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.
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.
Kayak Tillamook County
Welcome to the most extensive kayaking guide service on the Oregon Coast! Kayak Tillamook County offers privately-scheduled Paddle Board and Kayak Tours for groups year-round. Choose from dozens of locations from Cannon Beach to Lincoln City. Our seven estuary systems offers flat-water paddling on 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.
Public Coast Brewing Co.
Public Coast Brewing proudly celebrates three great Oregon traditions: our 363 miles of publicly owned coastline, delicious craft beers brewed on site, and tasty Northwest food. We use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, to bring you the juiciest burgers, fresh-catch fish and chips, house-made root beer, delicious stout shakes, and the best onion rings on the Coast. Lots of indoor seating, a seasonal, dog-friendly outdoor patio, wrap-around bar, big windows onto the beer-making process and a fun selection of kid’s activities will keep everyone entertained. Stop in for our weekly small-batch beers with unusual recipes and seasonal flavors, or grab a growler to go.
The Wayside Inn
The Wayside Inn is a wonderful ocean view hotel at the South end of Cannon Beach at Tolovana Park. Enjoy a variety of rooms and suites, gas fireplaces, decks, small kitchens, free Wi-Fi, and many dog friendly rooms. After a day on the beach take a swim in the heated indoor pool, or soak in the spa. The hotel has easy beach access and it's a short walk to Haystack Rock.
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.
13th Annual Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum celebrates its thirteenth year of opening the doors to grand beach homes, historic cottages, and architectural wonders of your favorite coastal town. Over the years the tour has received accolades from Oregon Home Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, Seattle Times, Oregon Coast Magazine, among others.
Not many home tours take place with the Pacific Ocean and one of the most iconic Oregon images, Haystack Rock, in view. Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the late 1800’s. The August 1891 issue of the The Daily Astorian declared the settlement a “sportsman’s paradise” – ideal for rest and recuperation. It was alluring for both its seaside location and its unequivocal charm.
The unequivocal charm isn’t lost on visitors. The town was included as one of the most beautiful destinations by National Geographic. The Cottage & Garden Tour is a perfect excuse to visit. The fundraiser is scheduled for September 9th through the 11th, 2016.
The tour is a multi-day event that begins with an exclusive concert and reception on Friday, September 9. Start the weekend out on the right foot with Kelsey Mousley and “The Next Right Thing.” Mousley has been performing for just over a decade and has been compared to a young Diana Krall. Tasty morsels will be provided by Sea Level Bakery and Newman’s at 988.
On Saturday, attendees are invited to a special luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn. This year’s lecture will focus on vintage and traditional design and the reawakening of these styles in home design. The speaker, Libby Holah, received her master of architecture from Washington University and has had her vintage and historic designs featured in 1859 Magazine.
The tour of homes will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This year the tour will take place in the Tolovana area of Cannon Beach. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour historic cottages (the original “tiny house), grand beach homes, lodges, and inviting gardens. One of the highlights of the 2016 tour will be the former summer cottage of Frank and Irta Woodfield. Frank Woodfield was a prolific and acclaimed photographer of the Oregon coast and Astoria during the early 1900’s. His wife, Irta, was a talented poet. Both had a love of Cannon Beach that was obvious from their works, which will be on display.
If historic cottages aren’t your thing, the tour will also feature dream homes and a garden or two. Not to mention all of the other wonderful events that will take place on tour weekend
Following the tour, attendees are invited to a concert and reception at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. Take off your walking shoes and slip on your dancing shoes for the Saturday night concert featuring Maggie & the Cats. Local libations will be flowing thanks to the Nehalem Bay Winery and Fort George Brewery. This event is included in the cost of your home tour ticket
The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn on Sunday, September 11. Attendees will enjoy English style tea while enjoying a presentation by the event’s guest speaker, Sherian Wright. Wright is a published northwest author and naturalist. Her presentation will focus on beekeeping for the backyard gardener, a not to be missed affair.
Tickets for this event will be available on July 1. Tickets for each event may be purchased individually, or as a weekend package. Many of these events sell out, so make your plans as soon as you can. For more information regarding tickets or other events, contact the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum at 503-436-9301, email at email@example.com, or visit http://www.cbhistory.org/
Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour
The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum celebrates its 13th year of opening the doors to grand beach homes, historic cottages, and architectural wonders of your favorite coastal town. Over the years the tour has received accolades from Oregon Home Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, Seattle Times, Oregon Coast Magazine, among others.
The tour is a multi-day event that begins with an exclusive concert and reception on Friday, September 9, featuring Kelsey Mousley and “The Next Right Thing," as well as tasty morsels provided by Sea Level Bakery and Newman’s at 988.
On Saturday, attendees are invited to a special luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn. Speaker Libby Holah will discuss vintage and traditional design and the reawakening of these styles in home design.
The tour of homes will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Tolovana area of Cannon Beach. One of the highlights of the 2016 tour will be the former summer cottage of Frank and Irta Woodfield, a prolific photographer and a talented poet.
Following the tour, attendees are invited to a concert and reception at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum featuring Maggie & the Cats and local libations from Nehalem Bay Winery and Fort George Brewery.
The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn on Sunday, September 11. Attendees will enjoy English style tea while enjoying a presentation by the event’s guest speaker, Sherian Wright.