Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Agate Beach Inn
The Best Western Agate Beach Inn overlooks one of the world’s finest spots for unearthing agates, brilliantly colored gemstones ringed by contrasting bands. Start your own treasure hunt by following the walkway that leads from the hotel down to the beach.
- Satisfy your appetite at Starfish Grill or enjoy ribs and fries at Rookies Sports Bar (closed Feb 1 to Feb 22).
- Enjoy the view: Rooms look out over rolling hills or the Pacific Ocean and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
- Go for a swim in the indoor pool, which is bathed in sunlight thanks to a wall of windows.
Hotel will be under renovation until March 2018.
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 sand-castle furniture. Migrating whales lumber past offshore, and colonies of sea lions and seals occupy rocky outcroppings.
Throughout the day, fishing boats bring their catches to the docks at Bay Boulevard marina in downtown Newport. 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.