Cannon Beach

  • 13th Annual Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour

    1387 S Spruce St
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    Friday, Sep 9th, 2016 - Sunday, Sep 11th, 2016

    The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum celebrates its thirteenth year of opening the doors to grand beach homes, historic cottages, and architectural wonders of your favorite coastal town.  Over the years the tour has received accolades from Oregon Home Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, Seattle Times, Oregon Coast Magazine, among others.         

    Not many home tours take place with the Pacific Ocean and one of the most iconic Oregon images, Haystack Rock, in view.  Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the late 1800’s. The August 1891 issue of the The Daily Astorian declared the settlement a “sportsman’s paradise” – ideal for rest and recuperation.  It was alluring for both its seaside location and its unequivocal charm.  

    The unequivocal charm isn’t lost on visitors.  The town was included as one of the most beautiful destinations by National Geographic.  The Cottage & Garden Tour is a perfect excuse to visit.  The fundraiser is scheduled for September 9th through the 11th, 2016. 

    The tour is a multi-day event that begins with an exclusive concert and reception on Friday, September 9.  Start the weekend out on the right foot with Kelsey Mousley and “The Next Right Thing.”  Mousley has been performing for just over a decade and has been compared to a young Diana Krall.  Tasty morsels will be provided by Sea Level Bakery and Newman’s at 988. 

    On Saturday, attendees are invited to a special luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn.  This year’s lecture will focus on vintage and traditional design and the reawakening of these styles in home design.  The speaker, Libby Holah, received her master of architecture from Washington University and has had her vintage and historic designs featured in 1859 Magazine. 

    The tour of homes will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  This year the tour will take place in the Tolovana area of Cannon Beach.  Attendees will have the opportunity to tour historic cottages (the original “tiny house), grand beach homes, lodges, and inviting gardens.  One of the highlights of the 2016 tour will be the former summer cottage of Frank and Irta Woodfield. Frank Woodfield was a prolific and acclaimed photographer of the Oregon coast and Astoria during the early 1900’s.  His wife, Irta, was a talented poet.  Both had a love of Cannon Beach that was obvious from their works, which will be on display.

    If historic cottages aren’t your thing, the tour will also feature dream homes and a garden or two.  Not to mention all of the other wonderful events that will take place on tour weekend

    Following the tour, attendees are invited to a concert and reception at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum.  Take off your walking shoes and slip on your dancing shoes for the Saturday night concert featuring Maggie & the Cats.  Local libations will be flowing thanks to the Nehalem Bay Winery and Fort George Brewery.  This event is included in the cost of your home tour ticket

    The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn on Sunday, September 11. Attendees will enjoy English style tea while enjoying a presentation by the event’s guest speaker, Sherian Wright.  Wright is a published northwest author and naturalist.  Her presentation will focus on beekeeping for the backyard gardener, a not to be missed affair.

    Tickets for this event will be available on July 1.  Tickets for each event may be purchased individually, or as a weekend package.  Many of these events sell out, so make your plans as soon as you can.  For more information regarding tickets or other events, contact the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum at 503-436-9301, email at, or visit