Cannon Beach is in the middle of some of the most scenic hiking trails in the Northwest!

Just minutes from the Tolovana Inn are some of Oregon’s most beautiful beaches and coastline

Ecola State Park offers an adventure through lush rain-forest, where hikers will find some of the world’s tallest trees. Hike past old-growth Sitka Spruce to the end of Cape Falcon where you’ll take in the most breathtaking views.  Many of the best hikes can be found just minutes away in Ecola State Park, accessed via Ecola Park Road at the north end of Cannon Beach. The Park offers options for easy, paved accessible trails from the Ecola Point viewpoint to options for longer multiple mile hikes. An Oregon State Parks pass, Oregon Pacific Coast Passport or $5 day-use fee is required for parking.

Neahkahnie Mountain and the more challenging Saddle Mountain.  Walk through wildflower-covered meadows, miles of uninterrupted beaches, or connect with a portion of the 382-mile Oregon Coast Trail. You’ll find everything from moderate to challenging hiking trails and accessible pathways suitable for all ages and abilities.

Oswald West State Park, located about 10 minutes south of Cannon Beach, offers several interconnected hiking trails with many options for hikers of all levels including a 13-mile section of the Oregon Coast Trail.

Necarney Creek to Elk Flats: From the smaller parking area just south of the main Oswald West parking lot, the Necarney Creek Trail descends into the rain-forest and connects to the Elk Flats Trail south, offering about a 1.5 mile walk through forests, emerging at meadows frequented by elk and eventually leading to a short spur trail to sheer cliffs overlooking Devil’s Cauldron.

 TRAILS – Perfect for the entire family and any level of hiker

Tillamook Head Trail: From the trail-head at Indian Beach, hikers can follow the route taken by a party of explorers from the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806. This segment of the Oregon Coast Trail leads from Indian Beach about six miles to the northern trail-head in south Seaside.

Clatsop Loop Trail: This three-mile loop trail from Indian Beach begins along a gravel service road, passes through rain-forest and finally emerges at a small hikers’ camp where a nearby viewpoint overlooks the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Hikers can then return to Indian Beach via a portion of the Oregon Coast Trail.

Cape Falcon Trail: A 2.3-mile hike leads from the trail head parking area on the west side of Highway 101, through coastal rain-forest to the end of Cape Falcon. The trail emerges from the forest at the end of the cape through hedges of salal and wild roses, offering views north to Tillamook Head and south to Cape Lookout.

Cannon Beach Nature Trail: This trail includes a paved portion that follows a bend of Ecola Creek, past wetlands and emerging at 2nd Street at the City Park. A gravel portion of the trail circles the ponds at the east end of 2nd Street and a south spur of the trail passes through a Spruce forest reserve.

Short Sand Beach Trail: A half-mile walk through the woods and along a creek leads to Short Sand Beach in Oswald West State Park.

Puffins return to Haystack Rock! And the 53rd Sandcastle Contest!

Haystack Rock is home to several bird species who nest there throughout the year

One of the most popular and comical birds to see are the Tufted Puffins. Puffins nest on the rock from April through July and are best viewed now through July. They are colorful, squat, black birds with large, bright orange bills, white facial features and tufts of yellow feathers above the eyes. Look for them on the grassy north slope of Haystack Rock. This grassy area is where the puffins burrow tunnels into the soil so nests, eggs and chicks are protected from predators.

53rd annual Sandcastle Contest  June 16-18

2016 1st Place Master Winners- True Grit

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 like those used for pouring concrete to accomplish their monumental size.

Although the contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend, visitors will find plenty of other activities to entertain them.

Other activities include a Friday night parade, Saturday night beach bonfire with live music and Sunday morning 5K Fun Run and walk. Judging of the sandcastles will be on Saturday from 12-2:30pm. (perfect time for viewing!) The tide will determine how long the sculptures last.

In 2014, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, making it one of just 11 events statewide to achieve such a designation. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an event with broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state.

The Tolovana Inn is proud to be a major sponsor of this year’s Sandcastle Contest and weekend of events.

For additional information contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623. 

Friday, June 16th

10am-5pm Packets n’ Pail Pickup

5:30pm      Sandcastle Parade

Saturday, June 17th

8-10am     American Legion Pancake Feed

Contest

10am        Sandcastle Contest Begins

3:30pm     Final Judging & Awards Presentation

7-10pm     Live Music on the beach

8pm          Bonfire on the beach

Sunday, June 18th   9am      Singing Sands 5k fun run/walk – On the beach at 2nd Street

 

Come Celebrate! May 13th 50th Anniversary of Oregon’s Beach Bottle Bill & Mom’s Day!

