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The Perfect Place to Stay in Newport!

We’ve got the best lodging options for your Memorial Day Weekend getaway

Memorial Day is the time of year that we get together with family and friends to celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us, especially those who gave their lives in the service of our nation. Observed on the last weekend in May, Memorial Day Weekend 2018 begins Friday, May 25th and concludes on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th. Memorial Day Weekend is also the unofficial start of summer, and a great time to visit the Oregon Coast for the extended weekend!

Whether you’d prefer to stay in a luxury resort, beach front hotel, romantic B&B, or a camp or RV site, we’ve got the perfect place for you! Plan to come to the beach with your family and friends for a night or two, or stay for the whole weekend.

Relax at the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn

Walk the amazing expanse of Agate Beach, take a hike up to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, or simply relax inside a comfortable studio room or suite! The Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn overlooks one of the best beaches on the Oregon Coast. Agate Beach is perfect for beachcombing, surfing, strolling, and playing with the kids and pets. Many of the rooms include a private balcony, and most offer fantastic views of the beach. Dine on site, enjoy the spectacular view, and savor a cocktail or a glass of beer or wine at the Sea Glass Bistro and Lounge.  

3019 N Coast Hwy., Agate Beach

Enjoy a Luxurious Stay at the Inn at Nye Beach

The Inn at Nye Beach is perfect for some quality time with friends and family. Relax in the only oceanfront infinity spa pool in Oregon, and schedule some spa treatment time with specialized Swedish and deep tissue massage, and customized trigger point therapy. You’ll also love their bonfire beach package, complete with beach mat, firewood, roasting sticks and s’mores ingredients. The Inn is located right above the beach, and is only a short walk from all of the restaurants, shops and galleries in the Nye Beach Neighborhood.

729 NW Coast St., Nye Beach

Unplug at the Sylvia Beach Hotel

Unwind and relax at this unique beachfront book-lover’s paradise! The Sylvia Beach Hotel
emphasizes quiet and solitude, so you won’t find telephones, TV or WiFi access
in your room. Instead, each room includes details and books that reflect the
life and writing of one of 21 featured authors, and the hotel includes a quiet
and cozy oceanfront library. This charming bed and breakfast is a preferred
destination for readers, writers and travelers from around the world. The
Hotel’s restaurant, Table of Contents, offers a seasonal menu that changes
daily, and overlooks Nye Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

267 NW Cliff St., Nye Beach

Settle in at Hallmark Resort Hotel

Search for whales and ships, and watch the sunset over the ocean from your private balcony! The Hallmark Resort Hotel in Nye Beach is pet friendly, offers an indoor, heated saltwater pool with a spa and fitness room, and is close to all of the shops, galleries and restaurants in the Nye Beach neighborhood. Many of the rooms provide fireplaces, kitchenettes and two-person spas, and are perfect for get-togethers with family and friends. For couples, the Hallmark also offers a romance package with champagne, truffles, and other treats. Georgie’s Beachfront Grill is right next door, and specializes in amazing Pacific Northwest coast cuisine.

744 SW Elizabeth St., Nye Beach

Stay on the Historic Bayfront at the Embarcadero Resort

The Embarcadero Resort is a short walk from the many shops, restaurants and galleries that line Newport’s Historic Bayfront, and has been a favorite destination of travelers from near and far for over 35 years. The Embarcadero’s 60 rooms range from studios to king suites and offer stunning views of the bay; you’ll love watching the many boats that come and go. The resort also offers drinks and pub food at the Waterfront Bar and Grill, A 233-slip private marina if you want to bring your boat, and onsite fishing charters and boat rentals.

1000 SE Bay Blvd., Bayfront

Dock Your RV at Whalers Rest RV Park & Resort

Although Whalers Rest is a Thousand Trails membership park, all non-members are also welcome. The park offers 170 sites with full hookups, cable TV, dump station, laundry, showers  and Wi-Fi access, and many amenities that include tennis courts, club houses, a horseshoe pit, shuffleboard, mini-golf, indoor pool, spa, restaurant, playground, and store to name a few. You’re sure to find a variety of activities that will interest you! The park is located in the woods near the community of Seal Rock, and forested walking trails run through it and down to the beach.

