the city and riverwalk area.
I love getting up early and running along the Astoria Riverwalk (often finding routes that lead to coffee), or heading up the hill from the city center, alongside all of the beautiful, brightly painted Victorian homes, sometimes pausing to look down towards the water (it always feels slightly reminiscent of San Francisco).
We also almost always make our way out to Fort Stevens, whether it’s to let Abbie (our dog) out for a romp on the beach near the famous Iredale shipwreck…
…or to enjoy running with the whole fam (Bob stroller, included) on the paved bike path that runs all through the park.
Since we’re a pretty active family, we often try and find the best hiking – we’ve been out to Fort Clatsop (on the Fort to Sea trail) and most recently, we explored the Gnat Creek trails and fish hatchery.
And of course active adventures require all the good eats.
We love starting our mornings off strong with a delicious bagel sando at Coffee Girl on the pier (those shredded veggies, tho…)
Or if we’re feeling brunch, we love Blue Scorcher Bakery and Cafe – it’s centrally located – right underneath Fort George Brewing – and they even have a little kiddo play area which is great for distracting the little ones before the food comes.
We generally do breakfast out and then either arm ourselves with snacks for lunch or hit up one of the many food trucks in town for a quick bite (some of our fave food trucks include: The Hot Box and The Good Bowl).
We typically end our full day of adventuring with an early (because babies) but always delicious dinner. Some of our favorite places to dine in Astoria include Fort George Brewery and Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro.
We’re headed back to Astoria this weekend and are always on the lookout for ideas on family and dog friendly adventures, places to eat, drink, and explore. If you have any good recommendations, please send your tips my way. You can leave tips in the comments or send me a message on @travelastoriawarrenton this weekend as I’ll be taking over their Instagram account while we’re there (and I’d love to hear from you!).
As always, stay sweaty (and adventure often) friends!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Travel Astoria Warrenton. That said, all opinions, photos, travel experiences, and thoughts are my very own.