The coast you remember
What are your favorite winter activities in Newport? Whether you enjoy experiencing the raw forces of nature in our bountiful parks and beaches, or searching for treasures in the many shops and galleries in Nye Beach, the Historic Bayfront or downtown, the opportunity to warm up is just around the corner and sure to enhance your adventure. Wherever your journey takes you, stop for a cup of coffee, a bowl of chowder or even schedule a trip to the spa.Discover More
When you’re spending time in Newport, it’s hard not to notice how important the arts are to our idyllic coastal community. Whether it’s the many galleries that present a variety of mediums and visual perceptions, or the public murals, sculpture and architecture that bond the city and surf, Newport is obviously a place where the arts flourish. In addition to a number of galleries, studios, performance spaces, and the prolific offerings of public art, two amazing municipal venues, the Newport Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Center, offer exceptional performance and visual art opportunities year-round. Both venues have recently received a series of renovations and improvements that will enhance your experience. While watching a performance or viewing an art exhibit, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that both of these spaces have been enhanced.
When you’re spending time in Newport, it’s hard not to notice how important the arts are to our idyllic coastal community. Whether it’s the many galleries that present a variety of mediums and visual perceptions, or the public murals, sculpture and architecture that bond the city and surf, Newport is obviously a place where the arts flourish. In addition to a number of galleries, studios, performance spaces, and the prolific offerings of public art, two amazing municipal venues, the Newport Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Center, offer exceptional performance and visual art opportunities year-round.
Both venues have recently received a series of renovations and improvements that will enhance your experience. While watching a performance or viewing an art exhibit, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that both of these spaces have been enhanced.
No visit to Newport is complete without a stop at the Oregon Coast Aquarium overlooking scenic Yaquina Bay just south of the city’s iconic bridge. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and fun, and plays an active role in conservation, education and animal rehabilitation efforts. The Aquarium’s world-class indoor and outdoor exhibits have earned the facility consistent recognition as one of the top ten aquariums in the country.
You have a huge range of lodging options in Newport, from campsites to intimate B&Bs to luxury hotel rooms along the ocean. Below are 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.
Winter visitors to the Central Oregon Coast are often amazed by the spectacular storms that build and erupt over the ocean and crash onto the beach and shoreline! These wild acts of nature often occur between October and March, when dark squalls crash inland and release tremendous gusts of wind, rain, thunder and even lightning. Plan a storm watching trip to Newport where you’ll be able to experience these fantastic events up close or from a comfortable distance away.
You’ll observe the monstrous white-capped tides swell, crest and then roll inland. Framed against a backdrop of ominous black clouds that darken the sky, these pounding breakers gather strength as they steadily surge ashore. Hear the roar of the waves crashing onto the beach and against the rocks, as the thunder cracks between sea and sky and the sideways rain pounds the surf and sand. Stay alert, and you may even see flashes of lightning illuminating the sky, crashing from cloud to cloud or zapping the ocean with tremendous force.
The most exhilarating place to watch winter storms safely is just above the beach, where the wind, waves and rain enhance your experience. The US Coast Guard advises against watching storms from the beach itself because rough waves move inland quickly and without notice, and can be extremely dangerous. If you choose to observe these incredible storms above one of our many local beaches, be sure to bring rain gear and be aware of your surroundings. Always stay a safe distance away from the beach, and check with NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for local weather conditions, potential advisories and alerts, and establish a safe route inland away from your location.
There are many outdoor vantage points that are safely above the beach and offer all of the excitement that being surrounded by the elements provides. The rock wall of the Nye Beach parking lot is one of those places; it is insulated from the incoming tide, but also exposed to the wind, rain and thunder that accompanies a storm. Another great viewpoint is the turnout on Old Highway 101, just above Agate Beach State Park. Or choose from a variety of other inland positions and overlooks around Newport that also provide excellent storm-watching opportunities.
You may want to watch the action unfold from one of the many beachfront restaurants that offer panoramic outlooks onto the raging coastline. Enjoy the spectacular show during an amazing seafood meal, or over drinks and snacks. You can also enjoy storms from the warmth and comfort of your own hotel room, preferably snuggled up in a fluffy chair in front of the window.
You’ll fall asleep to the sound of the driving rain, and wake in the morning to the pounding surf and crashing waves.
