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It’s National Coast Guard Day!

Celebrate Newport’s heroes with a trip to the Oregon Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard has been keeping locals and visitors safe in Newport since 1896, and August 4 is National Coast Guard Day!

For one-hundred and twenty-two years, Newport’s Yaquina Bay Coast Guard Station has been safeguarding the twenty-seven miles of coastline from Cape Perpetua to Spencer Creek. The Yaquina Bay Station’s primary mission is search and rescue and maritime law enforcement; they respond to more than 500 calls a year and are always at the ready to save lives. With over forty-five active duty servicemen and women, they are able to conduct motor lifeboat and helicopter search and rescue at a moment’s notice.

Although search and rescue missions are conducted everywhere from the rugged coastline to miles out into the open ocean, many life saving operations happen just outside of the Yaquina Bay Jetty in an area known simply as the bar. The Yaquina Bay bar is an invisible horizontal barrier, where the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean meet with the much shallower waters coming from the mouth of the Yaquina River causing extremely dangerous conditions for boats returning to the bay. During these conditions, most boating accidents on the bar are caused by capsizing, or when the boat overturns or is flipped over by large waves.

Thomas McAdams knows how dangerous the bar can be.  As a coxswain (the sailor in charge of steering a boat) during a 1957 rescue, McAdams saved four people who had capsized in the surf off Yaquina Bay, even jumping into the ocean as part of the lifesaving mission. During his 27 years of service in the Coast Guard, McAdams is credited with saving hundreds of lives, and received the title “champion lifesaver and lifeboat roller of the Pacific Coast.” Thomas McAdams retired from the Coast Guard in 1977, and although having been stationed up and down the Pacific Coast, he chose to stay in Newport. The motor lifeboat that McAdams used in the 1957 rescue, CG36503, was retired in 1970 and is displayed on the Coast Guard Yaquina Bay Station campus lawn just above the southwestern edge of Newport’s Historic Bayfront. National Coast Guard Day is an opportunity for Newport to honor Thomas McAdams and the men and women who follow in his footsteps to keep locals and visitors safe on land and at sea.

Long before Newport was first settled as a town, The U.S. Coast Guard was originally called the Reserve Marine when it was created on August 4, 1790 to enforce the first U.S. maritime laws. The Guard was given its present name in 1915 when the Reserve Cutter Service was merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, providing the nation with a single service that would enforce maritime law and save lives at sea. The Coast Guard began maintaining national aids to navigation when it was given the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1939, and took over merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety in 1946. In 1967, the Guard was transferred from the Treasury Department to the newly created Department of Transportation, and more recently, control of the Coast Guard was given to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003.

Plan a trip to Newport on National Coast Guard Day and help us honor the service of the heroes who strive to keep us safe from the potential dangers of the mighty Pacific Ocean.

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Have You Seen Newport’s Murals Yet?

Come to the Historic Bayfront and count how many murals you’re able to find

Newport’s bustling Historic Bayfront is a unique mix of canneries, fish markets, art galleries, gift shops, and various eateries that welcome visitors to shop and dine in a turn-of-the-century atmosphere largely forgotten by time, but documented by stunning murals that help bridge the past and present. More than a dozen of these massive paintings stand alone or adorn various structures that line S.W. Bay Boulevard from one end of the Bayfront to the other, telling a nautical story that is both specific and collective to the area. How many murals can you find, and what do they say to you?

Most of the murals were painted by artist Rick Chambers, and those that were include his signature and the date they were painted and a coded statement about their significance. The vivid detail and life-like images found in the murals convey both known tales of specific events, as well as images that may only be understood by artist. The earliest murals date back to the middle of the 1990’s, and the remainder were painted in the first decade of the millennium. The large paintings still appear fresh and unblemished, despite the rough coastal weather and salt air that they constantly endure.

