Discover Newport

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Know before you go

Route 20 construction will finally be wrapping up this fall. In the meantime, Newport is most definitely open for business.

Projected to be completed in October, a curvy, 10.5-mile section of Highway 20 will be straightened and reduced to 5.5 miles, cutting ten minutes off of the trip from the valley to the coast. The road will be safer, smoother, and easier to drive. At the crest of the Coast Range there will be passing lanes in both directions. So what does this mean for your summer travel to Newport? It just means that you need to do a little planning to avoid any delays. For the general schedule for planning your trip, click the link below.

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As Fresh as You Can Get:

Buying fish straight from the fishing boats in Newport

One of the major perks of living at or visiting the coast is the easy access to the best seafood in the world. Unless you go out and catch the fish yourself, you can’t get much fresher than buying the fish right from the fishermen that caught it off of their boats tied up at the dock. They hook ‘em, and you cook ‘em, it’s as simple as that. Here’s the what, when, and how of buying fish off the docks in Newport.


Al Fresco Dining

Where to find the best picnic spots in Newport

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.



Cool Pools

Poke around local tide pools and discover some of Newport’s hidden critters

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.


Fun with Fido in Newport

Tips for keeping those tails wagging while visiting dog nirvana at the coast

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.