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Ecola State Park Hikes

November 11th, 2012 by archcapeinn

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!

Winter Storm Watching on the Oregon Coast

October 27th, 2012 by archcapeinn

The Pacific Ocean can be truly mesmerizing to watch during its winter furies. The thrashing waves, foaming whitecaps and the howling wind – it is an exciting and epic show. Storm watching at Cannon Beach is a great way to spend a blustery day in the winter.

Storm watchers gather along the Northwest coast once the air becomes chilly and nights get long, wanting to witness water’s relentless assaults on terra firma. Some prefer to watch the crashing waves from a toasty-warm ocean view B&B room or grab a spot at a coastal restaurant that offers window seating for storm watching.  Others venture outdoors to get a first hand feel for this amazing weather experience.

Terrible Tilly Lighthouse

The Tillamook Lighthouse is a quick 20 minute drive from our B&B

To help make it easier for you, we are offering a Winter Storm Watching Special starting on Nov. 1. Make sure to check back to see the details!

Words of Wisdom: Storm watching is a spectator sport. Always stay a safe distance away from the ocean. Do not climb or hike on wet slippery rocks. We recommend warm beverages and a cozy room with large windows.

We have several luxury rooms at our Cannon Beach bed and breakfast with outstanding ocean views that would provide a beautiful setting for watching nature’s fury and power.

Advantages to Visiting the Oregon Coast at Winter

  • Fewer people
  • Lower prices for lodging
  • You are likely to see a spectacular winter storm
  • Less traffic on the roads
  • Two for one specials

After a storm is the best time to find treasure on the beach. Beachcombing for agates, shells, petrified wood, and glass floats is lots of fun. Your chance of finding a glass float now is better than ever since coastal communities began “seeding” the beaches with them.



Cannon Beach Events: Stormy Weather Arts Festival

October 19th, 2012 by archcapeinn

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.


Artwork created by Jeffery Hull for the Festival

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.

October 6, 2012 Rock the Beach 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk at Cannon Beach, OR

September 16th, 2012 by archcapeinn
Cannon Beach OR Run/Walk 2012

The 2012 Rock the Beach Run/Walk in Oregon features a beautiful course right on Cannon Beach.

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 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!

North Coast Land Conservancy On the Land Nature Walks

September 2nd, 2012 by archcapeinn

Cannon Beach OR ViewOur 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

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!

Romantic Getaways at our Cannon Beach Inn

August 16th, 2012 by archcapeinn


Couple holding hands

Our luxurious Cannon Beach lodging is perfect for your Oregon Coast wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or romantic getaway.

Arch Cape Inn & Retreat is the perfect place to celebrate honeymoons, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or to simply get away for a romantic Cannon Beach vacation. The slower pace of the North Oregon Coast inspires relaxation. At our Cannon Beach B&B, you can enjoy luxurious rooms featuring big comfortable beds, fireplaces and ocean views. Get into your private spa tub and have some champagne. Treat yourself to a couple’s side-by-side massage or take a walk along the nearby beach.

It’s only a five-minute drive to visit Cannon Beach restaurants and shops. There are plenty of outdoor activities too. Surf, hike or kayak together. Three nearby golf courses will challenge you while treating you to beautiful water and mountain views. Charter a boat for some Oregon Coast fishing or to simply cruise along on the water and see dolphins, waving sunfish and migrating whales.

Our guests have loved their Cannon Beach honeymoons, anniversaries, weddings, birthday celebrations and other special occasions at our Oregon Coast B&B. Here’s what a few of them have said about their experiences:

“Wonderful Honeymoon Retreat!”

We are so glad we stayed here for our honeymoon! Such a great place for relaxation. The tower room was so elegant and luxurious, with a super-comfy bed, gas fireplace, and a nice soaking tub. We attended the wine social in the afternoon and got to meet some great people before we headed off to nearby Cannon Beach for dinner. We felt so welcome and pampered- excellent staff, wonderful breakfast, beautiful gardens and inn. We definitely will be returning for an anniversary trip!

~ Andrea F., Spokane, WA

22nd Anniversary

My husband and I spent our 22nd anniversary at this beautiful Inn…. The staff and everyone went above and beyond to make our stay so special!! Thank you doesn’t begin to express our appreciation but…THANK YOU! (p.s. the food was FAB!!!)

