Cannon Beach 4th of July Parade: Hurry for the red, white and blue!

 Cannon Beach July 4th Parade!

There’s few things better than celebrating America’s Independence day with a good, old-fashioned small- town parade.

Join the fun on Saturday, July 4 in Cannon Beach—either cheering from the curb or marching along the parade being organized by the CB American Legion.

From Uncle Sam to Lady Liberty, you’re sure to recognize a few familiar faces among the stars and stripes!   Typical entries include antique cars and homespun floats to kids clad in red, white, and blue on decorated bikes.  All are welcome to participate—except for political entries.

Parade sign-up is from 9:00 to 11:00 am  Saturday 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.

Hurray for the Red, White and Blue and Tolovana Inn Resort Hotel in Cannon Beach!

Seabird app to be introduced at Haystack Rock Saturday

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Friends of Haystack Rock and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, is launching an interactive, place-based game app, Discover Haystack. The public is invited to attend its launch party at Haystack Rock at 9 a.m. Saturday, in conjunction with the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest. Visit the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest Information Booth and pick up information on how to download the app. Then walk over to Haystack Rock to play the game with others from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Guests staying at the ocean front Tolovana Inn Resort in Cannon Beach  are just a short beach walk to iconic Haystack Rock.

Developed by Discover Nature Apps, the app teaches visitors about the diverse seabirds, marine mammals, rocky shore habitats and creatures of the Oregon Coast. The game includes a GPS-guided nature-based scavenger hunt; the ability for users to post and view field tips and photographs, and the opportunity to share their experiences on social media.

To play the “Discover Haystack” game, users must be at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. People visiting as a group can compete against one another, or families can opt to work as a team. The app also offers opportunities for users to capture photos of their discoveries, including field notes such as where they are seeing tufted puffins or sunflower sea stars. The discoveries, notes and photos are viewable in a digital photo gallery that will be accessible worldwide.

“With this app, we can reach exponentially more coastal visitors and residents with a fun and interactive experience that leaves them with a greater awareness and appreciation of Oregon Coast’s seabirds and their habitats,” said Dawn Harris, visitor services manager for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Funding for this smartphone app came from a special fund created to benefit seabird species that suffered in the aftermath of the New Carissa oil spill near Coos Bay in February 1999. The freighter ran aground, broke apart and spilled between 70,000 and 140,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil, killing an estimated 2,465 seabirds and waterfowl along the coast.

Source: The Daily Astorian, June 19, 2015

Tuesday Shopping Day at the Farmers’ Market in Cannon Beach

Local, fresh produce, Columbia River smoked salmon, pasture-raised meats, organic cheeses and hand-crafted artisan food products are just some of the wonderful delectable’s you can pick up on Tuesday afternoons at the Cannon Beach Farmers Market, star280237image235ting June 16.

The Cannon Beach Farmers Market is located in the City Hall parking lot. Vendor hours are 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., with music, prepared food, and community booths opening at 1:00 p.m., Tuesdays through September 29. Besides providing fresh food to visitors and residents alike, the Tuesday weekly gathering is a fun community event.

Guests staying at the Tolovana Inn ocean front suites with full kitchens especially enjoy preparing and serving Oregon’s fresh, seasonal bounty.  And, gorgeous, cut flowers are also available to set a perfect summertime table.

Among the past vendors returning this summer season are Wine Shack, Fosse Farms Inc., Cannaan Hill Farm, Sweet Treats by George, Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery, Cannon Beach Sea Salt Co., Sea Level Bakery + Coffee and Kingfisher Farm. New product vendors are Esotico Pasta, Columbia River Smoked Salmon, Nature’s Wild Harvest, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider and for family best friends,  the Portland Pet Food Company

Over in the prepared food department, O Falafel and Casa de Tamales are back and will be joined by newcomers Hello Waffle and Seaside Kombucha. Sleepy Monk will serve cold press coffee, available at Dough Dough Boys Bakery.

This year, a children’s program will be introduced, providing kids with a Famers Market Passport to track their attendance and activities.

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51st annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest kicks off summer

Teams work during last year's Sandcastle contest.

Teams work during last year’s Sandcastle contest.

Saturday, June 20 will mark the 51st Annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest, kicking off summer with the most popular event of the year.

