Friday, November 21, 2008

Catching up...

Ive been traveling a bit these last few months so it is time to come up to speed. Early in September Gerry and I along with friends Brian and Kate (honorary trekkers) took a three day weekend and stayed at one of the most unique private lodgings I have ever experienced. The Pilot House is a luxury 1700 sq foot, three bedroom apartment located on the pier in Astoria, Oregon. Originally built as a private home by the owners of one of the shipping companies in the area it was later remodeled by the Pilot's Association. The result of their efforts is an elegant four star setting with a front row seat to the river traffic at the mouth of the Columbia. It also features four fireplaces, three bathrooms, complete gourmet kitchen, and fine wood crafting details that make you feel as though you are staying on an old sailing vessel rather than simply a gorgeous waterfront home. The pricing, albeit a tad steep, is well worth the splurge for a special occasion or romantic weekend. During our stay in Astoria we also had some great dinners at the local eateries. One standout is the Columbian Cafe. It is small, chaotic but somehow draws you in and makes you want to return. Be brave and try the 'Chef's Choice' where the chef decides what he thinks you should eat! The results are sometimes quite surprising...After dinner enjoy a drink next door at the Voodoo Lounge. This bar is a little oasis of New Orlean's set in the seemingly in congruent setting of Scandinavian influenced old Astoria. Trust me.. it works. (photo by Kate Johnstone)