Cannon Beach

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.

 


Featured activities

  • Kayak Tillamook County

    PO Box 1270
    Tillamook, Oregon 97141
    503-866-4808

    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

    Off Hwy. 101, 2 miles north of Cannon Beach
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97141

    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.

Featured accommodations

  • Surfsand Resort

    148 W Gower
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503.436.2274

    The Surfsand Resort is nestled at the foot of Haystack Rock and has sweeping ocean views to the north and south. These views include not only Haystack Rock but also Tillamook Head Lighthouse. Located just 70 miles due west of Portland, this oceanfront resort welcomes guests with warmth and hospitality. You do not even need to bring your own beach blanket; upon request, the Surfsand cabana staff will provide you with everything from a Frisbee to a bundle of firewood for your evening bonfire. You also have your choice of either a pet friendly or a non-pet room among the 97 completely updated guest rooms the resort offers. The many different room styles offer amenities including Tempur-Pedic beds, gas fireplaces, soaking tubs and high-speed wireless internet. The resort also features a beautiful year-round, indoor swimming pool, on-site massage rooms and a comprehensive fitness center that features state-of-the-art workout equipment and saunas.

  • The Wayside Inn

    3339 S. Hemlock Street
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    (503) 436-1577

    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.

Featured Events

  • Haystack Holidays

    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503-436-2623
    Friday, Nov 14th, 2014 - Saturday, Dec 27th, 2014

    Beginning in mid-November, Cannon Beach plays host to Haystack Holidays, a series of holiday events designed to put visitors in the holiday spirit. Some of the events include a live theater performance of Beauty and the Beast at the Coaster Theatre November 14-December 27. The day after Thanksgiving, November 28, Cannon Beach shops and galleries celebrate Black Friday with Mimosa Madness where you’ll find special holiday deals and complimentary mimosas and refreshments from 8-11am. On December 6, Cannon Beach features several events including a popular Lamp Lighting Ceremony downtown at Sandpiper Square.

    The Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce has a way to give a gift to the Cannon Beach lover in your life: Haystack Dollars. Haystack Dollars can be purchased at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $10, $20, $30, $40 or $50 and may be used to purchase merchandise, products or services at almost 300 Chamber businesses from shops and restaurants to lodging.

    For more information about Haystack Holidays and Haystack Dollars, visit the chamber of commerce website www.cannonbeach.org. Find special lodging offers and a schedule of events below.

    Women Only Weekend (November 14- 16)

    This 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. For a list of WOW Events & Accomodations, click here.

    Beauty and the Beast (November 14 – December 27)

    Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature. Ticket are available at www.coastertheatre.com

    Mimosa Madness (November 28)

    A shopping extravaganza! Refreshments and deals can be found all around town from 8am until 11am. For more details, please call La Luna Loca at (503)-436-0774 or visit www.facebook.com/MimosaMadness

    Gift Wrapping (November 28)

    Have your Mimosa Madness purchases wrapped with flair at our gift wrap station located in the Coaster Theatre from 9am until 2pm

    Cannon Beach in Lights (November 28 – December 18)

    Showcase your sparkle and participate in a festive contest for residents of Cannon Beach. Light displays will be up the entire month of December. 

    Holiday Wreath Making (November 29 & December 6)

    Get creative at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce from 11am until 3pm. This wreath making event even comes with an instructor – along with refreshments and holiday music!

    Old English-style Tea (December 6)

    Cozy up at the Cannon Beach Library from 1pm until 4pm. Refreshments include tea, cider, and homemade goodies by the fire. For more information, please call (503)-436-1391

    Lamp Lighting Ceremony (December 6)

    Join us in Sandpiper Square for a beloved Cannon Beach holiday tradition at 4pm. You’ll find treats and refreshments after the ceremony as well. For more information, call 503-436-2618

    Cannon Beach Chorus Christmas Concert (December 7)

    Celebrate the sounds of the season at the Cannon Beach Community Church. The performance begins at 7pm and tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call 503-436-0378

    Pictures with Santa (December 13)

    Santa Claus is coming to town, so here’s your photo op at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce from 1pm until 4pm. Ho Ho Ho!

  • Mimosa Madness

    Downtown Cannon Beach
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503-436-2623
    Friday, Nov 28th, 2014

    This small town’s answer to Black Friday, local shops will offer special deals to from 8-11am the day after Thanksgiving. Mimosas and refreshments will be provided by participating merchants to create a festive and, distinctly coastal, holiday atmosphere.

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