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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.
3. Shopping like a local at Made in Oregon for chocolates, beer, wine, smoked salmon and other picnic food. Get a book on Oregon beaches, an Oregon myrtlewood salad bowl and servers, hand-thrown pottery, and gorgeous, Oregon-designed jewelry. Stop for a Willamette Valley Vineyards wine tasting on July 5 and July 20. Or a made-in-Oregon salsa tasting on July 13. Made in Oregon, 342 Bay Blvd. (541) 574-9020 http://www.madeinoregon.com/Store_Locations.html
5. Checking out the original murals, along Bay Blvd.
7. Putting two quarters into the blue telescope just below the lighthouse, to get a cose-up view of sand shifting on the dunes below.
8. Laughing at the playful otters in their open-air swimming hole at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. http://aquarium.org/
9. Drinking a handcrafted, Oregon beer and snacking on homemade, smoked salmon spread on the sidewalk patio at Nana’s Irish Pub in Nye Beach. Free, live entertainment every Saturday night. http://www.nanasirishpub.com/index.htm
10. Listening to the cry of gulls and the barking of sea lions while soaking in a air-jet tub overlooking the water at the unique Anchor Pier Lodge. http://www.marinediscovery.com/Contactus.html
Discover Newport: http://www.discovernewport.com/
Chamber of Commerce: http://www.newportchamber.org/history.htm
By Kathleen Kenna
Photos: Hadi Dadashian