February 11th, 2013 by insideout
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
Bring your four-legged friend to our B&B for a spring break
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!
December 16th, 2012 by insideout
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. ;)
Our luxurious Cannon Beach lodging is perfect for your Oregon Coast wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or romantic getaway.
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.
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!
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!
September 2nd, 2012 by insideout
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!
June 15th, 2012 by Innkeeper
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.
June 1st, 2012 by Innkeeper
It’s almost summer and here on the Oregon coast, that means taking the time to enjoy the weather in the great outdoors. If you’re looking for something different this year, look no further than Northwest Women’s Surf Camps! Located just 15 minutes north of Arch Cape, NWSC in Seaside, Oregon offers classes for women and men of all skill ranges. The only thing requires from you is the ability to swim and the desire to learn.
Do something new this summer!
Starting Saturday June 23rd, sign up for a one-day or weekend surf camp, led by qualified and passionate surf instructors. The one-day camp includes all necessary equipment, a catered lunch (with beverages and snacks), a morning Beach Yoga session, safety instruction, surf instruction with two in-water sessions, and a great goodie bag! “Weekenders” provide all of the same perks, but by adding a second day of surfing, students have an opportunity to build on new skills, learn more advanced techniques, and create a deeper bond with other participants.
All of the surf instructions are highly experienced and trained with over 100 years of surfing time between them. They have travelled all over the world and are certified in CPR, Lifeguarding, and First Aid.
Don’t want to surf alone? NW Women’s Surf Camps also offers getaway packages. Choose to surf the waters of Cannon Beach, Seaside, or Pacific City with your closest girlfriends! Enjoy morning yoga, an organic lunch, and hours of hands-on instruction with these all-inclusive packages. Guys won’t be left out – the Guys Getaway package has lunch options specifically catered to men. Take a break from the same old golf game and book a weekend with your friends that you won’t soon forget! After the camp, area activities and steak houses can be recommended.
To find out more about NW Women’s Surf Camps and all of their packages, visit http://www.nwwomenssurfcamps.com.
May 1st, 2012 by Rachel Covault
To truly appreciate the rugged majesty of the Oregon Coast, take a walk through the coastal forest. Immerse yourself in the cool forest air, rich with fresh oxygen and the scents of the nearby ocean. Feel dwarfed under the thick trunk and distant canopy of a Sitka spruce. Watch the ceaseless crash of the surf from atop dramatic bluffs. Discover things growing in surprising places: crowded colonies of mosses perch in the corrugated bark of Douglas-firs, and scraggly huckleberry shrubs reach up from ancient stumps. Even the ocean itself seems alive.
Find all of this on the Clatsop Trail, a 2 1/2 mile loop hike at at Ecola State Park. The trailhead is a scenic ten-mile drive up the coast from Arch Cape Inn and is just north of Cannon Beach, making it a perfect day-trip destination. Pack a lunch for a picnic on the beach, and plan for dinner in town.
View Hike at Ecola State Park in a larger map
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December 9th, 2011 by Innkeeper
Each year we get to see and experience the pure and wild joy of watching the whales make their way along our coast.
Trained volunteers at 24 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites help visitors spot gray whales during the winter and spring annual migrations. The volunteers are on duty 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to help visitors see the marine animals and offer information about their migration.
Whale Watching sites…Listed from north to south, these are the 24 sites
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Ilwaco, Washington
Ecola State Park
Neahkahnie Mountain Historic Marker Turnout on Highway 101
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
Cape Lookout State Park – 2.5 mile hike to site at tip of Cape
Inn at Spanish Head Lobby on 10th floor
Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
The Whale Watching Center/Depoe Bay Sea Wall
Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Don Davis City Park
Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center
Cook’s Chasm Turnout
Sea Lion Caves Turnout – large Highway 101 turnout south of tunnel
Umpqua Lighthouse, near Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
Shore Acres State Park
Face Rock Wayside State Scenic Viewpoint
Battle Rock Wayfinding Point, Port Orford
Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, Oregon
9th Street Beach, Crescent City, California
There are about 400 gray whales that do not go as far north as Alaska to feed in the summer. They feed along coasts of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. We generally have whales on the central coast from July through mid November. These whales are seen very close to shore while feeding and can often be seen from many of these same locations into January.
December 15th, 2010 by Innkeeper
Gateway to Discovery
NCLC’s focus is on the land, and our primary tool is acquisition. But that’s not our only tool, and connecting with the land holds as much importance to us. To that end, we’ve developed the Gateway to Discovery, a “virtual” natural history center, where you can find resources to help you start exploring these connections.
The moon and the tides are essential to the amazing productivity of oceans, rivers, and estuaries. And of course to explore these riches, you will need a good tide calendar!
North Coast Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 67 Seaside OR 97138, 503-738-9126
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.
As a part of a retreat event, portions of the proceeds will be donated to the North Coast Land Conservancy. This commitment makes your travel dollar worth much more.
For an understanding of Sustainable Tourism concepts as you plan your travel, click on the Frog below for more reading.