There are lots of things to do in and around Newport. Let's start with the obvious: across the street from the retreat, and down the stairs, is 4 miles of beautiful Newport coastline. After exploring, you can walk to Historic Nye Beach, where you can eat at one of the nine eating establishments, all of which are pretty tasty. Or, head down to Yaquina Bay State Park, which is only a half-mile away, and visit the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
Cross the Yaquina Bay Bridge and you'll find yourself near the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center. The Hatfield Marine Science Center operates on a suggested donation basis and is a wonderful place to take the kids. While there, be sure to check out the resident giant Pacific Octopus.As you venture further into Newport, you'll find great food and activities at the Newport Historic Bayfront, an active, working port. You can visit the docks, go crabbing, and see the sea lions. And, if you love seafood, check out Local Ocean.
Also in Newport, you'll find the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Agate Beach, and plenty of other things to keep you busy. If, however, you find yourself looking for other things to do, you can head north on Hwy 101 and hit Depoe Bay, Boiler Bay, and Lincoln City. Or, head south to Waldport, Yachats, and Florence. You can also head inland to Corvallis and visit the OSU Campus and experience the wines of the Willamette Valley.