Lovers of Dungeness crab hold the town of Newport, on the central Oregon coast, in great reverence. Large numbers of these tasty crustaceans are harvested each year, some destined for export, others for the tables in quaint restaurants surrounding Yaquina Bay and fronting the Pacific Ocean. Hotels and motels are scattered throughout this laid-back seaside town. A few sit on prime real estate on or near Newport’s wave-kissed beaches.
Waves of Newport
The Waves of Newport overlooks the Pacific Ocean on the western edge of the historic Nye Beach neighborhood. This part of Newport has been welcoming guests for more than a century. Clapboard buildings house restaurants, galleries, antique shops and pubs. The property offers a combination of motel rooms, a condo and two cottages. Motel rooms have ocean views, include complimentary breakfast and have a pathway from the main entrance to the beach. The two-bedroom oceanfront condo is on a rise overlooking the Pacific, with a private pathway down to the sand. Whale watch from your furnished deck or your front room. The two cottages, both a block from the beach, each have two bedrooms, full kitchens and large yards and outside decks. All property types have use of the indoor pool, hot tub and sauna at the motel.
Sylvia Beach Hotel
Spend the night in the Sylvia Beach Hotel and touch history. Pick a room with the name of your favorite author: Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe and even Dr. Seuss are some of the greats with their names on guest room doors. Rooms are divided into three categories: Classics, Best Sellers and Novels. The three Classics rooms, including the Mark Twain, offer fireplaces and decks overlooking the ocean. Best Sellers offer partial and ocean views but no deck, and the Novels overlook the hotel gardens. The third floor houses a space called the library that takes up the entire west side. Writing desks, sofas, easy chairs and a wood-burning fireplace encourage you to pull down a book, settle in and relax. The property is filled with antiques from the Victorian age, and with the lack of TV, phones and radios it is easy to imagine that you have time-traveled to the late 19th century. Adding to the fun is the on-site restaurant, Tables of Content. Open to the public and hotel guests for dinner, the restaurant serves meals family-style with a fixed-price menu that changes daily. Breakfast, included in the room rate, also is served here. Head out the front door in one direction and you find the eclectic streets of Nye Beach. Follow the sound of the waves and you’ll find a pathway to the sand. (ref 3, also used rooms, then rm tabs, library, restaurant)
Offering 73 hotel rooms, all with balconies facing the Pacific Ocean, the three-story Whaler is in the center of Newport’s beach area across from Don Davis Park and the Lincoln County Vietnam War Memorial. An abstract sundial, created by artist Frank Boyden, is intentionally off-kilter so that on April 30 each year, the sundial’s shadow will fall on the granite slab. Follow the pathway through the park and onto the beach. Watch for migrating gray whales from your balcony during winter, take a swim in the indoor pool or the hot tub or work out in the exercise room. Continental breakfast is included. Grab some hot, fresh popcorn, available in the lobby all day, and set out to explore historic Nye Beach or the waterfront. Dogs are welcome in certain rooms for a nightly fee.
Best Western Agate Beach Inn
Located across form Agate Beach State Park on the northern end of Newport’s coastline, the Best Western Agate Beach Inn is one of the most deluxe properties in town. Rooms offer brightly colored contemporary furnishings, balconies and views of the coastal mountains or the ocean. A full-service business center and meeting space is available for commercial use or personal celebrations. Add to this a glass-enclosed pool, deck and hot tub area, fitness room, gift shop and complimentary wireless Internet in the lobby, lounge and all rooms. Sample some seafood, steak or pasta at the on-site Starfish Grill or grab a sandwich and a brew at the Rookies Sports Bar. Follow the trails to the beach and see if you can find some of the colorful agate rocks this beach was named for.
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