Trails and More: A Guide to Ecola State Park

There’s no better way to enjoy some R&R than to plan a memorable but relaxing vacation. Booking your stay at Tolovana Inn is the perfect way to accomplish this. Our oceanfront resort is found just south of downtown Cannon Beach, making it the ideal home base for any getaway. No matter when you’re visiting, from colorful fall to the magic season of winter, there is no shortage of things to do and see. From picturesque trails to incredible scenery, there is plenty to discover in Ecola State Park.

When creating your itinerary of memorable adventures, checking out local state parks is a must. It only takes about 15 minutes to drive from our Cannon Beach hotel to this breathtaking state park. Whether you’re vacationing with kids or just the two of you, this Oregon park is a favorite amongst visitors of all ages.

  • One of the biggest things that draw people to the park is the stunning hiking trails. Make your way along the .6-mile Tillamook Rock Lighthouse Loop for an easy hike. Other popular paths include the Clatsop Loop Trail and Indian Beach Trail.
  • Take in the stunning views found all over the park. The entrance itself takes you through a lush Sitka spruce forest. Take photos of the sea stacks on the southern shoreline or the views from the grassy bluff.
  • Watch surfers try to catch waves from the sandy shores of Indian Beach. This secluded area is also an excellent spot for tidepooling and beach combing.
  • If you find yourself visiting in the winter or spring, be sure to head to the park to enjoy a bit of whale watching. Gray whales start their winter migration in mid-December and will begin traveling north again in late March. Some whales stay in Oregon’s waters year-round.
  • Whales are just one animal you can spot from Ecola State Park. The grounds are also home to other animals like deer, elk, and countless birds.

To enter the park, you must purchase a day-use parking permit.

Enjoy a Nature-Filled Oregon Getaway

If you’re looking to surround yourself with stunning Oregon scenery, head to Ecola State Park and hike along one of the trails. After a long day filled with memorable adventures, relax in comfort back at Tolovana Inn. Our resort, found on the sandy shores of Cannon Beach, has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing escape.

Our spacious accommodations are perfect for everyone, from families to couples. You will also find a number of amenities designed to enhance your stay like a fitness center and an indoor pool. Call 503-436-2211 to learn more about how to save on your stay or to book your accommodations.

 

Experience an Oregon Winter with a Cannon Beach Escape

Winter at the beach

Winter doesn’t have to mean gray skies and endless snow. In Cannon Beach, winter is a unique and magical time to visit this Oregon town and Tolovana Inn. Summer crowds have long since gone home, but there is still plenty to do and see in our beach town. Whether you’re planning a trip for the family or an escape for two, now is the perfect time to start creating your adventure-filled itinerary.

What to Do When Visiting Cannon Beach in the Winter

Winter is often referred to as the magic season in Oregon. Temperatures reach highs in the low 50s, with lows rarely falling below the mid-30s. While these conditions mean you’ll still want to layer up, it’s not so cold that you can’t get out and explore.

Some of the area’s top activities are best enjoyed in winter, and there are also plenty of seasonally festive events to check out.

Holiday Festivities

The holiday season is often filled with memorable gatherings, and your visit to Cannon Beach doesn’t have to be any different. If you’re visiting over Thanksgiving, get out and do some shopping on Plaid Friday. The shops found throughout town have it all, from boutiques to gift shops, so you won’t have any trouble crossing things off your list.

There are several more events that make up Haystack Holidays, including wreath-making classes, holiday concerts, and more. The event website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Storm Watching

One of the most popular activities for those visiting Cannon Beach in the winter is storm watching. Chances are you can watch a storm roll in from the comfort of our Oregon Coast hotel. However, another popular spot is Ecola State Park. If you decide to head outdoors, stay safe by watching out for sneaker waves and staying off rocks and jetties.

After the storm passes, head out to the sandy shoreline to go beachcombing. The wind and waves are known to unearth a treasure trove of shells and other hidden surprises.

Whale Watching

Cannon Beach is home to two fantastic whale watching seasons, and one of them is in the winter. Winter migration generally reaches peak from mid-December to mid-January. During this time, Oregon State Parks coordinate programs at several spots along the coast, including Ecola State Park, to help you spot these stunning animals.

Reserve Your Winter Visit to the Pacific Northwest

If you’re still looking for your winter vacation destination, look no further than Cannon Beach, Oregon. This popular oceanfront town is a favorite amongst travelers any time of year, and there’s no better place to call home than Tolovana Inn.

Found just south of downtown, our resort features spacious oceanfront rooms and suites that are perfect for any group. Enjoy the comforts of home, like a full kitchen and cozy fireplace, by staying in one of our studios and suites. For more information about our accommodations and amenities or special offers, call 503-436-2211.

  

Where to Get the Best Fish and Chips in Cannon Beach

Best Fish & Chips in Cannon BeachThanks to its coastal location, it should come as no surprise that Cannon Beach is one of the top beach communities in Oregon. Situated oceanside in this town is Tolovana Inn. Our idyllic location makes our resort the perfect place for those looking to enjoy a beach escape. After exploring the range of things to do and see throughout Cannon Beach, stop by one of the top spots serving up fish and chips.

The Top Restaurants Offering Fish and Chips

With its prime coastal location, Cannon Beach and the surrounding area are known for fantastic seafood. For a comfort food take on seafood, stop by one of the numerous restaurants in Cannon Beach known for their fish and chips.

  • Mo’s chowder is an Oregon staple and has a location right next to Tolovana Inn. Enjoy in-house dining, or grab your meal to go and enjoy back in your cozy accommodations.
  • Known for its quick service, Tom’s Fish & Chips makes its baskets using locally caught fish. Their menu includes everything from salmon to halibut.
  • Established in 1993, Ecola Seafood Restaurant & Market has been a favorite of visitors and locals alike for years. Browse their menu to choose your ideal fish and chips basket.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views at the Wayfarer Restaurant, located on Pacific Drive. They use Public Coast Brewing Co’s blonde ale in its beer batter, adding another local element to this dish.
  • For more than seven decades, the Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge has been feeding the masses. Soak in the sunshine on their patio as you enjoy their take on fish & chips.
  • Sip on a refreshing brew at Pelican Brewing Company’s Cannon Beach Brewpub. Their take on this classic dish uses their Kiwanda cream ale in the batter.

Book Your Relaxing Escape to Cannon Beach

The restaurants around Cannon Beach have you covered for everything from a filling breakfast to a delicious fish and chips basket. Stop by one of these spots to plan your activities or reminisce on the day’s fun before heading back to Tolovana Inn.

Featuring spacious oceanfront rooms and suites, our Cannon Beach resort is an excellent destination for everyone from families to couples. Relax fireside or go for a dip in our indoor saltwater pool. Call 503-436-2211 to learn more about booking your stay or current special promotions.