There are many beautiful places to explore and dramatic vistas to enjoy on the Oregon Coast. None, perhaps, are more beautiful or quintessentially Oregon than Ecola State Park. Arguably, no visit to Cannon Beach is complete without a stroll along these beautiful stretches of Oregon’s finest beaches. There are plenty of hiking trails to enjoy within the parks boundaries, many of which lead you to some of the most beautiful views around. You’ll no doubt be captivated by the beauty and natural grace the very moment you arrive. The Arch Cape Inn Bed and Breakfast is a romantic retreat that encapsulates all that is spectacular about the Oregon Coast. Book your room at our boutique hotel today. Read the rest of this entry »
Beach, Books, Tide Pools, and Sea Stacks
Wow, there’s a lot going on here at the Arch Cape Inn. Spring is coming and we don’t know where to start.
Combine a stay at the Inn with one of several day trip options… and PRESTO! You have a world class getaway to cherish for years to come. After waking up to coffee and breakfast, let our staff help you plan your day.
This month and next we have exciting things to choose from. Read the rest of this entry »
From the towering, jagged peaks of Haystack Rock to the dramatic caves and waterfalls at Hug Point, Cannon Beach is an exciting and beautiful place to spend a relaxing few days this summer. There’s a reason this beautifully charming town has become such a popular summer destination. Though it starts with the expansive beaches that stretch for miles before you, there’s so much more to Cannon Beach to explore. Here, you can discover some of the Pacific Northwest’s most scenic hiking trails and take in some of the most spectacular views of the Oregon Coast’s iconic rocky shore and beautiful beaches. Best of all, you can relax and savor your time on the Oregon Coast at our beautiful boutique hotel, located just a few minutes south of Cannon Beach proper. Book your summer getaway with us today, and see for yourself the unparalleled beauty of the Oregon Coast this summer. Read the rest of this entry »
Kissable Moment: A 500 Step Adventure to Terrible Tilly
What do you get when you combine a 5 mile drive with 500 steps?
You get a magical vista to share with your loved one… a majestic view of our lighthouse, Terrible Tilly.
Result: The perfect kissable moment…
After parking in the main lot of Ecola State Park, you find yourself in front of a grassy picnic area. To the right, heading north, is a trail to Indian Beach, which starts along an asphalt path leading to a quaint small wooden bridge.
When you reach this bridge, start counting your steps… expect a slight uphill climb. You will reach a lookout point with a small chain link fence.
Stop here and gaze with wonder… The rest is up to you!
Continue on for an incredible day hike to the secluded Indian Beach…
Or return to the Inn to share the comfort of a warm fire, afternoon appetizers and romance.
To read about Ecola State Park click here.
An in-depth history of Terrible Tilly can be found here.
Neahkahnie Mystery, Romance and Adventure
The Arch Cape Inn and Retreat sits nestled at the base of Neahkahnie Mountain.
Regarding Neahkahnie Mountain, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.
In addition to being one of the most spectacular volcanic outcroppings on the coast, looming up through one of the World’s Only Temperate Rain Forests, local legend has it that in the 1600’s a Spanish galleon came to the area, carrying murder, treasure and mystery. According to this lore, a chest of gold was buried somewhere on the Mountain. People still hunt for it until this day.
Click here to learn more about Offbeat Oregon History.
Come stay with us at the Inn
After a luxurious 3-course breakfast, we will help you explore the Mountain, which you can do via a hike or by vehicle. By vehicle, there are many paved roads to explore across the Mountain. By foot, the hiking options are wide and varied…..this is the only way you can hunt for gold! For more information about our Hike of the Month click here.
Kissable Moment Recommendation: Oswald West State Park.
Hike or drive your heart out… and return at the end of the day for a cozy fire, good friends and food and wine.
Winter is nearly over and springtime is just around the corner! Most of us have spent the last few months indoors and as the warmer weather returns, we encourage you to take to the outdoors!
Pet Friendly Lodging on the Oregon Coast
For us, the return of Spring means we are bringing our dogs back out to the beach and the park. If you are also a dog owner (or dog parent, as they say these days) our Cannon Beach B&B is pet friendly and the perfect place for you and your pooch to spend a spring break! We have three pet-friendly rooms; each has tiled floors and special bedding for your furry friend. Pet friendly rooms also have their own exterior, ground-floor entrance, so that pets can easily come and go from the comfort of your room.
Birding around Cannon Beach
If you’re not a dog person, perhaps something less intruding like birding interests you. There are lots of great places to see birds around the coast, especially sea birds, of course. Here are some of the spots we think are best:
South Jetty, Columbia River. Parking lot C has a viewing tower (use binoculars or spotting scope) where you can witness sea birds, some of the river estuary and grassy hummocks, hunting grounds for raptors and home to sparrows. Parking lot D has viewing bunker overlooking tidal flats where you can see many kinds of ducks and shorebirds.
Ecola State Park. From the viewpoint: pelagic and shore birds. Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons nest in the park and can often be seen hunting sea birds here. You cal get a good view of Bird Rocks with a scope.
