Famous for Haystack Rock towering 235 feet from the edge of the shoreline, long sandy stretches of beach and beautiful State Parks nearby, Cannon Beach offers an exceptional Oregon Coast experience only 90 minutes from Portland. A walk along the beach is a visual treat, with ever-changing vistas of ocean, mountains and rugged coastal outcroppings including Haystack Rock, a National Wildlife Refuge where visitors will discover colorful tide pools and nesting seabirds including Tufted Puffins. Just minutes from downtown Cannon Beach is Ecola State Park, perched dramatically on the edge of a headland and offering panoramic coastal views, easy walking paths to scenic picnic areas and extensive hiking trails.
The picturesque small-town village by the sea is easily walkable and visitors can explore meandering pathways, enjoy public art and courtyards spilling over with flowers. Known as one of the Northwest’s top art towns, Cannon Beach is filled with art galleries, specialty shops, cafes and fine dining restaurants. Visitors can watch glassblowers at work in their studio or attend year-round live theater performances. A wide selection of luxurious oceanfront lodgings overlook this remarkable stretch of coastline, putting visitors just steps from scenic wonders and minutes from outstanding recreation areas and exceptional Oregon Coast sightseeing.
The beauty of Cannon Beach has not gone unnoticed. Featured in Stephen Leatherman’s book, America’s Best Beaches, Cannon Beach was rated Best Overall Beach in the state of Oregon. It was named one of America’s Best 100 Art Towns by author John Villani and National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as “one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places” in their June 2013 issue.
Major annual events include the Northwest’s longest running sandcastle contest; arts festivals including the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, Spring Unveiling and Plein Air & More; a yoga festival and the Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival.
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.
Coaster Theatre Playhouse
The Coaster Theatre Playhouse has been a vibrant part of the artistic community in Cannon Beach since 1972. From its early beginnings as the Coaster Roller Rink in the 1920’s, this historic site operated as a skating rink through the 1950’s. In 1972 the building was purchased by Maurie Clark, a Portland patron of the arts and the Coaster Theatre was founded. The Coaster Theatre’s inaugural season brought the PSU Summer Stock Company to Cannon Beach and the first Dicken’s Play that began a memorable holiday tradition and remains a wonderful theatrical experience years later. In 2001 the theatre became a not-for-profit organization and each year the Coaster Theatre Playhouse produces 5 plays and 2 musicals in addition to special events selected to entertain all visitors to the Oregon coast.
Oregon Beach Vacations
Oregon Beach Vacations is the premiere vacation rental company on the Northern and Central Oregon Coast. Each rental property is unique in its location, decor and general feel. Oregon Beach Vacations offers over 250 homes and condominiums from North Bend to Gearhart with a wide variety of amenities including oceanfront locations, pet friendly homes, theatre rooms, hot tubs and gourmet kitchens. Discover the advantages of renting a cozy vacation home or luxury condominium from Oregon Beach Vacations. A professional team of reservation agents is ready 24/7 to help you plan your dream vacation at the Oregon Coast by providing helpful information about local activities, attractions and dining.
Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals
Enjoy the comfort and luxury of your own beach home for a weekend or a week or two; with over 65 professionally managed vacation rentals, Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals has a home to make your holiday easy-going and worry-free. Our concierge level service begins with discovering your needs and fulfilling them, from pet-friendly cabins to glamorous homes for entertaining. With fully equipped kitchens, entertainment and dining areas, you'll love the choices your own beach home offers, from cooking up your catch of the day to cozying up in front of a fire. Walk to the beach, town and forest and take advantage of all the coast has to offer! Browse the CBVR selection on our website or call our friendly team of locals to plan the vacation you'll always remember!
Cannon Beach Yoga Festival
Yoga practitioners of all levels gather in Cannon Beach for a weekend of yoga and meditation workshops with renowned instructors at the Cannon Beach Yoga Festival February 26-28, 2016. Participants can choose from a series of yoga workshops, meditation and other programs over three days at the 6th annual event including programs designed for yoga professionals and enthusiasts of all levels, including teens and children.
Master teachers for the festival include Julie Gudmestad, Sarahjoy Marsh and Brad Waites. Registration opens on September 1. Early Bird Full Festival Passes will be $295 until December 1 and $325 until January 1; regular price is $375. Day passes and individual classes will also be available.
A portion of the proceeds from the Cannon Beach Yoga Festival supports the preservation efforts of Cannon Beach’s non-profit environmental education organization, Friends of Haystack Rock.
For a full schedule of events, instructors, lodging packages or to purchase tickets for the Cannon Beach Yoga Festival, visit www.CannonBeachYogaFestival.com or call Christen Allsop at 503-440-1649.
Savor Cannon Beach
Four days of wine tastings showcasing Northwest wines, culinary events focusing on regional cuisine, a series of wine education programs and a wine walk make Savor Cannon Beach one of the Northwest's most unique wine and culinary festivals.
This community-wide festival March 10-13, 2016 features food, wine and arts events all around town. The event kicks off with the Thursday Night Throwdown, where participants taste twelve select wines including two of each varietal, one from Oregon and one from Washington, then vote on their favorites to determine which state reigns supreme. Other events include the Battle of the Blends featuring four red and four white wine blends from the Northwest. The evening also includes the Battle of Bites, showcasing appetizers by local chefs who compete for Best Bite. 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.
Local shops and galleries also host their own events over the course of the weekend. Cannon Beach businesses participate in a Tasting Tour featuring free or low cost tastings ranging from chocolates and olive oils to specialty salts and spirits.
Individual event tickets are available for $40 each. Follow Savor Cannon Beach on Facebook, visit savorcannonbeach.com or call (503) 717-1122 for more information and to purchase tickets.