Newport and Seal Rock, Oregon

“If you are lucky enough to have a house by the beach, You are lucky enough.” I don’t know the origin of that saying, but it is on a plaque that hangs in one of my favorite places-the beach house at Seal Rock. We are fortunate enough to have access to a lovely cabin on the beach at Seal Rock. It seems like we used to go there more often when the children were younger and our budget was slimmer, but I think it seems more magical now that we are seeing it through different eyes. Eyes that have seen many more sights and sounds and events. The house at Seal Rock is a relaxing escape from the day to day grind and from the compulsion to be doing and going that the weekend brings.

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If you are not familiar, Seal Rock is a tiny coastal town in Oregon, about 15 minutes south of Newport. Newport is the tourist destination, home to Rogue Brewery, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Wax Works Museum, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, temporary home of Free Willy star Keiko the killer whale. Seal Rock is Newports quiet neighbor, home to a few State Parks and State Recreation Areas, Indulge (my favorite candy shop), a glass blowing studio, a woodcarvers studio and other delights.

On this visit, we had the pleasure of the company of my cousin Jessica, her husband Ryan, and their 3 year old son, Jasper. I was elated to find that the tides were low this trip so we could enjoy the tidepools at Seal Rock. We haven’t often managed to plan a visit that coincides with the low tide. It was especially fun to see the tidepools with a three-year old whos wonder and amazement was contagious!

We spent Saturday on Newport’s Historic Waterfront. We had lunch at Ocean Bleu Seafoods, they offered a selection of gluten-free dishes, and cocktails, of course. Lunch was delicious and the service was great.

Let me tell you about my new favorite store! From the moment we walked in, I could hear this quaint little curiosity shop speaking to me. Femme Fatale Curiosities and Apothecary was elegantly stocked with all things beautiful and macabre, each display a curated work of art. It was so difficult to leave there with only a couple of items!

While the men took Jasper to see the seals at the dock, Jessica and I enjoyed a glass of wine at the Noble Estates Tasting Room. Current Covid-19 pandemic orders prevented an actual tasting, but a seat on the sunny patio with one of my favorite people and a glass of one of my favorite wines is always a good idea.

After a lovely day on Newport’s Historic Bayfront, it was time to retire to the beach house and enjoy a cozy fire and a board game – after the beautiful sunset, of course! There was a Haunted Mansion version of the game Life at the house, which had to be played since we were so close to halloween! It was silly and fun.

When you find yourself in the Newport area, be sure to check out Ocean Bleu, Femme Fatale, and the peaceful views at Seal Rock . Enjoy some fudge from Indulge, watch some glass blowing and wood carving and always remember, Happy Glamping!

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