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Newport practicalities

Newport’s Greyhound bus station is at 956 SW 10th St, and the chamber of commerce is at 555 SW Coast Hwy (t 541/265-8801, w http://www.newportchamber.org). The best-known place to stay is the well-worn Sylvia Beach Hotel, on Nye Beach at 267 NW Cliff St (t 541/265-5428, w http://www.sylviabeachhotel.com; $101–130), whose twenty rooms each bear the name of a famous writer, from Melville to Dickinson, but better is the town’s wide range of B&Bs (details at w http://www.moriah.com/npbba), with charming amenities set in historic houses and estates. Among the finest are the Tyee Lodge, 4925 NW Woody Way (t 1-888/553-8933, w http://www.tyeelodge.com; $131–160), where six comfortable and modern B&B units have expansive oceanfront views, and Elizabeth Street Inn, 232 Elizabeth St (t 1-877/265-9400, w http://www.elizabethstreetinn.com; $131–160), whose sizeable rooms have kitchenettes, microwaves, fireplaces and sea-facing balconies, and there’s an on-site spa, gym and pool.

There’s a cluster of serviceable cafés and restaurants on Bay Boulevard at the bayfront. Mo’s Original, in the 600 block (t 541/265-2979), is the most conspicuous chowder house, but better is Chowder Bowl, on Nye Beach at 728 NW Beach Drive (t 541/265-7477), which, despite its unexceptional look, does serve the best bowl in town. Rogue Ales Public House, no. 748 (t 541/265-3188), is the liveliest spot for food and beer, and also offers one- and two-bedroom “Bed and Beer” hotel units ($81–130, plus two complimentary bottles; t 541/961-0142) so you don’t have to risk driving away drunk. Near Nye Beach, Cafe Stephanie, 411 NW Coast St (t 541/265-8082), is a good place to go for sandwiches, fish tacos and salmon chowder, with filling breakfasts, too.

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