Last week, my Best Friend Husband and I went on an unplanned excursion to Newport, Oregon. While the weather was cold, foggy and even freezing fog in some spots at home and in the valley, we had beautiful weather on the coast ... 60 degrees, sunny and absolutely gorgeous. When you enter the town of Newport coming from Corvallis, there is a hand carved sign that simply says, "Newport, The Friendliest". We found that to be very, very true.
We stayed at the Shilo Inn on the beach and found it to be a nice hotel at a reasonable price ($90.00 per night/off season). You can even bring your dogs with you in your room if you are so inclined. They are right on the beach with two restaruants, a lounge, two pools and many other amenities. The rooms were big and clean and the view was great. The service was excellent. (The only draw back that we could find was that there were no balconys.) Here are some pictures of the room we were in:
Finally, the Oregon Coast Aquarium opened up at 10:00. It wasn't inexpensive, but is really neat, and you can stay as long as you want to. There are many more pictures of the aquarium under the My Photography section.
After we were through with the aquarium, we went down the street to the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center. This is an interactive museum that you donate as much as you want to when you enter. This is an awesome place to bring the kids.
We got our hair cut at Precision Cuts. I learned that the little girl who cut my hair was one of the last batch of babies to be born at the Toledo hospital, and has the newspaper article about it in her baby book. The guy that cut Cary's hair was from Malaysia. Both haircuts were good ones.
After that, we went to Fred Meyer and I got a pair of new jeans and some tops. I can fit into a size 10 again, but they are stretchy and I honestly think that if you weigh 160 lbs. you are not really a size 10. Something is sneaky with this sizing business these days. Oh well, what the hell, I am a size 10 and have the tags to prove it!
We returned to our room and I put on my new clothes. Did I mention that my new jeans are size 10's? Then we went downstairs to see our new friend Lisa and had a glass of wine.
Later, we went to dinner down the street, which turned out to be a bad, bad move. We ordered oysters, pan fried, but they looked and tasted funny. We didn't eat them all, thank God. By the time we got back to the Shilo, we were both sick. Yuck! Lisa gave me bitters and soda and that is some cool stuff, I need to buy some of that. It did help to settle my stomach. She even called up the place where we had eaten and told them to not serve anybody else those oysters. They said to tell us they were sorry and removed the cost of the meal from our credit card. Thank you, Lisa, you are the BEST! We both felt better by morning.
Good night, Newport! We got up early the next morning and left for Corvallis.