The Ultimate Guide to Newport, Oregon | Stay on a Unique Boat Bed & Breakfast + Discover Coastal PNW Paradise
Find the best things to do while visiting Newport, Oregon. Stay in a one-of-a-kind boat hotel, tour the Oregon Coast, and enjoy amazing wine while admiring the breathtaking scenery.
Do you want to go on a Coastal Getaway in Oregon? Look no further since the town of Newport, Oregon provides everything a visitor to this seaside town might want in terms of excitement, scenery, wonderful food, and comfort. If you're looking for a place to stay near the sea, look no farther than the Newport Belle, and learn more about our wonderful Boat Bed & Breakfast experience!
We live in Sacramento, California, and we've already done some Oregon travel and wanted to try something different. Newport, Oregon seemed like a good choice because it's a decent halfway point between Sacramento and Seattle, and it's on the Oregon coast, which we hadn't visited much of before.
Stay in a Unique Boat Bed & Breakfast in Newport, OR
We utilized Hotels.com to find somewhere to stay in Newport, Oregon because we had some reward nights points to use. We prefer to stay in places that are both unique and convenient to activities. We wanted to be close to the water and soak in as much coastal beauty as possible because Newport, Oregon is a seaside community.
It was an easy decision for us when I discovered this unique Boat Bed + Breakfast aboard an unique Paddlewheel Boat. I knew we had to stay at the Newport Belle after reading the glowing 5-star reviews and seeing its waterfront setting.
I had never stayed on a paddlewheel boat before, although having grown up boating with my family and having been on cruise ships, this unique hotel intrigued us. We had a fantastic time and appreciated the intimacy and comfort of the Bed + Breakfast.
All of the rooms have been recently remodeled and have a light and airy feel to them, which is ideal for a relaxing vacation by the sea.
All of the necessities have been left for you! We liked waking up every morning, pouring a cup of coffee, and peering out the window to take in the fresh sea breeze.
We had a beautiful view of the gorgeous Yaquina Bay Bridge from our room if you look closely in the backdrop.
Every afternoon, we were treated to a complimentary Happy Hour, with a selection of charcuterie and a drink of our choice given by the wonderful hosts! If you're concerned about COVID precautions, The Newport Belle made sure that everyone on board was spaced apart so that we could all enjoy ourselves safely and comfortably.
How cute is this potbelly stove?! Perfect for those chilly days by the sea.
When we first arrived at the B&B, the gracious hosts went over the breakfast menu for the days we would be staying, and let me tell you...the food is AMAZING! It brought back memories of our honeymoon. The daily breakfast consisted of many portions that were carefully designed to appeal to all of the senses: sweet, savory, and salty!
You may even have the pleasure of spotting some wildlife from the boat! We were lucky to spot a few Harbor Seals during our stay!
If camping near the beach interests you, campgrounds at Beverly Beach State Park in Newport is a good option.
Things to Do in Newport, Oregon
Visit the Sea Lion Docks + Newport Bay Front
The Newport Historic Bay Front will be your hub for dining, shopping, and experiencing the heart of Newport. Newport, Oregon is the quintessential Fisherman's Village, and walking down the street and seeing fresh caught fish being brought in and shrimp trucks driving down the street evokes a sense of nostalgia.
Head over to the Sea Lion Docks for some "in the wild" entertainment, seriously these vocal little sea lions are just the cutest little creatures. You'll get a great view of the Yaquina Bay Bridge and the Newport Bay Front.
Grab a cup of espresso and enjoy the weather- rain or shine!
Fresh seafood galore- I believe those are shrimp!
#2 Hike to Yaquina Head Lighthouse
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Oregon's tallest lighthouse, standing at 93 feet. Due to COVID-19, we did not tour the inside and instead soaked in all of her splendor from the exterior. The trail starts from the parking lot and is suitable for all skill levels. The roundtrip distance from your car to the lighthouse is around 0.5 miles.
Take the time to go down the stairs and along the rocky shore to see the breathtaking vistas of Oregon's jagged coastline. You'll get some one-of-a-kind shots from a fresh perspective! We even came upon some interesting sea life washing up on the beach!
#3 Grab a Beer at Rogue Ales
If you enjoy beer, you should visit the Rogue Ale Headquarters. Because many hops are grown locally in the Cascades, the Pacific Northwest is noted for having a thriving beer culture. Rogue Ales is headquartered on the Yaquina Bay and has a strong presence both locally and nationally.
We were able to stroll from our B&B to the brewery and restaurant, which was fantastic! Check to see what is now open due to COVID-19, but we were able to have a lovely pub lunch and seasonal drinks safely at the time! The facility is enormous, and seeing them can right out front and walking inside the brewing operations is incredible.
They also have a tap room in downtown Newport, however Google reports that it is now permanently closed.
#4 Visit Devil's Punchbowl + Flying Dutchman Winery
"The park is a popular whale watching site and displays intriguing geology. The punch bowl was probably created by the collapse of the roof over two sea caves, then shaped by wave action. This is a scenic picnic spot atop the undulating rocky shoreline. Don't forget to explore the tidepools on the north side of the punch bowl!" - Oregon State Parks
Take in the views of surfers catching waves on the beautiful Oregon coast as the waves lull in and out of the sea caves.
Visit my Print Shop to Have a Slice of Oregon in Your Home
Have a Glass of Wine at Flying Dutchman Winery
As you approach Devil's Punchbowl, you will be greeted by a little village of shops and eateries, and when I say "little," I mean it; there are maybe just 5 establishments in total. They also have a Mo's Chowder, Winery, Coffee Shop, and Surf Shop, which is about all you'll need.
When you arrive at Flying Dutchman Winery, you will sign your name on a form and they will call you in when it is your chance to do a private tasting. Their back patio has the most breathtaking view of any winery!
Enjoy a bottle of wine out back and soak up the sounds of the sea.
Who wouldn't want to drink wine with this view!
#5 Enjoy Delicious Seafood
Newport, Oregon, without a question, offers some fantastic restaurant selections serving up some of the best seafood on the West Coast. Take advantage of the local cuisine and beer/wine while you're here. During our visit, we were suggested a number of excellent alternatives, and while we were unable to sample them all due to our limited time, we thoroughly enjoyed Ocean Bleu @ Gino's. It was perfectly in our pricing range and had all of our favorite seafood dishes!