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.

 

 

Oregon Coast Scenery Provides Backdrop for New Disney Animated Film

When you see “Far from the Tree,” a new Disney animated short film, you might notice the scenery looks familiar.

The film’s backdrop resembles the Oregon coast. Offshore, you’ll even see an animated image of Cannon Beach’s iconic Haystack Rock.

That’s because the seven-minute film was written and directed by Natali

e Nourigat, who grew up in Portland.  In creating the film, she drew inspiration from her own recollection of childhood visits to the Oregon coast.

In an interview with NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Nourigat, said “Far From the Tree” was “based on something really personal.  She recalled, “growing up in Oregon, going to the beach with my family and how special it was just to all be together.”

The story centers upon a parent and child raccoon who venture from their forest

home to explore a Pacific Northwest shoreline filled with new and engaging sights, smells, and sounds.

The child raccoon joyfully explores the beach, from tidepools and seashells to puffins and seagulls. Yet, while the child raccoon romps, the parent warns of the dangers amid the beauty.

After the shared adventures, including clam digging, the two return to their home in the woods. They reflect on the shared day over a treasured seashell brought home as a souvenir.

In that way, the story mirrors how so many people wind down after a memorable visit to the magical Oregon coast.

The charming film ends with a dedication  “to parents everywhere who are doing their very best….thank you.“

You can enjoy the film now in theatres or streaming on Disney+.

You can enjoy the Oregon coast and Haystack Rock in person anytime, especially from an oceanfront room at Tolovana Inn.

Top 3 Cannon Beach Restaurants

Cannon Beach RestaurantsTop 3 Cannon Beach Restaurants

When life becomes busy and overwhelming, many people flock to the ocean to take a much-needed break from the daily grind. The best part about Oregon Coast trips are the different types of cuisine offered at the Cannon Beach restaurants near Tolovana Inn. Many menu items include locally sourced ingredients as well as drink lists that showcase regional wineries and local brews. Keep reading to find out the top three local favorite Cannon Beach restaurants.

The Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge

For incredible views of Haystack Rock, the Wayfarer Restaurant offers a beautiful waterfront location overlooking the ocean. Featuring Pacific Northwest fare, the menu provides locally sourced dishes from Dungeness crab, Astoria salmon, and oysters from Nevør Shellfish Farm. Sitting next to the coastal shores to enjoy a meal is one of the best things to do in Cannon Beach. 

Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge

One of the best Cannon Beach restaurants that features a beautiful patio is the Driftwood Restaurant, located on Main Street. Many people enjoy sitting on the patio with a glass of red wine to watch the nightlife later in the evening while nestled next to the outdoor firepit. Serving steak, seafood, sandwiches, burgers, and more stop in for lunch or dinner. The casual locale also has a fantastic happy hour from 4-6 p.m. daily and a clam chowder bread bowl that is hard to pass up!

Pelican Brewing

While there is outdoor seating at Pelican Brewing, many people opt to sit inside to enjoy the immaculate soaring ceilings, and the natural light let in by the massive windows. Making a list of things to do in Cannon Beach should always include trying a new artisan craft beer. The pub-style brewery creates a variety of beer styles including blondes, IPAs, porters, pilsners, stouts, and the list goes on. Pair the local brew with a gourmet flatbread, tacos, a delicious burger, or a cup of chowder.

Oregon Coast Trips

Tolovana Inn,

Tolovana Inn, oceanfront in Cannon Beach

Whether travelers are in the mood for pizza, burgers, seafood, upscale eats, or want an oceanfront view while dining, there are countless types of Cannon Beach restaurants to enjoy. Tolovana Inn is centrally located to cafes, pubs, breweries, and versatile dining options. Many people find that the food on the Oregon Coast alone is worth the trip. When traveling frequently to Cannon Beach, Oregon, we encourage travelers to join our Frequent Guest Program. Learn more about the program under the accommodations page to see how you could earn points and receive a FREE night. Book your stay online, or please contact the hotel directly 1-800-333-8890 for further assistance.

 

 

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach,OR

Haystack Rock starfiish

Marine life from Haystack Rock

Travelers staying at Tolovana Inn are encouraged to discover new species at low tide during annual vacations to Cannon Beach Oregon through the act of tidepooling. Oregon has over 362 miles of coastline that are free for the public to explore, including Haystack Rock, a 235-foot rock formation that is home to a fascinating marine garden of sea creatures. Migratory shorebirds and magical marine life make this National Wildlife Refuge one of the top things to do in Cannon Beach as well as a local hot spot for tide pool viewing. Plan to avoid Haystack Rock parking clutter by arriving early to get a spot at one of the many public parking areas. 

What is Tidepooling?

Ocean-dwelling residents such as vibrant starfish, sea urchins, colorful anemone, scurrying crabs, and other aquatic life can be found in pooled waters left at Haystack Rock. Visitors can not only encounter unique critters in their natural habitat but also indulge in breathtaking views of the coastal shores. Outdoor enthusiasts may inspect the exposed sea life during low tide; however, it is not advised to touch or disturb the area since Haystack Rock is a protected landmark. It is prohibited to climb on the rocks as there are many living creatures such as mussels, barnacles, and sponges that make it hard to distinguish between rock and creature. The Haystack Rock Awareness Program provides safe, guided tours for excellent viewing opportunities.  

