Exploring The Village

Cannon Beach, Oregon

 

           In 2013, National Geographic named our small coastal village one of world's 100 most beautiful places. Nestled between the majestic Pacific Ocean and the towering  peaks of the Cascade Mountain Range, the stunning beauty of the coastline paired with the classic beach town charm will have you planning your next trip before you even finish the one you're on. 

 

We run on beach time here....

 

        Here in Cannon Beach, time seems to run just a little slower than the rest of the world.  We are mostly on time to things, but nobody really minds too much if you're just a little late.  Or a little early, for that matter.  That's what we call "Beach Time." 

       For example, most places open "around 10."  So, that could be 9:45 am, or 10:18am or 10 o'clock on the dot.  Cannon Beach locals have learned to embrace this "Beach Time" concept.   It helps us to be mindful, stay in the moment and really appreciate this beautiful area that we live in.  The key to getting the most out of your time here? Run on beach time!  Move slowly and soak in the experience of your surroundings;

           *Stroll down the long stretch of sandy beaches   

           *Listen to the waves crashing and the call of the gulls 

           *Explore the tidal pools surrounding iconic Haystack Rock 

           *Grab a cup of coffee and meander through downtown searching for treasures

           *Savor a bite to eat or a sweet treat at one of our many delicious eateries 

           *Take in the scenic views from one of the trails up at Ecola State Park.  

 Whatever you choose to do, we encourage taking it slow and really being in the moment so that you can create the best #CannonBeachMemories possible.

 

One small village, four unique areas.....

 

     Locals and longtime visitors break the town out into four areas: The North End, Downtown, Midtown & The South End (aka Tolovana).  Each area has unique aspects to explore.       

 

Here's what you need to know about each area:

 

The North End

   

             Where Ecola Creek meets the Pacific Ocean, there's nothing quite like that view of Haystack Rock off in the distance as you start the winding road down into Cannon Beach off of that first exit to town.  On this end of town you'll find:

Chapman Point - where locals say you can find the best sanddollars!
Les Shirley Park - great park & picnic area with beach access to the creek side
of the beach.
Ecola State Park - closed currently, hopefully these roads through the magical
old growth forest up to the stunning views at the top will open soon.
Sea Ranch - Horse rides on the beach, so much fun!
Castaways - Amazing food and delicious drinks!
Public Coast Brewing Co. - "Beaches forever, beer for everyone!"
Simply Cakes by Jae - "Cinnamon Roll Sunday" is AMAZING!
The Kite Shop - "Let's go fly a kite, up to the heighest height..."


 

Downtown

 

        The heart of the village.  Each side of Hemlock street is lined with shops and galleries just waiting to be explored.  A complete list of the dowtown shops can be found here.  We want to showcase  Spruce street, running just to the east of Hemlock.  It's tucked back from the bustle of the main street and it's where you'll find the following Cannon Beach essentials:

        Skatepark & Playground Park - A great place to get out some energy 
Neptune's Books - Unique rare and used bookstore full of treasures
B.Boutique - Family owned and operated by long-time locals, we loves this one
of a kind clothing boutique
Chocolate Cafe - Chocolate and sweet treats, need we say more?!
Ecola Seafood Market - The best and freshest seafood in all of town!!
Public Restrooms & Parking - because everyone needs a potty break!
Cannon Beach Spa & Boutique - treat yourself, you won't regret it!
Seasons Cafe - Absolutely delicious food! We love the tomato, basil &
mozzarella hot sandwich.
Sweet Basil's Cafe - Scrumptious menu cultivated from natural, wild & organic ingredients.
Sesame & Lillies - Interior design shop - One of a kind treasures. Our property
"Owen's Place" showcases many beautiful items from Sesame & Lillies.
The Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce - Visitor Information Center is here!
 

Midtown

 

 

               Located approximately 10 blocks from downtown you'll find midtown - home to favorites like The Wayfarer, The Bald Eagle Coffeehouse (perfect marionberry scones!), Icefire Glassworks (you can watch them blowing glass!) AND the world famous Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters Coffeehouse!  There is always a line but trust us, it is worth the wait!  Midtown also houses these distinctive local businesses:

 

Center Diamond Fabric Store - quilters have told us this store is 
like heaven for them!
The Cannon Beach Arts Association - Gallery and retail store showcasing
original works by a variety of artists.
Cannon Beach Hardware & Public House - A restaurant in a hardware store.
Yup, you read that right!  Really good food, a must while you are here.
The Irish Table - At nighttime, Sleepy Monk turns into a restaurant! No reservations
and the food is exceptional, so get there early.
Pelican Brewing Company - Indoor and outdoor seating - family friendly!
Family Market & Funcycle Rentals - Great place to grab last minute beach day items and
rent funcycles during low tide.                                     
Cleanline Surf Shop - Everything you need for your adventures in the water.
Newman's at 988 - A staff favorite, highly recommend!!                                          

 The South End(aka Tolovana)


         

                    About 1 1/2 miles south of the center of the village, is the unincorporated community of Tolovana Park. Both The Cannon Beach Property Management office and the Tolovana Wayside State Park  are located in this end of town, as well as these fine establishments:

 

Sea Level Bakery - The BEST bread and tasty coffee. Owned and operated locally by a very nice family!
If you walk in and there's a line don't walk out....wait! You'll be glad you did.                                                                         
Fresh Foods - Exceptional grocery store, stocked with a wonderful variety of local and organic products.
Forgot something when you packed? Don't worry,  Fresh Foods will have it!                                             
Surfcrest Market & Pizza - wonderful mini market stocked with a great selection of common items
we often forget we might need when on vacation! Enjoy a beverage while you wait for your
fresh, hot pizza (locals tip: we love bringing pizza to a bonfire!)                                                                                  
Warren House Pub - Pub fare & cocktails.  The warm and cozy vibe is accentuated by the pool table
and stone fireplace.  Plenty of outdoor seating lends to the casual hangout vibe of the pub.                                                            
Mo's Restaurant - a long time family favorite, now with outdoor patio seating!