Trip to Oregon – Newport & Eugene

Hallmark Inn (view from beach)

Last week I spent most of the week in OR for work.  We visited Oregon State and University of Oregon.  Along the way my co-worker, Kathleen and I had some fun discovering neat places to eat.  Our first stop was Oregon State University in Newport, OR.  This is a satellite campus along the coast of OR.  Newport is a small beach town and we had some problems booking a place to stay at the normal chain hotels.  We looked on the internet and found The Hallmark Inn.  The rooms were nice and even had fireplaces.  The fireplaces came in very handy as the weather was not the best while we were there.  We had lots of rain and wind and even a Thunder Storm one night!

View from room at Hallmark Inn

Our first night in Newport we ate at Georgie’s Beachside Grill. Georgie’s was located in the parking lot of the Hallmark Inn, so it was convenient. We had flown into Portland and driven 200 miles to Newport.  So by the time we checked in the hotel we were starved.  We both order the Stuffed Salmon. It consisted of fresh fillet of salmon filled with a mixture of crab, shrimp, cream cheese, and fresh herbs then baked to perfection. Finished with a lemon-lime butter sauce.  It was yummy.  The menu also boasted several vegetarian dishes, so I’m sure if my hubby had been with me he would have had something good as well.  We also heard from the locals that they eat at this restaurant and we could see why!

Georgie's Beachside Gril

Our business meeting on the next day was in the afternoon, so we had to go eat at Mo’s which is a famous Chowder house in Newport.

Original Mo's Chowder House

In fact they have several locations, but we ate at the original one in Historic Newport.  I had the Clam Chowder and Shrimp Skewers. Kathleen had a Mo’s Dinner salad (Chopped cabbage with Mo’s original house dressing and a shrimp garnish) and Oyster stew.  It was all wonderful. We had a great waitress named Susan that had worked there for 22 years!  She was friendly and very good to us!  Mo’s had a veggie burger on the menu as well!

Clam Chowder at Mo's

After our business meeting I ask our host for a recommendation for dinner.  He gave us a couple but said his favorite was Local Ocean Seafood

Local Ocean Seafood

which was in the Historic Downtown but across from where the fishing boats came in.  So we had a great view of the boats while we ate. I had a cup Roasted Garlic and Dungeness Crab soup(Creamy clam base, fresh herbs, parmesan cheese) and Dungeness Crab Cakes –Fennel slaw, tartar sauce, lemon. Kathleen had a salad(Mixed greens with louie dressing) and a  bowl of the same soup I had.  We loved it!

Roasted Garlic & Dungeness Crab Soup

Dinner Salad at Local Ocean Seafood

Dungeness Crabcakes from Local Ocean Seafood

Steelhead Brewery

The next day we headed inland.  We made a stop at the Oregon State’s Main Campus in Corvallis, then on to Eugene for our meeting the next day at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  We ate dinner at a local restaurant in Eugene – Steelhead Brewing Company.

I had Shrimp Carbonara  and Kathleen at Chinese Chicken Salad  both were very good!  Steelhead had vegetarian options as well!.

After our meeting at University of Oregon we stopped at a Hawthorne’s Cafe & Deli in downtown Eugene on our way to the airport.  The service was quick and friendly and our sandwiches were yummy.  We got an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie as well and it was very good!  Hawthorne’s had several vegetarian options on their menu.

We had a great time in Oregon despite the weather and having to work while we were there 🙂

We did briefly see some sun in Newport.

The food was yummy and the views of the Ocean, Trees and flowers were beautiful.  Our timing was good to see many flowers blooming.

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