Visit a Cannon Beach Art Gallery during Spring Unveiling

Art lovers love Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a notable arts community.

Not only is Cannon Beach one of the state’s favorite beach towns, but it is also home to an incredible art scene. In fact, it’s considered one of America’s 100 Top Art Towns. During your spring break escape, set off from Tolovana Inn to see how many public art installations in town you can find. The Oregon town also hosts several art festivals a year. One such event is Spring Unveiling; keep reading to learn more about why you should visit a Cannon Beach art gallery or two during the annual festival.

What to Know about Spring Unveiling

Every May, the Spring Unveiling Arts Festival highlights the best talent in Cannon Beach. Local art galleries showcase some of the latest works from featured artists. During the weekend-long festival, popular artists will create special exhibits or be guests at some of the most popular galleries in town.

Past participating galleries include Archimedes Gallery, Basalt Pottery, Images of the West, Jeffery Hull Gallery, and White Bird Gallery. Be sure to check and see if passports will be offered again this year. Getting a stamp in your booklet is not only a great way to keep track of which galleries you visit, but it also makes you eligible for prize drawings.

For updates regarding this year’s festival, visit Cannon Beach Gallery Group.

Plan an Art-Filled Cannon Beach Escape

You don’t have to wait for one of the annual art festivals like Spring Unveiling to visit a Cannon Beach gallery. For anyone staying at Tolovana Inn, stopping by one of these local spots is a great way to find the perfect keepsake to remember your stay.

Whether planning an Oregon spring break getaway or a romantic trip for two, there’s no better place to stay than Tolovana Inn. Our Cannon Beach, which features cozy accommodations and excellent on-site amenities, is close to countless activities and attractions. Start planning your next vacation with us by visiting www.tolovanainn.com.

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Keep Your Eyes Open for Cannon Beach Elk

Herds of Roosevelt Elk live in Cannon Beach.

You never know what you might stumble upon during a Cannon Beach vacation. From coming across public art to spotting the puffins that call Haystack Rock home, there’s no shortage of things to see. No matter what adventures fill your itinerary when staying at Tolovana Inn, it’s important to keep your eyes peeled because you never know what’s around the corner. One of the most sought-after encounters is spotting the elk that call Cannon Beach home. Keep reading to learn more about where you might find these majestic creatures.

Where to Find the Herds

Roosevelt elk are often the most active at dawn and dusk. While they are more scarce during the summer, they are frequently spotted around Cannon Beach the rest of the year. If you catch a glimpse of this wildlife on your Oregon vacation, watching them from a respectful distance is important. If possible, try to remain in your car. Also, never feed elk or get too close to them. While they usually move away from you, they can be aggressive, especially if they feel threatened or have young with them.

Ecoloa State Park

One of the best places to look for elk is Ecola State Park. Herds are known to graze in the meadows surrounding the main parking lot. If you’re exploring some of the hiking trails through the nearby rainforest, keep your eyes open as the foliage helps camouflage the elk.

Ecola Creek

Head about a block or two from downtown to Ecola Creek. The grassy areas on both sides of the creek are prime grazing grounds. Stopped cars or people looking towards the lawn at Les Shirley Park or Ne Cus’ Park are good indications elk are in the area.

City Park

A herd of elk doesn’t just stop cars. The athletic fields of City Park are covered in green grass that the animals love to munch on. There have been instances where sports practices have had to pause because of the herd grazing.

Enjoy Mother Nature’s Beauty at Tolovana Inn

You don’t have to go searching for elk to enjoy the beauty of Cannon Beach. Located on the beach, Tolovana Inn is surrounded by incredible views. Our oceanfront rooms and suites are the perfect place to watch the waves roll. Enjoy the comforts of home, like a fireplace and fully-equipped kitchen, by staying in one of our spacious suites. Learn more about our different accommodations by visiting www.tolovanainn.com.

