Rainy Day Fun in Newport

Is it raining on your parade? Here are some great ideas to keep the kids entertained in foul weather

Newport is paradise for those that love the outdoors, but you may have heard that it sometimes rains here. If you are looking for something to do with your kids during a trademark coastal storm, here are some suggestions for indoor venues for fun with little ones.

Rainy Day Fun in Newport

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a must-visit attraction regardless of the weather. Kids and adults alike will love diving beneath the ocean’s surface to go nose to nose (nose to snout? fin?) with a variety of sea creatures, from spider crabs to sea otters to salmon. The aquarium’s current rotating exhibit, Secrets of Shipwrecks, delves into the mysteries of underwater archaeology sites, and includes lots of activities specifically aimed at kids. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd., South Beach

Hatfield Marine Science Center

In the same neighborhood as the aquarium is the Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, a marine research facility of Oregon State University that houses about 300 university and government scientists. The Visitor Center’s exhibits explain much of the research that goes on at Hatfield in engaging, hands-on, kid-friendly ways. Kids can handle local marine life in touch tanks, attempt to build Lego structures that will withstand waves in a wave tank, watch cool videos about local marine topics, and snoop on a giant Pacific octopus, the center’s many-armed ambassador. 2030 SE Marine Science Dr., South Beach

Mariner Square

Take the family and head for good, old-fashioned fun at Mariner Square on the Bayfront, home to Ripley’s Believe it or Not and the Waxworks Museum. In the Waxworks you’ll find amazing reproductions of some of your favorite characters from Star Trek, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings movies, and stars of stage and screen. At Ripley’s you’ll find oddities and tall tales from all eras, ranging from King Tut’s tomb to the Rainbow Dance Room. Both attractions exit through the well-stocked gift shop, with its great selection of Newport gear, candy, and arcade games. 250 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront

Newport Recreation Center Indoor Park

On Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and Saturdays 9:00 am to noon parents of kids of walking age through age 4 can head to the Newport Recreation Center for Indoor Park ($2 per child drop-in fee). Play equipment including slides, tumbling mats, balls, and tricycles are provided in a play group atmosphere. 225 SE Avery St., Downtown

Yo Ho Ho Indoor Bounce

While the most fun is had by kids 13 and under at this bouncy kids’ nirvana, Yo Ho Ho really is fun for all ages. Inflatable bounce structures, from slides to castles to mazes, are the main draw, and the equipment is switched frequently so there’s always something new to bounce on. There is a party room for events, a toddler room with a tiny bouncy structure, and a play room filled with Legos and other toys. Parents can watch from the abundant and comfy seating or join in the fun. 3101 SE Ferry Slip Rd., South Beach

Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center

This maritime museum on the Bayfront is located in a historic building that has been a private estate home, a restaurant, and a nightclub hosing Chippendale Dancers – don’t worry, it’s much more family-friendly now. Beautifully restored and renovated into a museum site, it contains a wealth of information about Newport’s maritime history and current connections to the sea. The museum includes a small children’s area with a range of hands-on activities. 333 SE Bay Blvd., Bayfront

Storm-watching 101

Come witness nature’s fury as storms batter the coast in winter

Sure, you can visit the Oregon coast in summertime, when the sun (usually) shines and all is calm. But nature can put on an incredible show in the winter here, as massive storms cross the Pacific to lash our beaches with surf, drench us in horizontal rain, and blow harder than the Big Bad Wolf. Why not head to the coast for a front row seat?

Storms roll in from the ocean, peaking in frequency and intensity in November through March. This is when the jet stream intensifies and moves south, pushing wet storms along from the middle of the Pacific to our shores. The storms form where warm and cold air masses collide over the ocean. This winter’s oddball snow storm was an anomaly – it doesn’t usually get cold enough at the coast to snow – but on average we get about 50 inches of rainfall in the stormy months.

There are many ways to enjoy a good storm in Newport, some dryer than others. If you want to stay cozy and warm, book yourself and a loved one an oceanfront room. Many local hotels offer special winter pricing and package deals, including the Elizabeth Street Inn, the Inn at Nye Beach, the Hallmark Resort, and the Sylvia Beach Hotel. We can even provide the bottle of wine (Nye Beach Wine Cellar) and a good book (Nye Beach Book House).

If you want to brave the storm, it’s a good idea to stay off the beach during the storm’s fury. Sneaker waves and other hazards abound when the storm is raging, but there are still safe vantage points from which to watch the waves crash. The observation area near the lighthouse at Yaquina Head is one such spot. Another is the observation deck near the lighthouse at Yaquina Bay State Park overlooking the jetties at the entrance to Yaquina Bay. North of Newport there are a couple of great storm-watching spots, including Rocky Creek wayside and Cape Foulweather (aptly named!).

Once the storm has settled a bit, you might want to brave the beach, still watching for sneaker waves and other hazards, of course. Check tide tables and go when the tide is low or ebbing (tide tables are here). Beachcombing can be terrific after storms have blown through: look for glass floats, agates, and other interesting beach debris. Be sure to dress appropriately in rain coats, rain pants, and waterproof and comfortable boots. Be aware that winter weather can change beach topography significantly – that wide, flat beach you enjoyed in August may now be a maze of dunes and hillocks or cut off from access by a rerouted stream.

