Newport: A Real Beach Town

unusual site--snow on the beach

unusual site–snow on the beach

Even though we spent several days hunkering down inside due to the unseasonally low temperatures and snow–4-5 inches and lows of 14 at night–Newport ended up being one of the cutest towns we’ve visited lately. What it has going for it is a nice long, flat beach, good restaurants, a cute “old town” complete with one of the largest fishing fleets on the Oregon coast, and an ever-present bridge whose image dominates the post card stands. Here’s a taste of what we saw:

shops at Nye Beach

shops at Nye Beach

shaker style all around

shaker style all around

On the last day we went down to Historic Nye Beach which didn’t look all that old. It was full of shaker style buildings though. The roads were still icy and there was quite a strong chill in the air. We stopped into one of the chowder houses for, well, chowder, and then drove down to the marina district, or “Old Town,” and caught the whole vibe of the place pretty quickly–tourist stuff on one side of the road and hardy fishermen on the other side. There were about ten fishermen to every tourist.

fishing fleet

fishing fleet

perfect reflections

perfect reflections


side view of the bridge and the marina district

side view of the bridge and the marina district

When you go from the campground into town you have to cross this bridge both ways. Each time it felt like crossing the Golden Gate bridge. The views were always spectacular and the actual bridge has amazing lines and angles. There’s something majestic about it…

under the bridge

under the bridge

Oh yeah. I forgot to mention “Aquarium Village.” That might require a separate post. Hang on….

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