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.
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.
Arch Cape Inn & Retreat
Step out of your vehicle and into a world with beauty so dramatic it quiets the mind and stirs the heart. Arch Cape Inn & Retreat, an oasis of art, romance, nature and exquisite food and wine.
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.
Women Only WeekendGather your moms, daughters, aunts, sisters and girlfriends together for the annual Women Only Weekend (WOW) celebration. The weekend of November 14-16 is the time for women to get away and pamper themselves before the holiday season gets into full swing. Enjoy special rates, classes, a pajama party, workshops and special events. Taste wines, shop, meet jewelry artists and share a mimosa and manicure, shop, learn to create holiday appetizers, shop and learn how to color your wardrobe. The WOW weekend is all this and more. See art gallery displays featuring female artists, enter drawings, design your own jewelry. Look for great discounts from Cannon Beach merchants. Be sure to book your lodging soon so you won’t miss a thing, and above all, celebrate Women Only Weekend and have fun with it! Call Wendy Higgins (888) 777-4047 or (503) 436-2241 for more information.Exciting events and holiday planning now under way. Make your lodging reservations early. Sponsored by The Ocean Lodge (888-777-4047) and Surfsand Resort (800-547-6100). For a list of WOW Events & Accomodations, click here.
27th Stormy Weather Arts Festival
Some of the Northwest’s most successful artists will converge on Cannon Beach, Oregon as the community hosts its annual fall celebration of the arts, the Stormy Weather Arts Festival November 7-9. The city’s galleries will present special exhibits, artist demonstrations and host receptions for their guest artists over the three-day festival. Other signature festival happenings include a Friday night “Art in Action” event and a Saturday night concert with Cooper & The Jam.
Throughout the weekend, the public will have the opportunity to attend gallery receptions and meet guest artists, some as they demonstrate their techniques. Guest artists in the galleries will include sculptors Matthew Gray Palmer, whose public installations include a life-size elephant composed entirely of small aluminum butterflies at the Virginia Zoo; and Georgia Gerber, known for her 25 bronze wildlife sculptures at Portland’s Pioneer Square Courthouse and the life-size “piggy bank,” Rachel, at the entrance to the Pike Place Public Market in Seattle. Landscape photographer Christopher Burkett, recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in Cibachrome (Ilfochrome) printing will discuss his latest large-scale photographic prints created with this traditional photographic technique. Work by Cannon Beach’s best-known resident artists will also be showcased during the festival including paintings by Jeffrey Hull and blown glass by Jim Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland, all of who have been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Art Beat” television program.
The weekend kicks off Friday night with the Art in Action event where artists represented by Cannon Beach galleries will be in the spotlight as they demonstrate their techniques in painting, carving or sculpture. Finished works will be for sale at the event and a silent auction will offer attendees the opportunity to bid on unique Cannon Beach experiences, travel packages and other items. On Saturday, musicians will be performing throughout town and galleries host artist receptions and demonstrations throughout the day and evening.
On Saturday night, the festival will feature Cooper & The Jam in concert at the 200-seat Coaster Theatre. A limited number of tickets are available for Art in Action and Cooper & the Jam concert. Tickets for Art in Action are $55 per ticket or $99 for two and concert tickets are $35. Tickets for both events can be purchased online and more information can be found at www.cannonbeach.org.