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.
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.
Activities abound in Newport. Estuary and forest trails, teeming with wildlife, lead you through clearings to sweeping ocean and bay views. Newport's two historic lighthouses sit atop picturesque bluffs. Beachcombers delight in hunting for coastal treasures such as driftwood, shells and fossils. Miles of sandy beaches and a moderate climate allow for year-round beach activities. Visitors can see native plants and animals in controlled environments at local aquariums and interpretive centers.
Many of Newport's scenic roads and beaches are ideal for biking, hiking and jogging. Residents and visitors alike enjoy sporting activities with public facilities including tennis, racquetball, handball, swimming and golfing.
*Courtesy Oregon Coast Visitors Association