Visit the Outdoor Classroom: Haystack Rock Awareness Program

 

During these unprecedented times, school is up in the air. Some may be going back to school, but some may be participating in distance learning, meaning they can’t get back into the classroom this year. Though unfortunate, there are plenty of ways for kids to still get outside and do some interactive learning activities to make their education more fun. Consider visiting the outdoor classroom – the Haystack Rock Awareness Program is a great place to start.

Haystack Rock Awareness Program

This program is full of educational benefits. No, it might not be all about math and English, but there’s plenty to learn about the outdoors that can be beneficial when living on the Oregon coastline. Whether you want to plan a field trip, or just want your children to become more educated on the nature and surroundings in Cannon Beach, then utilize the Haystack Rock Awareness Program!

Field Trip Programs

Free educational field trips are offered through the Haystack Rock Awareness Program. Enjoy observation, exploration, and investigation – this field trip program has been going on for 15 years! To schedule a field trip, contact Lisa Bacecker at 503-436-8064.

Haystack Habitat

Learn about the birds and marine invertebrates that reside in Haystack Rock. The birds will arrive in the spring but leave at the end of summer. However, the marine invertebrates will stay year-round! There’s also so much to learn about the geology as well as the plants and algae in the area.

Tidepool etiquette is extremely important when you’re visiting or residing in the Cannon Beach area. You can learn how to stay safe and how to deal with tidepool through the Haystack Rock Awareness Program. You can also explore the Marine Garden Refuge as well!

Book Your Ideal Coastal Getaway at Tolovana Inn

Treat yourself to a spectacular coastal getaway, just a short distance away from Haystack Rock where you can learn about all manner of marine life. Our Cannon Beach accommodations come with spacious oceanfront views and several fantastic amenities. Don’t forget to check out our special packages for some spectacular getaway deals. To learn more about making a reservation at Tolovana Inn, please give us a call at 1-800-333-8890.

 

Zoom from your Room: Work and Learn at Tolovana Inn

This fall, Zoom from a beachfront room at Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach.

With free internet throughout the resort, you can make Tolovana Inn your virtual office or coastal classroom.  Then, when the work is complete,  experience ‘hands-on” learning and outdoor recreation at Oregon’s favorite beach destination.

Indoor Learning:  Special Resources

The Cannon Beach Historical Society and Museum website provides great content to enlighten you about the area.   First, start with a fun, interactive online quiz that will test your knowledge of local lore.

Secondly, you can learn about the three cannons of Cannon Beach.  The first cannon, which inspired the name of the town, washed ashore in 1898.  The cannon was part of the armament of the USS Shark which sank in high seas.  Two more cannons, from the same schooner, were discovered on the coast in 2008.

Thirdly, check out old photos online of popular historical sites around town.   From Bill’s Tavern to the original Osburns’ Grocery sites, you’ll recognize many locations.  The old Warren Hotel site built by homesteaders in 1911 is where Tolovana Inn sits today.  After you’ve done some research, venture out to see some of the notable sites.

Clear your mind with a fresh air stroll 

When your work is done, there’s not a better way to clear your mind than with a walk in the fresh, clean air of nearby forest trails.  You can experience the natural beauty found along the favorite walking and hiking trails through lush rain forests and giant Sitka spruce groves.

Of course, there’s always the allure of the wide sandy beaches just out your door. Cannon Beach offers miles of uninterrupted beach to explore.  And along the magnificent shoreline, tidepools present their own kind of magic.

Discover the magic of tidepools

Optimum viewing of coastal tidepools is an hour before low tide. There, you’ll discover many colorful and strange creatures as the tide recedes.  This unique environment reveals bright sea stars clinging to rocks. Green anemones lay open like flowers at the bottom of pools. Look carefully and you’ll see crabs, fish, snails, limpets, coral, sponge, and colorful sea slugs.    

Review the Cannon Beach tide tables here.

Book Today

In a year like no other, make great memories with an Autumn getaway to Tolovana Inn.  With full kitchens, private beachfront balconies, fireplaces, and a sparkling indoor saltwater pool, you can get your work done and then relax in comfort.

 Book your stay today.

 

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Enjoy SurfPerch Fishing in Cannon Beach

Enjoy Surfperch Fishing at Cannon Beach

If you like to fish, then surfperch fishing will be a treat. Surfperch is one of the most popular fish to fish for along Oregon’s sandy beaches – you can catch them on a boat, or from shore. There are plenty of spots at Cannon Beach for you to enjoy fishing for surfperch, and all of those spots are just a short distance from Tolovana Inn. So whether you want to have a weekend getaway for fishing or you want to teach your children the ropes, everything you need to know about surfperch fishing is below!

