I recently went on a bookish vacation at the Sylvia Beach Hotel (staying at the Dr. Seuss room) as an early birthday present for myself. I wanted to use it as a writer’s retreat of sorts. But I knew I also wanted to visit libraries and bookstores along the coast since I wasn’t in that part of Oregon often.
Like all my travels, particularly my library hopping adventures, it relied on public transportation and if I missed one of the many connecting rides, it was game over. But everything went smoothly!
Days One & Two- Getting to Sylvia Beach Hotel; From Portland to Newport
My first stop was the Tillamook County Library. And, if this was any indicator of how my trip was going to be, I was definitely in for a treat! I loved the murals especially the one leading to the Children’s Room. But the one in the staircase was beautiful, too.
The Tillamook Library Foundation Bookstore was open and I talked to a very nice volunteer there. They’re currently raising funds to build a Library Park!
Literacy Park behind the Newport Public Library
On my way to Sylvia Beach Hotel, I walked past the Newport Public Library which I had already been to on a previous library hop. But I didn’t see Literacy Park behind it until now. It’s very tiny and has a small amphitheater.
Sylvia Beach Hotel library
Aside from the authors’ books in each of its literary themed room, Sylvia Beach Hotel has a pretty impressive library including plenty of comfortable seats even by a fireplace!
Just a few doors down is Nye Beach Book House which I had already been to during my first visit to Sylvia Beach Hotel. But I couldn’t resist stopping by.
I also went to Fireside Books, another used bookstore in Newport.
Day Three- Waldport and Yachats
After realizing how long the bus rides were, I was ready to readjust my expectations of how many libraries and bookstores I was going to visit especially when I knew I wanted to dedicate some time for writing. Fortunately, I was able to do just that. And the following day, I was off again.
This little library was hosting an Easter Egg Hunt when I was there so that was nice to see.
After Waldport, I went to Yachats. And just walking around I ran across this charming used bookstore- Mari’s Books! It’s great this coastal town would have both a bookstore and a library.
After Googling what other bookstores there were in Newport, I was super curious to see Canyon Way Restaurant and Bookstore because it was a restaurant AND a bookstore! It was super cool.
Day Four- Going Home; From Newport to Portland
My trip home was full of unexpected side detours but all for the good.
Despite being in a time crunch, I was able to stop by the Book Warehouse in Lincoln City’s outlet mall.
Driftwood Public Library (Lincoln City)
This looked very unassuming from the outside but it was surprisingly nice and spacious inside. There was also a Friends of Driftwood Public Library Book Store which was sadly closed when I was there.
Bob’s Beach Books was one that people said I should visit. Fortunately, I was able to walk there instead of just idling about waiting for a bus!
I really thought that would be my last library even though I had purposely took a different route home to see one other library. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find information about where it was and if it was even still open. I was happy at least to see a Little Free Library was by the bus stop when I got to Grand Ronde.
But 10 minutes before the next bus arrived, I found out where the library was so I had to rush to visit it!
At this point, I was content to call it a day- and I had three buses left. But I had ended up passing by another library so I decided to check it out. There was a super friendly librarian at the Sheridan Public Library.
I even found a used bookstore- Main Street Books Revisited!
Having visited 7 bookstores and 7 libraries made this a very fun trip for me!
You can read more about my vacation here.