Blog Posts

MAR 12, 2019

Time for Spring Cleaning

By Executive Director Patti Ferry

Spring is coming March 20th! That always brings spring cleaning to mind for me. Here at the Chamber we’ll be having a major clean-up day March 19th, sprucing up the office to prepare for our Spring Break visitors.

Thinking about sprucing up your home or office? We have several Chamber members who can help.

Here are just a few. Found items to sell or donate? Wesley’s Trading Post may be able to help you get some cash for your treasures you no longer need. Just want to donate the items from your cleaned out closets? Try the new Goodwill donation center next to their Boutique on Cape, 11 SE 2nd St.  Or used building materials? How about donating to our local Habitat For Humanity of Lincoln County ReStore found at 133 SE 1st St. These are also good sources to shop at as they have many unique items to offer.

Sometimes spring cleaning means putting on a new coat of paint or updating your landscaping. We have several Chamber members who can be found in our member directory to help you out. A couple of quick suggestions are: for painting check out Most Wanted Painters, where owner Saul Carrasco and his team will bring you their years of expertise to help color match, pressure wash, and a variety of other services. Need to add a new retaining wall or put in some beautiful landscaped beds? Give Creative Landscape & Maintenance a call. Check out their website to see some of their designs.

MAR 6, 2019

Marketing to Travelers

By Executive Director Patti Ferry

This week I have traveled to Berlin, Germany to attend ITB, which is “the world’s leading travel and trade show." There are over 105 countries attending this multi-day event that is held in a large campus of convention halls. Those in the tourism industry and consumers come to meet and learn about various destinations. I am with Brand USA, inside a Travel Oregon booth with fellow tourism professionals. International visitors are becoming more interested in Oregon for our wide open spaces, dramatically beautiful coastline, amazing wines, beers, and ciders, and the opportunity to get to know the locals and immerse themselves in our culture.

Have you ever looked at your business from your client or customers' point of view? When they walk in are they greeted in a friendly manner? Are items easy to find? Do they know what to do when they come in? At the Chamber we are working to bring a variety of programs that highlight aspects of our tourism industry, but if you really look at it, we’re all tourists on this planet.

At the Chamber, we are starting with Collette Travel doing a luncheon presentation. This is a good way to see travel marketing in action. May brings “Know Your Newport,” which is the Chamber’s training for front line hospitality workers. We used to attend when I worked for the credit union because we all greet visitors in our day to day routine. We’re also looking to bring some of Travel Oregon’s Tourism 101 trainings to luncheons later this year.

FEB 27, 2019

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

By Executive Director Patti Ferry

As a child, I remember hearing, "if March comes in like a lion, it will leave like a lamb." Seeing the amount of snow that came in to the east and south of us this week, I think it’s coming in like a lion!

That means it is the perfect time to visit Georgie’s Beachside Grill, grab a seat by the window, order some chowder and watch the storms roll in. You could even book a night’s stay at the Hallmark.

Winter weather also means preparing your car for the season. Stop in at Ocean Tire Factory or Alan Brown’s Les Schwab for winter tires, and pick up chains to carry just in case.

Make sure your insurance is up to date, too! I had the roof blow off my house one year in the wintery high winds. We have several Chamber members who are insurance agents. Give Susan or Steve Beck at Farmers Insurance a call to schedule a review of your current coverage to be sure you have what you need. Or call Wendy Abel-Hatzel at Abel Insurance and let her know you are a Chamber member to get a member-to-member deal.

Stay safe and think "staycation" this season!

FEB 18, 2019

Seafood and Wine Festival 2019 Time!

 

By Executive Director Patti Ferry

I just returned from walking around the Port of Newport’s property, where every last full weekend in February the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce (with the invaluable support from the community in the form of committee members, volunteers, sponsors and vendors!) erects a large tent and holds its annual Seafood and Wine Festival. This is our 42nd year of the event.  It has grown immensely from its humble beginnings. There are over 160 booths boasting wines from the Pacific Northwest, crafts to dazzle the eyes and ignite the imagination and foods with wondrous smells wafting through the tents enticing you to try seafood, candies, breads and more. I am amazed every year when I see it all come together and the fun people are having.

Connected with the Festival are two wine competitions. One is held for the amateurs who want to see what our judges think of their creations. Among the entries have been fruit wines, vegetable wines, and of course wines from various grapes. We also just completed the 33rd year of our Commercial Wine Competition. This is the longest continuous wine competition in the Northwest. This year the top honor, the Joseph Swafford Best in Show went to a Garnacha from Merrill Cellars. Stop by their booth during the festival to talk to winemaker OJ Merrill about his wines. In fact, several of the winemakers will be at their booths ready to share with you about their vintages, and you can experience firsthand the care and love that goes into every bottle.

