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Make this the year you don’t stand in line!

Voted “Best event in Newport” by the Readers of the News-Times!

It wouldn’t be winter on the coast without the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, and now is the time to get your tickets in advance. By planning ahead and purchasing online tickets, you’ll be assured entrance into the event without having to stand in line at the gate. Known as “The Original and Still the Best” seafood and wine festival, the annual party is always the place to be for the last full weekend in February. This year, the theme of the 42nd annual Newport Seafood and Wine Festival is “Meet me by the Sea .”

The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival will be held at the Newport Marina (next to Rogue Brewery) 2320 SE Marine Science Dr., South Beach. Opening day for the festival is Thursday, February 21 at 5 pm. Closing day is Sunday, February 24, at 4 pm. Go to the Seafood & Wine Festival website to purchase tickets now so that you can skip waiting in line.

For the past 40 years, The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival has drawn revelers from near and far. Over 150 vendors selling wine, food, and crafts will be offering their goods during the four-day festival. Additionally, more than 75 regional wineries will be showcasing their wines in the wine competition, which is the longest continuous wine competition in the Northwest. The festival is only for adults 21 and older, so make sure that you bring valid ID.



Seafood in Newport? Why of Course

Even before the foodie movement became a popular thing, no trip to the coast was ever complete without tasting the fare caught fresh from the sea.

Even before the foodie movement became a popular thing, no trip to the coast was ever complete without tasting the fare caught fresh from the sea. Nowadays, same as long ago, Newport is all about buckets of clams dug from the sand, rockfish netted from the reef and sizzled on the grill, delicate black cod cooked to perfection, and crab boiled out in the open air so the smell can waft on down street.

Follow your nose. There are lots of choices.

Or — here are a few places you can go for local seafood prepared by an expert — or raw fish, crab and shrimp that you can take home as ingredients for your own seafood feast.

Local Ocean Seafoods, located on the bayfront, features a wide array of offerings straight off the Newport boats. Crab is the big thing in the winter months, with the commercial season in full swing. The restaurant and fish market labels its products with the name of the boat which caught it, so you know the source.

Ocean Blu Seafoods at Gino’s is also located on the bayfront; look for the building hung with flotsam and jetsam from the ocean. The building is loaded with decor of the sea and features a dog-friendly patio, and lunch and dinner menus emphasis fresh, local catches with crab cakes, seafood stew, oyster and shrimp dishes and more.

Asiatico Waterfront Fusion Sushi is tucked away on the Newport waterfront with great views of the bay. A family-driven business, Asiatico specializes in innovative Asian fusion cuisine and sushi — just like the name implies— with a laid-back atmosphere and seasonal menu aimed at highlighting local species and preparation that lays bare the unique flavors rather than hiding them under flavor sauce.

Clearwater Restaurant, also on the bayfront, sources its seafood and other ingredients locally and has an impressive lineup of reader’s choice and Newport Seafood and Wine Festival People’s Choice awards, along with a USA Today 10 Best award of 3rd place for Oregon’s Best Dungeness Crab Restaurant.

South Beach Fish Market buys fresh off the boats. Situated in a colorful building south of the Newport bridge, the market dishes up chowder, fish & chips, crab, seafood sandwiches, smoked seafood and a lot more. The market section offers a wide array of locally caught fare, and its website features recipes for seafood ranging from salmon to sole, scallops and beyond.

Mo’s Seafood & Chowder has been around the coast for a long time, and people keep coming back to its two locations in Newport, Original Mo’s on the bayfront and Mo’s Annex across the street right on the harbor. It’s a 70-some year old business that is still family-owned and operated, famous for reasonably-priced seafood ranging from crab to oysters, shrimp to calamari.

Chelsea Rose Seafoods sells right off of Port Dock Three. Look for the antique wooden boat where live crab is being sold from the deck. Port docks 5 and 7 can also feature boats putting up their signs to offer seasonal catches right from their moorings.

It’s worth a stroll and a look around. The docks are open to public, and fishermen are usually happy to talk.

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Tide’s out? Fun is in

When the tide goes out the fun is just beginning.

