Yoga practitioners to convene in Cannon Beach

6th Annual Cannon Beach Yoga FestivalYoga practitioners of all levels will gather for a weekend of yoga, meditation workshops and even Bollywood dancing during the 6th annual Cannon Beach Yoga Festival, February 26-29.

All under the guidance of renowned instructors, the ever-growing event offers an array of events for for beginners, instructions, and even parents and children.

Several main yoga sessions will be held at the Tolovana Inn, which is offering special rates for festival goers. The complete festival schedule of events can be seen here.

“Cannon Beach is a perfect location for a wellness weekend getaway,” said festival director Christen Allsop. “Our picturesque beach and small town charm really delivers on hospitality.”

Guest instructors include Simon Chokoisky, a teacher at the renowned Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico; Julie Gudmestad, PT, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, physical therapist, director of Gudmestad Yoga Studio in Portland and columnist for Yoga Journal; Sarahjoy Marsh, a yoga teacher, therapist and founder of DAYA Foundation, a nonprofit yoga center in Portland; and Brad Waites, one of a few to be certified at the 2,000-hour level by the College of Purna Yoga.

Full festival and partial festival passes are also available. For information or to purchase tickets,  visit www.CannonBeachYogaFestival.com.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

A Sunny Weekend on the Horizon!

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For some people, heading to the coast for winter storm watching is the best.   For others, its all about bright and brisk winter days.   That’s what’s on the agenda for the weekend.

A look ahead shows sunshine and mild winds forecast for this Friday-Sunday, with no chance of precipitation.  Daytime temps will be  47-52 degrees dropping to the high 30’s in the evenings.  Perfect.

Grab your sunglasses and head out to the beach for an invigorating winter walk.   Bring your camera to photograph an amazing winter sunset. Use a shovel to create the ultimate beach fire pit, then cuddle up to watch the stars come out on a crisp winters’ night.  To warm up inside, or really unwind, slip into our sparking salt-water pool and spa.  You’ll be revitalized!

Ocean front rooms and suites at the Tolovana Inn feature fireplaces and complete kitchens, perfect for preparing fresh-caught fish or Oregon Dungeness crab for dinner. Enjoyed it with an Oregon Pinot Gris or Chardonnay or a local ale.   You’ll be making memories.     Here’s the forecast. 

Give Special Moments in Cannon Beach

af5be27a9d8f81d18caef033c5f3545eWhy not spend some of the Christmas holiday away from the traditional hustle and bustle, instead enjoying a peaceful visit with family and friends in Cannon Beach?

The ocean-front suites and rooms with fireplaces at the Tolovana Inn  are ideal for families and extended stays.   Bundle up for invigorating walks on the beach.  Or cuddle up to watch the weather and waves outside your room, unwinding with cards, games, movies and together-time.

In Cannon Beach, you can lay low, or join the holiday festivities.  The town is twinkling with Christmas lights and magic.   Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday, December 12, from 1-4 at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Then, for a very special event, make plans to attend  The Trail Band’s Holiday Concert at the Coaster Theater, on Wednesday, Dec. 30.   The premier historic music ensemble from the Northwest will perform brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music with five remarkable vocalists including Quarterflash’s Rindy Ross.

Special moments happen at the Tolovana Inn and Cannon Beach.

 

 

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. 

The 28th Stormy Weather Arts Festival: a Cannon Beach Favorite event!

The 28th Stormy Weather Arts Festival, is an inspired celebration of the arts, set for November 6-8, in Cannon Beach, a unique coastal community whose natural beauty has inspired creativity for decades.

It’s also another great reason to book a weekend stay at the Tolovana Inn.

The complete schedule of events can be downloaded here.

“They Call Me Stormy” original art and commemorative poster, by Ken Grant.

Throughout the weekend, Cannon Beach art galleries will host special events showcasing the artists they represent, with many of the artists on hand to present their latest works.

Two headline events are scheduled for the weekend; Friday night’s Art in Action event and Saturday night’s spotlight concert featuring the Lloyd Jones Struggle at the Coaster Theater.

At the Art in Action event on Friday evening, several professional artists will demonstrate their techniques and create works of art available for purchase during the evening banquet and silent auction. The silent auction that evening will offer attendees the opportunity to bid on unique Cannon Beach experiences, travel packages and other items.

