We Put the Chow into Chowder!

Newport is famous for some of the best clam chowder on the Oregon Coast

People come to the coast from all over the world in search of the very best clam chowder. They know that Newport serves up the freshest offerings available anywhere. No matter what part of town you are enjoying, a cup or bowl of our succulent, clam-filled delicacy is ready to satisfy your craving. Here are a few places to get a bowl of great chowder.

 

Chowder

Newport Chowder Bowl

The name says it all. Situated close to the public beach access in Nye Beach, the Chowder Bowl is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. They have been proudly serving their milk based, thick and creamy chowder since 1980. Their New England-style clam chowder is so amazing that it has won awards and has been featured in local and national publications and media. Complemented with a pat of melting butter, their chowder in a bread bowl is served in the sourdough boules of nearby Panini Bakery. 728 NW Beach Dr., Nye Beach

Georgie’s Beachside Grill

The first thing you’ll notice when you visit this oceanfront restaurant at the Hallmark Resort is the view. It’s incredible, and so is the chowder! Willamette Week newspaper once rated Georgie’s clam chowder as one of the top ten on the Oregon Coast, raving that “It's maybe the most beautiful, classically French roux we tasted—a rich soup made for conquering Normans. While most of the soups rotate, this one sticks—a bacon-and-onion-rich broth with peeled potatoes diced small enough they serve to thicken the soup rather than distract from it.” 744 SW Elizabeth St., near Nye Beach

Ocean Bleu Seafoods at Gino’s

Gino’s serves up some of the freshest, locally-sourced seafood on the Historic Bayfront, and their clam chowder is no exception. Chock full of juicy clams with house-smoked bacon, you’ll easily realize why their chowder is in a category all by itself. Order a cup or bowl of this flavorful goodness the old-fashioned way, or in a sourdough bread bowl also sourced from Newport’s Panini Bakery. In addition to great clam chowder, Gino’s menu is full of other great seafood choices; start with a cup of the chowder and enjoy an entree of fresh-caught salmon, Dungeness crab, halibut or tuna. 808 SW Bay Blvd, Bayfront

Nye Beach Café

Many locals swear that the clam chowder at Nye Beach Café is the best chowder they’ve ever had, and once you taste it you’ll know why! Their rich and creamy chowder is always gluten-free, and full of the choicest clams available anywhere. In addition to traditional New England-style clam chowder, they serve Slumgullion, which has cheese and bay shrimp added to the original chowder recipe. Nye Beach Café also specializes in gluten-free panini sandwiches made on focaccia bread, and they have a variety of bountiful salads that cater to vegetarian and vegan diets. 526 NW Coast St., Nye Beach

South Beach Market

This almost hidden gem is easy to miss along Hwy 101 just south of the Yaquina Bridge, but once you’re there, you’ll be glad that you discovered it! Attached to a convenience store that is decorated with fish and a huge Dungeness crab, the South Beach Market serves up some of the freshest clam chowder on the coast. Enjoy it by the pint, bowl or cup and add two ounces of shrimp or crab, or even a side of brown rice to jazz it up. You’ll also benefit from the close relationship that the owner has developed with local fishermen; they sell a variety of raw seafood, and you can take some home or they’ll cook your selections to order. 3640 S Coast Hwy., just past South Beach

Mo’s

It could be said that Mo’s is a Newport institution, and for very good reason! You’ve probably heard of their world-famous clam chowder; it’s available at Mo’s locations up and down the Oregon Coast, at the Portland International Airport and can even be shipped anywhere around the globe. You can visit the original Mo’s on the Historic Bayfront, where the famous restaurant got its start more than seventy years ago, and Mo’s Annex is just across the street. Stop in for a cup or bowl of the amazing clam chowder that put Mo’s on the map.

Original Mo’s 622 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

Mo’s Annex 657 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

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Birding in Newport

Our local landscapes are a birder’s paradise

Are you an avid birder, or interested in birding?  Birding is a fascinating hobby full of opportunities to view unique coastal birds in their natural habitats. Come prepared with hiking boots, rain gear, field guides and binoculars to experience some of the finest birding in Oregon!

Birding in Newport is fun and exciting during the winter months, if you don’t mind getting a bit muddy and wet. From the beaches to the dunes to the coastal forests, you’ll find scores of birds to observe and document. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Yaquina Bay are both designated as Important Bird Areas (IBA) nationally and by the State of Oregon. In addition, there are three other IBAs nearby in the Salmon River Estuary, Siletz Bay, and Alsea Bay.

Beverly Beach State Park

Great examples of shorebirds and other marine species can be observed at the expansive beach here (and in Newport’s other beaches as well). Look for Western and Hermann’s Gulls, Common Loons, and Brown Pelicans flying by, and sanderling whimbrel, and Western Sandpiper on the sand. In the park and campground, you can find Pileated Woodpecker, Band-tailed Pigeon, Swanson’s Thrush, Pacific Slope Flycatchers, Brown Creepers, and Wilson’s Warbler.

Bay Road

Yaquina Bay Road, extending from Newport’s Historic Bayfront to Toledo, is a great place to spot a range of birds year-round. Stop at pullouts along the way to view loons, grebes, ducks and gulls. Other species that frequent the bay here include brandt, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, and Snowy Egret. Winter Birds include Dunlin, Western and Least Sandpiper, and Black Turnstones. You may also see Bald Eagles and Belted Kingfishers.

Estuary Trail

The Estuary Trail traverses the edge of Yaquina Bay on the campus of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in South Beach. Over 3,000 feet of trail offer year-round public access to the estuary, and interpretive signs are placed along the trail, with an observation shelter provided approximately midway. Parts of the trail and facility are also accessible to those with limited mobility. You might see Dunlin, Western and Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Bald Eagles, Merlin, and White Tailed Kite.

