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.
Northwest by Northwest Gallery
Northwest By Northwest Gallery represents original art by regional masters. An appreciation of the heritage of technique and craft combined with a philosophy and vision of the real cultural value of original art have defined the gallery for a quarter of a century. Advocacy for the arts extends to the Cannon Beach community.Public sculpture artists represented by the gallery include; Wayne Chabre "A Delicate Balance", Steve Jensen "Fisherman's Dance", Alisa Looney "Contact" No. 1, Georgia Gerber "Tufted Puffins", Lillian Pitt "Salmon Journey". Georgia Gerber defines many NW Public Spaces with her expressive and distinct artistic vision; Seattle's Rachel the Pike Place Pig. Christopher Burkett fine art photography. Eric Jacobsen Plein Air Oil Painting. The Gallery has garnered attention from media sources such as Frommer's, Lonely Planet, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, Oregon Art Beat and the Travel Channel
Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce
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.
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 Sandcastle Contest
This unique event draws Sandcastle enthusiasts from around the world. Casual spectators mingle with local and professional teams. Everyone enjoys the fun and creativity involved in this unique art form. The sand sculptures range from whimsical and beautiful to the architecturally astounding. Sandcastle Festival kicks off Friday evening with the Bucket n? Shovel Dinner at the Chamber Community Hall from 6:00-8:00pm. Saturday morning of the contest, sand sculptures, castles, and drawings are painstakingly constructed from the ?singing sands? on the Cannon Beach shore.
Plein Air & More Weekend
Begins with a Friday night meet and greet of artists and gallery owners at the Chamber/Info Center on Spruce . An exhibition of work changes through out the weekend as works are created and brought in wet and newly created on the beach or in town . Plein Air means painting outdoors in natural light on location. All mediums are explored and include sculpture and photography .Individual galleries display finished works and host receptions for the artists.