Memorial Day Forecast: Fun!

DSCF1322The forecast looks like fun in Cannon Beach for Memorial Day weekend!

Morning clouds are expected to burn off, with bright, afternoon highs in the 60’s. That’s perfect for strolling, playing in the sand,  hiking, biking and just hanging in Cannon Beach at Tolovana Inn, steps to Haystack Rock.

Cool evenings are perfect for beach bon fires and Tolovana Inn can provide firewood and S’Mores kits too.  With spacious ocean front suites and rooms, Tolovana Inn provides plenty of room for you and your family and friends to relax and have fun over the three day weekend.

On Friday night, you can take in a concert at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.   Thistle & Rose, a group headed up by local favorite, Paul Dueber blends original acoustic and Americana favorite songs that will have you singing along and tapping your toes.    From Peter, Paul and Mary to Gordon Lightfoot and Paul Simon, its music that will take you back and make you smile!

According to Jon Broderick of Coast Weekend, “Dueber is a fine musician. He plays full, gentle chords on a warm, curvy Guild 12-string guitar that looks like an old friend. His contagious enthusiasm for honest music continues to spread.”

Seating is limPaul Dueberited for this intimate concert setting at the museum.  Tickets are available through the online.  $12 per adult; $2 for children.  Complimentary refreshments will be provided with all proceeds will help fund upcoming events at the History Center; including future concerts, lectures, exhibits, and field trips.

It’s not too late to make plans to for Memorial Day at  the coast.  Rooms are still available at Tolovana Inn for this weekend that kicks off the summer!

Stay for 4, pay for 3!

If you can break away this week, head to Tolovana Inn today for several, mostly sunny, 60 to 70 degree days.

Besides enjoying mostly clear skies, you’ll also have the best beaches and viewpoints nearly to yourself.

If you can’t quite get out the door that quickly, plan a visit Cannon Beach before May 19.  That’s because Tolovana Inn has a special promotion in place now, where you can stay for 4 nights and only pay for 3.

You’ll get a free night and an extra day to explore all the magic of the Oregon coast.

More time to hike or stroll the beaches or breathtaking Ecola Park. More time to appreciate the amazing art displayed in Cannon Beaches’ notable galleries. More time for to browse for fun and distinctive gifts at unique retailers.  And, an extra day to enjoy favorite ales and wines, fresh seafood or yummy sweet treats from your favorite purveyors.

Think what you can do with one more day to unwind.

Take advantage of this great deal today by calling our reservations staff at 1-800-333-8890.

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind, in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.   —Henry Beston.

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Gift Certificates a Great Idea for Mother’s Day, May 8

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Need an idea for Mother’s Day?  Why not a stay at Tolovana Inn? Cannon Beach is a favorite place to relax, nosh and browse around–all things most moms enjoy.

You can order gift certificates now that will arrive in plenty of time to delight your mom. Tolovana Inn gift certificates are also great for Dad’s day in June, for anniversary gifts, and other special occasions.

To purchase a gift certificate, please call 1- 800-333-8890. We’ll be happy to mail youNew-GiftCertGraphicr order directly to you or to the recipient.  It’s a gift certain to be enjoyed–and most likely not re-gifted!

If you spend Mother’s Day at the coast, be sure to enjoy the 16th Annual Spring Unveiling Art Festival Weekend, when members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group will spotlight new work by their chosen artists. Unveiling demos and receptions take place all weekend long at various art galleries which makes this event a pleasure for all art lovers. Click here to learn more about the 2016 Festival.

To see what else is going on at Cannon Beach, check out our online calendar.

 

 

 

Glorious! Sunny days on tap in Cannon Beach.

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That’s the weather forecast for the Oregon coast for the end of this week, and for the end of next week, too!

That’s especially good news for Washington spring breakers.   It will be a perfect time to check into a spacious, ocean front suite and unwind at Tolovana Inn.   Even when the showers return, there’s plenty to do, including swimming in our indoor salt-water pool, enjoying a relaxing soak in our spa or enjoying an onsite massage.  There’s no need to miss your daily exercise either, when you can stop by our gym to work up a sweat.

Call for special spring rates!

Salt water pool, Tolovana Inn

Savor Cannon Beach Festival events at Tolovana Inn

Tolovana Inn is proud to be a participating sponsor and host location to several exciting events at this weekends’ Savor Cannon Beach Festival.

Savor Cannon Beach offers a four-day lineup of wine, culinary and arts events with specific themes that showcase the bounty of Northwest wine and cuisine while restaurants, galleries and shops add a weekend full of tastings, special dinners and cultural events.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for the following events.  From more details and up to the minutes information, check out Savor Cannon Beach on Facebook.   Call Tolovana Inn today for room availability.

Savor Events at Tolovana Inn:

FRIDAY, MARCH 11
1-2:30pm – WINE PATHS LESS TRAVELED: RHONE WHITES & ITALIAN REDS
We’ve selected some of the Northwest’s best examples of Italian red varietals and Rhone white varietals for this fun and educational event presented by Hank and Nancy Sauer. Facilitators of some of the largest wine competitions in the Northwest, the Sauers are always popular presenters and they will offer an entertaining guided tasting where you will learn about some of these lesser known wine varietals. Some of the wines you will taste include Locati Cellars Barbera recently awarded Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Walla Walla Vintners’ Sangiovese, a double gold medal winner at the Great Northwest Wine Competition. Rhone whites will include Viognier, Rousanne and a Double Gold medal winning Rhone blend, Pistoleta from Quady North in Southern Oregon.   Price: $40

5-7pm – BATTLE OF THE BLENDS & BITES
Experience the winemaker’s art of blending wines at the Battle of the Blends, an event that showcases some of the Northwest’s best wine blends in a fun evening of wine tasting combined with the culinary concoctions of Cannon Beach chefs. You’ll taste eight great wines we’ve carefully selected to represent different varietal blends and showcase the Northwest’s wine regions, then you’ll vote on your favorites to choose the winners of the Battle of the Blends. You’ll also sample the offerings of Cannon Beach chefs who we challenged to create the perfect bite and you choose your favorite in the Battle of the Bites. Price: $40
SUNDAY, MARCH 13
10:30am-12:30pm – GOLD MEDAL WINE BRUNCH
Sample eight Gold Medal winning wines from the 2016 SavorNW Wine awards and enjoy a gourmet selection of brunch bites, the perfect way to wrap up the festival weekend, taste the best of Northwest wines and toast new friends.  Price: $40

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.

