Tillamook Lighthouse for Sale!

The Tillamook Lighthouse, built on an acre basalt rock The landmark Tillamook Lighthouse is up for sale.

Built a little over a mile offshore from Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, the lighthouse offers a unique history and faces an uncertain future.   

Also known as “Terrible Tilly,” it is Oregon’s only offshore lighthouse.  Rising 133 feet about the whipping waters of the Pacific Ocean, Terribly Tilly is easy to spot but difficult to reach.

Tilly’s History

Situated on less than an acre of basalt rock in the Pacific Ocean, it was built in 1881 to guide ships along the ocean and to the Columbia River.  Constructing the lighthouse was grueling.  Accessing the rock was dangerous.  Unpredictable and stormy weather wreaked havoc on the crew,  supplies, and morale.   Not surprisingly, at more than $123,000–and over 500 days–its construction costs made it the most expensive lighthouse built in that era.

After manning it for 77 years, the U.S. Lighthouse Service turned it over to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939.   But by 1957, it was decommissioned.  At that time,  it was listed on the National Registrary of Historic Places.   Eventually, it was put up for sale and Las Vegas investors bought it sight unseen two years later for $5,600 at an auction.

The site changed hands a few more times until the current investors/owners purchased it in 1980.  They established the Eternity-at-Sea Columbarium—a place where 30 funeral urns currently rest.

New Owners Sought

Now its current owners are interested in selling the unique site/Ideally, a new owner would expand the Columbarium business.  The current asking price for the site is $6.5 million.

Recently a team of five people was helicoptered out to the rock where they camped out for three days. Their job was to clean up the stone building to get it ready for sale. They also collected relics that could be used to raise funds for more maintenance work.   While the site needs paint and more cleanup, the structure stands firm.

The private Tillamook Rock property is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, It  can only be reached by helicopter–and with the owners’ permission. Access also depends on the weather and if sea lions aren’t overcrowding the landing site.

The last lighthouse keeper to leave the island post wrote lyrically about Terrible Tilly in the official logbook   He said that the Tillamook Lighthouse was   “one of the most notorious and yet “fascinating of the sea-swept sentinels in the world.”

He stated that its “beacon has been a star of hope” and its foghorn “a voice of encouragement” through “howling gale, thick fog and driving rain.”

You can read more about it here.

So when you are ready to plan your next stay at Tolovana Inn, be sure to take a few moments to watch the waves pound the rocks around “Terrible Tilly.”

Call 503-436-2211 to learn more about reserving your stay or our on-site amenities.

Discover Cannon Beach Sights on the Best Local Oregon Tours

Explore Cannon Beach

From recognizable landmarks like Haystack Rock to something a little more off the beaten path, there is no shortage of things to discover in Cannon Beach. One of the best ways to explore all this Oregon town has to offer is on entertaining tours. During your next stay at Tolovana Inn, set off on your own or reserve your spot on a guided outing to explore all there is to see in Cannon Beach.

Cannon Beach Walking Tours

One of the best ways to explore Cannon Beach is on your two feet. There are several self-guided walking tours that fit a variety of interests.

  • Wander in and out of incredible art galleries by following the gallery tour map. The roughly mile-long outing takes you to several spots throughout town that showcase the talented artists that call this region home.
  • If you have any birdwatching enthusiasts in your group, set off on the birdwatching walking tour. Make your way to several points in town known for bird sightings, like Haystack Rock, the Cannon Beach Nature Trail, and Little Pompey Wetland.
  • Just like there are phenomenal art galleries in town, there are also several public works of art to discover. Start at the Corner of Second Street and Spruce to wander the 1.4-mile public art tour.

Reserve Your Spot on Guided Outings

There are certain benefits to going on self-guided tours, and there are also perks to letting knowledgeable guides show you around. Consider adding one of these unique attractions near Cannon Beach to your itinerary on your next visit.

  • Take in scenic views on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, which offers a 90-minute roundtrip ride between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach.
  • Explore Nehalem Bay, found about 15 miles south of Cannon Beach, on an outing with Kayak Tillamook. This body of water is part of the Pacific Flyway, making it an excellent spot for birdwatching.

Set Off on Adventures from Tolovana Inn

While Tolovana Inn is known for being a relaxing place to call home, it is also the perfect home base for all sorts of adventures. After checking into our Oregon coast resort, set off on memorable Cannon Beach tours or enjoy one of the other countless things to do in town.

