Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach,OR

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Marine life from Haystack Rock

Travelers staying at Tolovana Inn are encouraged to discover new species at low tide during annual vacations to Cannon Beach Oregon through the act of tidepooling. Oregon has over 362 miles of coastline that are free for the public to explore, including Haystack Rock, a 235-foot rock formation that is home to a fascinating marine garden of sea creatures. Migratory shorebirds and magical marine life make this National Wildlife Refuge one of the top things to do in Cannon Beach as well as a local hot spot for tide pool viewing. Plan to avoid Haystack Rock parking clutter by arriving early to get a spot at one of the many public parking areas. 

What is Tidepooling?

Ocean-dwelling residents such as vibrant starfish, sea urchins, colorful anemone, scurrying crabs, and other aquatic life can be found in pooled waters left at Haystack Rock. Visitors can not only encounter unique critters in their natural habitat but also indulge in breathtaking views of the coastal shores. Outdoor enthusiasts may inspect the exposed sea life during low tide; however, it is not advised to touch or disturb the area since Haystack Rock is a protected landmark. It is prohibited to climb on the rocks as there are many living creatures such as mussels, barnacles, and sponges that make it hard to distinguish between rock and creature. The Haystack Rock Awareness Program provides safe, guided tours for excellent viewing opportunities.  

A Premier Cannon Beach Resort

Families from all over North America travel to Cannon Beach Oregon to explore the many nearby beaches, galleries, shops, and museums that surround Tolovana Inn. Our guests have the opportunity to enjoy an oceanfront stay with beautiful views of the shoreline from a private balcony. Ocean front suite at Tolovana InnSpace is vital when traveling with a group, so make sure to check out our large suites and rooms on the accommodations page before making a reservation. Please call 1-800-333-8890 to inquire about more information or to book your stay.

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!

 

 

 

Haystack Holiday Events Make the Season Bright!

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Haystack Holidays is a collection of delightful special events in Cannon Beach, each providing seasonal fun for all ages.  Make your holiday season bright!

Here’s a few ways to get in the mood!

Cannon Beach in Lights  &  ‘Name that Tune’ Window Display Contest  

Local shops and galleries engage in a spirited competition  featuring stunning and sparkling holiday displays.  Visit participating retailers for a chance to win a holiday gift basket, submit correct ‘name that tune’ play cards for a chance to win.  Voting open through December 16th.   Awards will be announced at the Coaster Theatre Play on the 17th. Click here to download a Voting Form or vote online Here

Pictures with Santa – Saturday,  December 10th

Santa Claus is coming to town.  Come support the Cannon Beach Library and get your picture with Santa.  Located at the Cannon Beach Library, Saturday December 10th at 1 to 4PM.  For information please call (503) 436-2623.   Ho Ho Ho!

Holiday Foods Around the World   Monday,  December 26 – Friday December 30

Just when you’ve had enough traditional turkey and ham, nine Cannon Beach restaurants come to the rescue, providing unique menu and beverage specials for the last week of the year.  You can dine on traditional foods from Poland, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Thailand and more at locations all around town.  Special menus are complemented with great wine and beers.  Make plans and reservations today!   Click for menu details.

Showtimes at The Coaster Theater

Catch a holiday performance at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse.   This year, from November 18 through December 23, the theater presents an adaptation of the 1940s Frank Capra classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Then at the Playhouse on December 28, the premier  a cappella crooners, The Coats, come perform a laugh-filled holiday concert.

For information and tickets click here or please call (503) 436-2623 – Coaster Theatre, 7PM

 

 

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!

 

Yoga practitioners to convene in Cannon Beach

6th Annual Cannon Beach Yoga FestivalYoga practitioners of all levels will gather for a weekend of yoga, meditation workshops and even Bollywood dancing during the 6th annual Cannon Beach Yoga Festival, February 26-29.

All under the guidance of renowned instructors, the ever-growing event offers an array of events for for beginners, instructions, and even parents and children.

Several main yoga sessions will be held at the Tolovana Inn, which is offering special rates for festival goers. The complete festival schedule of events can be seen here.

“Cannon Beach is a perfect location for a wellness weekend getaway,” said festival director Christen Allsop. “Our picturesque beach and small town charm really delivers on hospitality.”

Guest instructors include Simon Chokoisky, a teacher at the renowned Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico; Julie Gudmestad, PT, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, physical therapist, director of Gudmestad Yoga Studio in Portland and columnist for Yoga Journal; Sarahjoy Marsh, a yoga teacher, therapist and founder of DAYA Foundation, a nonprofit yoga center in Portland; and Brad Waites, one of a few to be certified at the 2,000-hour level by the College of Purna Yoga.

Full festival and partial festival passes are also available. For information or to purchase tickets,  visit www.CannonBeachYogaFestival.com.

 

 

Cannon Beach first among “10 Beaches That Are Better in the Off Season”

Accordinbeach fireg to a recent online article in The Huffington Post, Cannon Beach tops the list of the 10 Beaches That Are Better in the Off Season.    Key reasons cited are smaller crowds, empty swaths of sandy beaches and lower lodging rates in September and beyond.

Specifically, the article points out how Cannon Beach visitors can cozy up into the evening with a twilight bonfire and a fine bottle of wine to watch some of the year’s most incredible sunsets.    Unlike other beaches, there is no rule against alcohol on the Oregon coastline.

Exploring the tide pools at Haystack Rock was also highlighted.  And, it goes on to point out that the wildlife really comes out when the crowds disperse, with lots of bird watching along the shore and at neighboring Ecola State Park where visitors can watch for elk and migrating grey whales offshore.

Storm chasers are advised that that fall and winter’s unpredictable weather that can bring crashing waves, best enjoyed from an oceanfront hotel.   Fortunately, Tolovana Inn’s ocean front rooms and suites are perfect for that.

Other notable beaches highlighted in the article include  Moshup Beach,  Massachusetts, near Martha’s Vineyard, Kennebunk Beach, in Maine,  Sunset Beach, North Carolina and  Pfeiffer Beach, California’s Highway 1, near Big Sur.  Rounding out the list are Shi Shi Beach, in the Olympic National Park, WA; Mackinac Island, Michigan; Cove Beach, New Jersey and Malaquite Beach, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Haystack Rock Tidepools part of National Wildlife Refuge

 

Exploring the tide pools around nearby Haystack Rock is an inviting summer activity for guests of Tolovana Inn at Cannon Beach.

 An iconic natural landmark, Haystack Rock is actually designated a protected Marine Gardesb10068250tt-001n and National Wildlife Refuge.  And, the Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) provides both staff and volunteers daily throughout the summer to guide beachcombers and answer questions about the natural world.

HRPA is actually a stewardship and environmental education program whose mission is to protect Haystack Rock, and the intertidal and bird ecology surround it.   Each day, members set up an extensive interpretive program including signs and educational brochures, bird stations with spotting scopes and often times, microscopes too.

To be a good s6889142046_alternateteward, visitors are reminded that the intertidal areas around Haystack Rock are fragile ecosystems.  Guests are encouraged to tread lightly around the tide pools and stay on sand or small bare rock to avoid stepping on vulnerable animals like anemones and barnacles.    Be gentle as you observe wildlife in its natural state, being sure to leave the natural environment undisturbed.

Since its inception im1985, the HRPA has educated hundreds of thousand adults and children about this amazing island and the marine-related life around it, protecting it each day, and for generations to come.

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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!

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