Astoria is Pretty & Gritty
Located at the mouth of the 1,200 mile-long Columbia River, Astoria is the oldest settlement in the West. The town was formerly the salmon and tuna canneries capital of the world. Astoria's rich history contributed and shaped the authentic look and feel of this town with less than 10,000 people. Astoria has survived a devastating fire and economic uncertainties, but throughout its many transformations, Astoria retains an extraordinary authenticity of its history with so much soul.
Guests at the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa can enjoy a curated Museum Walk with old photographs and historical artifacts honoring Astoria's Finnish culture or historical photographs and canning labels of the Columbia River's bygone fishing era.
Robert Jake Jacob, an Astoria native, had a bold vision of building Astoria's first luxury boutique hotel on top of 100-years-old historic piers that was once the home of the Union Fisherman's Cooperative Packing Company. Many thought he was a dreamer due to the extreme complexity of building a hotel with old piers as the foundation, and daringly 600 feet into the Columbia River.
Jake spent 14 years bringing his vision of the hotel to life. In August 2005, Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa opened with immediate success with travelers and the community. Jake was the original owner and architect of the hotel. He designed the property to recreate the feeling of the canneries of yesteryear with smokestacks, exposed steel beams, and wooden trusses. The rooflines and placement of the windows are like those of the old Union Fish cannery. The siding and roof materials are authentic to the period.
Jake, the visionary, who brought the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa to life, died in 2018. But his dream and vision live on. The hotel was purchased by Vesta Hospitality in September 2019. His glass-etched photo remembrance is proudly displayed in the hotel's lobby as a reminder of the man who brought his dream to fruition and joy to all who are fortunate enough to experience the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa.