Whales in Newport

July 2017

As if the joys of this run of great weather on the coast aren't enough, there is also an abundance of whale sightings up and down the central coast, throughout Lincoln County. Officials at the Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay are reporting an average of 6 to 20 whale sightings each day, an astounding number for this time of year.

Luke Parsons, whale expert and the head ranger with Oregon State Parks and Recreation's (OPRD) Whale Spoken Here Program, said these steady numbers seem to be holding true around the rest of this part of the coastline, which includes Yachats, Newport, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach and Lincoln City.

It's mostly gray whales, Parsons said, but some other types have been spotted as well.

“Last month we had a group of Bottlenose whales come through, and the Orcas were here for four or five days,” he said. “We're definitely gearing up for another good summer of whale watching.”

Parsons said it all started back during March's Whale Watch Week. The numbers were good then as the grays slowly swam their way up to feeding grounds closer to Alaska, and with a generally good run of weather conditions they seem to be sticking around.

“We had a very busy and successful spring whale watch week, and it's just really kind'a continued on,” Parsons said. “We definitely have our summertime resident whales along the central Oregon coast, and we're seeing 6 to 20 a day, as long as the weather allows.”

Even better news: a good rule of thumb is that the whale tour boats are seeing even more than people do onshore. Newport and Depoe Bay have about a dozen whale tour companies between them.

The biggest factor is most in these sighting numbers is often the weather. If seas are rough and it's windy, the whale steer clear of near-shore activity. Large waves also create big gullies that makes the whales hard to see.

Every year, there are what officials call the “resident whales” along the central coast, attracted to this area because of lots of krill and mycid shrimp. The waters are full of thick kelp forests, where the drill and shrimp live. Gray whales chomp on about 500 pounds to 2,000 pounds of the tiny creatures every day.

There have been a lot of social media posts of whales quite close to shore. OPRD has some stunning video of just this kind of recent whale activity.

Sometimes when these close encounters happen, a whale will do a maneuver called a spyhop, where they pop out of the water and then flop back in again, mostly to take a look around them. Parsons, along with many boat tour operators, believe this is when a real connection can happen.

“There have been a few occasions when they spyhop in front of the visitor center, and I'm pretty sure they're staring right at us,” he said. “I do think they're curious. Especially the young ones.”

Video clips courtesy Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD). First clip: whale breaching on June 7. Second and third clips: various whale activity in front of Whale Watch Center.

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Camp Newport!

Send the kids to summer camp in Newport

Summer camp is the stuff that childhood memories are made of. Why not combine a coastal vacation with a camp experience for the kids? Come before camp starts or stay afterward to extend the fun for everyone. Here are a few Newport summer camp options, both sleep-away and day camps, for kids of all ages.

Camp

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

One of the best science museums in the country, OMSI has long run overnight science camps at a number of facilities, like Hancock Field Station near Fossil, OR. Located near South Beach State Park, OMSI’s brand new Camp Gray provides kids access to beach, dune, tide pool, and coastal forest environments. Residential camps there, for kids in grades 2-12, include weeks focused on coastal habitats, marine-inspired art, documentary filmmaking, and marine field studies.

Hatfield Marine Science Center

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center is a hotbed of cutting-edge science, one of the premier centers for marine science in the country. Via Oregon Sea Grant, HMSC offers incredible week-long day camps for students ages 8-18 throughout July. Camps run M-Th 9 am to 3 pm. HMSC also offers two-hour family camps on many Fridays at which everyone can learn something new.

UK International Soccer Camp

For one week every summer, Newport’s soccer fields are subject to a British Invasion, as this popular program brings UK and other international soccer coaches to town to run a week of day camp. These energetic, talented coaches, many of whom have never been to the U.S. before, utterly charm athletes ages 4-14 while helping hone their soccer skills. For summer 2017, UK International Soccer Camp will run July 10-14.

Surf School

Surfing is in Newport’s blood. What better way to learn to catch a wave than to go to Surf School, three-day surfing lessons offered through Ossie’s Surf Shop in Agate Beach? Ossie’s offers Surf School throughout the summer for ages 9 to adult (family Surf School would be a blast!).

Parks and Recreation Sports Camps

The Newport Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide range of very affordable sports and outdoor day camps over the course of the summer for varying ages depending on the camp. This year, offerings will include camps focused on tennis, archery, golf, basketball, and outdoor survival skills, among others. Camp lengths and times vary; many are only two to three hours each day, leaving plenty of time for exploring Newport’s beaches, hanging out on the Bayfront, or visiting the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Art 101 Art Camps

For the artsy and crafty kids, check out Art 101’s day camps for ages 6-15. Each camp runs for four days, 9 am to 3 pm each day, and includes a t shirt, daily snack, daily play time at the Newport Recreation Center, and the awesome, enthusiastic art instruction of Philip and Jenni Reed. Kids will complete two major projects based on either the work of a famous artist or a particular technique, as well as multiple additional projects. At the end of the summer, a gallery exhibit of art from throughout the summer will be shown. Three sessions of camp will be offered, one each in June, July, and August.

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Theater Camps

Budding thespians always have a blast at OCCA’s Theater and Shakespeare Camps. Theater Campers learn improvisation, acting, and script-writing, among other skills, and write a short skit to contribute to a camp-end production in which everyone has a role. Shakespeare Camp participants mount a production of an abridged Shakespeare play, and the camp always features an appearance by the Bard himself (actor and camp director Rod Molzhan). Two two-week Theater Camp sessions will be offered this summer for ages 9-17 (June 19-30 and July 17-28), and one two-week Shakespeare camp session will be offered (July 31-August 11). All camps are held at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Call the Performing Arts Center for more information at (541) 265-2787 or email questions to occa@coastarts.org.

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What’s on Tap Tonight?

How about a Newport pub crawl?

Whether you want a great place to gather for a few beers with friends, or a romantic spot where you can quietly sip specialty cocktails with your sweetie, or a hopping bar where you can mix pool, darts, or karaoke with your drinks, we’ve got the place for you in Newport. But why choose your poison when you can have it all? Get the gang together and embark on a Newport pub crawl. Here’s a suggested north-to-south route. Be sure to have a designated driver when you start, or call upon the services of Yaquina Cab ((541) 265-9552).

Bar 1

Start at Rookie’s Sports Bar at the Agate Beach Best Western. With local Rogue ales on tap, an extensive menu, games on the big-screen TV, and all the free popcorn you can eat, this is a great place to start as the sun goes down.

Happy hour: Daily, 4-6 pm

Food: Wide selection of soups, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, and more

3019 N. Coast Hwy. (at the Best Western), Agate Beach

 

 

Want to stay in the Agate Beach neighborhood for a bit? Head to Szabo’s Steakhouse & Seafood for excellent appetizers, burgers, and hot wings to accompany your drink of choice. While you might think of a steakhouse as a beer kind of place (they’ve got lots of beers on tap), the mixed drink menu is extensive, including creative margaritas, martinis, and every other cocktail under the sun.

Happy hour: Daily, 3-6 pm

Food: Full menu including wings, burgers, nightly specials

5188 NE Lucky Gap St., Agate Beach

Bar 2

Next head to Nye Beach. Nana’s Irish Pub in the heart of Nye Beach is always hopping, and for good reasons: the best comfort food you can find, an excellent selection of beers on tap plus a full bar, and a friendly, lively atmosphere worthy of the Dublin pub scene.     

Happy hour: Monday – Friday, 3-6 pm

Food: Always outstanding Irish pub fare, from fish & chips to the best Reuben around

613 NW 3rd St., Nye Beach

 

 

Onward! Bier One is a beer lover’s nirvana, with a huge selection of craft beers on tap and many more in bottles (which can be purchased to take home as well). You can undertake an entire pub Olympics here: pool, darts, shuffle board, and a foosball table are all available. You can also stock up on your own brewing supplies.

Happy hour: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 4-6 pm; Wednesday 4-9 pm

Food: Soups, sandwiches, snacks – gotta love the “potachos,” basically nachos made with potato chips.

424 SW Coast Hwy., Deco District

Bar 3

Right next door is Moby Dick’s, where karaoke is king. Play a little shuffleboard, dance to live or jukebox music, and play pinball while sampling the seafood, beer, wine, or cocktails. But the big draw here is karaoke, seven nights a week starting at 9 pm.

Happy hour: Daily, 4-7 pm

Food: Seafood, pub food

448 SW Coast Hwy., Deco District

 

Onward to the Bayfront! A good place to start is the Rogue Ales Public House, specializing in, what else, the entire range of Rogue ales brewed right across the bay. Rogue has also gotten into the spirits business as well, making their own whiskey, rums, gin, and vodka, also in Newport. Sure, you can drink Rogue brews all over the place now, but there’s nothing better than coming to the mother ship.

Hoppy hour: Note that in the Rogue spirit of this institution, happy hour becomes “hoppy hour,” when they offer their lunchtime “hoppy meal.” Hoppy hour is 11:30 to 1:30 daily, when you can get a $2 pint or $1 half-pint with lunch, plus a toy.

Food: Extensive menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, pizza, pasta … you name it. Emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.

748 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

Bar 4

If you want to slow the pace a little, head to Clearwater, the newest Bayfront restaurant, and check out their beautiful bar upstairs. You won’t get a better view in Newport, and the cocktails are just as lovely as the surroundings.  

Happy hour: Monday – Friday 12 pm – 6 pm. $2 off bar menu food and $1 off drinks

Food: Oh, the food. Amazing Pacific Northwest cuisine. Try the Dungeness mac & cheese!

325 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

 

End your night at the Barge Inn, self-proclaimed “Home of the Winos, Dingbats, and Riff Raff.” This friendly spot is often packed with local fishermen and other Newportians, who come for the selection of beers and ciders on tap and the excellent pool table. The other claim to fame here is the Barge Burger, which many consider to be the best in town.

Happy hour: None (But every hour spent at the Barge Inn is happy!)

Food: Famous burgers, barbecue, and the like, with great specials

358 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

There’s Something Special about South Beach

Some of the best Newport adventures are found south of the bridge

Just over the iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge from the hustle and bustle of the Bayfront and the quirky art scene of Nye Beach is another Newport neighborhood worth exploring: South Beach. You already likely know about a few of the highlights of this neighborhood: the Oregon Coast Aquarium is in South Beach, as are the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Rogue Brewery. But spend a little more time here and you’ll find lesser-known treasures as well. Here are a few.

South Beach Neighborhood

Mike Miller Park

Mike Miller County Park contains an astounding cross-section of Pacific Northwest ecosystems within its 40-acre footprint. Hikers can explore the park via a fairly easy, family-friendly 1.2-mile loop trail that takes off from the trailhead on SE 50th St. and traverses old-growth coastal forest, wetlands, and ponds. Common wildlife sightings include woodpeckers (look for dead trees along the trail that look like Swiss cheese – that’s where woodpeckers have been hammering away, looking for lunch), ospreys, eagles, newts, turtles, and more. SE 50th St.

Oregon Coast Community College: Dog Park, Disc Golf, Trails

The central campus of Oregon Coast Community College is located up the winding drive at SE 40th St. marked by a large grounded boat on Hwy 101. In addition to providing outstanding educational opportunities for more than 500 students per year, the grounds of the community college offer a range of wonderful recreational opportunities, including hiking and mountain biking trails (get maps and free permits at Bike Newport), a Frisbee golf course, and a fenced dog park operated by the City of Newport. SE 40th St.

South Beach State Park

The wide beach at South Beach State Park is perfect for walking, surfing, boogie boarding, sandcastle-building, and just about any other beach activity that suits your fancy, but the beach is just the beginning. Landward of the beach lies a system of trails, both paved and unpaved, for hiking, biking, and walking. One path leads to an ADA-accessible interpretive boardwalk that provides information about the area’s natural history, and others lead to the large campground. The north end of the beach is demarcated by the south jetty at the entrance to Yaquina Bay, accessible via a separate public entrance and parking area. US 101, 2 miles south of Newport

Unique Shopping Options

Fun shops dot the South Beach landscape – why not take a break from walking the beach to search for that perfect souvenir? If you don’t happen to find a genuine Japanese fishing float washed up on one of our beaches, you can make your own in any color combination you desire at The Edge Art Gallery (3916 S. Coast Hwy.). Right next door to the Oregon Coast Aquarium is Aquarium Village (3101 SE Ferry Slip Rd.), an eclectic collection of shops, including Pirate’s Plunder (3145 SE Ferry Slip Rd.), a maze-like home to multiple vendors of vintage goods where you can lose yourself for hours. If the kids are bouncing off the walls, take them to Yo Ho Indoor Bounce (3101 SE Ferry Slip Rd.), where bouncing on the pirate-themed bouncy house structures is absolutely required. Another South Beach treat is the Hasting Coastal Woodworks Woodturning Studio & Gallery (3333 SE Ferry Slip Rd.), where you can peruse their gallery and shop filled with gorgeous wood items, or take a class and create something out of wood yourself.

Good Eats!

You don’t have to leave South Beach to get some fantastic grub (and, it goes without saying, great beer, too). Fishtails Café (3301 SE Ferry Slip Rd. in Aquarium Village) serves excellent breakfast and lunch menus, including salmon hash, killer marionberry French toast, and the Slumgullion, their original recipe clam chowder baked with shrimp and cheese and served with homemade garlic bread. To find some of the absolute best seafood in Newport, especially the fried variety, find the flying saucer – it’s landed on the roof of South Beach Fish Market (3640 S. Coast Hwy.). Try the shrimp burger or the fried oysters – the stuff that seafood dreams are made of. And of course, the Rogue Brewery’s Brewers on the Bay (2320 SE Marine Science Dr.) is a great choice, featuring Rogue’s brews alongside burgers, salads, sandwiches, and a panoramic view of the bay. You can take brewery tours here, too. While you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to check out the nearby Rogue House of Spirits to try out and purchase Rogue’s rums, gins, vodkas, and whiskies.

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A Blueprint for Fun

Overwhelmed with choices for Newport activities? Let us help you design the perfect itinerary

There are a lot of ways to fill your days and nights in Newport. Here are some suggested one-day itineraries to kick off the best week ever. The astute reader will note that all of these itineraries end the same way, because some Newport activities are simply universal.

Of course, we want you to come for the whole week, so be sure to explore discovernewport.com to fill those remaining vacation days.

For the Family

If you’re here with your family, there’s plenty to do to entertain all ages in Newport. Make sure to tire the kids out so they sleep well.

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. 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 shipwreck exhibit is closing soon to make room for a new exhibit later in the spring, so don’t miss it!

2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd., South Beach

1:00 pm: Lunch, Mo’s, and wandering bayfront ● Definitely have your famous Mo’s chowder in a bread bowl – who doesn’t love an edible serving dish? After lunch, wander the 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: Wax Works & Ripley’s Believe It or Not ● Kids and adults alike love these attractions at Mariner Square on the bayfront.

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.

For the College Buddies

You’ve worked hard all semester (right?) – it’s time for some R&R, Newport-style.

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 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.

For the Adventuresome Couple

Newport offers the perfect getaway for couples, whether you’re more outdoorsy or indoorsy. Here’s a schedule for the more adventuresome duo.

7:30 am: Run on the beach ● It’s good for the calves! It’s good for the heart! Get your blood pumping with an early morning run. 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: Bike ride 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 ● A new addition to the Newport restaurant scene, there’s no better location than Clearwater and the food is just as good as the view. We prefer 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 noshes.

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! ● Have we mentioned how much fun this is? Best place to watch the sunset, hands down.

Fun with Fido in Newport

Tips for keeping those tails wagging while visiting dog nirvana at the coast

Don’t you hate that look your dog gives you when you pack to go on vacation? You know the one. When the suitcases come out, so do the puppy dog eyes. “Can I come?” they plead.  If you’re heading to Newport, the answer should be a resounding “Yes! Go pack your collar and tennis ball!” Dogs are welcome in Newport, from hotels to beaches to (some) restaurants. Here’s how to keep your furry friend happy while you’re here.

Where to Stay

Most Newport hotels allow dogs for an extra fee, while rental properties are more variable. Campgrounds most definitely allow dogs, but they must be leashed. Dogs generally can’t be left alone in hotel rooms, and must be leashed on hotel grounds. Here are the pet guidelines at a few of the many local accommodations that allow dogs:

Agate Beach Motel
Dogs under 70 lbs are welcome for a $20 fee per night.
agatebeachmotel.com
Best Western Agate Beach
Pets allowed in specific rooms for $20 per night up to a total of no more than $100.
bestwesternoregon.com
Elizabeth Street Inn
Five pet-friendly rooms available for a $25 fee (total for your entire stay). Weight (under 75 lbs) and breed restrictions apply.
elizabethstreetinn.com
The Whaler Motel
Dogs allowed in pet-friendly rooms for $10 per day. The Whaler also operates a few vacation rental homes, which all allow dogs.
whalernewport.com
Fairhaven Vacation Rentals
Three lovely cottage homes in Nye Beach, reminiscent of San Francisco Victorian houses. All three take dogs for an extra $10 per night, by prior arrangement only.
fairhavenvacationrentals.com
Newport Belle
This unique bed and breakfast, a historic riverboat moored at the South Beach Marina, has one pet-friendly room for an extra fee of $25 per night. Reserve early!
newportbelle.com

Where to Eat

Your four-footed family member doesn’t need to be left behind when you go out to eat in Newport. Try one of these places with dog-friendly outdoor seating.

Panini Bakery
Your dog may be up-and-at-‘em without the need for caffeine, but you want a latte (and maybe a scone or muffin). Why not get the best latte in Newport, and take your dog along? Panini Bakery in Nye Beach has a few outdoor seats, and dogs are often tied up outside if owners want to be indoors instead. You can get the dog a house-made dog biscuit while you’re there.
232 NW Coast St.
Nana’s Irish Pub
Nana’s has great food, great drinks, and a great atmosphere inside and out, right in the heart of Nye Beach. Patio seating allows dogs.
613 NW 3rd St.
Café Stephanie
Another Nye Beach favorite for breakfast and lunch, Café Stephanie has outdoor seating where well-behaved dogs are welcome.
411 NW Coast St.
Rogue Ales Public House
The Rogue loves dogs (see info about the Brewer’s Memorial Alefest, below). Rogue Ales Public House on the Bayfront has outdoor patio seating where dogs are more than welcome, and might even be offered a treat while they’re there.
748 SW Bay Blvd.

Where to Play

OK, so your dog is not welcome at the aquarium, or on a Marine Discovery Tours cruise, or inside the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum. But dogs need fun too – here are some options.

Beaches
The obvious place to take your dog for a romp in Newport is the beach. Most beach access points in Newport are operated by Oregon State Parks. Chris Havel, of Oregon State Parks, summarizes the canine beach rules this way: “Carry a leash. Keep your dog in sight and under voice control. If you can’t control the animal, and it’s interfering with people, wildlife, or anything else, you’ll need to leash it.” In addition, dogs must be on a leash in a state park before you reach the sand (in the parking area, near restrooms, on trails leading to the beach, and so on). Don’t forget that tennis ball!
Trails
Away from the sand there are trails for dog walking as well. One option is Forest Park, a Newport city park which contains a one-mile wooded trail that runs between the Newport Municipal Pool (1212 NE Fogarty St.) and Big Creek Park (2510 NE Big Creek Rd.). Another city-maintained trail runs from near Big Creek Park through the woods to Agate Beach. South Beach State Parks contains both paved and wooded walking trails. 
Dog Parks
Newport has two off-leash dog parks where dogs can run and make friends. One is north of the center of town, the Agate Beach Dog Park on NW 60th St. The other is within the Wilder housing development in South Beach on SE College Way (near the Oregon Coast Community College campus). Both are fenced.

Other Doggy Delights

Grooming: If you get a spa treatment on vacation, why can’t your dog? Options include MoonDoggy Daycare & Spa (208 NW 12th Street, (541) 265-4592); Pet Bath and Beyond (644 SW Coast Highway, Suite E., (541) 265-4453), and Four Paws Pet Grooming (549 NE 1st St., (541) 265-5443).

Pet Supplies: Does Fifi need a new collar? Have you, God forbid, run out of dog treats? You can fix these and other pet supply problems at many places in Newport, including:

Fred Meyer (150 NE 20th St.)

WalMart (160 NW 25th St.)

Feed Corral (634 N Coast Highway 101)

Mini Pet Mart (1740 N Coast Highway 101)

Bowwow Meow (456 SW Bay Blvd.)

Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest: A brewfest for dogs? You betcha. Rogue Brewery celebrates two of the best things in the world – beer and dogs – at this annual event in May, a tribute to Rogue Ales’ founding dog, Brewer. The event includes 30+ microbrews, live music, doggy musical chairs, a dog wash, dog dancing, and celebrity dog look-alike contests. There’s no better time to bring your dog to Newport.