South Jetty

Many habitats come together at the South Jetty at the mouth of Yaquina Bay, and also on the trails that extend from there south to South Beach State Park. Along the South Jetty Road, look for loons, cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots, and Harlequin Ducks. The coastal dunes along the paved walking trail offer the opportunity to see a range of species, including swallows, flycatchers, and Cedar Waxwing.

To maximize your birding success, be sure to consult with the excellent web site of the Oregon Coast Birding Trail for maps, species lists, and more. In addition, local birders communicate through Yaquina Birders and Naturalists, a group that meets monthly and offers guided birding trips.

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Viva el taco!

Newport is home to some of the very best tacos

Who doesn’t love a good taco? We’re not sure, but here in Newport, we’re lucky to have many options for a variety of great tacos! Although tacos originated in Mexico, they have become one of America’s most favorite foods; they even have their own unofficial day: Taco Tuesday.

Tacos are usually available in soft or hard corn or flour tortillas or shells, or you can often order a variation without the tortilla or shell as a taco salad. A variety of fillings and hot sauces can be added to your choice of meat, and because Newport harvests the very freshest seafood daily,

our fish tacos are amazing! Check out these local spots to find the perfect taco.

La Roca

Spanish for “The Rock,” La Roca has firmly established itself as one of Newport’s favorite Mexican Restaurants. La Roca offers a variety of tacos, featuring beef, chicken, pork, sausage, tilapia, and shrimp. Try their “Super Taco,” which is almost like a burrito, and loaded with rice, beans, guacamole, and sour cream. 352 SW 9th St., Downtown Deco District

Clearwater

Overlooking the Yaquina Bay in Newport’s Historic Bayfront, Clearwater Restaurant provides top-notch Coastal Cuisine from award winning chefs. Their delicious fish tacos are served with either sautéed or crispy halibut or rock cod, and topped with cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, guacamole cilantro cream, and pumpkin seed sauce. You’ll get three tacos per order, and they come wrapped in a soft corn tortilla. 325 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

Mazatlan

Another local favorite, Mazatlan Restaurant boasts a large lunch and dinner menu, complete with a variety of tacos and taco combinations. Their beef and chicken tacos are topped with lettuce and pico de gallo, and may be ordered individually, or with a variety of other entrees. They also feature steak and fish tacos, and taco salad either served in a deep-fried bowl-shaped flour tortilla, or without the shell. 404 SW Coast Hwy, Downtown Deco District

Deep End Cafe

Located in the heart of Nye Beach, The Deep End Café specializes in fresh seafood and has some fantastic fish tacos on the menu. Choose either ancho chili marinated albacore tuna, or breaded or pan fried rockfish tacos. The two tacos per order are prepared with cabbage and radish slaw, house made jalapeno cilantro lime, and aioli pico de gallo on warm corn tortillas. 740 W Olive St, Nye Beach

Georgie’s Beachside Grill

Complete with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Georgie’s Beachside Grill offers great seafood options, especially their fish tacos. You can order one or two tacos featuring panko breaded halibut or blackened wild salmon that come in soft corn tortillas tossed with green and red cabbage and salsa verde. The tacos are then topped with mango salsa and served with a side of chipotle ranch. 744 SW Elizabeth St., Nye Beach

Super Oscar’s

If you’re looking for a quick taco or two, but still want quality, Super Oscar’s Mexican Food it the place to go. Super Oscar’s has more than ten traditional taco options on the menu, with beef, carne asada,  carnitas, adovada, chicken, and shrimp to name a few. Their tacos are sold individually, but you may order two or three, and compliment them with many available side dishes. 1226 N Coast Hwy, Downtown

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Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center

A home for Newport’s history

It is fitting that a building housing a history museum should have a colorful history itself. Such is the case for the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on the Historic Bayfront in Newport. The stately green-grey building overlooking the fishing fleet has been a private estate, a nightclub, a restaurant, a decidedly unofficial hangout for local teens, and even the home of an off-track betting facility and Chippendale’s dancers.

When the Lincoln County Historical Society acquired the old Smuggler’s Cove nightclub, the property was, in a word, a mess. Luckily for locals and visitors alike, the Historical Society made the risky decision to forge ahead and fix it up. After more than eight years of slow fundraising and countless hours of volunteer time to keep the restoration going through the recession, the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center opened in June 2013. It is stunningly gorgeous inside, open and light, a fitting home in which to house and explore Lincoln County’s maritime history.

Many of the artifacts currently on display were donated by the local community, and organizations tied to Newport. The result is a somewhat eclectic but beautifully curated set of items that span Lincoln County’s fishing, surfing, shipping, and tourism heritage. For example, the “Rescued, Recovered and Lost: Oregon Shipwrecks” exhibit features a fascinating display of artifacts from shipwrecks found in the area, and another recent installation consists of banners and weather detection instruments that are on indefinite loan from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Fluttering above one gallery is a series of colorful Japanese fishing flags, called “tairyouki,” that are traditionally flown by the Japanese fleet to express wishes for safety and a bountiful harvest. The flags were a gift from fishermen and a fishing company in Mombetsu, Japan, Newport’s
sister city. Below the flags is a guide to their symbolism.

This fall, visitors will find two new exhibits in the museum. One is called “Then and Now,” and is composed of a series of photographs of the Newport area from the 1940s through the 1980s, side-by-side with recently shot photos of the same places. Another is titled, “Our Beautiful & Wild Oregon Fisheries: 150 Years of Innovation,” and tells the story of Oregon’s successful emergence as a world leader in sustainable seafood and the very sound reasons for eating local seafood.

One of the best treasures of the center is the view from its enormous bay windows and outdoor deck. Visitors will be mesmerized by the expansive vista encompassing the bustling Historic Bayfront, the fishing fleet, and the bridge. At each vantage point, historical photos of similar views are displayed so visitors can see how that particular view has changed.