2650 SE 123rd St., South Beach     

What’s on the Menu?

From gourmet dining to comfort food, Newport has your favorite meal!

Memorial Day Weekend is one of the best times of the year to come to the coast and spend some quality time with family and friends. No matter how you plan to enjoy Newport, there are always great breakfast, lunch and dinner options right around the corner, along the Historic Bayfront, or up from the beach. We have some amazing restaurants that are perfect for a quick bite to eat, or a formal sit down meal to celebrate your stay.

Enjoy a Hearty Meal Anytime at Newport Café

The Newport Café Superhero Squad is at the ready to serve you hearty portions of delicious food! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served all day at Newport Cafe, and they are open 24 hours. They’ll even deliver your meal to where you’re staying. Their comprehensive menu is sure to have your favorite kind of comfort food; share a Super Ultimate Monster Burger with family and friends, and don’t forget to check out their rotating daily specials. Newport Café offers amazing home cooked meals you can afford, and you’ll always be treated like family.

534 N Coast Hwy., Uptown

 

Order Something for Everyone at Lucky Thai Elephant

You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you visit the Lucky Thai Elephant restaurant for lunch or dinner. Specializing in stir fried dishes, curries, soups, and many kinds of noodle entrees, Lucky Thai Elephant offers a wide variety of amazing traditional Thai cuisine. In addition to an assortment of meat based dishes, they also include a number of vegan and vegetarian menu options. House favorites include the incredible pad thai and the delicious tom yum soup, and most meals can be customized to add or delete ingredients and levels of spiciness to accommodate individual preferences.  

807 SW Coast Hwy, Deco District  

Celebrate Your Stay with a Visit to Ove Northwest

This recent addition to the Nye Beach is just what the neighborhood needed! Ove Northwest serves up amazing and affordable lunch and dinner offerings in a simple, yet elegant atmosphere with great views of the Pacific Ocean. The menu consists of New American cuisine that is vegetable forward, seafood focused in season, and as local and sustainable as possible, and their dishes pull together international tastes that weave elements of one culture into the whole meal. Owners Charlie and Margie Branford prepare and serve your selections, and are happy to suggest which wines and desserts will perfectly compliment your entre.  

749 NW 3rd St., Nye Beach

Wake Up or Take a Break at Panini Bakery

Stop in for coffee or an espresso drink and fuel up with a freshly baked bite to eat. Panini Bakery in Nye Beach will wake you up in the morning or regenerate you in the middle of your adventures! In addition to great coffee and espresso drinks, Panini specializes in fresh baked pastries, breads and baked goods (the bread is so good that it is featured on the menus of other local restaurants). Panini also has a variety of sandwiches and pizza options for lunch and dinner.

232 NW Coast St., Nye Beach  

Eat Fresh and Local at Clearwater

Overlooking the Yaquina Bay in Newport’s Historic Bayfront, Clearwater Restaurant provides top-notch Coastal Cuisine from award winning chefs with an amazing view to match. Come in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you’ll find something incredible to eat; Clearwater sources all of their menu items locally whenever possible. Or stop into the bar if you just want to enjoy the view with a small plate and specialty cocktail, beer or glass of wine. Clearwater also offers excellent catering service, and would love to provide all of the food and drink for your next event.   

 

325 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

Savor the Deliciousness at Ocean Bleu Seafoods at Gino’s

Ocean Blue
Seafoods at Gino’s serves up some of the freshest, locally-sourced seafood on
the Historic Bayfront, and their clam chowder is said to be the best in town.
Chock full of juicy clams with house-smoked bacon, you’ll easily realize why
their chowder is in a category all by itself. In addition to great clam
chowder, their menu is full of other amazing seafood choices like fresh-caught
salmon, Dungeness crab, halibut or tuna. Ocean Bleu Seafoods at Gino’s also
offers a market with fresh, mostly local seafood that is processed onsite and
officially recognized as sustainable. Dine in, or grab some fresh seafood to
cook later!

808 SW Bay Blvd, Bayfront  

 

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for a full listing of places to eat in Newport, Oregon.

 



Forage Clams from Yaquina Bay and Make Your Own Chowder

Collect your own clams, and have a great time doing it!

