Cannon Beach in the News and Blogs


Friday, November 6, 2015 by Moira Macdonald - Seattle Times NWTraveler editor

Cannon Beach: feels like a getaway, close enough for a quick escape

A “devout urbanite” finds a lot to love amid the waves at this Oregon Coast destination. “The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.” — Virginia Woolf, “The Waves”.

At Cannon Beach, you watch the waves. On calmer days, they edge the shore like overlapping rows of lace; on stormy mornings, they crash like flowing avalanches. Hearing that constant, rhythmic refrain, you stare out at the horizon, which stretches in an endless line that weds the gray-blue water and (if you’re lucky) blue-gray sky. Is someone, a world away on the other side, staring back?

Though a lifetime Pacific Northwesterner, I’d never been to Cannon Beach until last year. It was one of those why-has-nobody-ever-TOLD-me-about-this moments (OK, somebody probably did and I wasn’t paying attention), and now I think about the place all the time; it seems to reside in my dreams.

On a return visit earlier this fall, I pondered why it held such magic for me, a devout urbanite who generally feels panicky if she can’t feel pavement under her impractically shod feet.

Cannon Beach, about a 4½-hour drive from Seattle, is on the northern end of Oregon’s coast; far away enough to feel like a real getaway, close enough for a quick escape.

With rare exceptions (requiring special permits), cars cannot be driven on its ocean beaches, which contributes to its peaceful feeling. There are restaurants aplenty, and a charming downtown retail neighborhood, on Hemlock Street, where an afternoon can pleasantly be whiled away. (Particularly delightful: local indie bookstore Cannon Beach Book Co., and the home-décor store Sesame + Lilies, whose upstairs showrooms — a grandma’s attic of treasures, if your grandma had impeccable contemporary taste — seem to extend forever.)

But no one goes to Cannon Beach for the shopping; it’s the beach that calls. At the center of the town’s serene stretch of beach stands Haystack Rock, the 235-foot-tall monolith that’s become a local icon.

Like a mirage, it perpetually seems to be right in front of you, even when it’s actually half a mile away. Embroidered with lichens and mosses and dotted with sea birds, it watches over the beach like a benign guardian. In the mornings, you can see it looming in the mist, always seeming just a little bigger than you remembered from the day before.

In my two visits (both midweek), the beach never seemed crowded. You always see other people, but generally at a distance; tiny beachcombers vanishing into the sand. On my last visit, I watched a man fishing in the shallow waves. From where I stood, his silhouette was as dark as the rocks around him; he might have been there forever, standing like a statue as the waves washed by.

Walking the south end of the beach, on a sunny September morning, I saw not people but footsteps; tiny dog paws and larger human feet, intermingling in loops and crosses. Coming back, I wondered which were mine, and how long they’d remain there.

At the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum (which is even quieter than the beach), I bought a handful of historic photos in postcard form. In one, a group of people in 1912-era bathing attire (a handwritten note identifies them as “Brooklyn Camp bunch”) pose for the camera, perhaps on the same log at which I paused, earlier that day, to retie my shoe.

In another, two women and a young child laugh as they wade, ankle-deep, in the waters near Haystack Rock; one of them, holding up her skirt, sports the Gibson-girl hair and stylish necktie of a century ago. I wondered if these people, when elderly, made one last trip back to the rock, moving slowly toward the beckoning waves.

From the hotel balcony that evening, I watched the same sunset they did, so long ago: a lemon-colored globe seeming to drop into the ocean, its citrus hues filtering into the ice-blue sky. People walking on the beach — tiny figures, from my perspective — paused to look; strangers, sharing a moment together.

For a different viewpoint by day, I visited Ecola State Park (about a five-minute drive from downtown). There, perched on what feels like the edge of the world, you can see the beach from above — the waves pounding, each flattening out into the next in an endlessly scalloping pattern — and get a bird’s-eye view of a haunting landmark.

About 125 years ago, a lighthouse was built on a jagged, wave-lashed rock about a mile from shore. Known as Tillamook Rock Light, it was first lit in 1881 and quickly developed the nickname “Terrible Tilly” due to the dangerous conditions its builders (beginning with an early surveyor, who slipped on the rocks and disappeared into the waves) and keepers endured.

It was decommissioned in 1957, with its final keeper writing in the log, “With this final entry, and not without sentiment, I return thee to the elements.” Later it became a columbarium, housing urns full of the ashes of those who wished to spend eternity gazing at the sea. It is closed to visitors; that is, those without a helicopter handy.

You can just see it, out on the horizon, looking as if it could be a white bird perched on the rock. The light’s out and the keepers long gone, but the small, square house remains, forever keeping watch. Against it, the waves crash, over and over and over. Things last forever here — everything but footprints. - Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or On Twitter @moiraverse

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Pamela O'Meara

Views of haystacks, and of Monet and me


Whenever I visit the Chicago Art Institute, I make sure to re-acquaint myself with French Impressionist painter Claude Monet's "Haystack" paintings.

'Worthwhile' subject? While his late-1800s contemporaries copied Old Masters' portraits, Monet was said to be fascinated by the movement of light on the haystacks just outside his rural home in Normandy. At that time, wheat was cut by hand, piled together and then covered with conical stacks of hay to protect it from rain until the threshing machines that passed from village to village arrived. Though the subject was thought too mundane at the time for a gifted painter, Monet depicted vividly how a change of light between seasons, days or even hours could affect views of the same object. Of about 30 haystack paintings from Monet's best-known 1888-91 series, the Chicago Art Institute has six, the largest number in any one place. Growing up near Chicago, I didn't realize how lucky I was to have that many so close by. He's one of my favorite painters and I've always been intrigued by his interpretations of the same subject. And just recently, I had the chance to try my hand and eye on a "Haystack" of a different kind.

First glimpse. I was on the Oregon coast and saw another impressive haystack view — Cannon Beach's famed rock formations. Haystack Rock itself is 235 feet at low tide and is flanked by "The Needles," several shorter but no-less-impressive rock formations jutting out of the Pacific. Like the Monet works, this haystack scene proved mesmerising, too. While Monet used oil paints, I took photos of Haystack Rock and the adjacent coastal rocks from different directions and in the morning and evening over two days. Monet captured what he called 'instantaneous' moments in the cycle of nature, according the art institute's website. I hoped to do the same. We were staying at the Waves Cannon Beach motel — recommended by a friend at the newspaper — and walked half a block to the ocean where we got our first glimpse of Haystack Rock while people strolled in the sand along the water and the sun slowly went down. Cannon Beach, named after a cannon that washed up on the beach in 1846 from a wrecked ship, is a fun, upscale beach town with picturesque weathered gray-shingled buildings, art galleries, small shops and restaurants and flowers all over. It was unexpectedly reminiscent of Door County and Mackinac Island.

Early views: In the morning after a pastry and coffee at Cannon Beach Bakery, we headed to Ecola State Park, just north of Cannon Beach to see the early morning fog over the coast and the foam-topped waves rolling in against Haystack Rock in the distance and other rocks closer by. We lucked into it, just trying to follow a guidebook The view was stunning. I took photos, of course — one of my favorite activities on trips — and emailed a few and also posted them on Facebook. I've never received so many compliments on a photo before. Then we hiked to the beach in a different direction and up a trail through the woods for a view of the red-topped old white Tillamook Rock Lighthouse on top of a 1,000-foot high rock formation beyond the shore. After a tumultuous history, the lighthouse was closed. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. A little farther north, we walked down to the water to watch the surfers. We took off for a drive along the scenic coast, stopping to take more photos of rocky promontories, but no sights could top the Haystack Rock area. So on our way back, we stopped there again to see if the late afternoon sunlight would give a different view. It did. That night we had a delicious dinner, including crab cakes to die for, at Sweet Basil's Café, recommended by a helpful couple we met on the street. Later, I was drawn again to walk to the beach to look at Haystack Rock. As the sun went down, several groups enjoyed bonfires in the sand.

Last look: The next morning I took one last walk on the beach and took photos of the early-morning sun gently lighting the beach and silhouetting the rocks. Somehow, the task of revisiting the spot had opened my eyes to sights I might otherwise have overlooked. I watched the gulls swoop in and out of the estuary and call to their partners, and I marveled at the wave patterns in the sand. I loved walking along the ocean and felt sad to leave though grateful to have been there. Once I get my Haystack photos up on my wall, I'll be able to enjoy them every day, while I can only see Monet's infrequently. And I hope I can retain the habit of looking at things more than once, from new angles and in different lighting. I've found it offers fascinating new views, both outward and inward.

Thursday, February 23, 2012 by Julie Hall

Why drive down to Cannon Beach during the “off season,” with possibly blustery rain and cold temps? Some might respond, It’s Cannon Beach, ‘nough said.


But here are more reasons. It’s cheaper than Hawaii. It’s arguably the most beautiful time of year there. The rates are way reduced. You’ve got the place to yourself, more or less. It’s far enough away to feel like you’re on vacation but an accessible half-day’s drive—four to five hours from Bainbridge Island—and a lovely one, especially if you stay west off of I-5. Your dogs can run free on the beach with official sanction from the State of Oregon, and your four-leggeds won’t give a fig if it’s raining.


Haven’t been to Cannon Beach, Oregon, you say? To quote Gandalf, “Fly, you fools. . . .”


The worst thing that can happen to you in Cannon Beach during the off season is getting wet. Sound familiar? The lovely part is you’re doing it on one of the most stunning beaches on the entire west coast, in sand rather than mud, and with Haystack Rock as your spirit guide. Plus, you’re on vacation, so after you venture out into the elements with your happy kids and dogs and fashionista Gortex, you get to go back to your hotel room, suite, cottage, or rental house, strip off your wet garb, dry off, and head out for a reward of brownies and coffee, chili and beer, fish and wine, Mexican and margaritas. . . . Or you can kick back with room service and games and/or movies.


Ecola State Park.

Although some blessed days in late fall, winter, and early spring bring sun, go prepared for wind and rain. Take layers. Take ample changes of clothing and shoes. Get a place with a stove or fireplace to cozy up to. With this arsenal, you will be prepared for literally any weather, and you will be undaunted to venture out to explore the beach and nearby parks, which are worth getting wet, muddy, wind-blown, and hungry for.


The main strip of Cannon Beach will keep you occupied from south to north for 3-4 hours of  walking. But don’t skip Ecola State Park, which is a picturesque 10-minute drive north of downtown Cannon Beach. The gorgeous wooded bluff hike from there to Indian Beach is about 2 hours roundtrip of up and down winding. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can extend the hike from Ecola Point up to Tillamook Head. Oswald State Park, a short drive south, is also well worth visiting for the view.


My family has stayed in many places in Cannon Beach over the years. Our current favorite (no affiliation) is the Surfsand Resort. They have increased their dog-friendly rooms to over 50 percent in the last few years in response to popular demand. But this is no squalid doggy motel. The Surfsand is an upscale establishment with appeal for families with or without canines. In addition to offering excellent (30-60 percent off) off-season rates, it sports attractive and comfortable accommodations (all renovated within the last 3-4 years); beach-front rooms; an indoor pool and hot tub; a workout room; friendly and professional service; and lots of feel-good complimentary amenities, including a DVD library and game collection, microwave popcorn, daily afternoon cookies and milk, and treats for kids and dogs alike.