All You Need to Know About Surfperch Fishing at Cannon Beach

Whether you’re a seasoned fisher or going for the first time, you’ll find plenty of helpful tips if you keep reading. Learn about when and where to fish for surfperch, the proper equipment you’ll need, and more!

When and Where to Fish for Surfperch

It’s best to fish for surfperch in the spring or the early summer, but you can still catch them throughout all of the seasons. During the spring and summer, these fish school up along sandy shorelines. You’ll want to start when there is an incoming tide, or when it’s just a few hours before the high tide. You’ll have the best luck finding these fish in deep holes or depressions, like steeply sloped beaches, rocky areas in the sand, or near jetties. It’s easy to find these places during the low tides because it’s more visible.

The Equipment You’ll Need

When fishing for surfperch, you’re going to need heavy tackle so that you can navigate the heavy surf where the fish reside. A long nine to 11-foot rod that can hold a two to six-ounce weight, a spinning reel that holds 200-300 yards of 15 to 30-pound monofilament line. Popular bate includes the following: mole crabs, marine worms, sand shrimp, mussels and clam necks. For hooks, the most popular for catching surfperch are hooks number two and four, as well as some swivels and a pyramid sinker.

Tolovana Inn: The Best Hotel on The Oregon Coast

We are the perfect place for a weekend getaway – whether it be for your family, you and your significant other, or a solo trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. Enjoy peace and serenity, overlooking the beach and the ocean. Spend time hiking, biking, fishing, walking along the beach, or splashing in the ocean. There is no shortage of activities to do around Tolovana Inn! To book one of our quaint, seaside rooms, call us at 1-800-333-8890.

 

Tolovana & Cannon Beach History: The Early Years

The Warren Hotel was built in 1911 on the current site of Tolovana Inn

The early years of Tolovana Park, like Cannon Beach, began in the late 1800’s.  That’s when the ambitious efforts of aspiring homesteaders began.

Early residents were drawn by the beautiful views, towering trees, and the open land.  Yet, the challenges of establishing Cannon Beach and Tolovana Park were difficult.  People who reached, lived and stayed in Tolovana had to be strong.

First, just imagine the journey.  A harrowing steamboat ride brought visitors and residents to Astoria.  Next, the train carried people south to Seaside. Finally, the last ten miles or so to Cannon Beach were traveled along a muddy trail.  People rode wagons, horses or walked.

“Proving up” your land

Warren Family, early homesteaders of Tolovana

Rudolph and Emma Bartels were among the first to establish a homestead in the Tolovana Park area in 1889. Two years later, William and Emma Warren claimed 160 acres nearby and William’s brother Mark soon followed.   Along with a few others, they “proved up their land.”

“Proving up” was part of the process outlined in the Homestead Act of 1862.  Any U.S. citizen or intended citizen could lay claim to 160 acres of surveyed Government land. Then, homesteaders had to show improvements to the site. Improvements included a 12 x 14-foot structure and productive crops.   After five years, the homesteaders could file for the land deed.  They submitted proof of residency and the required improvements to a local land office.

Tolovana:  Named for an Alaskan stream

Mark Warren  proved his claim in 1900 by building a cabin where the Wayside State Park now resides.  The Warren’s combined land claims were developed and named Tolovana Park.   Since the  Warren brothers had spent time in Alaska, therefore they drew naming inspiration from areas up north.  Tolovana means “river of sticks.”   Tolovana shares the name with a stream and valley 64 miles north of Fairbanks.

Warren Hotel: First Hotel at Tolovana

The industrious Warren Brothers opened a lumber company and an auto camp. Eventually, they built the Warren Hotel on the current site of Tolovana Inn.  Constructed in 1911, the Warren Hotel featured 16 oceanfront rooms with indoor running water.  A beautiful stone fireplace was crafted by local resident Paul Bartels.  Legendary Oregon Governor Oswald West was one of the first registered guests.

Over the decades getting to Cannon Beach became markedly easier. and the number of permanent residents and visitors has grown.  Despite the changes, what remains is the shared realization that this part of the Northern Oregon coast remains stunningly special.

 

Content for this story provided by the Cannon Beach Museum & History Center.

 

Tips for Visiting Cannon Beach in the Summer

Sunny summer in Cannon Beach

 

Summer is the most popular season to visit Cannon Beach, Oregon.

With many guests locked down since spring, this unique resort town is attracting visitors eager for a change of scenery.   Oregon’s stunning natural shoreline and wide-open beaches are more inviting than ever.