When you’re ready to call it a night, unwind in comfort back at our oceanfront hotel. No matter which accommodation style you reserve, you’ll enjoy a spacious room complete with a private balcony, cozy bedding, and more. Call 503-436-2211 to learn more about reserving your stay or our on-site amenities. We can also answer any questions you may have about special offers.

 

Discover Things to Do at Annual Cannon Beach Events

Found along the Oregon coast, Cannon Beach is one of the top beach communities in this region, and it isn’t hard to figure out why. From recognizable landmarks to memorable adventures, there is always something new to discover. Nestled right on the beach is Tolovana Inn. Our beachfront location makes us the perfect home base, especially if your trip lines up with some of the top annual Cannon Beach events and festivals.

A Glimpse at Top Festivals and Events

No matter the time of year, there is always something going on in Cannon Beach. The coastal town’s calendar of events is filled with entertaining festivals and events that are the perfect addition to any getaway. While there are countless festivities, we’ve highlighted three of the most popular ones below.

Fat Bike Festival

Every year around mid-May, the Fat Bike Festival takes over town. This weekend-long festival includes several rides around town that’ll have you exploring the beaches and community. Go on a self-guided ride along Klootchy Creek Trails, or join the 13-mile ride to Hug Point.

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

Back in 1964, the Cannon Beach Sand Castle Content was created to entertain families and visitors left relatively isolated after a tsunami washed away the bridge. Today, the annual festival is broken up into several divisions, including masters, teens, juniors, and more. Stop by the beach to see the piles of sand turned into incredible sculptures.

Art Festivals

There are several art festivals throughout the year that celebrate incredible local talent. In May, galleries gather the latest pieces of work from their featured artists for Spring Unveilings Arts Festival. The Stormy Weather Arts Festival in November features artist demonstrations, live music, a dinner auction, and more.

Of course, there are plenty more events or festivals to check out, including the Fourth of July and Haystack Holidays.

Start Planning Your Cannon Beach Getaway

If you’re trying to decide when to book your stay at Tolovana Inn, why not time you visit to line up with one of the fantastic Cannon Beach events? These annual happenings give you one more adventure to embark on during your Oregon coast escape.

After a day enjoying the festivities, kick back and relax in your home away from home. Our Cannon Beach hotel features a variety of accommodation options, which means you can find the one that fits your group best. Be sure to enjoy our on-site amenities, like an indoor pool and fitness center, to make the most out of your stay. To learn more about our hotel or ways to save, call 503-436-2211.

 

Map out a Memorable Portland to Cannon Beach Drive

Road Trip to Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach, OR

Road trip to Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Sometimes the best vacation destinations are closer than you think. Situated along the Oregon coast rests the charming town of Cannon Beach, where you can find Tolovana Inn. Our beachside resort is ideal for those looking to enjoy the slower pace of life. However, you don’t have to wait until you arrive for the adventures to begin. Have fun driving from Portland to Cannon Beach by checking out stops along the way.

What to Do and See on Your Oregon Road Trip

It takes less than two hours to drive from Portland to our Cannon Beach hotel, making it a perfect staycation option. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the unique attractions and charming towns found along the way.

  1. Play tourist in your own town before hitting the road by stopping at the Oregon Zoo. This attraction features five areas that highlight different ecosystems and continents. Check the calendar for upcoming events that’ll give you an up-close look at the creatures that call the zoo home.
  2. If you’re vacationing with children, be sure to stop by Play Street Museum – Beaverton. This space is filled with several interactive exhibits and activities that’ll have your kids learning and expanding their imaginations.
  3. If you’re up for a bit of a detour, head to L.L. Stub Stewart State Park. Found about 34 miles west of Portland, this space is home to almost 30 miles of hiking trails and is an excellent option if you’re looking to stretch your legs.
  4. Another fantastic outdoor attraction is Klootchy Creek Park. The 25-acre park is home to the Klootchy Creek Giant Sitka Spruce, which was once the state’s largest tree.
  5. As you make your way into Cannon Beach, visit Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. The museum works to preserve the town’s history by collecting and protecting historical artifacts. Wander the permanent and rotating exhibits to learn more about this Oregon coast town.

Unwind Oceanside at Tolovana Inn

There’s no shortage of ways to unwind at Tolovana Inn after making your drive from Portland to Cannon Beach. Go for a swim in the saltwater pool or relax by a beach bonfire. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, stop by Mo’s Restaurant.

Another great way to unwind after your drive is in the comfort of your room. Our spacious studios and rooms offer you a tranquil place to call home. We even have pet-friendly rooms, which means your pup can join in on the vacation fun. Call 503-436-2211 to learn more about our accommodation options, special offers, and on-site amenities.

