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Projected to be completed in October, a curvy, 10.5-mile section of Highway 20 will be straightened and reduced to 5.5 miles, cutting ten minutes off of the trip from the valley to the coast. The road will be safer, smoother, and easier to drive. At the crest of the Coast Range there will be passing lanes in both directions. So what does this mean for your summer travel to Newport? It just means that you need to do a little planning to avoid any delays. For the general schedule for planning your trip, click the link below.plan your trip
To have a close encounter with the pinnipeds of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, book a Seal and Sea Lion Kiss or call (541) 867-3474. Kiss encounters are offered Friday through Monday during the summer at 2:15 pm for guests age 8 and older. Guests are encouraged to reserve online or by phone ahead of their visit, as spots fill up. The encounters are $35 for members and $40 for non-members, and for an extra fee the aquarium’s photographer will capture the moment from the perfect vantage point (guests are also welcome to bring their own cameras and take photos from a bit farther away). The encounter is 20-30 minutes long.
Golfers: there’s no need to skip tee time while you’re visiting Newport. Bring those clubs along and play at the lovely, rolling Agate Beach Golf Course, just across the street from the Pacific Ocean. This regulation nine-hole course is the perfect place to practice putting, take a lesson, or play a game. The mild winters on the central coast mean that golf can essentially be played year-round. The slope is 107 with a rating of 66.0 for men, while for women the course’s slope is 109 with a rating of 69.4. The total distance from the ladies tee is 2,894 yards for a par of 38. The total distance from the men's tee is 3,002 yards for a par of 36. Tee times can be reserved, but a reservation is not usually needed, making Agate Beach the perfect course for visitors. The course has a well-appointed pro shop, offering a great selection of gear and apparel, including souvenir items embossed with the course’s logo. Post-game, (or pre-game?), make sure to grab a bite to eat at the excellent coffee shop on site for breakfast or lunch.
Before moving to Oregon from the East Coast, I had a totally warped mental picture of Oregon’s beaches. The Pacific Northwest’s tide pools are so famous that I thought the entire coastline must be rocky, cratered with tide pools everywhere you looked. It wasn’t until I visited, and then moved here, that I realized that most of the beaches are sandy, and tide pools are special gems indeed.more
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
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