The building is much bigger than it appears from the street,with nooks and crannies and sections that seem to go on forever. Current exhibits are limited to the central floor of the three-story building, but the Historical Society won’t stop there.  As resources come in, they will add more gallery space downstairs and upstairs.

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High Tea at the Grand Victorian

Enjoy traditional English tea time in Nye Beach

The Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast is like having a bit of Britain right here in Newport.

The Grand Victorian is close to the ocean, and just up the street from the shops, galleries and restaurants of Nye Beach. And one of the best things about the Grand Victorian is that they offer High Tea, complete with scrumptious treats!

You don’t have to be a guest of the inn to arrange for High Tea: tea is laid out by prior arrangement for groups of four or more, generally in the mid-afternoon. Grand Victorian co-owner Eileen Obteshka makes all of the menu items that accompany the tea herself, and serves them to guests in the inn’s dining room, appropriately decorated with teacups, floral prints, and lace. The only thing you’ll need to bring with you to High Tea is a proper hat, but if you don’t have a hat with you, Eileen can provide you with one. Although the hats are fancy, you may dress as you wish for the event.

Eileen offers guests a choice of about a half-dozen teas, each brewed in an individual, unique porcelain teapot, and starts guests with a first course of strawberries and her addictive sweet cream. Then she brings the classic tiered plate stands filled with small sandwiches and treats. Sandwiches include hearty turkey and cranberry, traditional cucumber and dill spread, a delicious deviled egg with a hint of mustard in the yolk filling, and a crisp toast spread with an artichoke topping. Sweets rotate depending on Eileen’s whim, but might include a crumbly scone with jam and more clotted cream, chocolate velvet cupcakes, and tiny and delicious lemon tartlets. She is happy to provide gluten-free options as well.

Be sure to tour the beautiful Grand Victorian while you’re there. The magnificent lobby staircase curves up to the guest rooms, all tastefully decorated with vintage items, including claw-foot tubs, wonderful antique furnishings, and even Eileen’s mother’s 1930s-era ivory wedding dress. The third-floor Victoria Suite is particularly lovely, with an expansive view of the ocean, cozy sitting area, and jetted spa tub with ocean view and room for two. A separate two-bedroom cottage on the property is also a great lodging option.  

All Grand Victorian stays include appetizers at check-in, dessert in the evening, and a hearty, and a home-cooked candlelight breakfast. The inn happily accommodates small weddings, which can be held in the inn or on the beach. Eileen’s husband, Terry, can even officiate!

Make sure to reserve High Tea at least two days ahead of time by calling the Grand Victorian at 800-784-9936 or emailing the Obteshkas at GrandVictorian@charter.net. More information can be found at grandvictorianor.com.

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Dock your RV in Newport!

You’ll find the best accommodations in one of our local RV parks

As you know, recreational vehicles provide a special kind of adventure; an experience found somewhere between tent camping and indoor lodging. You’re able to bring many of the comforts of home on vacation without having to pack everything back up or move from room to room, and if you don’t like the place you land, you can motor on down the road. Rain and wind doesn’t dampen your spirits, because you know that you’ll be warm and dry when you stop for the night. Whether the beach is your destination, or you’re just passing through, we’ve got the perfect spot to park your RV and enjoy everything that Newport has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite local RV parks that are sure to enhance your stay on the coast.

 

Port of Newport RV Park & Marina

2120 SE Marine Science Dr., South Beach

143 RV Sites: many designed for big rigs, full hookups, cable TV, and limited Wi-Fi access

Amenities and services offered: Dump station, showers, laundry, and nearby store

The Port of Newport operates two great RV parks in South Beach at the edge of Yaquina Bay, both parks are within easy walking and biking distance from the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Aquarium Village, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, South Beach State Park, and world-famous Rogue Brewery and Distillery. These parks are excellent for fishing, and afford access to a public fishing pier, boat launch, and fish cleaning station.

 

Harbor Village RV Park

923 SE Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

140 RV Sites (100 full-time year-round; 40 for visitors): full hookups, cable TV, and limited Wi-Fi access

Amenities and services offered: Showers and laundry

Harbor Village is next to a meandering stream and wooded area, and feels like secluded camping. Conveniently located on the east end of Newport’s Historic Bayfront, the park is also just a short walk from Mariner’s Square, the port docks, shops, galleries, and the many restaurants that line the Bayfront.

 

Pacific Shores Motor Coach Resort

6225 N. Coast Hwy., just north of Newport

100 RV Sites (Limited to Class A and C motor coaches, 25-foot minimum): full hookups, cable TV, and Wi-Fi access

Amenities and services offered: Two heated swimming pools, three saunas, two Jacuzzis, exercise room, basketball court, clubhouse, store, and laundry

Pacific Shores is the premier motorcoach resort in the Newport area, offering secure private sites next to the ocean. Situated just to the north of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, many sites have amazing views of the ocean and of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. In addition to extensive amenities, Pacific Shores has a trail to and from miles of sandy beaches.

 

Whaler’s Rest RV Park & Resort

2650 SE 123rd St., just south of Newport

170 RV Sites: full hookups, cable TV, and Wi-Fi access

Amenities and services offered: Dump station, tennis courts, club houses, horseshoes, shuffleboard, mini-golf, indoor pool, spa, restaurant, store playground, showers, and laundry

Although Whaler’s Rest is a Thousand Trails membership park, all non-members are also welcome. The amenities at Whaler’s Rest are so numerous that there isn’t room to list them all here, so you’re sure to find a variety of activities that will interest you. The park is located in the woods near the community of Seal Rock, and forested walking trails run through it and down to the beach. Seasonal trailer and RV storage is also available.