One of the best things about visiting the Oregon Coast is the ability to gather the freshest seafood available anywhere from the ocean, bay, or along coastal rivers and estuaries. Bay Clamming is one of those activities that is both exciting and rewarding, and can be done alone, as a family or with a group of friends or colleagues. Clamming requires little expense or preparation, and can yield enough clams for a large batch of clam chowder. Clam chowder is easy to prepare, and leftover chowder may be frozen so that you can enjoy it for several meals into the future. Let’s start foraging!

Begin your clamming adventure by purchasing a shellfish license, and finding a pair of rubber boots, some warm clothes and rain gear, a bucket or ventilated sack (burlap works great), a clam shovel or four-tined rake (specialized shovels and rakes are available for purchase at most local hardware stores), a copy of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, and a tide table. Pocket tide tables are available in many Newport businesses, and will help you determine when the tides are at their lowest; regulation booklets are often found in sporting goods sections of stores, or in places where fishing licenses are sold. Successful bay clamming is the most promising when you start an hour before, and finish an hour after low tide; when a large portion of the tidal flat is exposed.

If you choose to use a clam rake, it’s best to comb about four inches beneath the top of the sand near the water’s edge, or around the small sandy tide pools on the flat. The rake will pull the clams to the surface of the sand where they can be collected. If a shovel is your clamming tool of choice, you will look for “shows,” or holes that clams have left in the sand at low tide; they often bubble up when water passes over them. When you discover a show that is likely above a clam, start digging. The depth will vary depending on the kind of clam that will be found below. For specific information on clam depths and suggested tool use, visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/bayclams/digging_bay_clams.asp.

The Yaquina Bay is home to six hearty species of harvestable clams. Gapers, Butters, Cockles, Littlenecks, Softshells, and Purple Varnish clams are all found in the six distinctive beds of the Bay. Visit www.myodfw.com/crabbing-clamming/northwest-zone for regulation highlights, including daily limits on each kind of clam found in the Bay. The most popular clamming location in Yaquina Bay, the Bridge Bed, also has the easiest access from the Port of Newport public pier (located between the Yaquina Bay Bridge and the Rogue Brewery), and offers impressive views of the massive Yaquina Bay Bridge looming above, and of the Historic Bayfront across the water. Both Gapers and Cockles are plentiful in the Bridge Bed, and can be easily harvested with a clamming rake or shovel.

Bay clamming is multi-seasonal, and open all year, except when closed by a public health advisory for toxins that can build up in clam and other shellfish populations throughout the year. These toxins occur naturally, and come from the phytoplankton that clams consume and store in their bodies. Although the toxins are poisonous to people, their occurrence is closely monitored by the Oregon Department of Agriculture so clam harvesting can be immediately stopped before anyone becomes sick. When a shellfish safety closure is in effect, signs are posted at clamming access points and local media informs the public, but you should always visit their updated site at www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx or call Oregon’s Safety Hotline at: 1-800-448-2474, before you go clamming.

As you harvest your clams, submerge them in saltwater in a bucket, or keep them in well ventilated bags until you have finished clamming. As you clam, you may throw out smaller ones  in favor of larger clams to maximize the amount of meat you will be allowed to keep. Although the smaller clams are more tender and desirable when served in a dish by themselves, larger clams are better for chowder or stew. When you are finished clamming, you’ll want to boil, clean and separate the clams from the shell as soon as possible. Sort through your find, and discard any broken or open clams, and then boil closed clams for 5 to 10 minutes, or until most of them have opened. Throw away any clams that haven’t opened after you’re done boiling. Pull the meat from the shells, and rinse away any sand and grit from the meat. Save the brine that has been used to boil the clams, as you’ll strain it and add it directly to the mix.

