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.
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.
A few miles south of town, Seal Rock is chock full of large rocky structures that taunt the big waves, but parking spots above make for the world's biggest HD TV screen - and you can check out the craziness in the comfort of your car.
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.
Hallmark Resort Newport
Hallmark Resort-Newport overlooks the expansive Pacific Ocean with Yaquina Head Lighthouse to the north, and the mouth of Yaquina Bay to the south. Stunning sunrises and sunsets, the coming and going of fishing fleets, and the occasional whale sighting, are all within view. Our accommodations are all oceanfront, non-smoking, and many come with 2-person in-room spas and fireplaces. We also offer a heated, indoor salt water pool, spa, sauna, and fitness room. All guestrooms have spacious walk-out balconies and breathtaking views. If you have a special event or large family, we can suggest our beach house, with plenty of room! Our oceanfront family-friendly restaurant, Georgie's Beachside Grill, presents fine dining in a casual atmosphere, and, if you can't bear to leave your comfortable guestroom, room service is also available.
International Migratory Bird Day
Migrate to Lincoln County on International Migratory Bird Day May 10, 2014. The Central Coast is well known for exceptional birding from woodland to shore and marine birds. For a variety of bird species their migration ends here on the coast as they begin to establish nesting sites. For many others this is just a stopping point as the continue to trek north. Several Bird Walks are planned in the morning along the whole length of the county. Bird enthusiasts should then “migrate” to Newport, Oregon located in the center of the county to where a variety of activities, events and bird watching activities will be offered throughout the midday and afternoon. Guided bird activities will focus on beginner and intermediate birders, are family friendly, and a number of events will have Spanish Interpreters.
All events are free. For further information contact OregonCoastBirding@gmail.com. A full schedule will be available April 1, 2014.
Newport Loyalty Days
Celebrating the 58th annual Newport Loyalty Day & Sea Fair Festival.
Along with our annual parade, the Newport Loyalty Day’s festivities this year will again include the Field of Flags, the Queen’s Coronation, Davis Show Carnival, car shows hosted throughout town, Coast Hills Running Club’s Fun Run, Vietnam Veteran’s remembrance with our annual Reading of the Names, Field of Flags and the Coast Hills Mt. Bike Race are many activites you will find in and around Newport during this weekend.
Loyalty Day was originated by the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) on the East Coast, with Newport’s Veteran’s starting our local Loyalty Day celebration in May of 1956. As the celebration continued to spread throughout the nation, Congress wrote a Joint Resolution and President Eisenhower signed the Bill into law designating the First of May as Loyalty Day, a special day set aside for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.