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Plan Your Next Conference in Newport!

We have the perfect conference and banquet facilities right next to the beach

Everyone knows that Newport is a great place to vacation, but did you know that we also have some ideal places to hold your next conference? Newport is only a two-and-a-half hour drive from Portland, and an hour away from Salem, so our group meeting spaces are conveniently located no matter where you are travelling from. We also have so many great restaurants, tax-free shopping opportunities, amazing places to visit, and exciting activities that members of your business or organization will feel like they are on a beach vacation during your event!

Here are a few of our favorite local meeting places that are sure to facilitate any kind of conference or event that you are planning:

Shilo Inns Newport Oceanfront

This oceanfront hotel has 179 guestrooms with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and offers flexible meeting and conference space, with professional and friendly service. The knowledgeable staff will assist you with all of your planning needs, including decorations, menu selection, room setup, and audio/visual presentation. Shilo Inns is ready to host your business meeting, conference, executive retreat or group event.

536 SW Elizabeth St., Nye Beach                                                                                                                 

(541) 265-7701

Hallmark Resort Newport

Perched just above the beach, Hallmark Resort offers a variety of lodging options, including admiral suites, limited edition rooms, traditional rooms, and multi-bedroom rooms. Their outstanding staff will provide everything you need for an unforgettable business meeting, retreat, conference, wedding or reception. The Hallmark Resort has oceanfront meeting and conference spaces that can accommodate up to 200 guests, is catered by Georgie’s onsite restaurant, and comes with all of the other amenities you’ll need for a successful event.  

744 SW Elizabeth St., Nye Beach                                                                                                                   

(855) 391-2484

Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn

This full-service hotel offers exceptional personal service and amazing views of Agate Beach and the Yaquina Headlands. The Agate Beach Inn has flexible meeting and conference facilities that can accommodate small meetings or conferences of up to 320 attendees, and also provides professional banquet services. In addition, the hotel is home to the Sea Glass Bistro and Lounge, perfectly designed for your guests to unwind after your event.

3019 N. Hwy 101, Agate Beach                                                                                                               

(541) 265-9411

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newport

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newport features a conference room with both wired and wireless internet access, and is staffed with service professionals that will ensure that your event is a success. With nearly a dozen meeting room layout choices, you can design the perfect arrangement for your next conference or meeting. The hotel also offers comprehensive banquet and catering services.

135 SE 32nd St, South Beach                                                                                                                

(541) 867-3377

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Here’s Your Guide to Birdwatching in Newport

Our local landscapes are a birder’s paradise

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, raingear, field guides and binoculars to experience some of the finest birding in Oregon!

Birding in Newport is fun and exciting during the fall and winter months, if you don’t mind getting a bit muddy and wet. From the beaches to the dunes to the coastal forests, you’ll find scores of birds to observe and document. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Yaquina Bay are both designated as Important Bird Areas (IBA) nationally and by the State of Oregon. In addition, there are three other IBAs nearby in the Salmon River estuary, Siletz bay, and Alsea Bay.

Beverly Beach State Park

Great examples of shorebirds and other marine species can be observed at the expansive beach here (and in Newport’s other beaches as well). Look for Western and Hermann’s Gulls, Common Loons, and Brown Pelicans flying by, and sanderling whimbrel, and Western Sandpiper on the sand. In the park and campground, you can find Pileated Woodpecker, Band-tailed Pigeon, Swanson’s Thrush, Pacific Slope Flycatchers, Brown Creepers, and Wilson’s Warbler.

Bay Road

Yaquina Bay Road, extending from Newport’s Historic Bayfront to Toledo, is a great place to spot a range of birds year-round. Stop at pullouts along the way to view loons, grebes, ducks and gulls. Other species that frequent the bay here include Brant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, and Snowy Egret. Winter Birds include Dunlin, Western and Least Sandpiper, and Black Turnstones. You may also see Bald Eagles and Belted Kingfishers.

Estuary Trail

The Estuary Trail traverses the edge of Yaquina Bay on the campus of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in South Beach. Over 3,000 feet of trail offer year-round public access to the estuary, and interpretive signs are placed along the trail, with an observation shelter provided approximately midway. Parts of the trail and facility are also accessible to those with limited mobility. You might see Dunlin, Western and Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Bald Eagles, Merlin, and White Tailed Kite.

