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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.

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2. Strolling the historic bayfront.  Travelers have been enjoying this bay since the mid-1800s.  You can still watch fish plant workers handling thousands of pounds of bay shrimp -- or just order some fresh at the Fish Peddler’s Market.  Order one of the generous shrimp cocktails to go, to picnic beside the bay. There are plenty of waterfront benches, for watching fishing boats. Fish Peddler’s Market, 617 SW Bay Blvd. (541) 265-7057

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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

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4. Watching the sea lions lounging on the docks.  Watching the sea lions chowing down on fish bits tossed by fishermen.

 5. Checking out the original murals, along Bay Blvd.

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6. Hearing the ghost story on a tour of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, and admiring the ocean view, from the highest lighthouse platform on the Oregon coast. http://www.yaquinalights.org/yaquinabay.html

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

 

Other links:

Discover Newport: http://www.discovernewport.com/

Chamber of Commerce: http://www.newportchamber.org/history.htm


By Kathleen Kenna

Photos: Hadi Dadashian

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