My weekend in Newport, Oregon was spent walking on foggy beaches, watching whales, eating homemade clam chowder and berry cobbler (for breakfast), hot tubbing in between rain storms, drinking beer at breweries and finally visiting Thor’s Well, a mother nature-made mystery.
So as promised, here are my pictures, my recommendations and my weekend guide to Newport, Oregon, one of my favorite (and cutest) coastal towns in Oregon.
First, get tipsy at Rogue Brewery.
A popular stop where you can visually see the process in which this popular beer is made. The food isn’t too bad either. PRO TIP: Go to the actual brewery, not the restaurant, the service is a whole lot better.
I recommend the Halibut fish and clips, it’s fresh, it’s delicious and goes perfectly with their Fruit Salad Cider.
Next, admire the seals at Port of Newport after shopping (of course).
Along the popular drive in Newport, you will find stores filled with souvenirs, sweatshirts with cheesy sayings, homemade taffy and plenty of seals. So, I recommend skipping out on the cheesy sweatshirts, grabbing some homemade taffy and a latte and watching these seals because they are just so dang cute!
Once you’ve watched all the seals you can head over to Moe’s for some much deserved Clam Chowder in a bread bowl, there is NOTHING like it.
Or grab some Oregon-made souvenirs at Made of Oregon, the notorious shop with the best of the best from Oregon local businesses.
Spot some whales at Depoe Bay.
There is NOTHING like seeing a whale spout and then five seconds later seeing a tail whip through the sea from a pair of binoculars. It’s nature at it’s finest.
The most popular place to watch these magnificent creatures is Depoe Bay but I recommend pulling off to the side of the highway at one of the many parks on your way to Depoe Bay (from the North), finding a bench and setting up camp to watch for whales from there. PRO TIP: Bring binoculars.
Take a day trip to Yachats Oregon.
Some of the most iconic Oregon Coast attractions are located just South of Yachats, OR which makes it’s a perfect day trip from Newport.
Start your day at the Drift Inn on the main drag in Yachats. It’s cute, it’s delicious and the people are SO incredibly friendly.
I recommend the crab benedict. The crab is fresh, the hollandaise sauce is rich in flavor and the potatoes are crisp to perfection.
After your bellies are full, make your way two-miles south to Devil’s Chur. It’s on the right side of the highway and you can hike down to a rock platform where the waves will be crashing on all sides of you. Get your camera out because there will be some beautiful photo opportunities.
Once your camera and yourself are satisfied, head back in the car (or hike) to the Camp Perpetua visitor center, this is just a couple minutes down the road on the left side of the highway. Here, you can park, look at the Cape Perpetua trail map and pay for your parking pass.
In order to see Thor’s Well (the infamous 20-feet hole in the middle of the ocean which makes for a notorious photo) head to the trail left of the visitors center, through a tunnel where you will continue left on a concrete path until you reach a platform that vaguely overlooks Thor’s Well. In order to get a better look, I recommend heading down to the rocks and making your way over to the well as long as conditions allow.
When we visited it was low tide so we could get almost 5-feet away from Thor’s Well and not have a problem but during high tide, it can be extremely dangerous to get that close. Use caution, please!
Before packing up and heading home for the day, we made our way back to the parking lot and took the trail on the right side of the visitors center to make it up the Saint Perpetua trail. The trail leads you up a (little) mountain with views of Devil’s Chur, Thor’s Well, and the whole coastline.
And with that, that is my complete guide to Newport, Oregon. A perfect amount of good eats, good views and good times guaranteed for a weekend in Newport.
Until my next adventure,