On Saturday, musical performances will be featured throughout town before the Saturday night spotlight concert in the intimate 200-seat Coaster Theater that will showcase journeyman blues artist Lloyd Jones who has forged a 30-year career.  He was named to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and has appeared on stage with blues greats such as Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Etta James.

New to this year’s festival is the Dancing in the Rain Fashion Show on Saturday morning. The Coaster Theatre will host the free runway show that will be filled with stormy weather fashions from several local apparel stores and galleries. It will also showcase the hand painted umbrellas from Friday’s Art in Action event.

Cannon Beach is home to over a dozen art galleries and has been named one of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America” by author John Villani in his book by the same title.

Sarah Goodnough “Stepping into Greatness”

Tickets to the Lloyd Jones concert are priced at $35 each and tickets for Art in Action are $55. A limited number of tickets are still available. Tickets for both events can be purchased online and more information can be found here.

Commemorative event posters, of original art, “They Call Me Stormy” are available at the Cannon Beach Chamber.

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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Cannon Beach first among “10 Beaches That Are Better in the Off Season”

Accordinbeach fireg to a recent online article in The Huffington Post, Cannon Beach tops the list of the 10 Beaches That Are Better in the Off Season.    Key reasons cited are smaller crowds, empty swaths of sandy beaches and lower lodging rates in September and beyond.

Specifically, the article points out how Cannon Beach visitors can cozy up into the evening with a twilight bonfire and a fine bottle of wine to watch some of the year’s most incredible sunsets.    Unlike other beaches, there is no rule against alcohol on the Oregon coastline.

Exploring the tide pools at Haystack Rock was also highlighted.  And, it goes on to point out that the wildlife really comes out when the crowds disperse, with lots of bird watching along the shore and at neighboring Ecola State Park where visitors can watch for elk and migrating grey whales offshore.

Storm chasers are advised that that fall and winter’s unpredictable weather that can bring crashing waves, best enjoyed from an oceanfront hotel.   Fortunately, Tolovana Inn’s ocean front rooms and suites are perfect for that.

Other notable beaches highlighted in the article include  Moshup Beach,  Massachusetts, near Martha’s Vineyard, Kennebunk Beach, in Maine,  Sunset Beach, North Carolina and  Pfeiffer Beach, California’s Highway 1, near Big Sur.  Rounding out the list are Shi Shi Beach, in the Olympic National Park, WA; Mackinac Island, Michigan; Cove Beach, New Jersey and Malaquite Beach, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Solve Volunteers to meet at Tolovana Wayside for 9/19 Beach Cleanup

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Guests of Tolovana Inn who join the Solve clean-up at the adjacent Tolovana Wayside will be eligible for a discount for the September 18-19 weekend.

Volunteers will gather on Saturday, September 19, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, as part of the annual  Beach & Riverside Cleanup and the International Coastal Cleanup, a world-wide effort to keep our beaches healthy.

Beach captains will direct all volunteers.  SOLVE will provide bags and gloves. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket/bag.  Volunteers are also asked to bring an old colander or a kitty litter scoop to sift the sand for small items, like tiny bits of plastic and cigarette butts which are extremely harmful to shore birds and marine life.

Dress for the weather, rain of shine. And, bring you own reusable water bottle.

Join volunteers at Solve Beach Clean up at Tolovana Wayside, September 19.

Join volunteers at Solve Beach Clean up at Tolovana Wayside, September 19.

Volunteers can Pre Register with Solve here or show up before 10am on Saturday.

Call Tolovana Inn directly to make your room reservation and be sure to mention that you are a SOLVE Beach Cleanup Volunteer to be eligible for special rates.

SOLVE has been around, and doing good, for decades. The organization originally was called S.O.L.V. (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) and was created by Governor Tom McCall and other community leaders in 1969 to address the need for community action in the ever-growing state. Today SOLVE continues to build on that vision to improve the environment of Oregon and build a legacy of stewardship.

Annually, SOLVE mobilizes over 35,000 volunteers and organizes over 1,000 cleanup and restoration projects throughout the state.

PacifiCorp is also a sponsor of the event. Last year, dozens of employees, friends and family turned out to help clean the beach. Pacific power

 

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