Indian Beach, Ecola State Park.

Make sure to build in time for puttering around downtown. Whether you want to check out the art galleries, get a toy for your kid or dog, buy a bottle of fine wine, or sample some locally made ice cream, you’ll find plenty to hold your attention.


So, wherever you land in Cannon Beach during the off season, be prepared to leave a little piece of your heart there, and, as always, bring home some sand in your shoes.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Oregon is amazing in so many ways, its grapes, the forests and the coast. People enjoy going out camping with their families in the Willamette Valley. Families go to the beach for days to have fun in the salty water. Friends go skiing and snowboarding on the side of Mount Hood. Oregon is a state to be proud of.


All of the rain gives the trees excellent life. Camping is wonderful, even with the rain. You can hear the rain pounding on the roof of your tent. The trees hang over you like a canopy in the rain forest. Ride your bike; enjoy the nice smell of pine and maple. Even though it will be cloudy or stormy, the trip will always be worth it.


The coasts are beautiful during the summer. The dragon's breath covers the sky when the sun says goodbye. When the sand touches your feet, relaxation engulfs you like a bee with a flower's nectar. The surfers ride the waves out in the deep blue. During the fall, the beach houses are where you need to be. The thunderstorms mixed with a nice cup of hot chocolate makes you feel satisfied with your day. The little kids build sand castles around you and it tells you the story of a brave knight rescuing a maiden from a high tower.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

I stayed at Cannon Beach over the weekend ( along with my hubby and our dog) and finally got to do at least one sketch of one of the many charming buildings that inhabit the town! It was such a great weekend, weather-wise, that we spent a lot of time just walking on the beach. There are a lot more funky houses and shops to sketch but my dog had other plans!


Even though our group is called 'urban sketchers'....I think a day trip to this coastal town might be a fun excursion someday. We could picnic on the beach and come home with lots of interesting sketches. Just sit on a bench in town for a few minutes and you see dozens of dogs and their owners...more perfect subjects!


Hopefully, there will be other perfect weekends ahead....Linda E


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cannon Beach: Storms, sun and offseason deals. By Carol Pucci Seattle Times travel writer.

If someone were to write a book about the weather in Cannon Beach, it would be part mystery, part thriller, part summer romance. A fleece vest and scarf were all I needed on a recent brisk afternoon as I sat on the Oregon beach, snacking on fresh crab and white wine. Twelve hours later, the rain was coming down in slanted sheets. I took cover inside Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, where a sign on the door warned against high winds. No one bothered taking off their hats and parkas.


"Storms on the Oregon Coast are often broken into chapters," says veteran photographer George Vetter who chronicles daily life in Cannon Beach (

"You have a wave of rain, clouds and wind, then there's a break when the sun breaks through." Fierce winds. Crashing waves. Heavy rains. However harsh the weather might seem this time of year, his advice is to be patient. "Stay here for a day or two, and chances are you'll see some dramatic scenery."


Trade in the shorts and flip flops for rubber boots and rain gear, and an offseason weekend in Cannon Beach in northwest Oregon will reward you in other ways. Hotel prices drop. Parking lots empty out. Baristas and shopkeepers have time to talk. "In winter, it's a different town," says Ryan Dewey, owner of Cannon Beach Hardware and Public House, a combination hardware store and pub. "Nice and sleepy and quiet."


Embracing the offseason

Dramatic ocean scenery, forested hiking trails and villagelike neighborhoods stocked with boutiques, bookstores and art galleries can draw as many as 10,000 visitors to town on a summer day. Shopkeepers, as happy as they are to have the business, look forward to the fall when they can ease back into catering to a year-round population of just 1,700. It's one reason pharmacists Deborah and Gordon Oakes make the four-hour drive from Seattle two or three times a year, always at least once in fall or winter.


"We wait out the storms in a cozy room with a great fireplace," said Deborah. When it lets up, "we do a lot of walking. We have all our rain gear, so it really doesn't matter to us what the weather is." Their hotel of choice: The Ocean Lodge, beachfront in Tolovana, a quiet neighborhood at the southern end of a four-mile stretch of public beach facing Cannon Beach's 235-foot landmark Haystack Rock. The lodge welcomes visitors with a wood-burning fireplace in the lobby, a library stocked with books and games, and oceanfront suites starting at $269 in October compared to $349 in June.


Even though my own digs were more modest — a $159-a-night studio efficiency at Sea Sprite, a 7-unit weathered cedar-shingled complex — we shared the same ocean view.

Just as important for blustery days, it was a short walk from the Waves of Grain bakery inside a cozy cedar-shake cottage a block from the beach.


Friday, september 9, 2011

Mr. B, Thomas and I were in Oregon two weeks ago. We were attending the beautiful wedding of a best friend of Mr. B' Mr. B's 1st grade girlfriend. Scandalous.  But anyway, we took all of your wonderful suggestions to heart and had a wonderful trip.


We flew into Portland, then booked it to Cannon Beach to maximize our time on the coast. And can I just say? I love the Oregon coast. Cape Cod was always my ideal coastal spot, but the Oregon coast is so very similar. And so much closer to Colorado. I'm working on a plan to win the lottery, buy a house on the coast, and move there every summer, but come back to Colorado for the Fall, Winter and Spring. I'll let y'all know how it goes.


We stayed at the Lighthouse Inn right by Haystack Rock. Traveling with Thomas now, I do my very best to book suites when it's affordable, and this was the most affordable. It was a nice place -


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

If Virginia is for lovers, Oregon is for beach lovers. At some point, a forward thinking administration designated every beach in the state a public recreation area, making them free and accessible for everyone. It’s a beautiful thing. We’ve been traveling along the west coast for most of the summer, and Buster’s in heaven. I’ve begun to wonder if he’ll be depressed when we turn the Winnebago east, back toward that part of the country where the ocean doesn’t stretch for miles just outside your front door. But until then, we’ll be taking full advantage of the surf and the sand!


Spending a few sunshiny days in Cannon Beach, northwest of Portland, couldn’t have been more perfect. Of course, the major attraction for us was the dog friendly beach! The only restriction is that dogs must either be leashed or under the voice control of their owners – and there is plenty of space to find a stretch that’s all yours.


After a day of romping and relaxing, Cannon Beach continues to deliver the goods. The vibe here can best be described as Carmel-by-the-Sea meets the Jersey Shore – in the nicest possible way. The cottages around town look comfortable and lived in – projecting a shabby-chic-and-proud-of-it attitude that suggests tracking in a little sand will not be the end of the world.  It’s casual, friendly, and has everything you’d expect of a well-appointed beach town … boutiques for shopping, a top-notch ice cream shop, and a nice selection of pet friendly restaurants.



Sunday, July 31, 2011 Visit Cannon Beach’s coastal playground. Natural beauty of tide pools, rock formations and swaths of sand top off a visit to an artsy beach town

By John GottbergAnderson   For The Register-Guard

CANNON BEACH — There is no better base for exploring the northern Oregon Coast than this beautiful and artsy beach town. A four-hour drive from Eugene (via Interstate 5 and Highway 26) or Florence (via Highway 101), Cannon Beach is 25 miles south of Astoria and 75 miles west of Portland. The town, which stretches down the Pacific shore for more than three miles, has about 1,700 permanent residents — and a seasonal population that soars many times higher when its inns and second homes are filled. This is a seaside community with a beach to match its awesome geography. The 235-foot monolith of Haystack Rock, rising like a pyramid from the offshore surf, is the first thing to catch any visitor’s eye. A rookery for tufted puffins, cormorants, guillemots and other sea birds, the massive rock and its colorful tidepools can be reached by foot at low tide. (Be sure to consult a tide table before you make the walk: If the tide comes in before you do, you’ll either have to brave the rip tide — not recommended — or wait 12 hours for the next low tide.)

But ocean lovers need not walk to Haystack Rock to appreciate the shoreline experience. As the tide comes in, large waves crash upon the sea stacks flanking Haystack. The spectacle is especially impressive with the approach of sunset, as late-afternoon rays cast their glow through the rocketing spray. When the tide rolls out, this beach is a broad swath of white sand. Beach walkers are sure to find sand dollars (and half-dollars), clam and crab shells, and occasional sea stars and other marine denizens. People young and old, frequently accompanied by dogs (and sometimes by colorful kites), make the strand a playground.

An arts community - Besides a beach town, Cannon Beach is also a major center for the arts. The weathered Coaster Theatre (, built as a roller rink in the 1920s, has a year-round schedule of community productions, often featuring a cast from Portland State University. “California Suite,” by famed playwright Neil Simon, plays through Labor Day, along with a musical comedy (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) and a whimsical whodunit (“The Mystery of Irma Vep”). The Coaster is at the south end of Downtown, which is actually the northern of three distinct segments of Cannon Beach. My hotel was in Tolovana, the south end; between the two is blufftop Midtown. Each has its quotient of shopping and dining attractions, but the lion’s share of them are certainly in three pedestrian-friendly blocks of Downtown.

Not only is it nearly impossible to stay out of the art galleries; I can’t fathom why any visitor would want to. Among my favorites is the Bronze Coast Gallery, whose collection of cast sculptures is among the best in the state. The DragonFire Studio has an eclectic and unusual selection of art in many media, from canvases to painted tennis shoes. The Jeffrey Hull Gallery features the oils of Cannon Beach’s answer to Thomas Kinkade. The Cannon Beach Gallery Group ( can tell you about these and many more.

Besides the galleries, there are shops aplenty, including Once Upon a Breeze, which sells colorful kites and other beachside toys. The Cannon Beach Book Company is the hub of a literary scene that draws noted Northwest writers for workshops and getaway weekends. Dena’s Shop on the Corner is one of several popular women’s boutiques; meanwhile, antique lovers throng to a curious shop called The Butler Did It.

There are numerous dining options among the galleries, including JP’s at Cannon Beach (, a family-owned restaurant that serves outstanding seafood plates. But my favorite is Newman’s at 988 (, lodging in a bright and tiny yellow house in the heart of Midtown. The menu at chef-owner John Newman’s restaurant focuses on the Mediterranean cuisine of southern France and northern Italy.

A sculpture of a gray whale, labeled “Endangered Species,” sits beside Ecola Creek at the north end of Cannon Beach. It’s a reminder that this section of coastline is considered one of Oregon’s best places for whale watching in the fall and winter.

