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Fresh Catch of the Day

How to buy fish right off the docks in Newport

The only thing better than cooking fish that you caught yourself is selecting seafood right off the docks from the fishermen who just caught it. Newport fishermen bring in a variety of fresh fish daily, and luckily for us, they offer it for sale directly to the public. These suggestions will have you buying fish straight from the source like a seasoned local!

Salmon, lingcod, halibut, Dungeness crab, rockfish and limited catches of albacore tuna will still be available through the end of September. You’ll find fresh fish off the docks in Newport’s Historic Bayfront, usually on Port Docks 3, 5 or 7, and from specific boats in the South Beach Marina. The fishing boat Chelsea Rose is a common vendor, and can often be found down on the docks. When you go down to the docks, look for signs that advertise fish for sale.

When you go to the docks to buy fish, make sure that you bring a cooler filled with ice to store your fish for transport. Also bring some money with you, as many fisherman only accept cash payment. The minimum amount that you can buy is one fish, so plan to freeze or share portions that you won’t be eating right away. For a small fee, most fishermen will clean the fish for you or refer you to someone nearby who will. Unless you have experience filleting fish, take advantage of fish cleaning service so that you get the most meat possible with little waste.

Fish sold off the docks is almost certain to be of the highest quality to ensure repeat business for the fishermen, but here are some qualities that you will want to look for to make sure that your fish is the freshest selection. Fish should have clear eyes, and should not have dents or gouges. If the fish was frozen out on the boat, make sure that it is straight and flat, not bent or curved. Albacore tuna should have pink gills, and salmon should be shiny without patches of lost scales. Tuna is almost always kept in the boat’s hold, while salmon are usually already gutted.

Ask the fisherman when the trip was started and if he has an idea of when your fish was caught. Select the size of fish depending on the amount of meat that you want from it, and don’t hesitate to select one fish over another if the size is in the range you want. Fish is sold by the pound, and by law, the price per pound will be posted. Tell the fisherman how many portions you are looking for from the fish, and he will usually help you select one.

Crabs should be purchased and cooked live, but they may have been kept at low temperatures to keep them docile and slow moving. So, as long as the crabs are alive and moving they are alright to buy and take home. Avoid crabs that have algal growths on their shells.

Buying fish off the docks is a great bargain for both fisherman and consumer. The fisherman gets a better price than they can from a processor, and you get the freshest fish at a better price than you would at the store.

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Get Ready for the Oregon Coast Aquarium 5k & Kids' Dash!

Come for the race, stay for an aquarium adventure!

Every participant in the 6th Annual Oregon Coast Aquarium 5k & Kids' Dash will not only take part in a fun race, they will also receive free entry into the Oregon Coast Aquarium for the rest of the day to celebrate their accomplishment! This 5K (3.1 mile) route will start and end at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and is perfect for all skill levels and running and walking types. The Oregon Coast Aquarium 5k & Kids' Dash seeks to promote healthy lifestyles on the coast and proceeds will benefit animal care programs at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

The Kids' Dash is a fun way to get kids aged 2-9 involved in their first race too. It teaches them about fitness, gives them a chance to cross a real finish line and introduces them to events that promote and benefit great causes. This closed course is perfect for your little athlete.

The 5k race starts at 8:00 am and the kids’ race begins at 8:45 am on April 21st, 2018, with winners announced at 9:45 am the same day. In addition to the post-race festival, entrance into the aquarium, and a super cool race bib, participants will have the opportunity to purchase a race T-shirt. Racers are encouraged to pick up race packets in advance. Pick up your packet at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on Friday, April 20th from 1:00 to 7:00 pm or on the morning of the race from 6:30- 7:30 am. Visit www.aquarium.org/oregon-coast-aquarium-5k-and-kids-dash/ for early registration and more information.

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Immerse Yourself in Marine Science Day 2018!

Enjoy a day with the family exploring the wonders of the Pacific Ocean!

