Our Favorites: Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute Baja Expedition

BajaCollage Our Favorites: Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute Baja ExpeditionWilder Co-Founder Bonnie Serkin is a huge fan of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, located here in Newport. She also loves whale watching. These two things come together in a pretty extraordinary annual trip to San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California, Mexico led by the director of the center’s Marine Mammal Institute. This year’s trip runs from February 27th through March 7th.

To learn more about the annual Baja Expedition and reserve your spot for the 2014 trip, visit: http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/baja-expedition

 

 

Wilder Foundation chips in $25,000 toward completing renovation of the Marine Heritage Museum in Newport.

halibut on the dock lchs 300x191 Wilder Foundation chips in $25,000 toward completing renovation of the Marine Heritage Museum in Newport.Newport, Oregon (February 18, 2013).  The Central Oregon Coast is about to open the doors to its first maritime heritage center, thanks in part to a $25,000 donation from the sustainable Wilder Newport housing development in Newport’s South Beach area.

Encompassing 28,900 square feet, the new Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center will overlook Newport’s historic bay front, and will open in June 2013. The center will honor the central Oregon coast’s rich maritime history with a community-based maritime exhibit, and house over 40,000 artifacts from the region, spanning 160 years.

men on boat bayfront lchs photo1 300x182 Wilder Foundation chips in $25,000 toward completing renovation of the Marine Heritage Museum in Newport.“As a Blue Water Sailor, I come from a maritime tradition, that is why I’ve chosen to spend so much time in the community of Newport during the past thirty years,” says Will Emery, Wilder Newport Co-Founder. “It’s a great honor to be able to support an homage to an industry and a history that tells the story of Newport.”

The center will also host a juried maritime art exhibition, and feature a gift shop and a large gallery with unparalleled vistas of Yaquina Bay.  Community rooms may be rented for special events.

Wilder’s donation supports a grant program spearheaded by the Lincoln County Historical society that matches an initial grant from the City of Newport’s tourism development fund, which donated $200,000 to the effort.

The remaining funds will be used to refinish the Douglas Fir floors, install a security system, and upgrade the electrical systems and fire exits to current safety codes in preparation of this June’s opening.

Originally posted on Lincoln County News

Our Favorites: Sandcastle Toys & Nana’s Irish Pub

Newport is a special place and we feel lucky to be able to spend so much time here. We’ll regularly be sharing our favorite places to eat, drink, take in culture and shop. We’d love to hear your favorites as well – please share in the comments below.

To kick things off, we’d like to tell you a little about a fantastically unique toy store and a traditional Irish pub.

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Sandcastle Toys in the heart of Newport, Oregon is the place to find unusual, high-quality toys on the Central Oregon Coast. With its focus on toys that promote creative play and its large, but well-curated selection, we think it rivals any toy store you might find in a larger city.

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Wilder Co-Founder, Will Emery, discovered his favorite meal in Newport, and it’s at Nana’s Irish Pub in Nye Beach. The Good Shepherd’s Pie with its Painted Hills beef is the perfect accompaniment to a traditional pint of Guinness.