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 County offers privately-scheduled Paddle Board and Kayak Tours for groups year-round. Choose from dozens of locations from Cannon Beach to Lincoln City. Our seven estuary systems offers flat-water paddling on 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 dining

  • Public Coast Brewing Co.

    264 Third Street
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503-436-0285

    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.

Featured accommodations

  • Inn at Cannon Beach

    3215 S Hemlock
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503.436.9085

    Warm, Welcoming Rooms · Fireplaces · Spectacular Flower Gardens · Naturalized Pond · Forested Grounds · Hummingbirds · Woodpeckers ·Art Gallery · Short Block to Beach· Homemade Cookies · Family

  • The Ocean Lodge

    2864 S Pacific St
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503.436.2241

    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!

Featured Events

  • Get Lit at the Beach

    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    206-914-1255
    Friday, May 19th, 2017 - Sunday, May 21st, 2017

    Best selling and award winning authors will gather in Cannon Beach for the annual literary event, Get Lit at the Beach. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet prominent authors, as well as attend presentations, signings and a keynote dinner presentation.

  • Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

    207 N Spruce St.
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503-436-2623
    Friday, Jun 16th, 2017 - Sunday, Jun 18th, 2017

    Cannon Beach will host its 53rd annual Sandcastle Contest Saturday, June 17 2017, the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the most popular event in Cannon Beach. Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand during the event. The Masters division teams compete for cash prizes and construct large, elaborate creations often utilizing construction forms similar to those used for pouring concrete in order to accomplish their monumental size. Although the contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend, visitors will find plenty of other activities to keep them busy.  Weekend activities include a Friday night parade, Saturday night beach bonfire with live music and Sunday morning 5K fun run and walk.

     

Featured Deals

  • This Is Our Little Secret!

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