Learn all of the necessary techniques to create your own paper, and put it together in your own book! Now entering its 23rd year, the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival continues to grow, and will offer 20 workshops focused on paper making and manipulation, surface design, book binding, assemblage and mixed media. The 2018 Festival will take place from April 20-22, and will be based at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC), with workshops held at the VAC as well as at other venues in Newport.

Past festivals have drawn over 150 participants from around the Western United States and beyond. This year, the Festival will feature 10 instructors, including John Nelson Arbuckle, Doris Arndt, Patricia Edmonds, Glenda Goodrich, Patricia Grass, Dolores Guffey, Margo Klass, Moe Snyder, Jill Timm and Jacqueline Wygant. Please email npaf@coastarts.org for more information, and to receive an updated festival brochure that indicates which workshops are still open.

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Go Fly A Kite in Newport!

April is National Kite Month

Every April across the United States, and especially in coastal towns with strong spring winds, kite enthusiasts celebrate the history and the future of kite building and flying by letting their kites fly. Join us on the Central Oregon Coast as we celebrate National Kite Month by raising our kites into the wind, and then directing them to soar high into the sky and over the sand and waves. Newport offers miles of  beaches that are perfect for kite flying, so bring your own kite or pick one up here!

 

Agate Beach, Nye Beach, and South Beach are some of the best local spots for kite flying. Come to the coast with the whole family, and spend the day or the weekend playing on the beach and flying kites. If you’ve never flown a kite before, that’s OK. Kite flying is easy to learn, but it might take a few tries to master, depending on the strength of the wind and the kind of kite you have chosen to fly.

 

If you’re selecting a kite for the first time, visit our favorite local shop for information on what kind of kite to buy and some simple techniques to get you started.

 

The Kite Company

Celebrating 26 years of selling fun and still soaring!

407 SW Coast Hwy

(541) 265-2004

 

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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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What to Wear

How to dress right when you come to the coast

It’s so embarrassing when you show up somewhere in completely inappropriate attire, isn’t it? That one party you thought was a costume party but … wasn’t. That black-tie affair to which you wore black jeans (ugh, and brown shoes). And let’s not even talk about your misunderstanding of the “country casual” dress code for that one office retreat.

We know how you feel, and want you to be right at home in Newport, so here’s a guide to what to wear to make the best fashion statement when you visit our oh-so-chic coastal town.

Fleece, otherwise known as coastal velvet

Step one in dressing for coastal success is to wear lots and lots of fleece: Fleece pants, fleece socks, and especially fleece shirts and jackets are all must-haves. Fleece is warm, lightweight, and, most importantly, dries quickly. It also comes in every color of the rainbow, so you can sport your basic black fleece top (very slimming) for attending the Newport Symphony; you might want to go with OSU orange when you visit Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center; and perhaps ocean blue to blend in with the exhibits when you tour the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Any color will do when you hit the beach, because you’ll likely be covered in layers over your fleece anyway.

Rain Gear

It sometimes rains here, as you might already know, so good rain gear is critical. A raincoat is in nearly everyone’s closet already, but the insiders at the coast know that rain pants are all the rage. (Seriously, we recommend them. It’s no fun to have to change out of your good tuxedo pants because they got soaked at the beach. Rain pants rock.) And remember to dress in layers, just like your mom always told you. In addition to helping handle the weather, layers mean even more opportunities to make fun fashion choices!

Shoes

The right shoe for the right setting, right? Great coastal options, depending on the plan for the day, include hiking boots (waterproof, preferably), rubber boots (the top of the line, worn by most fishermen, are Xtratufs), sneakers, or five-inch patent leather heels. Just kidding on that last one.

Headgear

If your outerwear does not come with a hood, you might choose to accessorize with a hat. While that dashing top hat does match your tux, a better choice might be a baseball cap. Ski hats aren’t just for skiing anymore … they’ve come down off the slopes and onto the beach. It could still be cold enough here in March and April (and, truthfully, May) to need one.

