Lovely views, nice beach, many galleries, shops and restaurants.
Like a small Carmel, CA but cooler and in Oregon.
Some of the most famous views of Oregon are just north of Cannon Beach in Ecola State Park. A number of places in the park were used in assorted films that used the Oregon Coast as a backdrop.NOTE: This state park is a fee park. It requires either a state parks annual pass or a $5 day use fee.There are hiking trails, a few viewpoints, and primitive...more
Naturally, one of the draws here is the beach. After all the name is "Cannon Beach".For those who have not been to a beach in Oregon before: please be aware that the water is cold. Most people do not go into the water unless it is a blazing hot day (which doesn't normally happen on the Oregon coast).Those that do go into the water (usually surfers...more
Stop by and visit the Cannon Beach Surf shop. We didn't go Boogie Boarding the weekend I was there, but my girlfriends had gone on a trip past and were very happy with the service from this shop. Instead of trying to make a sale at any cost...the owner actually highly recommended we NOT go out in the ocean, because the tides were dangerous- a storm...more
Haystack Rock is said to be the third largest monolith - free standing rock - in the World. I don't know where or who came up with this information, but I would think that to be technically incorrect. Wikipedia shows considerable confusion when it actually comes to sizing the monoliths of the World, but looking at the list, I know several that are...more
There are many jewels to the Oregon State Park system along the Coast and lying within the first tier would definitely have to be Ecola State Park. The world-class view from the Ecola Viewpoint is reason enough. This view is emblematic for the entire 360 mile coastline, so perfect it is. Even with the growth of nearby Cannon Beach, the view remains...more
Perhaps the most unique feature of Bill's is the live music, typically once a week on Thursdays. The restaurant / bar / tavern and brew house is split into two sections. When you walk in the front door the area to the right is the bar and strictly for the 21 and over crowd. To the left is the all-ages allowed area.Local craft beer is usually on tap...more
Perhaps the most unique feature of this restaurant is that it looks directly out at Haystack Rock. There are quite a few restaurants in Cannon Beach, but very few are this close to The Rock.However, it is only a rare few tables that get this view. Most of the restaurant does not have much of a view of anything, as the windows and seating is not...more
The Gower St. Bistro is located adjacent to the Cannon Beach Hotel. We have been here several times and have enjoyed many things on the menu. The service is very good and the ambiance charming and elegant. The dining room is rather small, so it is good to make reservations here in the summer months. We like to dine out on the small patio area when...more
The Wayfarer is located at the Surfsand Resort in the gorgeous coastal town of Cannon Beach. The dining room is spacious and the best views of Haystack Rock can be seen from the tables in the back of the restaurant. It's worth the wait to request one of these tables.We have dined here a few times and it's always good. The Wild King Salmon Entree is...more
Newman's @ 988 is located in a small mustard-yellow colored cottage turned restaurant. Inside ambiance is very nice and elegant. The dining room is small but there are also a few tables set up outside for dining when the weather is nice.We have only dined here once but it was very good. John Newman is the ex-Executive Chef at Stephanie Inn, a...more
Located in downtown Cannon Beach, this small little Bistro is producing some of the finest food in town. The dining room is rather small but there is also a small bar area in the front of the restaurant that will serve you if the main dining area is full.The food is very fresh and there are specials daily you will want to ask your server about. The...more
Nobody offers car rental in Cannon Beach. The closest places that do are in Astoria - quite some distance to the north. However, for visiting Cannon Beach itself a car really isn't necessary. There is the occasional shuttle and bus.There are bike rentals available. I have never used either of these services and simply got around by walking, but for...more
Cannon Beach is a small community on the Oregon Coast, but at the same time it is also reasonably well connected by various public transit services, as well as an internal shuttle service which operates seasonally. Not all bus stops in Cannon Beach have bus shelters, but a good portion of them do.First, the local shuttle:Operating seasonally,...more
Though I've never actually ridden on these "funcycles" (recumbent tricycles) I've often seen them on the beach and people look like they are having fun.I wasn't sure where people rented them even, but I looked on line and found at least one place: Mike's Bike Shop. The prices seem pretty expensive, but then people on vacation are often ready to...more
This grocery store isn't huge, but the biggest in town and matches Cannon Beach's overall rustic look. I purchase cheese, smoked salmon and bread to snack on in my motel room.It has a lot of stuff that is suitable for picnics and visitors without cooking facilities, including a deli, large selection of mostly Oregon wines, etc., but also carries...more
Surprisingly, the little town of Cannon Beach has bunches of stores and boutiques - too many for some. It's definitely become a touristy little place, but I didn't mind. It seems to be made for strolling up and down the many shops. Mostly they're artsy places, with a wide range of prices and offerings. I found one of my favorite pieces of...more
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Cannon Beach has only 1,600 permanent residents according to a recent census. It does, however, see around 750,000 visitors per year. Of those visitors many only stay for a few days to relax and enjoy the scenery. I suspect that many of them also stay at beach houses.