Besides the natural beauty of the stunning Oregon coastline, the charming village of Cannon Beach invites guests to explore its flower-lined walkways.   There, you can savor the culinary bounty of the Pacific Northwest, shop unique boutiques and shops and explore the galleries of one of America’s outstanding art towns.

Here are some tips to make the most out of your summer visit to Cannon Beach.

Make hotel reservations in advance

During the busiest weeks of the year, beloved Tolovana Inn is frequently sold out.  If you’re planning on staying, make sure you have reservations well in advance of your visit. Besides being located oceanfront, the bonus of staying at Tolovana Inn is that you’ll have easy parking. (EV and Tesla recharging stations, too.) Cannon Beach is extremely walkable.  You can stroll along the sand into town and admire the colorful, summer blooms complimenting many of the unique oceanfront homes.

Getting Around:   Drive Early, Walk or Shuttle 

Candidly, in summer, mid-day traffic in Cannon Beach can slow to a crawl as day trippers join overnight guests exploring this beautiful seafront village.  If you can, plan to leave your vehicle at the hotel and walk into town.  If walking isn’t an option, drive into town early or utilize the local shuttle. Cost to ride is only $1 and route schedules can be found at: nworegontransit.org  and on a free app.

Less Crowded Beaches: Head South of Tolovana Inn

Exploring iconic Haystack Rock is always a draw.   But, to experience less crowded beaches in the summer, check out areas away from downtown and the Rock.  Beach areas in front of Tolovana Inn and to the south typically have less foot traffic.

Dining: Reservations, eat-in or picnic.

Restaurants can be crowded, so consider dining during off-peak times and be sure you have reservations.  Otherwise, head over to Fresh Foods,  the local market across the street from Tolovana Inn.   It’s an ideal source for everything you need for a memorable picnic dinner.  Or get what you need to prepare meals in your room to enjoy on your private beach front balcony.  Sunsets are a perfect accompaniment to a great meal.

With just a little planning, you can be sure to enjoy every minute of your summer visit to Cannon Beach.

Enjoy State Parks near Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is where the forest and the ocean come together. Along the coast, you’ll find multiple state parks near Cannon Beach that give you a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean and some hidden gems of the beach, including waterfalls, wildlife, tide pools and more. Spend a day exploring one or more of the beautiful state parks near Cannon Beach – the same parks are just minutes away from your stay at Tolovana Inn.

The Top State Parks Near Cannon Beach, Oregon

We created a list of the best state parks near Cannon Beach. Each state park is unique and differs from one another. Bring a picnic lunch, a comfortable pair of tennis shoes, and your family, to see all that Oregon has to offer through the state parks near Cannon Beach. 

Oswald West State Park

Oswald West State Park stretches along four miles of coastline, where you’ll find a dense rainforest and a beautifully secluded sandy beach. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll love this vast and scenic park that’s perfect for a hike on a beautiful spring or summer day. 

Hug Point State Park

When you are exploring Hug Point State Park, be aware of the tide when you’re walking along the beach of the Hug Point State Recreation Site. It’s possible while walking around to become stranded by the incoming tide when you’re on the point. A short walk located between Austin Point and Hug Point reveals a seasonal waterfall, caves carved into sandstone cliffs, and tide pools accessible during low tide. 

Ecola State Park

Ecola offers trails with cliff-slide viewpoints of secluded coves, forested promontories and an abandoned lighthouse. There are several different trails you can take to walk through the park, some longer than others. Some of the trails are considered historical interpretive routes. Stop for a picnic on any of the trails, and keep an eye open for the park’s wildlife, like deer, elk, and eagles!

Tolovana Inn

Staying with Tolovana Inn will be memorable for your whole family. Our true oceanfront resort is located just south of downtown Cannon Beach, near the state parks. When you’ve finished exploring, head back to our oceanfront lodging to relax before heading out into town for dinner or to familiarize yourself with Tolovana Park. In our studios and suites, you’ll find a full kitchen, living room, private balcony, and a cozy fireplace. Book easily online to reserve your room with us today!

Photograph Some of the Best Places in Oregon

Oregon’s coastline is home to several hidden gems, where many times, photos cannot do its beauty justice. Cannon Beach, one of the state’s most significant destinations, boasts a handful of some of the best places to photograph in Oregon.

The Top 5 Best Places to Photograph in Oregon

Cannon Beach is one of the most picturesque places in the country. Lined with landmarks and state parks, all who vacation to this spectacular coastline will return home with gorgeous photos and memories that will last a lifetime. Below are some of the best places to photograph in Cannon Beach, Oregon. 

