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Florence & Newport

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Florence & Newport

Hi Folks,

We are going to take three days between Crecent City & Ashland to drive up to Florence/Newport area 9/8-thru 9/12-12.

Which of the two would be a better base for a three night stay?

What are specific recommendations to stay & eat?

Quiet & quality bed count most; then view & atmosphere. Budget is not generally an issue but I'm not looking for the Ritz Carlton either.

For food, we like diversity. Local favorites are usually our favorites.

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1. Re: Florence & Newport

May I suggest the Benbow Inn? LOL, could not resist that one!

If the choice is between Florence and Newport I'd recommend Yachats :-) Look at the Overleaf Lodge and see what you think.

If you'd prefer a larger town I'd vote for Newport since most of Florence is slightly inland and you can't see the ocean. In Newport I think you might like the Greenstone Inn or Elizabeth Street Inn, or there are some very nice B&Bs as well.

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2. Re: Florence & Newport

half-Brit is dead on; if the choice is between the two, stay near the middle and pick Yachats!!

Florence and Newport are roughly the same size, but Newport is much more commercialized, meaning better geared towards tourism, and the town is closer to the beach. The other advantage Newport has over Florence is lodging choices.

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Ah, the Benbow! Great idea, Half- Brit! LOL!

Just made reservation at Overleaf. Much thanks.

Any suggestions on best places for food in Newport, Yachats, or Florence, folks.

Edited: 28 August 2012, 19:32
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4. Re: Florence & Newport

RE: Food Places; depends on what you are looking for, but in Yachats, I like The Historic Drift Inn.

In Florence, there are several really good eateries in old-town (Bay Front), including Waterfront Depot, Bridgewater and Maple Street Grill. If you like sushi and/or Hawaiian food, Thorton's Cafe on hwy 101 has the best fare this side of Maui (the chef is from Maui)!!

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What are some good things to see/do? No long hikes; other than that up for almost anything. Any local theator groups that put on plays?

I'll read the the things to do list on TA but always nice to get local input.

Appreciate the dinning tips, dengay.

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6. Re: Florence & Newport

Another vote for Drift Inn but be aware they have live music most / all nights that starts early and it can be very loud. We usually get there about 5 pm as the music starts around 6:30ish. They are *always* very busy.

The Adobe has a wonderful view but they're inconsistent - have been for as long as I can remember. We prefer going upstairs and getting a couple of appetizers instead of eating dinner there. Works for lunch too ;-)

Waldport is a few miles north of Yachats and has a new place called Rumi. We haven't eaten there yet but it's getting good reviews... tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g52117-d20… There is also a very good but basic Mexican place in Waldport where you could get food to go and eat it on your oceanfront deck :-)

In Newport there are many places - Local Ocean Seafood, Saffron Salmon, Lucky Thai, you might like April's or Panache. Nana's Irish Pub is exceptionally good IMO.

South of Newport a popular eatery is the South Beach Fish Market (although the batter is quite garlicky) and we really like Fishtails Cafe at Aquarium Village which is a simple cafe atmosphere but very good.

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7. Re: Florence & Newport

Oh, forgot about the theatre. Check the Performing Arts Center in Newport.

There is a covered bridge inland from Yachats up the river road. Heceta Head lighthouse is still covered up and closed not sure when it's going to open after the restoration. Nice drive up Cape Perpetua - walk out to the lookout building. Devil's Churn is great at high tide.

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8. Re: Florence & Newport

Many of Half-Brit's suggestions are also on my list of faves: Local Ocean Seafood, Saffron Salmon, Panache, April's and South Beach Fish Market. Just had crab cakes Monday night that we bought at Local Ocean on a Coast junket Sunday. YUM!!

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10. Re: Florence & Newport

This should be posted as a TA REVIEW. Since it doesn't answer any ot the OP's primary questions, it really doesn't belong here. I'm sure we all regret that you had an unpleasant experience. You probably would have preferred going out on the 20+ passenger big buggy (I know they have one at the other dunes tour operation south of Florence), which is both tamer and has more narrative, including a 10-15 minute break to allow passengers to scramble on a dune.

You're the first one I can remember comparing the experience to one in Dubai that included entertainment. Personally, I prefer Oregon.