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.

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.

Fresh Foods of Cannon Beach open in Tolovana Park

 

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Cannon Beach now has a full-service grocery store, Fresh Foods Cannon Beach, directly across  from the Tolovana Inn.

Opened in June by the Welsh brothers, owners of Manzanita Fresh Foods, they said they wanted to bring something special to Cannon Beach.  That they did.

Produce, dairy, meat, frozen and dry foods, health and beauty products and a large wine and beer selection fill the aisles. The market serves Sleepy Monk coffee at its corner coffee shop. Hot sandwiches and soups are also available.  TFresh Foods Cannon Beach.he store also offers many gluten-and dairy-free products.

Fresh Foods is located in a 10,000 square foot building, that features high ceilings, ample natural light from windows and extensive interior and exterior wood.

“Fresh Foods is a wonderful addition to Cannon Beach,” chamber Executive Director Court Carrier said. “It is amazing to see this come to fruition.”

And, its south end location is ideal for guests of Tolovana Inn.  With complete kitchens in roomy suites, healthy meals, beverages and snacks are easier than ever to enjoy during your stay.

What’s your Cannon Beach summer tradition?

 

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Vacation isn’t complete without a recumbent bike ride only the beach.

A tradition is based on passing on a custom from generation to generation.  And, many visitors to Cannon Beach have their own traditions that make their every visit complete.

Regardless of all the fun and relaxation enjoyed at the beach, there are always one or two things you have to do to during your stay.

Maybe it’s a stop Bruce’s Candy Kitchen for sea foam candy and a salt water taffy. Or poking around the tide pools at Haystack Rock.   Or, shopping for beachy souvenirs with your kids.

During their annual week-long summer stay at Tolovana Inn, the Mansfield Family of Seattle, always spend an afternoon riding recumbent bikes along the beach.  This photo was taken last week, during their tenth annual summer vacation in Cannon Beach.   (Bikes are available to rent from nearby Family Fun Cycles, a short walk from Tolovana Inn.)

Traditions are often based in fond-memories of good times.

What’s your Cannon Beach tradition?

Looking Ahead! CB Cottage & Garden Tour Tickets Available

Cottage Tour 2006 carFor architecture enthusiasts, gardners and the curious, tickets are on sale now for the 13th annual Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour, a special weekend fundraising event supporting the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, September 9-11, 2016.

The doors will be open to grand beach homes, historic cottages, and architectural wonders of Cannon Beach during a special weekend that features lectures, social events, music, food and drinks.

Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the late 1800’s, alluring for both its seaside location and its unequivocal charm.   The Cottage & Garden Tour proCottage Tour logovides another exceptional reason to visit.

Most of the events sell-out, so it’s a good idea to make your plans soon. Likewise, it’s a good idea to book your ocean-front rooms or suites at the Tolovana Inn for the popular weekend.  Conveniently, three of the weekend events will be held on-site or nearby.

Tour tickets may be purchased individually or as a bundle for just $60.  Call 503-436-9301 or purchase them online.

Here’s the schedule for the 2016  Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour:

Friday September 9, 2016

6:00 PM Concert and Reception   Kelsey Mousley and “The Next Right Thing,” a veteran vocalist is compared to a young Dianna Krall, will entertain during a kick off concert at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Food will be available from Sea Level Bakery and Newman’s at 988. Ticket for this event are $12 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

12 Noon to 1PM   Luncheon and Lecture   Portland architect and designer Libby Hollah will present her vision of vintage and traditional design and the reawakening of these styles in home design.   Several of her notable designs have been featured in prominent publications including 1859 and Oregon Home Magazines, and The Oregonian. This luncheon and lecture will be held at the Tolovana Inn. Following the presentation, attendees will receive tour maps. Tickets for this event are $25 

 1PM to 5PM   Tour of Homes will take place in the Tolovana area.  Attendees will have the opportunity to tour historic cottages, grand beach homes, lodges, and inviting gardens. One highlight will be the tour of the former summer cottage of Frank and Irta Woodfield. He was a prolific and acclaimed Oregon Coast photographer during the early 1900’s. His work will be on display as well. Home Tour tickets are $30 and include a post-tour reception.

6PM to 8PM Wine Reception & Live Music   Following the tour, attendees will return to the Museum for a reception and dancing with Maggie & the Cats.  Nehalem Bay Winery and Fort George Brewery will provide beverages.   This event is included in the cost of the home tour ticket.   

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mason bees for the backyard gardener11 AM Sunday English-Style Garden Tea Sunday’s English style garden tea will be held in the conference room at the Tolovana Inn. With coffee,  tea and tasty food, attendees will enjoy a presentation by NW naturalist and author, Sherian Wright. Focusing on backyard beekeeping.   She wrote “Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener.”  after her own extensive documentations and research of this bee and its super pollinating abilities.  A retired mechanical engineer, she now regularly conducts workshops and on college campuses, at nurseries and for special interest groups.

There’s lots to learn and plenty to enjoy.  With September days in Cannon Beach typically sunny, with highs of 69 degrees, it should be perfect!

 

Sunny days ahead in Cannon Beach? Yes, please.

