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Road Trip!

Take the family on a spring break road trip, ending in Newport

Coming to Newport with the family for spring break? Here are some road trip itineraries to ensure that the journey is as much fun as the destination. Take your time getting here, wherever you’re coming from – we’ll be ready for your arrival with a hot bowl of chowder, gorgeous beaches, and lots of fun things to do.

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A Blueprint for Fun

Overwhelmed with choices for Newport activities? Let us help you design the perfect itinerary

There are a lot of ways to fill your days and nights in Newport. Here are some suggested one-day itineraries to kick off the best spring break ever. The astute reader will note that all of these itineraries end the same way, because some Newport activities are simply universal.

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Where to Bend that Knee

The most romantic spots in Newport for popping the question

If you’re thinking of getting engaged, you’re probably thinking about where the best spot would be to ask that all-important question. No pressure, but after all, this is the spot where you’ll begin your life’s journey together. Here are some of the most romantic backdrops in Newport for your big moment.

                                               

Agate Beach

Pounding surf and crying gulls provide an unparalleled setting for the Big Question. Of course, any of Newport’s beaches makes for the perfect romantic beach walk, but Agate Beach includes a view to Yaquina Head to the north. Dusk, when the lighthouse’s signature signal can begin to be seen, is the perfect time.

Agate Beach Wayside

 

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

While a proposal inside the lighthouse might be problematic – the structure is only open to the public during formal tour times, when you’re not likely to be alone – the surroundings of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area will provide the perfect windswept, picturesque backdrop as you offer to be her beacon in the storm of life.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

 

Ona Beach Bridge

Another wonderfully romantic beachy spot is the bridge that crosses Beaver Creek at Ona Beach State Park (Brian Booth State Park) south of Newport. The bridge would make a nice spot for engagement photos as well. It’s a short walk from the parking lot to the bridge, and just over the bridge is a spectacular beach where bald eagles are often seen soaring overhead. The picnic area here is also perfect for a romantic al fresco meal.

Ona Beach State Park

 

Yaquina Bay Bridge

Speaking of bridges, another romantic option is overlooking Yaquina Bay from the span of Newport’s iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge. Pedestrians are welcome on either the northbound or southbound lanes on pedestrian walkways. Gaze at the western horizon together as you contemplate your future! You can access the pedestrian walkways from the grassy area near the Rogue Brewery in South Beach or from a stairway near the northwestern bridge corner – park on the road that leads to Yaquina Bay State Park.

Yaquina Bay Bridge

 

Oregon Coast Aquarium

If your dream proposal takes place surrounded by fish (and whose doesn’t?), have we got the spot for you! For a unique proposal, pop the question in the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Passages of the Deep Exhibit, a series of tunnels where local species glide overhead, underfoot, and all around. Won’t it be cool to tell your grandchildren that your engagement was overseen by a leopard shark?

Oregon Coast Aquarium

 

Elizabeth Street Inn

There are many, many lodging options in Newport with an ocean view, all of which would make great spots to start your life together. The Elizabeth Street Inn is a perfect oceanfront choice, where you can pop the question on your private balcony overlooking the surf, while walking on the beach below, or while cuddled together in front of the gas fireplace in your room.

Elizabeth Street Inn

 

Ocean House Bed & Breakfast

Another romantic lodging option is the Ocean House bed & breakfast in the Agate Beach neighborhood just to the south of Yaquina Head. Breathtaking views of the beach are framed in every window of the property, and the deck overlooking the ocean, with its cozy fire pit, is an incredible spot as well. The bountiful, fresh breakfasts can be enjoyed in the ocean view dining room or privately in your lovely room.

Ocean House Bed & Breakfast

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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Park It Here

The scoop on parking in Newport

On a busy summer weekend, or during a big event like the Seafood & Wine Festival, it may seem like parking is at a premium in Newport. But there are plenty of places to park, and walking around town is not as daunting as it may seem – it’s a pretty small town despite its large array of offerings! Here are the main spots to park in each neighborhood.

Agate Beach

If you’re heading to Yaquina Head, there is plenty of parking even if the lot near the lighthouse is full. Park at the visitor center, check out the interpretive materials there, and then walk the short, gorgeous, mostly-paved trail from there to the lighthouse. Limited handicapped parking is, of course, available at the lighthouse but you might have to try multiple times before getting a spot during the busy season.