Places to take in the magic of the coast at low tide are too numerous to name. All you really need are rocks that are exposed as the tide goes out — plus your curiosity. But here are a few possibilities.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area — marked by the highest lighthouse in Oregon — has two great places to explore at low tide. One is a cobblestone beach with pools teaming with life out near the light. The other is Quarry Cove, located closer to the gate to the natural area. Sheltered from much of the wave action of the ocean, the cove is also tucked away from the wind, which allows for warmer and more relaxing perusal. Sighting harbor seals and birds of prey are likely here too. Look for the signs as you enter the natural area.

A little further north, Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area at Otter Rock features a massive bowl carved by the waves into the rock and an entire network of pools stretching north along the shoreline.

For adventurous hikers willing to make the trek down the beach, the north side of Yaquina Head will be a treat of more great tide-pooling and likely not much in the way of crowds.  

What will you find? Anemones, urchins, mussels, barnacles and sea stars, to name a few. See a shell hobbling across the bottom of the pool? It’s likely a hermit crab carrying its home on its back.

Anemones with colors from pale green to rose red to call the tide pools home. While it’s generally not a good idea to handle the marine life in the pools, it’s okay to touch the circle of tentacles on the anemones, as long as you’re careful. They attach gently to your finger with a feeling a bit like glue. Just make sure you don’t touch the center of the anemone, which isn’t good for the creature.

The more you look, the more life you’ll find.

In fact, it’s easy to get so immersed in the world of low tide that you run the risk of losing track of safety. Observe these principles for a trouble-free day: Never turn your back on the ocean. Observe the water near where you plan to explore and make sure “sneaker waves” aren’t entering the area. Choose calm days when the surf is low, and stay well back from waves and breaking water. If you have any doubts about the surf, don’t go out.

Be careful not to lose your footing on the cobbles and slippery sea life. Rocks are generally more slick than sand, even if they don’t look that way. Rubber boots with soft, pliable soles are a great idea.

And remember, watch those youngsters like hawks, and teach them how to safely enjoy all that our shoreline has to offer.



Let’s Go Fossil Hunting In Newport!

Winter months are the best time of year to find fossils on the beach

Although fossils can be found strewn about and partially buried on Newport’s beaches throughout the year, winter months are the best time to find them. Winter storms churn up a variety of interesting objects from the bottom of the ocean, send all kinds of debris to the beach on wild waves, and scour and rip rocks and fossils loose from sediment layers. Low tides that occur just after rough winter weather tend to reveal the largest bounty of fossils ready to be discovered.    

Many kinds of fossils can be found on local beaches, and most were eroded away from 15 to 20 million year old layers of sandstone and volcanic ash from the geological creation known as the Astoria Formation. Fossilized clams, scallops, and snails are common, but periodically mammal bones from whales and dolphins, fish or shark teeth, and even turtle shells appear on the beach. Petrified wood and fossilized leaves also surface from time to time.

Incomplete fossils, or fragments, are more common than complete fossils. They can be found in chunks of sandstone and other kinds of softer rocks. Take the time to study pieces of sandstone when you find them on the beach; they may contain pieces of fossils that are not visible from where they are positioned in the sand.

One of the best places to search for fossils is just north of Newport at Moolack Beach. You can easily enter Moolack Beach from Beverly Beach State Park, and you’ll have the most luck walking along the sand and surf toward Otter Rock or searching in the shallow waters of Coal Creek, which enters the beach just south of the parking lot.

When you head down to the beach at the first low tide after a winter storm, make sure to be aware of your surroundings. Sneaker waves can move in very quickly after a storm, so always keep an eye on the incoming waves. All fossils and other beach rocks can only be legally collected from the beach itself, so don’t dig into or disturb surrounding bedrock or search on the cliffs that overlook the beach.

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Winter activities for the whole family!

Don’t let bad weather at the beach spoil your fun! We have some great ideas that are sure to brighten your day

Winter storms are great to watch, but they often limit your opportunities for outdoor activities. Luckily, Newport has many other options for recreation and relaxation that are fun for the whole family and will keep you warm and dry. Here are some suggestions for indoor activities that will keep you out of the rain.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

For over 25 years, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has been the premier regional destination for exploring the mysteries of the ocean and the unique wildlife that call it home. You’ll love the dozens of displays of sea life and 15 themed exhibits, like the installation called Big Bites that showcases creatures with feeding adaptations. The Animal Encounters & Tours are also fun for older members of the family; learn the ins and outs of caring for the marine animals at the aquarium with a Behind the Scenes Tour, and swim with the fish and sharks when you Dive the Aquarium!

