December is nearly here, and may of us are busily engaged in the throes of another holiday season. We can think of no better time to escape to the dramatic shores of Oregon’s stunning coast, where you can relax and rejuvenate yourself at this hectic time of year. The quiet winter months bring with them miles of secluded beaches to enjoy, nearly empty streets, shops and restaurants to browse, and the unpredictable, stormy and awe-inspiring weather that often comes our way. These winter months also happen to offer some of the best whale watching in the Northwest. Book your room at the Arch Cape Inn & Retreat, and experience the magical quiet of Cannon Beach in the winter. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer at the beach holds a special place in the hearts of many, and we can think of no place more restful or inspiring than the iconic rocky shores of Cannon Beach. There’s a reason this beautifully charming town has become such a popular summer destination. Summer’s are special on the Oregon Coast: They are a place for romance, a place for uninterrupted relaxation, and a place to unwind and forget the stresses of our modern lives. This year, kick off your summer right with the many fun events in Cannon Beach, including the ever popular Cannon Beach Sandcastle Day. For the most relaxing vacation possible, stay at our luxury boutique hotel just south of the Cannon Beach Area. We are a true summer retreat focused on providing our guests the best experiences the Oregon Coast has to offer. Book your summer getaway with us today, and try your hand at a little sand art this summer. Read the rest of this entry »
The beach, the beach, the beach…there is no place more relaxing, rejuvenating and romantic than an Oregon coast get-away for the special person that we call ‘Mom’.
This year we are hosting a very casual Mother’s Day Weekend, where our entire staff will be waiting to create a wonderful weekend experience, complete with a beautiful brunch presentation each morning and a Wine and Cider Appetizer Hour every afternoon.
Let us do the work, while Mom can rest and enjoy being waited on hand and foot for the entire weekend.
Can’t think of that last minute gift?
Surely, a special stay at our Castle on the Coast will make any Mom feel like the Queen she is!
Stormy Weather Arts Festival Events
Held November 2-4, 2012, the Stormy Weather Arts Festival is a celebration of local art and creativity in and around Cannon Beach. A large variety of events and viewings are on the schedule.
Quickdraw and Silent Auction: Held at Surfsand Resort Friday evening, this event which kicks off the weekend of activities, is a festival highlight. Artists demonstrate their techniques, working for a full hour on a single painting, which will be finished and offered for sale during the weekend. Each artist will also offer work that will be auctioned off Friday evening.
Tickets for this event, which sells out every year, will be on sale beginning September 4th at the Cannon Beach Chamber office. Call 503-436-2623. The price is $55, or $99 for two, and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drinks.
Saturday Night Concert – An evening with the Curtis Salgado Band, 2012 Soul Blues Artist of the Year. “Triumphant, joyful blues-soaked R&B…one of the most soulful, honest singers ever” – Blues Review. Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 7:30 p.m. at the Coaster Theater.
Tickets cost $35 at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce. Or call: 503-436-2623.
Check out more about the scheduled events at the Cannon Beach Gallery Group website.
About the Arts in Cannon Beach
This picturesque Oregon community upholds a standing reputation as “one of the 100 best art towns in America.”
Start your art tour on Spruce Street and then circle back around Hemlock Street — you’ll happen upon more than a dozen art galleries, their wares running the gamut from fine art and craft to glassworks to bronze.
Cannon Beach is home to a gallery collective as well as an arts association with its own non-profit gallery dedicated to supporting both established and emerging artists. Watercolor, oil, glass and metal are among the mediums chosen by local working artists.
Saturday ~ 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
A run should be scenic and this second annual run/walk on Cannon Beach is exceptional. With the Pacific Ocean stretching into the western horizon and the bluffs and mountains framing the beach’s edge, it is truly a gorgeous place to run or stroll. The 10K loop will be both beautiful and challenging with half the course on the beach and the other half on pavement. The 5K is all beach so runners, casual walkers and dogs (on leashes, please) will all enjoy the sand and surf.
Registration for students is $25 and $50 for adults. The registration fee includes a high quality T-shirt, plus BBQ lunch and live music at the lovely and comfortable Cannon Beach Chamber Community Hall at 2nd and Spruce. It’s all for a good cause–proceeds benefit the Cannon Beach Preschool and Children’s Center (CBPCC). The CBPCC is non profit 501(c)(3) which has been providing quality child care and enriching educational opportunities since 1977. So get out there and run/walk to help local kids!
For folks watching the Rock the Beach race, it will be a nice day out on the beach. Cheer on the runners and walkers and take a wander around the quaint town of Cannon Beach.
The race starts near Second Street, in downtown Cannon Beach right on the beach. For more information, call (503) 436-1040. Links to register online and a full route map are at CBchildren.org. Note: Registration closes on Thursday October 4, 11:59 PM PST. Be sure to register as soon as you can before the event fills up!
During your stay at our north Oregon Coast inn, don’t miss the local Independence Day celebrations at Cannon Beach and Manzanita:
2012 Cannon Beach 4th of July
Cannon Beach might be a small town, but we know how to celebrate a great 4th of July! The Cannon Beach Independence Day Parade will be on Wednesday July 4, 2012 around 11 a.m. If you love strawberry shortcake, show up earlier at the US Bank at 107 N. Hemlock. There will be fresh strawberry shortcake offered at the front steps starting at 10 a.m. until every last piece is gone!
The parade usually forms at Spruce and Monroe and continues up Spruce to 3rd Street and then goes back down Hemlock. The parade wraps up with an Open House at Legion Hall at 1216 S. Hemlock. Bring your lawn chair or lay out your blanket and cooler of goodies anywhere along the parade route as you watch the floats, crazy cars and marching bands go by.