Dozens of teams participate.  Amateurs compete in large group (5-8), small group (1-4), teen and children’s divisions to earn medals, ribbons and bragging rights. Masters teams, comprised of previous masters and large group winners, from throughout the west coastm Canada and afar, come to compete for cash prizes.  The creations are magical.

Sandcastle building plots are laid out in the morning. A back hoe will be used to dig holes near each building site to provide a source of water.  Masters teams typically utilize construction forms, similar to those used for pouring concrete.  Sand is shoveled, tamped and packed into the forms to make large and elaborate sand sculpture creations that will hold without crumbling under their own weight.

Teams work from 7:00 am to 1:00pm, with the creations best viewed right before judging takes place in the early afternoon and winners are announced.

The stunningly NANCY MCCARTHY — The Daily Astorian Cannon Beach Sandcastle Day 2008beautiful, but temporary works of art are usually washed away with the next high tide.

To accommodate the influx of spectators, this is the one day of the year when parking is allowed on the sand in Cannon Beach.Other special events to celebrate the Sandcastle Contest throughout the weekend include a kick-off parade Friday at 5p.m,  a  Saturday Night Hootenanny at the Chamber Hall and a huge beach Bon Fire at the Tolovana Wayside starting at 8:00 pm, just north of the Tolovana Inn.

To register for the contest, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.   Details can be found online and in this brochure.

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Cannon Beach to Manzanita: Otherworldly Auto Tour

Excerpted from Beach Connection.net

Owald State Park viewpoint, just south of Cannon Beach.

Owald State Park viewpoint, just south of Cannon Beach.

Few auto tours along the coastline are quite as engaging as that run between Manzanita and Cannon Beach.  It’s about 15 miles and about a dozen winding bends that enter a lush, forest canopy, only to reemerge along more stunning ocean viewpoints.

The curves begin just south of Cannon Beach, twisting along as you drive past pullouts and spots like Hug Point, Arcadia Beach and Arch Cape that never cease to amaze. Soon, you’ll enter the Arch Cape tunnel, which opens up to a brief glimpse of panoramic ocean views, before entering the forests of Oswald State Park. Here, check out the surfing Mecca of Short Sands Beach, some wondrous trails, primitive campsites and a couple of hidden beaches tucked along the road as well.

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Short Sands surf beach, between Cannon Beach and Manzanita.

These viewpoints just south of Cannon Beach are some of the most famous on the entire Oregon coast.  The final attractions here are the Neahkahnie Overlooks just above Manzanita – one of the most popular viewpoints along Oregon’s coastline.

 

Coastal Sunsets at Cannon Beach a Spectacular Display of Color

Glorious Oregon coastal sunset, (George Vetter Photography)

Glorious Oregon coastal sunset, (George Vetter Photography)

As the days get longer, rooms with a view at Tolovana Inn are even more desirable.

That’s because Mother Nature’s gorgeous coastal sunsets are a beauty to behold and almost impossible to describe.

When the sun drops toward the Pacific Ocean horizon, the backdrops of color are breathtaking.  A maritime layer can turn the sun into a glowing ball of orange and the landscape a sky of golden light.   The evening sky can reveal a color palette from pink, purple and blues to orange, yellow and red.

Spring and early summer nights frequently offer a show stopping display of nature’s glory that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime, and fortunately for most Oregonians, much more than that.

Daylight lasts over 14 hours now, with sunset approaching 8:34pm.

With ocean front and ocean view rooms, Tolovana Inn provides front row viewing for magical nights on the coast, one of many highlights of any trip to Cannon Beach.

Call today to reserve your  stay in one of the  spacious, ocean front or ocean view room at the Tolovana Inn, in Cannon Beach.

 

 

The May 1-3 Cannon Beach “Spring Art Unveiling” includes Edible Art, too.

Painting by David Jonathan Marshall at Modern Villa Gallery

Painting by David Jonathan Marshall at Modern Villa Gallery

The Spring Art Unveiling provides another great reason to stay at the Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach.

At the weekend long Spring Art Unveiling, hosted by the Cannon Beach Gallery Group, its members spotlight new work by their chosen artists during special demos and receptions with live music,  May 1-3.

For the fourth year in a row, the spring art weekend will include “Art from the Chef’s Table” as twenty-nine of the towns chef’s, candy makers and baristas prepare  unique food and drink creations, inspired by featured gallery works,  and available just for this special weekend.