No Cannon Beach visitor should miss Ecola State Park (, which embraces forested Tillamook Head immediately north of the town. It’s reached by driving a narrow but well-marked strip of blacktop for a couple of miles through a dense growth of spruce and hemlock. Ample parking encourages a short stroll to a picture-postcard lookout point, with views south across the Bird Rocks to the town of Cannon Beach, and northwest to isolated Tillamook Rock lighthouse, battered by waves a half-mile offshore.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I will never forget the experience of first laying eyes on the coast at Cannon Beach, Oregon with foggy mist swirling around the sea stacks. Waves crashed on the shore as colors lit the sky at sunset. The following morning arose to low tide and hundreds of brightly colored starfish and sea anemones in tide pools and clinging to rocks surrounding majestic Haystack. The Cannon Beach area combines shimmering ocean waves with giant offshore rocks, a dog-friendly beach, intricate tide pools, and nesting birds. Vibrant flowers thrive throughout the quaint town of shops and galleries. From morning fog to late night campfires, every time of day gives something new to experience. It will always remain a magical place that I will return to for years to come.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

When I find a place that everyone in our family enjoys and is accessible for my daughter's wheelchair, we tend to make it a regular family vacation destination. That's the case with Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast, one of our favorite family get-away destinations. Just three and a half hours from Seattle or one and a half hours from Portland, you will find wide sandy beaches dotted by beautiful rock formations, and a little town filled with fun shops and restaurants.

We're native Northwesterners, so as long as it's not raining much we'll spend entire days of our family vacation walking the beach, jumping waves, playing with a skim board, flying a kite, and exploring the tide pools at Haystack Rock. Of course the day has to end with a beach fire and s'mores.

When the weather is less friendly we'll explore the town; Cannon Beach is well-known for its fantastic art community, there are plenty of galleries and beautiful shops. There are also several spas in town, it's a great opportunity to treat yourself - you know that doesn't happen often enough.

Accessibility at Cannon Beach

This is one of the reasons that Cannon Beach is our go-to beach - almost everything is accessible. It is a bit of a challenge to get my daughter's pushchair to the sand, but the paved road behind the Wayfarer on East Gower Ave is the best route from town. At the south end of Cannon Beach is Tolovana Beach State Park where there is another wheelchair-friendly ramp to the beach. When we reach the sand at the end of the pavement, we turn her pushchair around and tip it on the back two wheels to pull it through the soft sand. Once we're on the harder-surfaced, damp sand we can walk the beach for hours.

The stores are accessible with nice sidewalks and ramps, and in my experience the shop owners are friendly and accommodating if the racks are a little too close.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Seeing Cannon Beach for the FIRST TIME- Week 3 ~ Summer 2011 ~ Adventure with Kids – The whole  object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as foreign land. –G.K.Chesterton-

My oldest son’s girlfriend, who is from San Juan Islands, spent a week with us during the July 4 holiday four day weekend. The two of them wanted to have a day at the Oregon Beach with the family during her stay. Cannon Beach is our favorite family spot, where my youngest son celebrates his Spring Break birthday every year.

My son’s girlfriend had not experienced any Oregon beach yet, much less Cannon Beach, famous for Haystack Rock, breathtaking sunsets and endless miles of dreamy coast – and my youngest son’s birthday. And, we were glad to be there for her “first time at Cannon Beach” monument. I called it our  Week 3 Adventure with Kids for Summer 2011.

We left after church on Sunday- I love that they wanted to first go to church, which translated into a much later start to our beach day trip. . . When we left Portland, the weather was overcast and cloudy, not what you expect for summer. Okay, it’s Oregon.

But, as we passed through the mountains on Highway 26, we watched the clouds melt into clear blue sky above the miles of sandy beaches, accented with Haystack Rock. We brought beach blankets for relaxing and kites for flying and shovels for digging.

The excitement of my son’s girlfriend seeing Cannon Beach for the first time was a delight. The awe, the natural beauty, the sand stretching for miles into the horizon, the ocean waves splashing against the shores, the number of people walking along the beach, splashing into the waves, chasing after kids, digging with  shovels, building sand castles, flying kites. Extraordinary ordinary. 

 As I reflect on the G.K. Chesterton quote about his take on traveling on foreign land–something very adventurous—to see one’s own land, something familiar, as foreign land.

 And, that is what you do when you see some place through fresh eyes. That attitude of wonder. Of awe. Of amazement. May our lives be always filled with that “first time there” feeling.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Every day reveals something new in Cannon Beach.

Rain, storm or shine, there are amazing views all around, from the beach to the surrounding bluffs that capture the verve, energy and power of the mighty Pacific surf breaking on the 235-foot-tall Haystack Rock, a towering chunk of volcanic rock that sits right off the shoreline.

Your full day tour starts with a walk through the town and ends with a visit to the secret Ecola State Park to enjoy a glass of wine on a small secluded beach.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Hi there, I could use your help. I'm putting together a small company conference for June of this year. The last one was held in Cannon Beach, and that worked well for a number of reasons.

-Where we stayed had different types of rooms. So we were able to get a 2-bedroom condo type suite for the meetings to be held in (again, it's a small group...probably 12) but then get individual rooms for each attendee to stay in with their significant other.

-Accommodations were walkable to "town." So while the attendee was meeting, the significant other had options of things to do.

-The town was big enough to have choices. We weren't stuck in the hotel for all meals, we could walk to a little shop for breakfast and have dinner at various establishments (private banquet rooms etc.) Also, the last dinner was special, in that it wasn't just a sit down dinner. Doesn't have to be entertainment, but just something out of the ordinary (dinner at a winery?).

The first town that jumped to mind was Chelan, with accommodations at Campbell's. But I'm looking for other options to consider too.



Monday, February 21, 2011

The past 10 years we visit Cannon Beach / Seaside Oregon. Family sleeps in and I ride the beach, from Ecola Park to Hug Point along the beach, I purchased a bike from Mike's Bikes in Cannon Beach and Mike took this photo. I never get a photo of me because no chance - low and behold we both were at awe of this full moon and clear day. funny that I saw him as I rode up to where he took it. perfect photo, ocean, moon and me at my favorite place on my bike. I thank God every time I can go there, all the presures of life go away. Smiles. Dan Hart oh yaw I love my wife and son and our dog.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Every day reveals something new in Cannon Beach. Rain, storm or shine there are amazing views all around; from the beach to the surrounding bluffs.Cannon Beach provides the quintessential Oregon Coast experience. Framed by sea-splitting headlands and miles of beaches, this town of 1,600 residents is a blend of incredible scenic beauty, wildlife, upscale inns, fine seafood restaurants and art galleries galore. You’ll start the day with a walk through town peeking into art galleries, surf shops and local stores. Next you’ll head to Whale Park, then off to take in sea lions or other sea life as you enjoy an intertidal beach walk. Next you’ll head to the secret Ecola State Park for a coastal rain forest walk with panoramic views. Then take a short hike down to a small secluded beach where you’ll enjoy a glass of local Oregon wine all the while keeping an eye out for elk, peregrine falcons, bald eagles and other sea birds. If you’re lucky and come in the Spring, you might even spot a gray whale as they cruise by on their way back to Alaska!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Cannon Beach in Oregon is one such destination. One might not think of it as an obvious choice for holidays, however, it is so. So much so that it has attracted raving reviews from all over.

Cannon Beach is located in the Pacific coast, and is located ninety minutes outside Portland in Oregon. The sand along west coast is of a denser variety, and is suitable for long walks on the beach. You can enjoy the beautiful sun sets on the west coast.

The shoreline at Cannon Beach extends to close to nine miles in length and has some of the best scenery all through the nine miles. The beach is the ideal location for couples and honeymooners, because romance is simply in the air here. Also, for guys, you might want to take advantage of the location to propose, the palpable sense of romance in the air is your friend.

There are a huge number of activities on offer here, from some excellent water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, water skiing, paragliding, surfing and a whole lot of others, you can also take in a movie or two, enjoy some succulent cuisine at the numerous excellent restaurants, and get a load of the nightlife.

Cannon beach area is not only famous for its beach, but also the heavenly nature trails here. The Emerald Forest is within close proximity, and there is no dearth to panoramic views and heavenly nature.


Friday, January 28, 2011 

Photos. They take you to another place, a place you’ve been a hundred times, but a place that you love no matter how many times you go. One of those places for me is Cannon Beach, Oregon. Not only does it have one of the Top 10 beaches in the US (okay, so I searched  and searched for some research to back me up on that finding, and couldn’t quite find any– but just trust me– I saw a magazine article on it once!), but it also has the fabulous Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center, Bruce’s Candy Kitchen, as well as THE BEST pizza place! (Honestly I’m salivating at the thought of that massive slice, dripping with goodness.)


Friday, January 21, 2011

The next village, Cannon Beach, is considered the center for artistic activity on the Oregon coast. It is more contemporary and more sophisticated, especially along Hemlock Street, than many of its counterpart coastal towns, all the while retaining a small-town feeling. Travelers come to enjoy the shops and restaurants. We enjoy staying right on the beach at Stephanie Inn or just a little further south in Arch Cape at Arch Cape House.

No visit here would be complete without a stop at the pristine and magnificent Ecola State Park. Ecola (“Whale Creek” to the native Indians) was the spot at which William Clark, Sacajawea, and the men of the Corps of Discovery traded with Tillamook Indians in 1806 for whale blubber and whale meat, in a no-doubt deliriously happy transaction to supplement their spartan and monotonous diets. So taken was Clark with this particular stretch of coastline, that an awestruck description appears in his journal. This 1,300-acre park includes a picture-perfect stretch of beach that’s great for walking. A waterside forest of old-growth Sitka spruce and western hemlock makes for a protected habitat for elk and deer. For a good 6-mile hike, try the Tillamook Head Trail beginning at Indian Beach. Prefer a short stroll to an amazing overlook? Try Ecola Point just 2 miles north of the park entrance, where a ¼-mile path leads you from the parking lot to the headlands.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

So the next morning I left for Cannon Beach to meet up with two wonderful friends.  One I’ve known since kindergarten and the other one I can say that we really got to know each other probably just after high school.

We talked and talked and talked.  These are friends where you pick up right where you left off the last time.  After a bit we decided to grab a late lunch/early dinner so we ventured out to the town to see what was outside.

Dinner was amazing!  Fried clams, chowder, lobster and of course we had to try the famous house Bloody Mary (which was also great).  And I wish I could remember the name of the place because I would totally encourage everyone to go!  Oh, the Seattle game was on and they were playing the Saints so the restaurant/bar we were at was quite busy and full.  It made for lots of great conversations!

It was early yet so we came back to our condo were we proceeded to call lots of our other high school buddies.  Now that was really fun!!  (Sorry everyone we called!!)  We had drinks and laughs and told stories that we all hadn’t thought about in ages.  I forget sometimes how important it is to have times like this and I’m so grateful to have friends like this.


Tuesday, December 08, 2010

Cannon Beach has long been a favorite romantic getaway for many Oregonians, and during the winter months, you can experience the romance of Cannon Beach for less with several great deals currently being offered. Stay two nights Sunday through Thursday (not valid for December 24-January 1) for just $139 per night at the Surfsand Resort, or stay two nights in one of the Stephanie Inn's luxurious one-bedroom suites from now to December 23 and pay only the price of one night. At the Inn of the Four Winds you'll receive a similar deal. Stay two nights for the price of one in an oceanfront room now through December 30; rates start at just $99 per night.


