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My Love Affair With The Oregon Coast (Newport, Oregon)

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There is a place where I feel completely at peace and energized all at the same time. A place where the crisp, cool wind is a constant reminder of the force that is the Pacific Ocean. The seagulls and colorful houses yards away from the delightful sandy beach are quiet and quaint. The seafood is beyond description.

The place is Newport, Oregon and one of my favorite destinations to dwell and discover.

I visited Newport, which is situated on the west coast a little North and West of Salem during the summer of 2015. We stayed in two different campgrounds. The first was the Whaler’s Rest Campground & Resort where we were right across the street from the ocean. This enabled us to walk over with the dogs every evening to watch the sunset and let them run on the beach. Finishing off a long day of work and homeschooling

Enjoying the sunset. #iloveoregon

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The second was the Port of Newport Marina & RV Park  where we had an awesome view of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

Crabbing

First, I must confess. I enjoy a very deep love of seafood.  My delight at the knowledge that I would be visiting the Dungeness Crab Capital of the World left me pretty much salivating all the time.

During our stay at the Marina, which is a city managed location, we were neighbors with a couple who was visiting for their annual Crab fishing (find term). They caught so much crab that they couldn’t take any more home. So when our lovely neighbor, Sandy, asked us if we would like some crab, I looked at her like she had one growing right out of her eye before I remembered my manners and the fact that she clearly didn’t know me.

I said, yes and thanked her profusely before I was even aware of just how much crab she was talking about. Her husband appeared with a cooler containing over 100 crab, all boiled and pealed for me. Dear Reader, I know I’m a little much sometimes, but I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I ate crab for breakfast, lunch and dinner for weeks. I also supplied crab for our camping friends for days. But fear not, I refused to let any go to waste and made sure every single succulent morsel was consumed by myself or someone near me.

Hatfield Marine Science Center

If you want activity based learning for yourself and/or your kids, you must check out the Hatfield Marine Science Center which is run by Oregon State University.  We went with our dear friends, Jeff & Jessica (yes in my head they are Jeffica) and their kiddos, enter names. Admission to the Visitor Center is free and there is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family. We all learned about tides, tsunamis and how they happen through the many interactive exhibits at the center. They have these “wet labs” where you can observe the different organisms and interact with fish and all kinds of slimy, slippery creatures.

I was really geeking out over all the tsunami stuff. Luckily, my son really liked it as well, otherwise the fam and friends would have had to stick around watching me read every single display, cause that’s how I roll at museums.

Rogue Ales Brewery Tour

While there was a ton of stuff to do for the kiddos, there was also some adult fun to be had. And, here is a BIG plus, it was still family friendly. I’m talking about the Rogue Brewery, that bastion of yummy ales with the great names. I mean, we were in the land of the breweries for Pete’s sake!  For $5 per person, you can take the brewery tour with free samples galore. The kids are welcome, they just can’t have samples silly.

Seriously though, we took a trolley around the brewery, who doesn’t love that? The grownups were clearly enjoying this immensely. The kids were laughing at how giddy we all were. And that’s OK. The tour lasts a good 90 minutes which you don’t even notice with all of the tastings and traveling and silliness.

Like all well planned and monetized tours, this one ended in their gift shop/restaurant entrance. After pledging to be a good Rogue Nation Citizen, we ate at the restaurant, Brewer’s on the Bay, and I was delightfully surprised at the quality of the food. I was prepared for bad bar food with an emphasis on their ales, but this was not the case. The beer cheese soup was ridiculously yummy and went perfectly with the flight of 4 beers we each ordered. The Halibut fish & chips was rockin’ and the house salad with Salmon was delish. All was enjoyed while delighting in a refreshing view of the Yaquina Bay.

The coolest part of this tour was that it was right across from our campsite at the marina, so we walked ourselves home like the good, responsible grownups that we are.

If you’re planning a trip to the coast these are great places to visit. Hit me up and I’ll give you a bigger list.

