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.

Newport builder helps couple design home with a focus on aging in place

America’s aging population spurs this greater national trend

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Note: this is not the actual couple.

NEWPORT, OREGON, May 21, 2013 – People plan for college, weddings, vacation – but aging? The latter concept doesn’t seem to receive much attention in our society but is a striking reality for anyone planning to retire with comfort and ease. So when Gary and Shirley “Jay” Hunter began looking for their dream home, the concept of “aging in place” was a top concern and Fowler Homes, Inc. was there to help.

“We wanted to make sure we picked a home in a community that would remain convenient and accessible well into our old age and Wilder Newport seemed like a natural choice,” says Jay. “We didn’t want to trade our community-oriented lifestyle and sustainable values either,” adds Gary.

Aging in place is a national movement to support the overwhelming majority of Americans who want to remain in their homes for as long as possible. According to the latest census findings, 18.9% of people living in Newport are 65 or older, which is nearly 5% higher than the rest of Oregon. More builders are working with designers to create homes specifically for aging in place.

Fowler Homes, Inc. is headquartered in Dallas, Oregon and builds customized homes from beginning to end. President John Fowler says he has worked with many homeowners for whom aging in place a top concern. “The baby boomer generation is getting to that retirement age,” says Fowler. “They’re a big part of the population and we’ve revamped our business to support their needs for aging in place.”

These specially designed homes have features like low maintenance exteriors, one-level floor plans to eliminate stairs, doors that are a minimum of 36 inches wide, non-slip flooring, and more. For an expanded list of common features for aging in place visit: http://www.ageinplace.org.

All of Wilder’s sustainable, expertly crafted homes are set amid a beautiful planned community on the central Oregon coast. The people-friendly neighborhood is near Yaquina Bay in Newport’s South Beach neighborhood and features walking trails through a sustainable forest. Their single-level home option and flat terrain ensure ease and accessibility for anyone concerned about aging in place.