Monday, May 25, 2009

Newport, Oregon

Newport, Oregon is one of the largest towns on the Oregon Coast and a welcome respite from the sleepy hamlets that surround the town in all directions (except West, duh).

Newport is perhaps most famous for the Oregon Coast Aquarium, one of the top ten aquariums in the US. We didn't end up going to the aquarium, mainly because we didn't have the time and also we have a most excellent one at home - The Vancouver Aquarium...I'm sure you've all seen the pictures of our buluga whales with random kids silouhettes in front.

Anyhoo, though many people come for the aquarium, Newport has some other great attractions such as the ever-present Ripley's Believe it or Not, a Wax Museum, Undersea Gardens and several deep-sea fishing charters - crabbing and tuna/salmon/halibut fishing are very popular.

Newport also has a quaint and lively "old town" area, where you can watch fishermen haul in their daily catch, shop for souvenirs or get a bowl of steaming clam chowder. The restaurant "Mo's" is so popular for their clam chowder, they have two restuarants open across from each other and up and the down the coast as well.

Despite that, they were both chockerblock full, so we found a dark, authentic little cafe down the street called The Whales Tale. It was definitely a hole-in-the wall, untouristy, mom and pop kinda joint which I thought made it that much more interesting. Their clam chowder was amazing, as was their halibut po-boy and shrimp louie (on a grilled English muffin). Yum-O!

Newport has a plethora of nice places stay, including your reliable La Quinta, Shilo Inns and Best Westerns. But it also has more unique and personal accommodations, such as The Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast...

To the gorgeous rooms at the Anchor Pier Lodge....

Or the Literature Themed rooms at the infamous Sylvia Beach Hotel, where rooms in these heritage, beach-front hotel are named after famous authors. I'm partial to the Edgar Allan Poe room, with it's red velvet and satin adornments, poster bed and what appears to be an axe hanging above it :S

The Sylvia Beach Hotel sits on a bluff overlooking the gorgeous NYE beach...


of which you can see more pictures of HERE, on my other blog :)

11 said they wanna go too:

Blogger Kristin wanderlusted...

Hand up. I wanna go!

3:42 PM  
Blogger Krystal wanderlusted...

i definitely want to be there right now!! you look gorgeous, and thank you for the amazing comments, you always make me feel great <3

9:49 PM  
Blogger K@terina B. wanderlusted...

the green dress is amazing!!! the sandals as well!!! I am so jealous you travel so much!!! my traveling IQ is below average.......have you ever been in Greece???

12:14 AM  
Blogger abster wanderlusted...

wish i was there

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Cafe Fashionista wanderlusted...

Ohmigosh! This is the cutest place ever. It looks like such a charming, quaint little seaport town. And the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast? I want to spend a lifetime there! :)

11:19 AM  
Blogger mariarose wanderlusted...

I like the look of the beach and hotel. It's all white and clear and lovely!
I like seaside, fishing places that feel 'old town' there's a few near where I stay...Portpatrick is a cute little fishing village on the coast. New Port looks really nice though :)

5:21 AM  
Anonymous boubou wanderlusted...

love the photos :)
make me wanna come in us :)
well if you wanna be inspired by my collages or just dreaming, come and visit my blog:)
a très bientot!
Boubouteatime xx

11:32 AM  
Blogger Sher wanderlusted...

You didn't mention the sea lions. There was a lot there when I visited :) And I was one that did see the aquarium :)

11:50 AM  
Blogger Tough Cookie wanderlusted...

Love, love, love Oregon, and you look incredible! Thank you for such a sweet and supportive comment on my last blog post. I am humbled :-)

1:55 PM  
Blogger Emz wanderlusted...

Cool place but why are so many places named Newport??

3:18 PM  
Blogger brandi milne wanderlusted...

Coolest! Oregon looks waaay better than CA right now, that sucks.

9:22 PM  

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