Newport, OR

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A few weekends ago, Gord and I were feeling the urge to get the heck outta town. Soooo, for some reason Newport came to mind one Thursday night at midnight, so we packed up Friday morning and drove the 2 1/2 hours to the coast to enjoy a mini vacation away.

Now that I’ve gotten a *little* older, I love to travel and so does the rest of my family. Exploring is the name of the game. So, here’s our quick trip wrapped all up into one blog post. Scroll down to the bottom if you just want the restaurant recommendations and links!

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By the time we got into town, we hadn’t eaten lunch so thanks to Yelp, we found Gino’s. We originally wanted the Noodle Cafe, but they were already closed. So we went across the street to Gino’s. We had to wait about 15 minutes to get a table at 3pm {a very good sign!} so we just had a seat and enjoyed the gorgeous weather.

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I sat by Blake, Brooke and Gord colored their little hearts out until we got our food.

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I got rockfish tacos and Gord got a fried rockfish sandwich. Brooke got fish and chips. The fried rockfish sandwich was my favorite! Actually the batter on all their fried fish was awesome. Light and crunchy, just how I like it.

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To work off our late lunch, we walked around downtown and worked our way down to the beach. Typical for the Oregon coast, it was really windy. Blake LOVED the wind 🙂

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Brooke wanted to go all the way into the ocean but we convinced her otherwise. The water is friggin’ freezing. I love this animated gif I made. Watching the water move in is my favorite part.

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Dinner was at The Chowder Bowl, so obviously we got the chowder. It did not disappoint.

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Brooke just wanted a salad, so that is what she got. I tried to convince her to try the chowder, but she just stuck with the oyster crackers that came along side. Um, who’s kid are you?

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Gord convinced me to get dessert: blackberry cobbler. Fine, twist my arm!! IT was SO GOOD! It doesn’t exactly look like the prettiest dessert you’ve ever seen, but I’m telling you it was amazing.

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These three were happy to dig in!

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This boy makes my heart leap, ya’ll.

The next morning I woke up at 4:55 am {literally} to run 6 miles on the hotel treadmill to just knock it out, get it done and not feel guilty for eating everything in sight.

It was as fun as it sounds.

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After I showered, we headed over to the farmer’s market to see what we could find. Brooke tried her hardest to convince us that she needed a tye-dyed shirt, but alas the parents did prevail and no purchase was made.

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I loved these flowers! The arrangements were so gorgeous! The three ladies running this stand were making the arrangements throughout the morning as they sold. It totally reminded me of Seattle.

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How gorgeous were these blackberries? So yummy 🙂

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A few hundred feet away from the farmers market was La Maison Bakery and Cafe. So we stopped in for breakfast. So glad we did! We had some amazing food. Before our actual meals came, we each got a small bowl of bananas, brown sugar, cream and toasted hazelnuts. So so good!

 

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Gordon ordered the smoked salmon eggs benedict. Totally dreamy.

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He used to hate runny eggs, but over the 7 years we’ve been together, I’ve changed his ways.

Mwahahaha…….

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I got artichoke, ham and gruyere stuffed crepes. Never thought I’d like a savory crepe over a sweet one, but this was unexpectedly awesome.

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Oh, and Brooke ordered the caramelized banana french toast. RIDICULOUS. I think she ate about 1/2 of one slice. Aaaand I ate the rest. It tasted like brown butter. #drool

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There are a bunch of lookout points all along the coast in Newport, so we decided to stop at one and walk down to the beach again.

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Here’s a view from the top.

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Another spot further down the road from the top.

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Down to the beach! It was even windier than the previous day, so we didn’t last long. Plus there were pretty tall dunes we had to hike over. Not the best situation for my two littles. It was really nice to feel the warm sand though 🙂

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Late lunch was at Local Ocean Seafood. Fabulous food! Gord got the crab. Obvs.

Super fresh crab meat + butter and lemon = my life is complete.

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My father-in-law who happened to be there the same time as us got the fish and chips. It was rockfish and it was good.

What’s the deal with all this delicious fried rockfish? I need to get me more of that stat.

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I got the steamed clams and they were mighty tasty. Soaking up that broth in the buttery toasty bread was my favorite part!

