The coast you remember
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
You already have your lodging planned and your tickets for the 41st annual Newport Seafood & Wine Festival ready, so relax and let someone else do the driving. Although there will be limited parking available near the Festival in the parking lots of the Rogue Brewery and the Oregon Coast Aquarium for $5 a day, why not avoid driving altogether and enjoy yourself to the fullest? Ride the regularly scheduled shuttles, or select from a variety of cabs to arrive safely at the Festival, back to your lodging, or out for a bit more fun after the Festival closes.
The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival provides a free shuttle for all attendees, and it runs in a continuous loop, stopping at many local hotels, motels, inns and popular Newport neighborhoods. The shuttle will arrive at each stop every 45 minutes to an hour from the start of the Festival to one hour after closing, but the hours will be extended late into the evening on Saturday so the shuttle can service area restaurants after the festival is over for the night. For a complete map of the shuttle’s route and times of service, visit www.seafoodandwine.com/event-map.
There will also be a variety of taxi cabs available during the Festival. Newport area taxi cabs will be working the entire event, and many other private owners obtain a special license from the City of Newport to operate throughout the Festival weekend. The cabs will have signs, and will be easy to find during the Festival.
You might also want to walk or ride a bike depending on where you are staying or what the weather decides to do, but it’s nice to have options if it starts to rain or you simply want a ride home. Whether you choose to take the shuttle or a cab to and from the Seafood & Wine Festival, you’ll know that you have made the safe and convenient choice to really enjoy the event, and most importantly to maximize your fun!SeafoodandWine.com
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.Discover More
If you’re thinking of getting engaged, you’re probably thinking about where the best spot would be to ask that all-important question. No pressure, but after all, this is the spot where you’ll begin your life’s journey together. Here are some of the most romantic backdrops in Newport for your big moment.
The pounding surf and crying gulls provide an unparalleled setting for you to discuss your
lives together. Of course, any of Newport’s beaches makes for the perfect romantic beach walk, but Agate Beach includes a view to Yaquina Head to the north. And dusk, when the lighthouse’s signature signal can begin to be seen, is the perfect time to propose.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
While spending time alone inside the lighthouse might be problematic – the structure is only
open to the public during formal tour times, when you’re not likely to be alone – the surroundings of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area will provide the perfect windswept, picturesque backdrop for you to profess your love and ask the big question.
Ona Beach Bridge
Another romantic proposal spot near the beach is the bridge that crosses Beaver Creek at Ona Beach State Park (Brian Booth State Park) south of Newport. The bridge would make a nice spot for engagement photos as well. It’s a short walk from the parking lot to the bridge, and just over the bridge is a spectacular beach where bald eagles are often seen soaring overhead. The picnic area here is also perfect for a romantic al fresco meal.
Yaquina Bay Bridge
The span of Newport’s iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge is as romantic a setting as it gets! Pedestrians are welcome on either the northbound or southbound lanes on pedestrian walkways. Gaze at the western horizon together as you contemplate your future! You can access the pedestrian walkways from the grassy area near the Rogue Brewery in South Beach or from a stairway near the northwestern bridge corner – park on the road that leads to Yaquina Bay State Park.
Oregon Coast Aquarium
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is an excellent indoor location to proclaim your love! The Aquarium’s Passages of the Deep Exhibit, a series of tunnels where local species glide overhead, underfoot, and all around, is beautiful and mysterious. The Aquarium offers many other natural spots that are just right for a romantic interlude.
Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites
There are many, many lodging options in Newport with an ocean view, all of which would make great spots to start your life together. Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites is a perfect oceanfront choice, where you can pop the question on your private balcony overlooking the surf, while walking on the beach below, or while cuddled together in front of the gas fireplace in your room.
Ocean House Bed & Breakfast
Another romantic lodging option is the Ocean House bed & breakfast in the Agate Beach neighborhood just to the south of Yaquina Head. Breathtaking views of the beach are framed in every window of the property, and the deck overlooking the ocean, with its cozy fire pit, is an incredible spot as well. The bountiful, fresh breakfasts can be enjoyed in the ocean view dining room or privately in your lovely room.
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.Discover More
Change is good, at least in the case of the 41st annual Newport Seafood & Wine Festival! A few improvements have been added or expanded, so look for these new features when you come to the coast Feb. 22-25 for Newport’s biggest party.The theme of this year’s Seafood & Wine Festival is “Dungeness and Dragons,” and attendees can get into the spirit of the event by wearing medieval costumes!
Ruby Club Membership will be offered again this year, and for the $150 membership fee, attendees get admission to all four days of the festival (the only four-day pass the festival offers), and special VIP entrance with no lines. Ruby Club Members will receive a “Festival Passport” this year which contains offerings from 50 participating sponsors.
The “Festival Passport” booklet will include vouchers for free offerings and coupons from these amazing vendors: 12 Ranch Wines, Amy Tatala-Beck, Artem Wines, Bead Chicas, Blue Spruce Pottery, Bradley Vineyards, Buddha Kat, Café Moka, Catman Cellars, Chateau Bianca, Coleman Vineyards, Copper Belt Wines, Crater Lake Cellars, D’Anu, DJ’s Jewelry, Eola Hills Winery, Garlic Gourmay, Hip Chicks Do Wine, Hood Crest Winery, HV Cellars, J. Scott Cellars, Keli’s Hawaiian Foods, King’s Raven Winery, Lovin Spoonful, Merrill Cellars, Methven Family Vineyards & Winery, Misty Oaks, Naked Winery, Nehalem Bay Winery, Noble Estate, Nye Beach Sweets, Oliver’s Gourmet, Oregon Seafood’s, Outdoor Vino, Parrett Mountain Cellars, Pinot Vista, Pititude, The Potter’s Vineyard, River’s Edge Winery, Rogue Creamery, Spring Bank Farm, Such a Slush, Tesoaria Winery, Three Acres Winery, Timbergrove Stained Glass, Valley View Vineyards, Wild Rose Winery and Wind Drift Gallery. Only 250 of these memberships will be sold. Purchase Ruby Club Memberships on the festival’s website at seafoodandwine.com.
Purchasing E-tickets prior to the event will again ensure that you are able to enter without standing in line. This year, there will be two specific entrances for E-ticket holders on Saturday during the peak hours of 10 am to 2 pm. Ruby Club Members, sponsors and group ticket holders will also have a new VIP entrance this year at door #3 next to the main E-ticket entry.
Download the 2018 Seafood & Wine mobile app for your phone and stay connected to everything that is happening at the event. One of the cool features to the mobile app is the vendor map, where you can click on each pin drop to find out detailed information about each vendor. Also don’t forget to stop by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce booth to get great 2018 Seafood & Wine merchandise like jackets, t-shirts, and sweatshirts.
Luckily, all of the things that you love about the Seafood & Wine Festival will stay the same: More than 80 wineries will be there for tastings and sales, delicious local seafood will be dished up, and the free shuttle bus will make its rounds. Be sure to get your tickets early, and prepare to have a great time!
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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.Discover More