My mother, my daughter and a friend all trekked to Newport for the weekend. We stayed at the Inn at Yaquina Bay in Newport in a King size suite with a microwave and fridge in the room. On Saturday, after stuffing ourselves on complimentary muffins and coffee/tea/cocoa, we decided to explore Newport. My daughter and her friend wanted to go to the beach but it was raining pretty hard so we chose some indoor activities instead.

We picked a double dose of fun and went to Mariner Square. There we entered the world of the strange and the wacky at what is billed as the world’s last great sideshow – Ripley’s Believe It or Not . Then we went and toured Newport’s Wax Works elaborate figurines and decorative sets. Next time we visit Newport we have a pre-paid pass to go to the amazing Oregon Undersea Gardens for “GO DEEP” on the live dive in their Undersea Theatre.

We went back to the hotel to plan the rest of our day. Since the sun was out we decided to tackle the crowds and spend the afternoon at the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. We sampled corn & seafood chowder, had Shrimp Yakasoba, deep fried fresh vegetables (onions, zucchini, and asparagus) and even found a wonderful wine. That was amazing to me since I don’t like wine much. It was a silver medal winning Early Muscat semi-sparkling wine, very sweet and aromatic.

After the festival we actually went and played on the beach in the rain. I collected a couple of sea shells and a great agate for my rock collection. The girls took off their shoes and played in the frigid water. Ah, to have the resilience of youth! After, we warmed ourselves up with cocoa and movies from the great movie collection at the hotel. For dinner we ate at the original Mo’s. It was glorious. I’m still full!

We left for home early Sunday and drove through Lincoln City and Grand Ronde. We stopped at Spirit Mountain and walked away a few dollars richer. All in all it was a wonderful way to spend the weekend. Thanks Travel Oregon for making it possible!

Editor’s Note: For more information on traveling to Newport, visit our Oregon Coast page.

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  1. Beer drinker says…

    I had a great time at the Seafood & Wine Festival too but thought the $13 entry fee was a bit steep. The Spring Beer & Wine Festival in Portland only charges $5 to get in (and it’s free the first two hours each day!).

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