Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour: Sept 7-9

Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour, Sept 7-9 (photo courtesy of CB Museum)

 

You can get a glimpse of coastal living in Cannon Beach, Oregon at the annual Cottage & Garden Tour, September 7-9.

Historic inns, vintage homes, and special gardens will welcome guests to enjoy a weekend of special receptions, presentations, concerts, a garden tea, wine tastings, and even a costume contest.

The annual event is coordinated by the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum which celebrates the town’s heritage as a coastal destination community.

Two of the weekend special events are hosted at the Tolovana Inn.

Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the 1880’s.  In fact, in an August 1891 issue of The Daily Astorian newspaper, Cannon Beach was declared a “sportsman’s paradise.”  Additionally, it was heralded as an “ideal location for rest and recuperation.” Still true!

Cannon Beach has emerged into a picture-perfect destination of unmatched charm.  And during this special weekend,  you can experience it in an extraordinary way.

Bill Sullivan, Oregon author

The tour kicks off at noon, Saturday, starting at Tolovana Inn, with a riveting presentation by Oregon author William (Bill) Sullivan. Sullivan is a fifth-generation Oregonian and a prolific writer, adventurer, hiker, and historian.  His award-winning books delve into Oregon’s legendary, unknown, and often strange past. His talk will focus on the history of Cannon Beach and the trails and roads used to access them – and some history about  Governor Oswald West. West was governor from 1911 – 1913 and due to his efforts, is one of the major reasons that our beaches are open to the public.  Tour maps will be distributed there.

2018 COTTAGE & GARDEN TOUR EVENTS SCHEDULE

Tickets for individual events or a weekend package can be secured through the Cannon Beach Historical Center & Museum.

Friday, September 7  Opening Concert and Reception: 6 pm 

The R.J. Marx Quartet features a world-class frontline of saxophone and guitar exploring some of the most challenging and rarely performed compositions of the major jazz composers from the ’40s -’70s, as well as traditional favorites.  Tickets to this event are $15.

Saturday, September 8 Luncheon & Lecture: Noon-1pm
Keynote speaker Bill Sullivan. The luncheon will be prepared by the notable bakers, chefs and sommeliers of Dough Dough Bakery, of Seaside.  Held at the Tolovana Inn, tickets for the luncheon and lecture are $25. Attendees to this event will receive the home tour map at the luncheon.

Home & Garden Tour: Noon-5pm
Highlight include ten vintage homes, beach dream homes and well-tended gardens of mid-town Cannon Beach. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $35 and include the Saturday night jazz concert.

Jazz Concert & Reception: 6pm
After the tour, the festivities continue with the 1920’s themed concert and reception at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. Admission is free with your tour map. Additional tickets can be purchased at the door for $15.  Don’t miss out on the 1920’s themed costume contest, tasty treats, wine, a raffle, a photo booth, and dancing.

Sunday, September 9     Garden Tea: 11 am at Tolovana Inn
The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at Tolovana Inn. Enjoy tea, scones, cucumber sandwiches and other tasty morsels from Dough Dough Bakery.  Nationally recognized garden designer and writer, Lucy Hardiman will speak at this showcase event. She is the owner and principal of the award-winning Perennial Partners, a collaborative garden design group in Portland, Oregon. Tickets to this event are $20.

Proceeds benefit the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, a non-profit organization.

Vintage Cannon Beach fun (photo from CB Museum)

Beach Accessibilty: Balloon Tire Wheelchairs in Cannon Beach

A stroll along the Cannon Beach coastline is one of life’s simple pleasures.

But for people with limited mobility, it’s  a near impossibility.  Until now.

Thanks to the non-profit Haystack Rock Awareness Program and the City of Cannon Beach, visitors to the coast can reserve one of two beach wheelchairs designed with “fat balloon tires” to provide mobility on the sand.

Andrea Suarez coordinates the program and takes reservations from coastal visitors.  Since January, the beach chairs have been used over 120 times.   There is no charge for the wheelchair use, but donations are accepted.

“People are so grateful.  Some people haven’t been able to get their toes in the water for over 25 years and they are so excited,” she said.

In gratitude, one gentleman handed over $6, all the cash he had. Another contributed $200 for the pleasure of rolling along in the sand.

“Just being on the beach is so invigorating. And now with these special wheelchairs, people who haven’t been able to get down to the shore can experience it now for themselves.”

Contributions to help fund the program can be made online at the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.

