NNewberg, Oregon is a community where citizens support one another both personally and in business; many try to shop and entertain locally. There is much to do in Newberg with community traditions that have been passed down for years. Some even call Newberg the “new Sherwood” and continues to grow and offer new, exciting attractions while maintaining its small town appeal. Many historic homes along with new construction make up lovely neighborhoods throughout the community and make buying a home in Newberg a wonderful decision.
|Newberg Population||22,068||Distance to Portland||23 mi|
|Year Founded||1889||Distance to McMinnville||14 mi|
|Median Age||30 yr||Distance to Oregon Coast||66 mi|
- The Allison Inn & Spa – Sitting on 35 acres with views of adjacent Willamette Valley vineyards, meadows and gardens, The Allison Inn & Spa features 85 deluxe rooms, inclusive of 20 suites, a 15,000 square foot spa, 12,000 square feet of function space, signature 100-seat JORY Restaurant presenting Oregon Wine Country cuisine and a five-acre working vineyard.
- Tunes on Tuesday – The Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsors a free outdoor concert series for 8 weeks during the summer. The concerts are held from 6:00 to 8:30 pm and feature a different band each week in Rotary Centennial Park in Newberg. Bring your own food and a blanket or select from local vendors.
- Newberg First Friday Art Walk – The first Friday of every month, downtown Newberg merchants hold a popular art and wine event. Bella Casa Real Estate Group’s Newberg real estate office is located on the corner of 1st Street and College and participates each month featuring the work of a local artist, complimentary wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and good company. Park anywhere downtown and ride the free trolley.
- Hot Air Balloon Rides in Newberg – We also have a hot air balloon launch right in the middle of town! Vista Balloon Adventures launches their hot air balloon rides one-half hour before dawn at Sportsman Airpark in Newberg, Oregon. This is a fabulous experience and definitely something to try. At the end of your ride, there is an amazing brunch for the passengers. My husband and I went the morning after our wedding, and it was so amazing!
- Newberg Farmer’s Market – Open every Tuesday from late May through late September 1:30 to 6 p.m. Located at 415 E. Sheridan Street, at the Library and Chehalem Cultural Center. Find farm-fresh produce, cut flowers, and locally made crafts.
- Wine Tasting in Newberg – Newberg has great wineries surrounding the beautiful town. Going Artisanal Wine Cellars, Adelsheim, Chahalem Winery, Bergstrom Winery, and August Cellars. As you drive down the hill into Newberg, you will see our first winery on your right, Rexhill Vineyards is a must try!
- Roger’s Landing Boating Facility and Launch Site – Would you like to go on a boat ride on the Willamette River? Newberg has an expansive loading dock right off of River Road in Newberg! This loading dock gets pretty busy during the summer months, but is quite fun. They also have boat races and a lot of great water activities and events.
- Newberg 99W Drive-In Movie Theater – With very few drive-in movie theaters left, Newberg is lucky to still have one. It’s a place you can take the whole family and enjoy two movies for the price of one! There is still the option of viewing movies in a small indoor theater as well.
- Chehalem Cultural Center – Newberg also has a new state-of-the-art cultural center offering many types of art classes, music lessons, workshops and camps, art galleries, theater performances, and all kinds of community events.
- Coffee – Newberg has a coffee shop on nearly every corner. There are over 12 coffee vendors in Newberg. My favorite is Java the Hut next to BiMart. Not only friendly, they get to know you on a personal level which I love.
- Newberg Public Schools
- C.S. Lewis Academy Pre-K through twelfth grade
- Open Bible Christian School Pre-K through twelfth grade.
- Veritas School Kindergarten through twelfth grade
- George Fox University
- Portland Community College
- City of Newberg www.newbergoregon.gov
- Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce: www.chehalemvalley.org
- Newberg Downtown Coalition: www.newbergdowntown.org
- Newberg Public Library www.ci.newberg.or.us/library
- George Fox University http://www.georgefox.edu
Newberg has many great restaurants; a few of favorites are Subterra Restaurant, Lil’ Cooperstown Bar & Grill, Yamhill Grill, Eden Gate, and Hucklebees BBQ.
The Newberg Old Fashioned Festival is Newberg’s annual highlight of the summer. It’s a carnival with parades, local vendors, family shows and entertainment, live music, a dog show, car show, fireworks, 5K run, and more. Don’t miss it this summer Thursday through Sunday July 26-29, 2012.
History of Newberg
Newberg also has some history to its name. Have you ever wondered how Newberg got its name? Hudson Bay Company trappers populated the first European settlement in the area in a place called Champoeg, which is located approximately seven miles southeast of Newberg. In fact, Champoeg was the site where Oregon’s provisional government was established in 1843. Champoeg Park also is one of the biggest parks in Newberg. There are picnicking areas, and plenty of room to play.
An increasing influx of pioneers subsequently found the Newberg area an attractive place to settle and began clearing land for farming. In 1869, Newberg was given its name by its first postmaster, Sebastian Brutscher, who named the town after his Bavarian hometown of Newburgh.
The early years of Newberg were heavily influenced by the Friends Church. In the 1870’s, William Hobson, a zealous Quaker minister from Iowa, visited Oregon. After determining that the rainfall, temperature, and agricultural productivity was suitable, he settled in Chehalem Valley and began preaching. He attracted a sizable number of Quakers to the valley, mainly from Indiana and Iowa. In 1885, the Quakers started the Pacific Academy (now George Fox University), with Dr. Henry Minthorn assuming the position of superintendent of the Academy. George Fox University is a very prestigeous school and is continuously expanding.
In 1885, a young man at the age of 9 years old came to Newberg to live with his aunt and uncle, the Minthorns. The young man remained in Newberg and made it his boyhood home. That young man’s name was Herbert Hoover, who later would become the 31st president of the United States. This historic home still stands and you can visit it on 115 South River Street on the north side of downtown. You can also visit Herbert Hoover Park right across the street and play Disc golf!
Records show that by 1887, the population of the Newberg area had grown to around 200. Newberg became incorporated as a town in 1889 and as a city in 1893. All this activity was documented by a local newspaper that still exists today, the Newberg Graphic, which began in 1888.