Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach,OR

Haystack Rock starfiish

Marine life from Haystack Rock

Travelers staying at Tolovana Inn are encouraged to discover new species at low tide during annual vacations to Cannon Beach Oregon through the act of tidepooling. Oregon has over 362 miles of coastline that are free for the public to explore, including Haystack Rock, a 235-foot rock formation that is home to a fascinating marine garden of sea creatures. Migratory shorebirds and magical marine life make this National Wildlife Refuge one of the top things to do in Cannon Beach as well as a local hot spot for tide pool viewing. Plan to avoid Haystack Rock parking clutter by arriving early to get a spot at one of the many public parking areas. 

What is Tidepooling?

Ocean-dwelling residents such as vibrant starfish, sea urchins, colorful anemone, scurrying crabs, and other aquatic life can be found in pooled waters left at Haystack Rock. Visitors can not only encounter unique critters in their natural habitat but also indulge in breathtaking views of the coastal shores. Outdoor enthusiasts may inspect the exposed sea life during low tide; however, it is not advised to touch or disturb the area since Haystack Rock is a protected landmark. It is prohibited to climb on the rocks as there are many living creatures such as mussels, barnacles, and sponges that make it hard to distinguish between rock and creature. The Haystack Rock Awareness Program provides safe, guided tours for excellent viewing opportunities.  

A Premier Cannon Beach Resort

Families from all over North America travel to Cannon Beach Oregon to explore the many nearby beaches, galleries, shops, and museums that surround Tolovana Inn. Our guests have the opportunity to enjoy an oceanfront stay with beautiful views of the shoreline from a private balcony. Ocean front suite at Tolovana InnSpace is vital when traveling with a group, so make sure to check out our large suites and rooms on the accommodations page before making a reservation. Please call 1-800-333-8890 to inquire about more information or to book your stay.

Hiking Near Cannon Beach

Hiking near Cannon Beach

Hiking near Cannon Beach at Oswald State Park

 

A significant advantage of spending time at Tolovana Inn is that there are many great
trails for hiking near Cannon Beach. No matter what season, add a hike or two to the list
of things to do in Oregon. Nature lovers will be able to spend the day exploring the
beautiful landscapes, secluded beaches, and hiking trails during their stay. While there
are many local state parks to explore, here are two parks to check out.

Ecola State Park

Upon entering Ecola State Park, travelers will be consumed by the breathtaking flora and fauna spread throughout the park and happy to know it’s just minutes from their Cannon Beach lodging. While exploring the entrance, many hikers find themselves surrounded by forestry on a road that leads to a grassy bluff overlooking the Pacific Coast. Ecola State Park extends along a nine-mile stretch along the Oregon coastline. It offers a place for wildlife observation, picnicking with the family, tidepooling and has many trails for hiking near Cannon Beach.  Through the traverse, there is an abandoned lighthouse, hidden coves, isolated beaches, and outstanding views of Haystack Rock. Hikers journey through blooming flowers, towering pines, and magical views of the ocean during their getaway and the park will be a highlight of the trip.

Oswald West State Park

Hiking near Cannon Beach

Walkway at Oswald State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set aside time to explore the untouched forestry of Oswald West State Park stepping away from the crowds of Cannon Beach, and is just five miles south of Tolovana Inn. The park features sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches, and the Oregon Coast Trail that is a 13 mile long meandering trail through the park. Many hiking trails are located throughout the park so bring a camera along to capture images of the massive western red cedars, beautiful green ferns, and red huckleberry throughout the trek. Delight in a peaceful walk through the trails where venturers hear the sounds of the ocean along the way. While hiking near Cannon Beach at the park stop by Smugglers Cove, known as “short sands,” and watch surfers hit the waves as this is a favorite local surfing destination. There are many areas to explore while at Oswald West State Park, so mark this on the list of things to do in Oregon during vacation.

Oceanfront Cannon Beach Lodging

Indoor Salt Water

Indoor Salt Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While on family vacations, escape the busy city life and spend a day out hiking near Cannon Beach. Tolovana Inn provides peaceful views of the oceanfront from a private balcony where the beach is within steps at all times. After a day out hiking, come back and relax in the salt water indoor pool area that features a hot tub and sauna. Not many Oregon coast locations use a Saline System, and the benefits of a salt water pool eliminate the irritation to the body. The welcoming staff at Tolovana Inn will help with reservations and can answer any questions travelers may have. To book a stay, call 1-800-333-8890.

EV Chargers at Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach

Tolovana EV charging station

Tolovana Inn has expanded its electric vehicle charging stations.

