Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Hey friends! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done an “out to see” post (a travel series I named as a play on my childhood love of what I called “going out to sea” on the canal in my grandparents backyard off the Puget Sound!) I’ll link to some of the other ‘Out to See’ series at the end of this post! We went out of town last week, it was so good to get away to the Oregon coast! We don’t get to go on a real vacation very often (womp, womp, womp), but when we do it’s a good reminder of why it’s so beneficial to get away (and a confirmation that I also LOVE to be home!).

Are you the same way? It’s fun to escape for awhile, but coming home again is always so sweet.

Today I’ll share a few highlights from our trip so you can see where we were. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared a few of these in my stories throughout the week! Maybe if you’re in the Northwest or traveling this way for a getaway, this will inspire a last minute summer trip. I think the Oregon coast is so beautiful, even when it’s a little chilly or cloudy. Fortunately we had really nice weather, not too cold and not too windy. And it was definitely not too hot like it is in many people’s neck of the woods (neck of the coast?) this time of year.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}
The Sylvia Beach Hotel is a place my husband and I have gone for years. It’s a quirky old hotel, well-loved by book readers and travelers.

It’s not fancy at all, but it’s got its own special character and charm. We started going here for a couple of days every winter just the two of us, when our girls were very small (especially during the years when we didn’t have a family beach house!).

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Each room is a tribute to an author, this is the Mark Twain room. We’ve stayed in this room twice over the years! It’s a cozy little room with a fireplace and a clawfoot tub instead of a shower.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

The Mark Twain room is on the ocean front (and even has a balcony!). The view from the bed looks pretty relaxing, doesn’t it? It is.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

We’ve always wanted to bring our kids here, so this time we decided to make it a family trip to show them this special little spot on the Oregon coast. Since our kids are old enough now to have their own rooms (um, obviously since lives on her own already, ha, and my son is eighteen!!) and there aren’t any large family sized rooms here to my knowledge, we splurged on rooms for all!

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}
Courtney stayed in the Jane Austen room.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Courtney even read the beginning of Pride and Prejudice and was quite proud of herself since she admits she’s not normally much of a fiction reader. You can hardly go to this hotel without wanting to curl up with a good book!

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}
There’s a third floor library overlooking the ocean that really is the perfect spot for reading. Or writing a book! I actually wrote part of my first book, right in this corner of the library! That book became a New York Times Bestseller so I guess this place worked its magic for this (then) first time author.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

My son Luke stayed in the J.K. Rowling room. I’ll give you a little tour as it’s one of the more elaborately designed rooms!

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

What better place to curl up with a stack of mystery novels than this quirky Agatha Christie room?

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

If it’s stormy out, all the better. Put a fire in the fireplace! The ocean is right outside the window so you’ll get to hear the ocean roar and the walls creak, too.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}
This is the Steinbeck room, I didn’t get to photograph all of the rooms since they were occupied but I snuck into a few! The Jules Verne room was also a cool room we peeked at this time, but I don’t have a photo of it.

I’m not sure how many rooms we’ve actually stayed in here, but I would guess we’ve stayed in about six or seven of the rooms prior to this trip (and a couple of them twice!). There’s also a dining room where you are served breakfast included in the price of the room, and you can make reservations for a multi-course dinner. You get to meet a lot of interesting people over dinner! It’s fun, but as an introvert I’m always glad to have my husband there to keep talking ha!!

While we were in the area, we visited a few of the local sights.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

The Yaquina Head lighthouse is really cool (you can even go inside during a scheduled tour, but we didn’t this time).

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

The views up here are so amazing!

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

It was a perfect day to explore.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

We even saw whales off the coast (although I don’t have a photo to prove it).

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

The views were just spectacular!

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

We also spent some time at some other favorite spots, including this dock in the historic Bay Front area. Brace yourself for this next shot.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

There are tons of sea lions here! They’ve been gathering on these floating docs since I was a kid. They are hysterical (and loud) to watch. It was pretty funny to watch them try to squeeze themselves onto the dock and all the fights that break out. We spent a long time just enjoying their antics.

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

It’s a fun little area. Right over that bridge is the Oregon Coast Aquarium. We went there with our kids when it was first opened about 20+ years ago or so and Keiko the whale from the Free Willy movie was there. It’s not quite as exciting as that any more, but we went again anyway and there are really beautiful fish and other sea creatures to see.

While this was a family trip, sadly couldn’t join us this time. But she and her husband Lance kindly stayed with all of (her two and our two) and held “doggie summer camp” at my house so we could get away! I think they (the pups) had a great time by the looks of the photos she sent to me (below).

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Newport + Oregon Coast {Out to See}

Like I said, we had such a great time but it feels so good to be home (and I’m sure Kylee was very happy to get home, too, ha!). We sure missed our pups and couldn’t wait to crawl into our own beds.

