Saturday, November 26, 2011

Astoria, Oregon Wedding Weekend

Big Pink Moon Over the Boats

We headed out of town for a very special wedding in Astoria, Oregon. All these years if we needed a little beach/Pacific Ocean fix we would head south, not north to where the mighty Columbia River dumps into the Pacific Ocean. We were pleasantly surprised at how quaint, hip and interesting Astoria, Oregon is.

We arrived and checked into the centrally located and cute Commodore Hotel before heading down the street to the pier to take in the sunset over the Columbia River bay dotted with large freight ships.

PierBuildings Along the Front Pier AreaView of Commodore SignCommodore Hallway
Commodore Hotel Lobby ElevatorsShared Bathroom HallwayCommodore Hotel Room
Modern Hotel Room FurnitureiPod Docking StationLight FixtureAstoria Bridge and Baked Alaska RestaurantAstoria-Warrenton Bridge at SunsetBaked Alaska Restaurant

After a lovely rehearsal dinner we headed out to lounge at one of the many divey bars in the main town area. We were surprised at how young the residence of Astoria are - what do you all do in this town and in the winter no less. Maybe hang out at the VooDoo Lounge?

VooDoo Lounge

The day of the wedding we started with a fantastic espresso from the 14th Street Coffee Shop conveniently connected to the hotel lobby.

14th Street Coffee Shop

We needed to make sure we had plenty of food in our system so we walked up one Astoria's steep streets to Blue Scorcher Bakery for some breakfast, another great local business tucked conveniently in the main part of town. We got a terrific breakfast burrito and watched them frost the wedding cake.

Blue Scorcher BakeryDining Area of Blue Scorcher BakeryFrosting the Wedding Cake - Blue Scorcher Bakery

They also had one of the best magazine selections we have ever seen in a bakery/cafe.

Cafe Reading Material

As we walked back to the hotel to get ready for the big day, the City of Astoria was up and roaring in celebration of Veteran's Day.

12th Street Band

The wedding was short and sweet; the reception was fun meeting friends and family we had only heard stories of and reconnecting with friends we've known, but not seen in years. Before ending the night at the VooDoo Lounge with a personalized tour of the theater connected to the bar.

Leaving the ChurchChris & The Mike & Kevin
Lounging In the Theater

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