Named for the cannon that washed ashore in 1846, Cannon Beach is a small coastal city in northwest Oregon that is renowned for its beautiful coastal cliffs and dramatic rock formations, famous attractions like Haystack Rock and the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, and beautiful white sandy beaches. The lively tourist town is packed with things to see and do from several state parks and gorgeous beaches to a quaint community theater and some interesting art galleries. Head to Cannon Beach during the season to see breeding colonies of tufted puffins on the cliffs along the coast. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock
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One of Oregon’s most famous landmarks, Haystack Rock is a 235-foot monolith formed millions of years ago by lava flows that have formed many of surrounding capes and headlands on the Oregon Coast. Forming part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the famous rock and its sea and landscapes are designated a National Wildlife Refuge and Marine Garden, and home to a wealth of marine and wildlife, including puffins other seabirds, sea stars, crabs, nudibranchs, and invertebrates. Haystack Rock can be reached and climbed at low tide and is surrounded by many tidal pools to explore.

Cannon Beach, OR

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2.Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach
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Home to nine miles of secluded dog-friendly beaches, sloping dunes, charming lighthouses, and towering forests, Cannon Beach’s breathtaking beauty has been inspiring creativity for decades. From Haystack Rock to the waterfalls at Hug Point, this lovely north coast town boasts a good selection of art galleries, as well as luxurious oceanfront lodging, cozy restaurants, and little boutiques. Explore the many art galleries and eclectic shops in town, or take in the vibrant, artistic ambiance that emanates throughout the city with a performance at the local community theater. Stroll along miles of pristine shoreline with your dog as you watch resident wildlife and birds in their natural habitat or discover local marine life at the tidal pool at the Hug Point Recreation Site, just five miles south of Cannon Beach.

2741 Pacific St, Cannon Beach, OR, 97110

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3.Ecola State Park

Ecola State Park
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Stretching nine miles along the beautiful Oregon coastline, Ecola State Park is a small park perched on Tillamook Head overlooking the famous Cannon Beach, which was made famous in the Hollywood films, The Goonies and Point Break. The park can be explored by driving the scenic Ecola Park Road, which winds its way through pristine landscapes of old-growth rainforest and lush spruce forest, secluded coves, and grassy bluffs overlooking its stunning beaches. The park’s main attractions include Indian Beach, Ecola Point, which doubles as a lookout point and a trailhead for the Lighthouse Trail, and several hiking trails with breathtaking vistas. The park is home to a diverse array of birds and wildlife, ranging from herds of Roosevelt elk, bald eagles, and migrating grey whales.

84318 Ecola Park Road, Seaside, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, Phone: 800-551-6949

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4.Hug Point State Recreation Site

Hug Point State Recreation Site
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Hug Point State Recreation Site is a 43-acre recreation site flanked by the Ecola and Oswald West State Parks that offers a wealth of amenities and outdoor recreational activities. Named for the eponymous Hug Point, which was an infamous corner along the coastline that late 19th century stagecoaches had to ‘hug’ to get around it at low tide, the park offers an array of fun things to do from picnicking and hiking to sunbathing, swimming, beachcombing, and fishing. Located five miles south of Cannon Beach and just north of Arch Cape, the Hug Point State Recreation Site is open to the public and fee-free.

Arch Cape, OR 97102, Phone: 800-551-6949

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5.Oswald West State Park

Oswald West State Park
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Situated along a dramatic section of coastline with towering cliffs that drop dramatically to the sea, Oswald West State Park is a 2,448-acre state park with spectacular natural landscapes, beautiful white sandy beaches, and a network of hiking trails. The park is home to lush rainforests, grassy meadows, babbling creeks, and waterfalls, as well as the powder-white Short Sand Beach, which offers excellent swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, picnicking, and hiking. Attractions in the park include Neahkahnie Mountain, which boasts beautiful views, Cape Falcon, and a secluded cove bordered by cliffs known as Devil’s Cauldron.

Oswald West State Park, Arch Cape, OR 97102, Phone: 800-551-6949

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6.Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

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Resting high atop a sea stack of basalt more than a mile off the banks of Oregon’s North Coast, the infamous Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is a legendary Cannon Beach attraction. Nicknamed ‘Terrible Tilly’ due to its torrid history, the now-deactivated lighthouse was commissioned in 1878 and took more than 500 days to finish. The lighthouse earned its ominous nickname due to the stormy seas that can whip up around the lighthouse during erratic weather conditions and creating a dangerous commute for both keepers and suppliers, many of whom were killed on their journey to the lighthouse. Today, the lighthouse, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is privately owned and closed to the public.