Whale Park 

Whale Park gets its name from the 105-foot long whale skeleton founded by Captain Clark in 1806. Since then, a massive whale sculpture has been built – the perfect place to snap a photo during sunset or sunrise.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock is exactly what a tourist would expect – a massive basalt rock formation that resembles a castle. Just 100 yards from the shore, some fantastic photographs can be taken from a distance or up close. This formation is definitely Instagram-worthy!

Neahkahnie Viewpoint

Located high above Manzanita, the Neahkahine Viewpoint overlooks Oregon’s beautiful coast. The viewpoint is an excellent place to get some gorgeous photos of Oregon’s coastline, and maybe even some marine life!

Nehalem Bay

Across the Nehalem River is the small village of Wheeler. The village, once known as a thriving logging and fishing town, is positioned where the Nehalem Bay welcomes the river – an excellent place to capture on camera!

Ecola State Park

This state park is not only one of the most gorgeous places to take photos but also to take a hike! The greenery and the forest, as well as the coastline, are all wonderful places for a photo-op. 

Tolovana Inn

This oceanfront resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Breathe in the ocean air, take a stroll along the beach, browse the shops and galleries in town, and spend time lounging around in the spacious suites at Tolovana Inn. Each studio and suite is equipped with a full kitchen, living room, private balcony, and a crackling fireplace – all of the essentials for a lovely getaway. Tolovana Inn encourages potential guests to view their special packages before calling 1-800-333-8890 to book a room.

Top 3 Cannon Beach Coffee Shops

Coffee in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Oregonians love coffee, so when it comes to Cannon Beach coffee shops, there are options seemingly around every corner. These are the top three Cannon Beach coffee shops that are all equally idyllic for that long-awaited morning cup of joe.

When it comes to Cannon Beach, coffee is everywhere! From cozy settings to the modern ambiance, every type of traveler will be able to find a coffee shop just right for them in Cannon Beach, Oregon. At the Tolovana Inn, guests are close to all of these fantastic cafes and the famous Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock. And if the views don’t convince the family to return, the town and the Cannon Beach coffee shops sure will!

Insomnia Coffee Co.

Insomnia Coffee Co. is everything a traveler could possibly want in a Cannon Beach coffee shop. This trendy space exists with the idea of belonging: creating a place where people can feel comfortable. The modern ambiance provides patrons with a comfortable place to kick back, relax, and enjoy that morning (or afternoon) coffee. Insomnia Coffee Co. also practices sustainability in its daily habits and serves everything from coffee to tea to delicious pastries. This unique spot revolves around its people, and has enough space for a reservations-only meeting room and live music events every week.

Sea Level Bakery and Coffee

This Cannon Beach coffee shop is known for its food. Sea Level Bakery and Coffee is not simply a café; it’s also a scratch-made bakery specializing in bread and pastries. Here, thirsty visitors can get the coffee they’ve been craving and baked goods that simply aren’t available at any other Cannon Beach coffee shop. Sea Level Bakery and Coffee is also the perfect place to grab lunch. The eats can satisfy any taste bud. Try the soup, sandwiches, or special quiche only found at this Cannon Beach coffee shop.

Bald Eagle Coffee House

One of the most popular Cannon Beach coffee shops, Bald Eagle Coffee House is one that every visitor definitely can’t miss! This unique and cozy Cannon Beach coffee shop boasts incomparable pastries, amazing coffee, and fast service. The baristas offer a wide variety of vegetarian options. It’s always open for breakfast, making this Cannon Beach coffee shop the perfect place to start a morning.

Tolovana Inn

When it comes to the Oregon coast, there simply is nowhere as iconic as Cannon Beach. Known for its famous Haystack Rock, this is easily one of the most famous beaches in the Pacific Northwest, which is why having an excellent place to stay during a visit is of the utmost importance. At the Tolovana Inn, guests are guaranteed a spot close to this famous beach. With an option for oceanfront and oceanview rooms, a traveler truly can’t go wrong with the Tolovana Inn. Here, each guest is provided with access to an indoor pool, spa, sauna, fitness center, beach fire pits, and more. And, for those traveling with a furry friend, no worries! The Tolovana Inn has pet-friendly suites! Oregon is an incredibly popular travel destination right now, and when it comes to exploring the Cannon Beach area, you can be sure that there is plenty to do.  