 

 

Winter Dungeness Crab: Fresh and Tasty in Cannon Beach

6601777601_c138e3458f_b crabDungeness crabbing is underway and Cannon Beach’s Ecola Seafood opens tomorrow, January 14, offering fresh-caught Oregon Dungeness along with other local seafood.

With beach-front suites featuring complete kitchens, Tolovana Inn is a perfect place to stay when you want to prepare and enjoy a local seafood feast while enjoying incredible ocean views.

Sweet, delicate and tasty Oregon Dungessess crab is a winter culinary treat that is both versatile and easy to prepare.  It’s in season now, through April.  It can be served simply, or elegantly, equally at home on newspaper or china. It’s easy to prepare, too!

Cooked crab can be served chilled or heated in a steamer, broiler or oven for 4-5 minutes. As a featured ingredient in a hot entrée, Dungeness crab meat goes well with pasta, in casseroles and in seafood-based soups.

Served chilled, it’s ideal in a Crab Louis or cocktail-style.  Fresh crab is a delicious appetizer, served with a warm melted butter or a tasty dipping sauce, like a blend of mayo and siracha.

To cook a live crab, simply place it in boiling salted water and cook for 18-20 minutes–after the water returns to a boil.   The shell will turn a bright orange.  Then, immerse the crab in cold water to cool it before cleaning, removing the gills and viscera before serving. Check with your purveyor if you have questions.

Accompanied by an Oregon wine or an ale, fresh Dungeness is just one of the many blessings of the bounty of Oregon.

Ecola Seafoods, located at 2nd and Spruce, in Cannon Beach is open daily from 10am to 6pm.

Oregon Dungeness crab generates more than $50 million annually.  About 300 commercial crabbing boats dot the Oregon coast each winter.

 

 

 

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.

 

Solve Volunteers to meet at Tolovana Wayside for 9/19 Beach Cleanup

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Guests of Tolovana Inn who join the Solve clean-up at the adjacent Tolovana Wayside will be eligible for a discount for the September 18-19 weekend.

Volunteers will gather on Saturday, September 19, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, as part of the annual  Beach & Riverside Cleanup and the International Coastal Cleanup, a world-wide effort to keep our beaches healthy.

Beach captains will direct all volunteers.  SOLVE will provide bags and gloves. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket/bag.  Volunteers are also asked to bring an old colander or a kitty litter scoop to sift the sand for small items, like tiny bits of plastic and cigarette butts which are extremely harmful to shore birds and marine life.

Dress for the weather, rain of shine. And, bring you own reusable water bottle.

Join volunteers at Solve Beach Clean up at Tolovana Wayside, September 19.

Join volunteers at Solve Beach Clean up at Tolovana Wayside, September 19.

Volunteers can Pre Register with Solve here or show up before 10am on Saturday.

Call Tolovana Inn directly to make your room reservation and be sure to mention that you are a SOLVE Beach Cleanup Volunteer to be eligible for special rates.

SOLVE has been around, and doing good, for decades. The organization originally was called S.O.L.V. (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) and was created by Governor Tom McCall and other community leaders in 1969 to address the need for community action in the ever-growing state. Today SOLVE continues to build on that vision to improve the environment of Oregon and build a legacy of stewardship.

Annually, SOLVE mobilizes over 35,000 volunteers and organizes over 1,000 cleanup and restoration projects throughout the state.

PacifiCorp is also a sponsor of the event. Last year, dozens of employees, friends and family turned out to help clean the beach. Pacific power

 

“The Mother of All Relays”–its Hood-to-Coast Weekend

The Hood -to-Coast finish line in Seaside, in just 9 miles north of Cannon Beach.

The Hood -to-Coast finish line in Seaside, is just 9 miles north of Cannon Beach.

And they are off.

1,050 teams of runners, from every state in the union and 36 nations, have come to Oregon to compete in the 34th annual Hood-to-Coast Relay.   Another 450 teams are competing in the Portland-to-Coast and High School Challenge Walk.

That means about 18,000 runners and walkers are  participating, with each team supported by two team vans, shuttling team members between race legs.

The 198-mile Hood to Coast Relay, founded in 1982, started  at 5 a.m. Friday at Timberline Lodge near Mount Hood. The Portland-to-Coast Walk Relay, added in 1991, and the Portland to Coast High School Challenge, added in 1998, started today too.

The starting line is at Timberline Lodge and racers cross the finish line at the Seaside Turnaround, just 9 miles north from Cannon Beach, where the Tolovana Inn annually hosts teams and team supporters for this incredible event.

The teams switch participants every few miles.  The relay race has  36 legs, varying from  from about 3.5 to 7.75 miles. Each team member runs at least 3 during the non-stop event.

The race legs are long, and factoring the terrainchanges and the weekends’ forecast rain, the run can be gruelling. But the shared struggle leads to shared success, and a huge post-event party on the beach at nearby Seaside.

Each year, teams are chosen by lottery from the entries postmarked on the opening day of registration, typically in October of the previous year.   The race has sold out opening day of the lottery for the past 17 years.

 

 

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