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 22nd, 2012 by Innkeeper
Explore the long history of Cannon Beach this Memorial Day Weekend.
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.
May 15th, 2012 by Innkeeper
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 »
May 8th, 2012 by Innkeeper
Give you mother a spa getaway for Mother's Day.
Flowers fade — memories last. This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to an experience that will leave her refreshed and relaxed: a bed and breakfast getaway with a trip to the spa.
Whether she’s your own mother, the mother of your children, a mother-to-be, or your best girlfriend cum playdate coordinator, all mothers deserve a well-earned break. And what could be more relaxing, more rejuvenating, and more refreshing than being pampered by innkeepers and massage therapists?
Arch Cape Inn & Retreat offers in-room massages for two with its Couple’s Stress Reduction Package. Reconnect with your mother, wife, or best girlfriend on a weekend getaway to our luxury bed & breakfast outside Cannon Beach. Enjoy a sixty-minute classic massage in the Tuscan Spa, Tower, or Tapestry Room or at the Cannon Beach Spa, then share a bottle of of champagne, wine, or cider and a pair of roses by the fire.
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May 1st, 2012 by Innkeeper
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.
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April 24th, 2012 by Innkeeper
Have an evening on the town with the Coaster Theatre's performance of "Butterflies are Free"
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 »
April 17th, 2012 by Innkeeper
Artists unveil their latest works in Cannon Beach during the Spring Unveiling.
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 »
April 13th, 2012 by Innkeeper
Help us welcome back the tufted puffins during Cannon Beach's Twelve Days of Earth Day celebrations.
“Welcome back, puffins!”
So reads a handmade sign held by a flock of school children in front of Cannon Beach’s most prominent landmark, Haystack Rock, every April.
Haystack Rock is home to a colony of 200-300 tufted puffins during the summer months, where they congregate after many months on the open ocean to mate and raise chicks.
Their arrival is a sure sign of spring in Cannon Beach and is celebrated during the annual Twelve Days of Earth Day celebration.
During the event, April 11 – 22, 2012, volunteers with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program set up puffin-viewing stations on the beach with spotting scopes. They are also available to answer questions about the distinctive birds.
Tufted puffins are striking birds during the summer breeding season: each sports a thick, bright orange bill, a bright white face atop a jet-black body, and a pair of golden tufts curling from orange-rimmed eyes down the back of the neck. In the air, they fly purposefully with constantly flapping wings. Read the rest of this entry »
January 24th, 2012 by archcapeinn
I hope we see you all for this wonderful annual event that includes everyone in our area, showcasing the best that our little community has to offer.
Link to schedule of events….check out the ‘Wine Smackdown’!
Fun, food and wine at the beach… a great romantic weekend getaway.
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.