The Historic Bayfront’s southwest entrance begins under the hilltop grounds of the Yaquina Bay Coast Guard Station, where three billboard murals greet visitors. One of these paintings is a replica of an old Yaquina Bay salmon canning company label, and another is of the aftermath of the shipwreck of “The Pilgrim.” The third mural is of the Coast Guard lifeboat CG36503 being pitched about in a rough sea, and is placed directly below the actual lifeboat, which is displayed in the middle of the Coast Guard campus; the placement of the two boats provides an exciting visual dimension that brings the scene to life.

Midway down S.W. Bay Boulevard, the mural of a Coast Guard helicopter hovers above the street, covering the front of a bay building as if it were conducting a rescue mission; another tribute to the importance of the heroes who guard and protect both locals and visitors. The majority of the murals in the center of the Historic Bayfront are massive in scope, filling storefronts and fish processing factories with both images of daily coastal life and fantastical vignettes from a collective maritime consciousness. Many of the paintings depict fishing boats in a variety of situations, and while a few vessels are calmly docked, beached or being repaired, others are dramatically fighting storms and rough waters to bring another fresh catch into port. Most of these images represent the rigorous, and often dangerous life led by local fishermen and remind visitors of the historical significance of ocean fishing, and that Newport proudly remains home to Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleet.

Bright fish dart about and massive whales swim, breach and roll in several of the murals, giving a nod to the wide assortment of sea life that reside along Newport’s Pacific coastline. The various species of painted fish and other sea life resemble the live versions that can be seen locally in coastal tide pools, at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. Visitors are often able to identify fish in the murals from those they’ve seen and learned about at the Aquarium and the Science Center. Grey whales also provide an exciting part of Newport’s charm, and can often be seen from shore or from aboard charters that specialize in whale watching.

Count how many murals you’re able to spot as you stroll through the Historic Bayfront. Use the murals to connect with the history and culture of the area, and try to decipher the meaning of the paintings that are not clear.  

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The World is Your Oyster in Newport!

Visit our local oyster farms for the very freshest oysters harvested anywhere

Newport has had a close relationship with oysters since the very beginning. In fact, Yaquina Bay oysters were what brought the first settlers to the area over 150 years ago. Oyster beds were discovered in 1862, and settlers began to arrive in 1864. Harvesting oysters in Oregon is not possible anymore because native Olympia oyster populations are now protected by law to encourage their recovery, and all other kinds of oysters are grown commercially on private farms. Luckily, you can still find fresh oysters at Newport’s two oyster farms.

Oregon Oyster Farms is Newport’s oldest oyster farm, and has been harvesting oysters daily since 1907. Located on the north side of panoramic Yaquina Bay estuary, the Oregon Oyster Farms sell oysters on the half-shell ready to eat, bulk oysters by the dozen and oyster meat by the pint or gallon. When you visit the farm, try their special oyster seasoning, and purchase some to take home with you. Oregon Oyster Farms also offers gift certificates, and ships oysters anywhere in the world.       

6878 Yaquina Bay Rd.                                                                                                                                    

(541) 265-5078

Oyster Bluff is Newport’s newest oyster farm, and is located next to Kings Slough off Yaquina Bay in South Beach, where the cool, oceanic waters mix with natural spring water to produce their delicious sweet petites. Their natural-based farming techniques produce a distinctive, deep-cupped oyster with firm, sweet and savory meat. Visit their farm to buy oysters by the dozen or wholesale, or call them up and have your oysters delivered anywhere from Newport to Yachats.                     

1095 SE 36th St.   

(541) 961-9285

Plan to visit these local farms during your next visit to Newport, and gather some fresh oysters for your lunch, dinner or BBQ!

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Don’t Let the Big One Get Away!

Charter a sport fishing boat from Newport to catch a variety of ocean delicacies

It all starts with a slight tug that quickly turns into an epic struggle…Fish On! Before you know it, you’re trying to catch your breath while inspecting the fresh catch thrashing about on the end of your line! After landing this delicacy from the deep, the only question is deciding which hearty greens and fine wine will fully complement your evening meal.

