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 […]

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 […]

Fish and chips, for everyone

Story by Lynette Rae McAdams From the light, beer-battered specialties of our breweries and cafés, to the Panko-crusted offerings of our finest dinner houses, every local line cook and executive chef has his or her own spin on what makes this sea-faring classic truly sing. And it’s not just the batter that matters; what’s inside […]

Eat & drink – our picks

Bailey’s Bakery & Cafe Nahcotta, WA If it’s your first time dropping in at Bailey’s, be prepared for a phenomenal surprise: Alongside the mudflats and oyster beds of Willapa Bay, in the very last place you might expect it, this itsy-bitsy bakery and cafe is the hidden gem you’ve been hoping to discover. Tucked on […]

A kid’s coast

(Or how to survive your family vacation) Story by Ryan Hume Exploring new and natural wonders with your children is certainly one of the most rewarding aspects of being a parent. Eschewing video games, streaming videos, work emails, and other modern distractions for the calming clap of the surf is a great way to get some […]