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1 Extra Night--Astoria or Cannon Beach?

My wife and I will be taking our first trip to Oregon for five nights July 4-9. We've tentatively selected the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria and the Surfsand in Cannon Beach. The primary purpose of this trip is to sample the regional seafood and other dishes the area offers. We'll be guided, of course, by the past postings here on Chowhound.

We have five nights and need help in deciding which town to stay in for the extra night. In terms of number of excellent restaurants as well as sightseeing and even shopping potential, which place should we spend three nights and which place two? Thanks!

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  1. I don't know the answer your question. I haven't spent enough time in either place to have enough general info about the areas. But I did want to recommend looking into the EVOO Cooking School while you're in Cannon Beach. www.evoo.biz. Especially with the "primary purpose" you've stated for your trip.

    1. Astoria and Cannon Beach are so close that it will make little difference, but there is (are?) a plethora of good (and different) restaurants in Astoria, and the CP hotel is one of the best on the coast. Most are within walking distance of the hotel. Plus you get to watch the ships and Coast Guard go by. Do a search of this website for each place; the work has already been done by the chowhounds, you just need to do some of your own homework.

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      1. re: Steve K

        Actually, the homework had started prior to my original post and is now complete. Anyone with personal experiences in the area please feel free to chime in with any must-do's I've missed or any selections that shouldn't be:

        Flying into and out of PDX, both at Lunch time, so lunch in the city at two of these three: Pok Pok; Wildwood; Ten 01

        Astoria: Drina Daisy / Columbian Cafe (breakfast) / Bridgewater Bistro / Silver Salmon Grille

        Cannon Beach: Nehalem River Inn / Wayfarer Inn / Yummy Wine Bar and Bistro / E.V.O.O. Cooking School / Ecola Seafoods

        I opted for Cannon Beach for the extra day and ratcheted downward from Surfshore to Schooner's Cove Inn to save a little money. Thanks to boerwors for the tip on the Maritime Museum in Astoria.

        BTW, it looks like if you cross the bridge from Astoria into Washington and head west, there's a narrow little peninsula there and a town called Oysterville at the end. Would this be a worthwhile little sidetrip from Astoria? Anyone?

        Thanks to all locals for input. If you ever come to San Diego, I'd like to reciprocate.

        1. re: mcgrath

          Yummy Wine Bar and Bistro is actually in Seaside, which is in between Cannon Beach and Astoria, a bit closer to CB.

          When you go to Nehalem RIver Inn you will go right by Manzanita. Nice place to take a walk on the beach and cute shops - less crowded and commercial than Cannon Beach too. Spend the extra night in Cannon Beach but spend the time in Manzanita. I wouldn't eat anywhere in Manzanita but Bread and Ocean, but I love spending time there.

      2. Both the Surfsand and Cannery Pier are great hotels, you really can't go wrong. If it were me, I'd stay the extra night in Cannon Beach. The beach itself is great (Astoria doesn't have Ocean beaches as it is on the River) and there are several great restaurants - Newmans 988, JPs, Bistro, Wayfarer.

        I highly recommend the Maritime Museum in Astoria, not to be missed.

        1. I'd like to report back on a couple of the culinary highlights on our recent trip to AStoria and Cannon Beach:

          JEMILLA"S SEAFOOD on the Long Beach peninsula was very, very good. Comfortable spot, friendly folks, and by far the best fried oysters of any of the three places we tried them on this trip. We're first timers to the area, but apparently this spot is run by the same ladies who ran a place called The Ark for many years, as we kept hearing that name bandied about by the waitress and other locals.

          NEHALEM RIVER INN; It's no surprise to you who have tried this place and recommended it on these boards, but I wanted to reconfirm everything that's been said about it. True fine dining in a bucolic setting that reminds me of several Michelin starred establishments my wife and I visited throughout France. i.e., husband and wife rent out a few rooms upstairs and put out killer meals downstairs, and do so with devotion to excellence in all aspects of the dining experience. It was so sad that ours were the only dinners they served on this Tuesday night. There was plenty of time to chat with both of them, who were upbeat and cheerful, and tasted us on an extra dish with wine that the chef simply wanted us to try. If you know and appreciate fine dining, and are in the area, please seek out this spot.

          DRINA DAISY: I can't say I was as overwhelmed with this spot as many other posters seem to be. Certainly a cut above anything else in Astoria, and tons of food, but the ambience is a little stuffy, the crazy music a little loud, and the chef's husband, who doubled as waiter, just a touch annoying and weird.

          Thanks for the earlier input, and I hope these comments help future visitors to these towns.

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          1. re: mcgrath

            Thanks for reporting back and glad you had a nice time!

            1. re: mcgrath

              When you say Drina Daisy was a cut above anything else in Astoria, does that include Bridgewater Bistro? We liked BB and wonder if it has gone downhill in some way.

              1. re: Steve K

                Drina Daisy is so different from anything else in Astoria, it's probably inaccurate to say it was "better" than other restaurants. Very hard to compare it with others, in fact. We did like Bridgewater Bistro and would recommend it for well prepared seafood and a decent atmosphere and service.

              2. re: mcgrath

                We had a nice meal on a slow evening at Fulio's, next door to Drina Daisy, with a warmed spinach salad, a fun seared romaine Caesar, and a very good, peachy moscato.

              3. I also love the seared caesar salad at Fulio and I think it shouldn't be missed. If Uriah is cooking (he's the chef-owner) at Columbia Cafe, you should go back for dinner. He is a master with seafood and his duck confit is amazing. Oh, and at breakfast get something with the lace potatoes.