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.

The Beach is Good for your Brain!

 

You know that overall feeling of peace that you experience when you’re at the beach?

It’s for real.  Scientists are are now referring to it as “blue space.”  Fresh smells and the sound of the rolling ocean calm your brain.  And, the way your brain reacts to that environment leaves you happy, relaxed and energized.

Experiencing refreshing “blue space” at the beach is like hitting a reset button for your brain.  

Are you ready for a reset? 

Reduce stress. Water is nature’s cure to the stress of life. So whether you jump in for a swim or dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. 

Boosts creativity.  If you’re in a rut, blue space allows you to clear your head.   The calmness allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what you need to resolve, allowing you to approach problems or projects with a fresh perspective.

Reduce feelings of depression. The calming environment of the beach provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves can clear your mind in a safe space away from the chaos of daily life.

“Is it time for you to “reset?”  Call the Tolovana Inn today!” 

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!

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Whales, Wine, Yoga & Deals: 4 Tempting Reasons for a 1st Qtr. Tolovana Stay.

whalesSure, you might need to bundle up a bit, but don’t let that slow you down from visiting Cannon Beach during the first quarter of 2017.

Besides the unfailing appeal of the Oregon coast, with its natural wonders and special events, Tolovana Inn room rates are especially inviting this time of year. Now through March 23, if you stay two nights, you can enjoy a third night free.  Rooms are limited and some restrictions may apply.  Call 1-800-333-8890.  

So, besides great rates, here are some other things to consider.

The Gray Whale Migration is now underway

Gray whales head south from their feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas around Alaska from mid-December through January traveling to breeding grounds in Baja California, Mexico, where warm-water lagoons become nurseries for expectant mothers.  On the trip down, these giant mammals swim on a direct course, move quickly, and mostly stay about 5 miles offshore. At their peak, about 30 whales pass by each hour. Then from late March to June, the whales migrate north back to Alaska. On each trip, approximately 18,000 gray whales will pass close to the Oregon Coast.

Ecola State Park provides a great vantage point for whale sightings. In morning light with the sun at your back is best.  First locate whale spouts with your naked eye; then focus more closely with binoculars. 

Coming back, the whales travel much more leisurely and stay closer to shore—within a half mile is not unusual. The non-breeding males and females lead the way back with some early birds starting in late February. Mothers and young calves generally roll by starting in May.

Cannon Beach Yoga Festival, February 24-27, 2017

World Class Instruction in a World Class location.  That’s the three-day Cannon Beach Yoga Festival.  No matter what your level of experience, this is a wonderful opportunity to explore something new, as well as deepen your practice. Enjoy workshops, daily morning meditations, a community dance party and more. Everything you need to know, including a detailed FAQ can be found here.   Cannon Beach Yoga Festival.

Savor Cannon Beach, March 9-12, 2017

It’s a wine and culinary event you won’t want to miss this. The festival includes wine tastings, wine dinners and a wine walk throughout the town from over 20 Northwest wineries.  Tickets are now available and its usually a sell-out event.  Tolovana Inn is proud to be a sponsor and host site for this incredible favorite foodie  event!  

Make 2017 the year you experience something new in Cannon Beach, staying at the ever comfortable ocean front Tolovana Inn.

 

(information about whale migration provided by visittheoregoncoast.)

 

 

 

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

 

 

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!

 

Fresh Food & Flowers Tuesdays at CB Farmer’s Market

280237image235On Tuesdays, now through September 27, guests and residents of Cannon Beach can shop in the afternoons at the Farmer’s Market.

Music and prepared food booths open starting at 1pm.  All other vendors are up and selling by 2pm, offering a wide variety of fresh produce, pasture-raised meat, organic cheeses, and hand-crafted artisan foods.   Fresh flowers are also available at the Tuesday afternoon market, which winds up each day at 5pm.

The Cannon Beach Farmers Market is located adjacent to  Cannon Beach City Hall, in the Midtown parking area at the intersection of Gower and Hemlock  It is about a 15-20 minute walk north from the inviting, ocean front rooms at the Tolovana Inn.

 

 

Tolovana Inn Showcased as an Ideal Destination for Groups

All the things that make Cannon Beach an ideal destination for tourists also make it an ideal fit for groups and corporate gatherings, particularly in the off-season of October through May.

With new brew pubs, lots of dining options and dozens of notable galleries and shopping, there’s plenty for people to do in town year-round. 

Tolovana Inn, with ample meeting space and the largest number of guestrooms in Cannon Beach, is well-suited to many special events, as showcased in a recent Oregon Business Magazine article.

With 2,500 square feet of meeting space and a large adjacent foyer, Tolovana Inn offers flexible space that easily can host receptions up to 150 people, theater-seating up to 160, and dining for groups of 96.  More intimate gatherings can also be accommodated there. Additionally, a separate, executive board room comfortably seats 14.

Best of all, with its various lodging options, Tolovana Inn works out well for spouses and family members who want to attend and enjoy spacious, ocean-front rooms, balconies and fireplaces, all steps from the sand.

Why not plan a memorable event at Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach?

Contact Maria Price, group sales director at Tolovana Inn, who can help you create a remarkable meeting or special event for your group.  503-477-0454.

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