Toledo is located about 7 miles inland from Newport, and has a long history as a rough-n-tumble logging and mill town. The mill today is in many ways is still the heart of this small town. Georgia Pacific employs a sizeable percentage of residents of both Toledo and the nearby smaller town of Siletz, and generously contributes to many community events. 

Much of downtown Toledo is built on fairly steep hillsides above several creeks and the meandering Yaquina River. Outlying areas consist of rural ranches and small farms, and there are residential areas along both sides of the river.

The population is about 4,000 and although many residents work in Newport, Toledo has all basic services such as grocery stores, auto parts, a pharmacy, restaurants and many other small businesses. There are a skate/bike park, antique shops and art galleries, a community pool and tennis courts, and nearby golf and boating opportunities.

The weather is decidedly warmer here in the summer than in most oceanfront coastal communities, and in winter, the coastal windstorms are much less severe.

Toledo hosts several events during the year with the three biggest ones occurring in summer.

The Toledo Summer Festival kicks off the summer during the 4th weekend in July. This is the biggest community celebration and begins with the crowning of the junior and senior queens. Saturday includes a large parade featuring equestrian units, floats and decorated log trucks – which are always crowd pleasers. There is a carnival with rides and booths, and logging competitions which attract both local loggers and national caliber competitors. The Saturday night fireworks are amongst the best small town fireworks anywhere!

The first weekend of August is the date for another big event, the Antique Street Fair and Classic Car Show. Five blocks of Main Street are blocked off and are filled with antique and craft booths, exhibits, food stands, and music groups … plus over 100 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles which compete for trophies and prizes.

The Wooden Boat Show is another great community event in the summer, and is presented on the third weekend of August.  In addition to the boat show of both modern and vintage wooden boats, there are many other fun activities, including music, all kinds of arts and crafts booths, sculling competitions, puddle duck races and log rolling demonstrations.  The pancake breakfast and boat rides are amongst the most popular events of the weekend.

Art Walk is every year on Labor Day weekend, the artists of Toledo open their studios and galleries to the public for three days. Artists will share recent work for sale and visitors will have a chance to meet the artists themselves, many of whom are award-winning and enjoy national and international reputations. The Art Walk began in 1993 with three working professional artists who had their own studio/galleries: Michael Gibbons, Ivan Kelly and Douglas Haga. Since then, the popular event has continued to grow. In previous years, anywhere from 500 to more than 1,000 visitors have trekked to Toledo for the event.

Toledo is a friendly small town that welcomes visitors, stop by the next time you’re visiting the central Oregon coast!