How to Have Your Own Goonies Adventure in Oregon
June marks the 30th anniversary of The Goonies, the epic movie about a group of kids trying to save Mikey Walsh's house in the historic port town of Astoria, Oregon, by going on a treasure hunt. To celebrate, you can head to Astoria, where the movie was filmed, and “never say die” during your own Goonies adventure weekend.
Check out the Goonies house. Cars aren’t allowed up the hill where Mikey's house sits, but you can park on the street (there's a sign that says Goonies visiting by foot are welcome) and walk the driveway to 324 38th Street—the gang’s informal headquarters, and site of the discovery of One-Eyed Willie’s Map.
See the sea lions nearby. You can even hear them barking from the Goonies house. Drive just a few blocks down to the pier off Leif Erikson Drive at 36th Street to see, hear—and smell—more than 2,000 wild sea lions, who frequent Astoria for its steady supply of smelt and salmon.
Do the truffle shuffle. You'll want to replicate Chunk's signature dance after having a few drinks at Fort George Brewery, where they make a dozen craft beers that are only available in the Northwest. Have an early lunch (they're only open until the day's catch lasts) at Bowpicker Fish & Chips, a one-item food truck made from a retired bowpicker fishing boat.
Visit Haystack Rock. The unforgettable rock formation that anchors the final scene, when the pirate ship departs for open waters once more, is Haystack Rock (pictured), a short 40-minute drive away in the town of Cannon Beach. Open to the public, it towers 235 feet above the beach, and hosts flocks of nesting seabirds in the summer.
Stay over. The boutique Commodore Hotel (doubles from $178) opened in 1925 and recently had a gorgeous modern-nautical renovation. It's charming and pet-friendly, with a cute coffee shop downstairs. They also have DVDs you can borrow to watch in your room (including The Goonies, of course).