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There’s Something Special about South Beach

Some of the best Newport adventures are found south of the bridge

Just over the iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge from the hustle and bustle of the Bayfront and the quirky art scene of Nye Beach is another Newport neighborhood worth exploring: South Beach. You already likely know about a few of the highlights of this neighborhood: the Oregon Coast Aquarium is in South Beach, as are the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Rogue Brewery. But spend a little more time here and you’ll find lesser-known treasures as well.

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Fat is Where it’s AT!

Rent a fat tire bike at Bike Newport and roll on down to the beach

Maybe you don’t want to don spandex and fly along next to traffic on the Bay Road on a road bike. Maybe you don’t want to hurtle downhill and climb muddy obstacles on a mountain bike. If a cushy, easy, and fun ride on the flat beach is more your speed, and really, it should be everyone’s speed at some point, head over to Bike Newport and rent a fat tire bike to ride the beach.

Bike Newport has a fleet of fat bikes to rent for children and adults. You can rent at the shop on 6th St. and ride directly from there to Nye Beach, and that’s where the fun begins.

The tires are ideal for sand, whether you want to ride on the flat, compacted beach near the water or in the dunes. The wide open spaces on Newport’s beaches and the vast sight lines means that riders of all skill levels can ride without fear of running into anything. More adventuresome riders can try tricks, jumps, and obstacles formed by logs and rocks on the beach. Fat bikes can be ridden on mountain biking trails and pavement, too.

Ready to join the fun? You can rent fat tire bikes at Bike Newport any time the shop is open for $20 per hour or $50 for the day, and take them wherever you’d like. They have adult and kid-sized bikes, but the fleet size is limited so be sure to reserve early. You can also call the shop to prearrange a guided group fat bike ride on a local beach. Starting after Memorial Day, the shop will sponsor weekly fat bike rides one night per week (details are still being worked out so check their website or Facebook page). If you’re visiting during the weekend of the solar eclipse (Aug. 21), Bike Newport will be co-sponsoring the Surfrider beach cleanup that weekend, bringing a brigade of fat bikers to help pick up trash. Finally, the Crowders are hoping to arrange some two-day fat bike tours along the coast this summer. A sample itinerary might include riding from Otter Rock to Newport, an overnight in Newport, then riding on day two from Newport to Yachats. Again, keep up with the shop’s web page and Facebook page for the latest on these tours.

Bike Newport

150 NW 6th St.

(541) 265-9917

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Bikes and Beer

Feeling parched after that fat bike ride? Bike Newport has added taps and a bar area to the shop where you can enjoy local brews from Rogue Brewery and Bier One as well as hard cider and local kombucha. Pints and growler fills are available during regular business hours, and special events will dot their calendar throughout the year. Grab a chair on their front porch while your bike is being repaired, or duck in out of the rain any time and hang out.

Stay the night

We’ve got the room for you

You have a huge range of lodging options in Newport, from campsites to intimate B&Bs to luxury hotel rooms along the ocean. Below are just a couple unique hotels with beautiful ocean views that you might enjoy. There are many more of course, so you might want to spend a full week in Newport and try more than one during your stay.

 

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Run and Ride from the Barrel to the Keg!

Lace up your running shoes for the Barrel to Keg Relay, and tune up your bike for the Barrel to Keg Ride

Do you like to earn your beer with a good workout? That’s exactly what you’ll be doing when you run or ride from the Barrel to the Keg!

The Barrel to Keg running relay takes place Saturday, July 22, with start times at 7 am, 7:20 am, 7:40 am, 8 am, 8:20 am, 8:40 am, and 9 am. The Barrel to Keg bike ride starts at 9 am and 10 am the next day on Sunday, July 23.

The seventh annual Barrel to Keg Relay is sponsored by Community Services Consortium, Rogue Brewery and Harris Bridge Vineyards, and is designed for walkers and runners of all abilities. The race begins at Harris Bridge Vineyards near Philomath, runs along the scenic back roads of Benton and Lincoln Counties, through the stunning backcountry of the Oregon Coast Range and the town of Toledo, across the iconic Yaquina Bridge, and finishes at the Rogue Brewery in Newport’s South Beach.

