Here at That Oregon Life, we’re always searching for new and unique places to stay in this beautiful state of ours. From themed hotels, hobbit houses, treehouse resorts, and a restored granary we’ve covered quite a few, although this is the first time TOL has discovered an authentic sternwheel riverboat available to rent.
The Most Unique Newport, Oregon Airbnb Out There
Paige and Randy Sanders recently purchased the historic Newport Belle, and have revamped it into a full-fledged bed & breakfast. The lodgings come complete with the best views of Yaquina Bay on the Historic Bayfront.
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The vessel has changed ownership a few times in recent years from its humble beginnings. Originally it was singlehandedly built by one man, then operated on the Coquille River near Bandon. Eventually, the sternwheeler vessel made it north to Yaquina Bay where it resides today.
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Five cabins are available in this awesome, adult-only Newport, Oregon Airbnb. Owners Paige and Randy have done extensive renovations to the rooms and common areas. All cabins include flat-screen TVs with satellite, luxurious memory foam mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets, Turkish cotton towels, and keypad check-ins. In true b&b style, a three-course breakfast is included every morning with your stay as well as complimentary nightly happy hour.
Speaking of happy hour, the bayfront provides constant things and activities to smile about. Skip off the boat and walk the quaint sidewalks of Yaquina Bay to take in all of the sights and aromas of a working fishing wharf. Bars and restaurants abound here with some of the best and freshest Oregon seafood. One of our favorites is Clearwater Restaurant, but Mo’s original location here is always a crowd-pleaser as well.
The newly revamped Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is a must-see, even for adults. Stop and watch the raucously entertaining harbor seals that make their home in the bay, or take a short walk to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center. If shopping delights you, there are a multitude of locally-owned businesses to choose from with wares from souvenirs, kites, art, and home goods to hand-poured candles, 420-friendly items, and artisan jewelry.
To be perfectly honest, I’d be happy just curling up with a good book to watch the ships go by in the Newport Belle’s cozy living area.
Ready to book a stay on the Newport Belle? Click the link for all the information you need for this most eclectic Newport Oregon AirBnb (with absolutely STELLAR 5-star reviews, we might add):
Sternwheel Riverboat B&B