Our Favorites: A Walk Through the Woods of Wilder Newport

One of the best things about Wilder Newport is that it is surrounded by a gorgeous, lush, sustainable coastal forest. There are walking paths that lead to forested hiking trails—meaning one can literally walk out their front door and be on their way to a blissful hike in mere minutes. We figured we’d share a few photos taken on a recent frolic through this very forest:

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What are your favorite hikes in the Newport, OR area? Tell us in the comments below.

Annual Coast Hills Classic Mountain Bike Race in the Forest Surrounding Wilder

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Over 200 mountain bikers will make their way through an exhilarating course on May 3rd, 2015. Registration is still open and you can learn more here.

More from the Coast Hills Classic website:

This event is brought to life by a public-private partnership in the true spirit of community. Bike Newport, the Newport News-times and other local volunteers are volunteering alongside staff from the Newport Parks and Recreation Department to breath new life into this old race, formerly known as the Ben Eder Memorial.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the youth programs scholarship fund at the Newport Recreation Center. Which allows children from economically disadvantaged households the opportunity to participate in a number of fantastic programs.

This year’s race is #3 in the Oregon Off-Road Series and race #2 in the Junior MTB Series.

Our Favorites: OCCC’s Williams Lecture Series (with a Wilder resident as the speaker!)

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Author, professor and Wilder-dweller Virginia Gibbs will be giving a talk on immigration in OCCC’s Community Room. The OCCC campus is directly adjacent to, and entirely walkable from Wilder—you won’t want to miss this informative talk.

Here is a more in-depth look at what the evening will entail from the OCCC website:


On Friday, April 24, Virginia Gibbs will present a compelling discussion about immigration at Oregon Coast Community College’s Central County Campus in Newport.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at 400 SE College Way in Newport, and is part of the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation’s ongoing Williams Lecture Series.

Gibbs, an author and professor emerita of Spanish now living in Newport, will present a brief overview of current US immigration as part of a worldwide phenomenon, along with an overview of immigration history in U.S. with particular reference to Hispanic and Latino immigration and the Western U.S.

The talk will also include a review of current immigration laws, different kinds of visas, Dreamers, executive orders and more, and how they apply here in Lincoln County.

Gibbs said the talk will also address “how these conform to our values as a country of laws,” as well as “how families and children are affected by immigration and current immigration policy. Is what we do in line with family values as we honor them in our country?”

“What are our values,” Gibbs said her talk will ask, “and how do they conflict with our policies? Can we find a way to create an immigration system that respects our values and those of immigrant families?”

Gibbs is the author of “Shattered Dreams: The Story of a Historic I.C.E. Raid in the Words of the Detainees.” The book chronicles the infamous raid on an agricultural processing facility in Postville, Iowa.

Copies of the book will be available at the presentation.

Gibbs moved to the Oregon Coast two years ago and has been a volunteer with Centro de Ayuda and The Immigration Information Response Team.

The OCCC Central Campus is located at 400 SE College Way in Newport. For more information, visit www.oregoncoastcc.org or call 541-867-8501.


Wendy Williams created the Williams Lecture Series in 1993 in honor of her husband, William Appleman Williams, a noted historian. Williams was known as the “Father of Revisionist History.” He taught American diplomatic history and foreign policy for over 30 years as OSU. His last teaching assignment was at OCCC, where he taught maritime history. Ms. Williams made a donation to the OCCC Foundation to create a fund for the lectures.

Our Favorites: Dungeness Crab

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Over the weekend came news that the opening of the Oregon Coast commercial Dungeness crab season will be postponed another couple of weeks to allow crabs more time to become plump and meaty, just like we like them. The fishery was certified sustainable just over three years ago, so the sustainability factor combined with the delicious meaty crab make it one of our favorite things about coastal living.

While the delayed opening pushes back the commercial season to December 15th, we don’t have to wait that long to begin consuming this delectable coastal crustacean. The recreational season is slated to open this Sunday, December 1st.

Our Favorites: Newport, Oregon Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot Our Favorites: Newport, Oregon Turkey TrotOne of our favorite things is participating in charitable, community-oriented causes. Earlier this year we wrote a blog about our contribution to Newport’s Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, which received a great feature on OPB this past week.

This Thanksgiving comes another opportunity in the form of the 2nd annual Newport, Oregon Turkey Trot.

