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This page about Newport Oregon is for the guests of the Inn of the Beachcomber and those of you that found it in cyber space. We are planning to offer more information about the Newport area as we have time but thought we would at least offer this as a start. The Beachcomber is a 47 unit inn located on the beach in Gold Beach Oregon. We are 53 miles from the Redwood National Parks headquarters in Crescent City, California and all that the coastal redwoods have to offer and 177 miles south of Newport Oregon.
What does Frommer’s say about the Gold Beach Area?
“The 60-mile stretch of coast between Port Orford and the California state line is perhaps the most beautiful stretch of the entire Oregon coast, yet because of its distance from major metropolitan areas, it attracts surprisingly few visitors.” So I think you should live a little on the wild side and head on down to Gold Beach and the Inn of the Beachcomber and see “Oregon’s Undiscovered Coast”.
Newport is a town with two identities; on one side you see the working fishing industry and the other tourist with ice cream cones. Newport is home to Oregon’s top tourist attraction, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center. If you are looking for a bit of old and a bit of new, Newport is a great place. If you like wine and seafood The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival is a hit that’s been going on since 1978. This year it was February 25, 26 & the 27th.
Newport Lodging & Hotels & Motels
Here are a few options for lodging in the Newport area:
Best Western Agate Beach Inn (used to be the Hilton)
America Inn & Suites
Elizabeth Street Inn
Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina
Greenstone Inn (formerly the Viking's)
Hallmark Resort – Newport
Holiday Inn Express
Shilo Inn Oceanfront Resort
Info on the drive from Newport to Coos Bay
The drive from Newport to Coos Bay is just under 100 miles. The first part of the drive, 50 miles from Newport to Florence is along the coast and a nice drive with ample vistas of the ocean. The drive from Yachats to Florence is a little winding, but the drive scenery is good so the slower speed is worth it. Yachats is 25 miles south of Newport and most of the drive is along the ocean with good views of the beaches. Ten miles north of Florence is Sea Lions Cave- home to a lot of seals and the worlds largest sea cave. In the seventies it was impossible to drive the Oregon coast and not see the bright bumper stickers they used to slap on the bumpers of the cars in the parking lot. Florence is a good place to get gas with Safeway and Fred Myer both selling gas at a discount to those with club cards. The drive south of Florence to Coos Bay is an unspectacular 50 mile drive. It is away from the coast and is through green pastures and forested area.
Here is a little info on the drive from the Inn of the Beachcomber to Coos Bay
If you leave the Inn of the Beachcomber the drive to Coos Bay is 80 Miles or about an hour and a half if you are driving straight through ( not recommended). Four hours would be enough time to grab a bite to eat and see some of the spectacular southern Oregon Coast line. It is an understatement to say the 27 miles from Gold Beach to Port Orford is spectacular so I will just say it’s unreal. North of Port Orford about three miles is Cape Blanco State Park and lighthouse and the Huges House Museum www.hugheshouse.org. Cape Blanco lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Oregon and the most western point in Oregon and the continental United States. When you first pull off to the lighthouse you understand pretty quickly why it was the first lighthouse in Oregon.
After Cape Blanco the next highlight would be the town of Bandon. Bandon is 26 miles from Cape Blanco State Park. In my mind the drive from Cape Blanco to Bandon is not that special and can be done pretty quickly. One idea if you have little ones is to stop at the West Coast Game Park. It is suppose to be the largest petting zoo in America. (www.gameparksafari.com). The game park is located on Hwy 101, 7 miles south of Bandon. Bandon has world class golf at Bandon Dunes Resort and at Bandon Crossings. It has a quaint old town located on the harbor that offers plenty of choices for a quick bite to eat or a place to pick up something special at one of the many nice shops located in old town.
Coos Bay seems like it is currently known for the Mill Casino. The Mill Casino is an Indian gaming casino that also has a motel and restaurant. I personally am not into the casino thing so I can’t offer much advice on the gaming side. I can say that they have added a new hotel on the complex and an RV park and that it is a large, hopping place. More my style for Coos Bay would be to go down to Charleston and grab some fresh seafood and get the feel of a working harbor. Lots of charter boats to choose from.
Coos Bay is in the Oregon National Dunes Recreation Area with sand dunes as high as 500 feet. Lots of four wheelers for rent in the area and worth looking into. Here is the link to the area site.