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A Weekend at Cannon Beach

Escape to the Oregon Coast


Portland’s proximity to the coast is one of the many attributes that makes the city such a desirable place to call home. So when you want to get away from it all for a couple of days, you can head west, and in less than two hours, arrive at Oregon’s beautiful, rough-and-tumble coastline.

Cannon Beach is a popular coastal destination for many reasons: It’s easy to get to. It’s charming. It’s clean. And it’s more sophisticated than many of the other spots that dot the Oregon coast. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find a jewelry box made entirely of seashells or a tacky T-shirt shop in Cannon Beach, but you could easily avoid them.

Where to stay

For the ultimate getaway—especially a romantic weekend—splurge on a room at the Stephanie Inn. Spoiling guests is what Stephanie Inn does best, from fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies in the lobby to their delightful wine-and-cheese hour each afternoon. Call at least a few weeks in advance to reserve a room that faces the ocean.

Another good, less expensive option is the Sea Sprite guest lodgings, which offers six different accommodations, ranging from a studio to a two-bedroom house that sleeps up to six.

Also consider the Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings, a set of three quaint inns—all very close to everything you need in town.

If you’d prefer to camp, there’s a state park about 10 miles south of Cannon Beach called Oswald West.


Haystack Rock
Yes, it’s a giant rock (235 feet high!) that protrudes out of the sea. But Haystack Rock is also home to many birds, and the surrounding area hosts a variety of sea life. Haystack Rock provides an excellent destination for your beach walks in Cannon Beach.

Plan to set some time aside to explore the art of Cannon Beach. The main street, N. Hemlock, has many galleries. Take a leisurely stroll or use this gallery guide to get specific names and addresses.

Ecola State Park.
Wooded trails and stunning ocean views make this park an excellent place to take in the coast by day. Picnic shelters are available for $3 with advance reservations.

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
The story of this lighthouse begins in 1879. Explore the interesting history behind this fascinating structure, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Ecola State Park offers excellent views of the lighthouse.

Where to eat

There are plenty of casual dining spots in Cannon Beach. You might even want to pick up some sandwiches and head down to the beach or to one of the local parks for a picnic.

Family Market
1170 S. Hemlock
(503) 436-0515

Mariner Market
139 N. Hemlock
(503) 436-2442

Surfcrest Market
3140 S. Hemlock
(503) 436-1189

Sit-down dining
Lazy Susan Café
126 N. Hemlock
(503) 436-2816
A favorite for beautiful breakfasts and super-fresh lunches.

Dooger’s Seafood and Grill
1371 S Hemlock
(503) 436-2225
A great family spot located in the center of Cannon Beach. Sandwiches, fish & chips, and chowder are specialties.

Gower Street Bistro
1116 South Hemlock Street
(503) 436.2729
Specializes in fine European meats and cheeses, salads, crab cakes, and hearty burgers.

Stephanie Inn dining room
2740 South Pacific
Amazing food in an upscale setting, with two seatings each night. Dinners are prix fixed, so call ahead for the menu and make reservations early.

The Wayfarer
1190 Pacific Drive
(503) 436-1108
Oceanfront dining specializing in seafood. Great for groups.

Annual Events
Check the Chamber of Commerce website for more information

(May) Spring Art Unveiling

(June) Sandcastle Day

(July) Fourth of July Parade

(August) Tillamook County Fair

(September) Cannon Beach Historical Society Annual Cottage Tour

(October) Dog Show at the Beach

(November) Stormy Weather Arts Festival

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