Interesting Experiences for your Cannon Beach “to-do” List

 

A stay in Cannon Beach, Oregon is a treat in itself, but nearby, you’ll find plenty of unique experiences you should consider adding to your “Cannon Beach to-do” list.   It might mean adding a day or two to your stay at Tolovana Inn, but you’ll be glad you did!

Unique Adventures Nearby Cannon Beach

Book your stay at Tolovana Inn, then make plans to enjoy one or more of these unique experiences. From cooking and fine dining to outdoor adventure, above all, you’ll create memories!

  • Oregon Coast Scenic RailroadThe Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad offers train rides pulled by historic steam or diesel engines. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time when you enjoy this fun, scenic and informative train ride.  The popular coastal excursion provides a 90-minute round trip between Rockaway Beach and the fishing village of Garibaldi.  It’s an experience all ages will enjoy.  The Rockaway station is just 25 miles south of Tolovana Inn.  You can purchase your tickets online.
  • Kayak Tillamook provides guided kayak adventures along seven north coast estuaries, including Nehalem Bay.  The beautiful bay lies just 15 miles south of Cannon Beach.   You are likely to see anything from eagles to elk.  On the bay, you’ll see evidence of shrimp, clams, and oysters.  This waterway is part of the Pacific Flyway, therefore birdwatching in this natural habitat is outstanding.  This trip is suitable for most people because little experience is required for this kayaking adventure.
  • Garibaldi Charters. Start here to research your options for bay or ocean fishing. Garibaldi Charters is located on the waterfront in the seaside town  Garibaldi, about 40 minutes south of Cannon Beach.  Groups or individuals can book deep sea fishing trips for halibut, lingcod, salmon, or tuna. Depending on the seasons, you can book crabbing or clamming adventures.  With four vessels, each led by seasoned captains and experienced deckhands, you’ll find the right trip and probably bring home something fresh for dinner, too.

In the Center of Cannon Beach

  • EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School—Fans of popular cooking shows or just those who love great food, should make plans to attend an EVOO Dining Show Experience.   Picture yourself among a small group of guests gathered around the chef’s open kitchen bar.  Three mouthwatering entrees will be prepared and presented by the chefs, along with ideally paired wines.  After that, a remarkable dessert will follow. Reservations are required for what is sure to be a memorable event.

Stay at Tolovana Inn

Whatever you do during your visit to Cannon Beach, head back to the spacious comfort of your Tolovana Inn room or suite where you can relax and recap the highlights of your day. Each studio and suite comes with all the comforts of home, including a fully equipped kitchen, private balcony, fireplace, and living room.    You can also splash in the indoor saltwater pool and spa, or enjoy a workout in our fitness center.

Call 503-436-2211 to learn more about booking your accommodation or how to save on your stay.

 

 

Zoom from your Room: Work and Learn at Tolovana Inn

This fall, Zoom from a beachfront room at Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach.

With free internet throughout the resort, you can make Tolovana Inn your virtual office or coastal classroom.  Then, when the work is complete,  experience ‘hands-on” learning and outdoor recreation at Oregon’s favorite beach destination.

Indoor Learning:  Special Resources

The Cannon Beach Historical Society and Museum website provides great content to enlighten you about the area.   First, start with a fun, interactive online quiz that will test your knowledge of local lore.

Secondly, you can learn about the three cannons of Cannon Beach.  The first cannon, which inspired the name of the town, washed ashore in 1898.  The cannon was part of the armament of the USS Shark which sank in high seas.  Two more cannons, from the same schooner, were discovered on the coast in 2008.

Thirdly, check out old photos online of popular historical sites around town.   From Bill’s Tavern to the original Osburns’ Grocery sites, you’ll recognize many locations.  The old Warren Hotel site built by homesteaders in 1911 is where Tolovana Inn sits today.  After you’ve done some research, venture out to see some of the notable sites.

Clear your mind with a fresh air stroll 

When your work is done, there’s not a better way to clear your mind than with a walk in the fresh, clean air of nearby forest trails.  You can experience the natural beauty found along the favorite walking and hiking trails through lush rain forests and giant Sitka spruce groves.

Of course, there’s always the allure of the wide sandy beaches just out your door. Cannon Beach offers miles of uninterrupted beach to explore.  And along the magnificent shoreline, tidepools present their own kind of magic.

