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Are you feeling a sad emptiness in your life accompanied by an obsessive urge to turn on PBS “just in case?” Have you taken to wearing ascots or elbow-length gloves when you sit down to dinner? Do you find yourself with an inexplicable need to be insulted by Dame Maggie Smith?more
Nothing says “summer’s here” like packing up a meal and taking it outdoors to dine. On vacation, picnics have many plus-sides: no need to wait in line for a table at a restaurant, the dress code is always “come as you are,” it’s easy on the wallet, and you get to experience more of the great outdoors. But all picnic spots are not created equal. A picnic at the beach can give new meaning to the word sandwich, for example, as the wind frequently picks up just in time for lunch. Here are some spots that are ideal for al fresco dining in Newport, no picnic blanket required.
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
Don’t you hate that look your dog gives you when you pack to go on vacation? You know the one. When the suitcases come out, so do the puppy dog eyes. “Can I come?” they plead.
If you’re heading to Newport, the answer should be a resounding “Yes! Go pack your collar and tennis ball!” Dogs are welcome in Newport, from hotels to beaches to (some) restaurants. Here’s how to keep your furry friend happy while you’re here.more