Cannon Beach kicks off Oregon’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Beach Bill on May 13 with a series of events for the entire family!

The Beach Bill was the landmark legislation passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1967 assuring that all of Oregon’s beaches would remain public.

A full day of activities are planned for Saturday, May 13th!

  • The construction of a more than six-foot sandcastle by the master sand sculpting team Form Finders
  • Beach Bicycling and stand-up paddle boarding demonstrations
  • Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rock Awareness Program will offer tide pool interpretive information on the beach including spotting scopes to view nesting Tufted Puffins and other seabirds on Haystack Rock.
  • The North Coast Land Conservancy will offer a guided hiking tour on the beach from Haystack Rock to Silver Point with professional geologist Tom Horning
  • And a variety of commemorative presentations by local and state dignitaries
  • Saturday’s festivities also include music by Slater Smith of the Portland band, The Weather Machine. The presentation will showcase the band’s collaboration with Oregon State Parks, a music video shot on location at nearly 200 Oregon State Parks

      

  • Cannon Beach’s Beach Bill anniversary celebration will wrap up with a public bonfire and free s’mores on the beach near the Gower Street beach access near where one of the now iconic Associated Press photos of was taken on that historic day in 1967

Thanks to the Beach Bill, the State of Oregon has what is considered the best legal protection for the public’s use of and access to its coastal land.

This historic date in Oregon history coincides with this year’s Mother’s Day, an always-popular weekend in Cannon Beach, so plan now to celebrate mom and Oregon’s public beaches.

The Beach is Good for your Brain!

 

You know that overall feeling of peace that you experience when you’re at the beach?

It’s for real.  Scientists are are now referring to it as “blue space.”  Fresh smells and the sound of the rolling ocean calm your brain.  And, the way your brain reacts to that environment leaves you happy, relaxed and energized.

Experiencing refreshing “blue space” at the beach is like hitting a reset button for your brain.  

Are you ready for a reset? 

Reduce stress. Water is nature’s cure to the stress of life. So whether you jump in for a swim or dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. 

Boosts creativity.  If you’re in a rut, blue space allows you to clear your head.   The calmness allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what you need to resolve, allowing you to approach problems or projects with a fresh perspective.

Reduce feelings of depression. The calming environment of the beach provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves can clear your mind in a safe space away from the chaos of daily life.

“Is it time for you to “reset?”  Call the Tolovana Inn today!” 

Easter Weekend at the Tolovana Inn

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Partly Cloudy, partly sunny!  That’s an encouraging weekend weather forecast for guests of the Tolovana Inn this upcoming Easter weekend.

Make your plans to spend the weekend in Cannon Beach and  enjoy your Easter traditions on the coast!

 

Easter Egg Hunt

BYOB. That’s bring you own basket to the annual Easter egg hunt  Saturday at the Sea Ranch RV Park Resort at 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult and will be divided into three age groups:  1-4 years-old; 5-7 years-old and 8-10 years-old.  There’s a good chance you’ll see real bunnies hopping around resort. Hundreds of eggs hidden will be hidden on the grounds, with special prizes for kids who find special golden eggs.

Easter Services 

This year, the  traditional 6:30  Easter Sunrise Service  will be held on the Beach and not at Ecola State Park.  Recent closures and dangerous roads prompted the relocation.  All are welcome to join members of the Cannon Beach Community Church for the special outdoor service which will take place in “the dunes” at the corner of Ocean and West Washington Street (one block west of the church.).  In case of heavy rains or winds, the service will be moved into the Community Church Sanctuary.

The Cannon Beach Community Church also has a contemporary worship service in the church at 9:00am and a traditional service at 10:45am.  Other Easter Sunday services in the community are at the Cannon Beach Bible Church at 10.45am and Mass at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Arch Cape 9:00am Easter morning.

So hop over to Tolovana Inn to make Easter memories!

 

 

 

Whale Watching Week & Spring Break!

It’s Whale Watching Week!

Bring your binoculars and be awed by one of the many natural wonders of Oregon. 

While whales are visible from Oregon’s shores all year long there are two designated weeks when the viewing is better than ever, one in winter, and one now, March 24-31.