Neoprene

On trend this season, and in fact every season, at the coast is neoprene, the fabric of choice for all the best wetsuit designers. You’ll need a wetsuit if you plan to surf, sail, or otherwise get wet. Don’t have your own? You can rent or buy wetsuits and the appropriate accessories at Newport’s surf shops.

Accessories

Top off that coastal ensemble with just the right accouterments. Appropriate accessories include scarves, backpacks, and any kind of dog. The biggest fashion accessory faux-pas? Umbrellas. Not useful. Not cool.

In all seriousness, dress here is pretty casual at most restaurants, performances, and venues. We don’t stand on ceremony, and we certainly don’t stand on five-inch heels (unless you want to). Come as you are, and just have fun.

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Park It Here

Your guide for parking in Newport

On a busy summer weekend, or during a big event like the Seafood & Wine Festival, it may seem like parking is at a premium in Newport. But otherwise, there are plenty of places for you to park, and walking or biking around town is not as daunting as it may seem – it’s a pretty small town despite our large array of offerings! Here are the best spots to park in each neighborhood.

Agate Beach

If you’re heading to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, park at the visitor center, check out the interpretive materials there, and then arrange for a ranger-led tour of the Lighthouse. If you would like a bit more of a hike, there is often parking available just off the Coast Hwy. on NW Lighthouse Dr. You’ll walk about a mile up NW Lighthouse Dr. into the Outstanding Natural Area.

Accessing Agate Beach itself is easy – there are multiple access points, all with a good amount of parking. To get to the beach, park at the Agate Beach State Recreation Site on NW Oceanview, either in the small beachside lot or the very large lot across the street. You can also park in the Ernest Bloch Wayside near Roby’s Furniture on Hwy 101, and get to the beach either via the Lucky Gap Trail at the south end of the parking lot or via the new staircase down the road to the north. Parking for that staircase access can also be found along the newly-connected NW Gilbert Way and there are a few spots in a small lot on the corner of NW Lighthouse Dr.

Nye Beach

There is both on-street and lot parking in the Nye Beach neighborhood. The main lot for this neighborhood is at the Nye Beach Turnaround under the concrete arch, but the side streets to the east of Coast St. are lined with spots as well. Another small lot is located adjacent to Don Davis Park overlooking the ocean where Elizabeth St. and Olive St. merge. If parking is really difficult in Nye Beach, there is a large lot located on Coast St, between Olive St. and 2nd St. that serves Coast Park and the Newport Performing Art’s Center

Bayfront

The Bayfront often seems so crowded that it’s impossible to find a parking space, but it’s not hard if you can walk just a little distance. There is parking along Bay Blvd. and along many of the side streets that feed into the Bayfront neighborhood. In addition, there is a small public lot next to the Rogue Public House, a few spots at the very west end of the street near the Coast Guard Station, and head-in parallel spots lining SE Bay Blvd. near the fishing docks. Do not park in the lot marked specifically for fishermen! One other lot is found uphill from the Bayfront on Canyon Way, adjacent to Canyon Way Bookstore and Restaurant.

One lesser-known lot that provides easy access to the Bayfront, Deco District, and Nye Beach is found further up Canyon Way where it becomes SW Hurbert St. at SW 9th St. From here it’s just a few blocks to the Bayfront in one direction and Nye Beach in the other, and you’re right the middle of the Deco District near the municipal swimming pool and recreation center, La Maison Restaurant, the summer farmer’s market, and many other local attractions.

Deco District

The Hurbert St./9th St. lot mentioned above is one easy place to park in the Deco District, and there is a new lot at Angle St. and SW 9th St.

South Beach

Parking is rarely a problem in South Beach, unless you are trying to park near the Rogue Brewery during a halibut opener. Otherwise, parking is ample for each individual South Beach attraction: the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, South Beach State Park, the South Beach Marina, Aquarium Village, and the Rogue Brewery all have their own parking.

Of course, walking, biking, and using the city bus are also great options for getting around Newport. The bus schedule can be found at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/transit/page/newport-city-loop-bus-schedule

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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.

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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