Coastal Sunsets at Cannon Beach a Spectacular Display of Color

Glorious Oregon coastal sunset, (George Vetter Photography)

Glorious Oregon coastal sunset, (George Vetter Photography)

As the days get longer, rooms with a view at Tolovana Inn are even more desirable.

That’s because Mother Nature’s gorgeous coastal sunsets are a beauty to behold and almost impossible to describe.

When the sun drops toward the Pacific Ocean horizon, the backdrops of color are breathtaking.  A maritime layer can turn the sun into a glowing ball of orange and the landscape a sky of golden light.   The evening sky can reveal a color palette from pink, purple and blues to orange, yellow and red.

Spring and early summer nights frequently offer a show stopping display of nature’s glory that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime, and fortunately for most Oregonians, much more than that.

Daylight lasts over 14 hours now, with sunset approaching 8:34pm.

With ocean front and ocean view rooms, Tolovana Inn provides front row viewing for magical nights on the coast, one of many highlights of any trip to Cannon Beach.

Call today to reserve your  stay in one of the  spacious, ocean front or ocean view room at the Tolovana Inn, in Cannon Beach.

 

 

Meet a Roosevelt Elk

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 (Photo: JoAnna Dotson, 1-2-2015) 

During the quieter, winter season at the Oregon Coast, keep your eyes peeled around dusk and dawn.  That’s when you are mostly likely to see a majestic Roosevelt elk emerge from the shadows of the forest to graze in open meadows or wander along the edge of Cannon Beach looking for a bite to eat.

Elk are nocturnal herbivores that munch on ferns, shrubs, lichen, various berries, and grasses.  They also feed on seedlings of Douglas firs and western cedar.  With the abundance of food and cover, along with mild winters, the elk rarely migrate, spending most of the lives in the same area.

Or, you might even be surprised like a young woman who recently spotted an entire heard of elk swimming near the Astoria Bridge.

According to a spokesman with  the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, it’s not unusual for elk or deer to swim in rivers if they are motivated to find another place to graze or if they are seeking protection from predators—primarily humans or cougars.

Roosevelt Elk are found between in the Cascades from British Columbia to Northern California, and especially in the Oregon Coast range.   Named by Theodore Roosevelt, the desire to protect North America’s large, coastal dwelling elk was one of the primary forces behind the establishment of Washington’s Olympic National Park in 1909.

Elk are matriarchal.  Herds are generally led by females, comprised of calves, and adolescent bulls and cows.  Males live separately, except during the late-August breeding resulting in calves born the following spring.   Males weigh between 700 and 1,100 and cows about 625.

 Astoria resident JoAnna Dotson spotted this herd of elk swimming near in the Columbia River on January 2, 2015. (Copied from OregonLive.com.  See more photos and read more at this link.  http://www.oregonlive.com/multimedia/index.ssf/2015/01/post_39.html 

Haystack Holiday Fun Underway in Cannon Beach.

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There’s lots of seasonal special events happening in Cannon Beach over the next several weeks.  It’s a great time to reserve a suite at Tolovana Inn, and plan to  join in the holiday festivities.

Mimosa Madness – November 28th

This is a delightful way to enjoy Black Friday shopping.  Avoid the crush at the malls. Enjoy the mimosa-inspired pace of shopping at many of the unique and delightful Cannon Beach shops.  Merchants will be up early with you to share the fun, excitement and bargains of your favorite Holiday Season! And special note: All Mimosa Madness purchases can be beautifully wrapped at a special station in the Coaster Theater from 9am to 2pm.   For more information, check out face book/MimosaMadness.

Cannon Beach in Lights – November 28th to December 18th

Right now, residents and businesses are getting their light displays up and ready for the season, which will adorn the town throughout December.   Take a walk around town, and then help select the winning display by voting online at the www.cannonbeach.org before noon, Friday, December 19.

Lamp Lighting Ceremony – December 6th

A beloved holiday tradition, the town lamp lighting ceremony is scheduled for 4pm on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Sandpiper Square.  Enjoy treats and refreshments immediately following.

 Holiday Wreath Making – November 29th & December 6th

Get a little help creating your own holiday wreath on two afternoons at the Cannon Beach Chamber, from 11am to 3 pm.     Everything you need, including refreshments and holiday music, and a  very qualified “elf” to guide you.

Cannon Beach Chorus Christmas Concert – December 7th

Local vocalists will provide the sounds of the season at a 2:30 pm performance at the Cannon Beach Community Church.  Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call 503-436-0378

Beauty and the Beast – Through  December 27th

Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will come to life during performances at the coaster theater.   Secure your tickets now online at  www.coastertheatre.com

Pictures with Santa – December 13th

Santa Claus is coming to Cannon Beach to hear holiday wishes. See the jolly man in the red suit when he stops by the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce from 1pm until 4pm. Ho Ho Ho!

 Remember, if you need a clever gift idea, Tolovana Gift certificates are perfect for family, friends and business associates.  Give us a call and we’ll do the rest!  1800-333-8890.

 

Tolovana Inn: Welcome to our New Web Site

Welcome to the new Tolovana Inn web site, specifically iStock_000015191390Large (1)designed to view perfectly on a your Desktop, Tablet and Mobile devices.

We hope you will take a few moments to look around the site to see what we can provide to assure your visit is memorable.

And, remember, all of your family members (pups, too!) are welcome in our Ocean Front and Ocean View Suites.

We look forward to hosting you soon!

 

 

 

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