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Historic and hip Nye Beach

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 10th, 2012

This iconic arch, part of the district’s renewal, welcomes visitors to the heart of Nye Beach. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

For more than a century, Nye Beach has dazzled visitors

NEWPORT — The neighborhood of Nye Beach, old as the city itself, has always been a hip place to hang out.

“The ambience is very artsy,” said Ruth Kier, an administrative assistant at the eye-popping Visual Arts Center. “But what makes it special is the ocean.”

A visit to this bohemian enclave of exciting bistros, dazzling shops, wine bars and cutting-edge galleries offers a glimpse both into Newport’s storied past and prosperous future. Since the injection in 2001of urban renewal dollars into the renovation of this historic district, Nye Beach has grown considerably with additional retail and lodging options. Many of the historic cottages went under the contractor’s knife, and a spurt of inspired commercial construction has created more than a dozen storefronts.

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