Oceanfront Hotel with Easy Beach Access and Scenic Views
Over the years, beachcombers have uncovered a dazzling array of agates buried in the sand along the Oregon coast. These shiny gemstones, admired for their brilliant colors and unique concentric bands, have been used in jewelry and decorative art since ancient times. The oceanfront Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn overlooks one of the finest spots for hunting these crystallized treasures in the world—a stretch of sand where hundreds of agates are unearthed every year.
The family-friendly hotel offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, which is put on display both in guest rooms and at several onsite eateries. The Starfish Grill serves fresh seafood, such as dungeness crab cakes, in front of a wall of windows framing the ever-churning ocean. In the evening, a dining-room fireplace helps to establish a romantic atmosphere as guests relish saffron-infused bouillabaisse. At Rookies Sports Bar, views of the Pacific vie for attention with flat-screen TVs, lottery games, and a pool table. In the warmer months, the best seats in the house can be found on a sprawling outdoor patio.
Upstairs, ocean-view rooms overlook Agate Beach and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, a 93-foot tower built in 1873. Each room is clean, comfortable, and outfitted with a small balcony. Upon arrival, guests receive a gift tote filled with vino-centric items such as a bottle of regional merlot, a glass-blown wine stopper, and a pair of grape-stomping stilettos.
Newport, Oregon: Coastal Town near Pacific Beaches and Bountiful Sea Life
Located on the coast of central Oregon, the small fishing town of Newport is lined with basalt rock cliffs, long sandy beaches, and tide pools. Out-of-towners flock to the shoreline year-round in search of agates, fossilized shells, and abandoned sandcastle furniture. Migrating whales lumber past offshore, and colonies of sea lions and seals occupy coastal rock outcroppings.
Throughout the day, fishing boats bring their catches to the docks at Bay Boulevard marina in downtown Newport, which is located 2.5 miles from the hotel. The waterfront village is home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, whose residents include crowd-pleasing puffins and a 60-pound octopus. Permanent exhibits include Passages of the Deep, a series of tanks linked by an underwater tunnel affording 360-degree views of sharks and wolf eels.