Once you’ve boiled and cleaned the clams, it’s time to gather all of the ingredients and prepare the chowder. This recipe is amazing, and comes from a local Newport chef:  

1 Onion (chopped)
Celery (chop equal amount to the onion)
1 Cube Butter
3 Cloves of Garlic
1-2 teaspoons Dill
Salt and Pepper to preferred taste
3-4 lbs. Potatoes peeled and cubed
Chopped clams with the juice used to boil them (drain the juice through a fine sieve or cheesecloth to remove all sand and grit).
1/3 lb. Bacon
1/2 gallon of whole Milk, or half and half (depending on how creamy you want it)
*Thicken to desired consistency with either a flour and butter paste or cornstarch -see below

Boil peeled, cubed potatoes separately until near done (20-25 minutes).
Cut up bacon, cook and drain, leaving a few tablespoons of liquid, turn heat to low and add onion and celery to bacon.
Add butter and garlic.
Add clams with juice. You may need to purchase some additional clam juice, so you have 12-16 oz. of juice to add.
Add milk or half and half and continue to simmer.
Drain potatoes and add them to mixture.
Continue to heat and thicken at this point. Usually about 15 minutes.

For thickening with cornstarch, dissolve with milk and add while stirring.
For thickening with flour and butter, melt a cube of butter and add flour to make a roux to add as desired- It requires extra stirring in to keep it from lumping.
After thickening chowder, add dill and salt & pepper to taste.

Total prep and cooking time: 1 to 1 and ½ hours; serves 4 people.  

Chefs secret: Add a little garlic powder if it needs more flavor when you are almost finished cooking, and if you use cornstarch, add a cube of butter at the end.

Now it’s time to reward yourself with your homemade chowder from the clams that you harvested! Pair the chowder with a loaf of local bread from Panini Bakery, a salad of fresh greens from the Newport Farmers Market, beer from Rogue Ales, or fine regional wine from the Willamette Valley, and enjoy!

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for more info on visiting Newport.

 

Visit the Sea Lions Before They Depart for the Summer!

Newport’s largest residents prepare to make their annual journey south

One of the first things you’ll hear as you stroll through Newport’s Historic Bayfront is the constant barking, yelping and grunting of the sea lions who call the Bayfront home for much of the year. The sounds of their bawling and moaning becomes louder as you walk closer to the public pier just behind Clearwater Restaurant, right next to Undersea Gardens. Although the giant mammals sound as if they are in agony, they are actually trying to establish a sort of dominance for space on the docks below.

When you look down from the pier, you’ll see dozens of the large animals flopping out of the water onto the docks that were specially renovated just for them. The sea lions spend a portion of their day hauling themselves onto the docks for some of the prime real estate above the bay, where they roll around and air-out until a larger animal is able to push them back into the water and take their spot. Unlike the graceful maneuvers that they display in the water, the furry, dog-like sea lions appear awkward and clumsy as they roll around on the docks.

Yaquina Bay is the traditional home of these California sea lions for much of the year, and hundreds of the animals swim around the bay in search of food. The sea lion docks are one of the best spots in the bay for the animals to rest in between meals, but you’ll also see them on the rock piles around the bay floundering around just above the waterline. You may also see them swimming around the bay in search of the abundant fish populations that are easier to catch than those in the Pacific Ocean.

The sea lions that spend much of the year in Yaquina Bay are all males, and stay in the northern waters for much of the year because the food supply here is more plentiful. Female sea lions live in Southern California year-round at their traditional breeding grounds, and the males head south just once a year for breeding season. The male sea lions travel to California and spend four to five weeks there in June and July, so they will be heading south very soon.

Come say goodbye to the sea lions and wish them well on their journey! Take some photos, and maybe even a selfie with them if you can get the angle right from atop Port Dock One at 325 SW Bay Blvd. Look for the donation box of the Sea Lion Docks Foundation down on the pier, and drop in some change to help treat injured sea lions, maintain the docks and educate the public about Newport’s favorite big boys.

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for more info on visiting Newport.



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 is a link to 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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Celebrate National Bike Week in Newport!

We have some great places for the whole family to ride bikes on the coast!

National Bike Week originated in Britain in 1923 as an event to introduce people to bicycles and bicycle riding. For nearly a century, National Bike Week has spread around the globe, and has been gaining more recognition and participation in the United States every year. National Bike Week usually takes place the second week of May, but differs from state to state and city to city. In Newport, the second week of May is the perfect time to get on your bike and take to the roads and trails with family and friends.