If you'd rather plan your getaway over the Christmas holiday, stay three nights (including December 25) at the Surfsand and you'll receive a complimentary Christmas Dinner at the oceanfront Wayfarer Restaurant. The meal features locally raised Herb-Roasted Tom Turkey, Maple-Glazed Pork Loin, Dungeness Crab Cakes and plenty of accompaniments, served from noon to 8 pm.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Cannon Beach – The Most Beautiful Beaches in Oregon

November 28, 2010 By: admin Category: Beach Tourism Information

Oregon is a blend of coastline, green forests, mountains and canyons. Oregon is located in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Although Oregon has all the beauty of nature tourism, here I will only discuss the beach as a boundary. Oregon has a beautiful beach coast, including the beach of Cannon. Cannon beach is said to be named because of the discovery of a cannon on the beach around 1846. With an area of approximately 7 miles, allowing you to walk to one end to see the panorama of Cannon beach. You can also perform some popular activities include Biking, Kite Flying, Hiking, and Surfing.


Friday, November 12, 2010

We had the pleasure of shooting this engagement session at Cannon Beach.  It was my first time visiting and I was blown away by how gorgeous it is.  Laura & Majid live in Portland and we had a great weekend away with this couple.  Cannon Beach is filled with sweet shops and adorable beach houses…and not to mention my new favorite saltwater taffy store!  We’ll definitely be going back & am grateful to Laura & Majid for showing us around Portland and Cannon Beach!


Friday, November 12, 2010

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Enjoy picnicking on sweeping sand with the backdrop of a huge rock rising from the sea. The beach is named for the several cannons that washed ashore from the wreck of the warship Shark. There is plenty of room to toss a Frisbee or go for a run on its long stretch of sand. Have beach volleyball with your family and friends.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Super Fido-friendly Cannon Beach by Carol Bryant

Just because Labor Day has passed, there’s still plenty of time to walk the shoreline, Fido by your side. Take in a glorious sunset, trek out at low tide to the Haystack Rock, and best of all Fido is free to frolic sans leash on the clean beach here! Can life possibly get any better? Breathe in the air wafting above the Pacific Ocean and let life stand still for a while.


Yours truly is staying at a gorgeous oceanfront resort in Cannon Beach that is one of the most Fido-friendly resorts I’ve personally ever encountered (and there have been 10 years’ worth here at FIDO Friendly magazine). A few footsteps/pawprints from our doorstep is the gorgeous Haystack Rock, a protected marine garden that reaches for the sky 235 feet out of the sand at low tide. Sea life abounds in the area around Haystack Rock as well as many birds (such as puffins and seagulls).

The beauty of this beach is in its ability to transport you and Fido to a peaceful solitude yet surrounded by many other people and their pooches. If Fido is under your voice control, feel free to allow him to play in the ocean waves and chase a tennis ball or two.


The surrounding town of Cannon Beach is peppered with the most inviting shops and unique eateries. The past few days, it has been intermittently rainy, so with umbrella and galoshes in tow, we ventured out into the quaintness of this area. Boutiques, art galleries and smaller specialty stores line the cute streets. Learn of these stores by clicking Cannon Beach shopping.


Take a hike in the nearby Ecola State Park with trails and beach access. Bring some local flavors in a picnic basket and enjoy the view and Oregon cheeses and atmosphere. Highly recommended: the Tillamook cheddar.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

cannon beach

Whilst searching for all things Goonies, we made our way down to Cannon Beach. It was raining and humid, but wonderful all the same.

I love the NW coast.

the fog.

the pine trees.

the cold.

It felt like I was standing in someone's novel.

I can't wait to return.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cannon Beach - one of the most beautiful places we stopped on our “oregon trail” was cannon beach. the water reflected like glass, and the air was crisp. it wasn’t the warmest day, but it was so stunning. this beach is not on the way to portland. do not be mistaken! i thought it was a bit closer than it actually was – portland is farther from the coast than i expected. but the coastal drive is worth it. that is where you get to see all the cute towns by the water, with their antique shops, art galleries and cafes. cannon beach is one of those cute towns. buts its a bit touristy if you ask me. the actual beach is where its at. the thing i liked best about this beach though? when you kick your feet in the sand, it makes a funny noise.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Cannon Beach was perfection. We took Lily to the beach as soon as we got there and to say she love it is just not a big enough description. She was, I believe, in a state of perfect joy. We ran the beach with her. We chased waves. She swam in large tide pools. We chased seagulls and sandpipers (no birds were harmed in the chasing of them and actually I think several of them were taunting and laughing at our feeble attempts. Lily went off leash( her first time ever) and she chased her ball and ran circles around us and played with other dogs— all the while making sure that the other members of her pack (me and He-weasel) were close by. Seeing Lily so happy made me sooooo happy. I couldn’t stop myself from smiling. I was so happy that I forgot all the drama and trauma of the previous days. We spent the better part of two days walking/running/walking the beach at Cannon Beach.  It was especially magical because I remember as a little girl when we summered at Cannon Beach that I would envy those with dogs. I knew every dog on the beach. Some of them become longtime friends. Each summer we would go I would meet my friend, Poker. Dogs, for me, are synonymous with Cannon Beach. So having my own dog that I could run and swim and chase tennis balls with was the best. We all loved it so much that we are making plans for the three of us to go back for a week long stay (sans Mrs. Grumpypants). We even have fantasies of moving close to a dog beach so Lily and I can share these perfect days of happiness more often.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Barely a 30 minute drive north of our little haven is the artsy and adorable town of Cannon Beach. We enjoy a morning exploring the downtown and surrounding area, full of quaint stores and homes adorned with beautiful, colorful flowers. The contrast is quite palpable as we stray from the bustling downtown hub into the neighboring cottage lined residential streets just blocks from the beach. Lush landscapes prevail and the residents clearly take much pride in their little heaven. We virtually have these back streets to ourselves as we peek through gardens and imagine living in several of these cozy, welcoming homes. Every corner brings even prettier sights and we spend a good amount of time exploring this peaceful, lovely place. A trek down to the gorgeous beach showcases the famous haystacks landmark and, listening to expert advise, we time the visit at low tide so we are able to get really up close and personal with the natural beauty and witness the marine garden wonders with awe. Huge star fish are in abundance in a variety of rich, beautiful colors. Gorgeous!


Monday, August 2, 2010

Cannon Beach, Oregon. A 90-minute drive from Portland, Oregon, Cannon Beach is a picturesque beach community reminiscent of Cape Cod, with cedar-shingle buildings, picket fences, and quiet gravel streets. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Coast Range, Cannon Beach was once a quaint artists' community that has recently gained popularity. But who can blame the tourists? With nine miles of pleasant beaches, it's a great place to enjoy the beautiful Oregon coast or explore tide pools and nearby trails. The shore's stars are the dazzling sea stacks, vertical rock formations that jut out from the water just off the coast. Haystack Rock is the world's third largest coastal monolith and stands 235 feet tall. It shadows a teeming aquatic ecosystem called a marine garden, where starfish, anemones, crabs, algae, and many other species dwell. Just inland, Ecola State Park is full of conifer forests and great spots for hiking and picnicking. Climb up Ecola Point for a breathtaking panoramic view. When you're done soaking up the unique landscape, go shopping! Cannon Beach is filled with art galleries and unique book and craft stores. Despite all of the development, the town still retains a wonderfully rustic quality.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cannon Beach, Oregon

This beach falls into two categories ' relaxing & peaceful and natural beauty. Cannon Beach is on Highway 101 in Oregon and is a very popular vacation town. But it is not this quaint, flower be-decked little town that draws visitors here. It is the four miles of beach, the awe-inspiring beauty of the imposing rock formations, and the tranquility that bring people to this beach. Generally, the water is too cold for swimming, even in the summer, but any time of year is perfect for a stroll along the beach and around these huge monoliths. Early in the mornings, tide pools around these rocks are teeming with multi-colored starfish, sea anemones, and other unusual sea creatures.

Haystack Rock is Cannon Beaches' famous landmark and it rises 235 feet out of the ocean. In the early morning hours or at night when the light is right and the moon is shining on Haystack, this rock formation resembles some sort of mythical monster rising out of the ocean.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Best Beach Town For Hiking: Cannon Beach, Oregon

With plenty of trails and beautiful views, adventurous beachgoers will want to add Cannon Beach to their bucket lists. Home to the well-known Haystack Rock, this town is the place to go if you’re looking for outdoorsy fun. Hike along the coastline in nearby Ecola State Park or climb Saddle Mountain while taking in the surrounding natural beauty. After a strenuous day, it’s easy to throw down a beach towel, kick off your hiking boots, and relax seaside.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cannon Beach, Oregon: Where Meetings Become Retreats.

It's remarkable what a change of scenery can inspire. A fresh perspective. Renewed energy. Surprising creativity. A sense of camaraderie. Hosting a conference or meeting at a destination away from the office or corporate campus can amount to better teamwork and a pop in productivity, especially if that destination is one that inspires, rejuvenates and even relaxes. Cannon Beach – a genteel town of 1,500 friendly souls on the Oregon Coast – hosts hundreds of conferences and meetings every year, whether sales incentives, educational conferences or executive getaways. And there are three definite reasons: stunning setting, an array of sophisticated down-time attractions and, of course, first-rate facilities.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this week, and we went to our favorite place: Cannon Beach, Oregon. Our first date was there, and we also spent our honeymoon in the small coastal town along the picturesque Oregon shore. This year we spent our anniversary enjoying the beautiful beach with our three children. The weather was mostly good, but being the Oregon Coast, it varied from day to day. From sunny and warm, to sunny but windy, to overcast and fog; we had it all, including a bit of misty rain one morning, but we had a great time, and I took lots of pictures as usual.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Chasing waves - Cannon Beach, Oregon

We spent part of the day at the beach this past Saturday - Audrey had a blast! I literally couldn't get her to sit still or interested in the camera not even for a half a minute.

Her favorite thing was to run and meet the waves and then run away - eventually she would sit around for just enough time to make a few big splashes and then run. ...and then we got to take turns with her at chasing waves and being chased by them.

A few places you might consider checking out if you happen to be there... Cannon Beach has the best pizza (there is no better pizza than Pizza-a-Fetta as far as I - and many others - are concerned) There is no better salt water taffy than the peanut butter salt water taffy from Bruce's Candy Kitchen (Audrey will tell you that - it's her favorite flavor).

If you want to eat the most tasty, fresh and really the best fish and chips in Cannon Beach, you should definitely stop by Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market for lunch or dinner. You will not be sorry!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Later this month I am heading to Cannon Beach Oregon which is one of my favorite places on earth!  I often say that Cannon Beach is a combination of my summers spent in New Hampshire on our lake and in Avalon on the Jersey Shore.  It also has a hit of the Maine coast line feel to it.  Yet Cannon Beach has a magical feel for me which pulls me to visit every year.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Whether you see the Cannon Beach on a misty day, with fog hugging the hills, or on a sunny day with clouds flying like kites - you will fall in love with this place. Mere steps from this sandy spot, my family enjoys a beach house that is bursting with memories; a place where you can breathe deep & soak it all in.


