Winter Whale Watching on the Oregon Coast
Did you know that this winter and early spring is prime whale-watching season along the Oregon Coast? For many, it probably seems a bit counterintuitive to head to Oregon’s beautiful beaches during the middle of winter. But, surprisingly, it is actually a wonderful time to visit. Not only will you have the opportunity to do some of the best whale watching of the year, but it’s also a great time to curl up indoors and enjoy the storms that frequent our shores. Newport Oregon is a unique getaway destination, to say the least, and supremely romantic.
Whale watching on the Oregon Coast is a magical, awe-inspiring experience that you really must have at least once in your lifetime. With abundant and easy access to the Pacific beaches, it isn’t difficult to find these gentle ocean-going giants, either, and the coast has a number of guides that can help. This winter, make sure to book a room at our Romantic Bed and Breakfast, located right on Newport’s Agate Beach.
Your Guide to Whale Watching in Newport Oregon
We love living on the Oregon Coast throughout the year, but Newport takes on a special character during the winter. The beaches are often coated in a fine layer of fog or mist, and their coastal rocks rise seemingly from out of nowhere. It’s a completely different kind of beautiful when compared to that which we enjoy during the popular summer months, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything.
For those moments when you do feel like venturing outside and seeing what this area has to offer, we recommend you go whale watching. Though whales can be seen throughout the year, the best time to go whale watching is during the gray whale migration in the winter and spring months. The migration typically lasts from mid-December through January, as they head south to their breeding grounds. The whales head north again between late-February and June. During these migrations, up to 20,000 whales make their way past the beaches of Newport, while only 200-400 of these beautiful creatures stay around year-round.
If you’re interested in taking a charter out whale watching, here are a few great companies in the Newport area.
If you’d rather stay on solid ground, there are a number of Oregon State Parks around that make for good whale watching locations, including the Yaquina Bay Outstanding Natural Area. You can also head to the Whale Watching Interpretive Center in Depoe Bay, just 20 minutes north of Newport.
The Best Lodging in Newport Oregon
The Ocean House Bed and Breakfast is the ultimate home away from home, and it is an unbeatable choice for lodging in the Newport Oregon area. Each of our guest rooms is unique and designed with your ultimate comfort in mind. They come appointed with either a king or queen bed, private en-suites, some with jetted tubs, and the amenities you need to feel right at home. Our Bed and Breakfast offers spectacular views of Oregon’s jagged coastline from every window in our Inn, and we have a number of common areas, perfect for reading, socializing, and unwinding with a glass of wine at the end of a long day.
Each morning of your stay, awaken to the powerful aromas wafting out of our kitchen. Our coffee starts brewing at 7:30 am, followed by our full plated breakfast made-from-scratch daily in our kitchen. Breakfasts can either be enjoyed with other guests in our dining room or for a small additional cost can be delivered to the privacy of your guest room for that extra romantic and indulgent touch. Come enjoy the best of the Oregon Coast with us this winter, and book our room at our romantic Bed and Breakfast today!