Highlight: We went for a two-mile run into town. The ship docked right at the edge of the River Walk and we enjoyed a run with few other people around as we were able to enjoy the scenic waterside views, including the impressive Megler Bridge, which spans the lower Columbia River between Astoria and Megler, Washington. The River Walk travels alongside a trolley rail line and is a mix of pavement and wooden pier planking.
The highlight really was the end of the run when we arrived in the charming town to find all kinds of shops selling vintage goods and small restaurants and businesses. Astoria also boasts several craft breweries, and we made it to three of them. Astoria Brewing Co. stood out for its flavorful varieties (including a barrel-aged milk stout with a smooth whisky-infused flavor) as well as its generous portion sizes from its lunch menu. Colleen absolutely loved the seafood chowder in a sourdough bowl, and I had the largest chicken wings and tastiest homemade chips (fries) I can remember.
We also had a flight at Buoy Brewing, which is located right on the River Walk and has amazing views of the river and a glass section in its floor so you can peep the sea lions wallowing below the waterfront building. We had just enough time to hustle over to Fort George Brewery and Public House on Duane Street to check out that impressive operation and grab a pint of IPA before it was time to get back on our ship.
What else: We took our first dip in the Regent Seven Seas Mariner's hot tub to soothe our legs and feet from days of running and walking. Later onboard, we had dinner with amazing service at Sette Mari and checked out the magic/comedy show in the ship's main theater. We were impressed by the magician who pulled off illusions and stunts that I cannot fathom how they are done.