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Let’s Go Kayaking!

Newport has some great places to get out into the water

Have you noticed all of the kayaks in Newport’s waterways and just off the coast, and thought, that looks like fun? You’re not alone! Both locals and visitors alike can often be found paddling around the many aquatic bodies of water that our area has to offer. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker, new to the sport, or interested in getting started, we have some perfect locations and suggestions that cater to every skill level.

The Inuit and Aleut tribes of Arctic North America have been using kayaks for centuries, and the word kayak literally translates to “hunter’s boat.” Kayaking has been a popular sport in Europe for over 200 years, and was first introduced as an Olympic event in 1936. With the advent of fiberglass kayaks in the 1950’s, and then polyethylene plastic in the 1980’s, the sport has continued to gather momentum in the United States.

In Newport, we have a wide range of salt and fresh waterways that are excellent for all skill levels. Olalla Lake is ideal for beginners, and is only seven miles away in Toledo. Olalla is often a bit warmer than the coast, and has much less wind. The small lake is calm, beautiful, full of wildlife, and is great for swimming, hiking, fishing, and picnicking too. Another great place for inexperienced kayakers is Beaver Creek, Just five miles south of Newport in Brian Booth State Park. Beaver Creek is slow moving, and winds through coastal wetlands teeming with wildlife.

For intermediate kayakers, the Siletz River is just north of Newport and offers a more challenging experience. Depending on the river level, you can explore about six miles of the winding curves and mild rapids on the Siletz. The Yaquina Bay is also a popular spot for intermediate kayakers, and for good reason. The Bay offers plenty of great sightseeing from the water, where you’ll be able to cruise by the docked boats and Historic Bayfront. You can also enter the Yaquina River from the Bay, and paddle for many miles viewing fantastic scenery and abundant wildlife.

In addition to the above mentioned spots, skilled kayakers are able to take advantage of the miles of coastline that run north and south from Newport. Sea kayaking is an amazing way to interact with the ocean; you can ride the waves and get a unique glimpse of the shoreline. If you have never been sea kayaking, we recommend that you take some lessons before going out on your own.

Kayaking lessons and rentals are readily available through Ossie’s Surf Shop and the Oregon Boating Foundation. You can also take a variety of daily kayak tours that are offered daily from Ossie’s, and are guided according to your skill level. Give kayaking in Newport a try! With so many opportunities to get out into the water, you’re sure to find the perfect trip just for you, or to share with family and friends.

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From Farm to Table in Newport

Many of our restaurants and breweries provide the very freshest ingredients

Although regionally sourced produce can be found year-round in local food and drink offerings, October is that time of year when Oregon farms are harvesting the largest bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. That means the selections you choose for breakfast, lunch and dinner were plucked from the soil, stalks and branches only hours before they were served to you. We also have plenty of fish and seafood caught daily throughout the year, immediately delivered to waiting kitchens, and prepared to perfection in a variety of dishes and menu items.

Whether you seek succulent produce, seafood, or both combined into amazing creations, you’ll find the freshest ingredients available anywhere. Here is a list of some of our local establishments that offer you the highest quality farm to table choices.

Clearwater Restaurant

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.

325 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront                                                                                                                             

(541) 272-5550

Asiatico

This little Bayfront restaurant features fresh, local fish, especially sushi, but the menu also includes non-sushi main dishes, and you’ll often find amazing specials. Make sure to compliment your dinner with one of their many sake choices. Asiatico is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and you can eat in or take out.

875 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

(541) 265-8387  

Ove Northwest

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.

749 NW 3rd St., Nye Beach          

(541) 264-2990

Café Mundo

Café Mundo serves up tastes from around the world, while providing a relaxed venue for exciting and original music performances. Specializing in local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients, their menu features amazing appetizers, tacos, bento bowls, sandwiches, soups and salads. In addition, Café Mundo roasts their own micro-batch Peruvian coffee, and offers fresh homemade desserts.

209 NW Coast St., Nye Beach

(541) 574-8134

Rogue Brewers on the Bay

Situated along the Yaquina Bay in South Beach, Rogue World Headquarters is the place for everything Rogue. Their brewpub features a new and improved menu, and they have over 40 beers on tap. Many of the ingredients that go into Rogue’s offerings were grown on their two farms, and much of the rest is sourced regionally.

2320 SE Marine Science Dr., South Beach

(541) 819-0202  

Bosque Café & Espresso Bar                                                                                      

Bosque Café & Espresso Bar features sustainably minded small-batch coffees from Trailhead Coffee Roasters, and offers fresh-made cuisine from around the world, with an emphasis on Vietnamese recipes. Bosque sources much of their ingredients locally, and they are recognized as a Zero-waste café, so bring your own coffee cup and container if you want food and drink to go.                                                                  

4590 SE Harborton St., South Beach

(541) 264-2278  

                                                                                                                                   

Wolf Tree Taproom

The Wolf Tree Nanobrewery has been crafting amazing beers from their Seal Rock brewery for a few years, but had not had a place to serve it until now. They feature their amazing beer, as well as a rotating guest tap for cider, and a choice of fine regional wine. Their beer is made with the finest ingredients, and they use local resources whenever possible.

