December 12, 2016
Portland Center Stage at The Armory is using a story produced for the stage as a lens for audiences to explore a key part of U.S. history, guided by a “Visit Astoria” travel itinerary. Consisting of three days of outlined destinations and attractions, the itinerary both educates travelers on the history surrounding Astoria, the first U.S. settlement on the West Coast, and aids in bolstering the tourism industry in Oregon. Inspired by the world premiere production of Astoria: Part One, playing at The Armory January 14 through February 12, 2017, the travel itinerary gives theater-goers and tourists alike the chance to explore the region featured in the production and gain a deeper connection with the story on stage. The “Visit Astoria” itinerary is one of two travel itineraries — made possible in part by a grant from Travel Oregon — that were released this season as part of Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s Northwest Stories series.
The “Visit Astoria” vacation itinerary includes destinations and attractions in Portland, Astoria, Warrenton and Hammond, providing a chance to experience the history behind the Astor Expedition. The three-day itinerary recommends the following stops and activities:
- Seeing Astoria: Part One at Portland Center Stage at The Armory
- Viewing the Oregon My Oregon exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society
- Staying a night at the Mark Spencer Hotel in Portland’s West End
- Capturing a photo at the “Welcome to Astoria” sign
- Dining at Fort George Brewery located on the original site of Fort Astoria
- Learning about life in Astoria during the Lewis and Clark Expedition at Fort Clatsop
- Visiting the Columbia River Maritime Museum on Astoria’s historic waterfront
- Climbing to the top of the staircase at The Astoria Column
- Exploring the Native American Longhouse and Peter Iredale Shipwreck at Fort Stevens Park
- Enjoying the views of the Columbia River and Cape Disappointment from a hotel room at Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
The “Visit Astoria” itinerary is available to view online at www.pcs.org/VisitAstoria, and as a printable PDF. Travelers are encouraged to share their experiences on social media by using #visitastoria. Additionally, everyone who attends Astoria: Part One will have a chance to enter a drawing for a grand prize “Visit Astoria” vacation package, including admission to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, dining at Fort George Brewery, a two-night stay at Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa, as well as various souvenirs from Astoria.