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Oregon Culinary Rock Star Goes Solo

(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – John Newman, former Executive Chef of the Stephanie Inn Dining Room, has cut out on his own and opened a monster of a culinary delight on the Oregon coast with Newman’s At 988.

Where the old Pulicci’s Italian restaurant stood in Cannon Beach’s “mid town,” Newman’s At 988 has breathed new life into the building and shot out a spectacular culinary beam into Oregon’s gourmet restaurant firmament. Newman’s touts itself as French/Italian cuisine, but like Newman’s career and the dishes themselves, there are many more layers to explore than initially meet the eye.

Newman is already a celebrity in Oregon’s culinary world - a bit of a rock star, in the eyes of some - one whose reputation will undoubtedly mean the restaurant is headed for great things. He was trained in culinary school in New York, worked in various places in Europe and other major cities around the U.S., and then set the Stephanie Inn on fire about eight years ago.

He left there earlier this year, and slowly acquired this building. Newman and his wife Sandy opened the restaurant in mid-February amidst speculation dinners would cost somewhere around $100 for two, but in fact the prices are about half that.

Newman calls the fare “New York-style Italian and French,” with the atmosphere provided by a lush table layout, candles, a beautiful, muted paint job on the interior walls and music often by Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra wafting through the background.

Desert at Newman's 988

There are pastas or fish selections which change daily, a lamb rack with mire poix rague, a steak that comes either tenderloin or New York-style with tomato, spinach, polenta and pancetta, among other selections – all around $24.

The menu of appetizers is truly amazing, with Newman’s signature crab cakes topping the list. Another stunner is the pasta with fois gras with truffles, which is a condensed duck liver sizzled and browned to absolute perfection, tasting more like the most perfectly done steak you’ve ever had.

Desserts are also notable and full of delicate, artfully created surprises.

Newman runs a rather long list of specials each night. 988 Hemlock, Cannon Beach. (503) 436-1151. www.newmansat988.com.

On July 22, Newman participates in the "Palate to Palette" event at Cannon Beach's DragonFire Gallery. Palate to Palette happens in three parts: three famous local chefs from the North Oregon Coast, three courses of food, three different wines paired with those courses, three sets of live music, and three unveilings of artworks. The other chefs are John Sowa from Seaside's Lil' Bayou and Robert Neroni of Cannon Beach EVOO Cooking School. That event is free, but to dine you must make reservations ahead of time. 123 S. Hemlock St., Cannon Beach. 503-436-1533. www.DragonFireStudio.com.


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STARFISH POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport - and offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. At Starfish Point, every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation. We have a friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com


THE TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has been a favorite of Seaside visitors. There's a sense of history as well as modern luxury here, with the ancient-looking stone walls and pillars out front practically screaming to tell tales of the generations of visitors that have stayed here. These 51 oceanfront condos come in various incarnations and are individually owned and decorated. Find suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bedroom family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. There are wonderful oceanview cottages that sleep anywhere from two to eight people, with two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens.
Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic tables and location at the quiet southern end of Seaside make for some memorable means of play and repose. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.

Weiss' Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside

Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites, 1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people. Rent our entire rental property for 20-26. All units close to beach, river and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units are designed for families. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or family vacation/reunion, you will find it at Weiss' Paradise. All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted tub. Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more.
Suites include daily maid service and complimentary coffee (beans), teas, cocoa, popcorn, cookies, snacks and more - all restocked daily. Stay a week in any unit and receive a tote bag filled with goodies.
Our award winning flowers are a must-see attraction in Seaside. Visit Paradise and see why so many of our guests are repeat customers.
The Travel Channel "Great Escapes" Show will feature our property in August 2006. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com

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In Awe of AstoriaASTORIA
Where the Columbia meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history
Serenity in SeasideSEASIDE
The Promenade, Tillamook Head, family fun & broad, sandy beaches
Cavort in Cannon BeachCANNON BEACH
A mysterious lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries & an art mecca
Annihilating  Beauty of Nehalem BayNEHALEM BAY
Manzanita's beaches, Nehalem and Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway
Time Trip Around Tillamook BayTILLAMOOK BAY
Garibaldi, Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town
Triple the Pleasure in 3 CapesTHREE CAPES LOOP
The hidden secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside, Netarts and Pacific City
Miles & miles of unbroken beaches, Cascade Head, Neskowin and many manmade attractions
Divine Depoe BayDEPOE BAY
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Nature in NewportNEWPORT
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses
Staggering Seal RockWALDPORT / SEAL ROCK
Pristine, even secretive sands and wild geologic landmarks
Aargh, there's no alliteration with Yachats - but it IS unbelievableYACHATS
Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged & upscale
Unsurpassable Upper LaneUPPER LANE COUNTY
25 miles of deserted beaches & oodles of wonders
Fine Times in FlorenceFLORENCE
A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy dunes