Whale Watching Week & Spring Break!

It’s Whale Watching Week!

Bring your binoculars and be awed by one of the many natural wonders of Oregon. 

While whales are visible from Oregon’s shores all year long there are two designated weeks when the viewing is better than ever, one in winter, and one now, March 24-31.

Hundreds of whales can be spotted swimming along the coastline each day.  That’s because the great migration of 20,000 gray whales is underway as the huge mammals head back up the coast to Alaska, after spending winter living large in the warm lagoons off Baja California, where many of the females have given birth. 

With there youngsters swimming along, the grey whales are returning home.

While the first surge of grey whales is moving north now, others will follow all the way through June.

The best viewing is from up high at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach and from Neahkahnie Mountain by Manzanita, both places where trained volunteers from Whalespoken.org will be on site to help visitors spot the impressive mammals.

 


 

 

Join the SOLVE Beach Clean-up on April 1

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Photo courtesy of SOLVE

In 1984, Oregon became the first location in the world to host a coast-wide volunteer beach clean-up.

Now 33 years later, this clean-up model continues, and most importantly, has spread across the nation and to nearly 100 countries.

You can do your part to help keep the magical Cannon Beach coastline pristine by pitching in during the Spring Beach Clean-up  sponsored by SOLVE on April 1.

It’s the second weekend of spring break for many Oregon school kids, and a great way to get them involved in community service.  There’s no age minimum and you can even bring your dog along–on a leash.

Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance and meet at Cannon Beach City Hall starting at 9:00am, before being dispatched to help clean up the beaches from Ecola Park to the Tolovana Wayside, and as far south as Arch Cape.

SOLVE will provide bags and gloves, but would prefer volunteers bring their own reusable garden gloves. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket/bag and reusable water bottles to help reduce plastic waste.  

Volunteers can also use an old colander or kitty litter scoop to sift the sand for tiny bits of plastics and cigarette butts, both of which are extremely harmful to shorebirds and marine life.

Over the past three decades more than 126,000 Beach & Riverside Cleanup volunteers have removed 820 tons of litter from Oregon’s beaches, neighborhoods, parks and waterways.

Guests of Tolovana Inn who volunteer for the Solve clean-up will be eligible for a weekend discount.   Ask about the special pricing when you call for reservations.

Tolovana Inn appreciates the efforts of all SOLVE volunteers, especially the efforts of Cannon Beach clean-up coordinator and local resident, Jenee Pearce-Mushen. Hauling, disposal and recycling services donated by Recology Western Oregon.

 

Wine Lovers and Foodies: Tickets going fast for Savor Cannon Beach

Savor Cannon Beach's settingCalling all wine lovers and foodies:  Tickets are still available for Savor Cannon Beach, but are going fast!

The incredible Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival offers a four-day lineup of wine, food and arts events in ever-enchanting Cannon Beach.

The Tolovana Inn is proud to be an event sponsor.

Most of the wine tasting events are intimate and are limited to less than 150 participants. However, the largest festival event is the Saturday wine walk.   You can join wandering wine tasters sampling 40 Northwest winery offerings throughout Cannon Beach at charming art galleries, restaurants and retail shops.

Individual tickets to festival events are $20-40 each and a full Festival Pass good for admission to all festival tasting events is also available for $195.

Be sure you book your ocean front room or suite at the Tolovana Inn, too.   And,  ask about the Stay 3 Nights for 2 special room discount, valid now through March 23, 2017.

The Tolovana Inn will host these four Savor Cannon Beach events:

  • 5-7pm – Thursday THROW DOWN: BEST OF THE NORTHWEST
     You’ll taste 12 award-winning wines representing different wine growing regions of Oregon and Washington and  vote for the top wines of the evening. 
  • 1-4pm – Friday    WINEMAKER’S PREMIUM POURS
    Northwest wineries have agreed to open up their cellars and share three special wines. Offerings will include library wines, verticals, horizontals or reserve wines. 
  • 1am-12:30pm – Saturday WINE TASTING 101
    Learn to taste wine like a professional. You’ll learn the basics of wine tasting, wine terminology and etiquette.   Request no fragrances be worn.  
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – Sunday  GOLD MEDAL WINES & BATTLE OF THE BITES
     You’ll taste 12 Gold Medal winning wines from the SavorNW Wine Awards selected the previous week by some of the top wine judges on the West Coast. This event will also feature the Battle of the Bites with “bites” prepared by Cannon Beach chefs and restaurants; and your vote will determine the winner. 

