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.
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.
Cannon Beach Arts Association
CBAA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Cannon Beach. We support artists and the arts in the north coast region through exhibits, events, and education. Part of our vision is a community where people are supported to create, learn about, and show art to a diverse community of people including full-time, seasonal, and tourist communities. Our programs include art exhibits, a retail art gallery, a summer art camp program, art workshops and demonstrations, a music festival, scholarships, and artist grants. Join us at a reception, performance, or art class at 1064 South Hemlock in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
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.
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!
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!