Newport has some of the most scenic bike riding opportunities in Oregon, and you can even ride fat tire bikes on many of our beaches if you want to go off road. Gather the family together, and bring your bikes to Newport, or rent bikes once you get here. If you didn’t bring your bike to the beach, Bike Newport has many kinds of bicycles for rent, specializes in fat tire bike rentals, and even offers guided bike tours around the city.

Although we’re sure that you won’t have any problem finding your own bike route around Newport, we’ve put together some suggestions that you’re sure to love. A map of each ride is linked into the description so that you can either follow the path faithfully, or veer off on your own at any point.

The Lighthouse to Lighthouse Ride – This route is approximately 10 miles long, and follows the Oregon Coast Bike Route for a moderately challenging ride between Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (1871) and Yaquina Head Lighthouse (1872). Along this route, you’ll pass through the Nye Beach Historic District, see stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, and gain a bit of elevation for a good workout.

The South Beach Ride – Mostly on easy, flat terrain, this 8 mile route takes you through sand dunes to the South Beach Jetty, than winds its way through the South Beach Marina, along the estuary, and out to Idaho Point on King Slough. This ride provides great views of the bay and ocean, and offers amazing bird watching opportunities.

The Shopping Ride – Newport offers plenty of shopping opportunities from department stores to small boutique specialty shops, and this 5 mile, mostly easy (except for one steep hill) route leads you by many kinds of shops and stores. The most direct route is to travel Hwy. 101 (gray line); the purple line shows alternate routes east and west of the highway, and the blue lines take you to the Nye Beach, Bayfront, and City Center Districts.

Bayfront to Nye Beach Ride – This challenging 6.5 mile route brings you through the Historic Nye Beach and Bayfront Districts and along Yaquina Bay before beginning the long winding climb up to Yaquina Heights for splendid ocean views. The ride includes a little over ½ mile travel along Hwy. 20.

The City Parks Ride – Easy to moderately challenging, this 7 mile route winds through our nine city parks, where you can enjoy bird watching, skateboarding, whale watching and ball games. Pack a picnic and find a special spot to stop for lunch in one of our unique city parks.

No matter where you ride your bike in Newport, you’re sure to have a great time. Make National Bike Week a family tradition at the beach, and get on your bike and ride!

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for more info on visiting Newport.

Let’s Get Wilder in Newport!

Wilder Park is the place to play this spring!

You can throw 18 holes of disc golf, bring the kids and the dog, and explore coastal ecosystems all within Newport’s newest park. Actually, Wilder is divided into three parks, and each one is different than the others and has its own theme. Two of the parks have an agreement with the City of Newport for mixed use with some degree of shared management, and only one is owned outright by the city. The three parks are all part of the recently developing Wilder Neighborhood, which is being designed by the principles of new urbanism and sustainability.

The newest park, the Wilder Disc Golf Course, offers the first 18-hole course on the Oregon Coast. Much of the course is forested, but there are also enough open fairways and meadows to provide an even mix of terrain. Whether you’re a seasoned disc golfer, or are new to the sport, you’ll love the variety that this course has to offer. Grab your discs and gather your friends and family for an exciting day of outdoor recreation!

The Wilder Dog Park is designed for all friendly dogs, and is also a recent addition to the neighborhood. The park allows your dog to run free within the confines of the park, where you can play with your pet or let them interact with other dogs on their own. The park features a transitional entry and exit corral, and provides a water spigot if your best friend gets thirsty.

Wilder Twin Park was gifted to the city, and is the most traditional park of the three. The upper portion of the park has a play area for kids, complete with playground equipment made out of recycled plastics. The upper park also has a covered picnic table with built-in chess board, and a painted hopscotch nearby. The lower portion of the park is a series of nature trails that connect to Mike Miller Park behind the Oregon Coast Community College campus, and will eventually lead all the way to OSU’s Hatfield Science Center in South Beach.

All three of the parks fit into Wilder’s ecofriendly vision of new urbanism and sustainability, where walkable neighborhoods connect residents to their homes, jobs and recreation while conserving an ecological balance and finite resources. In addition to all of the greenspace, the parks are also next to the Wolf Tree Brewery Taproom, and the soon-to-be Bosque Café & Espresso shop, so that you can have some refreshment while you enjoy the park! Visit one or all of the parks this spring and summer; we’re sure that you won’t be disappointed!

