All About the Extras
Upon check-in, kids receive a bucket of beach toys!
The hotel welcomes pets with exercise areas, wash-down stations and treats.
The Art of Smart Timing
Newport, Oregon is a popular destination on the Oregon coast, and the summer months of June, July, and August can be crowded. As one of the more sought after accommodations in town, Hallmark Resort books up well in advance of the summer season. To secure the best room for your family during that time, plan ahead as early as October of the previous year.
Summers may be ideal in terms of weather and time off from school, but if you can manage a family vacation during the spring or fall, you will find smaller crowds, cheaper prices, and decent weather.
Temperatures on the Oregon coast are generally above 60 from May through October, with the warmest months of August and September averaging near 70 degrees. For outdoor exploration, the only time of the year you might want to avoid are the winter storm months, lasting from mid-November through early March. But if your idea of fun is to curl up in front of a cozy fireplace while admiring the amazing ocean view, then any time of the year will be fine.
Hallmark Resort routinely offers special packages during the non-summer season, from huge discounts to "stay one night and get the second night free."
Newport, like much of the Oregon coast, may seem isolated, but it is easily accessible on Highway 101, which runs north-south from Washington to California. Portland, Oregon, is the nearest big city with an international airport. From there, you can reach Newport via Interstate 5 and Highway 20, through Corvallis, in two and a half hours. Or, take a slightly longer three-hour drive out of Portland via Highway 18 and Highway 101. If you want to see more of the coast, take the the longer trip.
Hallmark Resort is in a central location to most of Newport, but if you are going to visit attractions like the Oregon Coast Aquarium or the historic bayfront, the walk might be a bit too much for younger kids. It's a short drive to almost anywhere in town, but you can also take advantage of Newport's public transportation. A shuttle bus stops in front of the Hallmark Resort five times throughout the day, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., delivering its passengers to the aquarium in about 15 minutes, and the Newport bayfront in about 30 minutes.
The cost to ride is only $1, but the resort can provide free vouchers to guests, so ask at the front desk. The only places to walk to from the resort are along the beach, north to the Nye Beach area or south to the Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area.
For Mom and Dad
Georgie's Beachside Grill
Leave older kids in the room with a movie, and walk next door to Georgie's Beachside Grill for some quiet time as a couple. Georgie's fresh seafood and breathtaking ocean view are more than enough to help you relax. Or take advantage of their happy hour menu, served in the lounge from 3 to 6 p.m., served every day but Saturday. Georgie's has an extensive list of beer and cocktails to go along with inexpensive appetizers.
Across the street from the resort is a Dutch Bros coffee hut, if you need to get away from the kids for your morning caffeine fix.
Don't forget to use the resort's adults-only spa, along with the sauna and exercise room. You can also book an onsite massage through the front desk. Best of all, walk down the short path to that beautiful beach, plant a couple of chairs in the sand, and enjoy the view.