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Holiday Lights on the Oregon Coast

Program Number: 6572RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/5/2014 - 12/10/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Newport, Oregon
Price starting at: $895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Don't let the rain fool you, winter is the best season on the Oregon Coast! Celebrate the holidays far from the crowds of summer tourists. Experience the coast alongside locals who will share their fresh-caught Dungeness crab, handmade arts and crafts and stories of winter storms. Gaze upon a bay filled with lighted boats as you participate in a holiday boat parade. Seek your own treasure on the beach in front of your hotel.


• Learn how to make the coast's iconic blown-glass floats, then meet the area's marine residents at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
• Feast on local seafood and sample Rogue Brewery seasonal ales.
• Watch as the spectacular Shore Acres Botanical Gardens in Coos Bay are transformed into an unforgettable festival of lights.

Activity Particulars

Activities include a cruise aboard an excursion vessel in Newport, a one-mile beach walk, and numerous visits to area sites.

Itinerary Summary

Newport, 2 nights; Coos Bay, 1 night; Newport, 2 nights.

Coordinated by Coastal Journeys Unlimited.

Newport (Oregon)

Often called the most “authentic” city along the Oregon Coast, Newport embraces its coastal identity with ample beaches, fishing opportunities and sightseeing along Yaquina Bay. From the art deco architecture of the downtown Deco District to the history of Yaquina Lighthouse, Newport’s character charms residents and visitors alike.

Coos Bay

Marine estuaries, old-growth forests and beaches characterize the natural landscape of this historic port city on Oregon’s South Coast. Coos Bay is close to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Cape Arago and the fishing port of Charleston.

Comfortable and quaint beachside hotel in Newport and comfortable hotel in Coos Bay.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Roger Unser

A Road Scholar coordinator and instructor since 1998, Lynn Unser and his wife, Carol, have provided more than 30 Road Scholar programs annually. Lynn is adjunct faculty at Lane Community College in Florence, Ore. As a fifth-generation native Oregonian, he has worked in industries with coastal resource bases, including timber, farming and commercial fisheries, experiences which have provided insight for many students into the challenges and rewards of a coastal livelihood.
Carol Unser

Carol Johnson Unser has incorporated her love for nature throughout her career as an instructor at the University of Georgia’s Marine Science Center, interpretive coordinator for the National Marine Sanctuaries division of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, and estuarine education coordinator for the state of Oregon. In addition to her academic career, Carol is an accomplished artist who has illustrated more than a dozen books, including nature field guides and children’s books.
Meals and Lodgings
   Elizabeth Street Inn
  Newport, OR 2 nights
   Red Lion Inn
  Coos Bay OR 1 night
   Elizabeth Street Inn
  Newport, OR 2 nights
 Elizabeth Street Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located on the beach in Newport, Oregon. The Elizabeth Street Inn is walking distance from the historic Nye Beach neighborhood, home to quaint shops, restaurants and galleries.
  Contact info: 232 SW Elizabeth Street
Newport, OR 97365 USA
phone: 541-265-9400
  Room amenities: All rooms feature gas fireplaces, cable TV, telephone, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and private balcony.
  Facility amenities: Each room has an ocean view and a private balcony. Hotel has an indoor pool, spa and exercise room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel for information. Please contact the hotel for room rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel for information. Please contact the hotel for room rates and availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Red Lion Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching. On site restaurant and lounge.
  Contact info: 1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
  Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, exercise room and putting green. Room service, laundry and valet service also available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at Hotel front desk starting at 3 p.m. Orientation in hotel meeting room at 5 p.m. You will be staying at Elizabeth Street Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Check Out deadline is at 11 a.m. You will be staying at Elizabeth Street Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking is available at the hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Newport, OR
  Nearest city or town:  Lincoln City is 25 miles north of Newport OR
  Nearest highway: Highway 101, Highway 20
  Nearest airport:  Newport Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Newport, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




None - Car Required
Rental Car Agencies
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:





100 miles


Numerous automobile rental agencies operate out of Portland International Airport. Please contact these agencies directly for car rental information.




To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Caravan Airport Transportation
phone: 541-994-9645
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$50-$60 per person+gratuity
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 2.5-3hrs travel time 




105 miles


Advanced reservations are required. Monday-Saturday: shuttle leaves Portland Airport at 2pm (reservations are required). Sunday: shuttle is available in the summer time only. Contact Caravan Airport Transportation for details. Private shuttle can be arranged at a different time for a higher fee. Coastal Journeys Unlimited and Road Scholar make no assurances as to the quality of any commercial shuttle service. Please contact the shuttle operator with any questions.

