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.
Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce
Coaster Theatre Playhouse
The Coaster Theatre Playhouse has been a vibrant part of the artistic community in Cannon Beach since 1972. From its early beginnings as the Coaster Roller Rink in the 1920’s, this historic site operated as a skating rink through the 1950’s. In 1972 the building was purchased by Maurie Clark, a Portland patron of the arts and the Coaster Theatre was founded. The Coaster Theatre’s inaugural season brought the PSU Summer Stock Company to Cannon Beach and the first Dicken’s Play that began a memorable holiday tradition and remains a wonderful theatrical experience years later. In 2001 the theatre became a not-for-profit organization and each year the Coaster Theatre Playhouse produces 5 plays and 2 musicals in addition to special events selected to entertain all visitors to the Oregon coast.
Public Coast Brewing Co.
Public Coast Brewing proudly celebrates three great Oregon traditions: our 363 miles of publicly owned coastline, delicious craft beers brewed on site, and tasty Northwest food. We use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, to bring you the juiciest burgers, fresh-catch fish and chips, house-made root beer, delicious stout shakes, and the best onion rings on the Coast. Lots of indoor seating, a seasonal, dog-friendly outdoor patio, wrap-around bar, big windows onto the beer-making process and a fun selection of kid’s activities will keep everyone entertained. Stop in for our weekly small-batch beers with unusual recipes and seasonal flavors, or grab a growler to go.
Schooner's Cove Inn
Discover a unique oceanfront inn just steps from the sand in the heart of downtown Cannon Beach. Enjoy amazing oceanfront views, decks, gas fireplaces, kitchens, free Wi-Fi, beachfront lawn with barbecues, and hot tub. You’ll love the ideal location on the beach, and in the center of town where you can walk to wonderful restaurants, shops, galleries and coffee houses.
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.
Cottage & Garden Tour
Join the tour that Sunset Magazine calls the “best autumn event” in Cannon Beach and support Cannon Beach’s only history museum. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour historic cottages, grand beach homes, lodges and inviting gardens. Other weekend highlights include a concert with soulful Kelsey Mousley, a luncheon lecture with cultural geographer Dr. Doug Deur and an English-style garden tea.
CoastWalk Oregon 2017
Picture yourself spending three days walking down the magnificent Oregon Coast—along beaches and down sand spits, over headlands and through saltspray meadows, with views that stretch to forever—with all the logistics taken care of for you.
2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill—the landmark legislation that designated Oregon’s beaches public up to the vegetation line. Join North Coast Land Conservancy as we spend three days walking roughly 10 miles a day—50k for the Beach Bill’s 50th anniversary—on the most historically significant and arguably most scenic stretch of the world-class Oregon Coast Trail, following the footsteps of our mascots Gov. Oswald West and his horse Fred the Freak. And every step you take on CoastWalk Oregon helps support coastal conservation!
Questions? E-mail North Coast Land Conservancy at nclc@NCLCtrust.org or phone (503) 738-9126.