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Newport Yaquina Bay BridgeNewport is a city on the central Oregon Coast. It was incorporated in 1882, though the name dates back to the establishment of a post office in 1868.

It is the home of the famous Yaquina Bay Bridge, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, two lighthouses and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Oregon Coast Aquarium was once the home of the Free Willy star and is consistently rated one of the best aquariums in the country.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 29 acre facility featuring more than 190 animal species, including seals, otters, sea lions, tufted puffins and a giant octopus. (You can even get kissed by a sea lion) The aquarium also has six acres of cliffs, rocky caves, tidepools and nature trails. You can walk through one of the largest seabird aviaries in North America, or visit the rocky coast exhibit, where sea lions, seals and sea otters splash and play. As well as world class fish tank displays there are hands on displays and interactive computers to help you learn about Oregon's coasts and wetlands.

Historic Nye Beach was established by John Nye, who obtained a160 acre land claim in 1866 when Newport was first opened for settlement. Sam Irvin promoted Nye Beach as a destination resort area in the 1880's. By the early 1900's, L.C. Smith, a Realtor, promoted the area as "The Promised Land." Smith was responsible for many of the wooden boardwalks which linked the Nye Beach oceanfront neighborhood to the bayfront area. Nye Beach and the Bay Front Area are both must stroll areas.

The Newport Bayfront area is home to Oregon's biggest commercial fishing fleet. As you stroll along the Newport Bayfront you will find restaurants, galleries, boat tours, gift shops, candy shops and a lot of fun. Sea lions as well as boats inhabit the many private docks and public piers.

Toledo is just a seven mile drive east of Newport and the only inland coastal community with a deep water channel. The historic town of Toledo is a charming blend of seaside town, river town surrounded by the Oregon Coast range.



Newport Oregon Favorites
Newport

NEWPORT -- Locals like to brag that summer doesn’t start on the Oregon coast until July 5.

That’s when the weather is usually the best -- clear and warm enough for beach walking, kite flying, and all the other stuff families do on a coastal getaway.

In Newport, the weather is mild year-round, so it’s especially popular in July, when school is out, and fresh seafood and produce is in full abundance.

Fishing boats are busy, and the line-ups for clam chowder at Mo’s get longer.  Mo’s is so popular here, there are two locations -- the original on one side of Bay Blvd., and Mo’s Annex, facing the bay.  http://www.moschowder.com/original.php

Here are 10 of our favorite things to do during a weekend in Newport:

 

1. Walking the beach.  This is one of the best beaches on the entire coast for easy walking.  Steps and a ramp at Nye Beach provide easy access, and parking is free.

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Escaping the Summer Heat at the Oregon Coast!
Newport

NEWPORT -- Hannah Wynn describes the Oregon coast with a short shriek:  “I love the beach!”

The 15-year-old was dashing into the waves at Newport, on the central coast, with her sisters, 11-year-old Gracie, and 19-year-old Hannah.

They drove the short distance from their Lebanon home just to cool off this weekend, while much of the state was roasting in record temperatures.

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Brewer's Memorial Ale Fest - Newport, Oregon
Newport

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May 17-19 2013

Why a brew festival for dogs?

Why not? The festival was created in memory of Brewer, the faithful companion of Rogue Brewmaster John Maier, who passed away on May 20th, 2006. Brewer grew up in the brewery and eventually rose to the rank of CEO of Rogue Ales. Brewer was, is, an integral part of the Rogue Culture and we miss him dearly. Nobody would have enjoyed a brew festival for dogs more so than Brewer.

It is in his honor that for two days a year we welcome dogs and their human companions to our brewery and celebrate with the best microbrew, music, and food that also benefits the Oregon Humane Society and other dog charities. Join us!

 

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Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games
Newport

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Organized by the Celtic Heritage Alliance, the Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games is one of many year-round events which support its ongoing mission to promote and preserve Celtic culture on the Oregon coast.

Each summer, visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest flock to Newport, Oregon to join in this celebration of Celtic culture which spans the seven Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland & Wales.

Come enjoy authentic Celtic dance and music performances, authentuc Celtic food like Scottish meat pies, Cornish pastry, and colcannon.

Highland games included caber toss, Scottish hammer, and stone throw among many others. 

 
Experiencing the Blessing of the Fleet - Newport, Oregon
Newport

NEWPORT -- Seeing the Blessing of the Fleet for the first time in this city was a thrill for the Hankins family of Bonanza, Oregon.