 

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Storm Watching During King Tides at Cannon Beach

king tides

King tides attract storm watchers to the Oregon coast

High tides, when combined with blustery winds and winter rains, make for amazing storm watching which draws many visitors to the Oregon coast. 

In simplest terms, higher-than-normal  tides or “King” tides typically occur during a new or full moon when the Earth, sun, and moon are nearly in alignment

Looking ahead, King Tides are expected on the Northern Oregon coast on December 13-15, January 11-13, and February 8-10.

While beautiful, Oregon’s coastline can be dangerous.  It’s a great idea to check tide times and follow common sense recommendations to stay safe.

How to Watch King Tides

Outdoors, in Cannon Beach,  Ecola State Park provides an exhilarating viewpoint.   Up nice and high, you can watch the drama of crashing waves. King tides are something special to behold.

If you are at sea level, it’s wise to stay back.

King tides can push waves 100 feet or more above normal watermarks and flooding can occur.

Never turn your back on the ocean and watch for deadly sneaker waves that surge further up the beach than expected.

Keep away from logs on the beach or in the surf that can be easily tossed your way.

Of course, another great way to enjoy Mother Nature’s grandeur is from a lovely oceanfront room at Tolovana Inn.

From a private balcony, you can experience a front-row view of the powerful Pacific Ocean.

Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach has everything you need to feel at home, including spacious rooms and numerous on-site amenities. Visit www.tolovanainn.com to learn more about booking your stay.

 

Map Out a Seattle to Cannon Beach Road Trip

Highlights along the way from Seattle to Cannon Beach

Who says you have to hop on a plan to reach memorable vacation destinations? A fun way to get from home to your next getaway is by car. For anyone who calls the Seattle area home, it takes less than half a day to reach Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach. However, exploring stops along the way is an excellent way to sneak in a bit of extra fun.

Where to Stop on Your Way to Our Oregon Coast Resort

The drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach is roughly four hours. This means you can easily manage it in one day. It also means you can easily take your time and explore some unique or popular attractions along the way.

  • Start your journey off at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Stretch your legs and explore the two floors of exhibits that tell the history of the last gold rush.
  • As you make your way through Tacoma, swing by the LeMay – America’s Car Museum. With four floors filled with countless exhibits, the vehicles here span decades and brands.
  • For a scenic pit stop, check out Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls in Tumwater. Found south of Olympia, the park features a half-mile-long walking trail and play area for kids.
  • Take in views of both Washington and Oregon from the Bradley State Scenic Viewpoint in Clatskanie. This is also a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch while looking out over the Columbia River.
  • As you make your way through Astoria, see how many filming locations used for The Goonies you can find. Drive by Mikey’s house or learn about movies filmed in Oregon at the Oregon Film Museum, which was the County Jail.

Book Your Stay at an Oceanfront Cannon Beach Hotel

When you arrive at Tolovana Inn after making the drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach, give yourself a chance to relax before setting off on memorable adventures. For suggestions on things to do and see, check out our blog.

No matter what activities or attractions you feel like exploring, rest easy knowing you have a cozy place to call home. Our hotel in Cannon Beach has everything you need to feel at home, including spacious rooms and numerous on-site amenities. Visit www.tolovanainn.com to learn more about booking your stay.

 

Fodor’s Travel: Cannon Beach a Global Standout Destination

Winter Sunset in Cannon Beach

Winter Sunset in Cannon Beach

Fodor’s released its  2024 “Travel Go”  list of the top 24 best travel destinations across the globe.  Cannon Beach was one of only two places in the United States included.

For over 80 years, Fodor’s Travel has established itself as the trusted resource for expert travel advice.

So for Cannon Beach to make the list of the top 24 best travel destinations across the globe is pretty impressive.  The only other domestic location on the list was Boulder Colorado.     Other travel destinations on the list included international locations like Bergen Norway, Queensland, New Zealand, Puerto Escondido, Mexico, and Rouen, France.

