Kale and Roast Chicken Salad with Homemade Ranch
This protein-packed salad has been keeping my crazy hunger at bay! It's crunchy, has a little acidity, and is a great choice for either dinner or work lunches.
This past November Dave and I took a lovely day trip over to Astoria! It wasn’t our first time visiting, but it was actually our first time staying overnight. We had such a nice time, I thought I’d share a recap of our weekend!
Those of you who know me personally know that I used to work in the boutique hotel industry – a really fun job! So I was so excited to stay at the Hotel Elliot, an historic hotel that has been beautifully preserved. Like many older and boutique hotels, the rooms are cozy. Ours was nicely furnished and so comfortable! I particularly loved the lobby.
There’s a big, cozy fireplace, perfect for hanging out and reading, and a wine bar on the other side of the lobby. In the mornings, they serve a really nice hot breakfast with good coffee (not all hotels have it!) – I loved the chai cinnamon rolls! Dave and I started our first morning in Astoria with a run along the waterfront, and were so happy to have a hot breakfast waiting for us when we returned.
The Astoria Column
After showering up, we went to see the Astoria Column.
I did not know that you can actually go up inside the column – it offered a great view of the mouth of the Columbia River (and as you might have guessed, we were getting pretty high on our step count for the day at that point.
Somehow it was a beautiful, blue-skied day in November (if you aren’t from the PNW, that’s REAL unusual for us this time of year). The column is covered in a spiral frieze that depicts 14 events from the history of the area after European people arrived in the area, which was already inhabited (and still is inhabited) by the Chinook people.
Check out this blog post for more history of Native Americans and how they interacted with the first white people to settle in the area that would become Astoria. There is a memorial to Comcomly, the leader to the Chinookan people, at the site of the column.
During our stay, we were treated to some delicious meals! When we arrived in Astoria, we had the coziest dinner at Clemente’s. The next day, we had a delicious lunch at Fort George, which we’ll discuss below. We also made time for a date night dinner at Fulio’s, where I had the best plate of pasta! On our way out on Sunday, we had a quick breakfast at Street 14 Cafe.
We are *very* familiar with the fine wares of Fort George Brewing – but we definitely wanted to stop in for lunch. It just isn’t a trip to the coast without some fried fish and beer. But the nice thing about heading to the coast? You’re going to get the biggest, savoriest hunks of beer battered fish you’ve ever seen in your life. And what better way to wash it down than some of Oregon’s best craft beer?
After lunch, Dave and I visited some of the areas museums, but we came back later in the afternoon to visit the taproom and take the tour. We’re homebrewers, so we are quite aware of the process of making beer, but our tour was with one of the owners of Fort George and he was a lot of fun, and went more in depth than just about any other beer tour I’ve been on. We were lucky enough to snag a bottle of their 1,000 Years of Silence limited release Mexican Chocolate Stout. Yes, it is as good as that name makes it sound like it will be. And pretty boozy, too!
If you’ve not been, the Columbia River Maritime Museum should absolutely be on your list for your visit to Astoria. In addition to showing the history of how the maritime industry has impacted the area (fishing! military! And more!), the museum has a really cool exhibit about weather – my favorite was a wall-sized map of the globe that showed a different metric every few minutes: carbon dioxide, air travel, dust (so much over Africa!) and more. I spent at least 20 minutes at that map alone. And of course, there’s shipwrecks, a 3D film and an exhibit about the US Coast Guard detailing exactly how dangerous some of the waves at the mouth of the Columbia can be – and how they deal with it. We also made stops at the Flavel Museum and the Oregon Film Museum (which is an ode to all you Goonies fans out there!).
Overall we had such a fun trip – I’m excited to head back. The weather was beautiful, the food was great, and it was just what we needed to get out of the city for a couple of days before the holiday blitz started.
Disclosure statement! This trip to Astoria was in partnership with Maxwell PR and Travel Astoria Warrenton. Many of our amenities were complimentary, but my opinions are my own. If you’d like to know any details, just ask!