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.

Hiking Near Cannon Beach

Hiking near Cannon Beach

Hiking near Cannon Beach at Oswald State Park

 

A significant advantage of spending time at Tolovana Inn is that there are many great
trails for hiking near Cannon Beach. No matter what season, add a hike or two to the list
of things to do in Oregon. Nature lovers will be able to spend the day exploring the
beautiful landscapes, secluded beaches, and hiking trails during their stay. While there
are many local state parks to explore, here are two parks to check out.

Ecola State Park

Upon entering Ecola State Park, travelers will be consumed by the breathtaking flora and fauna spread throughout the park and happy to know it’s just minutes from their Cannon Beach lodging. While exploring the entrance, many hikers find themselves surrounded by forestry on a road that leads to a grassy bluff overlooking the Pacific Coast. Ecola State Park extends along a nine-mile stretch along the Oregon coastline. It offers a place for wildlife observation, picnicking with the family, tidepooling and has many trails for hiking near Cannon Beach.  Through the traverse, there is an abandoned lighthouse, hidden coves, isolated beaches, and outstanding views of Haystack Rock. Hikers journey through blooming flowers, towering pines, and magical views of the ocean during their getaway and the park will be a highlight of the trip.

Oswald West State Park

Hiking near Cannon Beach

Walkway at Oswald State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set aside time to explore the untouched forestry of Oswald West State Park stepping away from the crowds of Cannon Beach, and is just five miles south of Tolovana Inn. The park features sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches, and the Oregon Coast Trail that is a 13 mile long meandering trail through the park. Many hiking trails are located throughout the park so bring a camera along to capture images of the massive western red cedars, beautiful green ferns, and red huckleberry throughout the trek. Delight in a peaceful walk through the trails where venturers hear the sounds of the ocean along the way. While hiking near Cannon Beach at the park stop by Smugglers Cove, known as “short sands,” and watch surfers hit the waves as this is a favorite local surfing destination. There are many areas to explore while at Oswald West State Park, so mark this on the list of things to do in Oregon during vacation.

Oceanfront Cannon Beach Lodging

Indoor Salt Water

Indoor Salt Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While on family vacations, escape the busy city life and spend a day out hiking near Cannon Beach. Tolovana Inn provides peaceful views of the oceanfront from a private balcony where the beach is within steps at all times. After a day out hiking, come back and relax in the salt water indoor pool area that features a hot tub and sauna. Not many Oregon coast locations use a Saline System, and the benefits of a salt water pool eliminate the irritation to the body. The welcoming staff at Tolovana Inn will help with reservations and can answer any questions travelers may have. To book a stay, call 1-800-333-8890.

Haystack Holidays in Cannon Beach: The Spirit of the Season!

The picturesque village of Cannon Beach lit up festively for the season.

 

Haystack Holidays is a collection of delightful special events in Cannon Beach that will warm your heart. Get into the spirit of the season at events for all ages! 

Between the shopping and special events,  you can enjoy the spectacular Oregon Coast during a season like no other.  Make Tolovana Inn your home away from home, with spacious suites and cozy fireplaces. 

NOVEMBER 30, DECEMBER 1 & 2  

Cannon Beach Chorus Concerts

Celebrate the sounds of the season with the 30th Cannon Beach Chorus concerts, “Caroling, Caroling.”  For more details, visit the Chorus online.

DECEMBER 1

Lamp Lighting 

A beloved Cannon Beach holiday tradition at Sandpiper Square beginning at 4pm. Treats and refreshments are served after the ceremony.

 

DECEMBER 8 
Pictures with Santa  

Santa Claus is coming to town. Actually to the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce from 1pm until 4pm.

Through DECEMBER 14 

Cannon Beach in Lights & Name that Tune Contest 

Visit participating retailers and submit correct ‘Name That Tune’ playing cards for a chance to win a holiday gift basket. Holiday lights voting can be submitted online or in person at the Chamber. Voting is open until December 14th and awards will be announced at the Coaster Theatre performance on December 15th.

DECEMBER 26-28, 2018

Holiday Foods Around the World   

Visit participating Cannon Beach restaurants as they feature unique food and beverage specials highlighting traditions from different countries and cultures. For details, call (503) 436-2623 

DECEMBER 26, 2018

Winter Holiday Concert with The Trail Band   

Finish 2018 with some fun at the Coaster Theatre! The Trail Band is an 8-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring five great vocalists. (Including Rindy and Marv Ross, of QuarterFlash). The premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest will kick off the evening performance at 7pm at the Coaster Theater. 

 

 

DECEMBER  27-31, 2018

Winter Whale Watch Week 

Spot Gray Whales on their migration south along the Oregon Coast.  Volunteers at  Ecola State Park will be on hand to provide information.   Find out more here!

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.

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

 

 

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?

Father’s Day: Spend time together

A walk with dad long the beach.

Father’s Day was established to honor all fathers, grandfathers, and father figures who have influenced your life.

Father’s Day is regularly observed on the third Sunday of June.  This year, it’s June 19, just about three weeks out.

Sure, you can send a card, buy him tools, gadgets or a new polo shirt, but you know that dad really wants is to spend time with you.

Why not surprise him with a trip to Cannon Beach and a stay in an ocean front room at Tolovana Inn?   Reserve your room today, or order gift certificates for a future stay.

Father’s day was first noted in June, 1910 in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA.  Sonora Smart Dodd told her pastor she thought fathers should have a day of recognition, like Mother’s did.   She was inspired by her own father who raised six children as a single parent.  Her pastor agreed as did his colleagues.  On the third Sunday in June 19, 1910, “sermons honoring fathers were presented throughout the city.”

Despite several initiatives, including merchant-driven efforts that were greeted with some cynicism, it took several decades for Father’s Day to be fully recognized.  President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, in 1966,  designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.    Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

History aside, father’s are critical and spending time with the men in your life who matter is a great tradition to uphold.

 

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.

 

The View from Here

Showcased in Portrait magazine’s new story on Cannon Beach, is a cozy view of iconic Haystack Rock from the lawn outside Tolovana Inn.  The property is aptly described as a “traditional family favorite…the beloved three-story beachfront buildings dotted with decks for watching the waves below.”

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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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