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.
Edge Art Gallery
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
Renowned for its legendary customer service, idyllic oceanfront locations and a newly updated look, the locally family-owned and operated, Hallmark Inns & Resorts, Inc., boasts two properties along the scenic Oregon coast—in Newport and Cannon Beach, Oregon. The Hallmark Resort in Newport highlights ocean views from every room with Georgie's Beachside Grill right next door, where diners can enjoy authentic Northwest coast cuisine with an oceanfront view. Many of the rooms at both properties include: kitchenettes, fireplaces, balconies, and two-person spa tubs. Both are pet and family friendly and feature indoor, heated salt-water pools with hot tubs, saunas and fitness rooms.
2016 Oregon Coast Jazz Party
The Oregon Coast Jazz Party, now its 13th year, celebrates great live jazz – and the dedicated fans who love it – September 30-October 2, 2016 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.
To find out more, visit www.oregoncoastjazzparty.org.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ken Kesey's depiction of the routines in a Northwest asylum come to life in Dale Wasserman's adaptation. Kesey approved of this rendition with daily life seen through Chief Bromden's eyes. This comedic drama has won many and various awards through the years. Red Octopus Theatre Company is proud to bring this play back home to the Northwest.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 2pm, and Thursday, October 27 at 7pm.
For more information and tickets, visit www.coastarts.org.