Hotel at a Glance: Starfish Point
The Pacific Ocean and the craggy Yaquina Head formation are both visible from Starfish Point, a coastal Oregon condo property right on the beach. And though the condos feel tucked away, they’re also close to shopping and restaurants in quaint downtown Newport.
- Explore tide pools on a walk down the hotel’s private illuminated path toward the shoreline.
- Two-bedroom condos look out over Agate Beach; each features a fully equipped kitchen, four-person hot tub, gas fireplace, and private deck.
- Watch for whales from the railings of the building’s multilevel main deck.
- Notable award: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014
Newport, Oregon: Quiet Bayfront Area with Historical Buildings and Seafood Markets
U.S. Highway 101 traverses the entire Oregon coast, threading through the bustling business districts on the north end of Newport and its quiet, historical Bayfront below. Of the shore-side areas, Shilo Inns Suites Hotels in Newport sits closest to Yaquina Bay; here, 19th-century buildings and cottages are set amid seafood markets and the docking ships of a large commercial fishing fleet. Beach activity wanes in the winter, when windsurfers and storm watchers take advantage of high gusts and beachcombers wait for waves to wash ashore seashells and piggy banks filled with sand dollars.
In early spring, roughly 18,000 gray whales swim by Newport’s shores during migration. When the skies and seas are calm enough, charter boats sail out for close encounters with the gentle giants as well as views of the coastline and the occasional sea lion and harbor seal.