“Really informative -- it’s great learning about the history of the coast,” said Dan Hankins, after a boat tour Saturday to watch the event. “Our captain knew the history of all the boats.”


“And all the new babies,” added wife Vera, to the grins of her three daughters, aged 14 to 18.  “You get a much better view of the fishing community when you realize they all know each other, that they’re like a big family.”


The Hankins braved the chill and rain -- and for a short while, hail -- to watch the annual parade of fishing boats and other vessels at Yaquina Bay.


The event began with a red helicopter fly-by by the U.S. Coast Guard, followed by the blessing of each boat on the water by local clergy.

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Blessing of the Fleet - Newport
Newport

March 16, 2013

The Oregon coast welcomes spring with an old mariner’s custom this weekend -- Blessing of the Fleet.

The annual event has been held in Newport since the 1950s, and begins with a Fishermen’s Memorial Service Saturday (March 16) at 8 a.m.


The service is held at the Fishermen’s Memorial Sanctuary at Yaquina State Park.  It’s open to the public.


The sanctuary was commissioned by Newport Fishermen’s Wives, Inc., so that families would have a place of comfort when they’ve lost someone at sea.


Local clergy join in the Blessing of the Fleet, at 12:45 p.m., when an annual parade of fishing vessels, charter boats and pleasure craft begins near the port’s international terminal.

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Valentine's Day in Newport
Newport

Newport Oregon is a popular Oregon Coast destination on any weekend, and doubly so on any sunny weekend. But, Newport serves up some great reasons why people love it. The beach is huge and perfect for playing in the waves, flying a kite, or running your dog. There are plenty of delicious places to devour the bounty of Oregon Coast's fresh seafood. And, from crabbing to fishing to shops and unique attractions like Undersea World and the sea lions, there is no shortage of things to do in Newport.

It is certainly one of our favorite places to to visit when we want a change of scenery. So, that's just where we headed for this past Valentine's Day weekend. We walked the shops on Bay street, watched the sea lions, spent time playing frisbee on Nye Beach and enjoyed plenty of great food at places like Rogue Ales Public House, the Chowder Bowl, South Beach Fish Market, and Local Ocean (one of our very favorite seafood restaurants on the Oregon Coast).

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Annual Seafood & Wine Festival – Newport
Newport

Newport Seafood & Wine

Fun, Food & Wine on the Oregon Coast

Feb 21-24, 2013

It wouldn't be winter on the coast without the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. It's the premier seafood & wine event of the west coast and the original Northwest seafood and wine festival.

Since 1978 the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival has attracted visitors from around the world to the central Oregon coast. The 2013 festival promises to be packed with all of the fun, food and wine you've come to know and love at the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival!

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12th Annual Oregon Coast Fossil Fest
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Feb 9, 2013

Attend The 13th annual day-long Fossil Fest event on Saturday, February 9 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

This is your chance to have an up-close look at some exciting fossils and the scientists who work with them! Activities will include a fossil swap and special displays staffed by the North American Research Group.

Bring in your fossils or other beach finds for identification by Oregon's preeminent paleontologist, Dr. William Orr. Dr. Orr will be giving a presentation in the Hennings Auditorium at 1:30pm entitled "Digging up the Kings Valley Groundsloth". He will also be available to sign copies of his book, Oregon Fossils. This program is open to the general public, and as always, admission is by suggested donation.

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The Oregon Coast Aquarium will Observe Sea Otter Awareness Week
Newport

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will observe Sea Otter Awareness Week, a week-long event to educate the public about the integral role that sea otters play in the marine ecosystem.

The week's activities will include a talk about sea otters, sea otter crafts and an abundance of information about sea otters' natural history and adaptations.

Public Sea Otter feedings at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm

For more information click on Sea Otter

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Valentine's Day Sea Lion Kisses and "Pop the Question" Special at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport

R200_1aaa_seal_kissThe Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering activities to chase away the winter blahs this month, including Valentine's Day sea lion kisses, "Pop the Question" special for sweethearts, a birthday party for Hunter, the sea otter and special children's programs.

"Pop the Question" Special is a unique marriage proposal being offered to would-be grooms looking for a memorable way to pop the question. Two divers emerge from one of the Passages of the Deep tanks holding up a sign asking "Will You Marry Me?" The proposals are available February 12, 13 and 14 at the following times: 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 541-867-3474 ext. 2313.

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