What a great time of year to go driving around the area! Before the gloomy winter weather sets in, get out and about and see what treasures are within a short drive.

Waldport is the perfect location to begin the journey to find all the wonderful places and sights that are within reach.

Hop in the car, truck, motor-home or any other mode of transportation and for this journey head South from Waldport. First stop is Yachats.

A cool village with several great restaurants and friendly spots to stop for some refreshments. Then on South to Cape Perpetua for a spectacular view of the ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see.

After that head North again to Newport and then East on Hwy 20 to Toledo. Toledo a small town has a lot to see and a main street full of shops and cool restaurants including J & J Soup Bowl with it’s canine greeter! Explore Toledo and its architecture before heading West to Newport.

Heading to Newport from Toledo take Yaquina Bay Road for a wonderful and beautiful drive along Yaquina bay with a stop at the Oregon Oyster Farms for some delectable Oysters for later consumption.

The drive is very scenic and takes you right into Newport’s Historic Bayfront. Let your eyes feast on the multitude of sights on the Bayfront.

From the Wax Museum to the funky Bay Haven tavern there is plenty to see and do in Newport. And that’s not counting the vast amount of shopping one can do if you head from the Bayfront up into Newport proper.

So Waldport is the ideal spot to start your journey for a days worth of sights, sounds, culinary experiences, and memory making adventures. Enjoy exploring this wonderful area and be safe!

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Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!” He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked. I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online. However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels. So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!

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