Cannon Beach, OR 97110

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7.Coaster Theatre

Coaster Theatre
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The Coaster Theatre is a non-profit community theatre that produces and presents a variety of plays and performances for residents and visitors of all ages. The historic site on which the theater is built was established in the 1920s as the Coaster Roller Rink and operated as a fun gathering place for the local community until the 1950s. Portland patron of the arts, Maurie Clark, bought the building in 1972 and founded the Coaster Theatre Playhouse, which has been creating and sharing a plethora of plays, musicals, dance recitals and special performances by talented local artists and musicians ever since.

108 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, Phone: 503-436-1242

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8.Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site

Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site
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Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site is a state park located on the oceanfront on the south end of Cannon Beach that is home to beautiful sandy beaches, wind-swept landscapes, and local fauna and flora. Boasting incredible views of Haystack Rock and the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, the park offers an array of outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, beachcombing, sunbathing, swimming, and exploring the tidal pools along the coast. The 235-foot Haystack Rock can be reached and climbed at low tide and is surrounded by many tidal pools to explore, and the famous Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, known as ‘Terrible Tilly,’ is often battered by the wave during stormy weather and offers amazing views.

Tolovana Park, OR 97145, Phone: 800-551-6949

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9.Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

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The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is a small museum dedicated to the history of Cannon Beach and the residents who have called it home for the past 70 years. Established over ten years ago, the museum features interactive exhibits, rotating and traveling exhibits that highlight a collection of historical artifacts and memorabilia of all kinds about the history of the area. Notable features of the museum include the cannon after which the town is named, a replica of a Native American Longhouse, and a collection of old photographs showing residents, and visitors at play. The museum offers a variety of educational programs and field trips, workshops, and free lectures, and is open Wednesday through Monday.

1387 S Spruce St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, Phone: 503-436-9301

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10.Jeffrey Hull Gallery

Jeffrey Hull Gallery
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Located on the second level of Sandpiper Square in the heart of downtown Cannon Beach, the Jeffery Hull Gallery is dedicated exclusively to the coastal artworks of local artist, Jeffrey Hull. A resident of the artistic community of Cannon Beach and primarily self-taught, Hull began his painting career over 40 years ago and studied under three renowned watercolor painters from the Northwest in the early 70s. Hull is best known for his ability to capture the beauty and mood of places where water joins land in soft, subtle watercolors and large format. In later years, he added oils to his painting repertoire, and his works are now exclusively displayed in his spacious gallery.

172 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, Phone: 503-436-2600

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11.Imprint Gallery, LLC

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Located in the Cannon Beach Mall, the Imprint Gallery is a fine art gallery that showcases a collection of works by regional, national and international artists. Spread over two floors, the museum exhibits a variety of mixed media ranging from paintings and ceramics to sculptures on the first floor and original prints and the art of printmaking on the second floor. A gallery and a studio can also be found on the second floor and the museum hosts art classes and printmaking demonstrations to visitors throughout the year.

183 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, Phone: 503-436-4466

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12.Lost Art of Nursing Museum

Lost Art of Nursing Museum
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The Lost Art of Nursing Museum honors the ‘lost art’ of nursing and celebrates the vocation throughout history. Housed in the home of Melodie and Gary Chenevert in Tolovana Park, the museum showcases when nursing was celebrated and when it was bold, noble, and patriotic to be a nurse. It features an array of exhibits showcasing fine reproductions of vintage artwork that captured nurses at work, books, and magazines with nurses as cover girls and advice columns written by nurses, as well as pins, posters, buttons, and greeting cards. The museum also houses an outstanding collection of Red Cross and wartime posters, poems, advertisements, sheet music and other memorabilia celebrating nurses.

3285 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97103, Phone: 301-208-8060

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13.Vintage Viaje

Vintage Viaje
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Vintage Viaje is an eclectic store that sells a unique selection of home décor and vintage clothing that has been carefully sourced from around the world. The locally owned store is a favorite spot for locals who want to find something special from handmade jewelry to one-of-a-kind items of clothing and a variety of unusual home décor. The store has a wealth of items from around the globe with a focus on items from Guatemala and other countries in Latin America.

247 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, Phone: 503-217-4422

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14.Newmans at 988

Newmans at 988
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Located on Hemlock Street and helmed by award-winning chef John Newman, Newmans at 988 is a fine-dining restaurant that serves classic French Italian cuisine with a distinct focus on Genoa and the Piedmont region in Italy. Housed in a cozy converted beachside cottage with just ten tables, elegant décor, soft lighting, and a chic, intimate ambiance, Newmans at 988 serves an á la carte or an ever-changing prix fixe menu featuring exquisite farm-to-fork dishes like lobster ravioli with hazelnut sauce, chicken marsala pasta, and crispy crab cakes. The cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated selection of fine wines and spirits from around the world, and the restaurant is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.

