The Vinyl Frontiers

Places on the North Oregon Coast to revel in the resurgence of records Story by Erick bengel • Photos by Colin Murphey A few years ago, North Oregon Coast shop owners who carry records noticed an odd trend: Vinyl was suddenly selling again, big time. The curious comeback of this antiquated medium — the so-called […]

The Liberty Theatre’s Comeback

Venue’s history is a three-act drama: a rise, a fall, a restoration Story by MJ Cody • Main photo by Colin Murphey From rocky, raucous beginnings in 1811, Astoria grew exponentially, yet citizens were still decrying its rough atmosphere a century later. One resident wrote in a letter to the Astorian Evening Budget in 1915 that it was […]

Chinese in Astoria: The Garden of Surging Waves

Captures troubling past, hope for the future Story by Lynette Rae McAdams • Photos by Colin murphey On the corner of 11th and Duane streets in Astoria, tucked tight to the breast of the downtown core, a splendid but enigmatic city park is speaking volumes of history while barely uttering a word. At once beautiful […]

Eat & Drink: Feasts. Eateries. Libations. Recipes.

OUR PICKS There’s no shortage of places in the Columbia Pacific to find a good meal. Whether you’re looking for homemade baked goods, a fine evening dinner, or some fresh seafood, let these fabulous food finds inspire you. MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar Manzanita, Oregon Mark Twain famously said that “too much of anything is bad, but […]

live & stay – our picks

If you’re visiting the Columbia Pacific overnight — or, as a local, taking a well-deserved staycation — you need a place to lay your head. Reserve a room for some R&R or gather inspiration for your own home: These places are aces in our book. Lighthouse Keeper’s Residence Ilwaco, WA Since 1898, the North Head […]

Shipwrecks on Our Coast

In the hours of first light on the foggy morning of Oct. 25, 1906, Capt. H. Lawrence, the last to leave his stranded vessel, came ashore in a lifeboat with only three things in his possession: the ship’s log, a sextant, and a demijohn of whiskey. Turning to face his floundering craft, an angry surf […]

A brief history of Pacific whaling

Story by Matt Winters Yankee whalers had a devastating impact on Pacific marine mammals, cleaning out one pocket of whales, seals, and otters after another. Impacts multiplied after the great Northwest coast whaling grounds were discovered in 1838, according to “A History of the American Whale Fishery,” (1907) by Walter Sheldon Tower. When highly lucrative […]

Listen, and be rewarded

Story by Matt Winters Like most everybody, I carry in my pocket the opportunity to listen to any imaginable song or book, and for a few years indulged my literary tastes while walking from home out to our cape’s sunset-facing cliffs. Neil Gaiman’s “Ocean at the End of the Lane” and “The Name of the […]

Dinner is served

With a menu sourced exclusively from local farms and purveyors, Street 14 Café’s weekend dinner service expertly explores a seasonal sense of place Story by Ryan Hume • Photos by Danny Miller Since October 2015, the venerable coffee shop Street 14 Café has led a not-so-secret second life as one of downtown Astoria’s most exciting […]

Youngs River Falls

This little-known waterfall offers a picturesque view and some fine summer swimming. Story by Ryan Hume Deep inside the squiggle of back roads that thread through the dense forest of unincorporated Lewis and Clark territory just a few miles south of Astoria, there’s a dramatic and serene little secret pouring eternally off the hillside. Down […]