The coast you remember
On October 4th and 5th, the Newport Armory will be host to a celebration of Pacific Northwest cider makers, including Bandon Rain, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Avid Cider Co., Garibaldi Cellars, Nectar Creek and Newport’s very own: Rogue Ales. Other local artisans will be at the festival, giving everyone a chance to experience the pride of Newport: locally owned businesses!
Following in the footsteps of the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, which is held each February, visitors at the fest will have the chance to peruse the fine foods and craftsmanship of many coastal vendors. From doughnuts to honey, jewelry to succulents — everyone can find the perfect souvenir to remember their visit.
And once you’ve found a bite and a beverage, you can settle in for some entertainment. Not only will Correll Cider Presses be demonstrating each day just how exactly cider is pressed, but the line-up is stacked live music and circus-style acts which are sure to leave audience members of all ages with a smile. This event is family-friendly, complete with a Kidz Zone which has activities just for the kids.
Tickets are on sale now, and those who buy ahead get a discount — so be sure to purchase yours soon! Tickets and more information are available at newportchamber.org/newport-cider-festival.
Anyone is welcome to buy crab directly from fishermen or purchase them from restaurant cases around town to take home and cook themselves. However, if you’re not looking for the mess and hassle — let the experts handle it. Newport is host to a plethora of expert seafood chefs who have spent years honing their craft. Here are a few of the best places around Newport to grab a crab to eat:
Located near Dock 5 on Newport’s Historic Bayfront, Local Ocean highlights seafood in the best ways possible while keeping their focus on one thing: freshness. Here you can find a number of crab dishes incorporating fresh, locally caught crab: crab cakes, soups, crab po’boys, crab patty and chips. Customers also have the option of adding crab to any of the salads on the menu, or buying a whole crab to take home from the display case.
Just down the street from Dock 5, Clearwater Restaurant boasts a one of a kind waterfront view and the status as Best Overall Restaurant as voted in the 2019 Best of Newport contest. Here, you’ll see fresh, local crab featured all over the menu: from local Dungeness crab mac and cheese to crab Louie, from crab melts to crab cocktail and more. Or, if you want it straight up, Clearwater offers whole and half crabs served in the shell with corn on the cob and melted butter.
South Beach Fish Market
This local legend has a simple philosophy: no-frills, just good eats. South Beach Fish Market has a huge display case that rotates products regularly so that only the freshest catches in season are sold. But if you choose to sit down to eat at one of the outdoor tables, you may have a chance to see their massive crab cooker, which heats up delicious meat for the market’s many crab offerings: crab cocktail, crab burgers, crab-stuffed shrimp — and, of course, fresh-cooked crab with fries, garlic butter and sauce.
Start off the morning right with a great cup of coffee — while Newport has a plethora of local coffee shops to choose from, Coasties Roasties always has amazing pastries, and coffee cake made from scratch!
Once you’ve got breakfast and a hot brew in your hand, take a stroll down Newport’s Historic Bayfront. The sights and sounds of the public dock are truly something to behold, and there are rows upon rows of local shops with a little something for everyone.
Not to mention, the Bayfront is a great place for a seafood lunch. On the same street, you can grab a table at historic Mo’s in the town where the chain started or try Local Ocean, a seafood restaurant started by a fisherman and a fisherman’s daughter.
After lunch, take a trip to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse — or the Yaquina Head Lighthouse at the north end of town. Both are breathtaking icons of the town, seen from miles around. Or, for more incredible sights, stroll around one of Newport’s many art galleries where you can find all kinds of mediums represented beautifully: paintings, blown glass, jewelry, and sculptures. The Newport Visual Arts Center always has something new on display, as well as a great view of the ocean over Nye Beach.
Before heading to dinner, pop into one of the many coastal candy shops around town to score some great dessert. Locals will tell you that Newport Candy Shop is a key stop for fudge lovers.
Last stop: take a seat at Clearwater Restaurant, which was voted Newport’s best overall restaurant of 2019, and enjoy a beautiful meal with a glass of wine or beer while looking out over the water and soaking in the sunset for the perfect end to a perfect day.
Wherever you go, you can expect to see smiles — after all, our motto is “Newport, The Friendliest!”
Don’t despair. Newport has plenty of hotels where your pet is welcome.
Starfish Point in Agate Beach offers condos with fireplaces and kitchens and easy beach access with Agate Beach Golf Course nearby. The Inn at Nye Beach is another good choice, with free breakfast, good access to browsing Nye Beach and spa tub and services, along with its pet-friendly status.