Bird Rocks. Speaking of Bird Rocks…this is the nesting site for approximately 28,000 Common Murres each year. When the birds are nesting it looks like the rocks have a flattop haircut!
We know about lots of other great ways for you to spend your spring break holiday – just ask!
Have you ever noticed that while planning for a relaxing vacation, you can pile on even more stress than usual? Travel plans, kid or pet-sitting arrangements, activities to take part in while on vacation, dining options – it can seem overwhelming! Plus, isn’t the point of your getaway to RELAX?
Romantic New Years Oregon Getaways, planned by your Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
We love to help couples de-stress. In fact, the winter months here on the Oregon coast is a perfect time for couples to find a weekend for themselves. Rates are cheaper, kids are in school, streets and restaurants are quieter. These factors can help you find time and means to get away and focus on each other while you are away. Plus, if you never leave the room during a dark and wet Oregon weekend, you don’t have any guilt. ;)
Just one call to us and we can set up a romantic special getaway in order to help you reconnect, relax and rejuvenate. No thinking involved! Want something romantic to do for New Year’s? Just call us with a budget and perhaps an idea about something special you want do during your stay at our Cannon beach bed and breakfast.
Do you have a sore back from staring at the computer all day at work? Try an in-room massage. Make it a couples massage for double the fun!
Trying to show your wife, partner or girlfriend that they’re still the only one in your heart? Let us chill the champagne and cut the roses. They will be waiting in your room for when you arrive.
Need a date night? We can make dinner reservations and acquire tickets to special events.
Every day, wonderful food comes your way. First, a three course breakfast is served to you every morning. In the afternoon, wine and appetizers appear. The food is warm and ready for you, while dirty dishes magically disappear.
Please allow us to make at least one weekend this winter a special memory for you and your partner to share. It’s our pleasure.
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 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!
Our Cannon Beach B&B is proud to support the efforts of the North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC).* This Northwest Oregon Coast organization, as their mission statement says, works to “conserve and protect land in perpetuity for its ecological and cultural values.” As part of their good work, the NCLC fosters a sense of stewardship for the land with fun, educational programs. Some of our favorites are their “On the Land” walks.
This program a great way to experience the birds, animals, forests and waters of Oregon’s North Coast. As an added bonus, these guided walks, often in pristine protected areas, are all free. You do have to register in advance, though. This keeps the groups small and intimate, plus there’s less impact on the lands and waters visited.
A knowledgeable guide always leads the way and you can learn so much about the ecology of our region. It’s also a beautiful scenic tour of some of the most beautiful areas on the North Oregon coast.
These are some of the the upcoming On the Land programs:
Ecology Walk: Floodplain Restoration in Action
@ Circle Creek Conservation Center, Seaside
This will take place on Friday, September 14, from 10 am to noon and will be lead by Katie Voelke.
Foraging in the Forest
@ Ecola Creek Forest Reserve, Cannon Beach
Lead by Carla Cole, this engaging program will happen on Friday, October 19, 10 am to noon.
Amphibian Adventure: Frogs, Salamanders and More!
@ Circle Creek Conservation Center, Seaside
Mike Patterson will lead this walk about some of our favorite local amphibians on October 20, 10 am to noon.
Be sure to wear good walking shoes and to dress for the changeable weather of the Pacific Northwest coast. You’l also want to bring something to drink, snacks, binoculars and a camera.
To learn more about the North Coast Land Conservancy and its programs, please visit NCLCtrust.org.
While you’re enjoying our peaceful and luxurious Cannon Beach accommodations, be sure to take advantage of these lovely and informative On the Land Nature Walks.
*A portion of the proceeds from retreats held at our Oregon Coast B&B are donated to the North Coast Land Conservancy. We believe in Sustainable Tourism!
Ten miles south of Cannon Beach, you will find one of the best places to experience the beauty and variety of the Oregon coast: Oswald West State Park. Take a day hike Neahkahnie Mountain or simply stroll through the old-growth forest trail which leads straight to the beach.
Located just off Highway 101, choose from any of three parking lots which are only a quarter mile from the sandy shores of the Oregon coast. Grab a map before heading out as there are many paths through the forest (but don’t worry, the main paths are marked) and enjoy the diversity that this state park has to offer. From day hikes to short walks, the Oswald West State Park has something for every skill level.
If you’re looking for stunning ocean views and a have a few hours to spend, take the time to enjoy Neahkahnie Mountain trail hike. At 1,680 feet, this mountain offers full views of the ocean and beaches stretching on for miles. This hike is 7.6 miles round trip. For a hike with less elevation gain at only 300 feet and 5 miles round trip, you can enjoy the more leisurely pace of the Cape Falcon trail branching off to the north.
Are you a surfer? Beginners and advanced surfers alike enjoy the swells at Short Sand Beach.
Surrounded by mountains, the rigors of everyday life will be stripped away by the time your feet hit the sands of this unique beach, whether you are here to ride the waves or have a picnic.