Several non-profits participate in the festival, from pouring wines to keeping the grounds clean and directing visitors to the perfect parking spot. They do this to give back to their community and earn funds for their organizations. Then there are the hundreds of volunteers who come together to pick up cardboard, direct traffic, stamp hands, and count attendees, to name a few jobs. Sponsors give funds and services to help the Chamber put on the best festival possible. A committee that works year-round on the Festival kicks into high gear in February to bring it all together! This is truly an example of a community coming together to help bolster our town during the wet winter month of February. I cannot adequately express how deeply touched I am by all everyone gives. It makes my heart filled with joy.

I hope you get a chance to come “Meet Me by the Sea” for the 42nd annual Newport Seafood & Wine Festival.

FEB 11, 2019

Sweets for Your Sweetie

By Executive Director Patti Ferry

With just a few days left to get my Valentine’s gifts, I am heading out for candy! First stop, Chamber member Safeway for the traditional conversation hearts. Located at 2220 N Coast Hwy, they also offer some great items if you plan to get creative and cook your own dinner that evening.

Headed south, I am crossing the bridge to visit owner Robert Hoefs and team at Newport Candy Shoppe Chocolate Factory to watch the chocolate being made and pick up some fresh hand-dipped strawberries on the 13th and 14th. The Chocolate Factory is located at the first left at the light in South Beach, 3211 S. Coast Hwy, or stop by their shop at 440 Bay Blvd for many other confectionary treats.

Want some locally made fudge for your sweetheart? Take a quick trip over to Nye Beach and right next door to SJ Jewelers you’ll find Nye Beach Sweets.  Rebecah Lutz and her crew having been perfecting fudgy combinations since 2013. Don’t forget to fortify yourself with a great cup of coffee and some ice cream while there.

Bundling up for an evening stroll on the beach is a tradition for me and my spouse, so I hope to see you out and about supporting our local members while celebrating all that is good in our lives.

FEB 6, 2019

Valentine Sparkles

By Executive Director Patti Ferry

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you still have time to pick up something sparkly for your someone special. No matter your budget, we have several Chamber members ready to help you in your search. Both Walmart and Fred Meyer offer a variety of gift items such as stuffed toys, clothing and jewelry.  

Looking for a special piece of jewelry with a little more individuality? Check out Diamonds By the Sea, where proprietor Kathryn Heater or one of her co-workers can help you select the piece that is just right. Kathryn brings her gemology expertise to this local business that has been located in Newport for over 64 years.

Or wander down to the Nye Beach area to meet with owner and designer Stewart Riddle at SJ Jewelers. Here’s a hint: check out their webpage to sign up for savings. Wander and wonder among the jewels and gifts or design your own unique piece.

JAN 28, 2019

Traveling for Newport

By Executive Director Patti Ferry

One of my duties is to promote Newport tourism to domestic and international travelers. This in turn brings in visitors to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our unique stores and enjoy all our beautiful coastline has to offer. Last week, I was in Dublin at the Holiday Trade Show. Europeans travel differently than us, I have learned. They take three to four weeks off at a time. Their travel is usually booked through a travel agency, and they like unique experiences that immerse them in our culture. Does your business offer something special that you would like us to help you promote to these international travelers?

I have the awesome privilege of talking about what makes Newport great. Let’s say you booked your stay at the Hallmark Resort (or its new property, The Whaler). Here the staff will offer you unique packages like a bonfire on the beach or popcorn and movies. Their restaurant, Georgie’s Beachside Grill, offers a view of the ocean while you dine. And now that you're full, you can explore Newport.

Newport is unique with two lighthouses! Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is our oldest, and now retired. Some even say it is haunted. When there, you can visit the fisherman’s memorial, park, and enjoy lunch while watching a winter storm roll in, or stroll down to explore tide pools.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest on our coastline. It has been featured in several movies and TV shows. You can spend hours there exploring the Bureau of Land Management grounds, touring the gift shop, and checking out tide pools. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses (FOYL) is a Chamber member organization filled with volunteers keeping our lighthouses accessible. Visit their website to learn more about these incredible places that make Newport unique.

JAN 21, 2019

Staycation: A Great Winter Getaway

Have you ever wanted to just get away for a day or two with no worries about doing the dishes, making the bed, answering e-mails, and just be in the moment? Did you know you could do that right here at home? During what is considered our shoulder or off season, you will find more parking, hotel rooms available, and seating at our local eateries. What a great time to show your love for Newport by eating, staying, and playing local!

