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Admit it, holiday shopping can be a hassle, rather than the Rockwellian activity of Christmas cards and TV specials. One way to escape the crowds and traffic and make holiday shopping the fun, generous, thoughtful activity it is supposed to be is to do it in Newport this year – yes, all of it. You can find something for everyone in our shops, guaranteed. So make your list, check it twice, then head out to these fine businesses, and many others, to get your gift shopping done with a smile.
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When you’re spending time in Newport, it’s hard not to notice how important the arts are to our idyllic coastal community. Whether it’s the many galleries that present a variety of mediums and visual perceptions, or the public murals, sculpture and architecture that bond the city and surf, Newport is obviously a place where the arts flourish. In addition to a number of galleries, studios, performance spaces, and the prolific offerings of public art, two amazing municipal venues, the Newport Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Center, offer exceptional performance and visual art opportunities year-round. Both venues have recently received a series of renovations and improvements that will enhance your experience. While watching a performance or viewing an art exhibit, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that both of these spaces have been enhanced.
When you’re spending time in Newport, it’s hard not to notice how important the arts are to our idyllic coastal community. Whether it’s the many galleries that present a variety of mediums and visual perceptions, or the public murals, sculpture and architecture that bond the city and surf, Newport is obviously a place where the arts flourish. In addition to a number of galleries, studios, performance spaces, and the prolific offerings of public art, two amazing municipal venues, the Newport Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Center, offer exceptional performance and visual art opportunities year-round.
Both venues have recently received a series of renovations and improvements that will enhance your experience. While watching a performance or viewing an art exhibit, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that both of these spaces have been enhanced.
No visit to Newport is complete without a stop at the Oregon Coast Aquarium overlooking scenic Yaquina Bay just south of the city’s iconic bridge. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and fun, and plays an active role in conservation, education and animal rehabilitation efforts. The Aquarium’s world-class indoor and outdoor exhibits have earned the facility consistent recognition as one of the top ten aquariums in the country.
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.
Are you an avid birder, or interested in birding? Birding is a fascinating hobby full of opportunities to view unique coastal birds in their natural habitats. Come prepared with hiking boots, rain gear, field guides and binoculars to experience some of the finest birding in Oregon!Discover More
Gather your friends and family for an adventure unlike any other you’ve ever experienced! Escape Rooms Newport will immerse you in a live interactive game, where the object is to solve a series of puzzles that will lead to your freedom. You must work together as a team to decipher codes, clues and hints in less than 60 minutes to find the solution.
Choose between the themed Pirate’s Gold or The Hangin’ Sheriff rooms as the setting for your adventure. The rooms are expertly decorated, and full of both obvious and hidden clues that will allow you to progress to the next level. In addition, you will be granted a number of hints to help if you are unable to solve a puzzle or find a clue. The sheriff’s jail is designed for 2-8 participants, and is moderately difficult to solve, while the pirate ship can host 2-10 participants and is considered more challenging to complete.
The escape rooms provide a great experience anytime, but are perfect during the winter months when stormy weather may change your plans at the beach. Escape Rooms Newport is located in Aquarium Village, and open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (they are closed on Wednesday except by special appointment).They are open from 1 pm until 8 pm and the last adventure of the day begins at 7:30 pm, although they will try to accommodate other times whenever possible. Escape Rooms Newport also offers special rates and times for large groups, parties or corporate events.
Reserve a room in advance by visiting their website at www.escaperoomsnewport.com or by calling (541) 867-2988.
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Do you want a great place to gather for a few beers with friends after a full day at the beach? Or would you rather quietly enjoy cocktails with your sweetheart as the sun sets? Maybe you prefer having your drinks while shooting a round of pool, throwing some darts, or singing your favorite karaoke songs?
Here in Newport, we’ve got a bar to satisfy all of those drinking events and more! You don’t have to settle for one place or another, when you can get your family or friends together and set out on a Newport pub crawl. Here’s a suggested route from north-to south, which you may follow faithfully, or veer off at any point on your own adventure.Pub Crawl Route
Once upon a time, experienced beachcombers could find glass fishing floats on Newport’s pristine beaches with fair regularity. There are those who still occasionally run across one of these glass treasures but such discoveries are few and far between. That is…until now!
This winter, the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and participating Newport area businesses have joined forces to increase your chances of owning a one-of-a-kind glass float. These are not your ordinary glass fishing floats, but unique Glass Art creations, hand-blown by The Edge Glass Blowing of Newport. Each one is individually crafted with the same techniques that have been used for 2,000 years to create glass art. Each float is engraved with the name The Edge Glass Blowing, Newport, Oregon.
Many lucky individuals will win one of these beautiful keepsakes simply by visiting participating businesses from November 1st through December 31st. Download the Treasure Map through the link below or pick one up at the Visitor Center (555 SW Coast Hwy). There are 40 floats on display at 23 different businesses. Follow the map to each business, find the entry box and enter to win them all!
Winners will be contacted after January 1st from the business where their name was drawn. For more information call the Newport Chamber of Commerce office at 541-265-8801.
Happy Treasure Hunting!
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