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.
Just north of Newport is Otter Rock, where the Devil's Punchbowl creates a boiling cauldron of maniacal wave action. It's a sea cave where the top fell through ages ago, letting you peek inside. Because of rock structures surrounding this small headland, waves pick up lots of energy and become enormous, smashing into the rocks around the Punchbowl.
Don Davis City Park
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, gazebo, cobblestone pathway with beach access, sitting area.
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.
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.
Oregon Coast Aquarium “Sea of Lights”
A celebration of the holiday season will be on show at the Oregon Coast Aquarium for Sea of Lights starting Friday, December 5, and then on every Saturday and Sunday in December.
The Aquarium will immerse visitors with holiday cheer amidst the festive glow of the largest holiday lights display on Oregon’s central coast and pictures with Santa. Under the sea, Submerged Santa will read holiday stories while floating among fishes in the Aquarium’s Coastal Waters Gallery.
The event kicks off with live holiday music and an opportunity to meet Santa in his workshop on December 5 through 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $2 with two items of non-perishable food for Food Share of Lincoln County. Guests may also bring pet food for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter or a new unwrapped children’s toy for the Newport Fire Department’s Holiday Toy Drive in place of a food donation. Entry for those without food or toy donations is $8.00. Admission is free to members, but they are encouraged to bring an item to donate.
Sea of Lights will illuminate the Aquarium until 8:00 p.m. beginning Saturday, December 13 and continuing every Saturday and Sunday in December. Admission to this show of sparkling holiday cheer, including photo opportunities with Santa, is $8.00 after 5:00 p.m. Admission to Sea of Lights is free for Aquarium members.
Sea of Lights is presented by Walmart. Customers can earn a free pass to Sea of Lights with any purchase of $100 or more at the Newport, OR Walmart. See store for details.
7th Annual “Crab Krack”
The seventh annual Crab Krack will be held at 4pm, Sunday, January 18th at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport. This crustacean commemoration and feast raises funds for renovations at the Lincoln County Historical Society’s Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center.
Tickets for the Crab Krack are available now, and can be purchased at the Burrows House and Pacific Maritime & Heritage Museums, as well as Englund Marine. Cost for members is $45 per person, for non-members $50. Memberships start as low as $20 a year. For more information, to purchase tickets, or reserve your table for 8, call the Historical Society at 541-265-7509.