Explore Things to Do for the 4th of July in Cannon Beach

Bonfire on Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach bonfire on a summer night.]

Nothing screams summer vacation more than sand and surf, and a vacation to Cannon Beach means you can enjoy all that and much more. This charming Oregon town is known for its wealth of adventure that appeals to visitors of all ages. Add a bit of extra fun to your summer getaway by experiencing some of the incredible things to do for the 4th of July in and around Cannon Beach.

This summer holiday is a popular time for vacations, so it’s important you reserve your stay at Tolovana Inn as soon as possible. Found just south of downtown Cannon Beach, our hotel provides you with a tranquil place to escape the crowds. It’s also centrally located near endless things to do to celebrate Independence Day. Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect from your visit.

How the Cannon Beach Area Celebrates the 4th of July

Since 2001, Cannon Beach has celebrated a fireworks-free 4th of July. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do that embrace the fun spirit of this annual holiday.

  • Pack a picnic of summer staples like potato salad and watermelon, and enjoy a delicious lunch at places like Ecola State Park or Les Shirley Park.
  • Make your way to the shoreline to build your perfect beach bonfire. Be sure to bring all the supplies you need to make gooey s’mores.
  • Stop by the City Park Band Stand, found off Spruce and Second Streets, for BUSKERS in the Park. This free concert series takes place on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. In 2024, one of the performances takes place on the 4th of July.
  • If you simply can’t imagine a 4th of July without fireworks, make the short drive to Seaside for their annual display.

Reserve Your Summer Escape to Cannon Beach

For anyone planning a getaway to experience some of the things to do for the 4th of July in Cannon Beach, there’s no better place to call home than Tolovana Inn. Our beachfront hotel on the Oregon coast has everything you need to make the most out of your stay.

We offer several different room types, including suites and pet-friendly options. Doing this allows us to host groups of all sizes and budgets. In addition to our fantastic accommodations, we provide our guests with incredible amenities, like EV charging stations, complimentary morning coffee, a fitness center, and an indoor pool. Start planning your stay today by visiting www.tolovanainn.com to learn more about our special offers.

North Coast Craft Beer Trail | Oregon Coast Breweries Guide

 Get your passport stamped along the North Coast Craft Brew Beer Trail.

Oregon’s North Coast Craft Brew Beer Trail

Whether it’s been a busy day at work or a fun-filled day on vacation, sometimes there’s nothing better than relaxing with a cold one. For anyone staying at Tolovana Inn, combine tasting craft beer and enjoying nearby towns by exploring the North Coast Craft Beer Trail. This path includes several incredible Oregon coast breweries. Keep reading to learn more about this popular adventure.

Oregon Breweries on the Craft Beer Trail

The North Coast Craft Beer Trail is a 29-mile trail that stops at 12 Oregon breweries. To participate, you first need to get your passport. You can either get a physical pass at one of the breweries or download the mobile pass. If you have a physical passport, you will need to get it initialed by a participating brewery staff member. If you visit 10 participating breweries within a year, you can return your passport to receive your small gift.

Before setting off, be sure to designate a driver so your trip remains fun, yet safe.

Cannon Beach Breweries

Cannon Beach is home to two stops. The Pelican Brewing Company at Cannon Beach is known for its incredible beer and delicious pizza. The tap list features a bit of everything, including lagers, ales, IPAs, and more.

The second spot is Public Coast Brewing Company, which works to make craft beer that’s approachable and delicious. Their creations often use seasonal ingredients grown at the Public Coast Farm.

Other Spots to Visit

In addition to the two fantastic options in Cannon Beach, the trail spotlights 10 other breweries. Grab a drink at Fort George Brewery, the last brewery in Astoria, or choose from the over 300 beers or wines offered at The Wine and Beer Haus in Seaside.

Make Tolovana Inn Your Cannon Beach Home Base

Found on the sandy shoreline in Cannon Beach, Tolovana Inn is the ideal place to call home for your next vacation. Whether exploring Oregon coast breweries on a trip for two or creating memories with your kids, our oceanfront hotel is suited for groups of all sizes and ages.

