Trails and More: A Guide to Ecola State Park

There’s no better way to enjoy some R&R than to plan a memorable but relaxing vacation. Booking your stay at Tolovana Inn is the perfect way to accomplish this. Our oceanfront resort is found just south of downtown Cannon Beach, making it the ideal home base for any getaway. No matter when you’re visiting, from colorful fall to the magic season of winter, there is no shortage of things to do and see. From picturesque trails to incredible scenery, there is plenty to discover in Ecola State Park.

When creating your itinerary of memorable adventures, checking out local state parks is a must. It only takes about 15 minutes to drive from our Cannon Beach hotel to this breathtaking state park. Whether you’re vacationing with kids or just the two of you, this Oregon park is a favorite amongst visitors of all ages.

  • One of the biggest things that draw people to the park is the stunning hiking trails. Make your way along the .6-mile Tillamook Rock Lighthouse Loop for an easy hike. Other popular paths include the Clatsop Loop Trail and Indian Beach Trail.
  • Take in the stunning views found all over the park. The entrance itself takes you through a lush Sitka spruce forest. Take photos of the sea stacks on the southern shoreline or the views from the grassy bluff.
  • Watch surfers try to catch waves from the sandy shores of Indian Beach. This secluded area is also an excellent spot for tidepooling and beach combing.
  • If you find yourself visiting in the winter or spring, be sure to head to the park to enjoy a bit of whale watching. Gray whales start their winter migration in mid-December and will begin traveling north again in late March. Some whales stay in Oregon’s waters year-round.
  • Whales are just one animal you can spot from Ecola State Park. The grounds are also home to other animals like deer, elk, and countless birds.

To enter the park, you must purchase a day-use parking permit.

Enjoy a Nature-Filled Oregon Getaway

If you’re looking to surround yourself with stunning Oregon scenery, head to Ecola State Park and hike along one of the trails. After a long day filled with memorable adventures, relax in comfort back at Tolovana Inn. Our resort, found on the sandy shores of Cannon Beach, has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing escape.

Our spacious accommodations are perfect for everyone, from families to couples. You will also find a number of amenities designed to enhance your stay like a fitness center and an indoor pool. Call 503-436-2211 to learn more about how to save on your stay or to book your accommodations.

 

What to Do on a Dog-Friendly Getaway to Cannon Beach

Vacations are the ultimate way to spend quality time together as a family, but sometimes a key family member is missing. However, when you book your stay at Tolovana Inn, everyone can join in on the fun, even the four-legged friends. There’s no shortage of dog-friendly activities throughout Cannon Beach that you’ll enjoy just as much as Fido.

A Checklist of Dog-Friendly Activities near Tolovana Inn

  • As long as your dog responds to commands and stays within sight, it can run free on the beach. Let them hunt for the perfect stick or run into the waves.
  • Keep them on a leash and explore a nearby hiking trail. Ecola State Park is filled with trails that’ll have you breathing in fresh air while your pup chases the scent of the animals found throughout the park.
  • Treat your dog to something new by popping into Four Paws on the Beach. This local shop carries a variety of food, toys, collars, and leashes.
  • Grab a bite to eat at one of the numerous dog-friendly restaurants found throughout town, including Public Coast Brewing Company and Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge.

Ask our knowledgeable front desk staff if you’re looking for more recommendations on things to do with your dog.

Reserve Your Pet-Friendly Accommodation Today

If you want to bring your four-legged family member along on your Cannon Beach getaway, call Tolovana Inn today to reserve a dog-friendly room. We have a limited number of pet-friendly suites, and the only way to book one is by calling us directly. Both you and your pooch will enjoy a comfortable accommodation that provides you with a relaxing place to call home.

Your pet should never be left unattended in the room or anywhere on the property during your stay. There is a pet relief area on the lawn next to Building 4, and disposal bags are provided in the dispenser on the lamppost. For more information about our pet policy or special offers, call 503-436-2211.

Discover The Goonies Filming Locations in Cannon Beach & Astoria

Locations in The Goonies movie are located throughout Cannon Beach and Astoria.

