Newport & Toledo
Ranger Roy Picks – Newport & Toledo
The Oregon Coast is one of the most beautiful in the world, offering natural attractions along the entire coastline. The Newport area is no exception. Starting in Toledo, our home is in a beautiful woodland with lots of birdwatching & deer (often in our yard). There’s a picturesque downtown and small marina. The beautiful Bay Road follows the Yaquina River, one of the prettiest drives ever, to the Historic Bayfront in Newport with fishing boats, shopping, and a sea lion viewing area. There are beautiful sandy beaches and an artsy community at Nye Beach with lighthouse and rocky shore views. Nearby, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area offers lighthouse tours, tide pools, seals, hiking, shorebirds, and often whale viewing. There is a world-class aquarium, as well as the interesting Hatfield Marine Science Center just south of town.
Within an hour of Newport there are a myriad of state and federal parks with highlights including Cape Perpetua and Heceta Head Lighthouse to the South, or Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, Depoe Bay for whale watching, or hiking Cascade Head to the North. For more information about other coastal areas in Oregon and Northern California, please see our guides for the North Coast, South Coast, and/or Redwoods.
Newport Area Eateries
There are many eateries to choose from in the Newport area for all palates and budgets. Here are some of our favorites:
Expensive: $20-30 for dinner, or $12-20 for lunch before 4 pm.
- Best for an ocean view with excellent food are Tidal Raves in Depoe Bay (reservations highly recommended), and in Newport, Georgie’s Beachside Grill (best clam chowder – no reservations but you can call to put your name on the wait-list).
- Table of Content at the Sylvia Beach Hotel has excellent food with a unique dining experience (reservations required).
- Local Ocean on Newport’s Historic Bayfront also has excellent seafood.
- To the north, check out the Side Door Cafe in Gleneden Beach, and Black Fish Cafe in Lincoln City (reservations highly recommended).
- Nana’s Irish Pub in Nye Beach (best fish and chips and pot pies to die for);
- Thai Elephant (Hwy 101 near hospital);
- Kum Yon (Chinese on 101 near bridge);
- Kam Meng (Chinese on 101 near Yaquina Head Lighthouse);
- C’est La Vie, French crepes & more in Bella Beach.
- Oceana’s Co-Op on Benson Street has an excellent natural food lunch buffet.
- We also like Super Oscar’s Mexican on 101 (try the Oregon burrito!).
- Cobblestone Pizza on Main Street in downtown Toledo is also good, and there are lots of fast food choices and Papa Murphy’s pizza (take and bake to cook here).
- Georgie’s for a view;
- Fish Tails in the Aquarium Village has amazing Marionberry French Toast;
- The Nye Beach Cafe is an excellent breakfast option, as well, and
- Panini’s Bakery offers good coffee and pastries, as well as pizza by the slice for lunch.
*The Otis Cafe located on Hwy 18 north of Lincoln City and just east of 101 is world famous (best cinnamon buns and incredible German potatoes).
Need a Place to Stay at the Coast?
If you are in need of a comfortable place to stay, Roy and his wife Cristina share their lovely home in Toledo, OR (ten miles east of Newport and the Oregon Coast). It offers a nice, queen bedroom with private bath, as well as other sleeping arrangements (on the living room couch or floor-space) for extra guests. They also have a jacuzzi-hot tub!
Learn more on the Hosting page.
An Oregon Coast sunset is one of the most breaktaking experiences in the world.