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.
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.
Oregon Coast Glassworks
"Oregon Coast Glassworks is located on the eastern gateway into the beautiful fishing community of Newport Oregon. Stop by and watch us create incredible art or schedule an individual glass blowing class to create your own glass treasure. O.C.G. seeks to share the thrill and exhilaration of hot molten glass with the public through individualized hands on classes. We strive to fuel each patron's creativity while ensuring the completion of a unique piece of glass art. Our beautiful gift gallery offers world class Venetian glass sculpture and Sea-life created by William Murphy along with glass beads, lighting, floats wine goblets and much more from our studio plus agates, jewelry and artwork from other local artists. We offer group rates, memorial glass items and team-building workshops. Call to schedule some excitement!"
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.
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.
International Migratory Bird Day
On Saturday, May 10 Lincoln County will celebrate “Why Birds Matter.” Bird walks and family-friendly activities will be hosted at an array of coastal locales from 7 AM to 4 PM; all ages and abilities are welcome, and many activities will be offered in Spanish and English. Visitors will enjoy unique opportunities to witness local and migratory birds in their native habitats, learn about the invaluable services birds provide and have opportunities to get involved with helping birds.
Stop at any of the following sites: Beaver Creek State Natural Area & Beverly Beach State Park, Cape Perpetua National Scenic Area, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Aquarium or Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area to join in the fun. For a complete list of the activities please visit: http://springbirdblitz.wordpress.com/.
Guided Bird Walks: Join the local experts in a guided bird walk along the coast!
7:00AM Marsh, Woodland & Meadow Bird Walk at Beaver Creek State Natural Area
9:00AM Birds of Lincoln City Open Spaces Walk, Audubon Society of Lincoln City
9:00AM Beginner’s Marsh, Woodland & Meadow Bird Walk, Beaver Creek State Natural Area
11:30AM Beginning Birding and Naturescaping Walk, Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
11:30AM Shorebird and Estuary Walk at Hatfield Marine Science Center
3:00PM Seabird Watches at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Family Activities: From 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM the following sites will offer a variety of hands-on activities. Most of the events are free and open to the public.
Beverly Beach State Park
Beaver Creek State Natural Area
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Oregon Coast Aquarium*
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Birds Talks: Learn more about some of the migratory birds found on the Oregon coast.
10:45AM “Adaptations and lifestyles of shorebirds and seabirds,” Oregon Coast Aquarium
1:30PM “Wisdom of the Albatross,” Hatfield Marine Science Center, Rob Suryan
1:30PM “Bird Migration on the Oregon Coast,” Cape Perpetua Scenic Area,* Anne Caples
2:30PM “Adaptations and lifestyles of shorebirds and seabirds,” Oregon Coast Aquarium
3:00PM “Common Migrant & Resident Birds,” Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Lori G. Robertson
All events are free. For further information contact OregonCoastBirding@gmail.com.
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.