Columbia River Estuary Conference - Travel and Hotel Information

2023 Columbia River Estuary Conference: Reconnection

May 16-18, 2023 • Liberty Theatre • Astoria, Oregon

We are excited you will be joining us in Astoria for CREC. This page should help you find accommodations, food, and more on your visit.

  • The Liberty Theatre

    The Liberty Theatre is the site of the 2023 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 Theatre 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 reserved blocks of rooms at three Astoria hotels for conference participants. These rooms are available at the government rate of $131 per night. The reserved block of rooms will be released back to the hotel several weeks beforehand, so we encourage you to secure your travel in advance. You will need to provide your arrival and departure information along with a credit card to make a reservation. 

    Comfort Inn and Suites
    3420 Leif Erickson Dr
    (503) 325-2000
    Book by phone using promo code Columbia River Estuary Conference 
    Reservations must be made by April 5

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites
    204 West Marine Drive
    (503) 325-6222
    Book by phone and reference Columbia River Estuary Conference
    Reservations must be made by April 25

    Selina Commodore Astoria 
    258 14th Street
    (503) 325-4747
    Book by phone and reference Columbia River Estuary Conference
    Reservations must be made by April 14

    In addition, several additional hotels and motels can be found in town; 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 Theatre.

    Carruther's Restaurant
    1198 Commercial • 503-741-3443
    new American upscale comfort food

    Fort George Brewery + Public House
    1483 Duane Street • 503-325-7468
    Pub food

    Tora Sushi Lounge
    1197 Commercial • 503-325-2585

    1149 Commercial • 503-325-9001
    Italian; wine dinners

    Silver Salmon Grille
    1105 Commercial • 503-338-6640
    Fine dining; steak & seafood

    The Rusty Cup
    1213 Commercial • 503-325-8265
    Espresso Bar & snacks

    Drina Daisy
    915 Commercial • 503-338-2912
    Bosnian; coffee & desserts

    T. Paul's Urban House of Q
    1119 Commercial • 503-338-5133
    Northwest cuisine

  • Things To Do

    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. 

    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. 

    The Heritage Museum explores the region’s rich past. Housed in a historic Neo-Classical structure, the museum has six permanent exhibits. Two floors of gallery space covering such divergent topics as the area’s Native American tribes, Astoria’s founding, immigration to Clatsop County, the local use of natural resources, and a look at the city’s often complicated relationship between vice and virtue.

    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.

Thanks 2023 Sponsors

   Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Department of Land Conservation and Development            

Parametrix logo            Aquatic Contracting logo

Lewis and Clark National Park Association logo          ESA logo