Why it’s Wonderful

With moody weather, dramatic coastlines, and diverse flora and fauna, it’s no wonder people fall in love with Cannon Beach.  Writer Kay Kingsman penned, “If Michelangelo, Toni Morrison, and H.E.R all collaborated to come up with a single destination, the creation would be Cannon Beach.” She notes that the seaside town,   Cannon Beach is structured around its abundant natural beauty.

Both indoor and outdoor highlights demonstrate that Cannon Beach appeals to just about everyone.  And the time of year depends on the experience you want.  Visitors can enjoy lively summers, storm-watching in winter,  or the mild shoulder seasons in between.

Outdoors, Cannon Beach attractions include wide inviting beaches, colossal Haystack Rock, its colorful tidepools, and the majestic views of hiking trails from nearby Ecola State Park. Indoors, visitors to Cannon Beach can take in notable art galleries,  unique boutiques,  farm fresh/boat-to-table dining, and inviting pubs.   

Why Tolovana Is The Ideal Resort

No matter when you visit Cannon Beach, Tolovana Inn’s oceanfront rooms and suites are the perfect place to stay.  You’ll be steps to the sand.  You’ll stay cozy enjoying a warm fire and endless views from your private beachfront balcony.

Giving gift cards to Cannon Beach is a double treat.  One, when your recipient opens your thoughtful gift.  And, secondly when they redeem the card for a memorable stay at one of Oregon’s favorite beachfront resorts!

 

 

What to Do on a Winter Vacation in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Winter Vacation in Cannon Beach, Oregon

While winter will be here before you know it, there is still plenty of time to plan a memorable vacation.

The popular oceanfront town is home to endless activities and attractions the whole family will love, most of which are near Tolovana Inn.


To help you have the best Cannon Beach winter vacation possible, we’ve put together a list of top adventures. Whether you’re staying at our Oregon coast resort over the holidays or wanting to kick off the new year with a bang, there’s no shortage of things to do and see. Keep reading to learn more about what fun awaits.

5 Things to Do on a Cannon Beach Winter Getaway

  1. All aboard the Candy Cane Express. The one-hour ride on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad departs from Garibaldi and runs to Rockaway Beach. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while taking in the Oregon coastline from the warmth of the festive train.
  2. Check out all the fun that fun that makes up Haystack Holidays. Watch a holiday classic come to life at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse or learn how to make wreaths at the Chamber Community Hall.
  3. While winter weather in Cannon Beach doesn’t mean falling snow, there is a heightened chance of precipitation. The conditions during this time of year are perfect for enjoying a bit of storm-watching. Our top choice is Ecola State Park, but make sure you follow safety tips.
  4. There are two main whale-watching seasons in Cannon Beach, and one takes place from mid-December to mid-January. This is when whales migrate to warmer waters. Throughout the season, Oregon State Parks coordinates programs throughout the region to teach visitors about these creatures.
  5. Without the crowds of summer, some of Cannon Beach’s other residents make their presence known. The herds of Roosevelt Elk that live here can be spotted most of the year at several places throughout town, including Ecola State Park and City Park.

Reserve Your Stay at Tolovana Inn Today

Don’t wait to plan your winter vacation at Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Our waterfront resort is the perfect home base for everyone, from families to couples looking to enjoy a memorable escape. We work to provide you with everything you need for the trip of a lifetime.

Browse our accommodations to find the one that fits your needs best. From spacious suites to cozy guest rooms, we have it all. Make the most of your stay by checking out our on-site amenities and activities. See how you can save on your stay with our special offers online at www.tolovanainn.com.

Easy Gift Giving: Gift Cards to Tolovana Inn

Gift Card

Tolovana Inn Gift Cards are a welcome gift idea.

Holiday gift-giving presents a delicate balance.  Above all, you want to give something that feels special for your giftee, without giving them something they already have.

Likewise, you also must factor in the expense. When buying gifts, you want to spend hard-earned money on something that will be appreciated.

Holiday gift lists often suggest luxury items or new tech “must-haves.”   As alluring as they may sound, those gifts frequently fall short of leaving a lasting impression. And, isn’t that the goal of a good gift?