Driving Directions
  Portland OR From Interstate 5 South: Follow I-5 South to Albany, Oregon. Past Albany, take Exit 228 (Corvallis/Highway 34) and follow Highway 34 west to Corvallis. In Corvallis, follow signs to Highway 20 west (Newport). Follow Highway 20 west to Newport. Once in Newport, turn left (south) onto Highway 101. Watch for SW Fall Street and turn right (west) onto it. If you reach the bridge you have gone too far. Follow SW Fall street to the hotel on Elizabeth Street.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome! Orientation and Dinner
(Friday, December 5)
 Arrive To: Check in at hotel front desk.
 Afternoon: Welcome orientation will take place in the hotel meeting room at 5 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Elizabeth Street Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Oregon Coast Geology, Glassblowing, Explore Newport, Christmas Lighted Boat Parade, Oregon Coast Aquarium
(Saturday, December 6)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Learn about the fundamental geology of the Oregon Coast in an engaging presentation. Then head to Lincoln City and begin your glassblowing class.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We'll board the M/V Marine Discovery for a cruise of Yaquina Bay, the annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. Then, we will head over to the Oregon Coast Aquarium to enjoy the Festival of Lights there
 Dinner: Late dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Elizabeth Street Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Head south to Florence, Coos Bay, Shore Acres State Park Holiday Lights
(Sunday, December 7)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: There will be a Natural History program before we check out of your room and depart for Coos Bay. We will stop for a beach walk if weather permits.
 Lunch: Lunch at a Florence Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the south coast as we travel from Florence to Coos Bay. We'll head out to Cape Arago and the amazing botanical gardens at Shore Acres State Park. As twilight settles, the gardens will be transformed into one of the best holiday light displays in the west. Sip cocoa and take in the sparkling festival of lights!
 Dinner: Dinner in Coos Bay.
Accommodations: Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Head north , lunch in Yachats, explore the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Rogue Ale Brewery
(Monday, December 8)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Heading back to Newport, we will stop at Cape Perpetua Natural Scenic Area, weather permitting, followed by lunch in Yachats
 Lunch: Lunch in Yachats, one of the west's prettiest towns.
 Afternoon: Discover Seal Rocks and enjoy the crashing winter surf. Back in Newport, we'll check back into our hotel then head to OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center. There we'll explore the exhibits on marine geology, ecology. Next, enjoy a tour of the local headquarters of the Rogue Ale Brewery.Oregon is gaining a world-wide reputation for their craft beers. Rogue Brewery in Newport is at the forefront of the local brewing movement. Tour their brewery and sample their holiday brews.
 Dinner: Dinner and tasting at the Rogue Ale Brewery on the Bay.
 Evening: After dinner, relax in the hotel lobby or your room, listening to the ocean surf or enjoying the fireplace and camaraderie.
Accommodations: Elizabeth Street Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Estuaries video, Lunch and cooking presentation, Estuary Walk
(Tuesday, December 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: After a video and discussion about Oregon's wonderful and important estuaries, we will head back to Lincoln City to pick up the glass floats each participant has made. An incredibly delicious lunch follows a wonderful cooking demonstration at the Lincoln City Culinary Center
 Lunch: Lunch at Lincoln City Culinary Center.
 Afternoon: After a wonderful lunch, we will walk along the Salmon River Estuary and Cascade Head. This is a wild, beautiful and scenic area being studied as part of a conservation program monitoring the health of the temperate rainforests and watersheds.
 Dinner: Celebrate the last night of the program with a dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Wrap up your week with another relaxing evening at your oceanfront hotel.
Accommodations: Elizabeth Street Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Have a safe trip home!
(Wednesday, December 10)
 Depart From: Individual departures after breakfast. Check out time is 11 am.
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds
Casino is run by the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, the local native people. For additional information, visit
  Factory Outlet Stores
Variety of stores, including Coldwater Creek, Land's End, Oshkosh B'gosh, Pendleton, Columbia, etc.
  Lincoln City
The town is located right on the Pacific Ocean and has miles and miles of accessible beaches, shops, market places, crabbing and fishing opportunities as well as the Lincoln County Historical Museum. Plenty of recreational activities For additional information, visit
  Lincoln City Public Library
Modern facility with internet access
  Coos Bay OR Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit
  Oregon Coast
For additional information, visit
  Southern Oregon Visitors Association
For additional information, visit
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