My family was forutnate enough to spend a week, this past August, in the beautiful coast town of Newport, Oregon. We stayed at a vacation rental towards the north end of town and found that our rental car proved to be key in getting around to the local and nearby attractions. We loved beachcombing on several of the beaches closeby and even found some agates! The aquarium is great and a must-do for anyone in the area. Newport has the convenience of a city but the intimacy and charm of a small town.
My favorite area is down by the docks where the fisherman bring their daily catch in. There are great shops and restaraunts and you can take a boat tour from a couple different companies.
We also enjoyed the nearby towns of Walport and Lincoln City.
All in all it was a great vacation with time to relax and listen to the waves and also a chance to explore the lighthouses and beaches as well as the great town of Newport.