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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stay the night

We’ve got the room for you

You have a huge range of lodging options in Newport, from campsites to intimate B&Bs to luxury hotel rooms along the ocean. Below are just a couple unique hotels with beautiful ocean views that you might enjoy. There are many more of course, so you might want to spend a full week in Newport and try more than one during your stay.


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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!

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Newport’s Haunted Lighthouse

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

October 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!


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It’s time for a coffee break

Enjoy a cup or two of great local java!

Whether you’re waking up, or just need a little pep in your day, here are some terrific local spots to order your favorite coffee drink.

Carl’s Coffee

Come for the Stumptown Coffee, stay for the awesome food menu! As well as serving some of the best espresso drinks around, Carl’s Coffee in Nye Beach serves 100% fruit smoothies, hot chocolate, hot or iced teas, and Italian sodas. With fresh pastries from La Maison (we’ll visit them in a minute), hearty breakfast scrambles, fresh Quiche made daily, and their signature Cuban sandwich, the food at Carl’s is also top-notch. Carl’s is a fantastic way to start any day at the beach. 715 NW Beach Dr., Nye Beach

Panini Bakery

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

Café Mundo

Café Mundo’s extensive espresso menu is sure to give you the boost you’re looking for! Specializing in fair trade, organic, Peruvian coffee, they have two micro-batch varieties available: House Roast (medium) and Devil’s Churn (Dark). You’ll love their smooth, full-flavored coffees that have been carefully roasted to bring out the complex aroma that’s hidden inside. Café Mundo also offers unique “World Beat Cuisine” right here in Nye Beach. 209 NW Coast St., Nye Beach

Surf Town Coffee Company

This shop roasts their own beans with love! If you crave 100% organic, 100% fair trade eco-friendly coffee, Surf Town has the cup of Joe just for you. With names like Shortboard Light (American Roast), Deadliest Dark (XX French Roast), Stay Positive (Italian Roast), and Longboard Dark (French Roast), their passion is delivering a wonderful cup of coffee every time you visit. They also serve ice cream, offer bulk bean orders online, and even provide the daily surfing report for the area. 345 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

The Coffee House

Located amidst the hustle and bustle of the Historic Bayfront, the Coffee House (the building) was actually floated down the Yaquina River from the town of Yaquina in 1932, and rolled on logs to its present site! The coffee house serves superb drip coffee, and has a gourmet breakfast and lunch menu featuring their legendary biscuits and gravy, and amazing “Pasties.” Their traditional Cornish Pasties are made with turnip, carrot, onion, potato, and herbs, and can include premium Angus beef if you’d like. 156 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront

La Maison

French for “the house” or “home,” La Maison specializes in pastries and cakes that are a perfect complement to your morning or afternoon coffee. Their huge espresso drinks are just what you need to help celebrate National Coffee Day! In addition, La Maison has an incredible French-inspired breakfast and lunch menu that features omelets, crepes, sandwiches, soups, and salads. They also recently began serving dinner on Friday evenings from 5-8:30 pm, and reservations are accepted but not required.  315 SW 9th St., Downtown Deco District

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Newport's newest restaurant

Interested in dinner (or brunch!) and a show? The newest addition to Newport’s culinary scene is Clearwater, located on Port Dock One overlooking the ever-entertaining cavorting sea lions of the Bayfront. The bright, modern-yet-cozy interior complements the fresh, local, seasonal menu perfectly. Try the Dungeness crab mac and cheese, the halibut fish and chips, the duck confit sliders, or the roasted rabbit stuffed with local mushrooms. The menu will change and evolve, so be sure to come back frequently. Happy hour at the Clearwater’s gorgeous upstairs bar features creative cocktails, happy hour specials, and the best view around. Clearwater is open seven days a week, with brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Travel Newport Magazine

Fall/Winter 2017