Newport has been a playground for visitors since the late 1800’s. Nestled between the Coast Mountains, Pacific Ocean and Yaquina Bay, the natural beauty of the area draws those seeking a unique and exciting coastal experience.
Yaquina Head is the site of Oregon’s tallest and second oldest active lighthouse. The 93-foot-tall structure was completed in 1872. Built on Yaquina Head, the lighthouse is located at a natural area that was created by lava flow more than 14 million years ago.Photo courtesy of Dave Davidson. Newport’s beginnings shaped two distinct areas of town: the Historical Bayfront and Nye Beach. During the early 1900s, Nye Beach was the number one visitor attraction on the coast. Hot sea baths, taffy stores, agate shops entertained visitors from the Willamette Valley. Nye Beach is still a very popular haven for the arts, with the Newport Performing Arts and Visual Arts Center amidst unique galleries, book stores, eateries, shopping and lodging.
Historically, the Bayfront was Newport’s economic backbone, housing a port for the commercial fishing and wood products industries. Today, the Bayfront is still home to one of Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleets. The Bayfront is a working waterfront on which visitors can enjoy shops, art galleries, chowder houses, restaurants, fish processing plants and family attractions in turn-of-the-century storefronts from a bygone era.
Newport awaits your visit. There are numerous lodging properties with terrific views, great restaurants with the freshest seafood, and a variety of meeting facilities offering full service for business meetings, planning seminars or conferences.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Projected to be completed in October, a curvy, 10.5-mile section of Highway 20 will be straightened and reduced to 5.5 miles, cutting ten minutes off of the trip from the valley to the coast. The road will be safer, smoother, and easier to drive. So what does this mean for your summer travel to Newport? It just means that you need to do a little planning to avoid any delays. For the general schedule and daily updates for planning your trip, click here.
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay lighthouse was built in 1871 and is the second oldest standing lighthouse structure on the Oregon coast. In original service only from 1871 to 1874 before the commissioning of the nearby brighter Yaquina Head Light eliminated its necessity. It was re-lit and recognized as a privately maintained aid to navigation by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1996. The lens is 42 feet above ground level and 161 feet above sea level. Open as a museum daily, except for holidays.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head has the tallest tower on the Oregon Coast, and its 93-foot-high tower stands at 162 feet above sea level. This is the only lighthouse in Oregon with a marble floor. Illuminated in 1873 its automated light serves as aid to navigation along seacoast and at entrance to Yaquina Bay. Yaquina Head is open to the public is surrounded by the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and offers an up-close and personal view of seabird nesting areas. Natural area exhibits and trails to tide pools in the area too.
Vacasa - Newport
Whether you want to stay close to the dining & entertainment of downtown Newport or escape to a more secluded retreat, Vacasa has dozens of privately owned, professionally managed Newport vacation rentals waiting! Luxury oceanfront homes, quiet neighborhood cottages, and everything in between are ready to host your next adventure. Every Vacasa home is unique, but many offer private hot tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, and pet-friendly policies. Find your ideal retreat today—visit Vacasa.com for detailed descriptions and photos of each property, along with customizable search and easy online booking.
Elizabeth Street Inn
Let your imagination go and fulfill your fantasies at the Elizabeth Street Inn in Newport, Oregon. Located high on a bluff overlooking miles of the Oregon coast's pristine beaches and the vast Pacific Ocean, you can escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life and truly find yourself again. Build sand castles on the beach. Stay in bed until noon. Cozy up by the fireplace with a good book and a nice glass of wine. All our guest rooms are oceanfront with a private balcony and exceptional ocean views. You can start your day with our complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet. You'll find warm, fresh-baked cookies in the lobby each evening. And, on cooler afternoons take the chill off with a steaming cup of salmon chowder.
Newport Seafood & Wine Festival
The last weekend of every February, the central Oregon coast resort town of Newport, swells to well over 20,000 visitors coming to the Festival for a weekend of wine, wonders in the culinary world, seafood and arts & crafts.
Over 150 food vendors, crafters and wineries will be found at this enormous Festival!
A large variety of craft items will be sold, from articles of clothing, jewelry and art glass, metal sculptures, works of art and hand-painted ceramics to handcrafted wine accessories.
You must be 21 years or older to attend this event. You must also show valid picture ID or you will not be able to enter the event. The site is handicapped accessible and smoke free, with a special outdoor smoking area. Limited parking is available at the facility for a fee, and shuttle buses will run for FREE from Newport, and a shuttle schedule and map will be available on the Chamber’s website.
For more information, call 1-800-COAST44 or go to www.seafoodandwine.com
Oregon Coast Jazz Party
October 6-8, 2017 marks the 14th annual jazz party! Oregon Coast Council for the Arts celebrates 14 years with the Oregon Coast Jazz Party October 6-8, 2017 at the Newport Performing Arts Center and at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, both in Newport.
The Oregon Coast Jazz Party celebrates great live jazz – and the dedicated fans who love it – in the beautiful town of Newport, on the central Oregon coast. Expect multiple sets from renowned jazz stars, nightcap performances, and educational events during your stay.