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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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Add a Little Sparkle to Your Next Visit to Newport!

Join the Aquarium this December for the annual Sea of Lights

‘Tis the season when over half a million twinkling, colorful lights and holiday décor surround visitors with the spirit of the holidays! Come explore the aquarium during their annual after-hours Sea of Lights celebration. SCUBA Santa will dive the Aquarium exhibits, pose for photos, and take time to list your Christmas wishes every weekend this December, at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea of Lights celebration.

This family-friendly event kicks off with a special celebration on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 6 to 9 pm. Admission to the first weekend of Sea of Lights is $2 with 2 cans of nonperishable food for people and pets. Entry is $10 per person without donation. Admission is free for Aquarium members, but they are encouraged to bring an item to donate. You may also donate pet food or new, unwrapped children’s toys for the Newport Fire Department’s Holiday Toy Drive in place of a food donation.

Sea of Lights will continue to illuminate the Aquarium every following Friday and Saturday of December from 5 to 8 pm. Admission is $10, or free with same day paid admission.

This year’s Sea of Lights is proudly presented by Walmart. Customers who spend over $100 at Walmart’s Newport, Oregon location beginning November 15 will receive a voucher for one free admission to Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Offer valid while supplies last and certain dates are subject to blackout. See store for details. Attendees using a voucher are encouraged, but not required, to make a food or toy donation.

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Celebrate Your Special Day in Newport!

We have everything you’ll need for a perfect wedding at the beach

When you’re planning to get married, you want everything to be as special and unique as the love you share. Look no further than Newport for everything you’ll need to make your ceremony the very best! With comprehensive licensing services and officiants, venues, catering, photography, and florists, we offer all of the inclusive services that will help make your wedding the most cherished and memorable. This guide is designed to connect you to local businesses that will help you plan the perfect wedding at the beach.

The Lincoln County Clerk’s Office has all of the information you will need to get your marriage license. Contact them in person, or call Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm. In addition to obtaining your marriage license, you can also schedule wedding ceremonies performed by the Lincoln County Clerk. Other local officiants include Bliss and Energy Oregon Coast Weddings and Terry Obteshka.

Our miles of beautiful beaches will provide a spectacular backdrop for your ceremony, and we also have forested and beachfront city and state parks for the perfect outdoor wedding. If you want to get married and hold your reception inside, we have places with all of the services you’ll need, and your guests can also stay onsite. Best Western Agate Beach Inn, Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites, Embarcadero Resort Hotel, and Shilo Inns Newport Oceanfront are a few of our favorites.

We also have two lighthouses (Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Lighthouse) that will host your ceremony, or you can get married at sea aboard a boat from Marine Discovery Tours. Or you may want your wedding to take place amongst beautiful and unique sea life at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Additionally, the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center are great places to tie the knot.

No matter what kind of food and drink you would like to have catered at your wedding, we have many options that are sure to fit perfectly with your reception. Fresh seafood, regional wines, and local craft beer are some of the most popular choices, and we have a variety of other food and beverage selections as well. Rogue Brewers on the Bay, Georgie’s Beachside Grill, La Maison, and Local Ocean Seafood are a few local places that provide full-service catering.

Complete wedding photography services can be arranged through Forinash Gallery, Photos by Jo Wienert, or Simply Design Studios. J.C. Market, Fred Meyer, and Safeway stores all have floral departments and can provide whatever arrangements that you would like to include in your ceremony. For any additional planning needs, please contact the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce to help make your special day one that you will remember forever.

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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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It’s time for a coffee break!

Newport has plenty of great local java

We take our coffee pretty seriously in Newport! Whether you’re waking up or just need a little pep in your day, you’ll find the perfect spot for coffee at the beach. With a variety of shops that specialize in great coffee, you can stop in for a cup or two, or grab your coffee to go. Here are some terrific local spots to order your favorite coffee drink.