South Jetty

Many habitats come together at the South Jetty at the mouth of Yaquina Bay, and also on the trails that extend from there south to South Beach State Park. Along the South Jetty Road, look for loons, cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots, and Harlequin Ducks. The coastal dunes along the paved walking trail offer the opportunity to see a range of species, including swallows, flycatchers, and Cedar Waxwing.

To maximize your birding success, be sure to consult the Oregon Coast Birding Trail   for maps, species lists, and more. In addition, local birders communicate through Yaquina Birders and Naturalists, a group that meets monthly and offers guided birding trips.

Stroll Through Nye Beach

Check out recent improvements in the neighborhood

The Nye Beach Turnaround connects one of Newport’s favorite neighborhoods to miles of sandy beach, and is a great place to park your car while you explore. Visit the many shops and galleries that are nestled together in the neighborhood, and stop for some coffee, candy, of ice cream along the way. Nye Beach is also home to a variety of amazing restaurants, which offer diverse culinary delights, and several local bars that are perfect for a relaxing drink after your adventures. The beach is easy to access at the Turnaround, and is ideal for setting out your blanket, flying a kite, building sandcastles and making a fire to roast hotdogs or s’mores.

As you explore the neighborhood, check out some of the recent improvements:

Local favorite, Carl’s Coffee, has expanded. The neighborhood coffee shop recently doubled their space to offer more menu items and a convenience store. Soon, a deli featuring local BBQ will complete the transformation.

Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites, known for picturesque views and comfy luxury suites has added an enclosed space for beach fires. Located just behind the building, this new area is protected from the wind, and offers a convenient place to roast hotdogs and marshmallows for s’mores without hiking down to the beach.

The Turnaround parking lot construction is almost finished. The final pavement is being placed over the newly remodeled drainage system under the lot, and more parking will be available soon.  

Rotating public art exhibits, classes and workshops are ever changing and readily available at Newport Visual Arts Center. Stop in and view the work of local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists, and find a class or workshop to increase your knowledge and skill.

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Crab the Yaquina Bay!

Come experience why Newport is known as “The Dungeness Crab Capital of the World”

If you know anything about Newport, then you know that we take Dungeness crab very seriously here! In fact, the phrase “The Dungeness Capital of the World” became a registered trademark of the city in 2007. Newport’s commercial crabbers have been harvesting record numbers of this prized culinary crustacean for over a decade, but there are many opportunities for visitors and locals alike to search for and collect this delicacy directly from the docks of the Yaquina Bay, or by boat in the Bay itself.

Crabbing in the Yaquina Bay requires minimal expense and preparation and provides a great individual, family or group experience. The Bay is open to crabbing year round, although crab are more “filled out” (or contain a higher percentage of meat) beginning in September and continuing through the winter months. The best times during the day to crab are when there is less difference between high and low tides, and during slack tides as the crabs are not pushed around by tidal exchanges. Avoid crabbing after heavy rains, which often swirl crabs around in the Bay and often limit their ability to feed.

Whether you decide to crab from land or by boat, you will need a few simple items to get started. Grab a copy of the current Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, a “crab gauge” measuring tool, and an Oregon shellfish license. Each crabber must only use three pieces of crab gear (either rings or pots) and harvest no more than 12 male Dungeness measuring at least 5 ¾ inches, (although you may keep up to 24 Red Rock crab, either sex and any size). Don’t forget to dress in warm clothes and bring gloves. Choose to bait your traps with turkey, chicken, clams, fish carcasses, small fish, or other meat scraps, and make sure that your bait is fresh.

If you decide to crab the Yaquina Bay by boat, you will need to stay out of the navigation channel and away from boat traffic. Select a location to drop your pots or traps that is at least 20 feet deep; most charter boats are equipped with depth finders, but if you are renting an unchartered boat make sure to check the Bay at low tide for deep spots. Use sinking line (as opposed to floating line) that is at least twice the estimated depth of the water to avoid having it get tangled in boat propellers or swept away by erratic tidal currents. Also make sure that your pots or traps are heavy enough to sink all the way to the sandy bottom, and that your floats and buoys can be easily distinguished from other crabber’s gear.

Bay crabbing charters and boat rentals are also readily available on the Bayfront and in South Beach from  Newport Marina Store and Charters, Embarcadero Resort, and Sawyers Landing Marina and RV Park. Most charters will have all of the gear that you will need, and skilled captains and crew will instruct you on how to maximize your chances of catching crab. Charters are also inexpensive, and are a great way to learn how to crab in the Bay.

