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!

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

 

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

Cannon Beach is in the middle of some of the most scenic hiking trails in the Northwest!

Just minutes from the Tolovana Inn are some of Oregon’s most beautiful beaches and coastline

Ecola State Park offers an adventure through lush rain-forest, where hikers will find some of the world’s tallest trees. Hike past old-growth Sitka Spruce to the end of Cape Falcon where you’ll take in the most breathtaking views.  Many of the best hikes can be found just minutes away in Ecola State Park, accessed via Ecola Park Road at the north end of Cannon Beach. The Park offers options for easy, paved accessible trails from the Ecola Point viewpoint to options for longer multiple mile hikes. An Oregon State Parks pass, Oregon Pacific Coast Passport or $5 day-use fee is required for parking.

Neahkahnie Mountain and the more challenging Saddle Mountain.  Walk through wildflower-covered meadows, miles of uninterrupted beaches, or connect with a portion of the 382-mile Oregon Coast Trail. You’ll find everything from moderate to challenging hiking trails and accessible pathways suitable for all ages and abilities.

Oswald West State Park, located about 10 minutes south of Cannon Beach, offers several interconnected hiking trails with many options for hikers of all levels including a 13-mile section of the Oregon Coast Trail.

Necarney Creek to Elk Flats: From the smaller parking area just south of the main Oswald West parking lot, the Necarney Creek Trail descends into the rain-forest and connects to the Elk Flats Trail south, offering about a 1.5 mile walk through forests, emerging at meadows frequented by elk and eventually leading to a short spur trail to sheer cliffs overlooking Devil’s Cauldron.

 TRAILS – Perfect for the entire family and any level of hiker

Tillamook Head Trail: From the trail-head at Indian Beach, hikers can follow the route taken by a party of explorers from the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806. This segment of the Oregon Coast Trail leads from Indian Beach about six miles to the northern trail-head in south Seaside.

Clatsop Loop Trail: This three-mile loop trail from Indian Beach begins along a gravel service road, passes through rain-forest and finally emerges at a small hikers’ camp where a nearby viewpoint overlooks the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Hikers can then return to Indian Beach via a portion of the Oregon Coast Trail.

Cape Falcon Trail: A 2.3-mile hike leads from the trail head parking area on the west side of Highway 101, through coastal rain-forest to the end of Cape Falcon. The trail emerges from the forest at the end of the cape through hedges of salal and wild roses, offering views north to Tillamook Head and south to Cape Lookout.

Cannon Beach Nature Trail: This trail includes a paved portion that follows a bend of Ecola Creek, past wetlands and emerging at 2nd Street at the City Park. A gravel portion of the trail circles the ponds at the east end of 2nd Street and a south spur of the trail passes through a Spruce forest reserve.

Short Sand Beach Trail: A half-mile walk through the woods and along a creek leads to Short Sand Beach in Oswald West State Park.

The Beach is Good for your Brain!

 

You know that overall feeling of peace that you experience when you’re at the beach?

It’s for real.  Scientists are are now referring to it as “blue space.”  Fresh smells and the sound of the rolling ocean calm your brain.  And, the way your brain reacts to that environment leaves you happy, relaxed and energized.

Experiencing refreshing “blue space” at the beach is like hitting a reset button for your brain.  

Are you ready for a reset? 

Reduce stress. Water is nature’s cure to the stress of life. So whether you jump in for a swim or dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. 

Boosts creativity.  If you’re in a rut, blue space allows you to clear your head.   The calmness allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what you need to resolve, allowing you to approach problems or projects with a fresh perspective.

Reduce feelings of depression. The calming environment of the beach provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves can clear your mind in a safe space away from the chaos of daily life.

“Is it time for you to “reset?”  Call the Tolovana Inn today!” 

Easter Weekend at the Tolovana Inn

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Partly Cloudy, partly sunny!  That’s an encouraging weekend weather forecast for guests of the Tolovana Inn this upcoming Easter weekend.

Make your plans to spend the weekend in Cannon Beach and  enjoy your Easter traditions on the coast!

 

Easter Egg Hunt

BYOB. That’s bring you own basket to the annual Easter egg hunt  Saturday at the Sea Ranch RV Park Resort at 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult and will be divided into three age groups:  1-4 years-old; 5-7 years-old and 8-10 years-old.  There’s a good chance you’ll see real bunnies hopping around resort. Hundreds of eggs hidden will be hidden on the grounds, with special prizes for kids who find special golden eggs.

Easter Services 

This year, the  traditional 6:30  Easter Sunrise Service  will be held on the Beach and not at Ecola State Park.  Recent closures and dangerous roads prompted the relocation.  All are welcome to join members of the Cannon Beach Community Church for the special outdoor service which will take place in “the dunes” at the corner of Ocean and West Washington Street (one block west of the church.).  In case of heavy rains or winds, the service will be moved into the Community Church Sanctuary.

The Cannon Beach Community Church also has a contemporary worship service in the church at 9:00am and a traditional service at 10:45am.  Other Easter Sunday services in the community are at the Cannon Beach Bible Church at 10.45am and Mass at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Arch Cape 9:00am Easter morning.

So hop over to Tolovana Inn to make Easter memories!

 

 

 

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