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Pier 39 - Astoria When traveling along the Oregon coast, you must stop at Pier39 Astoria to savor some of the best seafood found anywhere, a frosty brew, a comforting latte, and to walk streets lined with Victorian homes and quirky shops. foundation has undertaken pier restoration projects, including the Bumble-Bee Cannery Museum, so that visitors can learn more about the city’s intriguing history. The oldest settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria was once a major center of the West Coast fishing industry, and the base of more than a dozen seafood canneries. When Bumble Bee, the town’s principal employer, shut its doors in the early ’80s, the town switched its emphasis from industry to creating an artists’ colony sporting fine-art galleries, intriguing shops, and inviting cafés. Pier 39-Astoria is home to: Coffee Girl, an award-winning coffeehouse that features welcoming service, first-rate espresso, pastries, breakfast, and lunch along with a magnificent view. Hanthorn Crab Company has a fresh-seafood market featuring local Dungeness crab and is the only place to buy live crab in Astoria. Fisherman Suites encompasses four upscale hideaways; the Captain plan sleeps six, and the Bunkhouse plan sleeps eight in two separate bedrooms. Astoria Scuba and Adventure Sports, the largest dive store on the Oregon/ Washington coast, provides year around scuba training from Basic diving  Certification to Instructor level. And Rogue Public Ale House fashions world-class ales, lagers, spirits, ciders, mead, and sodas along with pizza for visitors from around the globe. Additionally, Pier 39-Astoria has banquet facilities where they hold weddings and other events. Featuring 84,800 square feet, Pier 39-Astoria, a maritimethemed business park, is housed in the city’s oldest and largest waterfront building and leases suites to companies, retail businesses, artists’ lofts, and is home to: The Hanthorn Cannery Foundation that was founded in 2003 by former workers and managers of the Columbia River Packers Association and the Bumble Bee Seafood Corporation to commemorate the dedication of thousands of employees who toiled there between 1875 and the late 20th Century. The The complex is the brainchild of Floyd Holcom, an Astoria native and local developer whose organization saved the building from the wrecking ball restoring a national icon that was built 10 years after the Civil War that not only elevated the salmon trade nationally, but also created the Albacoretuna industry and Bumble Bee Seafood. So, for a fabulous vacation in a picturesque town, come to Pier 39-Astoria to enjoy some of the town’s fabulous offerings. For more information, please go to: www.pier39-astoria.com. Astoria is the seat of Clatsop County situated near the mouth of the Columbia River. The city was named after the American investor John Jacob Astor and his American Fur Company in 1811. In addition, The Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805–06 at Fort Clatsop, a small log structure south and west of modern-day Astoria. WWW.OREGONTRAVELCOUNCIL.COM 23