Discover the magic of tidepools

Optimum viewing of coastal tidepools is an hour before low tide. There, you’ll discover many colorful and strange creatures as the tide recedes.  This unique environment reveals bright sea stars clinging to rocks. Green anemones lay open like flowers at the bottom of pools. Look carefully and you’ll see crabs, fish, snails, limpets, coral, sponge, and colorful sea slugs.    

Review the Cannon Beach tide tables here.

Book Today

In a year like no other, make great memories with an Autumn getaway to Tolovana Inn.  With full kitchens, private beachfront balconies, fireplaces, and a sparkling indoor saltwater pool, you can get your work done and then relax in comfort.

 Book your stay today.

 

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EV Chargers at Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach

Tolovana EV charging station

EV and Tesla fueling stations

Tolovana Inn has expanded its electric vehicle charging stations.

Tolovana Inn just added four Level II chargers that accommodate all electric vehicle.  Four Tesla-only chargers were installed in 2018.

Oregon is a leader in creating a strong network of charging stations for electric vehicles, and Tolovana Inn is pleased to expand its roll in that system.

It’s important that EV drivers have convenient access and confidence when traveling to Cannon Beach and all along the Oregon coast, says property manager Paul Beatty.

“It’s important that EV drivers have convenient access and confidence when traveling to Cannon Beach and all along the Oregon coast”

EV’s continue to grow in popularity. These expanded charging stations are another great amenity for guests staying at Tolovana Inn.  Guests can charge for a few hours or overnight then continue their travels.

Test Drive an EV: BMW, Nissan, Chevy & more

From luxury to economy, hatchbacks to SUVs, there are increasing styles of plug-in electric vehicles.  While dozens of options are available to Oregon consumers today, automakers anticipate introducing even more models in the coming years.

Ever driven an EV?  If you’re interested, book a test drive of several popular models with at Forth. Forth is America’s first-ever electric vehicle showcase in downtown Portland.  It’s open weekdays from 10 AM to 4 PM.  See what it is like to be behind the wheel of a BMi3 REx, Chevy bolt or Nissan Leaf or Honda Clarity.  Experts there will answer all your questions.

Tolovana Inn is happy to support the green movement now and as it continues to increase in the future.

 

 

Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour

Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour, Sept 7-9 (photo courtesy of CB Museum)

 

You can get a glimpse of coastal living in Cannon Beach, Oregon at the annual Cottage & Garden Tour, held the middle of September each year.

Historic inns, vintage homes, and special gardens will welcome guests to enjoy a weekend of special receptions, presentations, concerts, a garden tea, wine tastings, and even a costume contest.

The annual event is coordinated by the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum which celebrates the town’s heritage as a coastal destination community.

Two of the weekend special events are hosted at the Tolovana Inn.

Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the 1880’s.  In fact, in an August 1891 issue of The Daily Astorian newspaper, Cannon Beach was declared a “sportsman’s paradise.”  Additionally, it was heralded as an “ideal location for rest and recuperation.” Still true!

Cannon Beach has emerged into a picture-perfect destination of unmatched charm.  And during this special weekend,  you can experience it in an extraordinary way.

Vintage Cannon Beach fun (photo from CB Museum)

Sunny and 70’s: Ideal weather forecast in Cannon Beach

Stay cool at the coast

Sunny Days forecast for Tolovana Inn at Cannon Beach

The forecast for Cannon Beach looks ideal.

Next week, the Portland area and Willamette Valley area temperatures creep up in the 90’s, nearing triple digits.  Too hot for most folks.    But, you’ll find relief from the heat at the Oregon coast.

At the Tolovana Inn, in Cannon Beach, the forecast calls for sunny, bright days, approaching 70 degrees.   Wednesday might hit 85 degrees.  But the nights will be invitingly cool, perfect for resting with open windows and the sound of the surf to lull you to sleep.

 

Not too hot

Cannon Beach forecast

Long, sunny days underscored with fresh, salty sea air,  combine to create a refreshing atmosphere perfect for strolling the beach, bike riding, hiking and browsing around town.  Beautiful flowers are in bloom throughout the town,  both wild and those beautifully landscaped.   Clear skies lead to bright sunsets and starry nights.

Tuesday Farmer’s Market

On Tuesdays, between noon and 5 pm, be sure to stop by the Cannon Beach Farmers Market.  The Market is now open weekly, June 19  through August 28.  You’ll find fresh seafood, meats, produce, berries, and baked goods, along with live music.  It’s located in mid-town, at Gower Street.

