Newport is a small town on the coast, about 7 miles from my Dad’s house in Toledo; it’s kind of that trashy tourist town with a boatload of t-shirt shops and cheesy museums, but it’s also got some gorgeous views, some great beers—the Rogue Brewery sits right on the bay—and is home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium—where my Dad is a volunteer, Nye Beach, a funky section of town, and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
It’s that cool combination of funk and cheese and nature and vistas and good food … and great beer … I recommend the Dead Guy Ale.
And it’s also home to sea lions, who have taken over a section of the harbor and sun themselves, and make quite a racket, all day long. While some cities work to move the sea lions out of the harbor, Newport actually raises money to keep an area of the harbor specifically for the sea lions.
I like that, too, after all, the sea lions were there first, right?