Sunny days are on tap for Thursday and Friday of this week in Cannon Beach.  With temps expected in the high 60’s, its will be a perfect time for a  midweek escape to Tolovana Inn, Oregon’s favorite beach resort.  From Tolovana Inn you are just steps away to the sand and the sanctuary of Haystack Rock.   

When the marine layer returns, there is still plenty to do including swimming in the sparkling indoor, salt-water pool, enjoying a relaxing soak in the spa,  goofing around at the beach or browsing the shops in dog-friendly Cannon Beach.   Call today to find out how you can enjoy a free night at Tolovana Inn.DSCF1423

 

Winter Dungeness Crab: Fresh and Tasty in Cannon Beach

6601777601_c138e3458f_b crabDungeness crabbing is underway and Cannon Beach’s Ecola Seafood opens tomorrow, January 14, offering fresh-caught Oregon Dungeness along with other local seafood.

With beach-front suites featuring complete kitchens, Tolovana Inn is a perfect place to stay when you want to prepare and enjoy a local seafood feast while enjoying incredible ocean views.

Sweet, delicate and tasty Oregon Dungessess crab is a winter culinary treat that is both versatile and easy to prepare.  It’s in season now, through April.  It can be served simply, or elegantly, equally at home on newspaper or china. It’s easy to prepare, too!

Cooked crab can be served chilled or heated in a steamer, broiler or oven for 4-5 minutes. As a featured ingredient in a hot entrée, Dungeness crab meat goes well with pasta, in casseroles and in seafood-based soups.

Served chilled, it’s ideal in a Crab Louis or cocktail-style.  Fresh crab is a delicious appetizer, served with a warm melted butter or a tasty dipping sauce, like a blend of mayo and siracha.

To cook a live crab, simply place it in boiling salted water and cook for 18-20 minutes–after the water returns to a boil.   The shell will turn a bright orange.  Then, immerse the crab in cold water to cool it before cleaning, removing the gills and viscera before serving. Check with your purveyor if you have questions.

Accompanied by an Oregon wine or an ale, fresh Dungeness is just one of the many blessings of the bounty of Oregon.

Ecola Seafoods, located at 2nd and Spruce, in Cannon Beach is open daily from 10am to 6pm.

Oregon Dungeness crab generates more than $50 million annually.  About 300 commercial crabbing boats dot the Oregon coast each winter.

 

 

 

Holiday Shopping in Cannon Beach: Mimosa Madness.

Shopping the day after Thanksgiving is as much a part of the holiday weekend as football and leftovers.

Fortunately, those celebrating the holiday of gratitude at in Cannon Beach won’t be left out of the hunt.   The traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season in Cannon Beach starts Friday, November 27, with “Mimosa Maholidaydness.”

Created as a cheery alternative to venturing out to crowded malls, Mimosa Madness runs from 8AM to 11AM. Shoppers are invited to browse and buy from the brightly inviting shops and galleries while sipping Mimosas and other refreshments. There are special retail deals to be had, too!

Added bonus:  The Mimosa Madness gift wrapping station will be set up at Sandpiper Square, from 9AM to 2PM.  Easy!

Christmas displays will light up the homes and businesses of Cannon Beach, contributing to the festive atmosphere, with the most ambitious decorators vying for honors in the Cannon Beach Chamber’s annual holiday lighting competition.

Come celebrate the holidays at Tolovana Inn.  With our spacious ocean front rooms and suites, there’s plenty of room for your family and friends and this year,  you can experience the fun of “Mimosa Madness”  holiday shopping in Cannon Beach.

WOW: The Women-Only Weekend in Cannon Beach

Grab some of your favorite gal pals, book a room at the Tolovana Inn and than immerse yourself in favorite and fun activities taking place all over Cannon Beach during the annual Women Only Weekend, Nov.13-15.

WOW is full of things women like to share with their moms, sisters and friends, like fabulous food, divine whiskeys and wines, painting classes and sensational shopping all in the wonderfully unique community of Cannon Beach where the restaurants, galleries and shops go all out to make the weekend special.

It’s a great kick-start to the shopping season. You can even get refreshed with restorative yoga sessions before the full steam ahead for the holidays.

Start the weekend with the opening night of the Coaster Theater’s production Once Upon A Mattress. If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a big surprise! To purchase tickets contact the Box Office at 503-436-1242 or  online at coastertheatre.com.

Create memories with the women in your life.   A complete list of weekend events is online. 

Curious about Vessels off the Oregon Coast?

Ship Finder App lets you track vessels

Ship Finder App lets you track vessels

Ever been curious about the ships and yachts off the Oregon Coast?

Port pilots, dockworkers, ship spotters, and maritime enthusiasts rely on Ship Finder, an app that identifies commercial vessels and pleasure craft.

You can view the information online or on your smart phone.  Track a friend on a ship or boat, or just learn more about the vessels at sea.

The Ship Finder App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.  The App works by picking up ship feeds used by commercial and pleasure vessels to transmit their name, position and status.   The radio transmissions are sent to internet servers and uploaded onto live data coverage maps.  It’s a fun way to see all the traffic on the water.

If you have ever been curious  about the ships from around the world or the yachts from afar that travel off the Oregon coast, to the Port of Astoria and up the Columbia River, Ship Finder is how you can learn more.

Tolovana Inn’s ocean front rooms are great for spotting vessels at sea.

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