Crabbing from a dock or pier is much easier than crabbing from a boat, although the availability of crab is limited to the specific area that you choose to drop your traps. The Port of Newport public fishing pier (located between the Rogue Brewery and the historic Newport Bay Bridge) in South Beach, and the Abbey Street and Bay Street piers of the Historic Bayfront are some of the best spots to crab. Tie off the end of your crab line to the pier, and position your pots and rings so as to not interfere with boat traffic.

If you choose to use pots, leave them undisturbed for at least 45 minutes before pulling them in to examine your catch. With rings, let them sit at least 10 minutes before checking them, and then pull them up consistently and quickly to allow the basket shape to capture all of the crab in the trap. Crab rings and pots are inexpensive and available in many locations throughout the Newport area, and renting them is even less expensive and might be the best choice for your first crabbing adventure.

Talk to crabbers out on the piers and docks to find the best location, what kind of bait is having success, and how many crabs are being caught; most are likely to share helpful information with you. Crabbing in the Yaquina Bay from pier or boat is always a great adventure, and eating the fresh Dungeness crab that you caught yourself is an unmatched culinary experience! Come find out for yourself why Newport is “The Dungeness Crab Capital of the World!”

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Spend Thanksgiving in Newport!

Here’s your guide to preparing Thanksgiving dinner like a local

Come to the beach with your family and friends for Thanksgiving, and prepare your own delicious dinner at your home away from home! Our local stores and shops have all of the ingredients you’ll need to put together an amazing meal. Here are a few suggestions to help you find everything you’ll want for the essential holiday feast.

Many of the components that you’ll need to cook Thanksgiving dinner can be found at one of our local grocery stores. Not only will you find turkey, ham or prime rib for your entrée, but you’ll also find a full variety of sides, like potatoes, stuffing, gravy, rice, cranberry and other vegetable dishes at JC Market Thriftway (107 N. Hwy 101), Safeway (2220 N. Hwy 101), Fred Meyer (150 NE 20th St.), and Walmart Supercenter (160 NW 25th St.). Don’t forget to pick up some rolls and a pie from the bakery, and add some local Rogue beer to your list.

If you’d prefer organic ingredients for dinner, most of those stores  have a natural food selection, or visit Oceana Natural Foods Co-Op (159 SE 2nd St.) for all of your organic needs. The Newport Farmer’s Market (633 NE 3rd St.) is also a great place to get fresh veggies and a variety of other farm-to-table offerings.

For that perfect bottle of wine to top it all off, stop in at Nye Beach Wine Cellar (255 NW Coast St.), where you’re sure to find a great pairing for your meal and some hearty snacks to munch on before dinner.

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Find the Perfect Book in Newport!

Our bookstores offer a variety of great reads for everyone

No matter what the weather is doing at the beach, Newport is a great place to read a book. If it’s sunny and warm, you can spread out a blanket in the sand and read, and if there’s a big storm moving through, you can get comfortable and read indoors. Newport is also a great place to find that perfect book. Wander through our bookstores, and you’re sure to discover something interesting and entertaining to read.

Nye Beach Book House

Specializing in new, used and collectable books, Nye Beach Book House has been supplying locals and visitors with books for over 15 years. They have an excellent and diverse selection of fiction, non-fiction, and rare, out-of-print, and first edition collectables. A round table just inside the door greets visitors with books-of-the-week, and every nook and cranny of the shop features labeled categories of books. They also have cozy chairs placed about, that invite you to sit back and read.

727 NW 3rd St., Nye Beach      

(541) 265-6840

Canyon Way Restaurant and Bookstore

Since 1971, Canyon Way has been nourishing locals and visitors alike with scrumptious homemade lunch and dinner, and providing them with great books at the same time! They feature nearly all new books, but have a few used out-of-print and rare selections. Canyon Way uses the Publishers’ Weekly (or PW) guide to decide which books to select. You’ll find a large selection of Oregon travel, history, fiction, mystery, biography/essay, and children’s book, and be able to grab a bite to eat while you browse.

1216 SW Canyon Way, Deco District  

(541) 265-8319

Fireside Books

With over 30,000 titles to choose from, Fireside books has been providing readers with an assortment of used books for over 7 years. This store specializes in art and how-to books, and has a great selection of local authors. You may also find that perfect stuffed animal to share your next great read with, and Muffin the cat is always on hand to help you find a book that is just right for you.

328 SW Coast Hwy, Deco District

(541) 265-2518

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