Norblad Hotel Lifestyle Shoot - Astoria, Oregon
In addition to shooting at The Ruins in Astoria, OR a few weeks back, I also had the amazing opportunity to photograph one of their other properties! The Norblad Hotel! And it’s seriously the cutest. I was given total creative freedom and Brooke had the day off so we wandered around this minimalist modern art hotel and took photos in every corner we could find. I don’t often shoot for brands or businesses, but I love it every time I do! Especially independent owned businesses in one of my favorite towns in Oregon.
My Downtown Astoria Faves
Fort George Brewing
My absolute favorite place to go to in Astoria. I seriously don’t leave without at least going in for a beer. In fact, I edited a lot of these photos at the bar while drinking a beer, as dangerous as it is to have an alcoholic beverage so close to my laptop. Clearly I like to live dangerously. Also, if you’ve never been, there are three separate spaces to enjoy delicious food and beers. Upstairs, downstairs, and the taproom.
Upstairs: I cannot stress enough how important it is to try their chips and salsa. Even if it seems like a strange appetizer to have before pizza, seriously do it. I always order their margherita pizza and the forest! Vegetarian friendly, of course.
Downstairs: Literally all of their burgers are delicious but I’ve been really digging the Worker’s Burrito lately.
Lovell Taproom: I am 100% here for all the cool new additions to Fort George. If you’re not in the mood for pizza or burgers, go to the taproom for some tacos or hot wings. There are also different beers on tap here!
Beer: Vortex, Fields of Green, or Suicide Squeeze. Every time. IPAs are my jam, what can I say.
Doe & Arrow
Literally one of the cutest shops on the block, and you know there are PLENTY in Astoria. This boutique has the cutest clothes, accessories, and a fridge full of beer for 21+ customers. A shop is perfect in my mind if it has cute earrings, cuter jumpsuits, and an ice cold Buoy beer.
Buoy Beer Company
I could talk about food all day and they have great food, yeah, but their beer. Ugh, their beer. I’m partial to Fort George but I cannot get enough of Buoy’s beers. They actually have a pilsner that I genuinely enjoy and I typically don’t like pilsners. The place is right on the water and they have outdoor seating and a walk up window to order more drinks. Astoria in general in the summer is amazing, but Buoy in the summer. It’s a must.
Street 14 Cafe
Quick and to the point, this is my go-to coffee shop when I’m in town. Not to mention, they helped me get through my hangover after my 23rd birthday with a fresh seasonal vegetable hash and a turmeric chai tea. Plus the place is totally instagrammable. Like to no end. Neon signs, great light, and they serve beer. I mean cmon.
I am shamelessly obsessed with this place. They upcycle old furniture and decor and the place is huge. All of their pieces are unique and fun and different and if I have some time to kill downtown, I always go here.
Bloomin Crazy Florals
If you know me, you know that I absolutely love flowers. In the ground, in a vase, on my walls, in my photos, everywhere. I haven’t had much time to explore the shop itself, but I know they have cute gifts and definitely have amazing bouquets from very talented florists. You can check out one of the florists here! I’ve worked with Olivia twice now and I can’t wait to work with her more in the future.
So this blog post kind of turned into a “what I love in Astoria” but I started typing and couldn’t stop and now it is what it is. The main point though, I love working with independently owned businesses and I love having the creative freedom to really explore a space and create work that I think will best represent it. With the colorful accents I knew I wanted an eclectic and uplifting vibe and I think Brooke was the best person for the job. And she loves Astoria just as much as I do so it just made sense. Ok! Photo time!
INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND THOUGHTFULLY RESTORED, THE NORBLAD WAS BUILT IN 1923 AND IS THE LONGEST RUNNING HOTEL IN ASTORIA. THIS MINIMAL 15 ROOM HOTEL IS INTENTIONALLY CURATED WITH VALUE IN MIND. EACH ROOM FEATURES CAREFULLY CHOSEN FINISHES, WITH HIGH-QUALITY PIECES THROUGHOUT WHILE KEEPING THE FEEL LAID-BACK AND COMFORTABLE.
THE NORBLAD HOTEL IS TRULY IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN ASTORIA.
Chelsea Moudry is a traveling wedding & elopement lifestyle photographer based in Portland, Oregon.