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.

Cannon Beach in the Blogs


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.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cannon Beach is an ideal stop for students, whole family. By John Gottberg Anderson • For The Bend Bulletin. College students may soon be heading for the coasts of Florida and Mexico to celebrate spring break. If I were their age, I'd choose a nearer beach. And if I were the parent of school-aged children, there's no question I would take the whole family to the Oregon Coast.

For one thing, I'd save a lot of money on travel costs, keeping it close to home rather than flying to a distant destination. For another, I'd have plenty of activities to keep me busy for a whole week.

I consider Cannon Beach an ideal base for exploring the northern Oregon Coast. Earlier this month, I spent a couple of nights at the Ocean Lodge, my favorite beach-side oasis, and rediscovered the joys of this Pacific seaside community. A five-hour drive from Bend via U.S. Highway 26, Cannon Beach is 25 miles south of Astoria and 75 miles west of Portland on U.S. Highway 101. 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.

The most popular reason to travel to the coast, of course, is to enjoy the beach itself. And the strand at Cannon Beach is awesome.

Haystack Rock is the first thing that catches any visitor's eye. The 235-foot monolith rises like a pyramid from the offshore surf. A rookery for tufted puffins, cormorants, guillemots and other seabirds, the massive rock and its colorful tide pools 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 riptide — 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 surf rolls in, large waves crash upon the isolated rock towers 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, 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.


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.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cannon Beach. With some of the most rugged oceanfront beauty on the west coast, the Cannon Beach area has long been one of the most popular coastal destinations in Oregon. There are a number of small communities in the area that provide for some great opportunities for relaxation. The beach itself at Cannon Beach offers a number of opportunities for activities including beach combing, sunbathing, swimming, and general 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!


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.