Now through October, the chairs are available by reservation from 8:30 to 4:30 by calling 503-440-2598. November through January, the hours are 9am to 4pm.  Users pick up the chairs at City Hall, complete a liability waiver and return the chairs at an agreed upon time, usually 2-3 hours.

Tolovona Inn offers oceanfront ADA rooms.  Call for availability.

July 4th Parade in Cannon Beach: Puffins too, but no fireworks!

A rousing small-town parade and The Great Cannon Beach Puffin Watch are among the fireworks-free Independence Day festivities in Cannon Beach.

From classic cars to decorated bikes, homemade floats and star-spangled dog walkers, everyone is welcome to celebrate our freedom and honor Cannon Beach veterans by participating in the parade.

If you want to be in the parade, registration starts at 9 am at the American Legion Hall.   Cost per entry is $5.  You can pick up patriotic hats and kids can enjoy face painting.

If not, pull up a chair curbside and enjoy the show! The parade gets started at 11 am in midtown.

After the parade, head to the shore. With Haystack Rock, a National Wildlife Refuge, at the edge of the shoreline, fireworks are not permitted on the beaches, protecting the seabirds and natural environment.

But, you can watch another unique colorful aerial display. Tufted puffins are nesting on Haystack Rock.  Knowledgeable interpreters will be on site to help visitors spy the amazing waterfowl with spotting scopes    They can also help visitors learn about the tidepool life and all the amazing creatures on the shoreline.  Find program schedules at friendsofhaystackrock.org/haystack-rock-awareness-program/

Families and pets, both popular in Cannon Beach, won’t miss the noise or the debris caused by fireworks.  

So, wave a flag to honor our great nation and uniquely beautiful Cannon Beach.

If you can’t make it down to stay at Tolovana Inn for the mid-week holiday, make plans to visit soon!

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest featured on NBC News

Cannon Beach’s 54th annual Sandcastle Contest was featured last night on the NBC Nightly News.

Anchorman Lester Holt, who recently visited the Portland area, narrated the story that wrapped up the evening news broadcast.

With Haystack Rock as a backdrop, drone photography showcased the incredible sand creations.  It also showed how the tide washed away the notable efforts.   Masters and amateurs compete in the one-day event.

One featured family shared how they have gathered for 9 years of competitions.  The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest anchors their annual family reunion.

Said Holt, “While the sandcastles may wash away, the memories don’t.”

 

Sunny and 70’s: Ideal weather forecast in Cannon Beach

Stay cool at the coast

Sunny Days forecast for Tolovana Inn at Cannon Beach

The forecast for Cannon Beach looks ideal.

Next week, the Portland area and Willamette Valley area temperatures creep up in the 90’s, nearing triple digits.  Too hot for most folks.    But, you’ll find relief from the heat at the Oregon coast.

At the Tolovana Inn, in Cannon Beach, the forecast calls for sunny, bright days, approaching 70 degrees.   Wednesday might hit 85 degrees.  But the nights will be invitingly cool, perfect for resting with open windows and the sound of the surf to lull you to sleep.

 

Not too hot

Cannon Beach forecast

Long, sunny days underscored with fresh, salty sea air,  combine to create a refreshing atmosphere perfect for strolling the beach, bike riding, hiking and browsing around town.  Beautiful flowers are in bloom throughout the town,  both wild and those beautifully landscaped.   Clear skies lead to bright sunsets and starry nights.

Tuesday Farmer’s Market

On Tuesdays, between noon and 5 pm, be sure to stop by the Cannon Beach Farmers Market.  The Market is now open weekly, June 19  through August 28.  You’ll find fresh seafood, meats, produce, berries, and baked goods, along with live music.  It’s located in mid-town, at Gower Street.

Find something tasty and prepare it to your liking in the kitchen of a Tolovana Inn suite.   Add an local Oregon wine or ale, and enjoy your fresh feast on your private balcony, watching the sunset.  Can’t get any better than that!

Summer Special

 

 Book a stay between Sunday through Thursday, and you can take advantage of the final days of the special 3 nights for 2 offer, valid through Thursday, June 21.   That happens to be the first day of summer.

Make your own summer memories at the Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach.

 

The 54th Sandcastle Contest in Cannon Beach set for June 9: Book now!

Cannon Beach 54th Sandcastle Contest set for June 9

Awe-inspiring creations that will go out with the tide

The 54th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle contest is set for Saturday, June 9.

 It’s the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.  It is also the most popular event in this wonderfully charming Oregon Coastal town.

Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand during the event.

The Master’s division teams compete for cash prizes.  They will construct large, elaborate creations often utilizing construction forms similar to those used for pouring concrete. resulting in monumental size displays. 