Monday, June 28, 2010

I went to the beach on Saturday to breathe a bit. It was beautiful there. This cozy little coastal town called Cannon Beach is one of my favorite coastal locations. The town is very quaint. A touristy place, for sure, but never really feeling over crowded. Saturday there were artists all over the place; 13 of them, doing what they do/love. Art. External manifestations of the beauty/desires contained within. Whether painting or sketching or sculpting, they were all outside, enjoying the sunshine and visitors as they passed by and inquired of their work. It was magical.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cannon Beach.  It's quaint, picturesque, filled with adorable shops and restaurants, and the best (BEST) ice cream parlor.  We went all three days that we were there.  Ok, well~ on day 2, we realized that we hadn't had any ice cream, but it was far past Betsy's bedtime... so once she went to sleep, I snuck out (Tom was still in our hotel suite.... no need to call CPS), and got us both double scoops.  Is that mean?  We ate our ice cream in bed watching 48 hours Mystery while Betsy slept.  It was after all, my birthday eve, and since I celebrate all month, I figured it was justified.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

If you grew up the 90’s, you’re probably familiar with a little ol’ movie called The Goonies.  Made in 1985, the Goonies was about a group of teenage boys from Astoria, Oregon, who embark on an adventure to find the buried treasure of the pirate One-Eyed Willy.  A classic coming-of-age-story, the Goonies was shot and filmed on the shores of Oregon, in a little spot known as Cannon Beach.

Cannon Beach offers a stunning mixture of mountains, redwoods [actually fir, spruce and cedar], and ocean, all in one panoramic view.  Although the Oregon beach can be a little on the chilly side, it’s known by locals as being one of the best kept secrets in America.  This secret is epitomized in the awe-inspiring beauty of Haystack Rock, the gem of Cannon Beach.

Rising well over 230 feet into the air, you can easily walk to Haystack Rock when the tides are low.  Haystack Rock supports an abundant ecosystem dependent on this tiny rocky island.  Explore as much as you wish, but climbing on Haystack Rock is strictly prohibited.  If you’re a Goonies fan, you’ll quickly notice the importance of this rocky island in the movie.

Rain or shine, Cannon Beach is not to be missed.  With break-taking views and stunning rock formations, Cannon Beach is easily one of the most beautiful spots in Oregon.

The little town of Cannon Beach is worth a gander once you’ve had your fill of the shore.  Wander into town and peruse the local art.  Many stores have a nautical art theme (for obvious reasons).  With many local coffee shops and eateries to choose from, you can easily spend an entire day here.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A golf road trip with Cannon Beach as its base easily can come to be about something other than golf. That’s because Cannon Beach has an array of beguiling attractions for foodies, craftspeople and naturalists – amateur or pro – and there isn’t any golf in town. But you can find golf nearby and a little more distant, and if the trip winds down on the way home with a round at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, 20 miles west of Portland, you’ve had about the best of all tourism worlds. From Cannon Beach, which is about 150 miles from Olympia by way of Longview, Astoria and Seaside, the nearest top-flight 18-hole course is Gearhart Golf Links. Gearhart, a dozen miles from Cannon Beach, was opened in 1892, which makes it the oldest course in the Northwest. Its clubhouse, which replaced the one that burned down in 1997, includes the Sand Trap restaurant, run by McMenamins, the same people who re-did The Spar in downtown Olympia .


Friday, June 18, 2010

Cannon Beach, Oregon. Artists have long contemplated nature's creativity along this rugged volcanic coast. It's no wonder why: The landscape features hulking boulders like 235-foot basalt Haystack Rock, tidal pools, and forests plunging to the Pacific, all punctuated by powdery strands. Numerous galleries and artists' ateliers showcase various media from glass to candle making. Several nearby museums celebrate the region's maritime and military heritage, the History Center recreates a Native American longhouse, and ranger-led tours follow in explorers' footsteps at Lewis & Clark National Historic Park. After checking those off your list, join Portland scenesters in the unpretentious wine lounges. Tip: At the EVOO Cooking School you can take classes like Artisan Bread Making and Crepes 101, or reserve a spot at one of the wine dinners and let them do the cooking.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Top 10 family beaches. Cannon Beach, OR. Set against verdant old-growth forests and punctuated by giant rock monoliths (including the 235-foot-high Haystack Rock), quaint and kid-friendly Cannon Beach ( lies just 80 miles west of Portland, Oregon. While the Pacific waters here are often too cold for swimming, kite flying, along with tide pooling and sand-castle building, reign supreme on this wide, sandy strip – and the kites sold at the town's weathered cedarwood-clad shops make the perfect family beach vacation souvenir. Every June brings Sandcastle Day (June 18 in 2011), when kids of all ages can enter one of the West Coast's largest sand-castle-building contests.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

We are going to my favorite beach early Monday morning for a mini romantic vacay. Just 2 nights with my groom in one of our favorite towns. Cannon Beach, Oregon. There is nothing like it. If you are in the northwest, I highly recommend you go. Heck...if you are not in the northwest I recommend you fly to Portland and drive the hour it takes from there. It's about a 4-5 hour drive from where we are in Washington. I can't wait! It's pure romance.


I love it so much! It touches something deep in me, I don't know how to explain it. But the first time I came to this magical place, I experienced deja vu. I don't know when I will get to go here again, as we are leaving the northwest very soon. But I have dreams of retiring here one day. I'd love to call it my home.


Saturday, May 29, 2010,_Oregon  

Top 10 Family Beaches. Cannon Beach Oregon. Set against verdant old-growth forests and punctuated by giant rock monoliths (including the 235-foot-high Haystack Rock), quaint and kid-friendly Cannon Beach ( lies just 80 miles west of Portland, Oregon. While the Pacific waters here are often too cold for swimming, kite flying, along with tide pooling and sand-castle building, reign supreme on this wide, sandy strip – and the kites sold at the town's weathered cedarwood-clad shops make the perfect family beach vacation souvenir. Every June brings Sandcastle Day (June 19 in 2010), when kids of all ages can enter one of the West Coast's largest sand-castle-building contests.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

On our way we stopped to get a picture of Haystack Peak famous for its debut in "The Goonies". In order to get to Haystack Peak you have to go to Cannon Beach. We were so glad we stopped! Cannon Beach is this darling little touristy place that we had hoped to find all along. The coast wasn't really what we expected ...we thought it was going to be like little Park City's all the way up and it wasn't at all....except for Cannon Beach. I told Zack we should forget Astoria and just stay in Cannon Beach in a little B&B. Well he wanted to see Astoria so we drove up there (it is only 20 miles away) and as soon as we got there we turned around. So we went back, found an inn called "The Inn at Haystack Rock" and stayed there our last two nights. We spent a lot of time on Cannon Beach looking at tidal pools. I found this Sand Dollar!.


Monday, May 17, 2010

I want to live in Cannon Beach! So Saturday, Kurtis and I got in our blue Kia Spectra rental car, and drove an hour and a half to Cannon Beach, OR.  It was 57 degrees and windy there, but oh my gosh!  I loved it there!  I just love the ocean.  I don't know what it is about the waves crashing on the shore, or the rocks, but I just find it breath taking.  We went to see Haystack Rock.  It is this ginormous rock right near the shore on Cannon Beach.  Apparently in the spring, puffins come and nest there.  We must have been too late in the spring because we didn't see anything but seagulls.  It was so nice.  Kurtis and I took a romantic stroll down the beach, and I picked up crab claws that the sea gulls had ripped off the bodies of the crabs and tossed aside as they devoured their meal.  I thought the boys would enjoy seeing them, but Kurtis said they were gross and wouldn't let me bring them home.  :(  Then, we laid out the towel for two that we brought and read our books.  After I read a chapter, I started to get cold, so I decided to take off my shoes, and see how cold the water was.  It was freaking freezing!  Then, I wandered down the beach some more, and picked up more crab claws and bodies and a lobster head.  At least I think it was a lobster.  I could be wrong.  I don't really know my sea creatures that well.  After awhile, Kurtis called me because he didn't know where I'd gone.  Even though I had said I was going for a walk when I got up.  He was too engrossed in his book and didn't even notice that I had left.  So I went back to him, and showed him all my treasures.  He said they were way too gross, and so I took a picture of them, and left them behind.  But we went walking some more, down the other direction, away from Haystack Rock.  Then, after I got some amazing pictures of the light house off in the distance and the shoreline, we turned around and drove back to Portland.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cannon Beach. How I love that little beach town! It is smaller than Seaside and doesn't even have but a small locally owned grocery store but the shops are so much cuter and sophisticated and taken care of. All the buildings are wood and almost cabin-like. It is very idyllic. It's a beautiful place to walk on the beach and check out Haystack Rock, window shop, get a spa treatment or eat some really fine food. They have a small brewery/restaurant and great local but again small, coffee company. They also have a really great local bakery called Waves of Grain that Aaron and I had lunch at when we came last time. It is much more of a restful getaway-type place to go for me. Of course, it probably helps that I don't live there. But enough about Cannon Beach.



Friday, May 14, 2010

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Travel to the northwestern corner of the U.S. and visit Cannon Beach, Oregon, a serene encounter with nature and the arts. The premier attraction is Haystack Rock which is said to be the third largest monolith in the world. Towering a staggering 235 feet high, more than 2,000 birds nest on the rock and large amount of delicate sea life resides below it. The beaches here are unusually wide and stretch a lengthy nine miles. Beach comers can browse through the shops that line the beach and select souvenirs amongst an endless supply of homemade crafts and works of art.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Our Honeymoon...7 1/2 years late. As part of our spring break trip we headed up to Oregon to visit Jake's mom. She was kind enough to volunteer to take on the kids for a couple of days while Jake and I took off on our own. We never went on a honeymoon and never went on a vacation as just the two of us, so we were very excited. We left on my 27th birthday for our trip to Cannon Beach. We splurged on a great hotel right on the beach, and even though it was cold we had a great time. Tropical beaches can be fun, but northern beaches are just so beautiful and peaceful. It was just what we needed. Thank you Benita and Mark!!!!

On our first day we just walked up the beach and explored the town, then enjoyed lava rock massages back at the hotel (heaven!!) The next day we went to Seaside, up the road. It is the end of the Lewis and Clark trail. We have been to St Louis, which is the beginning of that trail, and now we've been to the end. We enjoyed shopping and scouring the beaches for sand dollars. We only found a few whole dollars, but we got a bucket full of 'half-dollars'. We were told it is really hard to find whole dollars because all of the birds dig them up and crack open and eat them. We also explored further up the coast and crossed into Washington for a bit before heading back.

On our last day we went into Ecola State Park (right in between Cannon Beach and Seaside. We did a bit of hiking on the main trails, and then we found a little-used trail that led down to a small beach in between the cliffs. It was completely deserted and we enjoyed the serenity there. It was such a beautiful peaceful place. We ended the day at the temple in Portland before heading back to see the kids.

