The next stop on our trip north to Lincoln City was Newport. Growing up we would go to Newport once every 3-4 years, again because of the distance from home and the idea of making this trip in a single day. Newport is an active fishing port with processing plants on the waterfront. We walked along the waterfront, stopping by a shrimp processing plant – I was surprised at how manual the process was. There was a large amount of shrimp shells waiting to be picked up, outside the processing plant.
One of my favorite things about Newport was a trio of museums along the waterfront. You can buy a single ticket to enter Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The Wax Works and Undersea Gardens. I loved these when I was a child. Now, they are very warn and dated. The Wax Works had been updated with some figures from the “new” Star Wars films, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, but most items were the same as they were in the 1980s. All three of these museums needed a good scrubbing – some lemon pledge and windex would do them wonders!
There was a family of sea lions hanging out on the docks at Newport Harbor too.
This bar was along the main waterfront road in Newport – I like the description of who visits this place, don’t you?
The waitstaff from the lodge near Crater Lake recommended we visit Gracie’s Sea Hag in Depoe Bay (between Newport and Lincoln City). She said they had great seafood and the bartender would “play the bottles”. We didn’t know what that meant, but since she was so confident we’d love this place, we had to stop for an appetizer. The dungeness crab cocktail was really great – I would have eaten two or three of these myself.
One of the other patron’s asked the bartender to play the bottles and she declined…but we did watch the YouTube video of the show – while I wouldn’t go for the show, I’d definitely go for the crab cocktail.
Have you taken the great American Road Trip this summer? Where did you go? Do you enjoy the drive along the Oregon Coast? Do you have a go to place you always stop along the Coast?
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