Whether your upcoming Cannon Beach getaway is your first or fifth time visiting this Oregon town, there is always something new to discover. Situated just south of downtown, Tolovana Inn is not only a relaxing place to call home, but it puts you near the top activities and attractions. Some of these spots might be familiar for movie fans. A fun and unique way to explore the sights of Cannon Beach and the surrounding area is by mapping out a self-guided tour of The Goonies filming locations, starting in nearby Astoria.

A Guide to Creating a Self-Guided Filming Tour

Released in 1985, The Goonies follows a group of kids who find an ancient map and the adventures on their journey to find the long-lost treasure. A majority of the filming took place in Astoria and Cannon Beach, which means you can see these classic movie locations in real life.

We recommend starting your tour by making the 40-minute drive to Astoria then working your way back to our Cannon Beach hotel.

  • One of the most well-known attractions is Mikey’s house. This spot is a private residence, so be respectful of the owners’ wishes when visiting and do not drive up the driveway. There is no street parking near the house, so you’ll need to park a few blocks away and walk to get your photo.
  • Another popular attraction is the County Jail on Duane Street. Today, the old jail is the Oregon Film Museum and showcases television and films produced or filmed in Oregon.
  • Go on a self-guided tour of the Flavel House Museum, where Mikey’s dad worked as a curator, and the kids biked past in on their treasure hunt.
  • Several scenes featuring the Oregon coast were filmed at Ecola State Park. This park is where the movie’s villains had their hideout and the start of the kids’ treasure hunt. The actual hideout was built for the film and then taken down, but you can see a small building where the hideout once stood.
  • One of the most recognizable attractions in Cannon Beach also makes an appearance in the movie. The kids use Haystack Rock to navigate the map, and a trip to Cannon Beach isn’t complete without stopping by to get a photo of this well-known landmark.

Make Memories Wandering around the Oregon Coast

It’s not hard to find fun things to add to your itinerary when planning your stay at Tolovana Inn. From discovering filming locations from The Goonies to wandering downtown Cannon Beach, there is something for everyone.

Our resort features spacious rooms and suites that provide you with a cozy and relaxing place to call home. Each studio and suite comes with all the comforts of home, including a fully equipped kitchen, private balcony, fireplace, and living room. Call 503-436-2211 to learn more about booking your accommodation or how to save on your stay.

Tee Off at the Best Oregon Coast Golf Course

Located right on the sandy shoreline, Tolovana Inn is the perfect Cannon Beach hotel for your next Pacific Northwest beach getaway. There is no shortage of fun activities to enjoy on the beach or wildlife and nature to explore. If you’re looking for something that lets you relax while soaking in the sunshine, make the drive to one of the nearby Oregon Coast golf courses.

The Top Golf Courses near Cannon Beach

Whether you are new to the sport or someone who picks up a club any chance they get, there is a golf course nearby Tolovana Inn that matches your skill level.

Seaside Golf Course

Opened in 1923, Seaside Golf Course has been a favorite of visitors and locals alike for years. This nine-hole public course sits on 125 Oregon coast picturesque acres. This is a great golf option for those vacationing with children.

Lewis & Clark Public Golf Course

This unique course, featuring beautiful scenery and challenging holes, is a must for anyone looking to play a round during their vacation. Play your way through this nine-hole, par 36 course. If you didn’t bring your clubs, don’t worry; there are club rentals available.

Highlands Golf Club

Make the quick trip to historic Gearhart and play your way through this course overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy playing nine or 18 holes. Lessons are available for those looking to improve their game.

Manzanita Links

If you are looking for a quick game, hit up Manzanita Links, just a short 20-minute drive away from Cannon Beach. The nine-hole course is carved into the rolling hills, so you’ll be able to take in the beautiful scenery while playing.

Gearhart Golf Links

Play what many consider to be the older course in Oregon. Gearhart Golf Links started in the late 1880s and has attracted golfers of all skill levels ever since. This public 18-hole links course is open 365 days a year.

Breath in the Ocean Air during a Cannon Beach Getaway

If you’re ready to recharge your batteries from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, book your stay at Tolovana Inn. Our oceanfront resort in Cannon Beach is the perfect escape. We are close to all the activities and attractions you need to make the most out of your Oregon vacation, including golf courses, art galleries, hiking trails, and more. After a day full of adventure, relax in your cozy accommodation. We offer a range of room options, so you can find one that fits your needs best. Learn more about our Oregon oceanfront hotel or special packages by calling 503-436-2211.