May 15th, 2012 by Rachel Covault
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 Rachel Covault
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 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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April 24th, 2012 by Rachel Covault
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 Rachel Covault
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 Rachel Covault
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 insideout
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.
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
December 11th, 2010 by Innkeeper
Oysters Bernard – creamed arugula, candied chiles, gingerbread crumble
Sweet Corn Risotto – pork lardoons, Dungeness crab, fresh tarragon
Local Artisan Cheeses – apple butter, crostini
Beet Salad – baby arugula, braised pistachio, chevre aspic, fennel, roast garlic
Butternut Squash Bisque – ginger oil, apple chips
Beef Filet – duxelle potatoes au gratin, swiss chard, mustard demi glace
Pan Roasted Salmon – roasted fingerlings, sprouts, pickled radish, zinfandel sauce
Duxelle Ricotta Raviolo– caramelized onion, truffle dust, rosemary oil
Valentine’s Day Kisses – meringue, ganache, raspberry coulis
Rose Hip Sorbet – rose hip consomme, fresh rose petals
Duo of Chocolate Soup – dark chocolate and white chocolate soup, fresh berries
$49 per Person Prix Fixe Gratuity and Beverages Not Included
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.