 

Sawyer’s Landing

4098 Yaquina Bay Road, just east of the Historic Bayfront

53 RV Sites: full electrical hookups and some with sewer, cable TV, Wi-Fi access

Amenities and services: store, boat launch, boat and crab ring rentals

Sawyer’s Landing is the perfect spot for fishing and bay crabbing, and its rural setting is tranquil, quiet and full of wildlife. Not only can you launch your small boat from this park, but you can rent one too, and the crab rings to go along with it. Visit the Mad Dog Tavern across the street, or ride your bike down the road to Newport’s Historic Bayfront.

Regardless of what kind of RVer you are, Newport has the ideal spot for you to dock your home away from home. Stay for the night, the weekend, or as long as you can!

 

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What’s on Tap Tonight?

How about a Newport Pub Crawl?

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.

Bar 1

Rookies Sports Bar at the Agate Beach Best Western is a great place to begin your pub crawl. Rookies offers some of the best views of the beach, and is sure to have the game on the big-screen TV. They serve local Rogue ales on tap, have an extensive menu, and all the free popcorn that 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

Go for: The big game on the big screen with free popcorn is a bonus

Stay for: The awesome view of Agate Beach

 

3019 N. Coast Hwy. (at the Best Western)

(541) 265-9411

                                   

As you leave Agate Beach and travel south, you’ll realize that the next spot is too far away to crawl to; at this point you’ll need a designated driver, or you can call Yaquina Cab at (541) 265-9552. Make sure you have one or the other arranged as you move to your next destination!

 

Head to the Taphouse at Nye Creek, a recent and welcome addition to the Nye Beach neighborhood. The Taphouse has 28 rotating beer, wine and cider taps, with a large selection of Oregon craft beer. They also have a large and diverse menu, featuring a dozen snacks and appetizers that are sure to fuel you up for the night ahead.

 

Happy hour: Daily, 3-5:30 pm

Food: Wide selection of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, and pizza

Go for: The amazing beer and wine selection

Stay for: The assortment of Oregon craft brew

 

515 NW Coast St.   

(541) 272-5545

Bar 2

After a short walk through Nye Beach, you’ll find Nana’s. Nana’s Irish Pub is a local favorite, and for good reasons: the best comfort food you can find, and an excellent selection of beers on tap plus a full bar. The lively atmosphere at Nana’s is truly worthy of the Dublin pub scene. The classic drink there is a Guinness on tap, but they also specialize in other Irish beer, whiskey and cocktails.

 

Happy hour: Monday – Friday, 3-6 pm

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

Go for: The great selection of Irish beer and whisky

Stay for: The lively atmosphere, including frequent live music

 

613 NW 3rd St.

(541) 574-8787

 

 

 

After Nana’s, go straight up the hill to Moby Dick’s. Located right in the center of town, Moby Dick’s is a Newport institution. Their adult playground features pool, shuffleboard, pinball, and even chess. They have a great Jukebox, and often host live music, but the big draw there is Karaoke, which starts at 9 pm, seven nights a week.

 

Happy hour: Daily, 4-7 pm

Food: Seafood, pub food

Go for: Pool, shuffleboard, pinball, and chess!

Stay for: Karaoke!

 

448 SW Coast Hwy.

(541) 265-7847

Bar 3

Luckily, the walk is all downhill from Moby Dick’s to the Bayfront! A good place to start is the Rogue Ales Public House, specializing in the entire range of Rogue ales brewed right across the bay. In addition to 35 taps of craft brew, try some of Rogue’s own whiskey, rums, gin, and vodka, also distilled in Newport. You can drink Rogue beer in many places now, but there’s nothing better than coming to the source, where they brewed their first batches of beer until 1992.

 

Hoppy hour: Note that in the Rogue spirit of this institution, happy hour becomes “hoppy hour,” when they offer their lunchtime “hoppy meal” from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm daily.

Food: Locally sourced soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, pizza, and pasta

Go for: The selection of Rogue beers and spirits

Stay for: Limited-release Rogue brews not available anywhere else

 

748 SW Bay Blvd.

(541) 265-3188

 

 

Just a few blocks down the street you’ll find the Bay Haven. An old school local hang-out since 1908, The Bay Haven still has the charm of Old Newport. Check out the pictures and artifacts that decorate this place. The Bay Haven is often packed with fishermen and other locals, and in addition to pool, they have horseshoe pits in the back yard.

 

Happy Hour: Daily, 4-6

Food: Chips, nuts and other snacks

Go For: The history of Old Newport

Stay for: Horseshoes!

 

608 SW Bay Blvd.

(541) 265-8051

Bar 4

Finish your pub crawl a few more blocks further down at the Barge Inn, self-proclaimed “Home of the Winos, Dingbats, and Riff Raff.” The Barge Inn is another popular spot with the locals, who come for the selection of beers and ciders on tap and the excellent pool table. They also serve the famous Barge Burger, which many consider to be the best burger in town.

 

Happy hour: None

Food: Burgers and barbecue, with great specials

Go for: The Barge Burger paired with the frosty beer of your choice

Stay for: A few games of pool

 

358 SW Bay Blvd.

(541) 265-7271

 

 

Some other great options if you stray off course:

 

Szabo’s Steakhouse & Seafood

5188 NE Lucky Gap St.                                                                                                  

(541) 574-0100

 

Bier One        

424 SW Coast Hwy.                                                            

(541) 265-4630

 

Waterfront Grille & Lounge (at the Embarcadero)

1000 SE Bay Blvd.

(541) 265-8521

 

Clearwater

325 SW Bay Blvd.

(541) 272-5550

 

Hoovers Pub & Grill

3539 SW Coast Hwy.

(541) 867-3303

 

Wolf Tree Brewery 

199 N Wolkau Rd. (Seal Rock)

(541) 563-6181

The Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Newport is home to the tallest lighthouse in Coastal Oregon

At 93 feet, the historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Oregon’s tallest in a string of strategically placed lighthouses along the Pacific Coastline. The lighthouse is situated on a narrow basalt peninsula that spills into the Pacific, and is visible from land to the north and to the south and from miles out into the ocean. Originally called the Cape Foulweather Light at Yaquina Point, construction of the Yaquina Bay lighthouse began in 1871 and was finished in 1873.