Carl’s Coffee

Come for the Stumptown Coffee, stay for the awesome food menu! As well as serving some of the best espresso drinks around, Carl’s Coffee in Nye Beach serves 100% fruit smoothies, hot chocolate, hot or iced teas, and Italian sodas. With fresh pastries from Le Maison (we’ll visit them in a minute), hearty breakfast scrambles, fresh quiche made daily, and their signature Cuban sandwich, the food at Carl’s is also top-notch. Carl’s has recently expanded their space to include a convenience store and a larger restaurant that will soon offer more menu items.

715 NW Beach Dr., Nye Beach

Ultralife Café

Grab some hearty and healthy food and espresso drinks from this locally owned drive-thru café if you’re on the go! Their menu is designed to provide coffee and a bite to eat for you to take to the beach, the park, or even enjoy in the car or on their patio! They specialize in Longbottom and Cape Foulweather coffee drinks, like their golden latte and their espresso shakes made with real ice cream. And they offer a variety of regular and gluten-free pastries, loaded bagels, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, and several kinds of wraps. Ultralife Café perfectly combines rapid service with healthy choices!

121 NE 15th St., Uptown                                                                                    

Panini Bakery

Stop in for coffee or an espresso drink and fuel up with a freshly baked bite to eat. Also in Nye Beach, Panini Bakery will wake you up in the morning and regenerate you in the middle of your adventures! In addition to great coffee and espresso drinks, Panini specializes in fresh baked pastries, breads and other 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

Surf Town Coffee Company

This shop roasts their own beans with love! If you crave 100% organic, 100% fair trade eco-friendly coffee, Surf Town has the cup of joe just for you. With names like Shortboard Light (American Roast), Deadliest Dark (XX French Roast), Stay Positive (Italian Roast), and Longboard Dark (French Roast), their passion is delivering a wonderful cup of coffee every time you visit. They also serve ice cream, offer bulk bean orders online, and even provide the daily surfing report for the area.

345 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

Café Mundo

Café Mundo’s extensive espresso menu is sure to give you the boost you’re looking for! Specializing in fair trade, organic, Peruvian coffee, they have two micro-batch varieties available: House Roast (medium) and Devil’s Churn (dark). You’ll love their smooth, full-flavored coffees that have been carefully roasted to bring out the complex aroma that’s hidden inside. Café Mundo also offers unique “World Beat Cuisine” right here in Nye Beach.

209 NW Coast St., Nye Beach

The Coffee House

Located amidst the hustle and bustle of the Historic Bayfront, the Coffee House (the building) was actually floated down the Yaquina River from the town of Yaquina in 1932, and rolled on logs to its present site! The coffee house serves superb drip coffee, and has a gourmet breakfast and lunch menu featuring their legendary biscuits and gravy, and amazing “Pasties.” Their traditional Cornish Pasties are made with turnip, carrot, onion, potato, and herbs, and can include premium Angus beef if you’d like.

156 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

La Maison

French for “the house” or “home,” La Maison specializes in pastries and cakes that are a perfect complement to your morning or afternoon coffee. Their huge espresso drinks are just what you need to get you going! In addition, La Maison has an incredible French-inspired breakfast and lunch menu that features omelets, crepes, sandwiches, soups, and salads. They also recently began serving dinner on Friday evenings from 5-8:30 pm, and reservations are accepted but not required.

315 SW 9th St., Downtown Deco District

Coasties Roasties

Drive in for coffee and a bite to eat! Coasties Roasties is locally owned, and serves drinks sourced regionally. Get a steaming cup of coffee from Columbia Coffee Roasters or delicious chai tea blended in Eugene, and check out their daily menu for fresh pastries, scones, muffins, breakfast burritos, wraps, soups and sandwiches. Coasties Roasties tries to include one vegan or gluten item on the menu daily, and they even make their own salted caramel and dog treats.

605 E Olive St., Deco District off Hwy 20   

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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

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