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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Sunny days ahead in Cannon Beach? Yes, please.

Sunny days are on tap for Thursday and Friday of this week in Cannon Beach.  With temps expected in the high 60’s, its will be a perfect time for a  midweek escape to Tolovana Inn, Oregon’s favorite beach resort.  From Tolovana Inn you are just steps away to the sand and the sanctuary of Haystack Rock.   

When the marine layer returns, there is still plenty to do including swimming in the sparkling indoor, salt-water pool, enjoying a relaxing soak in the spa,  goofing around at the beach or browsing the shops in dog-friendly Cannon Beach.   Call today to find out how you can enjoy a free night at Tolovana Inn.DSCF1423

 

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

Give Special Moments in Cannon Beach

af5be27a9d8f81d18caef033c5f3545eWhy not spend some of the Christmas holiday away from the traditional hustle and bustle, instead enjoying a peaceful visit with family and friends in Cannon Beach?

The ocean-front suites and rooms with fireplaces at the Tolovana Inn  are ideal for families and extended stays.   Bundle up for invigorating walks on the beach.  Or cuddle up to watch the weather and waves outside your room, unwinding with cards, games, movies and together-time.

In Cannon Beach, you can lay low, or join the holiday festivities.  The town is twinkling with Christmas lights and magic.   Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday, December 12, from 1-4 at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Then, for a very special event, make plans to attend  The Trail Band’s Holiday Concert at the Coaster Theater, on Wednesday, Dec. 30.   The premier historic music ensemble from the Northwest will perform brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music with five remarkable vocalists including Quarterflash’s Rindy Ross.

Special moments happen at the Tolovana Inn and Cannon Beach.

 

 

Curious about Vessels off the Oregon Coast?

Ship Finder App lets you track vessels

Ship Finder App lets you track vessels

Ever been curious about the ships and yachts off the Oregon Coast?

Port pilots, dockworkers, ship spotters, and maritime enthusiasts rely on Ship Finder, an app that identifies commercial vessels and pleasure craft.

You can view the information online or on your smart phone.  Track a friend on a ship or boat, or just learn more about the vessels at sea.

The Ship Finder App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.  The App works by picking up ship feeds used by commercial and pleasure vessels to transmit their name, position and status.   The radio transmissions are sent to internet servers and uploaded onto live data coverage maps.  It’s a fun way to see all the traffic on the water.

If you have ever been curious  about the ships from around the world or the yachts from afar that travel off the Oregon coast, to the Port of Astoria and up the Columbia River, Ship Finder is how you can learn more.

Tolovana Inn’s ocean front rooms are great for spotting vessels at sea.

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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.

 

 

The Palette Puddlers Schedule Labor Day Art Exhibit in Cannon Beach

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Who’s your daddy? by Ellen Zimet

The Palette Puddlers are a group of professional female artists, many of whom have painted together for many years. Every Monday, rain or shine, they gather to paint in some inspiring Cannon Beach location. During their weekly get togethers, they provide mutual support, critique artistic efforts and share the joy of creativity. They just have a lot of fun, too.

Labor Day weekend is one of the three times each year when the group creates an art gallery at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce to show and sell their original work. (Other times are over Memorial Day weekend and at the Stormy Weather Arts Festival.) The Labor Day exhibit will be set up at 207 N. Spruce Street, and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 4-6, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Monday, Sept. 7. Participating artists will provide both morning and afternoon demonstrations of their particular styles throughout the weekend.

Near Camp, by Susan Bish

Near Camp, by Susan Bish

The Palette Peddlers are Louise Birkenhead, Patricia Button, Ireta Sitts-Graube, Susan Bish, Jeannette Gran-Davis, Debbie Janssen, Betty Brower, Judith Fredrikson, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Sheila Brown, Mary Ann Gantenbein, Susan Thomas, and Ellen Zimet. Many of these artists show their paintings and artwork in other venues in the Northwest. Their works can be found in homes throughout the state, as nationally as well.

Hydrangeas, By Debbie Janssen

Hydrangeas, by Debbie Janssen

The Palette Puddlers have created their fourth art calendar highlighting the artwork of individual group members. Each month of the year features a painting in the artistic style of one of the 13 artist members. Calendars cost $20. They can be purchased at the event or online at palletepuddlers.com.

 

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