Now that I’m home I’m pretty antsy to do some nesting around here! After a fun spring and summer of completing outdoor projects, I AM SO READY FOR FALL to get here (well, in a few weeks). How about you? Are you getting the “fall nesting” bug, too? We’ll be in full fall nesting mode on the blog, soon, too!

Have you taken any vacations this summer? Where do you you like to go to get away? If you go to Nantucket, that is my dream.

More Out to See Posts:

Magnolia + The Silos

Port Townsend, Washington

Buchart Gardens, Victoria

Victoria and Vancouver, B.C.

Leavenworth, Washington

Shopping in Snohomish

Mermaid Cottage on Tybee Island

Sylvia Beach Hotel (again!)

Sesame + Lillies (a shop in Cannon Beach)

Peace of Mind + Home Security + Giveaway

Peace of Mind + Home Security + Giveaway
Now that we are finally finishing up all of the outdoor projects we started, we’re feeling so good about how far we’ve come! One of the primary motivations we had for the outdoor projects was simply to increase the comfort and safety of our family and pups.

Design work is inspiring, but if your home isn’t even safe then remedying that situation is truly the priority over making it pretty. Since we’ve lived here, we have installed new concrete, lighting, steps and railings and all sorts of other safety features around our property. We have also added security features to protect our family and make our home feel as safe as we can.

Peace of Mind + Home Security + Giveaway
I love incorporating smart technology around our home, too, not only for convenience and streamlining our life but for increasing security.

We have some cool security features that give me so much peace of mind. Today I wanted to show you a couple of the new nifty new cameras we installed and how we use them!

We have the HomeHawk™ by Panasonic KX-HN7000 Series of HD cameras (I’m giving one of these away today, too, so be sure to enter the giveaway in the comments!). The set comes with 1 front door HD camera, 1 peripheral HD camera and 1 wireless access point base to ensure that your home is protected inside and outside. It’s pretty awesome, and I think you’ll enjoy the features as much as we do, so I can’t wait to show you.

Don’t worry, mom, I won’t give away any security secrets. 

Peace of Mind + Home Security + Giveaway

When my neighbor built her house next door she installed lots of security cameras (so basically if you’re a burglar don’t even try to sneak up to our house, she’ll see you coming and the police will probably arrive by the time you get to my door, haha!). I thought her cameras were so cool.

Now we have our own security cameras around our property, not only to catch burglars, but also just to know what is going on around our home!

When we’re watching a movie and I want to know if Lily is still outside, I can look at my Echo Show in the living room and know instantly what’s up in our yard. I can even tell Jack to be quiet through the two-way speakers on the camera (once I determine there is no burglar and he’s just barking at the neighbor’s dog. :) )

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If someone knocks at my front door, I don’t have to wonder who it is. I don’t even have to go look (and they don’t have to see me!) to find out. I can know someone is there even if they don’t ring the doorbell, all from the room I’m in!

One of my favorite things is that I can check to see if I have packages by the door right from my cell phone. You can even set the system to give a voice alert that the site is being monitored in case a thief wants to rethink taking your package.

I love that I can observe what’s going on around the front porch even while I’m cooking dinner, all from the Alexa Echo on the counter in our kitchen. It’s so reassuring! My kids can also monitor our house through their devices. I love that they feel secure here, too.

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Yep, our home is pretty smart these days.

The Panasonic HomeHawk system is great because you can easily install it yourself (even non-DIY people like our family!). It’s fully wireless and uses a long life rechargeable battery.

The system is customizable for your needs and you can add up to 14 additional cameras (16 total!) if you want to expand it around your home. It works with your cell phone and pairs seamlessly with your Google Home, or Amazon Alexa.

You are able to capture everything you’d want to see in full color (day and night) through the wide-angle lens. You can set up so many personal preferences and utilize the features you want through the app. You can even block out any area you don’t want to monitor, too (like if you didn’t want to be alerted to cars on the street beyond your property or if you want to block out large plants that may set off the motion detector.).

Peace of Mind + Home Security + Giveaway

 

Peace of Mind + Home Security + Giveaway

You can record the activity from the camera, too, so if you want to look back at what happened earlier you can do that as well. Basically, nobody’s going to be sneaking around your house undetected :). Imagine how handy this would if be if you have teens in the house that you want to keep tabs on. LOL! BUSTED! Just kidding. Kind of. ;)

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Pricing + discount code:

You can find the HomeHawk™ by Panasonic (KX-HN7002W) at

The set retails for $399

Prices vary depending on package. The KX-HN7002W model includes 1 front door HD camera, 1 peripheral HD camera and 1 wireless access point base to ensure that your home is fully protected.

Enjoy 5% off on the HomeHawk™ security camera system on until the end of August with coupon code 5HHINSPIRED. 

For more information:

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How would you use a HomeHawk™ system to give your family greater peace of mind? 

Peace of Mind + Home Security + Giveaway

We’re giving away the same HomeHawk™ by Panasonic (KX-HN7002W) to a lucky winner! Leave a comment below to enter, winner will be selected at random and notified next week.

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