Accessing Agate Beach itself is a piece of cake these days – there are multiple access points, all with a good amount of parking. To get to the beach, park at the Agate Beach State Recreation Site on NW Oceanview, either in the small beachside lot or the very large lot across the street. You can also park in the Ernest Bloch Wayside near Roby’s Furniture on Hwy 101, and get to the beach either via the Lucky Gap Trail at the south end of the parking lot or via the new staircase down the road to the north. Parking for that staircase access can also be found along the newly-connected NW Gilbert Way and there are a few spots in a small lot on the corner of NW Lighthouse Dr.

Nye Beach

There is both on-street and lot parking in the Nye Beach neighborhood. The main lot for this neighborhood is at the Nye Beach Turnaround under the concrete arch.

Bayfront

The Bayfront often seems so crowded that it’s impossible to find a parking space. But take heart – if you can walk just a little distance, you can always find a spot. There is parking along Bay Blvd. and along many of the side streets that feed into the Bayfront neighborhood. In addition, there is a small public lot next to the Rogue Public House, a few spots at the very west end of the street near the Coast Guard Station, and head-in parallel spots lining SE Bay Blvd. near the fishing docks. Do not park in the lot marked specifically for fishermen! One other lot is found uphill from the Bayfront on Canyon Way, adjacent to Canyon Way Bookstore and Restaurant.

One lesser-known lot that provides easy access to the Bayfront, Deco District, and Nye Beach is found further up Canyon Way where it becomes SW Hurbert St. at SW 9th St. From here it’s just a few blocks to the Bayfront in one direction and Nye Beach in the other, and you’re smack-dab in the middle of the Deco District near the municipal swimming pool and recreation center, La Maison Restaurant, the summer farmers market, and many other local attractions.

Deco District

The Hurbert St./9th St. lot mentioned above is one easy place to park in the Deco District, and there is a new lot at Angle St. and SW 9th St.

South Beach

Parking is rarely a problem in South Beach, unless you are trying to park near the Rogue Brewery during a halibut opener. Otherwise, parking is ample for each individual South Beach attraction: the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, South Beach State Park, the South Beach marina, Aquarium Village, and the Rogue Brewery all have their own parking.

Of course, walking, biking, and using the city bus are also great options for getting around Newport.

New and Improved!

Regular Seafood & Wine Festival attendees will notice some cool improvements this year

Change is good, at least in the case of the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival! A number of improvements have been implemented this year, so look for these new features when you come to Newport Feb. 23-26 for Newport’s biggest party.

Here’s the biggest news: in honor of its 40th anniversary, the festival is offering a new Ruby Club Membership, which will shower members with VIP treatment of all kinds. For the $150 membership fee, attendees get admission to all four days of the festival (the only four-day pass the festival offers), a special entrance with no lines, and a swag bag with all kinds of treats inside. The bag, courtesy of the festival’s presenting sponsor, Chinook Winds Casino, contains vouchers for free wine tasting flights at a number of top festival vendors (Willamette Valley Vineyards, Flying Dutchman Winery, J. Scott Cellars, and others; more are still being added); a voucher for oysters from Oregon Oyster Farms; and a commemorative wine glass. Only 250 of these memberships will be sold, and members will have first crack at purchasing memberships next year. Purchase Ruby Club Memberships on the festival’s web site at seafoodandwine.com.

A second change will be the use of a new, larger tent. The festival’s location is the same as previous years – the parking lot of the Rogue Brewery in South Beach -- but a new and larger tent will accommodate more vendors and more attendees. The new main entrance to the tent, near the Rogue House of Spirits, will now have a lovely view of Yaquina Bay. The shape and layout of the tent will be different this year too – it will be more square than rectangular, and the booth layout will be different. A detailed map of the tent can be found on the festival’s web site.

Finally, Thursday night at the festival is going to rock like never before, with the addition of a live band. Rock-bot will be in the house, performing their eclectic mix of rock, pop, country and funk. A few lucky individuals will be able to sign up to sing karaoke with the band.

All the best things about the Seafood & Wine Festival remain the same: More than 80 wineries will be there for tastings and sales, delicious local seafood will be dished up, the free shuttle bus will make its rounds (with a new pickup and drop-off site near the new tent entrance), and good fun will be had by all. Be sure to download the festival’s mobile app for more info, and get your tickets now!

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Storm-watching 101

Come witness nature’s fury as storms batter the coast in winter

Sure, you can visit the Oregon coast in summertime, when the sun (usually) shines and all is calm. But nature can put on an incredible show in the winter here, as massive storms cross the Pacific to lash our beaches with surf, drench us in horizontal rain, and blow harder than the Big Bad Wolf. Why not head to the coast for a front row seat?

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