The Fresnel Lens is the oldest part of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and celebrates it’s 150th birthday this year! The lens was designed and manufactured in Paris, France by Barbier & Fenestre in 1868. It was carefully packaged and then shipped from France to Panama, where it crossed the isthmus, and was then shipped north to Oregon. The original Fresnel lens was designed in the early 1800s, and was first used in a French lighthouse in 1823. The multi-part lens is thinner and lighter than conventional lenses, and can be seen from more than 20 miles out to sea.

When construction of the lighthouse began, there was no real road into Yaquina Head, so building materials were brought into a small cove just south of the headland by steamship, and workers laboriously hauled them up to the headland. More than 370,000 bricks were used in the lighthouse construction, and the wall at the base of the conical structure was built to be five feet thick. Once construction was completed, Lighthouse Keeper Fayette Crosby lit the four-wick lard-fueled lamp on August 20, 1873.

The oil-burning fixed light was lit every day from sunrise to sunset until the 1930s, when it was replaced with an electric 1,000 watt theatrical lamp producing 130,000 candlepower. The light arrangement was also changed to a flashing pattern called a “signature,” with two seconds on, two seconds off, two on, fourteen off, and is then repeated all day, every day. In 1966 a computer system was installed to control the light, and the last resident keeper left the lighthouse. If the light is not working, the computer system automatically notifies the U.S. Coast Guard, and a team is quickly dispatched to fix it.

Today, the Bureau of Land Management is responsible for the lighthouse and the 100 acre Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area that was established around it. In May 1997, an interpretive center was added to present information and exhibits about the lighthouse and the surrounding area. In addition, the interpretive center has a gift shop, where proceeds directly benefit lighthouse restoration, maintenance, and education administered by Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses. Guides lead historical tours through the lighthouse year round. The Yaquina Head Outstanding Area is also home to many kinds of wildlife, and trails will take you to view seals, whales, seabirds and tide pools teeming with life.

A $7 per car entrance fee is required to get into the Yaquina Head National Outstanding Area, and tours run from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm from July to September; reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance of your visit for a small fee by calling 1-877-6777 or visiting www.recreation.gov.  From February to June, tours are offered depending on weather conditions and staffing levels; call 541-574-3100 for the current winter and spring schedule.

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Newport’s Haunted Lighthouse

Come visit Coastal Oregon’s scariest lighthouse, if you dare!

Friday the 13th is the perfect time to visit Oregon’s most famous haunted lighthouse! For over a century, ghost stories have swirled around the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, and this is a great opportunity to see for yourself if the stories are true. But be warned, frightening and bizarre occurrences accompany many a visit to the lighthouse!

The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse was built in 1871, but decommissioned only three years later in 1874. Commonly believed to be the oldest structure in Newport, it is the only remaining Oregon lighthouse with living quarters attached, and the only wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing. The structure was vacant for over 80 years, until the Lincoln County Historical Society turned it into a museum in 1956.

The lighthouse was first said to be haunted around the turn of the 20th century, when it was rumored that a teenaged girl named Muriel and her friends had visited the abandoned structure. After finding a secret door inside the lighthouse, the friends had left the building, but Muriel vanished shortly after when she returned alone for her lost handkerchief. After discovering Muriel’s absence, her friends searched the lighthouse, but the only thing they found were drops of blood and her blood-stained handkerchief.

This account was based on a short fictitious story, “The Haunted Lighthouse,” published in an 1899 issue of Pacific Monthly. Although the article had been forgotten for years, the story took on a life of its own, and many sightings of the ghostly girl have been recorded over the past 120 years. Muriel is said to be trapped in the lighthouse, and has been seen looking out from the top of the light tower and from the windows of the living quarters.

Another ghost story associated with the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse recounts the tale of a whaling ship captain named Evan McClure, who was drowned when his ship crashed into nearby Devil’s Punchbowl during a raging storm in 1874. The old captain has been sighted many times at the base of the lighthouse, looking up to see the light that was supposed to have guided him to safety. Those who have witnessed Captain McClure say that he appears just as any living person would until he vanishes before their eyes. A variation of the story explains that the captain continued to follow the light of the lighthouse until his spirit became a part of it, and he then led many fellow sailors to safety.

There are a multitude of reports from lighthouse employees, locals and visitors of having seen either Muriel or Captain McClure throughout the course of the past century. Often, visitors to the lighthouse describe an eerie sensation and feel like they are being watched while inside the building, and some people have heard strange whispers. Still others have seen lights flickering on the second floor after dark.

Plan a tour of the lighthouse on Friday the 13th or during your next visit to Newport, and maybe you will see one of the ghosts or experience their mysterious presence! The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is open to visitors from 12 noon to 4 pm from the first of October to Memorial Day, and from 11 am to 4 pm from Memorial Day through the end of September. The lighthouse is closed Mondays and Tuesdays from November through February.

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.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium

Up close and personal with local sea life

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.

Wonders await in every corner of the aquarium. A wander through 1.32-million gallons of seawater in Passages of the Deep immerses visitors into the world of local marine life – including over 100 sharks. The series of tunnels feature 360 degree views of three different kinds of landscapes an underwater explorer might find off the Oregon Coast.

For fans of fuzz, the Aquarium’s sea otters’ and their playful antics provide endless entertainment. Guests can view their training progress during three daily public feedings.

