The human desire for an ocean view can be traced back to the advantage it offered in catching sight of approaching battleships or village-starved krakens. Enjoy a predator-free vantage point with today's Groupon: for $107, you get one night in a double-occupancy ocean-view room (up to a $163.99 value), a $25 dining credit, and a bottle of champagne (a $25 value) at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport (up to a $213.99 total value).
The Best Western Agate Beach Inn boasts heart-racing views of the Pacific Ocean from its cozy guest rooms. The rooms each bear either one generous king-size bed or two equally giving queen-size beds, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows for watching early-morning whale workouts. Various electronic mechanisms offer creature comforts, such as a boredom-blasting TV/VCR, a work-enabling data port, and a meal-reinvigorating microwave supplemented by a refrigerator and a coffeemaker. The indoor heated pool and spa bask in the sun rays filtering through the glass-paneled west wall, and a fitness center and game room offer drier diversions. Two restaurants tempt vacationing palates with savory fare and eye-pleasing ocean views. The Starfish Grill serves upscale fare, such as the pan-seared salmon ($19), and Rookie's Sports Bar provides comforting pub fare, such as the Mile High Reuben ($12) under the glow of multiple large-screen televisions.
Agate Beach lies right at the inn's feet, inviting guests to spend time sunbathing, swimming, or searching for sea-glass houses. A host of attractions lie nearby, from golf and fishing to museums and whale watching.