2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd., South Beach

(541) 867-3474

Hatfield Marine Science Center

Since 1965, the Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center has introduced thousands of curious visitors to diverse sea life, marine research, and coastal environments. Managed by university students and government scientists, the Visitor Center’s fascinating exhibits explain science and research in an easy to understand, and often hands-on approach. Kids of all ages will love to interact with the tide pool touch tanks, tsunami wave tank, and erosion tank. You’ll also enjoy the fish tanks, informational videos, lectures, seminars and other activities that take place at the Center.

2030 SE Marine Science Dr., South Beach

(541) 867-0226

Treasure Hunting in Local Thrift Stores

There are plenty of treasures to be found in our local thrift stores, where you can search for that perfect toy, outfit, household item, or souvenir! Help support and advance the health and well-being of domesticated animals in Lincoln County by shopping at Pick of the Litter Thrift Store (633 NE 3rd St., Downtown (541) 961-5852). Jonah’s Whale is a great local thrift store that directly helps people in need (614 SW Hurbert St., Downtown (541) 265-8569). If rocks, minerals, and lapidary equipment are the kind of treasure that you are in search of, check out Wesley’s Trading Post (136 SE 1st., Downtown (541) 265-4556).

Mariner Square

Spend the morning, afternoon, or the whole day at Mariner’s Square on Newport’s Historic Bayfront! Mariner’s Square is the home of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the Waxworks Museum, and the Oregon Undersea Gardens. At Ripley’s, you’ll experience oddities from around the world; meet the elusive Sasquatch, observe the hall of shrunken heads, and step into an earthquake simulator that will shake and rock you! Interact with the lifelike wax creations in the Waxworks Museum, featuring prominent historical figures and celebrities, and characters from your favorite novels, movies and TV shows. Take the elevator down to the bottom of the ocean at Oregon’s Undersea Gardens, where you’ll see an amazing variety of sea life and continuous live dive shows. All three of these attractions feature gift shops with an amazing selection of candy, oddities and local souvenirs.

250 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

(541) 265-2206

Newport Recreation Center

Get active while getting out in the rain at the Newport Recreation Center! Lift weights, play basketball, swim in the pool, or play with the kids at the Indoor Park. The Newport Recreation Center is open Monday through Friday from 5 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Drop-in Basketball games for ages 16 and older are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12 pm to 2 pm.  The Indoor Park has slides, tumbling mats, balls and tricycles, and is open to kids of walking age through age 4 every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon.

225 SE Avery St., Downtown

(541) 265-7783

Yo Ho Ho Indoor Bounce

Bounce out of the bad weather and hop around for a while! Kids of all ages can choose to play and jump on a variety of inflatable bouncy slides, castles, and other fun structures. Parents and older kids can watch the younger ones bounce, or get in on the action too.

3101 SE Ferry Slip Rd., South Beach

(541) 867-3423

Escape Rooms Newport

Gather the family together for an adventure unlike any other you’ve ever experienced! You will be immersed 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.

3101 SE Ferry Slip Rd. #226, South Beach

(541) 867-2988

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What’s on tap tonight?

Newport has some of the best spots to relax and have a drink

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 enjoy cocktails or a bottle of wine quietly with your sweetheart as the sun sets? Maybe you prefer having some drinks while shooting a round of pool, throwing some darts, or singing your favorite karaoke songs?

Here in Newport, we’ve got a variety of bars and lounges to satisfy all of your needs! You don’t have to settle for one place, as a variety of bars and lounges are walking distance from one another and are close to local lodging. If you don’t feel like walking, or want to visit a place that’s too far to walk, you can always call Yaquina Cab at (541) 265-9552 to travel safely back and forth.

Unwind at Sea Glass Bistro & Lounge, where you’ll discover a fantastic place to relax while enjoying amazing coastal cuisine and beverages inside the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn. The newly remodeled and renamed restaurant and bar combines an amazing assortment of drinks and a superb seafood-inspired menu, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Agate Beach. The Sea Glass Bistro & Lounge also offers five TVs so that you can watch the big game while you’re staying on the coast.

