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!
Land's End at Cannon Beach
Land's End at Cannon Beach is a cozy, 15 room inn with spacious, light-filled suites and studios and fabulous ocean views. Most of the suites and studios have whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and balconies. The suites have fully equipped kitchenettes. All rooms are dog friendly and smoke free. Land's End is located on the ocean in the heart of downtown Cannon Beach, just steps away from the beach and world class galleries, shops and restaurants. Relax in the outdoor whirlpool spa, rain or shine. Take a morning walk to explore tide pools at Haystack Rock. Enjoy the sea breeze from the oceanfront terrace, where the Pacific sunsets are spectacular events. Hiking, surfing, fishing, golf, horseback riding, historic sites, and family amusements are just minutes away.
Race the Wave 5K
Race the Wave 5K is a tsunami preparedness fun run! Does your family have an emergency plan? Do you know the tsunami evacuation route in your area? When a tsunami strikes, can you outrace the wave? Come join the fun after the race at the Preparedness Fair. September 28th: Know the Plan, Take the Route, Race the Wave. Thank you for supporting this fundraiser for the Cannon Beach Preschool and Children’s Center.
For more information call 801-554-4563 or go online to http://www.runnersworld.com/race/17BA856C-6C6E-430A-8E73-B15DBB2D869E/race-the-wave
Dog Show on the Beach
The Annual Dog Show on the Beach in front of the Surfsand Resort is a community event open to all dog lovers. There are prizes for over 20 categories. Pedigree is not the point, it’s a fun day on the beach with your pooch. Proceeds benefit the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. For more information call (800) 547-6100.