Meet the Aquarium’s seals and sea lions through the submerged and above water viewing windows that let visitors peer into their world. Daily feeding presentations are a favorite of guests who delight in viewing the California sea lions’ athleticism at work. For an unforgettable behind the scenes experience, book a whiskery kiss delivered by one of the Aquarium’s seals or sea lions!

The Aquarium also boasts the largest walk-through outdoor seabird aviary in the United States. Tufted and horned puffins, common murres, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots and black oystercatchers all call the craggy cliffs and clear water home. Daily feedings delight visitors of all ages as each bird larks about to eat the fishes of their choice. In addition to the Seabird Aviary, the Aquarium is also home to two turkey vultures.  Guests are often surprised by the size of the brother and sister pair, Ichabod and Olive, who busy themselves with toys and other enrichment items, and sometimes leave their exhibit to meet visitors on a keeper’s glove.

A nearby underwater cave is inhabited by a Giant Pacific Octopus. Viewers sometimes need to stretch their powers of observation to spot the creature, which can camouflage with its environment and squeeze its soft body into dark crags. Researchers now believe that octopuses are as smart as house cats, capable of navigating mazes, using simple tools and recognizing individuals. Guests may schedule an octopus encounter to feed and shake suckers with one of these intelligent, seemingly alien animals.

The Aquarium is open daily in the summertime (beginning May 28), 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To check for discounts, purchase tickets and learn more, visit www.aquarium.org. Oregon Coast Aquarium is located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-3474.


The Oregon Coast Aquarium Celebrates Twenty-Five Years

By Peter Pearsall

In 2017-18, the Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrates its silver anniversary. Twenty-five years of puffins, sea lions, and octopuses. Twenty-five years of education programs, family vacations, and conservation initiatives. The Oregon Coast Aquarium has become one of the state's premier attractions, drawing some 400,000 visitors to Newport each year.

In hindsight, building an aquarium on the central Oregon coast seems like a no-brainer. Newport, wrapping around beautiful, bountiful Yaquina Bay and abutting the Pacific Ocean, is an ideal setting for a facility that cultivates public interest in marine environments. Historically, Newport’s economy was largely supported by the timber and commercial fishing industries. The 1980s were marked by dramatic declines in both, inspiring the community to form the Yaquina Bay Economic Foundation to foster and encourage economic diversification in Lincoln County. The Aquarium became the legacy project for the Foundation.

Support from public and private agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals garnered over $11.5 million for the Aquarium’s construction. An additional $14 million was financed through tax-free bond anticipation notes issued by the state and underwritten by the United States National Bank of Oregon. The Aquarium’s design and construction was brought about via the incredible minds and hands of those at BIOS (an aquarium design firm), the landscape architecture firm Walker Macy, and architecture firm SRG Partnership Inc., among others.

The Aquarium opened on May 23, 1992. Nine months later, one million visitors had walked through its doors, beating attendance projections by eight months. The Aquarium’s stellar reputation spread in the following years. It was the second most popular attraction in Oregon, and rated among the nation’s ten best by Parade Magazine.

While the Aquarium might be best known world-wide for its most famous resident, Keiko the killer whale of “Free Willy” fame, in residence at the Aquarium from 1996 to 1998, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is renowned and beloved for many other reasons as well. Rotating exhibits have enlightened visitors on every topic from deep-sea exploration to turtles to shipwrecks. Its award-winning bird husbandry program was the first to ever hatch captive-bred tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, rhinoceros auklets, and black oystercatchers. The Aquarium’s grounds, integrated into the landscape and environment of the adjacent Yaquina estuary, serve almost as an additional exhibit, connecting visitors to an iconic Pacific Northwest habitat.

In addition to the 9,000 students who visit the Aquarium annually with school field trips, the facility’s outreach programs visit over 120 schools across the Northwest each year, reaching more than 35,000 students.

The Aquarium also unveiled its new exhibit, “Big Bites,” which showcases creatures with incredible feeding adaptions. Visitors will be introduced to the dazzling variety of fishes’ jaws and teeth, featuring piranha, vampire tetra, parrotfish, porcupine fish and other toothsome species.

The Aquarium’s Board of Directors and senior management have recently completed a new strategic plan for the years ahead. With a renewed focus on philanthropy and commitment to leadership, the Aquarium is planning its next bold steps forward. New projects, programs, exhibits and behind-the-scenes encounters will reinforce the mission and expand the Aquarium’s role as a leader in marine science education and quality family fun.

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Turn the heat on in Newport

These local hot spots are sure to warm you up inside and out!

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.

Steaming coffee and hearty baked goodness

Stop in for coffee or an espresso drink and fuel up with a freshly baked bite to eat. Panini Bakery in Nye Beach will wake you up in the morning or regenerate and reheat you in the middle of your adventures! In addition to great coffee and espresso drinks, Panini specializes in fresh baked pastries, breads and 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, (541) 265-5033 

Piping hot clam chowder

Take the chill out of a drizzly day with a bowl of succulent clam chowder. A favorite of both locals and visitors alike, Ocean Blue Seafood at Gino’s serves up clam chowder daily in addition to a variety of other fresh, locally-sourced ocean delicacies. Chock full of juicy clams with house-smoked bacon, you’ll easily realize why their chowder is in a category all by itself. Try their chowder in a bread bowl, served in sourdough boules from nearby Panini Bakery; it’s sure to chase the cold away! 808 SW Bay Blvd, Historic Bayfront, (541) 265-2424

Soothing spa treatments

Warm up with your choice of spa treatments, or combine a few to really pamper yourself! Earthbound Beauty Day Spa specializes in hand and foot treatments, make-up applications, and an array of facials, manicures, and pedicures. They also offer Swedish and deep tissue massages just for you, or together with that special someone. A trip to the spa is a sure-fire way to put that relaxing warm glow into your visit and shut out the wet and the cold. 613 NW 3rd St., Nye Beach, 541-265-4232 

