I love little beach towns. While I dream about tropical palm-tree-and-white-sand beach towns, I really love small quaint slightly foggy coastal towns. I guess it has to do with the fact that I grew up on Kodiak Island, a tiny town in the Gulf of Alaska. No matter where you went, you weren’t far from the ocean, salty air and harbors full of fishing boats.
My husband also has an affinity for such places so it was easy to convince him to spend last Sunday at the Oregon coast, despite the overcast weather. We have spent quite a bit of time in Newport and Seaside, but we hadn’t done much in Astoria. We drove through the town a few years ago but
our my only purpose was to see the Goonies House (so cool!).
This time we wanted to spend more time poking around the town and being by the water. (I didn’t tell my husband my game plan also included beer, lots of beer! For a rather small town — less than 10,000 people I think — Astoria manages to have several breweries and I was determined to visit at least two of them.)
We started our day of adventure at the Ft. George Brewery — here we drank our way through a beer sampler tray with 12 different beers and 1 small glass of their homemade wasabi gingerale. Each beer was super good but the standouts were the Suicide Squeeze IPA and the Quick Wit. I brought home a half gallon mason jar of the Suicide Squeeze – yum!
Next we wandered down to the docks to take in the sights.
We were hanging out watching this little guy…
…when we stumbled upon a beautiful sight!
We popped into Buoy Beer Co., which just opened this year, and had a few pints. I had a pale ale and my husband had a doublebock. Both were delicious. (Have I mentioned that I love beer? Seriously. I love it.)
Then we took a tour of the Astoria Column, which will have to be a post of its own. It was that fantastic. But to give you an idea, here’s the Column:
After we had our fill of Astoria, we moved on to Seaside, Oregon, the more touristy summer beach spot. We loaded up on salt water taffy (because I love candy almost as much as I love beer) and then headed to the beach.
And guess what else we found?!
Seaside Brewing Company is a small 2-year-old brew pub that’s actually housed in the old city jail. Their taps come out of the former “drunk tank,” which I find pretty entertaining. They have a good list of beers, including some fun guest taps, but I decided to go for their Lockkup IPA.
After enjoying our pints of refreshing goodness, we drove to Cannon Beach, about 15 minutes away. This is one of my favorite spots, maybe because it was the first trip my husband and I took when we had just started dating (which will be 11 years ago next week!).
We didn’t drink any beer in Cannon Beach, but we did catch the sun setting on Haystack Rock (also featured in The Goonies) before we ate a leisurely foie gras-filled dinner at Newmans at 988.
Then it was back home to Portland, where my husband was crashed out on the couch within 20 minutes of our arrival. A Sunday well spent!