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.
North and South Jetties
The north and south jetties are also especially pummeled, although you have stay clear of them. Luckily, the broad sandy areas on both sides of the bay mouth let you keep far from them but see all the action.
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.
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.
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.
Treasures of the Sea
Once upon a time, experienced beachcombers could find glass fishing floats on Newport’s pristine beaches with fair regularity. There are those who still occasionally run across one of these glass treasures but such discoveries are few and far between. That is…until now! This winter, the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and participating Newport area businesses have joined forces to increase your chances of owning a one-of-a-kind glass float with TREASURES OF THE SEA!
These are not your ordinary glass fishing floats, but unique Glass Art creations, hand-blown in Newport. Each one is individually crafted with the same techniques that have been used for 2,000 years to create glass art. Each float is engraved with Newport, Oregon. Many lucky individuals will win one of these beautiful keepsakes simply by visiting participating businesses from November 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.
Wishes & Candles Holiday Concert
Join the Central Coast Chorale for our annual holiday concert of choral music, Wishes and Candles. The concert will be presented at two venues. We will sing 7 pm, Saturday, December 10th at the Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101 N in Yachats and 2 pm, Saturday, December 11th at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive in Newport. Both concerts have a suggested donation of $10 for admission. For more information, call Chorale Director Mary Lee Scoville at 541-563-6830.