There is so much more to the Oregon Coast that I will have to tell you about another day. Work beckons, so I have to run for now.

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64 Responses

  1. Oh wow, I was reading along thinking my children would love the marine centre and the brewery looked like fun, but then I spotted that light house! I am so drawn to beautiful old light houses and we don’t have enough of them in Australia. So I NEED to come visit the Oregon Coast when I come to the states. 🙂 What a wonderful place!

  2. I have never been to Oregon at all, but would love to visit this area. It sounds like a great place to visit.

  3. This place looks absolutely gorgeous and your images are beautiful. I would really love to visit it soon. It also quite affordable if you have a large family too.

  4. I definitely don’t think of the beach or large bodies of water when I think of Oregon, but I do imagine that it could be extremely peaceful. I think I could see myself visiting to get away from the hustle and bustle of South Florida. Sometimes you just need time away in a peaceful place. Thanks for highlighting this!

  5. You can’t deny the fact that there’s so much that you can do here with the family or with friends. I’m sure my kids are all going to have fun in that Science Center!

  6. Sounds like a fabulous place to visit – beautiful beaches and scenery and amazing seafood – I have to confess I’d probably have reacted the same way as you did when offered fresh crab! And then a brewery tour too? All my favourite things!

  7. Oh my gosh! The PNW and that coastline are on my bucket list, for sure! I have seen so many beautiful pictures and have heard that it is definitely not an experience to be missed!

    1. That’s how I felt before going. I was just dying to visit Oregon, so when we were planning our travels out West, we planned for a good, long stay. There’s more to come from our time spent in Oregon 🙂

  8. I have never been to the Oregon Coast but your post makes me want to go. I love travel and immersing myself into an area, you have some great travel tips for places to do just that!!! Thank You 🙂

  9. This is one state I have yet to visit!! I would love to do a full road trip around Oregon because there is so much to see and do! Loved all the activities you did. Giving me FOMO!

  10. This looks like so much fun. I have never been to this part of the country. Amazing how they’re so much of the states that are just so cool. Thank you for sharing!

    1. We keep debating whether to get a place there. The big IF for me is that it’s on the West Coast which I love, but it bugs me that I would be 3 hours behind everyone I deal with work-wise.

  11. I love this. My first visit to Cannon Beach was when I feel in love with the coast. Such a beautiful place and so much peace. Great post.

  12. The sunset and the lighthouse both together looks romantic! Bringing your bae and champagne will complete the moment 🙂

  13. I loved the information you shared. I am ready to plan a trip to Oregan. I love crabs. I’ve had east coast and gulf coast crabs. I am ready for some Oregan crabs. Thanks for all thegreat tips.

  14. So much crab!! That reminded me of when I was little and my grandparents would take me to the beach. My grandmother used to catch crabs and we had it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Ah, the good old days!
    The Oregon coast looks lovely, but can you get into the water. Somebody once told me the water over there is too cold to swim in. Is that true?

  15. I can see why you have a love affair. Oregon looks so beautiful and like it’s full of adventure to be had. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  16. Love love love the lighthouse! I have never been to or seen one in person. Something I have always wanted to do is go see one. Looks ike I just added another vacation destination to my list !

  17. Be my BFF. I actually cannot stop eating crab, and I remember I had crab for lunch and dinner for weeks every fall (crab season in my hometown) and the only reason I did not eat the breakfast is that I just do not want to made a mess with my stomach. Wish I will be at the Newport one day and meet your neighbors.

  18. You lucked out on getting all that crab! That would have been amazing. I’ve never been to Oregon before, but after reading this I’d love to have a visit. The science center looks like fun! My kids and I love getting hands-on when it comes to learning.

  19. I visited Oregon a couple of years ago and drove down the coast it was beautiful but too brief. I definitely would like to return.

  20. Another adult here and i would like to visit the rogue brewery. How much rogue their beers are?

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