Storm Watching: When Mother Nature Puts on the Show

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Winter is the perfect time of year to enjoy the natural and powerful drama of the Pacific Coast, when stormy, wet days can be followed up with soothing cool, breaks of blue sky and sunshine.

There are a couple of ways to enjoy winter storm watching in Cannon Beach.

The most comfortable is cuddled up inside an ocean front suite at the Tolovana Inn, snug near a fireplace with your favorite beverage, watching the stormy skies and thundering waves crash against the shore and nearby Haystack Rock.

Or if you prefer, bundle up and get outdoors for some real action.  Rain gear and boots are recommended.    Sure, your hair may get whipped around, and it may be hard to know which way the rain is falling, but that’s part of the excitement.

Walking along the shore to experience an upfront view of the ocean’s magnificent power is invigorating.   But, be sure to stay alert.  Just five inches of water can move a five ton log.  And sneaker waves that join up up can quickly double their height.

Depending upon where you are, avoid climbing on cliffs and jetties. Large rocks are slippery.  And, they can shift.

But drying off and warming up after a brisk  storm walk is part of the experience.  And, a bowl of clam chowder from Mo’s Restaurant, next door to Tolovana Inn, is both welcome and restorative.

The day after a storm is the best time for beach combing.  That’s when the ocean’s flotsam and jetsam are washed ashore and treasure hunting is at its best.   You can find anything from amazing shells to some random cargo that might have fallen off an ocean barge.

You can enjoy the calm—again–before the next storm.

 

Cannon Beach Stormy Weather Arts Festival

Shore Patrol, “Shore Patrol” original oil, by Sharon Abbott-Furze

Shore Patrol, “Shore Patrol” original oil, by Sharon Abbott-Furze

Some of the Northwest’s most notable artists will converge on Cannon Beach as the community hosts its annual fall celebration of the arts at the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, the first weekend in November.  Art galleries and local businesses will present special exhibits, artist demonstrations and host receptions for guest artists over the three-day festival.

It’s another great reason to stay at Tolovana Inn. 

The festival’s signature Friday night event is “Art in Action,” where artists represented by Cannon Beach galleries will demonstrate their techniques in painting, carving or sculpture.  Participating artists are:  Josh Henrie, Jeffrey Hull, Hazel Schlesinger, Sharon Abbott-Furze, Marianne Post, and Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis.  Collector-quality finished works will be for sale at the event during a silent auction that will also feature vacation packages from the Columbia Gorge/Hood River, Mt. Hood, The Dalles, Skamania Lodge and Cannon Beach resorts. The night includes a wonderful appetizer buffet, wine, and live music by Bucky Pottschmidt.

Throughout the weekend, visitors will be able to attend gallery receptions and meet guest artists.  More than  twenty musical performers will be featured throughout town.

On Saturday night, the festival showcase event will be a concert by Cooper & The Jam, recently named one of Nashville’s Top 5 Artists on the Rise, in concert at the intimate 200-seat Coaster Theatre in what will surely be a memorable night.  She performs with   power and tenacity.  Cooper and her extraordinary band have been killing it in Music City and stealing hearts across the country.

Born and raised in the rural Oregon coastal mountain range, she moved to Portland OR and put herself through college while performing in local night clubs   Upon graduation, she moved to Nashville, TN where she recently recorded her second album.  She has performed at  Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival  for the 2nd  straight year.     Doors open for festival seating at 7:00 pm and the concert will start at 7:30 pm.

A limited number of tickets are available for Art in Action and Cooper & the Jam concert are still available.

Tickets for Art in Action are $55 per ticket or $99 for two;  and concert tickets are $35 each.  To purchase and find out more about tickets purchases, click here.

Gallery visitations will last through Sunday until 5:00 PM.

Tolovana Inn: Welcome to our New Web Site

Welcome to the new Tolovana Inn web site, specifically iStock_000015191390Large (1)designed to view perfectly on a your Desktop, Tablet and Mobile devices.

We hope you will take a few moments to look around the site to see what we can provide to assure your visit is memorable.

And, remember, all of your family members (pups, too!) are welcome in our Ocean Front and Ocean View Suites.

We look forward to hosting you soon!

 

 

 

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