It was the middle of January in 2014, and cloudy and bitterly cold where we live near Portland, Oregon. For weeks, the Portland area had been under a temperature inversion, with near-freezing temperatures in the Willamette Valley, and warmer temperatures along the coast and mountains.
We were dying to get out of the house. We decided to head up US 30 and spend overnight in Astoria. To our delight, we discovered that the coast had beautiful sunny skies with temperatures in the low 60’s, with almost no wind. It was an incredible day to visit the coast.
It’s amazing to think of the growth and development that has taken place in Astoria over the last 20 years. When I was growing up, Astoria had a reputation of being a poor, rough, working class kind of town.
That has all changed. Astoria has undergone a tremendous transformation and it now considered a major attraction.
We stayed at the Astoria Dunes Motel downtown, located next to the Astoria-Megler Bridge to the state of Washington.