Sandcastle Weekend Events

The sand sculpture contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend.  Visitors will enjoy other related activities throughout the weekend.   The weekend activities kick off with the Sandcastle Parade on Friday afternoon at 5:30 pm.    On Saturday evening, beach lovers gather for an 8 pm beach bonfire with live music from 7-10pm.  Sunday morning starts with the 9 am Singing Sands 5K fun run and walk.

 Judging of the sandcastles begins at 5:30pm on Saturday.  So the best time for viewing the completed sculptures is between 4-6pm before the efforts of the day are gone with the tide. 

over 50 years with broad appeal

One of only 11 events to receive this recognition

In 2014, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department.  It is just one of 11 events statewide to achieve such a designation. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an event with a broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state.  

Make lodging reservations early for this popular weekend. Hotels typically sell out rooms in advance. Day-trippers should plan on arriving early.

The Sandcastle Contest is the only day of the year when the beach is used for parking to accommodate the large crowds.  Cars must be off the beach by 6:30 pm to avoid issues with the incoming tide. 

For information on how to participate, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.  

Great Idea for Mom: A Gift Certificate to Tolovana Inn

An ideal gift for your amazing mom.

Between work and home, the average mom works two full-time jobs each week.

All the more reason to make Mother’s Day extra special for your own amazing mom.  You know, the kindly woman who claims she never needs or wants anything but loves whenever you show the littlest amount of thought.

Or, treat your mother-in-law, because why stop trying to make a good impression with her?

Every Mother’s Day you can tell your mom how special she is with a unique gift that will warm her heart. But, please, not another candle or scarf.  This year, instead of more stuff, give her the gift of a memorable getaway to the magical Oregon coast.

The solution for an ideal Mother’s Day gift is a Tolovana gift certificate. Gift certificates don’t expire, so she can use them any time of the year    Like this upcoming sunny weekend, or any other time of year when she can get away.

Just think how much she’ll enjoy strolling along the sandy shoreline near Haystack rock. Or browsing through the distinctive shops and galleries in town.  Or sipping an Oregon wine or ale from the balcony of an ocean front room, just steps to the sand?

There’s plenty of fun things to do in and around Cannon Beach.  Or not to do.   With the pace she keeps, mom just might appreciate a chance to sleep in or catnap with the patio door open, enveloped by the fresh smell of salty sea air drifting into her cozy and comfy room.

Send mom off to the coast either alone, with dad or her BFFs.    All the better if you can join her.  Most Moms will tell you, it’s your presence, not presents she really wants.  This way you can give her both.

To purchase a Tolovana Inn Gift Certificate, call 800-333-8890.

Cannon Beach Events: The 18th Annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival

“Blue Jays” Andrea Johnson, White Bird Gallery

 

The ingredients for a spectacular Cannon Beach Event?  Start with fifteen art galleries, 40 artists, and 20 innovative chefs.  Together they will create the unique energy of the 18th annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival in Cannon Beach this weekend.

The members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group invite you to visit the varied and beautiful art galleries of Oregon’s most delightful beach town, especially this weekend.

The Spring Unveiling Arts Festival is an unparalleled experience for the art lover.  And, Cannon Beach is an unparalleled destination for beach lovers.

On May 4-6, each gallery will spotlight new work by their chosen artists. Virtually every medium will be represented, featuring inspiring paintings, sculpture, bronze, glass, and jewelry.

The weekend includes special unveilings, artistic demonstrations, and receptions which you are welcome to attend.    You can download the schedule for the weekend here     

Edible Art

This year, local chefs have partnered with Cannon Beach art galleries.  Each has selected a work of art that has inspired them to create their own edible art. Everything from a special coffee drink to a four-course wine pairing dinner has been developed.

You can enjoy the inspired fare at various restaurants, coffee houses, and candy stores throughout town. (click for more details).

For example, Newmans at 988. Chef John Newman and Sous Chef Eric Kliewer of Newmans at 988,  have collaborated on a prix fixe menu for the weekend based on the work of four artists represented by DragonFire Gallery. The Escargot appetizer pays tribute to Andrew Holmberg’s garden sculpture. The spinach salad course takes its inspiration from“Sunset Ridge,” a photograph by Tad Hetu. The rabbit entrée was inspired by the
“What’s up Doc” painting by Bev Jozwiak.”  And, the poached pear dessert is based on a
Virginia Parks painting.

