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How Sweet It Is!

Newport’s candy shops will satisfy your cravings

It’s the season of sweets – Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Tuesday afternoons, all the times when candy is not only dandy but a necessity. For those with an affection for confections, we have lots of choices beyond lollipops and Snickers bars at Newport’s local candy shops, many of which produce their own handmade treats. Check out the goods at these establishments.

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Rainy Day Fun in Newport

Is it raining on your parade? Here are some great ideas to keep the kids entertained in foul weather

Newport is paradise for those that love the outdoors, but you may have heard that it sometimes rains here. If you are looking for something to do with your kids during a trademark coastal storm, here are some suggestions for indoor venues for fun with little ones.

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‘Tis the Season!

Wrap up your whole holiday gift list by shopping in Newport

Admit it, rather than the Rockwellian activity of Christmas cards and TV specials, holiday shopping can be a hassle. One way to escape the crowds and traffic and make holiday shopping the fun, generous, thoughtful activity it is supposed to be is to do it in Newport this year – yes, all of it. So make your list, check it twice, then head out to these fine businesses, and many others, to get your gift shopping done with a smile.

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You Gotta Have Art

From performance to paintings, the arts thrive in Newport

A symphony of crashing waves and sea lion calls, a foggy watercolor morning at the beach, the wind-carved sculptures of cliffs and dunes – the masterpieces of the coast’s great outdoors serve  as constant muses for artists of all kinds in this small coastal town. The performing and visual arts are critical threads in the fabric of Newport life, and both thrive in two fantastic municipal venues, as well as in galleries, studios, and performance spaces all over the city. The Newport Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Center are municipal facilities that provide a range of performing and visual arts offerings, respectively.

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What’s on Tap Tonight?

How about a Newport pub crawl?

Whether you want a great place to gather for a few beers with friends, or a romantic spot where you can quietly sip specialty cocktails with your sweetie, or a hopping bar where you can mix pool, darts, or karaoke with your drinks, we’ve got the place for you in Newport. But why choose your poison when you can have it all? Get the gang together and embark on a Newport pub crawl. Here’s a suggested north-to-south route. Be sure to have a designated driver when you start, or call upon the services of Yaquina Cab ((541) 265-9552).

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The Coast is Clear!

Highway 20 closures are over at least until spring

Come on over to Newport, anytime, day or night! ODOT has announced that the wet weather has put an end to the construction season for the U.S. Route 20 project and halted overnight construction closures.

There will be single lane closures and short delays of up to 20 minutes as the 2016 construction season comes to a close. Construction crews will continue to work on some aspects of the project throughout the fall and into the winter, in particular building a buttress near the connection with Crystal Creek Loop (the new name of the old road) on the west end of the project.

The new 5.5-mile stretch of road near Eddyville opened in mid-October, while the half-mile west end tie-in portion will be completed next fall. The new road is smooth, straight, safe, wide, and cuts about ten to fifteen minutes off of the trip between Newport and Corvallis.

U.S. 20 Project

Java Joy

Get your caffeine fix at one of Newport’s invigorating coffee stops

Rainy winter days call for coffee, and lots of it. In Newport we love great coffee, and it’s not hard to find. Here are a few spots in town where you can get your caffeine fix. Maybe don’t try them all on the same day.

Panini Bakery: This Nye Beach bakery has not only the best latte around, but also the best pastries. Stop in for a cinnamon roll or scone in the morning, Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich for lunch, and a slice of their awesome thin-crust pizza for dinner. Coffee goes really well with all of these meals, right? 232 NW Coast St., Nye Beach

Carl’s Coffee: Also in Nye Beach, this shop makes great specialty espresso drinks, serves pastries from La Maison (see below), and is a great lunch spot to boot. Bonus: it’s right near the Nye Beach beach access, so you can get your drink to go and walk the beach. 715 NW Beach Dr., Nye Beach

Nye Beach Sweets: Featuring local coffee roaster, Pirate Coffee Company, here you can enjoy your favorite espresso drink or try a specialty creation like the Nervous Cow (ice cream topped with an espresso shot!) Nye Beach Sweets offers a wide variety of house-made fudge and baked goods along with a large selection of decadent chocolates, candies, jams, syrups, salt water taffy and more. 314 NW Coast St., Nye Beach

The Coffee House: The name says it all. Actually, it doesn’t: this wonderful Bayfront spot serves an incredible breakfast (pancakes that literally hang over the edge of the plate and life-changing biscuits and gravy) and terrific lunches as well. Drip coffee is made carefully, one cup at a time. 156 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

La Maison: La Maison, in an adorable little house in the downtown Deco District, serves French cafe-inspired foods. Their flaky pastries and cakes are to die for, and the huge lattes are just what you need to get you going at breakfast or lunch. 315 SW 9th St., Downtown Deco District

Surf Town Coffee Company: This shop adjacent to the Marine Discovery Tours office on the Bayfront roasts their own coffee, with roasts ranging from Shortboard Light to Longboard Dark. All of their delicious coffees are organic, fair trade, and roasted with love. Like the coffee? You can order it online. 345 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

Bayscapes Gallery & Coffee Shop: The glassed-in back room of this gem of a gallery and coffee shop has a great view of the Bayfront’s sea lion docks and the rest of the bay’s hustle and bustle. The folks at Bayscapes make wonderful coffee drinks as well – it’s a perfect place to take a break. 333 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

Dutch Bros.: Sure, there are 250 of them throughout the western U.S. now, but did you know that Dutch Bros. was founded in Oregon? If you’re not in the mood for coffee (what?), you can get a smoothie, hot chocolate, or infused tea or Blue Rebel energy drink at the convenient and ever-friendly drive-through. 822 SW Coast Highway