The first step in planning your unforgettable visit is booking your stay. We offer a number of room options, including spacious suites, condos, and well-appointed guest rooms. If you need any help deciding which option works best for you, we’re here to help. Visit www.tolovanainn.com to learn more about our Cannon Beach hotel and our current special offers.

Cannon Beach Elk–Wonderful and Wild

The herds of Roosevelt Elk living in and around Cannon Beach are wild and wonderful.

It’s fun to spot them.  Majestic, the elk appear docile as they lounge on lawns or wander along highways and greenspaces. Sometimes you can spot them on the beach or relaxing in Tolovana Park, just north of Tolovana Inn.

You never know where they will appear.  They wander and forage by day.  So, while spotting  elk is fun, it is important to remember that these are large, wild animals that can cause harm if you aren’t careful. Or if they are approached.

Therefore, visitors and residents of Cannon Beach are urged to follow a few Elk Safety suggestions.

Elk Safety Tips

These tips are provided by the City of Cannon Beach, Department of Police and Public Safety

Suggestions:

  • Don’t get too close–observe elk from 100 feet distance.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and do not startle or walk into the middle of a herd.
  • Keep your pets on a leash, as elk view dogs as predators and potential threats
  • Be alert when driving, especially during dawn and dust when elk are most active.  It’s not uncommon to see local law officials guiding traffic and directing the elk off the highway.
  • Elk are more aggressive in May/June during calving season and n September/October during mating season
  • Be especially cautious of deer with fawns. Mother deer are very protective of their young. You will see that most often in the summer months
  • Don’t feed the elk.   As with all wild animals, feeding them can harm them and it’s illegal in Cannon Beach.

The resident Roosevelt Elk herds are just another of Cannon Beach’s unique charms.  Enjoy them but as you do, keep yourself and pets safe. 

Cautions, Advice for Watching Elk on Oregon Coast

Fun Things to Do in Cannon Beach, Oregon, with Kids

 

Room to roam around in Cannon Beach

Playtime on the sand in Cannon Beach

If you’re still figuring out where to go on spring break, head to the Oregon coast and stay at Tolovana Inn. Found in Cannon Beach, a popular and charming beach town, our resort is the ideal home base for families with kids of all ages. Not only does our Cannon Beach resort provide you with a relaxing place to call home, but it’s also close to some of the best things to do in Oregon with kids.

7 Things to Do with Kids on Spring Break

One of the best things about Cannon Beach is the variety of activities. No matter how old your children are or where their interests lie, there are plenty of activities and attractions to choose from.

  1. Go for a stroll along the beach and see what treasures you can find. This is best done at low tide, as the receding water unearths shells and rocks brought up from the ocean floor.
  2. Feel the rush of flying down a zipline at High Life Adventures Zipline Tour. The eight-line tour takes you over beautiful Oregon timbers, a lake, and ponds.
  3. Spend a day at either Ecola State Park or Arcadia Beach State Recreation Area. Both natural attractions are perfect for going for a walk on the beach, hiking, and sightseeing.
  4. Walk around downtown Cannon Beach and see how many public art installations you can find. There are seven pieces of work along the public route, including at the North End of the town.
  5. Teach your kids about the cult classic The Goonies by visiting filming locations found between Astoria and Cannon Beach. This includes spots like Mikey’s House in Astoria or the Flavel House Museum, where Mikey’s dad worked.
  6. See if you and your kids can solve the puzzles to escape from one of the rooms at The Cannon Beach Escape Room. There are rooms suited for all ages.
  7. It’s always a good idea to sneak in a bit of learning, even on vacation. Stop by the Cannon Beach Historical Society to learn about Cannon Beach’s history through memorabilia and oral history.

Reserve Your Cannon Beach Spring Break Home Base

While there’s still time to plan your unforgettable spring break escape to Tolovana Inn, don’t wait too long. Between reserving your spacious room and creating an itinerary of memorable things to do in Oregon with kids, your getaway will be here before you know it.

Located right on the beach in Cannon Beach, our coastal resort has everything you need to unwind after a day of fun. Let your kids burn off the rest of their energy in the pool, or relax on your private patio and watch the waves crash in the ocean. Start planning your visit by browsing our range of accommodations. When you’re ready to book, visit www.tolovanainn.com and check out our special offers for ways to save.

 

 

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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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.

 

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.

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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