 

Cheers!

 

 

WOW–Women Only Weekend in Cannon Beach, Nov. 11-13

Tdownloadhe WOW weekend is full of fabulous food, divine wine and sensational shopping as Cannon Beach’s distinctive retailers make this special gals-only weekend delightful.

Did we mention wine? Gourmet cooking classes? Yoga? Massage?  And wine?  The WOW Weekend is a perfect time to gather up female family and friends to enjoy that things gals love to do. You’ll all fit in a Tolovana Inn suite, where you can also relax in our indoor salt-water pool and spa or schedule an  onsite massage.  More Info

Of course, guys are always welcome too.  But if cruising about with the gals isn’t your idea of fun, you can always do some trekking around the great outdoors or a little TV binge watching near the fireplace.

Before the hectic holidays get underway, plan a stay at Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach!

Meet at the Tolovana Wayside for the Solve Beach Cleanup, Sept 24.

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Since 1984, Oregonians have gathered for the annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup, an important, family-friendly event designed to keep our coastline healthy.

Why not be part of the solution?

As in the past, volunteers will gather on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the adjacent Tolovana Wayside where beach captains will direct the cleanup effort.  This wayside is one of are 46 clean-up areas along the Oregon coast.

Guests of Tolovana Inn who join the Solve clean-up will be eligible for a discount for the September 23-25 weekend.   Ask about the special pricing when you call for reservations.

The SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup is part of an annual worldwide effort to reduce the impacts of litter on marine life. In 2015, the International Coastal Cleanup mobilized 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries to collect more than 16 million pounds of trash along beaches and inland waterways. It’s a monumental effort.

SOLVE will provide bags and gloves, but would prefer volunteers bring your own reusable garden gloves. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket/bag and reusable water bottles to help reduce plastic waste.   You can also use an old colander or kitty litter scoop to sift the sand for tiny bits of plastics and cigarette butts, which are extremely harmful to shorebirds and marine life.

Hauling, disposal and recycling services donated by Recology Western Oregon.

Contact Solve for more details.

Fresh Foods of Cannon Beach open in Tolovana Park

 

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Cannon Beach now has a full-service grocery store, Fresh Foods Cannon Beach, directly across  from the Tolovana Inn.

Opened in June by the Welsh brothers, owners of Manzanita Fresh Foods, they said they wanted to bring something special to Cannon Beach.  That they did.

Produce, dairy, meat, frozen and dry foods, health and beauty products and a large wine and beer selection fill the aisles. The market serves Sleepy Monk coffee at its corner coffee shop. Hot sandwiches and soups are also available.  TFresh Foods Cannon Beach.he store also offers many gluten-and dairy-free products.

Fresh Foods is located in a 10,000 square foot building, that features high ceilings, ample natural light from windows and extensive interior and exterior wood.

“Fresh Foods is a wonderful addition to Cannon Beach,” chamber Executive Director Court Carrier said. “It is amazing to see this come to fruition.”

And, its south end location is ideal for guests of Tolovana Inn.  With complete kitchens in roomy suites, healthy meals, beverages and snacks are easier than ever to enjoy during your stay.

Tolovana Inn Offers Inviting Fall Rates

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Room to move and breath in fresh ocean air

Sure, the end of summer can be a disappointment for some, but for others, it provides a new reason to visit Cannon Beach.

The coastal weather in September and October is typically mild, the crowds are gone and best of all, you can enjoy great room rates at the Tolovana Inn.

What’s not to love about quiet time on the coast?

Here’s are some September specials you can book today, for Sunday through Thursday stays..

  •  Stay Sunday through Thursday in the month of September, pay for three nights and enjoy the fourth night free.
  • If you stay 2 nights, your 3rd night is half-off.

Guests must call the hotel to receive these discounts, 1-800-333-8890.

These offers are valid September 5-29 and are subject to availability.   And, the offer can’t be combined with other discounts, promotions or group bookings.

In October, guests who make advance bookings can stay any two nights (weekends included) and enjoy a third night free.

So, get out your calendar and ink a few days to unwind at Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach.

What’s your Cannon Beach summer tradition?

 

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Vacation isn’t complete without a recumbent bike ride only the beach.

A tradition is based on passing on a custom from generation to generation.  And, many visitors to Cannon Beach have their own traditions that make their every visit complete.

Regardless of all the fun and relaxation enjoyed at the beach, there are always one or two things you have to do to during your stay.

