I Could Live Here

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 092015

A lifetime ago when I first got into the newspaper business I owned several small town weeklies and shoppers in the Pacific Northwest, including three here in Oregon. But one town I never had a publication in and always wanted to, was Newport. I fell in love with this charming town way back then and I still love it. If we ever hang up the keys, I could live here quite happily.

After stopping at the post office to mail out some orders, we spent yesterday poking around in some antique shops and used bookstores in town. Terry found a bobbin for one of the shuttles she uses on her loom, and I spotted a collection of weaving patterns that were distributed on a subscription basis back in the late 1960s. At only $5 they were a good deal and Terry was glad I found them for her.

Then we went to historic Nye Beach, a neighborhood of interesting small shops and restaurants sandwiched between U.S. 101 and the ocean. Longtime reader Ron Butler had recommended a bookstore that had a good selection, and Terry found a couple of cookbooks. She loves cookbooks and reads them like some people read novels.

Nye Beach sign small

I was a prolific readers even back when I was a youngster, and one book I loved was called The Lion’s Paw by Rob White. I must have read it four or five times. I also liked the early hot rod books by Henry Gregor Felsen, and whenever we’re in a used bookstore or antique shop I always look in the kids section, hoping to find any of them. So far no luck, but hope springs eternal.

Nye Beach is right in town and is very popular with local families and visitors alike.

Nye Beach

We couldn’t decide if we were in the mood for seafood or Chinese, so we found the best of both worlds at a place called Kam Meng Chinese Restaurant on the north side of town. At first glance we wondered if we had made a mistake, when a 40ish Anglo man greeted us, but the Yelp reviews were very good so we decided to give it a try.

If this isn’t the best Chinese restaurant we’ve ever found, it’s at least very, very high up the list. We started off with absolutely the best hot and sour soup on the planet. My shrimp fried rice was delicious and had more shrimp than any I have ordered anywhere. Terry ordered the seafood pot, which included fish, shrimp, mussels, clams, oysters, and calamari cooked in their own juices and a special broth in a clay pot. One bite and she said, “Oh baby, we’re coming back here again!” Yes, it was that good.

Seafood pot

Back at the campground we stopped to visit with Dan and Patty Chance for a little while and then came home. I tried, unsuccessfully, to check my e-mail and decided it would have to wait until I went down to the clubhouse to post the blog. A little later on Terry made homemade strawberry ice cream. Yummy! Yes, except for the terrible internet service, life is good here in Newport!

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Gun Shy from my friend Ben Rehders’ popular Blanco County mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  4 Responses to “I Could Live Here”

  1. There are some wonderful shops owned by craftspersons(?) in the aquarium area plus a huge antique shop in which I’ve seen everything from sewing machines to old Life magazines. There is also a small but nice yarn shop that Terry might like. A great place to poke around in for an afternoon.

  2. Bruce Besmen

  3. ebay has __Road Rocket__ by Henry Gregor Felsen for $7.99/buy now AND free shipping. Yowsey…..some other books for $100’s…..

    We like Newport. Enjoy the life.

  4. We just got home from our few days staying at a B&B in Astoria and spending days with friends in Seaside and Cannon Beach. Had a lot of fun…but on the way home we ate (by chance) at another great place in Longview, called Stuffy’s. A fun and amazing place. The size of some of their hamburgers, etc is astounding. Do go hungry…it is also said to be family owned and they only get the best ingredients they can find. Have you ever eaten there?

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