Great Idea for Mom: A Gift Certificate to Tolovana Inn

An ideal gift for your amazing mom.

Between work and home, the average mom works two full-time jobs each week.

All the more reason to make Mother’s Day extra special for your own amazing mom.  You know, the kindly woman who claims she never needs or wants anything but loves whenever you show the littlest amount of thought.

Or, treat your mother-in-law, because why stop trying to make a good impression with her?

Every Mother’s Day you can tell your mom how special she is with a unique gift that will warm her heart. But, please, not another candle or scarf.  This year, instead of more stuff, give her the gift of a memorable getaway to the magical Oregon coast.

The solution for an ideal Mother’s Day gift is a Tolovana gift certificate. Gift certificates don’t expire, so she can use them any time of the year    Like this upcoming sunny weekend, or any other time of year when she can get away.

Just think how much she’ll enjoy strolling along the sandy shoreline near Haystack rock. Or browsing through the distinctive shops and galleries in town.  Or sipping an Oregon wine or ale from the balcony of an ocean front room, just steps to the sand?

There’s plenty of fun things to do in and around Cannon Beach.  Or not to do.   With the pace she keeps, mom just might appreciate a chance to sleep in or catnap with the patio door open, enveloped by the fresh smell of salty sea air drifting into her cozy and comfy room.

Send mom off to the coast either alone, with dad or her BFFs.    All the better if you can join her.  Most Moms will tell you, it’s your presence, not presents she really wants.  This way you can give her both.

To purchase a Tolovana Inn Gift Certificate, call 800-333-8890.

Fat Tire Bike Fest at Cannon Beach, April 20-22

1st Fat Bike Festival in Cannon Beach

1st Fat Bike Festival on the Oregon Coast, set for April 20-22.

The very first Fat Tire Bike Festival on the Oregon coast is set for April 20-22 in Cannon Beach, with iconic Haystack Rock as the backdrop.

Friday night kicks off with Fat Bike Festival skills competitions, obstacle course, and bonfire at Tolovana Beach, just steps from the Tolovana Inn.   Family-friendly,  participants and spectators will enjoy Fat Bike fun activities.  S’mores and local craft brews will be served.  Public Coast and Pelican Brewery will provide complimentary beverages.  All are welcome to attend this event, at no charge.

On Saturday,  morning, riders will meet for a 14-mile beach ride.  The Fat Bike Festival ride will start at Ecola Creek, past Haystack Rock, to Arch Cape and back.  Along the way, there will be several “poker stops” where riders will pick up a playing card and enjoy snacks.  Fat Bikes will be available to demo as well.

Riders will also learn about the local ecology.  Members of the Haystack Rock Awareness Program will share information and treat participants to Mo’s Famous Clam Chowder.

But, you don’t need a Fat Bike to participate.  

“Fat Bikes with four-inch tires cruise along the sand and leave less of a trail than a footprint,” according to Danielle Crowder of Oregon Bikes & Events.  “

Whatever bike people feel comfortable riding on the sand is fine.” 

Saturday will wind down at Public Coast Brewing where riders will gather to see who won prizes,  based on the poker hands they collected during the day.  Prizes include stays at the Tolovana Inn and other items provided by area businesses.

On Sunday, in honor of Earth Day, participants will be joining forces with Surfrider Foundation for a Fat Bike Festival Beach Clean-Up.   Certain plastics collected will be given to local artists to be made into jewelry.  The creations are sold to help fund stewardship and environmental educational programs.

The Fat Bike Festival is fairly affordable family-fun.  The cost to participate in the ride is only $12; $10 if you are a member of Oregon Bicycle Racing Association.

 

 

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.

 

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

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.)

 

 

 

Haystack Holiday Events Make the Season Bright!

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Haystack Holidays is a collection of delightful special events in Cannon Beach, each providing seasonal fun for all ages.  Make your holiday season bright!

Here’s a few ways to get in the mood!

Cannon Beach in Lights  &  ‘Name that Tune’ Window Display Contest  

Local shops and galleries engage in a spirited competition  featuring stunning and sparkling holiday displays.  Visit participating retailers for a chance to win a holiday gift basket, submit correct ‘name that tune’ play cards for a chance to win.  Voting open through December 16th.   Awards will be announced at the Coaster Theatre Play on the 17th. Click here to download a Voting Form or vote online Here

Pictures with Santa – Saturday,  December 10th

Santa Claus is coming to town.  Come support the Cannon Beach Library and get your picture with Santa.  Located at the Cannon Beach Library, Saturday December 10th at 1 to 4PM.  For information please call (503) 436-2623.   Ho Ho Ho!

Holiday Foods Around the World   Monday,  December 26 – Friday December 30

Just when you’ve had enough traditional turkey and ham, nine Cannon Beach restaurants come to the rescue, providing unique menu and beverage specials for the last week of the year.  You can dine on traditional foods from Poland, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Thailand and more at locations all around town.  Special menus are complemented with great wine and beers.  Make plans and reservations today!   Click for menu details.

Showtimes at The Coaster Theater

Catch a holiday performance at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse.   This year, from November 18 through December 23, the theater presents an adaptation of the 1940s Frank Capra classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Then at the Playhouse on December 28, the premier  a cappella crooners, The Coats, come perform a laugh-filled holiday concert.

For information and tickets click here or please call (503) 436-2623 – Coaster Theatre, 7PM

 

 

WOW–Women Only Weekend in Cannon Beach, Nov. 11-13

Tdownloadhe WOW weekend is full of fabulous food, divine wine and sensational shopping as Cannon Beach’s distinctive retailers make this special gals-only weekend delightful.

Did we mention wine? Gourmet cooking classes? Yoga? Massage?  And wine?  The WOW Weekend is a perfect time to gather up female family and friends to enjoy that things gals love to do. You’ll all fit in a Tolovana Inn suite, where you can also relax in our indoor salt-water pool and spa or schedule an  onsite massage.  More Info

Of course, guys are always welcome too.  But if cruising about with the gals isn’t your idea of fun, you can always do some trekking around the great outdoors or a little TV binge watching near the fireplace.

Before the hectic holidays get underway, plan a stay at Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach!

Meet at the Tolovana Wayside for the Solve Beach Cleanup, Sept 24.

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Since 1984, Oregonians have gathered for the annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup, an important, family-friendly event designed to keep our coastline healthy.

Why not be part of the solution?

As in the past, volunteers will gather on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the adjacent Tolovana Wayside where beach captains will direct the cleanup effort.  This wayside is one of are 46 clean-up areas along the Oregon coast.

Guests of Tolovana Inn who join the Solve clean-up will be eligible for a discount for the September 23-25 weekend.   Ask about the special pricing when you call for reservations.

The SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup is part of an annual worldwide effort to reduce the impacts of litter on marine life. In 2015, the International Coastal Cleanup mobilized 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries to collect more than 16 million pounds of trash along beaches and inland waterways. It’s a monumental effort.

SOLVE will provide bags and gloves, but would prefer volunteers bring your own reusable garden gloves. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket/bag and reusable water bottles to help reduce plastic waste.   You can also use an old colander or kitty litter scoop to sift the sand for tiny bits of plastics and cigarette butts, which are extremely harmful to shorebirds and marine life.

Hauling, disposal and recycling services donated by Recology Western Oregon.

Contact Solve for more details.

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