I just returned home from a lovely weekend in one of my favorite Oregon towns, Astoria.
The mister was there to teach a weekend workshop, so I spent my time writing patterns, knitting, reading, gazing out the window, and enjoying some really fine food and drink.
Astoria is a very picturesque town. Want proof? Here are some shots taken from my hotel windows:
Three windows in the room, three charming views.
Later I'll get to the food (saving the really important stuff for last), here's a bit about the knitting.
Most of my time was spent getting some patterns ready to publish, but I did knit up this toasty little number:
"Arctic" is the re-working of a pattern published a few years ago (alas, both the pattern and the yarn it was knit with are now discontinued). The updated version is made with one skein of Twinkle Baby Chunky from Classic Elite yarns.
Arctic is knit with the yarn double stranded, meaning it is warm (hence the name) and super fast to knit. This could be a "one movie project", provided the movie is in the 105+ minute range. Quick-to-knit holiday gift = Arctic hat. I plan to have the pdf posted to Ravelry within the week.
Ok, onto eating. Astoria may be a small town, but the food is amazing. Here are my recommendations:
Astoria Coffee House & Bistro
We've eaten there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and every meal has been terrific. Also offers lots of wonderful baked goods, coffee, and tea.
Street 14 Coffee
Open early 7 days a week, fabulous tea and coffee, small but delicious selection of breakfast and lunch offerings.
Fort George Brewery and Public House
Great beer, great food.
I have no words...an incredible bakery; they also serve wonderful soup, salads, sandwiches and daily specials. But the pastries, oh dear, the cookies, pies, and pastries...just too good for words.
All of these businesses host community events (always a plus in my book), and are staffed by really nice, cool people.
And if you are looking for a place to stay, conveniently located within a couple blocks of all of these amazing restaurants, the Commodore Hotel is the place to go.