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Cannon Beach in the Winter

November 21st, 2012 by insideout

Cannon beach is a great place to visit, even during the wetter, winter months. As locals, we have some tactics for getting over the weather so we can enjoy ourselves. Here are some tips for an enjoyable, peaceful and affordable winter trip to Cannon Beach:

Cannon Beach Lodging with an Ocean View

Since the weather might play up, we recommend picking one of our bed and breakfast rooms with an ocean view. Some of our favorites are the Ginger, Gauguin and Parisian, although you can watch the sea from the majority of our rooms.

Avoid the Crowds

As a writer for the Dallas Morning News put it: “Trade in the shorts and flip flops for rubber boots and rain gear,” and an off-season weekend in Cannon Beach will be unlike any other ‘beach vacation’ you’ve taken. Prices drop, parking is easier and townspeople (including innkeepers!) have more time to talk with you.

Get to know Cannon Beach like a Local

Cannon Beach winter getaway

The beauty of the Oregon coast does not diminish, despite the time of year. Photo courtesy of 2D Photography.

“In winter, it’s a different town,” say many residents and business owners. After a summer that can attract 10,000 people a day, the town becomes nice and quiet.

But many of the attractions that bring tourists to Cannon Beach during the summer months can be enjoyed during this time of year as well. Dramatic ocean scenery, hiking trails through towering evergreen forests and neighborhoods filled with boutiques, bookstores and art galleries do not disappear after Labor Day!

Many business owners, as happy as we are to have brisk business, look forward to the fall as a time when we can ease back into living in a small town with a population of 1,700.

A Room with a Fireplace

Wait out storms with a blazing fireplace to keep you cozy. Need a break from life? Busy summer vacations rarely afford a lot of down time. So parents and couples, take an affordable weekend getaway to Cannon beach and get to know each other again by firelight, with the sound of rain pattering on your window. See our couple’s special at the bottom of our Cannon Beach activities page (use link above).

We hope you might consider a winter vacation to the Oregon Coast. It will be different than what you expect.

 

Ecola State Park Hikes

November 11th, 2012 by insideout

Did you know Ecola beach was initially ‘discovered’ because of a beached whale? According to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in 1806 Capt. William Clark and his twelve team members climbed over rocky headlands and blazed a trail through thick shrubs and trees to get to the whale in what is now Ecola State Park. Today, a paved road from Cannon Beach makes accessing  the park much easier! Traveling under the shade of towering Sitka spruce, you suddenly emerge upon a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to have your camera ready!

Ecola-State-Park-hikes

A map of all the beaches along the coastline near Cannon Beach. See Ecola State Park at the top.

Ecola State Park offers year-round recreation for adventurers and more casual visitors as well. There are picnic benches so you can enjoy a meal or a hot thermos of coffee with an ocean view. Along with stunning vistas, Ecola State Park has many miles of trails. One of the newest trails, the Clatsop Loop trail, is an interpretive trail you that gives you the chance to walk in the footsteps of Native Americans and Capt. Clark’s men.

The Clatsop Loop trail is the same route that native Americans used during the winter months, when canoe travel up and down the coastline was too dangerous.

The trail actually begins north of Ecola State Park at Indian Beach, although hiking trails connect one beach to the next. The Clatsop loop is 2.5 miles and it leads you to the hiker’s camp just inland from Tillamook Rock Lighthouse Viewpoint. The way down is an old gravel road. You return via a narrow hiking path.

While this is just one new trail along our coastline, we know many beautiful routes and would love to share them with you. Hopefully, we can find just the right trail for you – whether you need something not too steep, something with ocean views or a more challenging hike that would take you most of the day, we probably know the place. Customized and committed service – another perk of staying at a Cannon Beach bed and breakfast!

Tidepools

Arch Cape Inn and Retreat is in the process of changing its mission statement and daily living activities in order to become eligible for green certification. A particular emphasis for us focuses on protecting and preserving the water quality of our local area.
In an effort to keep our water clean, water that surrounds us everywhere, we are making  changes in our habits. One such change that is easy to do is to use ordinary vinegar in a spray bottle as a surface cleaning agent.
Click here for more information on water, climate and community on the North Oregon Coast.

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