Astoria is a city of almost 10,000 people on the Columbia River, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, located in Clatsop County. It is surrounded by the beauty of the forest, mountains, three rivers and the sea. Because of its steep hills and beautiful Victorian homes, Astoria has been called the “Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest.” Just across Youngs Bay is Warrenton, a city of more than 5,000, that encompasses Fort Stevens State Park and its broad, clean ocean beaches.
Astoria and Warrenton have a marine climate, which means the summers are cool, with highs around 70, and the winters are mild, with few nights of freezing temperatures. The area gets about 75 inches of rain per year, which accounts for its vivid greenness and crystal clear air. Winter storms can be dramatic, with winds reaching 70 to 100 miles per hour on the ocean bluffs. The area has a strong Scandinavian heritage. (oldoregon.com)