Tolovana Inn just added four Level II chargers that accommodate all electric vehicle.  Four Tesla-only chargers were installed in 2018.

Oregon is a leader in creating a strong network of charging stations for electric vehicles, and Tolovana Inn is pleased to expand its roll in that system.

It’s important that EV drivers have convenient access and confidence when traveling to Cannon Beach and all along the Oregon coast, says property manager Paul Beatty.

“It’s important that EV drivers have convenient access and confidence when traveling to Cannon Beach and all along the Oregon coast”

EV’s continue to grow in popularity. These expanded charging stations are another great amenity for guests staying at Tolovana Inn.  Guests can charge for a few hours or overnight then continue their travels.

Test Drive an EV: BMW, Nissan, Chevy & more

From luxury to economy, hatchbacks to SUVs, there are increasing styles of plug-in electric vehicles.  While dozens of options are available to Oregon consumers today, automakers anticipate introducing even more models in the coming years.

Ever driven an EV?  If you’re interested, book a test drive of several popular models with at Forth. Forth is America’s first-ever electric vehicle showcase in downtown Portland.  It’s open weekdays from 10 AM to 4 PM.  See what it is like to be behind the wheel of a BMi3 REx, Chevy bolt or Nissan Leaf or Honda Clarity.  Experts there will answer all your questions.

Tolovana Inn is happy to support the green movement now and as it continues to increase in the future.

 

 

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest June 8th

It takes place just a short walk up the beach from Tolovana Inn. There, you can admire elaborate sand sculptures created by masters, amateurs, families, and friends.

The 55th Annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest happens on Saturday, June 8th.

Cannon Beach Sandcastle contest

Inspired entries at the Sandcastle contest.

Recognized as an Oregon Heritage Festival, the annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle contest remains a favorite North Coast event.

Feeling inspired? Gather a group and be among the first 100 teams to register. Or just come to watch–and learn.

Contest rules are simple.  No design themes are mandated.  Therefore, entries typically feature creative and colorful commentary on current events.

Teams are provided a plot of sand within a designated viewing area. With buckets and shovels, each team gets to work creating.  Sand may not be added or removed. Only natural materials found on the beach such as sticks, shells, rocks or seaweed may be added for ornamentation.

The competition features a Master’s division for those who have competed and won at other recognized sandcastle building events.

Construction takes all afternoon. Judging follows at 5:30 PM.  After that, Mother Nature steps in and all that inspiration will soon be gone with the tide.

But the fun will continue with live music on the beach at 7 PM, followed by a beach bonfire at 8 PM.  Sunday morning features the Singing Sands 5K Fun Run. Check-in starts at 8 AM. The race beings at 9 AM.

In 2014, the Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition. The designation comes from the  Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is defined as an event with broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state.  

Only 11 Oregon events have earned the designation.

 

For Love of Mom, food & Fat Bikes

The sun is shining in Cannon Beach. Come make memories in May, oceanfront at Tolovana Inn.

Spend some time with the miracle-worker who loves you more than anything in the world. Reserve an oceanfront room or suite and just watch Mom relax. Or purchase a gift certificate for a later stay. She won’t say so, but you’ll be her favorite. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12.

Welcome to Tolovana Inn
No. Coast Culinary Arts Fest

North Coast Culinary Arts Festival, May 10-12

Celebrate the original fine “foodie,” Oregon’s James Beard, during a weekend of culinary arts events crafted to benefit the Seaside High School Culinary Arts program. For instance, you can choose to attend any of 14 workshops around Cannon Beach. Like, classes from food and beverage pairs to a course on foraging. Learn more!


Fat Bikes

Fat Bike Festival May 17-19

Join in a sunset beach ride, a longer Saturday ride to Hug Point, and a poker ride/scavenger hunt around town. Or, on Friday night, join in the huge full moon bonfire next door at Tolovana State Park, with Fat Bike games and activities  Fat Bikes will be available for demo.  Find out more.

The extended forecast calls for many sunny days and evening cool downs ideal for beach bon fires.

Gray Whale Watching & Oregon Spring Break!

Gray whale along the shoreline.
A Gray Whale along the Northern Oregon coast. (photo from Coast Explorer Magazine).

Well-timed Big Mammals, well-timed!

Just as Oregon families head to the beach for spring break fun, hundreds of gray whales will be visible traveling north along the coastline.

