If you’re a fan of the Goonies, then you’ll know that Astoria was one of the filming locations.
It wasn’t the reason I visited the little town in the north east of Oregon, but it definitely added to the experience. The day following our fantastic Seattle outing under blue skies came a day of low grey cloud, complete with a near-constant drizzle. Normally this would be fine and we’d get on with life. Except that it occurred on the day we were road tripping from Seattle down to Cannon Beach, via Astoria.
I had heard a lot about Astoria and how neat of a town it was. Alas, the image I had of the place was coated in a monochrome collection of greys which dulled the colourful town houses and obscured views of the ocean. But it wasn’t all bad. Not by a long shot.
We drove over the famous flat bridge, and had lunch down on the waterfront, with a seal floating around in the water below, the pilot boats coming and going. After a quick visit to the Goonie’s house (which had a huge sign saying ‘don’t come near, don’t walk to the house, don’t take photos or we’ll call the police’ – seriously?! If you’re going to live in a place that is literally labelled on Google Maps as a movie location then let lose a little! Anyway, rant over. Of course I took a picture.), we drove over the hills to look at the pretty homes before wandering around the streets.
The highlight shop was one called Finware, and it was full of things from Scandinavia. Being of Norwegian descent, it was such a fun shop to browse through. I bought a few things (how could I not?!), and we departed the cloudy Astoria for Cannon Beach.
While it wasn’t the visit I had hope or envisioned, it was super neat to see the Goonie’s house, check out the shops, and see hilarious witches on broomsticks which had flown into power poles (thank you, Halloween!).
Have you been to Astoria? I hope the day was sunnier for you!