Hundreds of whales can be spotted swimming along the coastline each day.  That’s because the great migration of 20,000 gray whales is underway as the huge mammals head back up the coast to Alaska, after spending winter living large in the warm lagoons off Baja California, where many of the females have given birth. 

With there youngsters swimming along, the grey whales are returning home.

While the first surge of grey whales is moving north now, others will follow all the way through June.

The best viewing is from up high at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach and from Neahkahnie Mountain by Manzanita, both places where trained volunteers from Whalespoken.org will be on site to help visitors spot the impressive mammals.

 


 

 

Join the SOLVE Beach Clean-up on April 1

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Photo courtesy of SOLVE

In 1984, Oregon became the first location in the world to host a coast-wide volunteer beach clean-up.

Now 33 years later, this clean-up model continues, and most importantly, has spread across the nation and to nearly 100 countries.

You can do your part to help keep the magical Cannon Beach coastline pristine by pitching in during the Spring Beach Clean-up  sponsored by SOLVE on April 1.

It’s the second weekend of spring break for many Oregon school kids, and a great way to get them involved in community service.  There’s no age minimum and you can even bring your dog along–on a leash.

Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance and meet at Cannon Beach City Hall starting at 9:00am, before being dispatched to help clean up the beaches from Ecola Park to the Tolovana Wayside, and as far south as Arch Cape.

SOLVE will provide bags and gloves, but would prefer volunteers bring their own reusable garden gloves. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket/bag and reusable water bottles to help reduce plastic waste.  

Volunteers can also use an old colander or kitty litter scoop to sift the sand for tiny bits of plastics and cigarette butts, both of which are extremely harmful to shorebirds and marine life.

Over the past three decades more than 126,000 Beach & Riverside Cleanup volunteers have removed 820 tons of litter from Oregon’s beaches, neighborhoods, parks and waterways.

Guests of Tolovana Inn who volunteer for the Solve clean-up will be eligible for a weekend discount.   Ask about the special pricing when you call for reservations.

Tolovana Inn appreciates the efforts of all SOLVE volunteers, especially the efforts of Cannon Beach clean-up coordinator and local resident, Jenee Pearce-Mushen. Hauling, disposal and recycling services donated by Recology Western Oregon.

 

Wine Lovers and Foodies: Tickets going fast for Savor Cannon Beach

Savor Cannon Beach's settingCalling all wine lovers and foodies:  Tickets are still available for Savor Cannon Beach, but are going fast!

The incredible Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival offers a four-day lineup of wine, food and arts events in ever-enchanting Cannon Beach.

The Tolovana Inn is proud to be an event sponsor.

Most of the wine tasting events are intimate and are limited to less than 150 participants. However, the largest festival event is the Saturday wine walk.   You can join wandering wine tasters sampling 40 Northwest winery offerings throughout Cannon Beach at charming art galleries, restaurants and retail shops.

Individual tickets to festival events are $20-40 each and a full Festival Pass good for admission to all festival tasting events is also available for $195.

Be sure you book your ocean front room or suite at the Tolovana Inn, too.   And,  ask about the Stay 3 Nights for 2 special room discount, valid now through March 23, 2017.

The Tolovana Inn will host these four Savor Cannon Beach events:

  • 5-7pm – Thursday THROW DOWN: BEST OF THE NORTHWEST
     You’ll taste 12 award-winning wines representing different wine growing regions of Oregon and Washington and  vote for the top wines of the evening. 
  • 1-4pm – Friday    WINEMAKER’S PREMIUM POURS
    Northwest wineries have agreed to open up their cellars and share three special wines. Offerings will include library wines, verticals, horizontals or reserve wines. 
  • 1am-12:30pm – Saturday WINE TASTING 101
    Learn to taste wine like a professional. You’ll learn the basics of wine tasting, wine terminology and etiquette.   Request no fragrances be worn.  
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – Sunday  GOLD MEDAL WINES & BATTLE OF THE BITES
     You’ll taste 12 Gold Medal winning wines from the SavorNW Wine Awards selected the previous week by some of the top wine judges on the West Coast. This event will also feature the Battle of the Bites with “bites” prepared by Cannon Beach chefs and restaurants; and your vote will determine the winner. 

 

Cheers!

 

 

Savor Cannon Beach: Unique Food & Wine Tasting, March 9-12

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Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival offers a four-day lineup of wine, culinary and arts events, March 9-12, in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular destinations: Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Savor is a fun way to taste and appreciate a wide variety of  Northwest wines and the Tolovana Inn is proud to be the site of several key festival events.

