Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cat-Free Coast

We live about an hour from the coast, but don't usually visit that often
except when we have class field trips or visiting family.

A fun trip for two was long overdue.
The boys had to stay home; car trips and novelty are not their thing.

We stayed at the the Elizabeth Street Inn in Newport
for the first time: oceanfront view, fireplace, pool/jacuzzi,
breakfast buffet, night-time cookies... awesome!

An extra bonus, we could just catch a peek of the car
from the big (and fun) balcony.
Oh, and we could also see the Yaquina Head lighthouse :)

With an early check-in, we started with a feast of pasta salad,
 chips and onion dip, cookies, wine and port (comfy couch too).

Usually we would scurry to the beach and back to the room,
but this time we decided to visit historic Nye beach...

Next to the hotel is a small and beautifully done park
commemorating Lincoln County soldiers and their families.

An obelisk decorated with a heron stands in tribute.

Walking from the park, the library, performing arts center,
and boardwalks of shops are all within a few blocks.
There are several spas and bookstores (perfect for a retreat),
and a special shout out to Queen of Hearts lingerie (beautiful things!).

Quirky and charming coastal architecture is everywhere.

After a swim (heated pool, the ocean is really cold), we returned
to the boardwalk for dinner at Cafe Mundo.  Delicious drinks,
tempeh, and a troupe of Shakespearean actors performing
Trolius and Cressida.

 Even this one day feels like a huge vacation.

Hopefully it won't be too long before we're back at the coast.


Deven said...

The lovely day and great surroundings agree with you. You both look wonderful. Good for you!

silvia said...

congrats for that days off and thanks for all those nice coastal impressions ! I miss the sea...
how did the boyz react once you were back, smelling the salty air in your clothes?
even if they seem not liking changes, I wonder if they wouldn't have appreciated running on the beach, especially T ? my felix did.