The Solution: A Gift of Experience

Increasingly, gifts of experiences are becoming more popular. That’s because they keep on giving, providing memories that last.

With that in mind, we suggest you consider giving cards to Tolovana Inn on the Oregon coast.

Tolovana Inn gift cards are great for holiday giving because they are:

  • ideal for family members, clients, or even a special someone.
  • certain to be considered exceptionally thoughtful.
  • easy to redeem throughout the year.

Who wouldn’t want to stay in a special ocean-view suite with a private beachfront balcony, cozy fireplace, and full kitchen?  Just steps to the beach and Haystack Rock, guests can stroll along wide shores.  Or, relax indoors listening to the rolling sound of the Pacific Ocean.  With pet-friendly rooms, guests can also bring their furbabies along for the fun. Amenities on-site include a sparkling indoor saltwater pool, spa, and fitness center.

There’s so much to do, all just a 90-minute drive from Portland.  Cannon Beach’s distinctive shops, galleries, and boutiques are always inviting.   Year-round, guests can enjoy art festivals and special events. Nearby, beautiful coastal parks provide easy access to scenic hiking trails.

Make a Call to Order Holiday Gift Cards

Just call Tolovana Inn to order gift cards of any denomination.  Our staff will send them to you or directly to the recipient.  Call 503-436-2211.

This year, don’t wrap frivolous gifts or forgettable stuff.  Give the gift of Tolovana Inn at Cannon Beach.

Discover Oregon Artists at the Stormy Weather Art Festival

Discover wonderful creative works at the Stormy Weather Art Festival.

Cannon Beach’s Stormy Weather Art Festival is a favorite fall event.

Cannon Beach is known for activities, artists, and attractions that appeal to a wide range of interests. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the variety of activities like surf fishing, while the farmers market is the perfect place for foodies. This Oregon town is also known for being one of the best art towns in the country. Discover some of the incredibly talented artists who call this area home by booking your stay at Tolovana Inn and checking out the Stormy Weather Art Festival.

What to Know about the Annual Art Festival

For more than three decades, the Stormy Weather Art Festival has held the title of one of the most popular Cannon Beach events. Taking place the first weekend of November, the annual event helps visitors and locals surround themselves with the creative culture the Oregon town is known for. You can also listen to incredible live music on the streets of Cannon Beach at local businesses like Public Coast Brewing Co. or The Landing.

Throughout the weekend, there are countless gallery events taking place. Check out the lineup filled with art demonstrations, paint classes, and gallery receipts.

Make Tolovana Inn Your Festival Home Base

When searching for where to stay in Cannon Beach for popular Oregon festivals like the Stormy Weather Art Festival or one of the other memorable events, there’s no better option than Tolovana Inn. Our oceanfront resort is located just south of downtown, so popular attractions and activities are right around the corner.

During your stay, you’ll have everything you need for the best vacation possible. In addition to spacious accommodations, our Cannon Beach hotel features numerous amenities designed to enhance your stay. Before booking your stay, visit www.tolovanainn.com to take advantage of our special offers and packages.

 

Discover Public Art on a Walk Around Cannon Beach.

Tufted Puffins Sculpture

Tuffed Puffins Sculpture in Cannon Beach

It only takes a walk around charming Cannon Beach to understand why this special village is known as one of America’s 100 Top Art Towns.

Review a gallery walking route that will guide you to the top galleries, featuring works by nationally known artists, top emerging Northwest talent, and even a working glass-blowing studio.

However, you can also explore some of the wonderful public art that certainly underscores the town’s reputation.   You can download a map of the 1.5 walk that starts at the corner of Spruce and 2nd streets.

Seven Notable Art Installations and More

You can visit seven notable installations along the public art walk route. Several other fountains, sculptures, and murals are visible too.  As a matter of fact, many architectural details and colorful flowers make the walk even more visually enjoyable.

North End

Begin starting near public parking and a rest area at the north end of town.