Find something tasty and prepare it to your liking in the kitchen of a Tolovana Inn suite.   Add an local Oregon wine or ale, and enjoy your fresh feast on your private balcony, watching the sunset.  Can’t get any better than that!

Summer Special

 

 Book a stay between Sunday through Thursday, and you can take advantage of the final days of the special 3 nights for 2 offer, valid through Thursday, June 21.   That happens to be the first day of summer.

Make your own summer memories at the Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach.

 

The Finest Wines in one of the Most Beautiful Places: Savor Cannon Beach

A Cannon Beach getaway or a visit to Northwest wine country? Enjoy both during the uniquely intimate Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival March 8-11.

Haystack Rock, steps from Tolovana Inn

Savor Cannon Beach Festival, Tolovana Inn

Tolovana Inn is the perfect place to stay, hosting several marquee events during this remarkable four-day festival.  Most events are limited to 150 participants.

At Tolovana Inn, the festival kicks off Thursday night with Best of the Northwest Throwdown.   During this special event, guests will taste 12 award-winning wines paired with chef-prepared small bites.  Festival-goers will sample select Pacific Northwest wines including gold medal winners from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Cascadia Wine Competition and a Wine Spectator 100 winner.

On Friday afternoon, Tolovana Inn will host a Winemakers Premium Pour session.

Five renowned Northwest wineries have agreed to open up their cellars and each share three special wines. This is a unique opportunity to taste library wines, verticals, horizontals or reserve wine.

On Saturday morning, you can participate in Wine Tasting Basics & Beyond seminar.

Then, Sunday, enjoy The Battle of the Bites event featuring gold medal wines from the 2018 Savor NW Wine Awards paired with exquisite “bites” offered by area chefs and restaurants.  Participants will vote for the favorite taste.

The largest event is the Saturday Wine Walk, where several hundred wine tasters will visit 40 Northwest wine pourings in Cannon Beach art galleries, restaurants, and shops.  A complimentary shuttle will operate during the Saturday wine walk transporting participants between the various wine walk venues.

Book your Tolovana Inn room today.  Suite Savor VIP Package rates start at $199 plus tax per night on March 9 and 10, 2018.   VIP Package includes two tickets to the Saturday Wine Walk.  Public shuttle available to and from the Wine Walk.    Call for details. 

Purchase your Savor Cannon Beach festival tickets online. A full Festival Pass good for admission to all six festival events is $175.  Individual tickets to events range from $20 to $40.

Cannon Beach & Fine Wines go together.

Sampling wines at Savor Cannon Beach Festival

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.

 

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!

 

 

Savor Cannon Beach: Unique Food & Wine Tasting, March 9-12

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Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival offers a four-day lineup of wine, culinary and arts events, March 9-12, in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular destinations: Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Savor is a fun way to taste and appreciate a wide variety of  Northwest wines and the Tolovana Inn is proud to be the site of several key festival events.

Most of the wine tasting events are intimate and limited to no more than  150 participants.  The largest event of the festival is the Saturday afternoon Wine Walk where 40 Northwest wineries will be pouring tastings at Cannon Beach galleries, restaurants and retail shops.

The following festival events will take place at Tolovana Inn.

  • 5-7pm – Thursday THROW DOWN: BEST OF THE NORTHWEST
    This event is a great way to discover new wines and varietals. 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. The evening also includes a selection of light bites. It’s a fun way to kick off the Savor Cannon Beach weekend!  Price: $40 
  • 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. Palate cleansers are provided, but food is not served at this wine tasting event.(sandwiches and pizza will be available for purchase.).  Price: $40
  • 1am-12:30pm – Saturday WINE TASTING 101
    Learn to taste wine like a professional in this educational program with our favorite wine competition facilitators Hank and Nancy Sauer. You’ll learn the basics of wine tasting, wine terminology and etiquette.   Request no fragrances be worn.  Price: $20 
  • 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.  Price: $40 

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. Advance purchase is recommended as events are limited in size and often sell out.

Call Tolovana Inn for room reservations soon.   And, be sure to ask about the Stay 3 Nights for 2 Room special room discount, valid now through March 23, 2017.

Tickets are available at Savor Cannon Beach

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!

 

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