The fun continues with a 3 p.m. free concert at Cannon Beach City Park. Conductor Larry Johnson will lead the North Coast Symphonic Band in all the great patriotic songs. This isn’t your ordinary sit-and-listen concert. Everyone is invited to sing along. Belt out your best Star Spangled Banner with the rest of us at the Cannon Beach City Park concert.
After the concert’s over, don’t leave the City Park just yet! Bobcat Bob, a local jazz and blues guitarist will play from 7:30-9:00 p.m. And there’s no more appropriate entertainment for the evening than fire dancing by Flamebuoyant Productions. Watch their fiery and acrobatic performance from 9:15 to 9:45 p.m.
4th of July 2012 in Manzanita
If you’re in Manzanita, you can enjoy their Wednesday July 4th parade which makes it’s way through their downtown area. The parade starts at 1 p.m. It’s good to get to downtown before then. Not only can you claim your spot along the parade route, you can also support area disaster shelters. The Emergency Volunteer Corps will be hosting a fundraising cookout from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Windermere parking lot (5th & Laneda). Have a Tsunami Burger, veggie burger or a Disaster Dog to show your support!
The Independence Day Celebration in Manzanita will end with a fireworks display by Western Displays Fireworks. This is also on Wednesday, July 4th at the beach. The show starts at dusk.
After all the excitement’s over, you can settle down in your comfortable bed at our Cannon Beach bed and breakfast inn.
Memorial Day provides us with a time to reflect on the past and remember those who have come before us. If you find yourself on the Oregon Coast this weekend, take an afternoon to explore the past at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.
The center hosts several permanent and temporary exhibits related to Cannon Beach and its history. The Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes helped design a Native American longhouse, complete with replica artifacts created by regional Native American artisans. Another permanent exhibit, “Cannon Beach: A Place By the Sea,” describes the history of the area, from the time of the Tillamook Indians, through Lewis and Clark’s expedition, the logging boom, and two world wars, to the modern-day town with its significance in the arts and tourism.
The Memorial Day Weekend gives you the chance to see two temporary exhibits. If you’ve ever wondered how Cannon Beach got its name, the exhibit “Who Put The Cannon In Cannon Beach?” will put your questions to rest. Hear the troubled story of the USS Schooner Shark and how one of its cannons was lost and rediscovered — and how another two cannons lay buried in the tidal sands until only a few years ago. You can even see the original cannon on display.
A second temporary exhibit, “Beach Hop,” presents quilts from the Oregon Coast Shop Hop. Local artists and quilters created these quilts using panels from designated shops along the Oregon Coast. Themes of nostalgia and a love of Oregon are woven through this collection.
If you enjoy mixing modern context with your history lessons, take the historic walking tour of downtown Cannon Beach. Compare the town’s eighteenth-century landscape to today’s city. Much has changed in the last hundred years — but not everything.
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is open five days a week (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) fro 1 – 5pm, and admission is free.
The broad canvas of Cannon Beach, Oregon has tempted many an amateur sand castle architect, and once a year, sand sculptors gather here to celebrate their art.
You’re invited to join the festivities at the 2012 Cannon Beach Sand Castle Contest over the weekend of June 8 – 10, 2012. Spectators are welcome to watch the sculptors create not only castles, but also sea creatures, international landmarks, scenes from fairy tales, and other impressive expressions of creativity. You can try your own hand at shaping sand by signing up in one of seven sand-sculpting divisions, from “Sand Fleas” (open to anyone under age six) to “Sand Masters” (open by invitation to sculptors who have won awards in previous events).
Sculptors have about five hours to create their works, from 7am to noon on Saturday, June 9, during low tide. At noon, winners in each division will be announced, and by 6pm, high tide will erase the sculptures, so that Cannon Beach once again provides a blank canvas to aspiring sculptors.
Although the sand sculptures are the highlight of the weekend, visitors will find plenty of other activities to keep them busy. Read the rest of this entry »
The Coaster Theatre is bringing Broadway to Cannon Beach this May with its staging of the play Butterflies are Free.
The story, loosely based on the life of attorney Harold Krents, follows a blind man as he moves out of his overbearing mother’s home and learns how to live his own independent life. When he befriends a free-spirited hippie and connects with a neighbor girl, his mother’s stifling love becomes an obstacle to his freedom — an obstacle he must acknowledge and confront.
Performances run on weekends from May 4 – 27. In addition, a special “Talkback Thursday” performance on May 17 will give theatergoers the opportunity to ask questions to the actors and learn more about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into staging a play.
The original Broadway play, written by Leonard Gershe, ran for 1,128 performances from 1969 to 1972 at the Booth Theatre. It was nominated for three Tony Awards and won one for best featured actress in a play. In 1972, it was adapted into a movie starring Edward Albert and Goldie Hawn.
The rest of the Coaster Theatre’s season promises more theatrical favorites: Read the rest of this entry »
Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. In Cannon Beach, Oregon, spring is the time when new pieces of fine art make their world debuts.
The twelfth annual Spring Unveiling in Cannon Beach welcomes you to three days of celebrating the arts over the weekend of May 4 – 6, 2012. Come explore the town’s renowned art galleries, speak with the artists about their artistic ideas, and be the first to see their latest works.
Saturday will highlight the newest works of a variety of local, national, and international artists. About every half hour, an artist will “unveil” his or her newest works at one of the thirteen member galleries of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group. Painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, glass workers, and even a book artist will reveal and discuss their works. Read the rest of this entry »