Newport, OR Professional Review and Guide
"No doubt, Newport is coastal Oregon’s premier resort destination. It is centrally located and situated on beautiful Yaquina Bay, with broad beaches extending north and south. It’s an easy and pleasant drive from the population centers of the Willamette Valley, and it is only three hours from Portland. Moreover, it offers visitors a wide assortment and diversity of activities and accommodations, from crabbing and clam digging to a spirited nightlife, from windsurfing and scuba diving to shopping and art-gallery hopping, from golf courses and tennis courts to museums and theaters, from burger joints and pizza parlors to fine restaurants, from RV parks and budget motels to plush condominiums and luxurious resort hotels.
Newport has grown considerably in recent years, and not without suffering the consequences. Escape the urban sprawl and congestion, however, by getting off U.S. 101 and visiting the more charming parts of the city. East of U.S. 101, along the north shore of Yaquina Bay, is the Old Town bayfront, with restaurants, shops, and galleries galore, mingled with the working waterfront businesses. With trucks and vans being loaded with fresh seafood, and visitors and residents coming and going on narrow, crowded streets, gridlock is inevitable and parking impossible."