As one of the most popular getaways on the scenic Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach boasts charm, tranquility, and adventure for a perfect beach vacation away. Tucked between the evergreen-covered mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, a Cannon Beach cabin or cottage is a treasure trove for exploring this stunning landscape and natural attractions. The area is home to the iconic Haystack Rock, some of the coast's most lively tide pools, and spectacular seaside cliffs while supporting a vibrant local business district and arts community.
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Just an hour and a half drive from Portland, Cannon Beach is a favorite getaway for locals and avid adventurers alike. The beach is famous for its long, sandy shores and gigantic rock formations (as seen in movies like the Goonies and Twilight) that are iconic to the Oregon coastline. While some brave the colder water to catch a wave, most beachgoers sit back on the dunes and enjoy the scene, kite string or cone of soft serve in hand.
Cozy up in a cafe downtown, hit the trails for some gorgeous views of the jagged coastline, and time your trip right to catch a glimpse of puffins on Haystack Rock. Some of the region's finest restaurants, wine bars, clothing boutiques, galleries, and local theaters dot these quaint downtown streets, making the area a prime spot for a beach home in the heart of it all. Your adventure awaits with a Cannon Beach cottage.
At low tide, curious beachcombers can be found examining and photographing the starfish, sea anemone, and crabs that make their homes in the tide pools at the rock's base. The sandy white shores are popular with sandcastle builders, kite fliers, swimmers, sunbathers, horseback riders, and four-legged Frisbee chasers alike. Water sports fans are also drawn to Cannon Beach's excellent surfing—wetsuit recommended, even during the summer months.
Ecola State Park lies just north of town, so don't forget your camera. You'll want it as you hike up to the viewpoint at the Tillamook Head Lighthouse, reach a deserted stretch of sand at the end of the Indian Beach Trail, or follow in Lewis' and Clark's footsteps along the Clatsop Loop Trail. Other nearby attractions include the sandy shores at two state recreation areas, Arcadia Beach and Hug Point.
Carefully guarded development has kept many of the big-name chains out of Cannon Beach, resulting in an uncommercialized beach and a unique sense of community in the small town. Here, some family-run businesses have become local institutions, so don't be surprised when residents politely insist you try the bacon-wrapped dates at Sweet Basil Cafe or pick up a bottle of huckleberry balsamic vinegar at The Oil & Vinegar Bar. Clam chowder and fresh-caught seafood are a must during your stop, and Oregon’s famous brewery scene lends for delicious local craft beer.
Only an hour and a half from Portland, our Cannon Beach vacation rentals make for a great home base to explore the scenic Northern Oregon Coast. The more touristy attractions of Seaside, including the Promenade's souvenir shops, arcades, and buzzing atmosphere, are only eight miles north on Highway 101; head south for a slower pace in sleepy Arch Cape (5 miles away) or laid-back Manzanita (15 miles).
Whether you take pictures of Haystack Rock, try local Cannon Beach restaurants, or explore as many Oregon beach towns as you can, first-time visitors and locals alike owe it to themselves to visit this gorgeous stretch of coast at least once a year.