Cannon Beach Surf Lessons

Cannon Beach Surf Lessons

If learning to surf has ever been of interest, Cannon Beach is the place to do it. The gorgeous Oregon Coast and the sparkling Pacific Ocean make a marvelous backdrop for learning to surf. An afternoon, a full day, or even two days, can be spent on the water, learning all of the tricks to being a successful surfer. Cannon Beach is the home of many great surf instructors who are eager to teach. Test the waters with a surf lesson at Cannon Beach; there is nothing to lose!

The Top 3 Best Cannon Beach Surf Lessons

There are many places to take a surfing lesson in Cannon Beach, but a few favorites are listed below. Since everybody is at a different skill level when it comes to surfing, these are the places that cater best to those who want a refresher course, or those trying surfing for the first time. Below are the best surf lessons in Cannon Beach. 

Northwest Women’s Surf Camps

Visitors and Oregon natives love Northwest Women’s Surf Camps because of the array of surfing lessons and surfing camps offered for families, children, teens, and adults. Coed, private, and semi-private lessons are offered so that one can learn the basics of surfing in a group size that is comfortable, whether it be one-on-one or with a group of others. Northwest Women’s Surf Camps also offers coed bodyboarding clinics for teens and adults to teach the essential skills of catching waves, and the “recipe for a perfect wave.” Custom group lessons are available, which are perfect for families, reunions, wedding parties, graduation parties, and more.

Oregon Surf Adventures

The expert instructors at Oregon Surf Adventures are phenomenal and ready to assist all aspiring surfers. Each lesson at Oregon Surf Adventures focuses on ocean awareness, equipment use, water safety, surf techniques, and surf etiquette. Four different surfing lessons are available – beginner, intermediate, semi-private, and private. With each lesson, surf equipment rental is $25 per person. Each instructor is child and adult CPR, first aid, and water safety certified. 

Cannon Beach Surf Lessons and Rentals

There are lessons available for all ages and all skill levels and Cannon Beach Surf Lessons and Rentals. Lessons offered are private, semi-private, and two-day, depending on how much time one wants to spend in the water. Each lesson is approximately two hours long and includes a wetsuit and board rental. Online booking is available to create a reservation. To make a reservation for a group lesson larger than five people, please contact Cannon Beach Surf Lessons and Rentals at 503-791-3515.

Staying at Tolovana Inn

After an adventurous Cannon Beach surf lesson, Tolovana Inn is the place to relax and enjoy the rest of vacation. A true oceanfront resort, Tolovana Inn is located just south of downtown Cannon Beach. The convenient location makes it one of the best places to stay in the area – all guests will be just minutes away from Cannon Beach attractions. Each of the spacious, oceanfront studios and suites are equipped with a full kitchen, living room, private balcony, and cozy fireplace, making it the perfect place for a family or romantic weekend getaway. To reserve a room, please call 1-800-333-8890, or book online

 

Cannon Beach Events: Savor Cannon Beach

Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival 

Cannon Beach is a culinary, artistic, and cultural gem on the Oregon Coast. Although many people visit our town to see attractions like Haystack Rock and the beach, many others visit during annual Cannon Beach events so they can see our best qualities when they’re on showcase. The Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival shows off Oregon and  Washington wine regions that you might not be able to experience otherwise. If you’re a self-proclaimed wine lover, plan your trip around mid-March, and you’ll be able to cultivate the ultimate Oregon wine experience during your stay at Tolovana Inn. 

Savor Cannon Beach Events Throughout the Festival 

The Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival is a series of six events where you can learn about wine, taste several kinds, and meet other wine lovers. Although the Cannon Beach events within the festival sometimes change from year to year, all of the events include wine tasting of some sort. Several tasting events are hosted at Tolovana Inn,  making it the ideal place to stay. 

Among the most popular is the Wine Walk, which features 40 northwest wineries set up in stations throughout Cannon Beach restaurants, art galleries, and shops, so you can explore town and participate in a wine tasting in Oregon at the same time. The festival concludes with a “Best of” competition. Here, some of the best wines are brought together, and the audience determines which vintage is the best of the best. At some events, acclaimed chefs have put together bite-size appetizers, so pair your wine with a tasty bite. For more details about this festival, check here.

Stay at Tolovana Inn For Cannon Beach Events 

Tolovana Inn typically hosts many of the events throughout the festival, making the hotel a convenient accommodation to attendees. For other annual Cannon Beach events, Tolovana Inn is in a great spot for visitors to travel to most happenings and attractions without going far as well, such as the Sandcastle Contest or Whale Watch Weeks.   For more information about staying with us and other Cannon Beach events throughout the year, visit our website or give us a call at 800-333-8890. 

 

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