When you walk the beach you will see many of the houses are very quaint and inviting. You may even think that this place would be a great place to have a vacation home. When you get into town you will find many real estate magazines and possibilities for time shares. It is truly a town for leisure.
Among other things, Cannon Beach is known for not having the best weather. If you do happen to get a clear day at Cannon Beach, count yourself lucky. The area averages around 90 inches of rain per year and is cloudy almost all of the time. Add that with the constant wind and you better remember to bring a warm sweatshirt or jacket.more
Luggage and bags:
I travel to the coast in a car, so usually take more than I need, bringing along an extra duffel bag to contain the sand.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I usually bring both water shoes and winter boots that work well if it's cold to hike on the beach (the water is cold!).
I always bring shorts or loose pants easy to roll up, as well as a jacket and warm hat even in the summer; you just never know.
Also lots of pairs of sox and -- for lack of sand remover -- a plastic bag or two to segregate your wet, sandy sox and other pieces of apparel.
If you bring kids, bring lots of changes of clothes.
Even if you don't intend on getting wet, those waves walking along the ocean can be sneaky.
Photo Equipment: Anyone who visits Cannon Beach should have a good binoculars and a good camera.
Miscellaneous: For fun, I bring a kite to fly and a bucket and shovel to dig in the sand if I feel like it. Of course if you have kids bring more kites and more shovels, enough for everyone.
While the basic description may not sound too pleasant, this trail isn't quite as bad as a basic description of it may lead you to believe. It is a loop, mostly gravel, that runs a complete circle around and through the marshland slightly east of the middle of town, with an extension that runs a few blocks south through a somewhat preserved...more
Ecola Creek runs along the northern edge of downtown Cannon Beach, and this little creek provides entertainment for people and some habitat for local wildlife. On the north edge of this creek you will find Les Shirley Park.The park features two sections: the section closest to Highway 101 and Fir Street is pretty much only a large open space, a...more
At the far north end of Hemlock, which is the main north-south street through downtown Cannon Beach, you will find a small park that offers beach access, a few educational signs, and a sculpture of a whale. Other than the sculpture, a drinking fountain, and some sheltered benches there is little else to this park.But, it does offer a good public...more
The last time I was in Cannon Beach walking along the ocean in October I saw a speck way off in the middle of the waves, and with my binoculars finally saw that it was a surfer. I kept watching -- and losing him -- in the waves, trying to get a decent photo, and then another surfer walked through the waves to join him.
I always think of surfing as being a tropical, even though I guess I knew some crazy people braved cold, frigid, icy Oregon waves.
Equipment: A wet suit is 100 percent necessary -- thermal if possible. That ocean is coooold!
A surf board.
And whatever else surfers need.
I did notice a surf shop in town, but didn't look inside, so I don't know if they rent surfing equipment or not.
A general tip (though not my favorite thing) is to visit the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce information center.There you will find free brochures, a whole magazine about Cannon Beach, souvenirs, post cards and someone to answer questions about Cannon Beach.The information center is sited in a very attractive building -- in line with the rest of...more
Cannon Beach is best known for Haystack Rock, a rocky monolith jutting out of the water that's been designated as a marine and bird sanctuary. Puffins nest here in the summertime. It's a nice place to walk along the beach and commune with nature. The inter-tidal zone (area of the beach between high tide and low tide) is full of small limpets,...more
Besides walking right on the beach, there are a number of trails right outside of town that wander along forested cliffs by the ocean and give you some good lookouts up and down the coast. Much of the year mists and fog banks roll in and out from the Pacific. Ecola State Park is a good place to start. Ecola means whale in the Native American...more