by Allen Cox | Photo © Newport Bridge
The Central Oregon Coast city of Newport is well known for many attractions—The Oregon Coast Aquarium, its two lighthouses, miles of ocean beaches and whale watching and fishing. Visitors who linger a while can also add shopping to the list of what to do in Newport. Whether you’re a serious shopper stocking up on one-of-a-kind gifts in boutiques and galleries or simply a browser, Newport has distinctive and quaint shopping districts that are fun to explore. For starters, head to Bayfront and Nye Beach.
Coastal shopping doesn’t always have to entail a quest for just the right neck scarf for yourself or a miniature lighthouse for your boss. In Bayfront, the fresh seafood calls out from the fish markets. Newport is home to Oregon’s largest fishing fleet, and Bayfront, which runs along Bay Blvd. and hugs the harbor, is where they bring their catches. Every fish merchant can pack it on ice for consumption today or for shipping back home. Local Ocean Seafoods (localocean.net) at 213 SE Bay Blvd. is a fish market and restaurant, so enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch and then place your order for shipping or carry out. Seafood doesn’t get any fresher.
If you’re looking for more than seafood, browse Bayfront’s numerous galleries and gift shops as well.
This tucked-away district in Newport has been a unique destination for more than a century. It’s known for its casual, artsy ambiance, perfect for strolling and browsing the independent shops and galleries. The City of Newport allocated urban renewal dollars to Nye Beach, attracting new merchants and more visitors, all while keeping the district in its unique beachfront character.
Compact and walkable Nye Beach occupies less than a mile of coastline and runs only a few blocks inland. The Nye Beach Arch over NW Beach Drive at NW Coast Street signals your arrival. From there, head one block toward the ocean to the historic Turnaround where you can relax on one of the benches and soak up the Nye Beach vibe and ocean view.
You could easily spend hours browsing TuTuTu, a kitchenware boutique housed in a shingled cottage at 222 NW Coast St. Strike up a conversation with the owners, exchange recipes and find that rare utensil you’ve been searching for. Jovi at 232 NW Coast St. is a well-appointed gallery, gift boutique and home accessory mercantile, where you can sort through everything from thoughtful gifts to Asian antiques. If you’re a lover of indie bookstores, stop in at Nye Beach Book House at 727 NW 3rd St. Here, you can shop for a beach read, including an excellent collection by Northwest authors. At the Turnaround, Yaquina Art Gallery and Gift Shop occupies a historic 1914 building. Nye Beach Wine Cellar at 255 NW Coast St. offers a tempting selection of domestic and international wines and gourmet foods, a perfect place to pack your picnic basket before heading to the beach.
For lodging in Newport, try the Inn at Nye Beach (innatnyebeach.com), Hallmark Resort (hallmarkinns.com/newport) or Elizabeth Street Inn(elizabethstreetinn.com). For more information about visiting Newport, go to discovernewport.com; for the greater Oregon Coast, go to visittheoregoncoast.com.