~ Phillip & Roxie Smith, Spokane, WA

“Wonderful Wedding at Arch Cape Inn”

Arch Cape Inn was a perfect location for our wedding with a beautiful ocean view, garden, and private dinner in the Tower Room served by their exceptional staff! The staff was very accommodating, friendly, and professional. We stayed in the Heather Room which was romantic with a sitting porch, a scenic view of the ocean, and a fire place to cozy up on the cool nights. Arch Cape Inn is perfectly located by Cannon Beach, but yet private enough to enjoy the quiet beauty of the Oregon coast and nature. We look forward to visiting again. Until then–cheers!!

~ Guests from St. Paul, MN

If this sounds like the perfect vacation or Cannon Beach wedding spot for you and your sweetie, book your romantic Cannon Beach getaway today!

Spend Labor Day 2012 at our Cannon Beach, OR B&B

August 2nd, 2012 by archcapeinn
Arch Cape Inn Parisian Guest Room

Choose a gorgeous room at our Oregon Coast B&B during your Labor Day Weekend in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Yes, it’s still August, but it’ll be September before you know it! Take advantage of the long Labor Day weekend and book your room at Arch Cape Inn for a relaxing Cannon Beach vacation. At our North Oregon Coast bed and breakfast, each of our spacious guest rooms are ready to be your ultimate getaway. All have private bathrooms and many feature luxurious amenities such as spectacular ocean views, jetted tubs, soaking tubs, a sauna, gas fireplaces and private outdoor spaces. If you want the most space, the Owner’s Suite has two stories plus all other premium amenities.

If a long weekend vacation isn’t complete without your dog, take advantage of our pet-friendly lodging. Three rooms—Provence, Tuscan Spa and Lighthouse—are available for a reasonable pet rate, so you don’t have to leave Fido behind!

Explore our sweet town of Cannon Beach, with its art galleries, unique shops and fine restaurants. Wander the stalls of the Cannon Beach Farmer’s Market and taste the best of the local produce and handcrafted food products at the Midtown parking lot near Haystack Rock. The Farmer’s Market always has a Restaurant of the Week with food prepared and ready for you to try! The Cannon Beach Summer Concerts in the Park will be wrapping up their summer program of live music on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. From 4-6 pm, stop at Downtown City Park at 2nd and Spruce for the last of these terrific free concerts.

The Oregon coast is stunningly beautiful during this time of year. Take a peaceful walk along the beach and watch for a perfect shell, graceful seabirds, and tidal pool starfish and tiny crabs. Trace the footsteps of Lewis & Clark on the nearby interpretive trails. Hike up to dramatic mountain overlooks on your way to the historic Oregon Coast Trail. Sit in the cathedral silence of old growth trees. After a day of exploring, come back to your Arch Cape Inn guest room, relax in the tub, have a glass of wine, get into your comfortable bed and fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean.

If a 2012 Labor Day weekend in Cannon Beach sounds like the perfect mini-vacation to you, contact us today and make your reservation. Wherever you choose to spend your Labor Day, we wish everyone a safe and relaxing holiday.

Fine Art Galleries in Cannon Beach, OR

July 16th, 2012 by archcapeinn
Art Gallery

Cannon Beach galleries feature high quality original art in a wide variety of styles and media.

The dramatic cliffs and beaches of the Oregon coast are a natural inspiration for creativity. It’s not surprising that so many artists call this area home. Even if their artwork doesn’t take inspiration directly from the landscape, artists find the coastal community’s laid-back atmosphere and slower pace make it a great place to create.

Below we’ve listed some of the Cannon Beach galleries and artist groups. Most are clustered on or near Hemlock street. For a more complete list including individual artist galleries and studios, please visit (click on “Galleries | Art”).

Bronze Coast Gallery
Focused on showcasing and educating the public about bronze cast artwork, this group of over 30 award-winning regional, national and international artists also features fine original paintings, photography and giclee prints. @ 224 N. Hemlock

Cannon Beach Art Gallery / Arts Association
The Cannon Beach Art Gallery is home to the Cannon Beach Arts Association, a community arts organization which “supports, funds, and enhances the arts and artists in the Cannon Beach community through education, events and exhibits.” The Art Gallery has monthly rotating exhibits of fine arts and crafts by local and Pacific Northwest artists. Their inviting open space also has a coffee shop for visitors’ enjoyment. @ 1064 S. Hemlock

DragonFire Studio & Gallery
DragonFire features contemporary original works in paint, fiber, metal and other media. Read the rest of this entry »

4th of July 2012 at Cannon Beach and Manzanita, OR

June 29th, 2012 by archcapeinn

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.

FireworksThe 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.

Hike Oswald West State Park

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.


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.

Land Conserve

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.

Rainforest Alliance





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