Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cannery Pier Hotel

A couple weekends ago we were able get away for three days and two nights to the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria, OR.  I can't claim that the town of Astoria is some fabulous tourist destination, but it is pleasant and quaint with some good restaurants and shops and many interesting places to walk. 

We've enjoyed this particular hotel many times when we've needed some relaxation or to escape some particular drama at home.  It is lovely in all sorts of ways.  Service to awesome.

I can also recommend the Gunderson's Cannery Cafe where we ate twice will there and have eaten before.  It is consistently good.

I'm a big fan of steamer clams and the ones we had there were really good.

We also enjoy a restaurant called Baked Alaska while in Astoria.  It is excellent.  We even had Thanksgiving dinner there a couple years ago.

The Cannery Pier Hotel has 3 vintage cars which you can reserve to take you to your evening destination and pick you up when done.  It's fun and something different. 

And Baked Alaska has some really yummy food. 

 The kids met us on Saturday. We walked around and saw some of the sights.  With the north Oregon Coast, you are pleasantly surprised and take advantage when the weather is really good.  

Miss Hailey has a hard time putting down the DS, whatever that is.

We walked around; saw things.  Astoria has an interesting history. The city was once known as the salmon capital of the world.  In the 1880s, 40 canneries lined the lower Columbia river producing canned salmon.  The old victorian houses still remain, along with other remenents of the past to explore and enjoy.  It was a happy day.   Remember to get out and take some time to relax.

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