Plan your winter storm watching trip to Newport today! No matter where you choose to watch rough winter coastal weather build and rage inland, the unforgettable experience is guaranteed to thrill and amaze!
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Winter storms are great to watch, but they often limit your opportunities for outdoor activities. Luckily, Newport has many other options for recreation and relaxation that are fun for the whole family and will keep you warm and dry. Here are some suggestions for indoor activities that will keep you out of the rain.Discover More
Do you want a great place to gather for a few beers with friends after a full day at the beach? Or would you rather quietly enjoy cocktails with your sweetheart as the sun sets? Maybe you prefer having your drinks while shooting a round of pool, throwing some darts, or singing your favorite karaoke songs?
Here in Newport, we’ve got a bar to satisfy all of those drinking events and more! You don’t have to settle for one place or another, when you can get your family or friends together and set out on a Newport pub crawl. Here’s a suggested route from north-to south, which you may follow faithfully, or veer off at any point on your own adventure.Pub Crawl Route
Beachcombing is always a mystery when you wander Newport’s beaches in search of treasure; you just never know what’s been washed up from the depths of the Pacific Ocean until you search for it! Although great beachcombing happens every day just a few hours after high tide, the best time to search the beach for riches from the deep is after a strong winter storm. Winter storms tend to churn up a variety of interesting objects from the bottom of the ocean, send all kinds of debris to the beach on wild waves, and scour and rip rocks and fossils loose from sediment layers.
Once a big storm has passed, grab a portable tide table booklet (many local hotels, stores and other businesses give them away), and search for the next high tide. Head down to the beach an hour or two after high tide so you can spend a good bit of time exploring the beach; the best time to search the beach is at low tide when the most surface area is exposed. You may want to bring a stick or sturdy pole to poke and pick apart the piles of flotsam that will have washed up onto the beach. Don’t forget to dress in warm clothes, bring a pair of gloves, and carry a washable backpack, bucket or bag to hold all of the cool objects that you might find.
Many kinds of fossils can often be found on the beach after a storm, and most were eroded away from 15 to 20 million year old layers of sandstone and volcanic ash from the geological creation known as the Astoria Formation. Fossilized clams, scallops, and snails are common, but periodically mammal bones from whales and dolphins, fish or shark teeth, and even turtle shells appear on the beach. Petrified wood and fossilized leaves also surface from time to time.
Glass, styrofoam and plastic floats used to buoy fishermen’s nets also show up once in awhile after big winter storms. Styrofoam and plastic floats from crab rings are the most frequent because many of them are used by local fishermen up and down the coast. Glass floats are rare, but turn up on occasion. Japanese fisherman used glass floats extensively in the early part of the 20th century, and some still do. Glass floats are mostly green and blue in color, but have been found in purple, red, and yellow too. They come in various shapes and sizes, but most range from billiard ball to beach ball size and are round.
Agates are some of the best treasures you can find on Newport’s beaches. Agates are a cryptocrystalline variety of silica usually associated with volcanic rock, and are common where streams and creeks flow out onto the beach. After rough waters, they are also eroded out of rock beds and layers of rock and find their way onto the sand. These semi-precious stones are translucent and come in a variety of colors; they may be clear, caramel, orange, yellow, or blue-gray. You’ll often find them when they reflect the sun’s rays, flashing and glimmering against the natural earth tones of the beach. You’ll know it’s an agate when you hold it up to the sun and the light shines through.
You may find different kinds of seashells on the beach, but they are rarely in one piece. You will most likely find only parts of shells because our rough waves and rock formations break them apart. If you are able to find whole shells, make sure that they have been washed clean and are free from all organic matter that may still be decomposing. Shells that still have decaying sea life in them smell really bad as they dry!
Safety is always something to think about when you are beachcombing, especially after rough winter storms. Always be aware of your surroundings, and keep an eye on the ocean. Sneaker waves can come into shore very quickly, and may have enough force to knock you off of your feet. Stay away from large pieces of driftwood, as they are sometimes unstable, especially when water is moving underneath them. Don’t climb on rock formations or on the edge of cliffs either, because the ground may not be solid and can give way and crumble beneath you.
Beachcombing on Newport’s beaches is like modern-day treasure hunting because you never know what you might find. Happy hunting!
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