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.

 

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

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

WOW: The Women-Only Weekend in Cannon Beach

Grab some of your favorite gal pals, book a room at the Tolovana Inn and than immerse yourself in favorite and fun activities taking place all over Cannon Beach during the annual Women Only Weekend, Nov.13-15.

WOW is full of things women like to share with their moms, sisters and friends, like fabulous food, divine whiskeys and wines, painting classes and sensational shopping all in the wonderfully unique community of Cannon Beach where the restaurants, galleries and shops go all out to make the weekend special.

It’s a great kick-start to the shopping season. You can even get refreshed with restorative yoga sessions before the full steam ahead for the holidays.

Start the weekend with the opening night of the Coaster Theater’s production Once Upon A Mattress. If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a big surprise! To purchase tickets contact the Box Office at 503-436-1242 or  online at coastertheatre.com.

Create memories with the women in your life.   A complete list of weekend events is online. 

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

 

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