Of course, we’re happy to welcome you back in the summer when the sun comes out and you can linger on the beach for those gorgeous sunsets. But come on over to Newport now – the weather’s spectacular!

The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

Come Join Newport’s Biggest Party

The population of Newport is not quite 10,000, but on the last full weekend in February it swells to triple that number, when Newport throws its biggest party: the annual Seafood & Wine Festival.

The Seafood & Wine Festival, Feb. 23-26 this year, is a four-day celebration of Pacific Northwest wines and seafood. More than 150 vendors, including purveyors of seafood, craftspeople, and some 80 Northwest wineries offer their goods in a gigantic tent in South Beach adjacent to the Rogue brewery (the tent will be even bigger than usual this year).

For most visitors, the heart of the weekend is the opportunity to sample and purchase a wide range of top-notch Northwest wines. Associated with the event is the longest continuous wine competition in the Northwest, judged by a panel of regional wine experts. Attendees can purchase tastes, glasses, bottles, and cases of most wines, including the medal-winners.

Paired with the excellent festival wines are unparalleled seafood offerings. Newport is proud to be able to showcase the bounty of the Pacific that comes through its port every year. You’ll find crab, bay shrimp, oysters, salmon, albacore, and other local delicacies in abundance, as well as other types of food.

The peak time for the entire event is Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, so to help with traffic flow, no tickets will be sold at the gate that day – all Saturday tickets must be purchased online, and numbers will be limited. To avoid the crowds, try coming at a different time.

Parking at the event costs $5 and is somewhat limited. A better option is to take the free shuttle, which will be running frequently all over town throughout the event.

Newport Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorna Davis credits the event’s popularity to a confluence of factors. “Of course people flock to the festival for the top-notch food and wine,” she said, “but part of it is the time of year. Everyone’s done a little bit of skiing, they’ve endured the Northwest weather for four or five months, and then they’re ready for a little getaway and to have a little fun.

“And what better place to have fun than in Newport?”

When You Go

The most current ticket information, and ticket sales,

can be accessed on the festival’s web site.

SeafoodandWine.com

Insider Tips to Enjoying the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

Come Thursday night

In recent years the festival has opened quietly on Thursday evening, informally referred to as “Locals’ Night.” This is the least crowded and most laid-back time to attend, and all vendors will be set up and ready to go.

Come After 2 pm on Saturday

Peak hours for the entire festival are 10-2 on Saturday. If you are looking for a leisurely stroll through the event, you will want to avoid Saturday and enjoy a day in Newport at other shops and area attractions. If you enjoy the crowd and hoopla, come after 2 pm on Saturday and go to dinner afterwards!

Sunday is a great day to attend

Sunday is a more relaxed environment inside the big tents. You will have more elbow room and time to really peruse the booths and enjoy sampling and buying your favorite wine. The festival ends on Sunday afternoon and our vendors love to have the load lightened for the trip home!

Use the Shuttle

Parking near the event, especially at peak times, can be a hassle, and it could cramp your wine-tasting style (please don’t drink and drive!). A free shuttle will run throughout town for the duration of the festival.

Volunteer

If you volunteer just four hours of your time during the festival for the Chamber of Commerce, you will receive a free three-day pass to the event. Free! Only four hours! Such a deal! Sign up to volunteer on the festival’s web site.

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

Road Trip!

Take the family on a spring break road trip, ending in Newport

Coming to Newport with the family for spring break? Here are some road trip itineraries 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.

Road Trip!

From Bend

All of the routes from Bend to Newport include spectacular scenery through mountain passes. This set of road trip stops assumes a path following Route 20, crossing the Cascades at Santiam Pass.

After heading out of Bend on Rte. 20, you’ll pass through Sisters and then into the most scenic part of the drive, 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 primarily drains into a lava tube, and the water goes … well, no one 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 pie, 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 at an open time, 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 beautiful 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 I-5 to Rte. 34/20 in Corvallis and then west to the coast via Rte. 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, your Gore-Tex boots, your 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. Maybe just one quick log flume ride before forging ahead?

Are the grown-ups in your party ready for an adult beverage at this point? A stop at Willamette Valley Vineyards, located conveniently close to the Enchanted Forest, might be in order. Tastings, tours, and full meals are available.

After exiting I-5 near Corvallis, you’ll head west on US Rte. 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 20, now called Crystal Creek Loop. Don’t miss the beautiful Chitwood covered bridge if you take the old part of 20.

From Salem

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

Don’t leave too early in the morning on this trip or it’ll be too soon 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 here.

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. You can’t go wrong.

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 is excellent bird-watching. 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 here, 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 Rte. 20 onto the scenic Blodgett-Eddyville Highway, Rt. 180. Start at the intersection of Crystal Creek Loop (the “old” Rte. 20) in Eddyville, and wend your way past Nortons, Nashville, and Summit, a lovely ride. 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 Rte. 126, and then north along gorgeous Hwy. 101.

A slight detour off of Hwy 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 Rte. 126, you’ll hit the coast in Florence. Head to the Old Town district for cool shops and excellent 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 different spot is the popular Sea Lion Caves, a natural sea cave that is home to piles and piles roaring Stellar sea lions. Don’t miss descending in the coast’s tallest elevator to this beautiful 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, or a glass-blowing demonstration at Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery.

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 spring break 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 spring break 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.