Maybe it’s a stop Bruce’s Candy Kitchen for sea foam candy and a salt water taffy. Or poking around the tide pools at Haystack Rock.   Or, shopping for beachy souvenirs with your kids.

During their annual week-long summer stay at Tolovana Inn, the Mansfield Family of Seattle, always spend an afternoon riding recumbent bikes along the beach.  This photo was taken last week, during their tenth annual summer vacation in Cannon Beach.   (Bikes are available to rent from nearby Family Fun Cycles, a short walk from Tolovana Inn.)

Traditions are often based in fond-memories of good times.

What’s your Cannon Beach tradition?

Looking Ahead! CB Cottage & Garden Tour Tickets Available

Cottage Tour 2006 carFor architecture enthusiasts, gardners and the curious, tickets are on sale now for the 13th annual Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour, a special weekend fundraising event supporting the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, September 9-11, 2016.

The doors will be open to grand beach homes, historic cottages, and architectural wonders of Cannon Beach during a special weekend that features lectures, social events, music, food and drinks.

Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the late 1800’s, alluring for both its seaside location and its unequivocal charm.   The Cottage & Garden Tour proCottage Tour logovides another exceptional reason to visit.

Most of the events sell-out, so it’s a good idea to make your plans soon. Likewise, it’s a good idea to book your ocean-front rooms or suites at the Tolovana Inn for the popular weekend.  Conveniently, three of the weekend events will be held on-site or nearby.

Tour tickets may be purchased individually or as a bundle for just $60.  Call 503-436-9301 or purchase them online.

Here’s the schedule for the 2016  Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour:

Friday September 9, 2016

6:00 PM Concert and Reception   Kelsey Mousley and “The Next Right Thing,” a veteran vocalist is compared to a young Dianna Krall, will entertain during a kick off concert at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Food will be available from Sea Level Bakery and Newman’s at 988. Ticket for this event are $12 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

12 Noon to 1PM   Luncheon and Lecture   Portland architect and designer Libby Hollah will present her vision of vintage and traditional design and the reawakening of these styles in home design.   Several of her notable designs have been featured in prominent publications including 1859 and Oregon Home Magazines, and The Oregonian. This luncheon and lecture will be held at the Tolovana Inn. Following the presentation, attendees will receive tour maps. Tickets for this event are $25 

 1PM to 5PM   Tour of Homes will take place in the Tolovana area.  Attendees will have the opportunity to tour historic cottages, grand beach homes, lodges, and inviting gardens. One highlight will be the tour of the former summer cottage of Frank and Irta Woodfield. He was a prolific and acclaimed Oregon Coast photographer during the early 1900’s. His work will be on display as well. Home Tour tickets are $30 and include a post-tour reception.

6PM to 8PM Wine Reception & Live Music   Following the tour, attendees will return to the Museum for a reception and dancing with Maggie & the Cats.  Nehalem Bay Winery and Fort George Brewery will provide beverages.   This event is included in the cost of the home tour ticket.   

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mason bees for the backyard gardener11 AM Sunday English-Style Garden Tea Sunday’s English style garden tea will be held in the conference room at the Tolovana Inn. With coffee,  tea and tasty food, attendees will enjoy a presentation by NW naturalist and author, Sherian Wright. Focusing on backyard beekeeping.   She wrote “Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener.”  after her own extensive documentations and research of this bee and its super pollinating abilities.  A retired mechanical engineer, she now regularly conducts workshops and on college campuses, at nurseries and for special interest groups.

There’s lots to learn and plenty to enjoy.  With September days in Cannon Beach typically sunny, with highs of 69 degrees, it should be perfect!

 

July 4th Parade is a CB Classic!

The Cannon Beach 4th of July Parade is a wonderful red, white and blue celebration of our great nation.

Everyone is invited to cheer from the curb or join the parade Monday morning to celebrate America during this annual Cannon Beach special event.

The parade is open to all, and organized by the CB American Legion.

Typical entries include antique cars and homespun floats to kids and adults sporting stars and stripes on decorated bikes or wagons.   Except for political entries, all are welcome.

Break out your red, white and blue and get inspired!

Parade sign-up is from 9:00 to 11:00 am Monday at the American Legion at 1216 S. Hemlock.   The parade starts at 11:00 am at the corner of  Monroe and Spruce, and heads north on Spruce to 3rd, and then proceeds south on Hemlock through town ending with a social at the American Legion Hall.

For more information, call 503- 436 0424.

Hooray for America and the Tolovana Inn Resort Hotel in Cannon Beach!

 

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