Our Favorites: Indulge Sweets

From the ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory to the various shops making saltwater taffy in the windows of coastal businesses – there’s no shortage of sugary treats to satiate the collective appetite of people living on or visiting the Central Oregon Coast.

In fact, it takes a lot to make something stand out from the pack – but Indulge Sweets of Seal Rock does just that. It’s no wonder that they’re a multiple-year people’s choice award winner at the coast’s annual RSVP’s Chocolate Classics.

Located just 8 miles south of Wilder Newport, one of their specialties is brownies, and they’re well worth the drive. One look at the images of the delectable treats from their Facebook page was enough of a trip down memory lane to move this author to shed tears for the memories of brownies’ long ago devoured, but never forgotten.

We love the names they give their confections. The Triple Threat is cheesecake hugged by brownie and their chocolate chip cookie. The Evil Brownie describes how you’ll feel about it during those moments when one is not within physical reach.

Indulge Sweets has a range of chocolate brownies for every need – incorporating whimsical pairings of flavors including fudge, peanut butter, nuts, marshmallows, spices – and other cooking ingredients this inexperienced baker can’t even begin to imagine. They also prepare treats for folks with gluten allergies, just ask.

For more information about Indulge Sweets, visit their Facebook page. And if you want to drop a couple brownies off at the Wilder office on your return trip home we wont frown upon that.

For the confectioners out there – if you want to participate in the 2016 chocolate classics contest, click on this link to connect with the RSVP’s Chocolate Classics web page.


Our Favorites: Oregon Coast’s Largest Firework Show

The sea lions weren’t the only things making noise in Yaquina Bay last week!

One of our favorite things about living in Newport, Oregon is the annual 4th of July firework show — one of the Central Oregon Coast’s largest. This year we’re extra excited because a video is currently being produced that sends a drone into the heart of the production — both behind the scenes and into the actual exploding fireworks.

We recently discovered this project, produced by a video production group called “Uncage the Soul.” You might recognize them as the group behind the popular Portland video titled “Yesterday’s Tomorrow – A Portland Journey,” contrasting the city’s past and present.

The new completed video appears to showcase some of our favorite landmarks in Newport and around South Beach (like the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Rogue Brewing) as the backdrop to the firework show. The completed video will be available to view online beginning July 14th at the Discover Newport website. Until then, enjoy this promo video that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the technology and experts involved in creating one of the largest fireworks shows on the Central Oregon Coast:

Discover Newport – A July 4th Experience from Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo.

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.

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.

South Beach Fish Market


The South Beach Fish Market is a seafood market attached to a convenience store, selling fish and chips prepared from fresh local seafood, and a fish case to purchase fresh fish, shellfish and other locally caught seafood. Their secret-recipe batter and reverence for only the freshest product possible quickly caught the fancy of residents and tourists alike, and “The Fish Market” is a local favorite for excellent seafood.

Fish Market customers are offered a large selection of Pacific Northwest bounty from the sea. Using a commercial smoker they hickory smoke their wild salmon, smoked albacore tuna, smoked oysters, smoked salmon candy, and smoked beef jerky. They also have access to buy and fillet whole fresh fish from the commercial fishermen and women from the Newport, Oregon commercial fishing fleet and from the smaller fishing communities of the Pacific Northwest.

Visit the South Beach Fish Market at 3640 S Coast Hwy
Newport, Oregon 97365



Chalet Restaurant and Bakery


If you’re in the mood for classic, homemade food, Chalet Restaurant and Bakery is the perfect stop for the whole family. A comprehensive home-style menu has perfect, nostalgic options for everyone from delicious, hot soups to classic cheeseburger and fry combos. In addition to excellent lunch and dinner menus, Chalet’s breakfast menu is second to none. Their batters are made from scratch, carefully prepared and blended by hand, using only the finest ingredients. Chalet also makes homemade jams, compotes and syrups to further enhance the delicious assortment of pancakes and waffles.

Pot roasts with carrots and onion and fresh Tom turkeys are roasted daily. They use only fresh potatoes for mashed or baked potatoes or hashbrowns, never frozen or dehydrated. Homemade soups, gravies and sauces are prepared fresh daily. Nothing can replace the fresh ingredients for food value or taste. Chalet proudly features seasonally fresh wild Pacific fish and Oregon oysters. They also serve the finest Willamette Valley fruits and vegetables.

If you plan to stop by Chalet, you’ll want to make sure to save room for dessert. Inside the restaurant is a baked goods case busting with pies, scones, muffins, cake, cookies, brownies, danishes, and sweet rolls from Karly’s Bake Shop. So if you’re in the mood for old-fashioned comfort food with a taste of nostalgia, head down to one of our favorite spots in Newport.

Chalet Restaurant and Bakery is located at 2026 N Coast Hwy
Newport, Oregon 97365     (541) 265-6900

Our Favorites: Yaquina Bay Charters

tuna pic1 Our Favorites: Yaquina Bay ChartersYaquina Bay Charters offers ocean sport fishing and whale watching on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Whether you’re looking for tuna, salmon, halibut or rock fish; Yaquina Bay Charters can deliver. Whale watching and crabbing trips are available as well. Located in the marina at Newport’s Embarcadero Resort situated among the yachts and sailing boats, there’s plenty of parking next to the docks so there is no long walk or long stairs to climb. Their experienced captains and friendly crew provide high quality fishing equipment and show you how to use it. You’re always welcome to bring your own favorite rod. Fish cleaning services are available at the docks. Swap fish stories from the day at the lounge or restaurant on site.

You can check out the latest news and fishing blogs straight from the dock

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

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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.