4590 SE Harborton St., South Beach                                                                                                                               

(541) 223-5766

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

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.

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

South Beach State Park is a Great Place to Hike, Bike, and Ride

Lace up your shoes, jump on your bike, or even saddle up your horse!

Stretching just southwest of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, from the South Jetty for several miles down the beach, South Beach State Park offers a variety of hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities. South Beach State Park covers nearly 500 acres, and is one of Newport’s oldest parks, with early land purchases dating back to 1933. In addition to a campground, playground area, horseshoe pits, and 9-hole disc golf course, the park has many trails through the woods, across the dunes, and along the beach that are designed for hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

The trails and beach at South Beach State Park are accessible from two points; the main entrance to the park is just off Hwy 101 a few miles south of Newport, and the other entry point begins where SW Jetty Way leads west under the bay bridge and dead ends at the beach. Parking is available at both entrances, and restrooms are located in the main parking lot and near the parking spaces along South Jetty Way. Some of the trails that wind through the park are paved, but most are not.

Visit Newport’s Ghost Forests

Autumn is the perfect time to see these ancient tree stumps

October is that time of the year when shadows grow longer and forests become darker, well, most forests do anyway. Not the ghost forests of Newport. You might think that a place named “ghost forest” would be a sinister place, where apparitions or restless spirits haunted the people who entered them, but these forests are actually bright and devoid of trees.

In fact, ghost forests are only the stumps of trees, and some are an astonishing 4,000 years old. The stumps weren’t decayed by oxygen as most stumps are, because they were buried under layers of sand and silt for so long that they were preserved mostly in their original shape. Some of the ghost forest stumps are covered up until big storms expose them, but there a few places that you can view them year-round.

The best display of a ghost forest stump visible all of the time is at Beverly Beach State Park, next to the path that leads to the beach. It was torn out of the sand and silt near Otter Rock by a large storm, and was washed up onto Beverly Beach. The Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation made the stump into a permanent exhibit shortly after it washed ashore in the 1990s. Its twin is still firmly planted in the sands below Otter Rock, and can be seen from the Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint, or examined more closely down on Beverly Beach.  

The other ghost forests of Newport are usually only visible after large storms have eroded the sand and silt to expose the ancient stumps. Most of these are located on Moolack Beach, which is connected to Beverly Beach to the north. There are also some at Nye Beach, and a few others just south of Newport at Thiel Creek.

Search for the ghost forests the next time you visit Newport, especially after a big autumn storm has come and gone.

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

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.



Quit Wishin’ Go Fishin’!

Bring your own boat, or take one of ours

Newport is home to the largest commercial fishing fleet on the Oregon Coast, and it’s the place to buy the freshest seafood available anywhere, but did you know that Newport is also the perfect place to catch your own fish? We have a great marina where you can launch your own boat, and public facilities to clean your catch when you return. And if you don’t have your own boat, we offer a variety of sport fishing charter boats with experienced crew ready to embark on daily deep sea angling excursions.

Tuna, salmon, halibut, cod, and rockfish are readily available just off the Pacific coastline, and you can also set crab pots on your way out to find fish. Check with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to see which fish are in season, and what kinds of fish you will have the best luck catching. Also visit the National Weather Service to make sure that the ocean will be calm, and that no storms or dangerous conditions may arise during your excursion.

The Port of Newport’s South Beach Marina provides an idea place to put your boat in the water. They offer an easy access launch ramp, complete with self-service payment center, fresh water boat launch, and a large short-term boat trailer parking lot. The South Beach Marina also has a full-service RV park, public fish cleaning stations, an onsite store, and is located next to many visitor attractions.

If you don’t have your own boat, local charter companies offer daily sport fishing trips, where skilled captains and crew will guide you into areas that are known to have an abundance of fish. Sport fishing trips are affordable and frequently available, so you will have no difficulty scheduling a day out on the Pacific Ocean. Local charters will have all of the equipment you will need for your fishing trip, and some will allow you to use your own rod if you choose, but be prepared to bring some other essential items.

In addition to the charter fee you will need an Oregon fishing license; if you don’t already have one, daily licenses may be purchased with your charter package. To insure a comfortable experience, dress in layers, complete with a rain jacket, hat and gloves. Many charters offer food and drinks, but if yours doesn’t, bring a thermos of coffee or tea, a canteen of water and some snacks or a picnic lunch. Also bring a little cash to tip the captain and crew and to pay for the fish cleaning services at the end of your trip, and be sure leave a cooler with ice in your car to transport your fresh fish.

If you don’t have your own boat, contact one of these local charters to schedule a fishing trip.

Newport Tradewinds

653 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

541-265-2101

Captains Reel Deep Sea Fishing

343 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

541-265-7441

Yaquina Bay Charters

1000 SE Bay Blvd. Historic Bayfront (near the Embarcadero Resort)

541-265-6800

Newport Marine Store and Charters

2128 SE Marine Science Drive, South Beach

541-867-4470

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



Travel Newport Magazine

Spring / Summer 2018