Shortly after relocating to the Willamette Valley of Oregon the locals shared that the summer months were enjoyed at the beaches of Newport, Oregon. Probably the most visited and photographed is Nye Beach. At one time Nye Beach was the honeymoon capitol of the world:
Unlike the rest of the town of Newport, there is nothing similar to Nye Beach on the entire Oregon Coast. Cobblestone streets, old-style street lamps made of modern technology and a bevy of quaint architectural styles give this place a charm that is somewhere between 19th century Europe and the future - with a decent helping of Americana.
This historic area used to be called the “honeymoon capital of the world” back in the 1900’s, when Nye Beach was actually a separate town, connected to Newport by only a mud road covered by wooden planks. At that time, Newport was all on the bay front.
These days, it retains its romantic buzz with loads of cute lodgings and cafes dotting its tiny streets. There’s the legendary Sylvia Beach Hotel, with rooms coming in themes based on authors’ lives, such as the Edgar Allen Poe room that contains a pendulum hanging over the bed.
Not only is Nye Beach popular in the summer months, it is popular all year round. About two weeks a go a winter storm blanketed Newport with a light snow. Several of you have shared that you will be vacationing in the area next summer and have requested some photos. This set will be of the winter photos of the Nye Beach area.
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is one of the most popular lighthouses in the United States.
There are hundreds of thousands of guests that visit every year. The tower is the tallest on the Oregon Coast - soaring 93 feet in the air. This lighthouse is the only Oregon Lighthouse with a marble floor. It stands 162 feet above sea level, and can be seen from ocean vessels as far away as 19 miles. I was told this by one of the kind volunteers at this lighthouse. He added that it can be seen "no further, thanks to the curvature of the earth."
(All photos ©BlueJessamine. Thank you.)