I just put the pics in a slideshow because I had so many to share. If you slide your mouse over the pictures you will see the captions I wrote. Warning: these pictures will make you want to travel here! It was beautiful!!!


Monday, May 10, 2010

Cannon Beach Guide: Family-friendly picks

Oregon, Spotlight — By Lora on April 30, 2010 at 11:38

Oh, the Oregon Coast — golden beaches, great food, and thriving coastal communities full of art galleries and cool toystores and bookstores. Enjoy a misty morning tidepooling adventure with a hot coffee in hand. Or recline in a beach chair with a new book — while the kids create turreted castles from crystals of warm sand. Your choice.

Haystack Rock

One of my favorite destinations along the Oregon Coast is Cannon Beach, only about an hour west of Portland. Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rock offers probably one of the most-photographed scenes in Oregon: Sundown, when the skies turn impossible shades of pink and purple, and the sun sinks behind the basalt monolith.

Keep in mind — all of the photos here were shot in November. Yes, November. It was awesome.

Tidepooling. Pick up delicate anemones and grouchy crabs at Haystack Rock, near Tolovana State Park. Bring binoculars to find nesting birds in Haystack Rock’s cliff face (and oh yeah, watch your head). Look for one of the HRAP volunteers, who will tell you all about the creatures and features of the park.

Pick up Haystack Cookie. Cannon Beach Bakery, where a bag of Haystack Macaroon Cookies is only a few bucks. Named after the signature landmark, these treats are thankfully NOT made from rock and bird poo. Nope, just flour, dates, coconuts and walnuts.

Sea stacks off of Ecola State Park

Hit the trails. I like Ecola State Park, where the kids can count rings in felled trees, hike up and down a bluff, gather smooth coast stones and watch surfers catch the perfect wave. Don’t miss the striking sea stacks right off shore.

Eat fish ‘n’ chips. Sit at Ecola Seafood’s vinyl-covered tables. You’ll love the enormous, perfectly cooked portions of salmon, razor clams and halibut. Kid meals are served with a lollipop – as if they’d have room after all that fish fare.

Rent bikes. Check out Family Fun Cycles (1160 S Hemlock St.), where the knowledgable staff will get your butt in the gear. Rents during low tide – check those tide tables.

Pick up a picture book. Sit a spell at Cannon Beach Book Company, the solution to a sandcastle full of rain. You’ll also find Klutz books, great for little crafters, and nice chapter book selection.

Sandcastle construction at Surfsand Resort

Sleep in. I love Surfsand Resort, where kids can enjoy roasted hot dogs, craft projects and ice cream socials. And that’s before you get to the two-pager DVD list and luxe rooms featuring kitchenettes, Haystack-rock-view rooms and the sound of the surf. The hotel is right on the beach — perfect for quick cleanup.

Wind down. “Bedtime Stories,” on 89.5 (KMUN) from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., an evening radio program of kid-oriented stories and songs.

Go fly a kite. Pick your high-flier from one of dozens at the Kite Factory (339 Fir St.), then head to Tolovana State Park.

Bring home taffy. Choose your chewy goodness from Bruce’s Candy Kitchen, a local landmark, where the stretchy goodness is made on-site. Toss together a bag from the choices offered, whether you want traditional (root beer) or different (pomegranate).

This is just the tip of the monolith — I list more Cannon Beach restaurants, activities, restaurants and shops in my book Northwest Kid Trips: Portland, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver.


Friday, April 23, 2010

If you want to enjoy the holiday beaches in the United States, visit Cannon Beach, Oregon. Perhaps you’ve heard about Hawaii, Miami, Florida and other places in the United States which is the beach resort of stunning. Well, now you should know that there is a beach resort that is not less spectacular in the United States, the Cannon Beach in Oregon.

About beauty, she is not inferior to other beaches in America such as the Hanalei Bay in Hawaii, Siesta Beach in Florida, Coronado Beach in California, and various other beaches in America whose name is already famous around the world. However, if you want the atmosphere of the beach for relaxation and enjoying natural beauty with relaxed, Cannon Beach in Oregon, this is the right choice. On this beach, you can flying kites on the beach, enjoying the sights of birds flying around the coast and also took pictures of Haystack Road.

If you want to enjoy its beauty more deeply, look at Cannon Beach in the evening. The atmosphere of nature, beauty of color of the sky are stunning, the birds flying and also its beauty is like a silhouette of nature fascinating, and the atmosphere was natural that makes you feel the beauty of the coast of this remarkable. Well, you’ll be more impressed again at this beach, because around Cannon Beach you can see animals such as Tufted Puffin, Pigeon guillemot, Black oystercatcher, Pelagic cormorant and others. But remember, do not you harass or take a position too close to the animals because they are very sensitive to human presence near them.

Cannon Beach, Oregon is famous for its natural beauty and charm. On this beach, you can feel the calmness and relaxation, see a variety of fascinating animals, looking like a silhouette of a beach beauty of nature, and also feel the natural beauty of the beach that you may not find at other beaches which are filled with tourists conduct its activities on the beach. If you want a relaxed and casual atmosphere, there’s no harm in visiting Cannon Beach. Try for a moment staring at the beauty of its beach, seeing the birds fly freely and exhilaration, and admire the beauty of Haystack Road which was not found on another beach … hmmm .. it is definitely going to make you feel happy and enjoy the beauty of felt experience in Cannon Beach, Oregon vacations.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

From vivid scenery to fantastic seafood restaurants to "Goonies" filming locations, Cannon Beach has a little something for everyone. Cannon Beach is a gorgeous location on the Oregon coast, with the picturesque Haystack Rock rising out of the Pacific Ocean and nine miles of wide, sandy beaches to stroll along. Cannon Beach is a perfect place to just relax and enjoy the scenery, but there is a variety of more-active pursuits, as well. The town is known for its art community, and there are many galleries and stores selling crafts in the downtown area. The tidepools in the Marine Garden are a fun place to explore, full of marine life and surrounded by rocks at the base of the 235-foot-high Haystack Rock, which is home to a large habitat of seabirds. Ecola State Park, at the north end of Cannon Beach, is one of several filming sites for the movie "Goonies" and also features hiking trails and picnicking areas in addition to panoramic views of Cannon Beach, the ocean and the surrounding beaches.


Saturday, March 20, 2010 Cannon Beach, Oregon. Winter along the Oregon coastline is prime for storm watching, and you'll find endless possibilities for quiet walks along largely abandoned beaches. But come summer, the oceanfront bungalows in Cannon Beach fill with vacationers keen to soak up the sunshine -- usually accompanied by a chilly Pacific breeze -- in one of America's most artsy beach towns. Available for weekly rentals, cottages (some on a very grand scale) accessed by bumpy gravel lanes and crowned with cedar-shingle roofs are idyllic beach abodes. And Cannon Beach delivers a heady cocktail of rugged nature -- it's impossible to miss the imposing rocky monoliths, including Haystack Rock, just offshore -- blended with smart art galleries and eclectic cafes that give the town across-the-board appeal. While in the area, be sure to check out nearby Ecola State Park, where spruce forests back beautiful beaches and migrating whales hug the coastline in the winter and spring.


Friday, March 19, 2010

The drive north to Manzanita and then Cannon Beach offered perhaps the most spectacular from-the-road views we’ve had, as we drove high along a mountain road with the blue ocean just below and large rocks jutting up from the water. Cannon Beach was, as advertised, a bit too much like Carmel – tasteful but still touristy. Glad we stayed here instead. We also drove quickly into and out of Seaside, which had an old Jersey Shore feel to it.

In Cannon Beach, we parked near the elegant Stephanie Inn (which looked smaller and quainter in real than on its website) and walked on the beach by the classic Haystack Rock in the late afternoon. Stunning.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I've been to many beaches in the world, and have many fond memories of camping out on the sands of Zanzibar, and waking up to the sound of rolling waves on Koh Samui. But take away the exotic factor and I'd have to say my favorite beach of anywhere is Cannon Beach right here in Oregon. Having grown up in Florida, I never was very fond of swimming in salt water or coming home with blistering sunburns. I was always much more excited about being there during a Florida thunderstorm, or in the winter when it was colder, which is why the beaches here in the Northwest are perfect. It's almost never warm enough to actually swim and the storms are amazing. In fact, the night we were there this past weekend the pounding hail and driving winds made for a restless night. Nevertheless, the storm let up on Saturday and Q and his friends headed back down to the sand to do some important digging and sea foam collecting. While the perfectionist in me sometimes craves that perfectly composed, perfectly exposed shot, the artist in me loves days like this when I can just step back and capture the action however it plays out.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cannon Beach, Oregon - Every U.S. coastal region has such a place, the shoreline village that appears to get beach living perfectly right. The rugged Northwest may not match Santa Barbara or Bar Harbor for bayside bliss, but Oregon’s Cannon Beach manages its reputation as our go-to beach community rather nicely.

March entices us with a little lion, in the form of tardy winter storms (and stormwatching!), plus a bit of lamb, as in perfect, sun-soaked days spent beach strolling and combing. Don’t dismiss potential buried treasure either, the village was named for the cannon that washed ashore from the shipwrecked Navy schooner, USS Shark, in 1846. Speaking of history, it’s always cool when the first European to visit your neck of the shore is named William Clark, as in Lewis and Clark.

After your night at the beachside Ocean Lodge, fuel up at the Lazy Susan Café for breakfast, then saunter over to Ecola State Park or Tolovana Beach State Park, where you can explore the majestic Sitka spruce canopy or spend some time tide pooling, all within view of Haystack Rock. Cannon Beach also boasts the finest boutiques and galleries north of Bandon, as well as some great local joints such as Sweet Basil’s Cafe for lunch or Newmans at 988 for dinner. To live in the Pacific Northwest is to love our beaches, with their winds, rains and inhospitable ocean. Cannon Beach reminds us that, when we toss on a layer or two, we really do have the best environment in America. —Crai S. Bower


Monday, March 8, 2010 Now it was time for Cannon Beach.  This is one of my favorite places on Earth!  I love mountains and ocean, and this is both. I will only post a couple of shots, but the rest of them are here. We had an awesome time.  Lovely dinner overlooking the ocean, arty shopping with cool woven treasure scored, and sunset at my favorite beach with my favorite guy.  We filled the day with joy, and got it all back in spades.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cannon Beach, Oregon. What a wonderful location!  None of us had ever been to Cannon Beach before, and we immediately fell in love with it.  It was such a terrific family location, with leisurely walks on the beach, perusing the shops in the little town, and relaxing at the beach house.  For me, what made it special were the early morning birding trips.


As I often do when we’re on vacation, I’ll get up right before dawn while my wife and son sleep, and I’ll slip out to do some birding and photography.  On the first morning in Cannon Beach, I awoke at dawn and proceeded to walk down the beach towards “Haystack Rock”.  Being a corn-fed Nebraska native, my knowledge of local tides and the like is just a wee-bit limited!! But, it just so happened that low tide was happening as I got to Haystack Rock.


