Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, rests Cannon Beach. The city is famed for its forested headlands, towering monoliths and miles of pristine, sandy beaches.
Haystack Rock is a famous landmark. Other attractions readily reached from town include Ecola State Park, Indian and Crecent Beaches, the Bird Rocks and Silver Point. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is visible out to sea, amidst vistas of waves and seasonal populations of birds. Miles of beach, wooded areas, hiking trails, and parks offer plenty of healthy diversions in the great outdoors.
Attractive business districts provide shops, galleries and services. Community theater, art exhibitions and music events occur year-round.
The Pacific strand running along Cannon Beach’s 3 1/2 miles is a luminous stage, framed on the north end by the “Bird Rocks” and to the south by the monoliths of Silver Point. A walk along the beach is always a visual treat, with its vistas of ocean, mountains and rugged coastal outcroppings.
The delight of breezes pulling a kite aloft is a constant in Cannon Beach. Kite flying, playing games, picnics, bonfires: a day in the sand is well accommodated here. For those who wish to stroll and enjoy the sights, the shore along Cannon Beach provides a variety of environments to savor; from the gregarious crowds of summer at Ecola Creek to the quiet and meditative stretches towards Silver Point.
The beauty and serenity of the shores along Cannon Beach has not gone unnoticed. Featured in Stephen Leatherman’s book, America’s Best Beaches, the margin of sand bordering Cannon Beach was rated Best Overall Beach in the state of Oregon. Author John Villani names Cannon Beach as one of America’s Best 100 Art Towns. National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as “one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places” in their June 2013 issue.
Kayak Tillamook County
Welcome to the most extensive kayaking guide service on the Oregon Coast! Kayak Tillamook offers privately-scheduled kayak tours for groups year-round. Choose from dozens of locations along our 100 mile service area on Oregon's North Coast. Our seven estuary systems offer nearly 900 miles of flat-water paddling opportunities across six coastal bays, dozens of rivers, scores of intimate sloughs, backwater channels and fresh water lakes. We can satisfy practically any flat-water experience desired. Encounter river otters, harbor seals, mink, elk, raptors and seabirds while paddling your own kayak or sharing a tandem. We are professionally trained and certified staff, and registered with the Oregon State Marine Board. Beginners and novices welcome! From November to March individual thermoses of Hot Apple Cider are served, each with a fresh cinnamon stick inside.
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
West of Tillamook Head, this lighthouse was constructed on top of a rock 1.2 miles seaward off Tillamook Head in 1881. The construction of this particular lighthouse was thought to be incredibly risky, but its five workers beat the odds. Because this lighthouse was built on a rock, it is not accessible to the public. However, visitors can easily see it and a beautiful view of the surrounding ocean from Ecola State Park and Seaside. This lighthouse stands 133 feet above sea level with 62-foot-high tower on basalt rock islet. Exposure to storm waves led to the nickname "Terrible Tilly." It was replaced by a whistle buoy in 1957 and is the only privately owned Oregon coast lighthouse on the National Registry of Historic Places; now used as a columbarium, a storage place for ashes of the deceased.
The Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach is the premier oceanfront destination. With wonderful views of majestic Haystack Rock, the vast Pacific Ocean and the awesome Oregon Coastal Range, the oceanfront Stephanie Inn combines the charm and casual elegance of a New England country inn with the sophistication of a boutique resort hotel.
Hallmark Resort Cannon Beach
As the closest resort to famous Haystack Rock, the oceanfront Hallmark Resort in Cannon Beach offers spectacular views and easy access to miles of pristine beach. We offer a variety of room styles from romantic oceanfront king spa accommodations with 2-person, in-room spa and cozy fireplace to family designed 2-bedroom suites with kitchen. Our resort features 2 indoor heated pools, 3 swirl spas, dry sauna, and exercise facility. Relax and refresh at Elements by the Sea, our full service spa. Using the elements of nature and therapeutic touch, we assist in your journey to reach inner peace & happiness. Free WIFI, flat screen TVs, snack-sized refrigerators, microwaves, & DVD players are available in all guestrooms for your comfort. Come let the tradition begin at the Hallmark Resort in Cannon Beach.
Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival
Four days of wine tasting events, wine dinners and a wine walk featuring dozens of Northwest wineries are planned for the Savor Cannon Beach Wine and Culinary Festival, March 6-9, 2014 in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This community-wide festival features food, wine and arts events all around town including several wine tasting events showcasing Northwest wines and focusing on specific themes over the four days of the festival.
The event kicks off with the Thursday Night Throwdown, where participants taste twelve select wines (two of each varietal) to determine their favorites. Other events include the Battle of the Blends featuring four red and four white wine blends from the Northwest. Saturday of the festival is the Savor Cannon Beach Wine Walk featuring approximately 40 Northwest wineries pouring tastings at Cannon Beach art galleries, restaurants and retail shops, all within easy waking distance in this compact beach community.
Cannon Beach restaurants host special wine dinners and pairing menus throughout the festival and other businesses participate in a Tasting Tour featuring free or low cost tastings ranging from chocolates and olive oils to specialty salts. Local shops and galleries also host their own events over the course of the weekend. Festival events are intimate and limited in size with only about 100 tickets available for tasting events and 500 tickets for the Saturday wine walk.
Festival Passes good for six wine tasting events including the Saturday, March 8 Wine Walk or individual tickets for the just Wine Walk for $30 may be purchased online at: savorcannonbeach.com
Cannon Beach Sand Castle Contest
Celebrating 50 years in Cannon Beach. Competitors dig and sculpt intricate sand art and everyone enjoys a day at the beach with beautiful Haystack Rock as the backdrop.