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. National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as “one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places” in their June 2013 issue.
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.
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The Ocean Lodge
Of all Cannon Beach hotels, The Ocean Lodge offers the most unique and romantic lodging on the Oregon coast, just steps away from the iconic Haystack Rock. Our aim is to provide the perfect medium for a multi-generational family experience. The Ocean Lodge library - a beloved feature of the inn - offers literature for everyone from our most mature to our youngest guests. We stock a vast library of movies from all genres, and games such as bocce ball, chess and cards to stimulate playful interaction. Sand castle building and beach combing remain the most favored family activities. Another guest favorite is our cookie jar, filled with homemade cookies. We are also Pet Friendly!
Hallmark Resort Cannon Beach
As the closest resort to famous Haystack Rock, the oceanfront Hallmark Resort in Cannon Beach offers spectacular views and easy access to miles of pristine beach. We offer a variety of room styles from romantic oceanfront king spa accommodations with 2-person, in-room spa and cozy fireplace to family designed 2-bedroom suites with kitchen. Our resort features 2 indoor heated pools, 3 swirl spas, dry sauna, and exercise facility. Relax and refresh at Elements by the Sea, our full service spa. Using the elements of nature and therapeutic touch, we assist in your journey to reach inner peace & happiness. Free WIFI, flat screen TVs, snack-sized refrigerators, microwaves, & DVD players are available in all guestrooms for your comfort. Come let the tradition begin at the Hallmark Resort in Cannon Beach.
Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival
Four days of wine tasting events, wine dinners and a wine walk featuring dozens of Northwest wineries are planned for the Savor Cannon Beach Wine and Culinary Festival, March 6-9, 2014 in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This community-wide festival features food, wine and arts events all around town including several wine tasting events showcasing Northwest wines and focusing on specific themes over the four days of the festival.
The event kicks off with the Thursday Night Throwdown, where participants taste twelve select wines (two of each varietal) to determine their favorites. Other events include the Battle of the Blends featuring four red and four white wine blends from the Northwest. 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.
Cannon Beach restaurants host special wine dinners and pairing menus throughout the festival and other businesses participate in a Tasting Tour featuring free or low cost tastings ranging from chocolates and olive oils to specialty salts. Local shops and galleries also host their own events over the course of the weekend. Festival events are intimate and limited in size with only about 100 tickets available for tasting events and 500 tickets for the Saturday wine walk.
Festival Passes good for six wine tasting events including the Saturday, March 8 Wine Walk or individual tickets for the just Wine Walk for $30 may be purchased online at: savorcannonbeach.com
Cannon Beach Yoga Festival
The annual Cannon Beach Yoga Festival brings together an esteemed panel of teachers to offer yoga workshops, meditations, lectures and more.