Wow!! In the little tidal pools were beautiful orange and purple starfish, lime green anemone, tiny fish, small crabs, and more.  It was the tidal pools that first caught my attention, and I was merrily moving from pool to pool, rock to rock, until I saw movement 30 feet to my side.  It was a gorgeous Black Oystercatcher that had landed to forage amongst the tide pools.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sunset Magazine Top 10 Dog-Friendly Escapes

1. Cannon Beach, OR

The instant I unhook Murphy’s leash, his eyes go wide, seemingly asking, “For real?” Leonbergers are natural prancers, but when he hears the magical words “Yep, it’s okay,” my dog’s jaw drops and his head whips around ― being let loose on a sugar-sand beach 200 yards wide and more than 3 miles long seems to momentarily blow his mind.

Murphy is the perfect pup to test the dog-friendliness of Cannon Beach, Oregon. It’s easy for a hotel, shop, or outdoor cafe to accommodate pocket pooches and handbag hounds, but welcoming a breed that’s a cross between a grizzly bear and a bouncy, pouncy Tigger ― a dog that stretches 6 feet from nose to tail ― takes genuine commitment to pets and their people.

That’s what Murphy has found in Cannon Beach, an enchanting little cedar-shaked town with 14 pet-friendly hotels and 11 eateries where doggies can do dinner at outdoor tables. At the beachfront Surfsand Resort (from $209, plus $15 per night pet fee; 800/547-6100), Murphy is given a beach towel, bowl, and basket of treats.

Dogs are invited to curl up under tables on the deck at the Lumberyard Rotisserie and Grill ($$; 264 Third St.; 503/436-0285). But poor Murphy does not get a doggie bag: The baby back ribs in sweet Pepsi barbecue sauce are that good.

The next day, my wife, Sandi, and I take Murphy to hit the shops, many of which allow him to browse. In particular, he recommends Puppy Love by the Sea (271 N. Hemlock St., Ste. 1; 503/436-9800), a dog-toy and -accessory store, where Murphy shops for a raincoat ― alas, nothing in his size.

The town’s star attraction, though, no matter how many legs you have, is one of the world’s greatest walking beaches ( or 503/436-8050), which allows dogs to go leash-less as long as they’re under voice control.

For Murphy, this is a tail-wagging turn of events: A tempting gaggle of gulls loiters at the water’s edge, eminently sniffable driftwood lies scattered near the bluffs, and a dozen or so other four-leggers are spread out, playing with balls, Frisbees, and each other.

What’s a dog to do? His only solution is to start running circles around us, which causes Sandi to break out laughing, which makes Murphy hop, twirl, and paw at the sand until we’re all laughing and chasing each other down the beach. –Bob Friel


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thanks to the Gods of sea and sky we had the perfect Oregon coast experience. A weekend in Cannon Beach with a dog and without children. 60 degrees on the beach with no wind, and a cerulean blue sky, it seemed like nothing bad existed in the world. A delightful hotel and several splendid beers on the pub patio next door made for the perfect evening chat.

The following day we explored Ecola State park which might be one of the most beautiful places on the planet.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Last weekend I was in Cannon Beach, Oregon, and we were spoiled with June-like weather!  Located just 80 miles west of Portland, city dwellers flock to the small coastal town when it's sunny and warm.  Its famous landmark is Haystack Rock, which is 235 ft tall and has been featured in many Hollywood films. On Saturday, we strolled down Hemlock Street to the town's center.  It's practically ritual to stop in a candy store at an Oregon beach town and get saltwater taffy.  I never really liked the stuff when I was a kid, but now I want it every time I'm at the coast!  Like candy stores, art galleries are aplenty at the coast.  I went inside this glassworks gallery called Icefire.  I love these heart-shaped forms that were in the studio.  They feel like a stone but are made out of glass.  The glass is etched with hydrofluoric acid, which is a process that has been used by artists since the 17th century. The one shown here was my favorite one in the gallery.  I adore the color combination and pattern.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jon and I scooted down to Cannon Beach for a 3-day getaway recently and I was reminded how wonderful this area is. It’s so accessible to Seattle and environs, yet so different than the city that I’m transported and unplugged in no time. I flat out love the ocean, whether it’s warm or cool weather. I could sit and watch it for hours and just feel soothed by the rolling waves. But the reason I love the NW coast so much is because of the dramatic weather that so often occurs. Ya never know what the weather is going to bring so be prepared with a rain jacket and plenty of books so you can hunker down indoors if it’s raining hard. If you’re like me, you’ll love the weather drama that most seasons bring!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We live in a temporary society doing temporary jobs in a temporary world, so when I get a chance to see something permanent and timeless, I stand in awe. We went out to the coast on valentine's day to get away from the concrete jungle and wallow in the immensity of the ocean. It had been too long since either of us had been there, and the beauty with which we were assaulted was amazing. The sky was littered with cottonballs, and the vast blueness of the pacific was like a riffling bedsheet. The swells could be seen from far away as we crested the coast mountains and began our descent into Cannon Beach for our day of rest, relaxation and fun in the sun.


Saturday, February 6, 2010     

Cannon Beach, Oregon. Wonderfully, classically romantic, Cannon Beach is an art town on Oregon’s northern coast surrounded by green hills and mountains to the east and the dramatic Oregon coastline and Pacific Ocean to the west. Large monolithic “haystack” rocks dot the shallows near the beach and Oregon’s laws disallowing development of the beaches has left Cannon Beach’s coastline unspoiled. The town is large enough to have some great restaurants and, as an art colony, is full of great galleries and a handful of bookstores. Of course, it has its share of tourist shops, but they don’t spoil the experience.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010    

I'm a High Schooler now in Washington State. I love school (sort of). My friends call me a bookworm 'cause I love books! I don't love to write, but I like it. I like to collect shot glasses (strange huh?). I also love to go to the beach. Cannon Beach, Oregon is the best!!!! I love animals, nature, and photography.


Sunday, JaNUARY 31, 2010   

I had another beautiful place in mind though and that place was Cannon Beach.  Whether it was hot, cold, wet, dry, windy, snowy… I knew this place would be relaxing.  I needed a getaway too.  We were planning the trip for this weekend, but moved it up a weekend earlier at the last minute after I found out that some out of state friends of ours were going to be there too.  Seung and I spent the entire weekend in Cannon Beach.  I had moments where I contemplated about venturing into Portland to do some shopping, but I’m very glad we didn’t.  Plus, the beach was beautiful and it was too hard to leave.  We had an amazing time strolling the beach, watching the sunset, roasting hot dogs and smores over a bonfire, having ice cream in the wintertime, soaking in the tub of our beach side hotel at the Surfsand Resort and just relaxing overall. I can’t wait to return in the near future and hopefully add sun bathing, playing in the ocean and hiking to our activities!


Friday, JaNUARY 29, 2010  

I’d live in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This is the place I would like to live instead of El Paso! I’ve gone to Cannon Beach every summer for the past 8-9 years and surprisingly I never get tired of it. It’s the best place to go during the summer in El Paso. It’s usually like high 70s or high 60 degrees during the summer over there. One reason I like it so much is because there’s an ocean. I love the ocean. I don't know what I would do if I didn't go one summer. I might die. This place is like my home away from home. I would move in a heartbeat if we could. It’s the best place in the world to me!


Monday, JaNUARY 25, 2010

Well we’re back from Cannon Beach. By Sunday morning, the winter weather there had returned to a more normal gray and drizzley day. Still beautiful but different.

The second shot was a group of birders heading towards Haystack Rock. When we visited in August Haystack rock was filled with all sorts of bird life. My favorite were the puffins. The were fat birds who launched themselves off the rock like space shuttles returning to earth, not starting forward flight until they had sufficient air speed to make it easy for them. I didn’t see many birds this time. I suspect that they have all migrated south for the winter. On the other hand, maybe this group of Birders know something I didn’t. They had some mighty big scopes.

The third  image is the inside of the Sleepy Monk Organic Coffee Roasters. I referred to them yesterday as the Sleeping Monk Coffee Roasters.. Even tough I got the name wrong, they’re are still one of my favorite espresso places. I bought a pound of their free trade, organic espresso blend on my way out of town. You can order coffee beans from them online at. One of the great things about Cannon beach are the dogs. There are so many beaches that don’t allow dogs. Cannon Beach is dog heaven. Think of it as a dog park that’s 5 miles long. The owners are great about respecting the beach, and I have never seen or stepped in anything on the beach. The Hallmark Hotel where we stayed, actually supplies dog owners with a welcome package that includes some essential items that your dog might need at the beach. You know, like sunglasses. Just kidding. It has towels and pet waste bags..


Monday, JaNUARY 18, 2010

Cannon Beach, OR - For those of you that haven't been there - it is an AMAZING place! You MUST go if you ever find yourself in the PNW with an extra day or a few. :) Cannon Beach, OR is a place that Bree grew up going to for family vacation. In fact, it is still a great place for relaxed family fun year-round. Long walks on the beach, kite flying, climbing around Haystack Rock when there is a low tide, & even wading in the waves (with boots!), are just a few of the things one can do when visiting Cannon Beach, OR. Since moving back to the PNW we have made it a point to regularly visit the OR coast & play in the sand & surf with our kiddos & goofy dog Reuben. It is nice to carry on the "Treusch Family Tradition" of vacationing on the OR coast with Lydia & Micah. I am thinking we may "need" to try & go before we move to the other coast in about 4 months. Noah, afterall, "MUST" be introduced to the Pacific Ocean before leaving it behind for North Carolina & the Atlantic. :)

So this weekend we were able to go to Cannon Beach, OR with both of Bree's sisters (MaeMae & Chach), their hubbies (Dem & Coco-Chanel), and Bree's mom & dad (AKA Nonna & Opa.)



Sunday, JaNUARY 17, 2010     

Swelling and receding four times a day according to the rhythms of the moon, the Pacific Ocean breaks on the shores of five separate continents, but you can hardly find a place so beautiful like Cannon Beach. With panoramic views of Haystack Rock, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse and Silver Point, the sandy beach provides the setting for romantic strolls, family fun and outdoor adventure. The town was named after a cannon found on the beach in 1922. The cannon were washed ashore due to the 1846 shipwreck of the USS Shark trying to leave Columbia River. Currently around 1600 people live in the town but it is the favorite place for many more in Northwest. Although there are numerous hotels in Cannon Beach the best way to enjoy its spirit is to rent an ocean front house. Having your own privacy and the direct beach access will make your vacation more than pleasant. You can toast marshmallows around a cracking beach fire, fly a kite or simply sit back on the deck and enjoy the remarkable scenery. If you take a look at some of the vacation rental web sites like TravelWeaver you will find lot of these. Cannon Beach is also known for its reputation for art. More than 20 art galleries feature the work of coastal artists as well as original work by nationally recognized artists. In addition Cannon Beach is home to performing arts, live theater, music festivals and literary arts. Attending a workshop will not only improve your skills in writing, painting or photography but will be useful and relaxing way to spend your time. Cannon Beach is also an excellent place for the outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, biking, fishing or horseback riding can open new horizons for you. Ecola State Park and Oswald West State Park offer one of the best rainforest hikes in the region. For biking fans the Oregon Coast Bike Trail along Highway 101 offers fabulous views of the entire Oregon coast the best of which is south of Cannon Beach to Arcadia Beach or Hug Point. There are also several family friendly trails around where the whole family can enjoy the nature. One of the favorite outdoor activities in Cannon Beach is horseback riding. Offered by one of the oldest businesses in the town, Sea Ranch Stable, which operates since 1927, horses and guided rides are available between mid-May and Labor Day. You can enjoy the historic Ecola Creek or the stunning views of Chapman Point and Haystack Rock. At a minus low tide night rides to Silver Point will take your breath. For the young people Cannon Beach is just 7 miles away from Seaside. Surfing there provides thrill seekers unique connection with the power of nature while the three rivers offer enjoyment for touring kayaks, canoes and paddle boats. Lot of cafes and restaurants as well as the shopping experience and attractions in Seaside Carousel Mall add to the life of the city. If you ever consider visiting the West Coast and want to experience the beauty of Oregon you must visit Cannon Beach. You will live your dream in this Pacific Paradise.

