Historic Nye Beach
Newport’s historic Nye Beach neighborhood has been popular with vacationers since the late 1800s, and its charm has only grown with time. Located right along the beach, it boasts cobblestone streets, unique architecture, and great boutique stores and restaurants (nyebeach.org). Get in the holiday mood at Charisma Gifts, where owner Jeannie Bailey-Moe offers her 36th annual holiday open house, featuring 10 themed Christmas trees. For purchase, you’ll find unique Santas, angels, and snowmen, as well as table runners, candles, and many great gift items such as soaps and lotions, wine accessories, dishes, and mugs.
If you love mermaids, you won’t want to miss Peerless Puffin, where Anne Breedlove offers these lovely water spirits in every form—lamps, statues, vases, picture frames, signs, and more. Peruse the French milled soaps, journals, cards, handbags, perfumes, and lotions, as well as children’s toys, puzzles, and stuffed animals.
At For Art’s Sake Gallery, a collective of nine artists, you’ll find everything from nature-inspired mixed media pieces to colorful fused glass and intricate beadwork jewelry. And, you can shop for a cause: During the first three weeks of December, the gallery hosts “Here Comes Santa Paws.” From a selected group of items, 30 percent will be donated to FOLCAS (Friends of Lincoln County Animals).
Be sure to stop in at Nye Beach Sweets, where you can choose a sweet gift from 25 varieties of homemade fudge—from maple walnut and butter pecan to a beautiful swirly one called tiger butter and familiar favorites such as divinity and classic chocolate fudge. You can also order fudge online at nyebeachsweets.com.