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.
Kayak Tillamook County
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
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.
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.
Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals
Enjoy the comfort and luxury of your own beach home for a weekend or a week or two; with over 65 professionally managed vacation rentals, Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals has a home to make your holiday easy-going and worry-free. Our concierge level service begins with discovering your needs and fulfilling them, from pet-friendly cabins to glamorous homes for entertaining. With fully equipped kitchens, entertainment and dining areas, you'll love the choices your own beach home offers, from cooking up your catch of the day to cozying up in front of a fire. Walk to the beach, town and forest and take advantage of all the coast has to offer! Browse the CBVR selection on our website or call our friendly team of locals to plan the vacation you'll always remember!
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.
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.
Stormy Weather Arts Festival
Three full days of art and musical events are planned for the 30th Annual Cannon Beach Stormy Weather Arts Festival, November 3-5, 2017. Popular festival events include Art in Action and a spotlight concert each year. The festival has also added the Dancing in the Rain Fashion Show and Brews, Blues & Barbeques events. Throughout the weekend, the town’s galleries will present special events showcasing the artists they represent, with many of the artists on hand to present their latest works, conduct demonstrations or discuss their work.