3019 N Coast Hwy., Agate Beach                                

Head to the Taphouse at Nye Creek, a recent and welcome addition to the Nye Beach neighborhood. The Taphouse has 28 rotating beer, wine and cider taps, with a wide selection of Oregon craft beer. They also have a large and diverse menu, specializing in an assortment of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, and pizza. Make sure to stop in between 3-5:30 pm to take advantage of their daily happy hour specials.

515 NW Coast St., Nye Beach

Relax at the Sandbar & Grill! Order a cold mug of beer or a specialty cocktail, have a bite to eat, play a game of pool, or try your luck at video poker! A short walk from the beach, and located in the heart of the Nye Beach Neighborhood, the Sandbar & Grill is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. It’s an excellent place to relax and reflect at the end of the day, or to take a break before heading back to the beach. Once you’ve been to the Sandbar and Grill, you’ll want to make it a regular stop every time you come to Newport.

722 NW Beach Dr., Nye Beach     

Wander into Nana’s Irish Pub, another local favorite, and for good reason. They have an excellent selection of beers on tap plus a full bar, and the best comfort food you can find; outstanding Irish pub fare, from fish & chips to the best Reuben around. The lively atmosphere at Nana’s is truly worthy of the Dublin pub scene. The classic drink there is a Guinness on tap, but they also specialize in other Irish beer, whiskey and cocktails. In addition, they offer great happy hour specials from 3-6 pm, Monday through Friday, and often feature live music in the evenings.

613 NW 3rd St., Nye Beach

You’ll always find fun at Moby Dick’s! Located right in the center of town, Moby Dick’s is a Newport institution. Their adult playground features pool, shuffleboard, pinball, and even chess. They have a great Jukebox, and often host live music, but the big draw there is Karaoke, which starts at 9 pm, seven nights a week. Moby Dick’s has great daily happy hour specials from 4-7 pm, and they serve an assortment of your favorite pub food.

448 SW Coast Hwy., Deco District

Step into Rogue Ales Public House, specializing in the entire range of Rogue ales brewed right across the bay. In addition to 35 taps of craft brew, try some of Rogue’s own whiskey, gin, and vodka, also distilled in Newport. You can drink Rogue beer in many places now, but there’s nothing better than coming to the source, where they brewed their first batches of beer before 1992. Rogue’s happy hour is called “hoppy hour,” and they offer their lunchtime “hoppy meal” from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm daily.

748 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

Barge Inn to the local scene! Newport’s Barge Inn is a fixture on the Historic Bayfront. In fact, the self-proclaimed “Home of the Winos, Dingbats, and Riff Raff” has been a local landmark since 1936. The Barge Inn is a popular spot with fishermen and other residents, and you’ll feel right at home when you order a frosty beer or classic cocktail. They also serve the famous Barge Burger, which many consider to be the best burger in town. Stop in for a drink and a bite to eat, play a few games of pool, and listen to the amazing stories about fishing and living in a great coastal town.

358 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

Bring your friends to Hoover’s Pub & Grill! Since 1978, locals and visitors to the South Beach Neighborhood have been coming to Hoover’s Pub & Grill for drinks, dinner and fun! Hoover’s has an assortment of popular pub food and a full-service bar, and offers a comfortable atmosphere inside, or outside in their tiki-themed patio. In addition to video poker, you can shoot some pool or challenge your friends to a game of foosball, and they even have a book exchange if you’re looking for something to read. Hoover’s features live music on Fridays and Saturdays, and has an open mic night most Thursdays. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the mini Yaquina Bay Bridge on the roof.

3539 Hwy 101, South Beach

Drink fresh craft beer at Wolf Tree Taproom! Local favorite Wolf Tree Brewing has opened up a taproom, and you’ll be glad they did! The Wolf Tree Nanobrewery has been crafting amazing beers from their Seal Rock brewery for a few years, but had not had a place to serve it until now. They feature their amazing beer, as well as a rotating guest tap for cider, and a choice of fine regional wine. The Taproom doesn’t offer food other than popcorn, but they do encourage you to bring your own meal or snacks from elsewhere.  

4590 SE Harborton St., South Beach  

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