Most of the wine tasting events are intimate and limited to no more than  150 participants.  The largest event of the festival is the Saturday afternoon Wine Walk where 40 Northwest wineries will be pouring tastings at Cannon Beach galleries, restaurants and retail shops.

The following festival events will take place at Tolovana Inn.

  • 5-7pm – Thursday THROW DOWN: BEST OF THE NORTHWEST
    This event is a great way to discover new wines and varietals. You’ll taste 12 award-winning wines representing different wine growing regions of Oregon and Washington and  vote for the top wines of the evening. The evening also includes a selection of light bites. It’s a fun way to kick off the Savor Cannon Beach weekend!  Price: $40 
  • 1-4pm – Friday    WINEMAKER’S PREMIUM POURS
    Northwest wineries have agreed to open up their cellars and share three special wines. Offerings will include library wines, verticals, horizontals or reserve wines. Palate cleansers are provided, but food is not served at this wine tasting event.(sandwiches and pizza will be available for purchase.).  Price: $40
  • 1am-12:30pm – Saturday WINE TASTING 101
    Learn to taste wine like a professional in this educational program with our favorite wine competition facilitators Hank and Nancy Sauer. You’ll learn the basics of wine tasting, wine terminology and etiquette.   Request no fragrances be worn.  Price: $20 
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – Sunday  GOLD MEDAL WINES & BATTLE OF THE BITES
     You’ll taste 12 Gold Medal winning wines from the SavorNW Wine Awards selected the previous week by some of the top wine judges on the West Coast. This event will also feature the Battle of the Bites with “bites” prepared by Cannon Beach chefs and restaurants; and your vote will determine the winner.  Price: $40 

Individual tickets to festival events are $20-40 each and a full Festival Pass good for admission to all festival tasting events is also available for $195. Advance purchase is recommended as events are limited in size and often sell out.

Call Tolovana Inn for room reservations soon.   And, be sure to ask about the Stay 3 Nights for 2 Room special room discount, valid now through March 23, 2017.

Tickets are available at Savor Cannon Beach

Whales, Wine, Yoga & Deals: 4 Tempting Reasons for a 1st Qtr. Tolovana Stay.

whalesSure, you might need to bundle up a bit, but don’t let that slow you down from visiting Cannon Beach during the first quarter of 2017.

Besides the unfailing appeal of the Oregon coast, with its natural wonders and special events, Tolovana Inn room rates are especially inviting this time of year. Now through March 23, if you stay two nights, you can enjoy a third night free.  Rooms are limited and some restrictions may apply.  Call 1-800-333-8890.  

So, besides great rates, here are some other things to consider.

The Gray Whale Migration is now underway

Gray whales head south from their feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas around Alaska from mid-December through January traveling to breeding grounds in Baja California, Mexico, where warm-water lagoons become nurseries for expectant mothers.  On the trip down, these giant mammals swim on a direct course, move quickly, and mostly stay about 5 miles offshore. At their peak, about 30 whales pass by each hour. Then from late March to June, the whales migrate north back to Alaska. On each trip, approximately 18,000 gray whales will pass close to the Oregon Coast.

Ecola State Park provides a great vantage point for whale sightings. In morning light with the sun at your back is best.  First locate whale spouts with your naked eye; then focus more closely with binoculars. 

Coming back, the whales travel much more leisurely and stay closer to shore—within a half mile is not unusual. The non-breeding males and females lead the way back with some early birds starting in late February. Mothers and young calves generally roll by starting in May.

Cannon Beach Yoga Festival, February 24-27, 2017

World Class Instruction in a World Class location.  That’s the three-day Cannon Beach Yoga Festival.  No matter what your level of experience, this is a wonderful opportunity to explore something new, as well as deepen your practice. Enjoy workshops, daily morning meditations, a community dance party and more. Everything you need to know, including a detailed FAQ can be found here.   Cannon Beach Yoga Festival.

Savor Cannon Beach, March 9-12, 2017

It’s a wine and culinary event you won’t want to miss this. The festival includes wine tastings, wine dinners and a wine walk throughout the town from over 20 Northwest wineries.  Tickets are now available and its usually a sell-out event.  Tolovana Inn is proud to be a sponsor and host site for this incredible favorite foodie  event!  

Make 2017 the year you experience something new in Cannon Beach, staying at the ever comfortable ocean front Tolovana Inn.

 

(information about whale migration provided by visittheoregoncoast.)

 

 

 

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