  • The Wave  This stainless-steel installation depicts a modern interpretation of rolling waves. Created by Sharon Warman Agnor,  you’ll see the Wave at the start of the walking tour.    Additionally,  you can also take note of architectural details at the town’s information center.  Look up to see an osprey nest, jellyfish lamps and downspouts that pay homage to Native American art.
  • Whale Ribs Weather-rusted metal ribs with circular glass insets represent Whale Ribs.   Nick Thomas Design Studio created this creative installation. You’ll see it lining the sidewalk one block north, in front of a small public parking lot at 3rd Street.
  • Welcome Pole   Afterward, head to the north and walk along the Bark Trail at the edge of Ecola Creek.  There,  experience a wooden sculpture inspired by the original Clatsop-Nehalem tribe that lived there in a village called NeCus when   Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery passed this way in 1806.  Native American artist Guy Capoeman created the work.

Along the Beachfront

  • Whale Sculpture is located in a small park at the end of town. This sleek bronze sculpture commemorates a visit to the area by Lewis and Clark where they reportedly encountered a washed-ashore whale. You’ll see it in a plaza area not far from Bruce’s Candy Kitchen.

Center of Town

  • Delicate Balance is undoubtedly charming.  This whimsical and colorful sculpture features curiously stacked chickens and eggs.  Created by sculptor Wayne Chabre, you can experience it resting across the street from the Coaster Theatre.

Midtown

  • Tufted Puffins celebrates the beloved seabirds that return to Haystack Rock each spring. Northwest sculptor Georgia Gerber created the charming installation. You’ll find it at the corner of Gower and Hemlook.
  • Contact represents two figures reaching toward each other.  In fact, the sculpture is a cut steel bright orange bench. Lastly, you can see it a block south and west of Tufted Puffins.

Book your stay today

Cannon Beach is a magical destination year-round.   Tolovana Inn is the ideal place to unwind. Our beachfront resort features a range of accommodations. Options include two-bedroom suites and oceanfront studios. Before booking your stay, visit www.tolovanainn.com to learn more about what you can expect out of your stay. Check out our on-site amenities or ways to save.

 

Cast Your Line Surf Fishing on the Oregon Coast

surf fishing

Surf Fishing

Cannon Beach is an ideal destination for anyone who loves spending time outdoors. The popular beach community is home to endless adventures, like puffin watching and memorable tours. Be close to all the adventure by staying at Tolovana Inn. Our oceanfront resort is the perfect home base for everyone, from families to couples. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend time on the shoreline, try your hand at surf fishing on the Oregon coast.

What Gear Do You Need?

In order to have the best chances of reeling in the catch of the day, you need the right equipment. You need fishing gear that can handle being cast into the heavy surf. This includes things like:

  • A nine to 11-foot rod which can hold a weight between two and six ounces
  • Spare spool of line
  • A bait bucket filled with popular bait like clam necks, sand shrimp, or mole crabs

You will also need to purchase a general Oregon Angling license

The Best Places to Fish

Casting your line for surfperch is something that can be enjoyed year-round. When looking for where to set up camp, you want to look for places with shallow areas and deeper holes. This includes looking for rocky areas in the sand, sloped beaches, and jetties. We recommend heading out during low tides as the conditions make spotting these areas easier. To avoid crowds, we also recommend setting your alarm early so you can snag an excellent section of shoreline.

Explore the Pacific Northwest on a Stay at Tolovana Inn

For anyone visiting the Oregon coast, there are countless things to do, like surf fishing and visiting local farmers markets. Enjoy both of these adventures and more by booking your stay at Tolovana Inn. Our Cannon Beach resort is centrally located near all sorts of activities and attractions. Spend your days exploring and your nights unwinding in comfort.

The rooms at our coastal hotel feature a number of incredible amenities, all designed to enhance your stay. In addition to cozy rooms, our grounds are also home to a fitness center, indoor pool, and EV charging stations. Browse our special offers, accommodations, and amenities online at www.tolovanainn.com

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