ASTORIA just gets more famous. LAURIE MCAFEE was the first of many to tell the Ear about the story in the NEW YORK MAGAZINE Travel Section (The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan), “Find Small-Town Style and Charm in Astoria, Oregon,” by REBECCA DALZELL (http://tinyurl.com/astnymag).

The story covers where to stay, where to eat, what to do, “insider’s tip” (go to Fort Stevens State Park) and an “oddball day” (which included a trip to a local bar for meat bingo). Many local restaurants/cafes, hotels, shops, venues, galleries and tourist attractions are favorably mentioned.

“Check out the urbane newcomers that are giving this formerly rusty, industrial town a more contemporary edge,” the story said. “Tap into the thriving local art scene,” “peruse crafts at the beloved Astoria Sunday Market,” and “get in touch with Astoria’s maritime side and learn why it’s been a vital port since Lewis and Clark arrived in 1805.” The story is such a love note to Astoria, can an influx of tourists be far behind?

— Elleda Wilson

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