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for more info on visiting Newport.



Love the beach like a local!

Please help us keep Newport’s beaches clean and safe for everyone

In Newport, we pride ourselves in taking beach etiquette seriously so that both locals and visitors can always have the very best experience in the surf and on the sand. With your help, we can ensure that our beaches remain healthy and happy places that are welcoming to everyone. Please follow these simple tips to keep the beach and surrounding areas clean, safe and enjoyable for all.

Trash: Always make certain that you don’t accidentally leave any trash behind when you leave the beach. Even biodegradable refuse like food scraps and banana peels should be removed so that pets and wildlife don’t eat something that they shouldn’t. If you see other trash on the beach, please take a moment to pick it up and throw it away properly; we will all thank you!

Beach Fires: Please only burn wood and paper in your beach fire, and make sure that it is completely extinguished when you leave it. Use water to put out your beach fire, and stir it around with a stick until only steam (not smoke) is coming off of it. Don’t bury your beach fire in sand because people and animals could unknowingly step into the hot coals underneath.

Pets: Keep all pets under control when you take them to the beach. Don’t let your pets run up to people or other pets who might not know that they are friendly and might be frightened.  Please also keep your pets away from the many kinds of wildlife who call the beach their home.

Wildlife: There are many kinds of wildlife on the beach for you to marvel at and take pictures of, but please don’t disturb them. Don’t approach seals or sea lions, as they can become aggressive when they feel threatened. Keep your distance from the many kinds of birds on the beach that might be mating or nesting. Enjoy the variety of sea life in tide pools, but don’t touch starfish, anemones, crabs, or other delicate animals that live in the tide pools.

Driftwood: Driftwood can be very dangerous, so don’t stand or play on the pieces of wood as they may roll or tip easily. Seemingly sturdy driftwood can suddenly move, especially when incoming tides and waves wash underneath them. Please don’t burn large pieces of driftwood in your beach fire because they are difficult to put out when you are ready to leave.

Noise: Please don’t play loud music on the beach. Everyone enjoys the sounds of the waves crashing into the sand, the barking of seals and sea lions, and the cries of the seabirds that circle overhead, but loud music scares the wildlife and disturbs people who are enjoying the natural sounds of the beach. If you want to listen to music on the beach, keep the volume low or use earbuds or headphones.

The beach is one of Newport’s greatest treasures. Thank you for helping to keep it clean and safe for everyone.

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for more info on visiting Newport.

Maximize Your Visit!

We’ve designed some great itineraries to enhance your stay in Newport

Although we’re certain that Newport has more than enough great restaurants, events and activities to fill your stay, here are a few suggested one-day itineraries to make your visit the very best. You may choose to follow this list faithfully, or veer off at any point on your own adventure. If you’re here for more than one day, say a weekend or during spring break, check out a variety of additional ideas at discovernewport.com.

A Day with the Family

Newport is the perfect place to bring the whole family. No matter what the weather is doing, we’ve planned a great day that both kids and adults are sure to enjoy.

9:00 am: Breakfast, Pig ‘n Pancake ● Pancakes, bacon, biscuits and gravy, omelets, bottomless cups of coffee, and more, all in a very family-friendly atmosphere. There’s no better way to start the day. 810 SW Alder St., Deco District

10:00 am:  Oregon Coast Aquarium ● No trip to Newport is complete without a visit to the sea otters, touch pool, giant Japanese spider crabs, and other denizens of the deep. The Aquarium is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and the family will love the many exhibits on display.  2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd., South Beach

1:00 pm: Lunch, Mo’s, and wandering Newport’s Historic Bayfront ● Nothing says Newport like a piping hot bowl of clam chowder, and they have a great kids’ menu! After lunch, wander the Historic Bayfront to shop for souvenirs and watch the local fishing fleet in action. Say hi to the sea lions! 622 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

3:00 pm: Mariner Square ● Kids and adults alike will be amazed at the attractions at Mariner Square! Explore all sorts of curiosities at Oregon Undersea Gardens, The Wax Works, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 250 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

5:30 pm: Dinner at Nana’s in Nye Beach ● Most restaurants in Newport are kid-friendly, and Nana’s Irish Kitchen, popular with both visitors and locals, is no exception. Come for the hearty comfort food, stay for the friendly atmosphere and beers on tap. 613 NW 3rd St., Nye Beach

6:30 pm: Bonfire on the beach ● Take your s’mores ingredients and head to the beach for an evening bonfire to wrap up your busy day. Nye Beach and Agate Beach are both perfect spots.