From their website:

The Newport Turkey Trot sponsored by Arctic Circle of Newport is held on Thanksgiving morning in Port of Newport Marina Newport, OR. The race features a 5K & 10K Run/Walk and Kids Run.

All of the proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit Newport Food Pantry. The Newport Food Pantry is dedicated to providing for the needs of hungry people by collecting and distributing food, educating the community about hunger, and collaborating with others who address needs. No child in Newport should go to bed hungry.

Newport Food Pantry serves more than 8,500 individuals annually. And with your support of this race, you are helping make this service possible.

For more information, visit their page on Facebook!


Oyster Cloyster Coveters Cluster for Savory Fundraiser

oyster cloyster newport 300x225 Oyster Cloyster Coveters Cluster for Savory FundraiserAcclaimed Oregon chefs will gather at the Oregon Coast Aquarium this November for the Oyster Cloyster fundraiser. The event is a savory spectacle featuring five Oregon Coast executive chefs preparing award-winning oyster dishes paired with Rogue ales, and wine from Noble Estate and Silver Falls Vineyards. Chefs hail from the Pelican Brew Pub, Local Ocean Seafood, Mist at Surftide, the Starfish Grille at Agate Beach and the Shilo Inn. For a full list of their prepared dishes, click here.

Proceeds from the event benefit both the Oregon Coast Community College’s Aquarium Science Program as well as the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

The Oyster Cloyster Fundraiser occurs November 2nd from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd in Newport, Oregon. To purchase your ticket, please use this link.

It’s Wilder in South Beach

From: Oregon Coast Magazine – September/October 2013

By Rob Spooner

Newport’s South Beach area is thriving, with a new community college campus, a “green” residential development, and an expanded park with lots of trails.

Screen Shot 2013 10 17 at 1.25.38 PM 1 223x300 It’s Wilder in South BeachOregon Coast Community College offered its first classes in Lincoln County in 1987 and for many years made do with makeshift premises in various locations. In 2004, when voters approved a bond measure for new construction, the college started looking for suitable sites. The next year, the city of Newport approached Bonnie Serkin and Will Emery, who had extensive forest holdings nearby. This started a public/private interaction that continues to this day. The Newport Urban Growth Boundary was expanded and some of the land within the new boundary, mostly belonging to Serkin and Emery, was annexed into the city. The new OCCC campus was built on 25 acres purchased from the pair; Mike Miller Park has been expanded and upgraded with donations from Emery; and a new community called Wilder, built on land near the college, has emerged as perhaps the most environmentally sensitive large residential development on the Oregon Coast.

Screen Shot 2013 10 17 at 1.24.08 PM 1 300x200 It’s Wilder in South BeachAll of this has taken place in South Beach, across Yaquina Bay from central Newport. To reach Wilder and OCCC, go east from Highway 101 on SE 40th along a road that winds its way up through a stand of spruce. After about a quarter mile, first Wilder and then the OCCC campus come into view. 


At present, there are two principal buildings on the new campus. The nearly 80,000 square foot main college building, designed by gLaS Architects and built to LED silver standards, makes extensive use of natural lighting and exposed natural wood beams. Adjacent is the college’s most unique building, which opened in 2011 and houses its aquarium science department. This was the first aquarium science program in the United States and is still the only one on the Pacific Coast. Students from 23 states have enrolled since 2003, including two from the same small town in Maine. Graduates of the program enjoy a high job placement rate in the aquatic animal husbandry profession.


Wilder, the residential neighborhood, is adjacent to the campus. An example of the “new urbanism” school of design, it includes a variety of housing types, local parks, and bike and walking trails. It is also friendly to the environment. Bonnie Serkin set out the basic principle when she said, “we decided right from the beginning that if we were going to put a human imprint on the forest, it better be for a development that was gentle an the land.”

The infrastructure emphasizes such green concepts as bioswales for natural storm water management and a multi-use path with permeable pavement that prevents standing water even during the heaviest coastal rainfall. In addition, many of the homes are green certified through Earth Advantage and all are constructed with a focus on sustainability and a healthy home environment.