Look at That: What to See on the Oregon Coast

Tillamook Light House

From the moment you arrive at Tolovana Inn, adventure is right at your fingertips. Our Cannon Beach resort puts you near some of the best activities this Oregon town has to offer. Spend time outdoors at Ecola State Park or discover filming locations of a cult classic. It won’t take you long to fill your itinerary with memorable adventures. When researching things to do, don’t forget to look into what to see on the Oregon Coast when visiting Cannon Beach.

5 Unique Cannon Beach Attractions

Whether visiting with friends, family, or the one you love most, you’ll find plenty of ways to spend your days. A fun way to explore Cannon Beach is to see how many unique attractions or landmarks you can stumble upon.

  1. One of the most recognizable spots in all of Cannon Beach is Haystack Rock. During low tide, you can even walk right up the basalt sea stack. This landmark is known for its tufted puffin population.
  2. Hidden behind Ecola State Park is Crescent Beach. You’ll need to hike just over a mile from the Ecola State Park Trailhead to reach the secluded beach. While countless travelers visit the state park, most won’t venture to this hidden gem.
  3. Part hot shop and part art gallery, Icefire Glassworks is known for its incredibly finely crafted blow glass. Opened in 1991, this shop represents several artists with a connection to Cannon Beach.
  4. Once an ice skating rink and silent movie theater, the Coaster Theatre is still a go-to place for entertainment. Transformed into a theater in 1972, this theater puts on two musicals and five plays a year. Check the box office to see what shows are taking place during your visit.
  5. Venture to Tillamook Head, about 15 minutes from the resort, to see if you can spot Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. The deactivated lighthouse was first lit in 1881 after years of work and delays due to storms and harsh weather.

You never know what other attractions you might stumble upon, so keep your eyes peeled for unique sights while exploring.

Plan a Memorable Cannon Beach Escape

Before you can have a relaxing getaway to Cannon Beach, there’s some work that has to be done. One is researching what to see and do on the Oregon Coast near town. The other is reserving your stay at Tolovana Inn.

The spacious suites and rooms at our oceanfront hotel are ideal for any getaway. Enjoy the comforts of home, like a living room, full kitchen, and fireplace, by staying in one of our suites or studios. To learn more about our resort or its amenities, including a sauna and complimentary morning coffee, call 503-436-2211. We can also answer any questions you have about our special offers.

3 Reasons to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Cannon Beach

Give your loved ones an unforgettable and unbeatable gift this holiday season and celebrate the season at the Tolovana Inn on Cannon Beach. Our spacious oceanfront accommodations present the perfect opportunity to let all of your worries melt away so that you can focus on what really matters: spending quality time with family and friends. Luckily for you, there are several benefits to spending the holidays at our Oregon Coast resort. 

1. Take Advantage of Our Cannon Beach Holiday Special Offers

We have great news for you and anyone else who loves our Cannon Beach hotel. Make huge savings on your holiday retreat to the Tolovana Inn with our assortment of special packages. You can even invite family members or friends to join your seasonal getaway to our Oregon coast resort and give them a holiday gift card. You’re sure to fall in love with the stunning natural scenery and tranquility that envelops the Pacific Northwest Coastline and share that joy with family and friends. 

2. Indulge in a Stress-Free Seasonal Getaway

During the colder months, Cannon Beach becomes the perfect place for a serene seasonal vacation. Spend your holiday relaxing at our Oregon Beach resort. There’s no need to worry about meal planning, putting up decorations, or cleaning the house. When you’re not hosting for the holidays, you’ll have a lot more time to bond with loved ones. There are fewer crowds, beautiful sunsets, and plenty of exciting area activities near our Cannon Beach resort during the holiday season.   

3. Holiday Events & Other Winter Oregon Coast Activities

If you love engaging in community holiday festivities, you’re in luck. Throughout December, you can enjoy the Haystack Holidays with its myriad scheduled events and go on a Cannon Beach shopping spree. Bask in the glow of the beautiful Christmas lights, soak in the splendor of a stunning sunset, and enjoy all of the exciting things to do in Cannon Beach in winter.

Celebrate the Season at our Cannon Beach Hotel

Treat your loved ones to an unforgettable holiday season at the Tolovana Inn. Our spacious accommodations are the perfect place to enjoy spectacular ocean views, join in the local festivities, and bond with friends and family. To learn more about our special seasonal offers or make a reservation, please give us a call at 1-800-333-8890. Our resourceful staff is happy to help.