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After that, we headed down Bay Blvd to check out the Sea Lions. These guys are hilarious. One is always bothering the rest and they are hilarious to watch. Our kiddies LOVED them.

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And that was basically it! We got a little ice cream and then headed back home! A quick trip, but a very fun one that was just what the doctor ordered.

If you need a fun getaway, give Newport a try! Lots of fun things to see and do.

Local Ocean Seafood–get the fresh crab and oysters

La Maison Bakery & Cafe–stuffed crepes, french toast, and eggs benedict…all delicious! The pastries also looked amazing but didn’t try any.

The Chowder Bowl–obviously get the chowder. I highly recommend the blackberry cobbler too.

Ocean Bleu at Gino’s— get anything with fried rockfish.

Newport Sea Lion Docks–hilarious to watch these animals interact with each other! Great for kids.

Newport Aquarium– we didn’t get around to going here, but have heard great things!

 

 

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24 Responses
  1. Lois Oleson

    We moved to Newport in 1959, as my husband was a schoolteacher in the Jr. High there. We loved Newport! Three of our four children were born there. We now live in Eugene, but go to Newport often and eat at the Chowder Bowl and other delicious places. Zazoes at Agate Beach is wonderful also. I enjoyed your column and hearing of places we know about.

  2. Karen

    Perfect timing. We moved much closer to Newport (from Milwaukie) three months ago. We have been busy getting settled , gardening, taking care of the animals and doing school. I promised my boys that after the public school kids went back to school we would head to Newport for the day. Now I have some tasty food to try out.

  3. Trinity

    We love Newport! Been there twice. When he kiddos get bigger you need to go to the Ripleys Believe it or Not! The Wax Work. All those wax figures are a little weird! But the Aquarium is a must! We always have so much fun there. One day we need to go back!

  4. Lori

    Hi Lauren!
    Question about the bowl of bananas they gave you at La Maison, was it a warm or cold dish? For something that seems so simple it sounds heavenly. Although I bet “as is” it’s totally yummy, I thought it might also be good on top of a bowl of oatmeal.
    Also, I’m so impressed that Brooke ordered a salad as one of her meals.
    Yay Brooke! I have 2 girls, 13 and 16. The 13 year old will eat anything, and loves trying new foods. We had Chicken and Waffle Pizza last week that was to die for! The 16 yr. old is SUPER picky. Salad has NEVER, EVER touched her lips. (sigh) Maybe someday, I hope.

  5. Crystal D.

    Looks like a fun trip!!! What kind of shoes is Blake wearing in the very first picture? I have been wanting to find a shoe like that for my little guy! Thanks!

  6. Carol

    What beautiful pictures, Lauren, thanks so much for posting this. I live in North Carolina, much closer to the mountains than the ocean, and I really miss the seaside. Your kids are adorable!

  7. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Can’t beat a spontaneous trip! Love the gif of Brooke by the sea, and I swear your little boy gets cuter every time you post pictures!!

  8. Natalie @ Paper And Birch

    Wow, I was just looking at Newport for a getaway last night! CA-RAZY!
    A little farther from here in Vancouver, BC, but definitely looks like it’s worth the trek. That crab looks delish!

  9. Karli

    Adding this to the list!!! Thanks for always posting drool worthy pics. There is no way I’m going to be able to make it to all these wonderful places on our short vacation….but I’ll try 😉

  10. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    Newport looks like a beautiful place to visit! My kids would’ve loved the sea lions at that age too and maybe even now. Looks like a great day with your family!

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  12. Karen

    We have been to Newport….it is a lovely town and the pictures you took are amazing!!!!! We actually explored OR a couple of years ago when we took it on as my husband’s 50th state. We landed in Portland and did the whole state from top to bottom in 9 days. Totally good food, and a memorable vacation.

  13. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    We love going to Ocean’s too, our fave in Newport. Hopefully you’ll get to the aquarium next time, the kids will love it.

  14. @Travelpanties

    Wow! I had never heard of Newport, OR. Haven’t made it to OR yet actually at all but now I have one more reason to go! Those beaches look magical!

  15. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    Newport looks like a charming town! I have never been to Oregon, but I am actually headed to Portland at the end of this month. 🙂 All the food looks amazing! And I always love to scope out the local farmers markets when I am traveling- it is the best way to get a quick feel for the local food scene.

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