Pack a bag and head to Nye Beach. Spend the night at one of several establishments; I’ve highlighted a couple here. Have you been inside the Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites, elizabethoceanfrontsuites.com,  since the new owners have remodeled? This boutique gem on the coast offers oceanfront views from every room. There is a pool, outdoor fire pit (mmm s’mores) and complimentary chowder at 5 pm every day!

If you want to stay right in Nye Beach then try the Sylvia Beach Hotel, sylviabeachhotel.com. Here every room is unique highlighting authors from around the world. You can enter the land of Dr. Seuss (or great room for the kiddos) or go 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Jules Verne. Dinner reservations can be made for a fun family style dining experience.

Wake up refreshed and ready to explore. Grab a cup of coffee and treats at Café Stephanie or Carl’s Coffee before heading out to play in the sand. The Nye Beach turn-around offers the easiest walk onto the beach. Stroll, fly a kite or hunt for treasures. Find a piece of driftwood to sit upon and just feel your cares ebb away with the tides. Stay aware though, as our seas can turn stormy and powerful in a flash. You can check out the latest artist display at the Visual Arts Center.

Time for lunch? Let’s take a walk back up the road to grab some chowder at The Chowder Bowl, or over to Ove Northwest for fresh Pacific Northwest fare. Now you have the afternoon to explore the many shops: nyebeach.org

You will find a variety of gift shops, galleries, spa services, kitchen goods, clothing, and even alpaca merchandise in the dozens of shops in the Historic Nye Beach area. Maybe shopping at Bridies Irish Faire gave you a hankering for bangers & mash and a Dublin sidecar? Good news, Nana’s Irish Pub (nanasirishpub.com) is ready to fill you up. More in the mood for wood fired pizza or fish & chips and a pint? Check out the Taphouse at Nye Creek. And here’s some insider information--check out their web page for the latest revolving tap list: taphouseatnye.com.

It’s been a full day. Head back to your stay, drop into bed and let the gentle sounds of waves lull you to sleep. Got friends or family coming to visit? Staycation also works for your friends and family who need a place to stay when visiting you on the coast.

JAN 14, 2019

Walking by the Dock on the Bay


When is the last time you took a stroll along our Historic Bayfront? Winter Season is a great time to come as there is less traffic and retailers are open for business. I was visiting the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club the other day and was reminded of this great space for events. They also hold a variety of classes, trainings and regattas. For more information check them out at yaquinabayyachtclub.org.

Being on tour historic Bayfront always makes me yearn for two Newport long-time treats, Mo’s Chowder and Rogue beer. Since there is plenty of parking available and both companies are so geared to supporting our community, I am planning to stop by on Thursday for: MOGUE on the 17th. This is an all-day fundraiser by both establishments to raise funds to support the crew of the Mary B II and the Fishermen’s Wives. You can also contribute at newportfishermenswives.com

Mo’s Original Restaurant and Annex in Newport will donate $1.00 for every order of fish and chips sold. Rogue Newport will donate $1.00 for every pint sold at Rouge Ales Public House & Brewer’s on the Bay. Raffle tickets for amazing prizes will also be available for sale.

Good food and beer and doing good at the same time. Truly the 101 way of life!

I think I will add stopping in Specifically Pacific 101 Local while I’m there to see what’s new to wear. Pete & Brittany Sanok have been working to bring the Bayfront community together and promote the lifestyle we so enjoy living along the coast. Check them out at specificallypacific.com  

Hope to see my fellow Newport community down on the Bayfront soon!

- Executive Director Patti Ferry

 

JAN 11, 2019

A Post of Remembrance

As I was beginning my second blog post, I was looking to highlight some activities and places to Eat, Stay, and Shop along our historic Bayfront. But a walk along our Bayfront brought home the dangerous careers our folks in the fishing industry have. This week unfortunately, tragedy has once again struck our fleet with the loss of the Mary B II and her crew of three. The beautiful Pacific Ocean on which we sit abreast can quickly turn from peaceful to thunderously deep swells that can toss a fishing vessel aside. The men and women of our fishing industry and our brave U.S. Coast Guard who protect them face dangers most of us only experience vicariously through photos and television.

Being a Coast Guard City, Newport is proud of its heritage working with these brave men and women. They go hand in hand with our long history of using our waterways for fishing, logging and recreational activities. So next time you see one of the people involved in these pursuits, thank them for all they contribute to making Newport the town that it is.