Several independent contractors are building the homes in Wilder, utilizing different styles. Most are being built on spec, but purchasers have many opportunities to customize the homes before moving in. Certain practices are consistent in all the dwellings, such as minimizing products that give off harmful gases and employing high-efficiency and water-wise technologies to hold down energy and water consumption. Whenever possible, designs are intended to let owners “age in place.” Far too often, homes are bought without much thought for a time in the future when the owner may be less strong and sprightly. While there are some two-story structures, the single level Wilder homes are often designed with doors and hallways a little larger than the minimum and with as few steps as possible. A little such planning today may forestall some painful choices in the future.

At present, there are no retail outlets at Wilder, but a village center that includes shops, restaurants, and wellness centers is in the plans. If apartments are built, they could be in this area, and although Wilder is not being built with students specifically in mind, the apartments might appeal to students at OCCC.

In a traditional neighbor-hood, a good deal of time is spent outdoors and Wilder is designed to maximize this kind of community experience. Homes have porches and the streets are designed as much for walking as for cars. There are parks both for children and for dogs, and a disc golf course has been built amongst the trees. Students from the aquarium science program built some of the equipment at the dog park, another example of the cooperation between OCCC and Wilder.


Screen Shot 2013 10 17 at 1.24.52 PM 1 223x300 It’s Wilder in South BeachDuring World War I, the Spruce Railroad was built to bring spruce lumber from Camp One near Yachats to Yaquina Bay for use in aircraft construction. Mike Miller Park, which is situated between Wilder and Hwy 101, includes some of the original and still visible grade of the railroad. The park has been operated by Lincoln County since 1974. The Youth Conservation Corps built the first trails and students at Angell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center north of Yachats have helped keep them in good condition in recent years.

Almost 30 years ago, Lincoln County developed several goals in its Long Range Plan that envisioned a larger network of trails. Great progress was made toward these goals when Will Emery donated 5.8 acres of land on the south side of the park that included riparian woodland and a large pond. Emery also donated the money needed to develop trails within it, and in recognition of these contributions, Lincoln County named one of the new trails Emery Trail.

Another trail has joined Wilder to the original Mike Miller Loop trail. Hikers and bikers can now follow trails from the Port of Newport Marina, past the Aquarium, through Wilder, and via the Wilder Extension into Mike Miller Park, passing through a variety of ecosystems featuring Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and other coastal vegetation.

Through careful planning and a generous concern for the needs of the community, Bonnie Serkin and Will Emery have created a combination of educational, residential, and park facilities that will benefit people on the Coast for decades to come.

Discover Newport Drawing

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Now you can give the gift of Newport (sorta) to any out of town guests you haven’t seen in awhile! Discover Newport is having a drawing October 9th and the winner receives an autumn trip to Newport that includes: accommodation for two at a Newport Hotel, dinner for two, breakfast for two and a gift basket with wine, a glass float, Oregon Coast Aquarium passes, Mariner Square passes and more!

newport logo esm Discover Newport DrawingSo, while there are no guarantees that you or your friends will win, you can still apply to enter by using the following link: Discover Newport Contest.

Good luck, and see you at Wilder!

Our Favorites: The Red Octopus Theatre

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One of our local favorites, The Red Octopus Theatre, is bringing Neil Simon to Newport, Oregon in their adaptation of his play The Brighton Beach Memoirs. The final run is this weekend, September 19-22.

From the Red Octopus Theatre website:

One of his best-loved plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs has been called Neil Simon’s love song to his youth. Simultaneously heartbreaking, heartwarming and hilariously funny. The New York Times called it “[Simon’s] funniest, richest and consequently the most affecting of his plays.”

Brighton Beach Memoirs is the semi-autobiographical story of Eugene – a Jewish teenager coming-of-age in a struggling household in 1937 Brooklyn. He learns about life, love, baseball, girls and more … while living in the shadow of the Great Depression, and under the looming threat of World War II.

To pre-order tickets for the final weekend visit their website at www.redoctupustheatre.org or call 541-265-ARTS.

The box office is located at 777 W. Olive, Newport and is open
from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and
1 hour prior to performance time.

Our Favorites: La Maison

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That’s the word that greets visitors to the La Maison website, and we’ve felt extraordinarily welcome each time we’ve visited for lunch or dinner. This Oregon Coast French restaurant is in the heart of Newport’s Deco District and features some of our favorite meals available anywhere on the Oregon Coast. Their award-winning team sources local and organically grown ingredients and eggs and produce, and even make their own home-baked bread. If you go there for breakfast, make sure to try the Peasant Omelet or Swedish Cured Salmon Benedict – we haven’t decided which we like best!