Newmans at 988, 988 Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, OR, Phone: 503-436-1151

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15.Pelican Brewing Company

Pelican Brewing Company
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The Pelican Brewing Company is an airy and spacious craft brewpub that produces year-round, rotating taps, large-batch draft series, barrel-aged collections, and limited-edition vault brews. The locally owned and operated brewery was founded in Pacific City in 1996 and has become a craft beer industry leader with several pubs and tasting rooms around the state. Pelican Brewing Company offers guided brewery tours and tastings and serves gourmet pub fare in a laid-back atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor patio seating. Pelican Brewing Company is open for lunch, dinner, and tastings, daily.

1371 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, Phone: 503-908-3377

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16.Pig 'n Pancake

Pig 'n Pancake
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The Pig 'n Pancake is a classic diner chain that serves hearty homestyle breakfasts and lunch daily in a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere. Located in a charming wooded setting with lovely views over downtown Cannon Beach, the casual restaurant serves over 35 varieties of breakfast, including homemade pancakes, waffles, egg dishes, and a range of omelets. Lunch items range from fresh salads, homemade soups and chowders, fish and chips, and vegetarian options, and the restaurant can be hired for private events and functions. The Pig 'n Pancake is open for breakfast and lunch, daily.

223 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, Phone: 503-436-2851

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17.EVOO Cannon Beach

EVOO Cannon Beach
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EVOO Cannon Beach is all about fresh, locally sourced food made from scratch and enjoyed with friends. Owners Chef Bob Neroni and Lenore Emery-Neroni host a unique dinner show at EVOO, which includes a demonstration, a cooking lesson, and dinner all in one. The cooking and dining space at EVOO feature a fully-equipped kitchen where the chefs prepare dinner, demonstrating tricks of the trade, and giving cooking tips for diners to take home. The seasonally changing menu features a three-course meal made with freshly prepared ingredients and paired with wine and coffee at the end. EVOO Cannon Beach is open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday through Sunday.

188 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, Phone: 503-436-8555

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More Ideas: Hallmark Resort & Spa in Cannon Beach

The Hallmark Resort & Spa in Cannon Beach in Oregon is situated on a beautiful stretch of Pacific shore.

The pounding surf, the sand, the lighthouses and the immense sea stack, known as Haystack Rock, combine to delight the eyes, ears and the mind. The resort is right on the beach, and only a short walk away from the vibrant seaside town of Cannon Beach. The resort and the community is only an hour and a half’s drive from Portland and travelers from Seattle can reach Cannon Beach in under four hours.

The Hallmark Resort & Spa is ideally situated to help guests make the most of their vacation on the Oregon coast. The resort offers standard rooms, suites and four beach houses; most of them have an ocean view.

There are four beach houses for guests to relax, entertain in and use as a peaceful, cool haven to escape the midday summer sun. Three of the beach houses have decks with beach access and a barbeque, the other (House 396) has a rambling backyard leading to the beach. Comfortable beds with fresh linens await tired limbs at the end of the day and vacationers can relax in casual sitting areas containing gas fireplaces, a big screen TV with a DVD player or may wish to curl up on the inviting sofa while reading the daily newspapers that are provided to guests. The beach houses have fully equipped kitchens with dishwashers, range tops, microwave ovens and a full supply of dishes and utensils. Fresh towels are provided daily and limited housekeeping is available.

House 380 is a three-bedroom, two bathroom, two level beach cottage. Floor to ceiling windows in the living room grant panoramic views of the beach, Tillamook lighthouse and Haystack Rock. On the main floor there are two bedrooms with queen beds and upstairs a loft bedroom suite sports a king sized bed, a private bathroom with a whirlpool and 180 degree views of the surrounding area.

House 301 is a one-level ranch style beach house that sleeps nine. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this is a beach house that can house large families or a group of friends. Even the family dog is welcome at this pet-friendly home. Two of the bedrooms have a queen bed, a third has a king bed and the other has a twin and a queen bed in the same room. Vacationing is easy here in a beach house with lovely ocean views, a full kitchen to provide meals and snacks and a washer and dryer to clean up sandy, salty clothing.

House 388 is a four-bedroom, two bathroom oceanfront beach cabin that sleeps nine. It is a pet-friendly accommodation where the family dog or cat can enjoy a getaway and perhaps chase the seagulls on the beach. The main level has one bedroom with a queen and a twin bed while upstairs there are three bedrooms, two with queen beds and one with two twin beds.

House 396 is an oceanfront beach house that sleeps ten, containing four bedrooms, three bathrooms and is pet-friendly. Beach lovers will appreciate the lounge chairs in the big backyard and the outdoor shower to wash sand off before going back inside. There is a washer and dryer to clean up sand-laden clothing. The master bedroom is on the main floor and features a king bed and a private bathroom. Upstairs, in dormer bedrooms under the eaves, are three more bedrooms, one with four twin beds and two with queen beds.