Everyone knows that Newport is the premier spot on the Oregon Coast for fresh seafood, but it’s also home to many sport fishing charter boats with experienced crew ready to embark on daily deep sea angling excursions. Tuna, salmon, halibut, cod, and a variety of rockfish are available, and local charter captains will skillfully guide you to where these fish can be found. Sport fishing trips are affordable and frequently available, so you will have no difficulty scheduling a day out on the ocean.

Local charters will have all of the equipment you will need for your fishing trip, and some will allow you to use your own rod if you choose, but be prepared to bring some other essential items. In addition to the charter fee you will need an Oregon fishing license; if you don’t already have one, daily licenses may be purchased with your charter package. To insure a comfortable experience, dress in layers, complete with a rain jacket, hat and gloves. Many charters offer food and drinks, but if yours doesn’t, bring a thermos of coffee or tea, a canteen of water and some snacks or a picnic lunch. Also bring a little cash to tip the captain and crew and to pay for the fish cleaning services at the end of your trip, and be sure leave a cooler with ice in your car to transport your fresh fish.

Most likely, you will check-in and mingle somewhere near the docks of the Port of Newport early on the morning of your scheduled adventure. The captain and crew will invite you on board, and will discuss safety, fishing and boating regulations, how to use your gear, and the procedures for catching and handling your fish. The boat will then motor across Yaquina Bay and under the impressive Bay Bridge that looms overhead, through the channel of the jetty, and out into the Pacific Ocean. Some charters offer crabbing options, and your boat may drop crab pots to be retrieved later on the way back into the docks.

Once on the open ocean, the captain will navigate a course to where various schools of sport fish abound. From this distance, the shoreline recedes inland, and you might be able to recognize important landmarks like the Yaquina Head Lighthouse or the sandy beaches that separate Newport from the ocean. The captain and crew will instruct you on how and when to drop your lure into the depths – this is when the magic happens! The anticipation and excitement is immediately heightened when a member of your fishing party cries, “Fish On!”

It’s easy to lose track of the time when the fish start biting, and the intervals are marked by catching fish or reeling in your gear and moving to a new location to find an unsuspecting group of hungry fish! Before you know it, the fish are piling up in the plastic tubs and buckets, and it’s time to return to the Bay. The trip back to the docks is a time for reflection of how satisfying the day has been, and suddenly how tired you feel as the adrenaline subsides. Once back on land, fish cleaning services are available for a small fee, and your only decision will be planning the menu for the night’s feast.

Chartered fishing is fun and exciting, and it’s also a great opportunity to try and catch your dinner, but remember that even sometimes the big one’s do get away. Catching fish is never guaranteed; that’s part of what makes it such a great sport!

Let’s Go Fishing!

Charter Fishing Companies in Newport

Newport Tradewinds

653 SW Bay Blvd.

541-265-2101

Captains Reel Deep Sea Fishing

343 SW Bay Blvd.

541-265-7441

Yaquina Bay Charters

1000 SE Bay Blvd. (near the Embarcadero Resort)

541-265-6800

Newport Marina Store and Charters

2128 SE Marine Science Dr.

541-867-4470

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for more info on visiting.



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 is a link to 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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Travel Safely to the Coast!

Summer is the perfect time for a visit to Newport

Visitors travel to the Oregon Coast in record numbers every year when the weather starts to heat up and the kids are out of school for summer vacation, and for good reason! Newport has so many great things to offer summer visitors, from hiking, biking, surfing and kayaking, to strolling the Historic Bayfront, Nye Beach and Aquarium Village, or just hanging out on the beach; you’ll find ideal activities to make your stay fun and memorable. Although some people choose to fly into Newport Municipal Airport, and others sail into Yaquina Bay, most travelers drive to the beach along the coast on Hwy 101, or over the Coastal Range from the Willamette Valley on Hwy 20.