Author: Metodi Mladenov.


Saturday, JaNUARY 16, 2010    

This is where our drive truly starts to get beautiful. The 101 begins to now cling to the side of the cliff that overlooks the ocean.  Below us, trees give way to sand that opens up to the gorgeous deep-blue Pacific Ocean. My wonder at it still hasn’t faded. Its beauty is shivering. The rugged Oregon coast is not disappointing in the least. It’s everything and more for your eyes to feast upon.

Now, of course, I couldn’t come all this way and only look, I had to get out and feel the sand between my toes. What better place to do that than Cannon Beach? Known for it’s idyllic seaside town with cottages right on the sand, logs available for building a camp fire, and Haystack Rock, the third largest one of it’s kind in the world - it’s basically calling my name!  Once again the sun is just beginning to set as we arrive in Cannon. Two days in a row, I get to watch the sun set on the Pacific! God is good to me!

This beach is very different from La Push. To say this one is more pristine would be a grand understatement. This beach may be one of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever beheld. My goodness this trip is getting a lot of “bests” from me, but that’s what the Pacific Northwest will do for you: deliver the biggest, the grandest, the best.

Slipping off my shoes, I spin and run around. Perhaps I’ll never grow up. Perhaps I’ll never lose my fascination in all things beautiful, but is that such a bad thing?

The rock out there in the ocean is a natural reserve for birds. PUFFINS!! Tufted puffins nest on the rock in the spring time. Obviously, we are in the wrong season for the puffins; however, the rock is smothered with white cranes and other birds swirling around. Cannon Beach seems to be not only popular with the human population, but also with the bird population as well. Perhaps it’s their vacation destination of choice?

The beach stretches onward to my left, hills with clouds hovering ominously overhead are on my right. Darkness is beginning to seep in with the sun dipping below the horizon. Families with their dogs are coming out to roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa, and I can’t help but long to stay despite the sudden drop of temperature as a result of the absence of the sun.

But you know the story...time to move on.

Longingly, I head back toward the car, but not before declaring to every one of my companions that I will definitely be returning to vacation here.


Friday, JaNUARY 15, 2010   

If ever there was a paradise in Oregon, Cannon Beach could be labeled that. Vacations all year long are enjoyed in the area because of its diversity to cater to the child in us all. Children will love this destination, so make it a family trip and come to Cannon Beach, Oregon for a day or more. Since I live close by this delightful area, I can help you learn a lot about the many sights before you actually arrive here..


Friday, JaNUARY 15, 2010  

i think one of my most favorite places in the world is cannon beach, or. i love the serenity of the ocean. i love the display of the ocean’s power. i love the smell of the ocean. i love the sounds crashing into it’s shore. i have to sleep with the window open anytime i’m near it. it brings me so close to God it seems. i think i could sit on it’s changing shore for hours…until it comes up to great me, then i have to get up and move back.  it inspires me endlessly. i can go through old pictures forever and reminisce all it’s memories it shared with me. oh, how i love the ocean.


Monday, JaNUARY 11, 2010     

Question to Self: Where's the most comforting & beautiful place you've ever been?

Self: Hmmmmmmm?. Italy? Chile? Russia? Spain? Argentina? Austria? Hungary? Sicily?...

Self continues: How about the place Kim and I return to year after year:

Cannon Beach, Oregon, United States of America.

Self concludes: Yes, that is correct..


Monday, JaNUARY 4, 2010    

I love sharing great finds, and Cannon Beach, Oregon is a spectacular find for the whole family. I’d never heard of this charming resort town until last June.  I was browsing through the bookshelf in the Yosemite Falls gift store and picked up a copy of 1000 Places To See Before You Die. I flipped to the section on the Oregon coast. I was planning to be in Portland for my cousin’s wedding and wondered where else I could explore after her wedding. I read the descriptions of Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock, and Ecola State Park and made a note to do more research when I got home.


Now that I’ve been there I can see why they’re listed in the book. It’s a spectacular spot to enjoy many different forms of nature in close proximity. There are nine miles of walkable beaches with rock formations called “sea stacks.” Haystack Rock is the third largest of these coastal monoliths in the world. The rock is 235 feet tall and around it are tide pools that cover the length of three football fields.


The colorful tide pools are called Marine Gardens. I spent two days exploring them—one day with shoes and one day without. Barefoot was way more fun and made it easier to see the creatures up close and personal. Friends of Haystack Rock volunteers were offering tips on how to enjoy the varieties of marine life. My guide, who was from Germany, pointed out seastars, anemones, sand crabs, mussels, and something new to me—chitons. These slow-moving mollusks have eight overlapping shingled plates that look like armor. They eat the algae that clings to the rocks and floats in the water.


The volunteer also let us look through her binoculars at some of the birds nesting on the rocks. There were gulls, cormorants, and puffins to name a few. I picked up two brochures from the display on the Friends’ truck and learned that this non-profit’s mission is to provide guidance and support for the Haystack Rock Awareness Program. They also protect the area from damage so that my granddaughters and others will be able to enjoy them in the years to come.


In addition to the sea life, there’s Ecola State Park, a lush rain forest where I hiked on a trail that offered magnificent coast views of the rocks and wound down to the beach. In the picturesque town of Cannon Beach exquisite hanging flower baskets and English gardens decorate the fronts of many shops and galleries.


In town I noticed everyone was carrying pink and white striped bags. Then I came upon the pink and white striped store front and knew why: Bruce’s Candy Kitchen! They’ve been in business since 1963 and make 20 different flavors of salt water taffy. You can watch them make taffy and taste a sample. I walked out carrying my own bag of some of the best hand-made chocolates I’ve ever tasted.


And speaking of enduring food institutions…Pig ‘N Pancake restaurant, a Seaside, Oregon breakfast place started in 1961, opened one in Cannon Beach in 1997. I enjoyed the best Swedish pancakes with the best  lingonberry sauce I’ve ever eaten. I also lucked out and was there for the local farmers market.  I bought two locally grown nectarines that were so sweet I wish I’d shipped home a bushel.


Cannon Beach is truly a gem and what makes it a winner is that it’s great for all ages..


Monday, JaNUARY 4, 2010   

I’ve always been quite smitten with Cannon Beach, babycarrot sister having lived there for two years and me having spent ample time there with her and Will and other awesome friends and family (and it also being Iggy’s favorite place on the entire planet), and will forever maintain that it’s impossible for me to visit Cannon Beach and not have a profoundly shiny, happy time.


Sunday, JaNUARY 3, 2010  

Everyone, it seems, has a favorite place to go on the Oregon Coast. Cannon Beach is mine. Not only does this village boast a broad sandy beach, sheltered by a set of lofty sea stacks, it also has outstanding art galleries, hotels and restaurants, and wonderful hiking through Ecola State Park. Cannon Beach is a fine base from which to explore Oregon's north coast, including playful Seaside (nine miles) and historic maritime Astoria (25 miles), at the mouth of the Columbia River. A winding two-lane road runs two miles from the north end of Cannon Beach to Ecola State Park ($3 day-use fee). Southerly views of the coast are spectacular. Isolated Indian Beach is a moderate two-mile walk; Tillamook Head, at the south end of Seaside, is a more strenuous six miles. Don't be surprised if you encounter the resident herd of Roosevelt elk. When the tide is low, you can walk out to Haystack Rock to explore its tidepools and seabird rookery. But if you're not careful, you could be stranded for hours on the 235-foot monolith. Pick up a free tide-table booklet, widely available from local merchants.


Saturday, JaNUARY 2, 2010 

What I wanted most for Christmas, was an overnight get-away to the Oregon Coast.   I have been longing to go back to Cannon Beach every since I left there two years ago.  It is that beautiful, that wild, and that incredible!  We made our plans for the day we would go this winter vacation; and then a storm came in from the pacific.  We talked about canceling, but I just couldn’t bear to.  I had heard storms on the pacific were something incredible to see, so we said let’s go anyway. We loaded up, and headed to Oregon in the rain.  This wasn’t the light rain we are use to here; it was terrible wind with pouring rain blowing everywhere. We pushed on, hoping the weather would let up.  As we drove into town, I could see that with the storm, walking on the beach wasn’t going to be quite so inviting. I decided to pray for an affordable motel with a view of the ocean…at least we could look out and enjoy the ocean from the room. Cannon Beach seems to be the place the rich go to escape, so a room with a view, in our price range, would take a little faith.  We found a motel at the end of town that advertised “ocean views”.  The price was shockingly affordable; I paid more for a room in Oklahoma with a view of the parking lot!  We checked in, and went to unload our things and check out the room. When I went to the window and walked out on the deck, this view took my breath away.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

We had a wonderful Christmas at the beach this year. Instead of doing Christmas presents this year we decided to have Christmas in a small cabin in Cannon beach. It was a perfect Christmas. We had the beach and town basically to ourselves on Christmas Day. On Christmas day it was almost 60 degrees and we were able to play on the beach almost all day. It was a lot of fun. Throughout the course of the day we also read through the entire gospel of Mark. We had so much fun together as a family. Christmas Eve we had our traditional gumbo, gingerbread for breakfast, and a huge turkey dinner. We had a lot of fun and Randy and I were even able to sneak in naps in the afternoon. In Randy's words, "This was the best Christmas ever".


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Less than two hours from downtown Portland, Cannon Beach is a quaint, picturesque beach community on the scenic Oregon Coast. Known for its thriving arts and culture, Cannon Beach offers a wealth of natural beauty including the famous Haystack Rock and tide pools full of life to lush forests and beautiful meadows. With no large hotels or busy streets, the town offers a number of cozy cottages.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cannon Beach is a 2 hour drive due west from Portland, Oregon. This quaint village nestled on the gorgeous Northern Oregonian coast, is dotted with art galleries, shops and restaurants. From the long, sandy beach one can see Haystack Rock, rising 235 feet above the water. The Rock is a prime nesting spot for birds.