Astoria has a special place in my heart. My grandmother grew up in Astoria as did my husband. Weekends in Astoria are a treat as we get to visit our families, who live in the area, but also enjoy the food and fun that the town has to offer. Our only problem when we visit is deciding what to do and where to eat. I love breakfast at the Columbian Cafe and the quaint Hotel Elliott with the heated bathroom floors. I love Joulutorttu (Finnish Christmas tarts) from Home Bakery and crisp craft brews from Fort George Brewing. I love visiting the Astoria Column to find the brick with my name on it and warming up with fish and chips from the Ship Inn afterwards. I love the crab bread at the Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival and peeking out the window of the Cannery Pier Hotel at the fog over the Astoria-Megler Bridge. I could go on forever. Astoria is just really cool.

The people at Budget Travel have noticed Astoria’s epic coolness and selected it to be on the America’s Coolest Small Towns Poll. I know that Astoria is a shoo-in to win. How could you visit and NOT love it?

But, don’t just take my word for it, check out what some of our other bloggers have had to say about Astoria:

Romance in Astoria

Good Eats in Astoria

Grant’s Getaways: Lewis and Clark Slept Here

Grant’s Getaways: Most Dangerous Bar

So, are you convinced? Head over to Budget Travel to vote for Astoria. You can vote everyday until February 11!

about author Rhiannon West Chamberlain

Rhiannon is a native Oregonian who grew up exploring the nooks and crannies of the Oregon Coast and daydreaming in Powell’s City of Books. She now lives in NE Portland with her husband and her new baby boy and looks forward to teaching him to love Oregon as much as she does. Rhiannon attended both the University of Oregon and Portland State University, where she studied Journalism and Mass Media. She claims to ‘bleed green’ and happily cheers for both the Ducks and the Vikings every chance she gets. In her free time, Rhiannon enjoys sipping Oregon Pinot, finding new restaurants, bargain hunting and trying new recipes – sometimes successfully. She has a child-like enthusiasm for trying new things and rediscovering old ones – such as skee-ball, mini golf, and big slides.

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  1. Helen says…

    Great news- wonderful place – hope it comes in first!

    Written on January 14th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  2. Renee Benson says…

    Nice article. How eloquently put.

    Written on January 14th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  3. Lesle Palmeri says…

    Hi Rhiannon,
    You may want to tell your readers that they may vote every 5 hours, not just once a day! Thanks again for spreading the word! Lesle

    Written on February 7th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
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