Columbia River Estuary Conference - Travel and Hotel Information

CREC 2018: Promoting Resiliency Under Shifting Environmental Conditions

April 10-12, 2018Liberty TheaterAstoria, Oregon

Driving to Astoria

Astoria, Oregon is located approximately 2 hours west of Portland, Oregon. Nestled between Youngs Bay and the Columbia River, Astoria is surrounded by natural beauty and areas of historic interest.

  • From Seattle, WA, take I-5 South until you come to US-30. US-30 will lead directly to Astoria, OR.
  • From Portland, OR, US-26 winds its way through beautiful forest land until merging with I-101 northbound, leading into Astoria.
  • For more detailed driving instructions, go to Google Maps.

The Liberty Theater

The Liberty Theater is the site of the 2018 Columbia River Estuary Conference. This 1920's vaudeville-style picture palace has been restored to an elegance of a bygone era, with the addition of such modern amenities as a state-of-the-art lighting system, sound system, and projection equipment for presentations. Located at 12th and Commercial Street in downtown Astoria, the Liberty Theater is only a few short steps away from restaurants, shops, and tourist sites.

There is off-street parking around the Theater and a bus route runs nearby. To determine if your hotel is on the bus route, visit or call 503-861-RIDE (7433).

Hotels & Motels

For your convenience, we have blocked rooms at three Astoria hotels, listed below, for conference participants. The rooms will be held until 30 days before the conference, up to March 10. Call the hotel directly to make reservations and let them know you are with the Columbia River Estuary Conference. You will need to provide your arrival and departure information along with a credit card to reserve the room.

Holiday Inn
204 West Marine Dr.

Cannery Pier Hotel
No. 10 Basin St.

Hotel Elliott
357 12th St.

In addition, several hotels and motels can be found in this popular tourist destination; several are listed on the Astoria Chamber of Commerce website or Travel Astoria.

Where to Eat

Several dining establishments, from coffee shops to fine dining restaurants, can be found within walking distance of the conference site. Although coffee and snacks will be available during the conference, we will break for lunch. The following local eateries are all within a few blocks of the Liberty Theater.

Clemente Seafood
1198 Commercial
fine dining; local, seasonal and sustainably grown food 
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Fort George Brewery + Public House
1483 Duane Street
Pub food

1149 Commercial
Italian; wine dinners
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Silver Salmon Grille
1105 Commercial
Fine dining; steak & seafood

The Rusty Cup
1213 Commercial
Espresso Bar & snacks
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Drina Daisy
915 Commercial
Bosnian; coffee & desserts

T. Paul's Urban Cafe
1119 Commercial
Northwest cuisine
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Things to Do

If you find yourself with some free time, there is plenty to see and do in the Astoria area.

Popular Tourist Attractions

The Columbia River Maritime Museum is located at 1792 Marine Drive, a few blocks north of the conference site. On display are examples of the nautical heritage of the Columbia River and coastal region. Open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

The Flavel House is a Queen Anne style home built in 1885 for Captain George Flavel. Today it is a museum furnished in the Victorian style. It is located on 8th & Duane and is open daily.

The Astoria Column was dedicated in 1926, and in many ways is a unique structure. Towering over Astoria, it offers a breathtaking view of the ocean and nearby land features. It is located at the top of Coxcomb Hill; just follow the signs up the hill on 16th or 14th streets.

Across Youngs Bay Bridge is Fort Stevens State Park, the Oregon Coast's largest state park. It contains over 7 miles of biking and walking trails, and includes a former military site, museum, and the Peter Iredale shipwreck.

Also across the bay is the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park. The park includes a replica of Fort Clatsop and interpretive center, as well as trailheads for the Fort to Sea Trail and Netul River Trail. Six miles southwest of Astoria, off of US 101.

Additional Information

For additional information on events, sites, restaurants, hotels, and activities in the nearby towns of Seaside, Cannon Beach, and Warrenton, check out Travel Astoria.