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.
Cape Foulweather (Storm Watch)
Cape Foulweather has several viewpoints with rocky areas that make for more spectacular wave energy and comfortable viewing from your car.
Oregon Parks & Recreation
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
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.
Annual Blessing of the Fleet
Since the 1950s Newports Blessing of the Fleet has continued the custom of asking for prayers for protection at sea, bountiful catches, and peace of mind for the families at home.
The Blessing is open to any and all who wish to ask blessings on their fishing vessel, charter vessel, pleasure craft, or research vessel.
The challenging Survival Suit Races at the Newport Tradewinds dock below Mo’s Annex. The actual blessing takes place at 1:00 PM on Yaquina Bay.
The days events also include a Memorial Service at the Fishermen’s Memorial Sanctuary at Yaquina Bay State Park. This service is meant to offer support and encouragement to the families and community while remembering Lincoln County fishermen lost at sea. Participants are encouraged to bring a flower to add to a communal bouquet in remembrance of their friend or loved one.
The parade will get underway at 12:45 PM, from the area near the Ports international terminal.
Anyone wishing to participate can pick up a vessel registration form at Schiewe Marine or Englund Marine Supply stores on Newports bayfront. All registrations need to be returned to Schiewes or Englunds by 11:00 AM, the morning of The Blessing.