A complete list of gallery events and inspired menu items can be downloaded from the CB Gallery group site.

For reservations at Tolovana Inn, call 1-800-333-8890.

Honoring the Oregon Beach Bill in Cannon Beach

The lines were once drawn in the sand, where drift wood was once stacked to keep the public off  public beaches.

The lines were once drawn in the sand, where drift wood was once stacked to limit access to the beach.

 

It was 1967, when Oregon Governor Tom McCall signed the Oregon Beach Bill, declaring “the public would have free and uninterrupted use of the beaches.”

On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, at 4 p.m., Cannon Beach will unveil the first commemorate sign on the beach, recognizing this progressive legislation, now 48 years old.

At the 1967 bill signing, Governor McCall honored former Governor Oswald West, who authored 1913 legislation declaring all state beaches to be a public highway, thus maintaining public access.

As the bill became state law, McCall quoted West, saying of the Oregon coastline: “No local selfish interest should be permitted, through politics or otherwise, to destroy or even impair this great birthright of our people.”

What a blessing that has been to all Oregon citizens and guests!

Tolovana Inn is proud to honor this important legislation on Earth Day, and every day.

Specially, the Oregon Beach Bill declares that all wet sand lying within 16 vertical feet of the low tide line be the property of the state of Oregon, with public easements of all beach areas up to the line of vegetation. It also requires that all property owners seek state permits for building and other use on the ocean shore.

 

 

Governor Oswald West, who in 1913 called the shoreline the public's "birthright," was the first guest at Warren Hotel, built in 1911, on the site of today's Tolovana Inn.

Governor Oswald West, who in 1913 called access to the  shoreline the public’s “birthright,” was the first guest at Warren Hotel, built in 1911, on the site of today’s Tolovana Inn.

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Cannon Beach Yoga Festival, March 6-8

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Yoga: World Class Instructors; World Class Location

If you are a regular practitioner of yoga, or have thought you might like to learn more about it, there is no better way to immerse yourself into this stress-reducing and healthful activity that at the Cannon Beach Yoga Festival,  March 6-8.

The festival draws yogis and students from around the region and beyond for a weekend full of workshops, lectures, discussion and meditation.  Come with an open mind and you are sure to be inspired by the experience–and by the stunning beauty of Cannon Beach.

Events are held at various locations around town, including the Tolovana Inn.  A full festival pass includes opening and closing ceremonies, ten hours of workshops and shuttles between locations.  You can also purchase a one-day pass, or a partial festival pass, providing access into individual workshops, as space allows.

Learn more about this uniquely relaxing event and register online at Cannon Beach Yoga Festival.   When you book accommodations at the Tolovana Inn, be sure to ask about special festival rates.

 

 

Holiday fare: Fresh, Oregon Dungeness in season now!

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The peak harvest for fresh Oregon Dungeness crabs runs from December through April, and that means right now, is a great time to plan a special holiday meal around the flavorful crustacean.

Oregon Dungeness crab is versatile and easy to prepare at home, or when staying at the coast in a spacious, Tolovana Inn suite in Cannon Beach.

Dungeness crab can be purchased at specialty seafood markets and supermarkets throughout the region with retail prices typically lowest during the winter when the harvest is in full swing.

The simplest method of preparing  Dungeness crab is placing live crab in boiling salted water and cooking  for 18-20 minutes–after the water returns to a boil—and the shell turns bright orange.  Immerse the crabs in cold water to cool before cleaning.  Fresh cooked crab can be served chilled or heated in a steamer, broiler or oven for 4 to 5 minutes.

Crab can be simply served with melted  butter. Add a crisp Oregon Riesling and warm garlic bread, and a wonderful, local dinner is ready to enjoy.  For more elegant fare, crab meat can be served cocktail style as a tasty appetizer or featured as a hot entrée in crab cakes, pastas, seafood soups and  casseroles.

Besides enjoying the tender, sweet flavor of fresh Dungeness crab, you can feel good about the selection since Seafood Watch has given the crab a sustainable seafood rating of ‘Best Choice’  Selection.

For more information about Oregon’s state crustacean (as proclaimed by the Oregon legislature in 2009)  visit the Oregon Dungeness Crab commission web site.

Cheers for the Oregon coast and the winter Dungeness crab season!

 

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