 

Spend the Day with Your Friends

Gather your friends together and come to the coast! it’s time to hang out and catch up in Newport.

9:30 am: Breakfast, Panini Bakery, Nye Beach ● Best lattes you can find in Newport, plus incredible baked goods. One huge Panini cinnamon roll will definitely hold you until lunch. 232 NW Coast St., Nye Beach

10:00: Rent surfing gear and catch some waves, Ossie’s Surf Shop & Agate Beach ● You can also take lessons and buy equipment through this shop, right across the road from one of the best surfing spots in the state. 4860 Oregon Coast Hwy., Agate Beach

1:00 pm: Burritos, La Roca ● Surfing sure works up an appetite. Time for burritos at this great Mexican spot. 352 SW 9th St., Deco District

2:00 pm: Walk the Historic Bayfront ● Unless you want to get back in the water, this could be the time to check out the Bayfront’s shops and restaurants, and watch the boats come and go. Scope out meals for the rest of your stay!

3:00 pm: Tour at Rogue Brewery, followed by happy hour ● The Rogue Brewery in South Beach offers tours of its brewing facility multiple times a day. Be sure to stay afterward to try the beers and grab a bite to eat. 2320 SE Marine Science Dr., South Beach

6:00 Bonfire on the beach ● There should be lots of driftwood at the beach with which to build your bonfire, but note that setting fire to immovable stumps and logs is not permitted.

 

Enjoy a Day Together

Newport offers the perfect getaway for couples, whether you’re more outdoorsy or indoorsy. Here’s the perfect outdoor schedule, but feel free to substitute the above-mentioned indoor activities if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

7:30 am: Run or walk on the beach ● It’s good for the calves! It’s good for the heart! Start the day with a run or walk on the beach. Any beach will do, but Nye and Agate are popular choices.

9:00 am: Breakfast, La Maison ● If you’re more in the mood for a bowl of coffee than a cup, La Maison is your place. It also offers some of the best food around, including flaky pastries and mouth-watering cakes. 315 SW 9th St., Deco District

10:00 am: Ride bikes through South Beach State Park ● If you’ve brought your bikes, try starting at the South Beach State Park day use area and riding north along the paved trail that leaves from the parking lot, then along the jetty road to the bike paths that go under the bridge. Or you can rent fat tire bikes at Bike Newport and ride on the beach near their shop instead.

South Beach State Park: 5580 S. Coast Hwy., South Beach

Bike Newport: 150 NW 6th St., Nye  Beach

12:00 pm: Lunch at Clearwater ● Bike, walk or drive over to the Historic Bayfront for a bite to eat at Clearwater, where the food is just as good as the view. We suggest eating upstairs near the gas fireplace, with a view of the bay, the bridge, and the sea lions. 325 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

1:30 pm: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ● You could spend a whole day here, tidepooling, hiking, touring the historic lighthouse, and bird-watching. Look for whales offshore! 750 NW Lighthouse Dr., Agate Beach

4:00 pm: Happy hour at Sorella ● Sorella in Nye Beach has some of the best cocktails around, as well as outstanding Italian food. The happy hour menu includes drink specials and delicious snacks. 526 NW Coast St., Nye Beach

5:30 dinner: Sorella? Georgie’s? ● You can easily eat your fill at Sorella, or if you want an ocean view for sunset, head to Georgie’s Beachside Grill overlooking the ocean.

Georgie’s: 744 SW Elizabeth St., near Nye Beach

7:00 bonfire on the beach ● End the perfect day with a romantic bonfire on the beach. It’s a great place to watch the sunset with the one you love!


Travel Newport Magazine

Fall/Winter 2017