- We were on a road trip down coastal highway 101 stopping at some historic coastal port cities on our way to Bend Oregon. We spent one night at the Best Western at Agate beach, just north of Newport, Oregon. It's an older Best Western, but is clean and the view from the room of the ocean and beach, was perfect and we were rewarded with a beautiful pastel sunset.
Newport is located on Yaquina Bay which has been a safe port of call for sailing vessels since 1856. Newport was incorporated in 1866, but did not have road access until 1927.
It became a popular tourist destination in the late 1800's well before there was road access.
These links have more history and historical photos
The government spending on infrastructure helped to get the country back to work in the midst of the great depression.
The bridge was the last link to complete highway 101.
The Yaquina Head lighthouse is just north of Agate Beach and is the perfect spot to get a scenic view of the coast north and south of Newport.
We were looking for someplace to eat and seen that there was a Thai restaurant, M & P Authentic Thai Cuisine on Bay St.
It was in an old building and didn’t look much from the outside, but they prepared very tasty Thai food with the just the right amount of spice.
After our excellent diner we went for a walk along the harbour board walk and watched some sea lions cruising out the harbour, no doubt looking for dinner.
We will return and spend a couple of days exploring more in Newport on the next trip down Highway 101.