Crackling fireside breakfast, lunch or dinner

Get cozy next to a blazing fire with a bowl of clam chowder, jumbo shrimp, or top sirloin! Newport Steak and Seafood offers a casual dining experience with great food and service. Their extensive seafood and steak-heavy menu is sure to leave you well-fed and satisfied. A fireside breakfast, lunch or dinner is the perfect way to warm yourself completely, no matter how stormy or cold the weather outside may be. 1019 SW Coast Hwy., Downtown, (541) 265-8283

Warm king Jacuzzi rooms

Watch a winter storm rage over the ocean from a comfortable Jacuzzi tub! The Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites combines Jacuzzi relaxation with the luxury of a king room for the ultimate winter stay. The king Jacuzzi room also comes with a cozy fireplace to compliment your swirling warm water bath. In addition to the in-room tub and fireplace, you’ll love the private balcony with stunning views of the Pacific. 232 SE Elizabeth St., Nye Beach, (541) 265-9400

Fiery drinks around a fire

Sometimes the best way to warm yourself up is with a nip of strong drink or a nice warm cocktail! Maybe a shot of locally-sourced Rogue whiskey or rum is what you’re thinking about on a cold winter’s night, or maybe you’d like an Irish coffee, hot buttered rum or hot toddy? Luckily, the bar at Embarcadero Resort Hotel and Marina has what you are searching for, and you can enjoy it around the fire. The Embarcadero also serves great food, and provides a spectacular view of Yaquina bay. 1000 SE Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront, 541-265-8521                                                                  

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Winter activities for the whole family!

Don’t let bad weather at the beach spoil your fun! We have some great ideas that are sure to brighten your day.

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.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

For 25 years, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has been the premier regional destination for exploring the mysteries of the ocean and the unique wildlife that call it home. You’ll love the dozens of displays of sea life and 15 themed exhibits, like the new installation called Big Bites that showcases creatures with feeding adaptations. The Animal Encounters & Tours are also fun for older members of the family; Get up close and personal with Seal and Sea Lion Kisses, learn the ins and outs of caring for the marine animals at the aquarium with a Behind the Scenes Tour, and swim with the fish and sharks when you Dive the Aquarium! 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd., South Beach, (541) 867-3474

Hatfield Marine Science Center

Since 1965, the Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center has introduced thousands of curious visitors to diverse sea life, marine research, and coastal environments. Managed by university students and government scientists, the Visitor Center’s fascinating exhibits explain science and research in an easy to understand, and often hands-on approach. Kids of all ages will love to interact with the tide pool touch tanks, tsunami wave tank, and erosion tank. You’ll also enjoy the fish tanks, informational videos, lectures, seminars and other activities that take place at the Center. 2030 SE Marine Science Dr., South Beach, (541) 867-0226

Treasure Hunting in Local Thrift Stores

There are plenty of treasures to be found in our local thrift stores, where you can search for that perfect toy, outfit, household item, or souvenir! Help support and advance the health and well-being of domesticated animals in Lincoln County by shopping at Pick of the Litter Thrift Store (633 NE 3rd St., Downtown (541) 961-5852). Jonah’s Whale is a great local thrift store that directly helps people in need (614 SW Hurbert St., Downtown (541) 265-8569). If rocks, minerals, and lapidary equipment are the kind of treasure that you are in search of, check out Wesley’s Trading Post (136 SE 1st., Downtown (541) 265-4556).

Mariner Square

Spend the morning, afternoon, or the whole day at Mariner’s Square on Newport’s Historic Bayfront! Mariner’s Square is the home of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the Waxworks Museum, and the Oregon Undersea Gardens. At Ripley’s, you’ll experience oddities from around the world; meet the elusive Sasquatch, observe the hall of shrunken heads, and step into an earthquake simulator that will shake and rock you! Interact with the lifelike wax creations in the Waxworks Museum, featuring prominent historical figures and celebrities, and characters from your favorite novels, movies and TV shows. Take the elevator down to the bottom of the ocean at Oregon’s Undersea Gardens, where you’ll see an amazing variety of sea life and continuous live dive shows. All three of these attractions feature gift shops with an amazing selection of candy, oddities and local souvenirs. 250 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront, (541) 265-2206

Newport Recreation Center

Get active while getting out in the rain at the Newport Recreation Center! Lift weights, play basketball, swim in the pool, or play with the kids at the Indoor Park. The Newport Recreation Center is open Monday through Friday from 5 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Drop-in Basketball games for ages 16 and older are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12 pm to 2 pm.  The Indoor Park has slides, tumbling mats, balls and tricycles, and is open to kids of walking age through age 4 every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon. 225 SE Avery St., Downtown, (541) 265-7783

Yo Ho Ho Indoor Bounce

Bounce out of the bad weather and hop around for a while! Kids of all ages can choose to play and jump on a variety of inflatable bouncy slides, castles, and other fun structures. Parents and older kids can watch the younger ones bounce, or get in on the action too. 3101 SE Ferry Slip Rd., South Beach, (541) 867-3423

Escape Rooms Newport

Gather the family together for an adventure unlike any other you’ve ever experienced! You will be immersed in a live interactive game, where the object is to solve a series of puzzles that will lead to your freedom. You must work together as a team to decipher codes, clues and hints in less than 60 minutes to find the solution. Choose between the themed Pirate’s Gold or The Hangin’ Sheriff rooms as the setting for your adventure. The rooms are expertly decorated, and full of both obvious and hidden clues that will allow you to progress to the next level. In addition, you will be granted a number of hints to help if you are unable to solve a puzzle or find a clue. The sheriff’s jail is designed for 2-8 participants, and is moderately difficult to solve, while the pirate ship can host 2-10 participants and is considered more challenging to complete. 3101 SE Ferry Slip Rd. #226, South Beach, (541) 867-2988

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It’s Time for a Road Trip!