On the harbor side of things, consider The Landing at Newport, located at 890 SE Bay Blvd., which has smoke-free condos and welcomes Fido. A free area shuttle and 24-hour fitness center are also pluses here.
The Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn is a perennial favorite for pet owners, as is Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites perched on the sea cliffs above Nye Beach.
For economy travelers, Motel 6 at 2633 S SE Pacific Way and Econo Lodge at 606 SW Coast Highway also allow guests to keep pets in the room.
If you do bring your pal, remember, it is cooler on the coast but the inside of vehicles can still heat up fast. Keep those windows cracked, make sure your pet has plenty of water and only leave them briefly and if you have to. Travel with your dog’s pillow or mat, water dish and chew toys so they have familiar objects around to help them stay calm.
Looking for a dog-friendly place to eat? The following Newport establishments allow well-behaved dogs in their outdoor seating areas: Nana’s Irish Pub, Cafe Mundo, South Beach Fish Market, Ocean Bleu @ Gino’s, The Coffee House and SeaDogs Restaurant & Lounge. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, these establishments should have you covered.
Don’t leave the dog behind when there’s so much you can all enjoy together on the coast.
Fall is the perfect time to try your hand at recreational crabbing because crabs are more filled out and have a higher percentage of quality meat starting in September. And where better to go crabbing than The Dungeness Capital of the World?
But before you get out on the water for an unforgettable crab-catching adventure, make sure to check out the current regulations. These can be found online or in a current Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation booklet at most sporting goods stores or at any Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office. Anytime you plan to set out on a crabbing or clamming trip, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline first at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at: http://ODA.direct/ShellfishClosures.
You’ll also need to make sure you’ve got the right gear so you’re good to go: a shellfish license from ODFW, a crab measuring device, pots or rings, a cooler, gloves, bait holders and bait. You’ll also need some patience, as you should wait 30-45 minutes before pulling up pots and 10-20 minutes before pulling up rings.
The next big question: by boat or on the dock? Crabbing on a boat is a unique experience, but you’ll need to make sure you stay out of the navigational channel and that you drop your pots or rings somewhere at least 20 feet deep. On the dock, it’s easier and less expensive to make crabbing memories for the whole family with no chance of seasickness. The Port of Newport public fishing pier in South Beach, the Abbey Street pier and the Bay Street pier are all premium spots to drop from the dock.
Wherever you decide to catch crab around the Yaquina Bay, you have a chance at catching both Dungeness crab and red rock crab. The Yaquina is the only estuary on the central Oregon coast with red rock crab. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has great resources to help crabbers of all experience levels sort their catch to only take home male crabs of appropriate size.
Catching crab is a low-cost, high-reward activity that the whole family can take part in, and it’s always an adventure. Come visit the Dungeness Crab Capital of the World this fall and experience fresh Newport crab like no other!
Looking for the perfect wedding venue with views to the sea to boot? Here are some hot spots for taking and renewing those vows.
People often think of the Oregon Coast Aquarium as a stop for taking in the wonder of marine life, but it’s also a spot for getting married, with 15,000 animals as witnesses.
Evening ceremonies and receptions of just about any size can reserve the entire facility. The aquarium provides full event and catering services. For views into the Open Sea exhibit, along with patio and estuary views, consider the Gleason Room, for up to 100 guests.
Or, during the day, small weddings with groups of 20 or less are welcomed among the exhibits. Best of all, proceeds from your wedding go to animal care and rehabilitation, scientific research and education.
For large facilities facing the sea, the Shilo Inn is a favored venue, with 179 guest rooms and proximity to both the historic bayfront and Nye Beach. For weddings with a touch of history and class and modest size, look no further than Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
The lighthouse parlor can accommodate up to 20 people and additional guests can congregate on the side lawn. The natural area, under the auspices of the Bureau of Land Management, charges a $150 fee for weddings.
Oregon State Parks are perennial favorites for outdoor weddings, with spots like Yaquina Bay State Park offering views to the Yaquina River Bar and South Beach State Park opening right onto expanses of shore and dunes, perfect for beach weddings. Be sure to contact the park’s department for information and permits.
Let’s not forget the old wedding standby. The Lincoln County Clerk’s Office is located at 225 W. Olive Street, Room 201 in Newport. The clerk is available most weekdays and Saturdays to perform ceremonies, including those in outdoor locations of your choosing. Call the clerk’s office to schedule.
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