Our Favorites: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

The Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area offers something for every visitor, from exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon’s tallest lighthouse.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873.

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The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland.

Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home.

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Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store.

Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.


Our Favorites: Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

p84594545 3 300x200 Our Favorites: Yaquina Bay LighthouseA piece of Oregon history sits atop a bluff at the mouth of the Yaquina River. It is the Historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, built in 1871 and decommissioned in 1874. It was officially restored as a privately maintained aid to navigation on December 7, 1996.

It is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport. It is also the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, and the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse has been restored as a working lighthouse and an aid to navigation by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, with the help of many people and agencies, including Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses.

The official relighting ceremony with the US Coast Guard took place on December 7, 1996. YaquinaBayLighthouseMed3 300x225 Our Favorites: Yaquina Bay LighthouseThe light shines with a steady white light from dusk to dawn (and sometimes on dark days, because it is controlled by a photocell.) The light is 161 feet above sea level.

The Lighthouse is open to the public every day except for holidays such as Christmas, New Years, and Thanksgiving. The hours during the summer, Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, are 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and during the months of October to Memorial Day, the hours are 12:00 noon until 4:00 P.M. November through February the lighthouse is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Entrance is free by donation.

Inside the lighthouse, two flights of stairs lead to the watch room. The lantern room is not open to the public. The basement is open to the public and features a video about the lighthouse. The Interpretive Store offers many new and exciting educational items about lighthouses and the surrounding coastal habitat. Interesting places to visit within walking or short driving distance include the Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Aquarium, and the US Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay.

You might also consider a trip to the north end of Newport to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. There you may tour the Oregon coast’s tallest lighthouse and visit natural tide pools, the world’s first human-made universally accessible tide pools, and the Interpretive Center and Store. See the Yaquina Head page for more details.

Our Favorites: Oregon Coast Glassworks

Glass blowing is a time honored art form on the Oregon Coast and Oregon Coast Glassworks invites visitors to experience the creation of these beautiful pieces firsthand.

With supervised assistance from a local glass blowing artist, visitors to the studio can create their own gorgeous pieces of blown glass. The experience is unique, memorable, and a perfect example of the many hidden treasures in Newport.

If you’re unfamiliar with the process of blowing glass, check out this video below from the folks at Oregon Coast Glassworks.


Oregon Coast Glassworks is located at:

616 E Olive St.
Corner of Hwy 20 & Fogarty St
Newport OR 97365

General Hours
11:00am – 5:00pm Daily
10am on Saturdays

Pricing is as follows:

Float                                             $  65.00
Paperweight’s                              $  75.00
Heart                                            $  80.00
Starfish                                         $  95.00
Supersize Float                            $  95.00
Inverted Bowl                               $ 100.00
Floppy Bowl                                 $ 110.00
Lampshade                                  $ 125.00
Vase                                             $ 145.00

Additional Info:

1.  Classes take approximately 1/2 hour per piece

2.  Your glass is ready the following day we are open by noon.

3.  We offer insured shipping throughout the U.S.

Our Favorites: Georgie’s Beachside Grill

Georgie’s Beachside Grill offers the best of the best when it comes to the one thing many people look for when heading to the Oregon Coast. Great seafood. The 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor and a rave review on the clam chowder from a native New Englander all speak to the quality of their food, but honestly this excellent seafood speaks for itself.

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Georgie’s menu offers a wide selection of local seafood such as Yaquina Bay oysters and crab, halibut, and salmon. They also boast one of the most exciting and delicious breakfast menus on the Oregon Coast. They prepare everything from the traditional bacon and eggs, to their “Coastal Stuffer” with crabmeat, shrimp, scallops, country-fried potatoes, peppers, onion, mushrooms, and tomato, all scrambled with three eggs and stuffed in a warm sourdough bread bowl, topped with rich hollandaise sauce.  

For lunch, try their famous ale battered fish and chips or the local favorite “Diablo Seafood Pasta” with rock shrimp, crabmeat, salmon, and scallops tossed in a sweet and spicy three-cheese cream sauce served with fettuccini noodles and Parmesan garlic toast. A truly delicious and unique choice. 

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On top of the great food, Georgie’s also offers impressive views of the Pacific Ocean as Georgie’s Beachside Grill is truly beachside. I will never forget enjoying a glass of Oregon Chardonnay with the Diablo Seafood Pasta and a side of their famous clam chowder looking out over the beautiful, gray, stormy ocean.

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