Even candy maker Brian, of Bruce’s Candy kitchen, is inspired.  At Imprint Gallery, a whimsical cow sculpture by artist Sara Swink, started his dreaming of caramel with wonderful whipped cream.  They will be available at the gallery all weekend.

With sunny skies in the forecast, it looks to be another wonderful weekend in Cannon Beach!

 

“Catch of the Day” Jacques and Mary Regat, Bronze Coast Gallery

 

Fat Tire Bike Fest at Cannon Beach, April 20-22

1st Fat Bike Festival in Cannon Beach

1st Fat Bike Festival on the Oregon Coast, set for April 20-22.

The very first Fat Tire Bike Festival on the Oregon coast is set for April 20-22 in Cannon Beach, with iconic Haystack Rock as the backdrop.

Friday night kicks off with Fat Bike Festival skills competitions, obstacle course, and bonfire at Tolovana Beach, just steps from the Tolovana Inn.   Family-friendly,  participants and spectators will enjoy Fat Bike fun activities.  S’mores and local craft brews will be served.  Public Coast and Pelican Brewery will provide complimentary beverages.  All are welcome to attend this event, at no charge.

On Saturday,  morning, riders will meet for a 14-mile beach ride.  The Fat Bike Festival ride will start at Ecola Creek, past Haystack Rock, to Arch Cape and back.  Along the way, there will be several “poker stops” where riders will pick up a playing card and enjoy snacks.  Fat Bikes will be available to demo as well.

Riders will also learn about the local ecology.  Members of the Haystack Rock Awareness Program will share information and treat participants to Mo’s Famous Clam Chowder.

But, you don’t need a Fat Bike to participate.  

“Fat Bikes with four-inch tires cruise along the sand and leave less of a trail than a footprint,” according to Danielle Crowder of Oregon Bikes & Events.  “

Whatever bike people feel comfortable riding on the sand is fine.” 

Saturday will wind down at Public Coast Brewing where riders will gather to see who won prizes,  based on the poker hands they collected during the day.  Prizes include stays at the Tolovana Inn and other items provided by area businesses.

On Sunday, in honor of Earth Day, participants will be joining forces with Surfrider Foundation for a Fat Bike Festival Beach Clean-Up.   Certain plastics collected will be given to local artists to be made into jewelry.  The creations are sold to help fund stewardship and environmental educational programs.

The Fat Bike Festival is fairly affordable family-fun.  The cost to participate in the ride is only $12; $10 if you are a member of Oregon Bicycle Racing Association.

 

 

The Finest Wines in one of the Most Beautiful Places: Savor Cannon Beach

A Cannon Beach getaway or a visit to Northwest wine country? Enjoy both during the uniquely intimate Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival March 8-11.

Haystack Rock, steps from Tolovana Inn

Savor Cannon Beach Festival, Tolovana Inn

Tolovana Inn is the perfect place to stay, hosting several marquee events during this remarkable four-day festival.  Most events are limited to 150 participants.

At Tolovana Inn, the festival kicks off Thursday night with Best of the Northwest Throwdown.   During this special event, guests will taste 12 award-winning wines paired with chef-prepared small bites.  Festival-goers will sample select Pacific Northwest wines including gold medal winners from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Cascadia Wine Competition and a Wine Spectator 100 winner.

On Friday afternoon, Tolovana Inn will host a Winemakers Premium Pour session.

Five renowned Northwest wineries have agreed to open up their cellars and each share three special wines. This is a unique opportunity to taste library wines, verticals, horizontals or reserve wine.

On Saturday morning, you can participate in Wine Tasting Basics & Beyond seminar.

Then, Sunday, enjoy The Battle of the Bites event featuring gold medal wines from the 2018 Savor NW Wine Awards paired with exquisite “bites” offered by area chefs and restaurants.  Participants will vote for the favorite taste.

The largest event is the Saturday Wine Walk, where several hundred wine tasters will visit 40 Northwest wine pourings in Cannon Beach art galleries, restaurants, and shops.  A complimentary shuttle will operate during the Saturday wine walk transporting participants between the various wine walk venues.

Book your Tolovana Inn room today.  Suite Savor VIP Package rates start at $199 plus tax per night on March 9 and 10, 2018.   VIP Package includes two tickets to the Saturday Wine Walk.  Public shuttle available to and from the Wine Walk.    Call for details. 

Purchase your Savor Cannon Beach festival tickets online. A full Festival Pass good for admission to all six festival events is $175.  Individual tickets to events range from $20 to $40.

Cannon Beach & Fine Wines go together.

Sampling wines at Savor Cannon Beach Festival

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