Gather your family or friends for a spring break road trip that ends in Newport

Spring is the perfect time to come to Newport with family and friends! We’ve put together a few road trip suggestions to ensure that the journey is as much fun as the destination. Take your time getting here, wherever you’re coming from – we’ll be ready for your arrival with a hot bowl of chowder, gorgeous beaches, and lots of fun things to do.

From Bend

All of the routes from Bend to Newport include spectacular scenery through mountain passes. The following road trip stops assumes that you are following US Route 20, and crossing the Cascades at Santiam Pass.

After heading out of Bend on Route 20, you’ll pass through Sisters and then into the most scenic part of the drive, right through the Willamette National Forest. About an hour into your trip you’ll probably be ready for a break, just as you pass by Lost Lake near the Hoodoo Ski Area. How does the lake get lost? Every summer Lost Lake fills up with snow melt, and then basically drains into a lava tube and the water goes … well, no one really knows where it goes. It’s an Oregon mystery.

If everyone needs another great spot to stretch their legs, check out the short hike at Rooster Rock, 22 miles east of Sweet Home across from Fernview Campground. The round-trip hike to the rock and back is only a little over 2 miles, although steep as you ascend to the rock itself.

With all that activity, you are probably ready for a bite to eat, and there’s no better place for pie than the Skyline Inn (2425 Main St.) in Sweet Home.

About 20 minutes further down the road you’ll come to the town of Lebanon, home to the Tennessee Thunder Railroad (37672 Kgal Dr). If you have time, and you catch them when they are open, visit this sweet miniature theme park and take the 15-minute train ride on the ¼-scale train.

Route 20 continues all the way to Newport, but the “road less traveled” between Toledo and Newport is a beautiful alternative for the last few miles of the trip. Turn towards Toledo at the Dairy Queen 7 miles east of Newport, then in 1 mile turn right onto North Bay Blvd. This road turns into Yaquina Bay Road, following the edge of the bay. It’s a gorgeous drive along the estuary, with bird life everywhere and sights galore. Stop and buy some oysters at Oregon Oyster Farms. Bonus: you’ll end up on the bustling Newport Bayfront, maybe just in time for dinner!

From Portland

This road trip from Portland follows Interstate 5 to Route 34/20 in Corvallis and then west to the coast via Route 20.

Are you prepared for coastal weather conditions if you’re coming to Newport from Portland? If not, or if you have other shopping to do, a must-stop is the Woodburn Outlet Mall, one of Oregon’s top tourist destinations. Pick up your fleece, Gore-Tex boots, and rain gear here, then continue south on I-5.

The perfect family stop is the ever-popular Enchanted Forest Theme Park seven miles south of Salem on I-5. The rides at the park are a great break for both kids and parents.

Or if the grown-ups in your party are ready for an adult beverage at this point, stop at Willamette Valley Vineyards, located conveniently close to the Enchanted Forest. Tastings, tours, bottles for purchase, and full meals are available, and the view is spectacular.

After exiting I-5 near Corvallis, you’ll head west on US Route 20. You can choose to take the brand-new stretch of 20 near Eddyville to hasten your trip – it’s straight, smooth, and scenic. Or, if you’re not in a hurry and feeling nostalgic, you could choose to wind along the old section of Route 20, now called Crystal Creek Loop, and cross the historic Chitwood covered bridge.

From Salem

This route from Salem follows Route 99W to Corvallis, and then Route 20 to Newport.

Don’t leave too early in the morning on this trip, or it’ll be too early for a quick wine tasting at the Eola Hills Wine Cellar in Rickreall, only about 15 minutes from Salem. You can also tour the winery by appointment.

Pizza is unquestionably the best road trip food, and you’ll find the best pizza at Yeasty Beasty in Monmouth. They use organic flour, fresh ingredients, and they have 26 beers on tap. It’s the perfect refreshment to fuel you up for the rest of the trip.

Ready for a leg-stretch? You could opt for a walk at the E. E. Wilson Game Management Area about ten miles north of Corvallis, where there are great bird-watching opportunities. Another choice, if you want to get some more road behind you first, is Avery Park in Corvallis (1310 SW Avery Park Dr.). The kids will have lots of options to work off some energy, from play equipment to open fields to a cool train engine to climb on and around.

If you have time, you could mix up the last part of your drive by detouring off of Route 20 onto the scenic Blodgett-Eddyville Highway, Route 180. Start at the intersection of Crystal Creek Loop (the “old” Route 20) in Eddyvile, and wind your way past Nortons, Nashville, and Summit; it’s a stunning drive. The road will bring you right back to 20 and you can continue on your way to Newport.

From Eugene

This route to Newport from Eugene takes you directly to the coast via Route 126, and then north along gorgeous Highway 101.

A slight detour off of Highway 126 will take you to the Sweet Creek trailhead and a short hike to Sweet Creek Falls in Mapleton. This moderate trail takes hikers past 11 waterfalls in all.

Continuing on Route 126, you’ll hit the coast in Florence. Head to the Old Town district for cool shops and wonderful restaurants, including the Waterfront Depot Restaurant and Sweet Maggie’s Bakery. For a preview of Newport, you can even eat at Mo’s here!

The number of beautiful places to stop between Florence and Newport is beyond belief, but one unique spot is the popular Sea Lion Caves, a natural sea cave that is home to piles and piles of roaring sea lions. Don’t miss descending in the coast’s tallest elevator to visit them at this incredible spot.

About ten miles south of Newport, the tiny town of Seal Rock is an excellent place to stop, whether for sushi at Yuzen, some tide pool peeping at Seal Rock State Park, sampling great beers at Wolf Tree Brewery, or a glass-blowing demonstration at Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery.

No matter how you get to Newport, we hope you have time to enjoy some of the great places along the way.

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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!