Written by Megan.
We may love the bustling busy living of the city of Portland, but my roots are deep in small town Oregon. I was born and raised in Newport, Oregon. A very small town on the Central Oregon Coast. You may recognize Newport as Keiko’s (see Free Willy) last home until his release and late demise in Norway. He may be all we had in terms of excitement for awhile. This, among other peculiarities of living in a small town, are reasons I wanted escape. As a kid, I wanted to get out of Newport as fast as I could. My young siblings living there echo my exact words of desire to be free of small town life.
Yet, as an adult now, I find myself becoming more and more appreciative of the pace and atmosphere of a small town. Just this last Spring, my siblings and I did a Storycorps interview with my dad for his 60th birthday. One of his biggest wishes for us was for us to end up in a small town. He grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, still a beachtown, but in a completely different way than Newport (that’s a 200,000 population vs. 10,000). He moved from California to Newport when he was close to the age I am now and he never left.
This past summer, I was thrilled to be able to show Guy my hometown as we attended my 10-year high school reunion. It was wonderful to see faces I haven’t seen in years, but it was just as satisfying to share something so personal and special with my favorite person. I didn’t realize how important this was to me until we got there and I couldn’t stop sharing all the stories that each location and monument held as we drove through town.
To keep the coastal spirit going, we opted to stay in a bed and breakfast that I had driven passed for years, but never paid a visit. We stayed at the Newport Belle Bed and Breakfast. It was the perfect place to absorb the oh-so-familiar fresh salty air. To top it all off, Klaus was able to stay with us. You’ll see that the ship had its own residence pooch on board as well. We awoke to a delicious vegetarian quiche, toast, potatoes, fresh fruit, and hot coffee. Sadly, after chatting with the owner, we found out that they may not be in business for much longer. They are on their way down the river of retirement. If you get a chance, we suggest you pay a visit while you still can!