 

JAN 1, 2019

Fitness Inside and Out


Welcome to our brand new director’s blog! I am starting the New Year with a resolution to find new and creative ways to help promote you, our Chamber members, and the community in which we live and work. So what are our New Year’s resolutions? Maybe it’s to get in shape or improve your health. We have many Chamber members who can help you in this venture. First is one of our newer members, Ardor Adventures. Established in 2012, Ed Cortes has grown his endurance races to include Newport Resolution Run & Polar Bear Plunge (this Saturday!), Run, Love, Run on February 9th, Newport Shamrock Run, Mother’s Day Run and Newport Turkey Trot, to name a few.  Runs are anywhere from 5k’s to 24-hour endurance races. Whatever your fitness goals for 2019, be sure to check out his website for encouragement and goal setting.

Resolutions.  I’ve made a few. Improving my work and life skills is always on the top of my list. There are many opportunities to grow one’s skills offered right here in Newport. How are you when it comes to public speaking? You could practice and get encouraging feedback form our local Toastmasters group.  You will find this fun group of folks meeting at 7am Tuesday mornings at the Pig N Pancake. Both Chamber members have formed a great relationship. The group is greeted with friendly smiles. When you attend a meeting you might hear stories read, speeches from life experiences or even quick table topics all the while trying to work in the word of the day. I know my heart always races when I have to speak to a room full of people, so any help or practice I can get is valuable. You can find out more about this group on their website or read their blog.

New research says it takes 66 days of practice to make a habit. Maybe for fitness you are not ready to run a 5k or have the tools to get to that goal. Check out SAMFIT – Newport on SW 10th Street here in Newport. They offer 24-hour fitness opportunities whether you want a group class, train for a marathon (or just keep up with the grand kids!), or increase your flexibility. Find out more on their website.

Now to get some life coaching direction. If I search the Chamber website for personal coaching, I find Jalene Case. I know Jalene from Toastmasters. And suddenly more connections are made. I click on the link to her website to learn I can not only find help with my professional life goals, but my personal ones too. In the words of Jalene, “I believe that creating lives we love (at home and at work) starts with our hearts.”

- Executive Director Patti Ferry

 

DEC 2018

Come to Newport for the Holiday Season

Newport, Ore. – The holiday season in Newport, Oregon wouldn’t be complete without lighted boats on the bay, unique shopping at craft fairs, historical holiday parties, and of course… a scuba Santa! Take a trip to the coast this season and revel at a parade of luminescent ships welcoming the holiday spirit to Newport, take in the scent of warm baked goods while searching out hand-made gifts at craft fairs, and view aquatic creatures of the deep as Santa swims past. The holidays in Newport will be a unique and memorable experience for locals and visitors alike.

Santa is making his first appearance in town on Saturday, November 24. Sponsored by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, Santa will make a jolly visit to the Embarcadero Resort from 9:30-10:30 am, where he will have photos taken, and then will be led by a Newport Fire Engine for a trip down Bay Boulevard, arriving at the Newport Recreation Center at 11:00 am. He will have photos taken at the Recreation Center until 1:00 pm.

Friday and Saturday nights beginning November 30, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will display over half a million colorful lights with plenty of holiday decorations, and of course welcome Santa as he scuba dives in the aquarium tanks. The kickoff weekend begins November 30-December 1 from 6-9:00 pm. Admission is $2 with two cans of nonperishable food, or $10 without. The remaining Friday and Saturday nights through December will be open from 5-8:00 pm with a $10 admission.

On the hunt for holiday gifts? The Holiday House annual bazaar features locally-made goods by artisans and crafters, gift ideas, handmade ornaments, decorations, and sweet treats! The doors open November 30 and December 1 from 9:00 am-6:00 pm, and November 2 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club.

The 25th annual Lighted Boat Parade will usher in the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 1. This favorite winter community event features a parade of boats decorated with sparkling lights which reflect off the dark Bayfront waters. The parade can be viewed for free from Bay Boulevard or the surrounding area from 5-7:00 pm. You can even participate in the parade by riding one of the boats. Contact Marine Discovery Tours at 541-265-6200.

Up for some history? Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Interpretive Center will host a Victorian Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 8. Experience holiday traditions of the 1800s and enjoy activities such as historical ornament and craft making, playing 19th century parlor games, and tasting homemade cookies and refreshments. Admission is free from 10:00 am-4:00 pm that day.

Experience the music of the holidays by attending “Winter Wonder” at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Members of the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Porthole Players will present an opera in one act: “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” plus a reading of Dylan Thomas’s short story, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Show times are Saturday, December 8 from 7:30-9:30 pm, and Sunday, December 9 from 2:00-4:30 pm. Ticket information is available at www.coastarts.org.

For Newport lodging and activity information and complete calendar of events, see www.discovernewport.com and www.newportchamber.org or call 800-262-7844.