One of Oregon’s two designated Whale Watching weeks falls March 23-March 31. Each day, coastal visitors should be able to spot hundreds of gray whales.  That’s because it’s the start of a great migration, which runs now through June. Twenty thousand whales will pass along the shoreline making their way home to Alaska.   They’re returning from winter in the lagoons of Baja California where mamma whales fattened up and welcomed their newborns.

Among the best places to watch for whales are from beach front balconies, like those at Tolovana Inn.

Whale watching tips.

Whales are spotted when they rise to the surface and spout a plume of mist and vapor that can reach up to 15 feet in the air. Calm days are best for whale watching, as the spout can linger in the air for up to five seconds when there is little wind. Seas without white-capped waves make whale spotting easier. And, early daylight from a low angle that illuminates the lingering spout also helps.

With your binoculars, keep an eye out for a spout. Once you have it spotted, just raise your binoculars to where it was and keep looking.

Whales typically spout three to five times, about 15-30 seconds apart, before making a deep dive of up to six minutes long.

Once spotted, keep their direction of travel in mind. Then, you will have it down in no time.

Getting up to look out over the horizon is critical. Therefore, another good spot is from nearby Ecola State Park, where “Whale Spoken Here”  volunteers can point out the gentle giants and answer your questions. Sure, your kids might learn something during their break from school, but it’s fun stuff and there are no tests!

Tolovana Inn is a spring break favorite for families, big or small. Just a few easy steps to the sand, our roomy oceanfront suites feature cozy fireplaces and private balconies with amazing views. And when its time to unwind, kids can play in the indoor salt water pool while parents relax nearby in the sauna or spa.

Haystack Holidays in Cannon Beach: The Spirit of the Season!

The picturesque village of Cannon Beach lit up festively for the season.

 

Haystack Holidays is a collection of delightful special events in Cannon Beach that will warm your heart. Get into the spirit of the season at events for all ages! 

Between the shopping and special events,  you can enjoy the spectacular Oregon Coast during a season like no other.  Make Tolovana Inn your home away from home, with spacious suites and cozy fireplaces. 

NOVEMBER 30, DECEMBER 1 & 2  

Cannon Beach Chorus Concerts

Celebrate the sounds of the season with the 30th Cannon Beach Chorus concerts, “Caroling, Caroling.”  For more details, visit the Chorus online.

DECEMBER 1

Lamp Lighting 

A beloved Cannon Beach holiday tradition at Sandpiper Square beginning at 4pm. Treats and refreshments are served after the ceremony.

 

DECEMBER 8 
Pictures with Santa  

Santa Claus is coming to town. Actually to the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce from 1pm until 4pm.

Through DECEMBER 14 

Cannon Beach in Lights & Name that Tune Contest 

Visit participating retailers and submit correct ‘Name That Tune’ playing cards for a chance to win a holiday gift basket. Holiday lights voting can be submitted online or in person at the Chamber. Voting is open until December 14th and awards will be announced at the Coaster Theatre performance on December 15th.

DECEMBER 26-28, 2018

Holiday Foods Around the World   

Visit participating Cannon Beach restaurants as they feature unique food and beverage specials highlighting traditions from different countries and cultures. For details, call (503) 436-2623 

DECEMBER 26, 2018

Winter Holiday Concert with The Trail Band   

Finish 2018 with some fun at the Coaster Theatre! The Trail Band is an 8-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring five great vocalists. (Including Rindy and Marv Ross, of QuarterFlash). The premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest will kick off the evening performance at 7pm at the Coaster Theater. 

 

 

DECEMBER  27-31, 2018

Winter Whale Watch Week 

Spot Gray Whales on their migration south along the Oregon Coast.  Volunteers at  Ecola State Park will be on hand to provide information.   Find out more here!

The Stormy Weather Arts Festival: A Cannon Beach Classic Event

Snow Day in Cannon Beach, Jeffrey Hull

For over 30 years, the Stormy Weather Arts Festival kicks off the first weekend in November, attracting art and music lovers to Cannon Beach.

The festival of the arts allows guests to experience the best of the Cannon Beach creative community. You’ll soon see why this exceptional  little beach town has earned the distinction of “One of the 100 Best Art Towns in America.”

Make reservations now to stay at Tolovana Inn then prepare to enjoy all the festival fun, November 2-4.   If you come down for the weekend, you can stay over Sunday night for 50% off your room rate.   Then, you can enjoy a leisurely ride home Monday morning.

Home to Extraordinary Galleries

Cannon Beach is home to over a dozen exceptional art galleries.  Many of the galleries’ most notable national and regional artists’ will be showcased during the festival. You can wander around the town, visiting art gallery after gallery, enjoying receptions and artists demonstrations.   You can also catch free live music performances all weekend long at six music venues, both indoor and outdoor.