As with most coastal highways, Hwy 101 has many twists and turns, and summer traffic often keeps drivers going well under the posted speed limit. In addition, Hwy 101 affords amazing views of the Pacific Ocean for much of the drive, and visitors usually drive more slowly to take in the panoramic sights. We recommend that you allow for the trip to take longer than you think it might; relax, enjoy the beautiful surroundings, and match the flow of traffic.

Hwy 20 runs straight west from Corvallis and is not quite as curvy as Hwy 101, but there are still some sharp corners that you should keep in mind. Part of this Highway was recently reconstructed, and is much better than it was just over a year ago, but you should still plan for the drive to take longer in the summer months than your digital navigation system says it will. Traffic tends to back-up as you get closer to the coast, so again, just take your time and enjoy the drive.

No matter which highway you take, road construction can also cause delays in the summertime. Pack some snacks and put a few drinks in the cooler to refresh yourself if you become stuck in traffic or stopped for road construction. Bring your favorite music, and crank on the air conditioner or roll down the window to cool off. Before you leave home, visit Oregon Department of Transportation’s Trip Check to see how the flow of traffic is, and where there might be congestion or road construction. Regardless of which route you take to Newport, you’re sure to find that your time at the beach is well worth the drive!

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for more info on visiting Newport.

From Farm to Pint Glass

Pledge your allegiance to Rogue Nation

If you like IPA, you’ll be happy to know that National IPA Day takes place on August 2, 2018! Some of the very best IPA available anywhere comes from Rogue Ales, which is headquartered in Newport. Gather your family and friends, and celebrate National IPA Day on the coast this year. Visit Rogue World Headquarters, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample great beers, tour the campus and even join Rogue Nation!

Unlike citizenship requirements for most countries, it’s not hard to become a citizen of Rogue Nation. In fact, it’s easy to join! All you have to do is recite the Rogue Nation Pledge of Roguellegiance with “Big Al” Jorgensen, the president of this nation of craft beer. And best of all, you can still retain citizenship in your home country and become a member of Rogue Nation at the same time! Rogue Nation also occupies plenty of solid territory beyond its meeting halls and breweries; Rogue Farms produces many of the ingredients that are added to their brews and end up in your pint glass, bottle or growler.

The Rogue Revolution was quietly started by a handful of friends in a basement in Ashland, Oregon in 1988 with the brewing of American Amber Ale and Oregon Golden, both quickly became popular beverages in the Southern Oregon town. Shortly thereafter, Rogue founder Jack Joyce met “Mo” (aka Mohava Niema, the founder of Mo’s Restaurants) while staying in Newport. Over a bowl of clam chowder, they agreed that Mo would rent Jack the vacant storefront and garage that she owned on Newport’s Historic Bayfront, under two conditions: that Rogue would promise to feed the local fishermen and that a photo of Mo in a bathtub would forever hang above the bar (and a copy of the photo hangs there and in every Rogue Meeting Hall to this day).

The establishment of Rogue Nation is said to have happened in Newport with the opening of the Rogue Bayfront Public House in 1989, when famed Rogue brewmaster John Maier brewed his first batch of Rogue Beer in the back room. This location became Rogue’s only public house after a flood destroyed the Ashland brewpub and closed it forever, but a brand new larger facility was soon built across the Yaquina Bay in 1992 to house Rogue’s World Headquarters. Rogue’s South Beach public house is also home to Brewer’s on the Bay, Rogue House of Spirits, Rogue Spirits Distillery, and Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works. The original Bayfront Public House is still in operation, and also offers lodging in three apartments upstairs called Bed ‘n’ Beer.