A Premier Cannon Beach Resort

Families from all over North America travel to Cannon Beach Oregon to explore the many nearby beaches, galleries, shops, and museums that surround Tolovana Inn. Our guests have the opportunity to enjoy an oceanfront stay with beautiful views of the shoreline from a private balcony. Ocean front suite at Tolovana InnSpace is vital when traveling with a group, so make sure to check out our large suites and rooms on the accommodations page before making a reservation. Please call 1-800-333-8890 to inquire about more information or to book your stay.

Hiking Near Cannon Beach

Hiking near Cannon Beach

Hiking near Cannon Beach at Oswald State Park

 

A significant advantage of spending time at Tolovana Inn is that there are many great
trails for hiking near Cannon Beach. No matter what season, add a hike or two to the list
of things to do in Oregon. Nature lovers will be able to spend the day exploring the
beautiful landscapes, secluded beaches, and hiking trails during their stay. While there
are many local state parks to explore, here are two parks to check out.

Ecola State Park

Upon entering Ecola State Park, travelers will be consumed by the breathtaking flora and fauna spread throughout the park and happy to know it’s just minutes from their Cannon Beach lodging. While exploring the entrance, many hikers find themselves surrounded by forestry on a road that leads to a grassy bluff overlooking the Pacific Coast. Ecola State Park extends along a nine-mile stretch along the Oregon coastline. It offers a place for wildlife observation, picnicking with the family, tidepooling and has many trails for hiking near Cannon Beach.  Through the traverse, there is an abandoned lighthouse, hidden coves, isolated beaches, and outstanding views of Haystack Rock. Hikers journey through blooming flowers, towering pines, and magical views of the ocean during their getaway and the park will be a highlight of the trip.

Oswald West State Park

Hiking near Cannon Beach

Walkway at Oswald State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set aside time to explore the untouched forestry of Oswald West State Park stepping away from the crowds of Cannon Beach, and is just five miles south of Tolovana Inn. The park features sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches, and the Oregon Coast Trail that is a 13 mile long meandering trail through the park. Many hiking trails are located throughout the park so bring a camera along to capture images of the massive western red cedars, beautiful green ferns, and red huckleberry throughout the trek. Delight in a peaceful walk through the trails where venturers hear the sounds of the ocean along the way. While hiking near Cannon Beach at the park stop by Smugglers Cove, known as “short sands,” and watch surfers hit the waves as this is a favorite local surfing destination. There are many areas to explore while at Oswald West State Park, so mark this on the list of things to do in Oregon during vacation.

Oceanfront Cannon Beach Lodging

Indoor Salt Water

Indoor Salt Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While on family vacations, escape the busy city life and spend a day out hiking near Cannon Beach. Tolovana Inn provides peaceful views of the oceanfront from a private balcony where the beach is within steps at all times. After a day out hiking, come back and relax in the salt water indoor pool area that features a hot tub and sauna. Not many Oregon coast locations use a Saline System, and the benefits of a salt water pool eliminate the irritation to the body. The welcoming staff at Tolovana Inn will help with reservations and can answer any questions travelers may have. To book a stay, call 1-800-333-8890.

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.

 

 

For Love of Mom, food & Fat Bikes

The sun is shining in Cannon Beach. Come make memories in May, oceanfront at Tolovana Inn.

Spend some time with the miracle-worker who loves you more than anything in the world. Reserve an oceanfront room or suite and just watch Mom relax. Or purchase a gift certificate for a later stay. She won’t say so, but you’ll be her favorite. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12.

Welcome to Tolovana Inn
No. Coast Culinary Arts Fest

North Coast Culinary Arts Festival, May 10-12

Celebrate the original fine “foodie,” Oregon’s James Beard, during a weekend of culinary arts events crafted to benefit the Seaside High School Culinary Arts program. For instance, you can choose to attend any of 14 workshops around Cannon Beach. Like, classes from food and beverage pairs to a course on foraging. Learn more!


Fat Bikes

Fat Bike Festival May 17-19

Join in a sunset beach ride, a longer Saturday ride to Hug Point, and a poker ride/scavenger hunt around town. Or, on Friday night, join in the huge full moon bonfire next door at Tolovana State Park, with Fat Bike games and activities  Fat Bikes will be available for demo.  Find out more.

The extended forecast calls for many sunny days and evening cool downs ideal for beach bon fires.

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)

Beach Accessibilty: Balloon Tire Wheelchairs in Cannon Beach

A stroll along the Cannon Beach coastline is one of life’s simple pleasures.

But for people with limited mobility, it’s  a near impossibility.  Until now.

Thanks to the non-profit Haystack Rock Awareness Program and the City of Cannon Beach, visitors to the coast can reserve one of two beach wheelchairs designed with “fat balloon tires” to provide mobility on the sand.

Andrea Suarez coordinates the program and takes reservations from coastal visitors.  Since January, the beach chairs have been used over 120 times.   There is no charge for the wheelchair use, but donations are accepted.

“People are so grateful.  Some people haven’t been able to get their toes in the water for over 25 years and they are so excited,” she said.

In gratitude, one gentleman handed over $6, all the cash he had. Another contributed $200 for the pleasure of rolling along in the sand.

“Just being on the beach is so invigorating. And now with these special wheelchairs, people who haven’t been able to get down to the shore can experience it now for themselves.”

Contributions to help fund the program can be made online at the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.

Now through October, the chairs are available by reservation from 8:30 to 4:30 by calling 503-440-2598. November through January, the hours are 9am to 4pm.  Users pick up the chairs at City Hall, complete a liability waiver and return the chairs at an agreed upon time, usually 2-3 hours.

Tolovona Inn offers oceanfront ADA rooms.  Call for availability.

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.

 

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