The Jeffrey Hull Gallery is one of the sponsors of the Festival. Jeffrey controls the difficult medium of watercolor, often in very large paintings. He also works in oil paints.  He is reknown for his ability to capture the beauty and moods of the places where water joins the land.  He and his wife Carol opened their Cannon Beach Gallery in 1987, where his original works, lithographs, cards, and books are available to admire and purchase.

 Lloyd Jones Friday & Curtis Salgado Saturday

A concert showcase featuring Lloyd Jones is set for Friday night at the Coaster Theater.  The Oregon-born soulful Jones has spent 30 years as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer. Tickets for this intimate show in the Coaster are just $35.

On Saturday night, legendary Curtis Salgado will headline a Coaster Theater performance.  National  Public Radio calls Salgado a “Blues icon” with a huge voice.  The Blues Review declares that Salgado is “one of the most soulful honest singers ever. ” Like Jones, he is sure to bring down the house.  Tickets for his concert are $40.

You might bump into Salgado at the Tolovana Inn, where he and his band will be staying.

The festival also includes “Dancing in the Rain” fashion show where you can pick out a new outfit.  All apparel and accessories from local and national designers is available in Cannon Beach shops.  On Sunday, the Festival wraps up with a Brews, Blues and BBQ lunch featuring local craft beers.

Concert and other event tickets can be purchased online. 

You can book your Tolovana Inn room online or call 1-800-333-8890.

 

Jeffery Hull Original Painting, Falls-Hug Point

 

Sunny Forecast for Cannon Beach & Special Fall Rates!

The sun is shining on Cannon Beach and the forecast looks inviting!

With summer crowds back-to-school,  bright and crisp Fall days at Tolovana Inn are especially inviting.

Tolovana Inn has just announced two seasonal specials that will make it hard to stay away.

Three’s the charm

Tolovana Inn has just announced two seasonal specials that will make it hard to stay away.

Visitors who stay three nights,  Sunday through Thursday, will only pay for two nights.

Or, if you come down for the weekend, you can stay over Sunday night for 50% off your room rate.   Then, you can enjoy a leisurely ride home Monday morning, avoiding traffic and the Sunday sadness of leaving the Oregon coast.

What will you do with more time to enjoy Cannon Beach?

Stay over Sunday and you’ll have more time for beach bonfires.   More time to explore Ecola State Park.  More time to browse the uniquely distinctive shops and galleries of Cannon Beach.   More time to unwind in the pristine salt-water pool. Or just relax, stroll the beach,  poke around tide pools or do whatever it is that makes you happy in Cannon Beach.

Bonus:  Attend the  Stormy Weather Arts Festival, Nov. 2-4.

This special Fall offer is valid through November 18.  That is exceptionally great because it means you can enjoy special savings during the November 2-4 Stormy Weather Arts Festival.  Over thirty years old, the Festival is one of Cannon Beach’s most popular annual events.  The event focuses on a wide range of visual and performing arts, offering the opportunity to meet artists and discuss their work, listen to regional  musicians, take in gallery events and experience why Cannon Beach has been recognized as one of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America.”  This year’s line up includes concerts by Curtis Salgado and Lloyd Jones.

Make plans now to stay at Tolovana Inn this fall.

SWAF 2018 Poster

 

Beach Fire Ban Lifted: Break out the S’mores

Cannon Beach fire ban lifted
(Photo: Jon Martin)

The Oregon State Parks Department announced today, August 29, that the fire ban in place for most of the summer has been lifted for Cannon Beach and other North Oregon beaches and parks.

Specifically, the ban has been lifted north of the Umpqua River (Roseburg area). *

For Labor Day visitors to Cannon Beach, that’s great news just in time for the three day weekend.  It’s time to break out sweatshirts, beach blankets and makings for S’Mores. 

The weekend forecast calls for mostly sunny days, but evening temperatures are expected to drop to a brisk mid 50 degrees.  Perfect for a beach bonfire! 

Tolovana Inn has a special S’Mores‘ package for four including roasting sticks, chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers.  You can also get firewood from Tolovana Inn.   Just call ahead to reserve your supplies–800-333-8890.

A cozy beach fire is a perfect wind down for what many people consider the final weekend of summer vacation, especially for those whose lives revolve around school calendars.

For others, the months of September and October are typically inviting too, for bundling up around an outdoor fire.

 

*Two exceptions are Alfred Loeb and Saddle Mountain Parks, where the fire ban remains. 

 

 

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