 

 

Trails and More: A Guide to Ecola State Park

There’s no better way to enjoy some R&R than to plan a memorable but relaxing vacation. Booking your stay at Tolovana Inn is the perfect way to accomplish this. Our oceanfront resort is found just south of downtown Cannon Beach, making it the ideal home base for any getaway. No matter when you’re visiting, from colorful fall to the magic season of winter, there is no shortage of things to do and see. From picturesque trails to incredible scenery, there is plenty to discover in Ecola State Park.

When creating your itinerary of memorable adventures, checking out local state parks is a must. It only takes about 15 minutes to drive from our Cannon Beach hotel to this breathtaking state park. Whether you’re vacationing with kids or just the two of you, this Oregon park is a favorite amongst visitors of all ages.

  • One of the biggest things that draw people to the park is the stunning hiking trails. Make your way along the .6-mile Tillamook Rock Lighthouse Loop for an easy hike. Other popular paths include the Clatsop Loop Trail and Indian Beach Trail.
  • Take in the stunning views found all over the park. The entrance itself takes you through a lush Sitka spruce forest. Take photos of the sea stacks on the southern shoreline or the views from the grassy bluff.
  • Watch surfers try to catch waves from the sandy shores of Indian Beach. This secluded area is also an excellent spot for tidepooling and beach combing.
  • If you find yourself visiting in the winter or spring, be sure to head to the park to enjoy a bit of whale watching. Gray whales start their winter migration in mid-December and will begin traveling north again in late March. Some whales stay in Oregon’s waters year-round.
  • Whales are just one animal you can spot from Ecola State Park. The grounds are also home to other animals like deer, elk, and countless birds.

To enter the park, you must purchase a day-use parking permit.

Enjoy a Nature-Filled Oregon Getaway

If you’re looking to surround yourself with stunning Oregon scenery, head to Ecola State Park and hike along one of the trails. After a long day filled with memorable adventures, relax in comfort back at Tolovana Inn. Our resort, found on the sandy shores of Cannon Beach, has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing escape.

Our spacious accommodations are perfect for everyone, from families to couples. You will also find a number of amenities designed to enhance your stay like a fitness center and an indoor pool. Call 503-436-2211 to learn more about how to save on your stay or to book your accommodations.

 

Experience an Oregon Winter with a Cannon Beach Escape

Winter at the beach

Winter doesn’t have to mean gray skies and endless snow. In Cannon Beach, winter is a unique and magical time to visit this Oregon town and Tolovana Inn. Summer crowds have long since gone home, but there is still plenty to do and see in our beach town. Whether you’re planning a trip for the family or an escape for two, now is the perfect time to start creating your adventure-filled itinerary.

What to Do When Visiting Cannon Beach in the Winter

Winter is often referred to as the magic season in Oregon. Temperatures reach highs in the low 50s, with lows rarely falling below the mid-30s. While these conditions mean you’ll still want to layer up, it’s not so cold that you can’t get out and explore.

Some of the area’s top activities are best enjoyed in winter, and there are also plenty of seasonally festive events to check out.

Holiday Festivities

The holiday season is often filled with memorable gatherings, and your visit to Cannon Beach doesn’t have to be any different. If you’re visiting over Thanksgiving, get out and do some shopping on Plaid Friday. The shops found throughout town have it all, from boutiques to gift shops, so you won’t have any trouble crossing things off your list.

There are several more events that make up Haystack Holidays, including wreath-making classes, holiday concerts, and more. The event website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Storm Watching

One of the most popular activities for those visiting Cannon Beach in the winter is storm watching. Chances are you can watch a storm roll in from the comfort of our Oregon Coast hotel. However, another popular spot is Ecola State Park. If you decide to head outdoors, stay safe by watching out for sneaker waves and staying off rocks and jetties.

After the storm passes, head out to the sandy shoreline to go beachcombing. The wind and waves are known to unearth a treasure trove of shells and other hidden surprises.

Whale Watching

Cannon Beach is home to two fantastic whale watching seasons, and one of them is in the winter. Winter migration generally reaches peak from mid-December to mid-January. During this time, Oregon State Parks coordinate programs at several spots along the coast, including Ecola State Park, to help you spot these stunning animals.

Reserve Your Winter Visit to the Pacific Northwest

If you’re still looking for your winter vacation destination, look no further than Cannon Beach, Oregon. This popular oceanfront town is a favorite amongst travelers any time of year, and there’s no better place to call home than Tolovana Inn.

Found just south of downtown, our resort features spacious oceanfront rooms and suites that are perfect for any group. Enjoy the comforts of home, like a full kitchen and cozy fireplace, by staying in one of our studios and suites. For more information about our accommodations and amenities or special offers, call 503-436-2211.

