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!” 

Join the SOLVE Beach Clean-up on April 1

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Photo courtesy of SOLVE

In 1984, Oregon became the first location in the world to host a coast-wide volunteer beach clean-up.

Now 33 years later, this clean-up model continues, and most importantly, has spread across the nation and to nearly 100 countries.

You can do your part to help keep the magical Cannon Beach coastline pristine by pitching in during the Spring Beach Clean-up  sponsored by SOLVE on April 1.

It’s the second weekend of spring break for many Oregon school kids, and a great way to get them involved in community service.  There’s no age minimum and you can even bring your dog along–on a leash.

Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance and meet at Cannon Beach City Hall starting at 9:00am, before being dispatched to help clean up the beaches from Ecola Park to the Tolovana Wayside, and as far south as Arch Cape.

SOLVE will provide bags and gloves, but would prefer volunteers bring their own reusable garden gloves. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket/bag and reusable water bottles to help reduce plastic waste.  

Volunteers can also use an old colander or kitty litter scoop to sift the sand for tiny bits of plastics and cigarette butts, both of which are extremely harmful to shorebirds and marine life.

Over the past three decades more than 126,000 Beach & Riverside Cleanup volunteers have removed 820 tons of litter from Oregon’s beaches, neighborhoods, parks and waterways.

Guests of Tolovana Inn who volunteer for the Solve clean-up will be eligible for a weekend discount.   Ask about the special pricing when you call for reservations.

Tolovana Inn appreciates the efforts of all SOLVE volunteers, especially the efforts of Cannon Beach clean-up coordinator and local resident, Jenee Pearce-Mushen. Hauling, disposal and recycling services donated by Recology Western Oregon.

 

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.)

 

 

 

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.

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

 

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.

 

 

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