My husband and I recently spent our first anniversary at the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria. As I told my friends and colleagues of our plans, I noticed a trend: a large number of people were planning to spend (or had spent) their anniversaries at the Cannery Pier Hotel as well. Hmmm…curious, I thought. Is the hotel fantastically romantic or was this just a coincidence? I decided to investigate during our weekend getaway.

The Cannery Pier Hotel is located hundreds of feet into the Columbia River on the site of the old Union Fish Cannery. As we walked into the lobby, I was enchanted with view of the river and delighted with the stylish yet cozy interior. Ok. I can see why my friends and colleagues had decided to stay here for their special occasion weekends. What a view of the river! And the décor was stylish, yet welcoming. “Shoot, I want to live here,” I thought to myself, and I hadn’t even seen our room yet.

If I thought I might like to stay upon my survey of the lobby, when we saw our room I was ready to fill out a change-of-address form. Each room has a cozy fireplace and a balcony suspended over the river. The view from our room was unparalleled. Ships sailed by just feet away as birds floated outside our window with the Astoria Bridge as a backdrop. We were entertained for hours just looking out our window. I knew there was a lot for us to see and do in Astoria, but I was pretty sure I’d be content to stay in our room all weekend. On the other hand, I didn’t want to miss the complimentary wine and hors de’oeuvres the Cannery Pier offers nightly in the lobby.

Hence, my husband and I decided to finally leave our comfortable and picturesque surroundings to enjoy the extraordinary Cannery Pier hospitality–wine, salmon snacks and cheese bites in the lobby…ok, now I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. Relaxing by the fire in the lobby as boats came to dock for the evening was one of those moments you want to wrap up in a box and save forever. Despite this, I knew at some point I would have to get out and explore Astoria. After all, the hotel offers loaner bikes and free transport in their fleet of classic 1930s Buicks. If I had to go someplace, at least it would be in pure Cannery Pier style.

Once we were able to tear ourselves away from the comfort of the Cannery Pier hotel, we enjoyed sight-seeing (and eating) in Astoria. The Flavel House Museum is a must-see. It’s a step back in time to the grandeur and artistry that flourished when Astoria was settled. If you’re looking for good eats, I highly recommend The Ship Inn for fish-n-chips–delicious. The surroundings are rustic, but the fish is incredible. For fancier fare and fantastic service, I recommend Clemente’s Restaurant and Bridgewater Bistro. The seafood at both establishments was fresh, flavorful and creatively prepared. If you’d like to pick up a delicious pastry or two on your way to the beach, you can’t miss the Blue Scorcher.

I had concluded my investigation of the Cannery Pier Hotel. Was it in fact incredibly romantic? Yes, but it’s also perfect for any special occasion. If you have a special weekend coming up like an anniversary, birthday or a girls getaway, you absolutely can’t go wrong staying at the Cannery Pier Hotel. I’m looking for any reason to go back before our next anniversary. Just to celebrate a Saturday is reason enough for me.

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  1. Krista MacGillivray says…

    Dear Linea,

    I must ask, did you take that first picture at the top there? Absolutely gorgeous. Whenever I go on vacation, I take scenery pictures like that, and have them plastered all over my room. Just a great reminder of the beauties of the world.

    Looks like you and your husband had a great time. What else did you get to see while in Astoria? Did you happen to go to the Astoria Column? It’s a big icon that is over 125′. Once you are up on top the hill, brave the 164 step spiral staircase to the top for sweeping views of the Astoria Bridge, Pacific Ocean, Saddle Mountain and Young’s Bay. It’s absolutely beautiful.

    Do you plan to go back again? Anything else you would recommend seeing while there?

    Krista MacGillivray

    Written on January 28th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
  2. Suzanne Sondrup says…

    I have to say that Astoria is one of the very special places in my heart. I have been visiting Astoria off and on over the years to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins. I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, but will always consider Astoria as one of the most picturesque and heartwarming places I have been to. I remember when they built the Astoria bridge and have made several trips to the top of Astor column. I am currently planning a trip to Astoria again. I appreciated your article and will look into staying at the Cannery Pier Hotel. Thanks again!!

    Written on January 30th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
  3. Lauren at Northwest Cheapsleeps says…

    Astoria is a nice little town, and not just a pass-through on your way to the Oregon Coast beyond. It’s totally worth a weekend, especially if you combine your trip with a little sightseeing on the Washington side across the bridge, like the lighthouse at Cape Disappointment. I love Clementines B&B too ($90+) – really nice folks.

    Written on January 30th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
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