Teams of two to seven runners will split the 111k (69 mile) journey into 14 legs, and teams of two to seven walkers will cover 51k (35 miles) in 8 legs. You don’t need a team to register; event coordinators will match you up with other runners or walkers. Solo and ultra runners are also invited to participate. Teams are also encouraged to decorate their relay cars, trucks or vans. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best dressed vehicles and fastest finishers.

The second annual Barrel to Keg Ride is the “sister event” to the Barrel to Keg Relay, follows much of the same course where the relay is run, and ends at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club. Although this route is gravel and pavement, there is also an all-pavement ride that is new this year, and starts and finishes at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club.

Barrel to Keg has something for everyone! What could be better than ending a run or a ride with cheers and beers?

Proceeds from the race benefit Community Services Consortium, a non-profit community action agency helping people out of poverty in seven Oregon counties. For more information, and to register, visit http://www.communityservices.us/barrel-to-keg/ for the relay and http://oregonrides.com/barrel-to-keg/ for the ride.

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A Floating Adventure!

Take a Sea Life Cruise in Newport to experience the Oregon Coast firsthand

How would you like to get up close and personal with the diverse animals that call Coastal Oregon home? Well now you can with a Sea Life Cruise!

You will have the chance to search for gray whales, seals, sea lions, porpoises and seabirds, and maybe even see a shark or an orca. You’ll also experience the amazing scenery of the Yaquina Bay, River and the majestic Pacific Coastline featuring the largest fishing fleet on the Oregon Coast, our historic bridge, and two lighthouses. You can make any trip to Newport complete with an expedition provided by Marine Discovery Tours.

Climb aboard the Discovery, the largest passenger vessel on the Oregon Coast, and enjoy the comfortable seating and heated cabin, complete with great coffee, Rogue Ales, and choice Oregon wines. Cruise routes are determined daily by the captain; if the ocean is safe and calm, the Discovery heads out to sea, and if the conditions are rough, the captain will take you to the edge of the jetties and around the bay, and into the freshwater systems where there are plenty of sights to see.

Enthusiastic marine educators will guide your tour, answer questions and provide hands-on activities that include pulling up crab pots full of Dungeness crab and towing plankton nets to see the microscopic animals that form the base of all ocean food chains. Regardless of the weather, you will be able to observe the ocean or the estuary by using the latest in navigation and research technology, which includes interactive labs, video microscopy, and on-board computers. Navigation lessons and driving with the captain are also a favorite feature of the trip. 

Marine Discovery Tours specializes in tours for individuals, families, groups and school field trips. Cruises run daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during the months of March through October. Special event cruises are also available for brunches, dinner parties, family reunions, weddings, and other gatherings. Contact Marine Discovery Tours for rates, tour times and other information.

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Beachcombing Bonanza!

Treasures abound on Newport’s beaches. Here’s what you need to know about finding some of the best coastal souvenirs.

Newport’s beaches are treasure troves of amazing beach finds. Here are a few to look for.

Fossils

No, you won’t find a T. Rex skull or the femur of a triceratops here, but there are other fossils galore on our beaches, most about 15 to 20 million years old, found in two different geological formations. Good fossil-hunting spots are often places where layers of rock are exposed on a cliff above a sandy beach between headlands. Locally, the most popular spot is Beverly Beach.

Agates

Agates, translucent semi-precious stones that come in a wide range of colors, are most common in places where streams empty out onto the beach.Look for glints of color among the grey and brown rocks – red carnelian agates are among the most common types. Hold agate candidates up to the sun – if light shines through, you’ve found an actual agate. Beverly Beach, Moolack Beach, and Agate Beach are favorite agate-hunting spots.

Glass floats

Early 20th-century Japanese fishermen used hollow glass floats to buoy their nets. Sometimes these floats would rip free and bob along, pushed toward our shores by waves and currents. They range in size from baseball to beach ball (rare indeed!), and even more rare and exciting are the rolling-pin shaped ones. Hand-blown floats often show the maker’s stamp on them, and some arrive on shore with pieces of net still clinging to them. Any beach can harbor a glass float - keep your eyes open!

Safety First!

Whenever you’re on the beach, but especially when you’re distracted by searching for treasures on the sand, be sure to keep beach safety in mind. Examine tide tables before you go – beach combing is best around low tide. Don’t let the incoming tide strand you! Watch for “sneaker waves,” unusually powerful waves that can wash up the beach and knock you off your feet. Stay off of cliffs and offshore rocks. The ocean is powerful – respect it, keep an eye on it, but have fun!

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