At the main resort building, pet-friendly rooms are available, and accommodations for all tastes and budget are ready to receive guests. All rooms in the resort building have high speed Internet and Wi-Fi, microwaves, fridges and coffee makers with locally-roasted coffee. Large-screen TVs with DVD players are in every room and complimentary video rentals and popcorn are available at the front desk. The hotel lobby is always stocked with free freshly-baked cookies.

The Oceanfront One Bedroom Suite welcomes parties of up to five guests, has a queen bed and a twin bed in the bedroom and the living room has an innovative queen pull-down bed that folds back up into the wall when not in use. The Oceanfront Two Bedroom Suites have two twin beds in one bedroom, a queen bed in the other and a queen-sized pull-down bed in the living room. Six can sleep comfortably in this suite and can enjoy the benefits of having a full kitchen. The Junior Spa Suite features a two-person whirlpool tub in the bathroom, a queen bed, a sitting area, a small fridge and a partial ocean view.

Other rooms in the hotel have obstructed ocean views or none at all, but they are budget friendly and only steps from the beach.

There are no restaurants at the hotel, but just a few minutes down the road is the seaside town of Cannon Beach which has something for everyone’s taste and budget. Vacationers can feast on seafood, pizza, vegetarian fare, English-style fish and chips, comfort food and crepes.

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There are many varied venues in which travelers can eat in including cafes, wine bars, pubs, coffee houses or in a public house that doubles as the town’s hardware store. Visitors wanting snacks or treats will enjoy the ice cream parlor that also sells candy, the town chocolatier or the bakery that serves up pastries, cakes, and cookies.

Those who fancy a drink may wish to visit the winery, the two breweries and the whiskey distillery, all of which are within the town of Cannon Beach.

Elements of the Sea is the spa at the Hallmark Resort. The soothing waterfall and roaring fireplace in the waiting room lulls and calms clients even before their treatment begins. Himalayan salt lamps purify the air and add positive ions to the atmosphere.

Massages can be customized, or the client can choose from Swedish massages, Deep Tissue Massages, Hot Stone therapy and pre-natal massages. Facials, body scrubs and wraps renew, detoxify and nourish the skin; anti-aging treatments are also offered by the Elements of the Sea spa. Energy work, such as Reiki and Cranial-Sacral massage, balances the energy of the body and mind and promotes healing, relaxation and wellness. Foot and hand massages, reflexology, aromatherapy and a full range of services for men are on the menu at the spa.

Small, relaxed wedding parties with no more than 50 guests may hold their ceremonies on the beach directly in front of the hotel. Local caterers familiar with the hotel will be happy to provide fine dinners, casual barbecues and will bring the champagne as well.

The Hallmark Resort & Spa has unique venues and a variety of function spaces, both indoors and outdoors, that welcome up to 140 persons. The hotel’s experienced event professionals will look after all the details of the meeting or gathering. The resort’s business center contains a computer, a printer, a copier, a fax machine and offers free local calling and UPS pickup and delivery. Professional catering is handled by local purveyors.

Guests who love galleries and shopping will find everything they are looking for in Cannon Beach. Whether it’s a trip to Costco or a search for antiques, art and hand-blown gas, Cannon Beach has something for every shopper. Cannon Beach has a theater, three museums, a small aquarium and a local company that offers zip-line tours for the adventurous. Vacationers wishing to try out the waves will find surfing equipment rentals, purchases and surfing lessons.

Nature lovers will find their wildest dreams come true on this stretch of the Oregon coast. Gray whales pass close to shore in the winter and the spring, and alert visitors can delight in the sight of juvenile whales. Sea otters and Steller sea lions bathe in the sun of the rocky shoreline. Bird watchers will delight in the array of raptors in the area which include bald eagles, California condors and osprey as the regular visitors. That hooting sound heard in the night is the cry of the Northern Spotted Owl or the Burrowing Owl.

Perhaps the best-known trail in the Cannon Beach region is the one that takes hikers to the peak of Saddle Mountain. It’s a difficult climb, but the view is worth it. On a clear day, those who have made it to the summit can see the Columbia River flowing into the sea and the superlative vista of the Cascade Mountains of Northern Oregon and Washington.

The wooded trails and open meadowland of the mountain are alive with colorful wildflowers and the eagle-eyed hiker might glimpse Roosevelt Elk, pygmy rabbits, tree voles and Columbian White-Tailed Deer or perhaps even cougars, black bears, gray foxes and wolves. Also note that The Oregon State Park Commission lists Bigfoot on their list of local wildlife.

1400 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, Phone: 855-392-3279

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