As Rogue Nation turns 30 this year, there will be much to celebrate. Rogue boasts more than half a dozen meeting halls beyond the three in Newport, with an additional three in Portland, one in Astoria and another in Independence, and two others beyond the state of Oregon, one in Issaquah, Washington and another in San Francisco, California. In addition to the meeting halls, Rogue’s first distillery opened in 2003 in Portland, and was moved to Newport in 2007 where gin and whiskey are being distilled today. Rogue’s World Headquarters in South Beach is more than a brewery and distillery, it’s a campus, complete with bottling facility, warehouse, brewpub restaurant, gift shop, House of Spirits, museum, and cooperage. It also offers one of the best views of the Yaquina Bay and has shared space with the public Port of Newport.

The cooperage, Rolling Thunder Barrelworks, is the newest part of Rogue’s World Headquarters and it’s an amazing addition. Since 2015, Rogue Cooper Nate Linquist (actually the second longest serving Rogue), has been making about a barrel a day on average with specialized equipment that mostly predates World War II. After working a variety of positions at Rogue’s World Headquarters, Linquist apprenticed with Oregon Barrel Works for six months before returning to Rogue to open the cooperage. The barrels that are made in the Rogue’s cooperage are used for aging ales, lagers and spirits.

The Rogue museum is another highlight at Rogue’s World Headquarters. Items in the museum date back to the inception of the brewery, and it’s full of all sorts of odds and ends, like handmade posters for the brewery, the brewery’s history in photos, and many of the nearly 2000 awards and medals that Rogue has been awarded. The museum also holds the remaining bottles of beers and spirits that are no longer brewed, or were part of limited collaborations (at Rogue they’re called “collisions”) with other companies. Some of the more interesting collisions include the Sriracha Stout (with the famous hot sauce company), Bacon Maple Ale (with Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut), and Wasted Sea Star Purple Pale Ale (with scientists from OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center).

Perhaps the most unique aspect of Rogue’s operation is farming. Many of the ingredients that go into Rogue’s products were grown on their two farms. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is world renown for the Pinot grapes that are grown there, but before there were grapes, hops were one of the biggest crops in the area. The Willamette Valley is positioned perfectly in the rain shadow of the Coast Range, where volcanic soils eroded by ice age floods grow the best hops. Willamette Valley hop farms historically date back to the middle of the 19th century, but at some point in the last half of the 20th century, hops were no longer planted. In 2008, Rogue built a 42-acre hopyard near Independence, Oregon in what at one time been the Hop Capital of the World. This year, Rogue will harvest nearly 64,000 pounds of seven varieties of hops to be shipped to the brewery in Newport.

In addition to the hops growing on Rogue Farms in Independence, crops of pumpkins, marionberries, and Jalapenos are also in production. Free range chickens and Royal Palm turkeys help out around the farm, and potbellied pigs Voo and Doo (named after the collisions with Voodoo Doughnut, of course) reside there too. Rogue Farms also grows groves of hazelnuts (more hazelnuts are grown in the Willamette Valley than anywhere else in the United States) and keeps over 7 million honeybees. Chatoe Rogue Tasting Room is also located on the farm, and welcomes guests with twelve taps and farm tours. In addition to the crops being grown at Rogue Farms in Independence, Rogue has a lesser known farm in the Tygh Valley near Mount Hood, where they are growing 200 acres or barley and 20 acres of rye.

Are you ready to become a citizen of Rogue Nation, and join over 270,000 Rogue citizens from around the world? Rogue distributes to all 50 states, and 54 countries, but when you visit one of their meeting halls, world headquarters or the farm, you’ll feel like you’re visiting a local, family run organization. Stop into Brewer’s on the Bay and Rogue House of Spirits in South Beach, and take a tour of Rogue’s World Headquarters (they are offered at select times throughout the day), and visit the original Rogue Ales Public House on the Historic Bayfront and have a pint or shot that originated right here in Oregon.

Watch the Nation closely for information on their 30th Anniversary celebrations that are are sure to ensue, and visit Rogue’s website at www.rogue.com for locations, hours or operation, and special events and offerings.

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Travel Newport Magazine

Spring / Summer 2018