Ideas and Activities for Our Area: Depoe Bay, Newport and Otter Rock
The range of activities available at or within a few miles of your doorstep is varied enough to please virtually everyone.
The area offers great year around fishing opportunities. There
are charter operators in Newport and Depoe Bay.
Surfing & Kayaking
Surfing is growing in popularity along this section of the Oregon Coast. Try these three beaches: Agate Beach – Located on the south side of Yaquina Head; South Beach State Park – south of Newport; and Beverly Beach – at our own Otter Rock’s Devil’s Punchbowl. For information on conditions and for lessons and board rentals check with the Otter Rock Surf Shop at www.otterrocksurf.com or Ossie’s Surf Shop at 541-574-4634/ www.ossiessurfshop.com at Agate Beach.
Kayaking opportunities are also available for the novice on up. For lessons, rentals or tours check with Ossie’s Surf Shop listed above or the Kayak Shack in Waldport at 541-563-4445/ www.whskayakshack.com.
Biking & Hiking
Biking is tremendously popular along the Oregon Coast. For bicycle rentals and advice on routes contact the Newport Bike Shop at 541-265-9917 / www.bikenewport.net. Other great information on trails and routes is available on the Lincoln County Public Works Department’s Bicycle Information page.
There is no shortage of great hiking choices in the Otter Rock vicinity. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area offers some educational, short walks. Also check out Cape Perpetua in Yachats and the Mike Miller Park just south of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
Beaches, Lighthouses, & Parks
There are two lighthouses in the immediate vicinity, one visible from the Alpine Chalets.
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is a working lighthouse at Yaquina Head built in 1873 and the tallest one in Oregon. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is the last wooden lighthouse remaining in Oregon and the oldest structure in Newport, located in the Yaquina Bay State Park. It was built in 1871 and is deactivated. Both lighthouses are open for tours daily. Contact The Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses at www.yaquinalights.org for more information.
Beaches are what it’s all about, right? Well, you have come to the right place. Every one is unique. The Chalets are located on Beverly Beach at Otter Rock – a stretch of unbroken sand that runs south from here all the way to Yaquina Head and the lighthouse, which can be seen from the property. It is great for strolling, kite flying, surfing, and sand castles. Some of the other beaches in the area are Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head which has, well, plenty of cobbles (round rocks); Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area also at Yaquina Head is noted as having wheelchair accessible tidepools and also includes trails and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse; Historic Nye Beach has plenty of shopping and restaurants to go with the sand; Agate Beach just north of Newport is accessible through a tunnel and has good surfing; and South Beach State Park, south of Newport provides another long expanse of beach with miles of biking and hiking trails.
There are also some smaller, ocean side parks worth a visit for their views and whale and storm watching opportunities. From the Chalets heading north check out Otter Crest State Scenic Area north of Otter Rock; Rocky Creek State Scenic Area 1 mile south of Newport; Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint 1 mile north of Newport; Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area just a little further north: and Gleneden Beach State Recreation Area 4.5 miles further north.
Whale, Wildlife & StormWatching
Whale watching is a wonderful pastime while at the beach, whether you do it from the benches on the property where they are regularly seen traveling by; from one of the vantage points along the coast like the Whale Watch Center in Newport; or you decide to see them up close from a charter boat. Charters run out of Newport and Depoe Bay.
Newport: Marine Discovery Tours 541-265-6200
The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, just south of the Yaquina Bay Bridge is one of the 10 best in the country and offers underwater viewing of deep ocean sea life, seals, sea lions, sea otters, a walk through an aviary of sea birds, and a fascinating and changing variety of smaller viewing choices including jellyfish and tide pools. Contact them at www.aquarium.org or 541-867-3474.
The Hatfield Marine Science Center, the marine research facility for Oregon State University, is located a few blocks away. Their Visitors Center highlights the work being done by scores of marine scientists through displays, films, talks, and nature walks.
Reach them at www.hmsc.oregonstate.edu or 541-867-0271.
Birding is a natural while staying at the Chalets. They surround you. We have frequent visits from Bald Eagles on the property, and we often see a wide variety of pelicans, gulls, and other seabirds; as well as many varieties of song birds. Other popular birding sites are the Yaquina Bay State Park; the Bayfront Road to Toledo; the nature trail at the Hatfield Marine Science Center; the Oregon Coast Aquarium nature trail; South Beach; and Yaquina Head, where you can see murres, Pelagic and Brandt’s cormorants, cliff gulls, Pigeon Guillemots and Tuffed Puffins from April through July.
For a real walk on the wild side, we suggest a visit to see rare and beautiful Arctic wolves at the White Wolf Sanctuary in the mountains outside of Tidewater. These magnificent creatures roam over 60 acres and are well worth the trip. Contact the sanctuary first as visitors are by appointment only. You can reach the sanctuary at www.white-wolf-sanctuary.com or 541-528-3588
There is nothing like watching the power and majesty of a winter storm along the Oregon Coast. We suggest you tuck in with good glass of Oregon wine and watch the show from your cozy Chalet. If you want to feel the wind and the spray on your face, check out any of the beaches or parks listed above. Be careful! Stay well back from the water!
Whether you enjoy history, art, music, games of chance, we have something for you.
Check out some of these galleries:
There are restaurants to suit every taste and budget. These are a few of our favorites in Depoe Bay, Newport and Lincoln City:
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