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These Joints are Jumping

Where to hear live music in Newport

After a long day of surfing, sand castle-building, ogling otters at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, blowing a glass float, touring a lighthouse, and shopping on the bayfront, you’re probably ready for some live music, right? There are lots of places in Newport to tap your toes and hum along. Here are some of the best live music venues in town, ranging from pubs to resorts.

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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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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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Newport's Ancient Surprise

Ghost Forests Right Now

The central Oregon coast is practically inundated with some rare and ancient treasures right now: ghost forest stumps. You don't have much time, but just in case you miss these sporadically-seen groups of tree stumps, Newport does have two impressive specimens visible year-round.

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Park It Here

The scoop on parking in Newport

On a busy summer weekend, or other busy time like spring break, 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.

Take a Hike!

Lace Up Your Boots and Get onto the Beaten Path

Newport is a beautiful place to hike, especially for families – the terrain is varied and generally not too challenging, the views are spectacular, and a latte or ice cream cone are never very far away. Just to the north and south of the city are some more challenging, longer hikes that would appeal to more serious trekkers. Here are some short hikes within city limits.

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What to Wear

How to dress right when you come to the coast

It’s so embarrassing when you show up somewhere in completely inappropriate attire, isn’t it? That one party you thought was a costume party but … wasn’t. That black-tie affair to which you wore black jeans (ugh, and brown shoes). And let’s not even talk about your misunderstanding of the “country casual” dress code for that one office retreat.

We know how you feel, and want you to be right at home in Newport, so here’s a guide to what to wear to make the best fashion statement when you visit our oh-so-chic coastal town.

Fleece, otherwise known as coastal velvet

Step one in dressing for coastal success is to wear lots and lots of fleece: Fleece pants, fleece socks, and especially fleece shirts and jackets are all must-haves. Fleece is warm, lightweight, and, most importantly, dries quickly. It also comes in every color of the rainbow, so you can sport your basic black fleece top (very slimming) for attending the Newport Symphony; you might want to go with OSU orange when you visit Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center; and perhaps ocean blue to blend in with the exhibits when you tour the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Any color will do when you hit the beach, because you’ll likely be covered in layers over your fleece anyway.

Rain Gear

It sometimes rains here, as you might already know, so good rain gear is critical. A raincoat is in nearly everyone’s closet already, but the insiders at the coast know that rain pants are all the rage. (Seriously, we recommend them. It’s no fun to have to change out of your good tuxedo pants because they got soaked at the beach. Rain pants rock.) And remember to dress in layers, just like your mom always told you. In addition to helping handle the weather, layers mean even more opportunities to make fun fashion choices!

Shoes

The right shoe for the right setting, right? Great coastal options, depending on the plan for the day, include hiking boots (waterproof, preferably), rubber boots (the top of the line, worn by most fishermen, are Xtratufs), sneakers, or five-inch patent leather heels. Just kidding on that last one.

Headgear

If your outerwear does not come with a hood, you might choose to accessorize with a hat. While that dashing top hat does match your tux, a better choice might be a baseball cap. Ski hats aren’t just for skiing anymore … they’ve come down off the slopes and onto the beach. It could still be cold enough here in March and April (and, truthfully, May) to need one.

Neoprene

On trend this season, and in fact every season, at the coast is neoprene, the fabric of choice for all the best wetsuit designers. You’ll need a wetsuit if you plan to surf, sail, or otherwise get wet. Don’t have your own? You can rent or buy wetsuits and the appropriate accessories at Newport’s surf shops.

Accessories

Top off that coastal ensemble with just the right accouterments. Appropriate accessories include scarves, backpacks, and any kind of dog. The biggest fashion accessory faux-pas? Umbrellas. Not useful. Not cool.

In all seriousness, dress here is pretty casual at most restaurants, performances, and venues. We don’t stand on ceremony, and we certainly don’t stand on five-inch heels (unless you want to). Come as you are, and just have fun.