The Astoria Tower, newly restored and opened this past weekend, was the first thing on our agenda. Actually, the second thing. First was breakfast at The Columbian Cafe, a truly interesting experience. A true hippy cafe attached to a nightclub with counter seating and clientele ordering vodka drinks to go with their eggs and bacon. The owner spends half his time in New Orleans and the other half in Astoria and "New Orleans' is evident throughout. We climbed to the top of the tower and boy was it a climb - our thighs are sore this AM. We took the backroads over to the Willamette Valley to the B and B at Youngberg Hills Winery. Beautiful views from our room but enhanced by the seasonal Box Elder Bugs on the windows - we were told they happen for a couple of weeks in October and then go away. Sure hope so for the next guests in this room. Had dinner in McMinnville at Thistle - pretty nice.