  

Surround Yourself in Beauty on Cannon Beach Hikes

From easy to difficult, coastal trails offer great adventures.

Thanks to its oceanfront location, it’s no surprise that Tolovana Inn is the perfect home base for anyone looking to enjoy a beach getaway. However, this coastal Oregon town is also home to other incredible adventures away from the surf. If you’re still looking to spend time outdoors, lace up your shoes and go for hikes around Cannon Beach. This excursion is a great way to unplug and reconnect with nature.

The 5 Best Oregon Coast Hikes near Cannon Beach

Some of the best trails near our Cannon Beach hotel are located in local state parks, like Ecola State Park. The trails range in difficulty, so you can find one that fits your group perfectly.

  1. When hiking the 2.8-mile Clatsop Loop Trail from Indian Beach, you can choose to walk the path from either direction. While this path is wide, it has an even but steep grade.
  2. Take in views of Haystack Rock on a 4.3-mile out and back trail. It generally takes just over an hour to make your way along this path, which is also a popular birding spot.
  3. The .6-mile Tillamook Rock Lighthouse Loop is an excellent option for those visiting with young children. This is a popular trail and only takes about 15 minutes to finish.
  4. Head to Oswald West State Park to hike the Cape Falcon Trail. The 4.6-mile out and back trail near Nehalem takes you through old-growth rainforests.
  5. Another option inside this park is the Neahkahnie Mountain view South Trailhead. The effort to hike the 3.9-mile trail is worth it as you take in panoramic coastline views.

From easy to difficult, coastal trails offer great adventures.

After your outing, treat yourself to a stop by a local ice cream shop before heading back to our Cannon Beach hotel.

Plan Your Visit to the Stunning Pacific Northwest

Like the rest of the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon coast is filled with stunning examples of Mother Nature’s beauty. On your next visit to Cannon Beach, surround yourself with picturesque scenery on hikes near Tolovana Inn. Not only is our hotel close to fantastic trails, but it’s also the perfect place to rest up for another day of fun.

When booking your stay, you have your choice of studios and one and two-bedroom suites. This variety allows us to host groups of all sizes and allows you to choose the accommodation that works best. We even have dog-friendly options. Call 503-436-2211 to learn more about our hotel and its amenities or how to save on your stay.

 

Plan a Relaxing Autumn Escape to Oregon

Autumn coastal landscape

Hiking the changing autumn landscape on the Oregon coast

Summer is often thought of as the top season for vacations, and while this may be true for families, there is no limit to when you can pack your bags and head out on a memorable getaway. Autumn in Oregon is the perfect time of year for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the stunning landscape as it undergoes a dramatic change. Sitting on the coast, Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach is the perfect home base for your fall escape.

What to Do During a Fall Getaway

There is a period in the Pacific Northwest known as the “magic season,” and most of fall lands in this season. With summer crowds returning home and temperatures cooling down, this is an ideal time to visit Cannon Beach if you’re hoping to spend most of your time outdoors.

  • Watch a Pacific storm roll in. The sandy beach right behind the hotel is perfect for this experience, but be sure you stay safe by reading up on some beach safety tips.
  • After the storms have passed, wander the beach on a beachcombing adventure. The high tides and strong winds of seasonal storms can uncover several treasures.
  • See if you can spot the herds of Roosevelt Elk that make their presence known when summer crowds leave. Visit the meadows in Ecola State Park at dawn or dusk to see if you can catch a glimpse of these animals.
  • Do a bit of bird watching to see what species you can spot as they migrate the Pacific flyway. Keep your eyes open for sooty shearwaters as you stand out on a bluff or a Townsend’s warbler at the Cannon Beach settling pond.
  • Hit up an area hiking trail or nearby state park to enjoy a leaf-peeping outing. The Oregon coast gets its fall hues in mid to late October, but the best way to see where the change is by checking a foliage report.

Escape the Crowds with a Fall Stay at Tolovana Inn

Not only does planning an autumn getaway to Cannon Beach, Oregon, mean you’ll avoid the summer crowds, but you can also often experience lower room rates. At Tolovana Inn, we’re committed to providing you with the best stay possible, no matter the time of year.

Enjoy the comforts of home by reserving a studio or suite, which come with a living room, cozy fireplace, and full kitchen. Make the most out of your stay by taking advantage of our on-site amenities, including an indoor pool, fitness center, and complimentary morning coffee. To learn more about our accommodations or special offers, call 503-436-2211.

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