February 11th, 2013 by archcapeinn
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!
January 28th, 2013 by archcapeinn
Do you have a birthday coming up? Maybe an anniversary? Whatever your cause for celebration, our Inn on the Oregon Coast is an incredibly romantic location.
If you’ve been planning to propose to your loved one, we would like to give you some location suggestions where she (or he!) just won’t be able to say no.
Hug Point: Just south of Cannon Beach, this little wayside gives you easy access to the beach. North of the parking area you can still walk along the original trail carved into the point by stagecoaches. The wayside was named after the stargecoach route because it hugs the point. Looking further north, Haystack Rock, one of the most identifiable landmarks along the coastline, is easily visible.
Ecola State Park: As you leave the parking area, you’re traveling under the shade of the towering spruce trees until you suddenly emerge upon a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to have your ring ready! The stunning view will make the moment all the more magical.
The Top of the Astoria Column: The Astoria Column, which is over 80 years old, is a beloved landmark of the Pacific Northwest Coast. It is located in a wooded area, 600 feet above sea level on Coxcomb Hill in the town of Astoria (about 30 miles north of our inn). This also happens to be Oregon’s highest point, which makes the view astonishing. Majestic views of the countryside around Astoria, the great Pacific Ocean to the west and the Columbia River to the north are visible. Snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Range rise to the east and Saddle Mountain pierces the sky on the southern horizon.
While high above the ground, sweep your lover off her feet for Valentine’s day! Then, reward yourself for making it to the top of the Column with a delicious Northwest dinner.
January 18th, 2013 by archcapeinn
No matter the time of year, there never seems to be enough time to get everything done on the “to-do” list. We all feel the pressure of living in this modern era, where ‘busy’ is the adjective we seem to use the most!
We want to relieve your stressed and hectic lifestyle with a romantic couple’s retreat on the Oregon Coast.
Come and visit the Arch Cape Inn for a Valentine’s getaway.
Don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be over Valentine’s weekend! We provide all kinds of add-ons to a stay at our romantic bed and breakfast for any time you find a few days to escape to the picturesque Cannon Beach area.
Celebrating a birthday? Or another special occasion? We can have champagne and roses waiting in your room when you arrive.
Our Tranquility package is perfect for a couple celebrating an anniversary – A chilled bottle of your choice of champagne, wine, cider or freshly steeped organic tea will wait in your room along with sliced fresh fruit.
Take advantage of our large, jetted Jacuzzi tub with a lavender, herbal or orange blossom aroma therapy bubble bath amenity basket. We will decorate the tub with an orchid or bamboo arrangement.
Nothing feels better during the winter than cuddling in front of the fire with the one you love.
We also love to host couples on their honeymoon!
Enjoy a romantic 60 minute couple’s massage here at the Inn or at the Cannon Beach Spa. (The best rooms for in-room massage are Tuscan Spa, Tower, and Tapestry.) We will leave champagne, wine or cider and two roses waiting for you by the fire and deliver a gourmet breakfast for two in the morning, so you can have breakfast en suite!
We hope you will choose to celebrate a special occasion, like a babymoon, here at our Cannon Beach bed and breakfast,and that you will feel rejuvenated by-the-sea, by-the-sea, by-the-beautiful-sea!
December 31st, 2012 by archcapeinn
February is for Lovers…Come celebrate Valentine’s all month long at the Arch Cape Inn and Retreat.
With the Holiday Season behind us and Valentine‘s just around the corner, winter on the Oregon coast continues to bring us wild and wonderful opportunities to share in romance and adventure with the one you love right here at the Arch Cape Inn.
Passion is the backdrop for the entire month of February, where we can help you celebrate your love in style….warm and cozy rooms, fireplaces and lots of goodies to make your stay even more special….sparkling cider, wine, champagne, roses and chocolate, in-room massages, hot soaking baths and romantic breakfasts for two at your own morning table.
In one of the most romantic places on the Oregon Coast, the Inn is the perfect place to propose….this being one of our specialties……helping to plan the perfect opportunity to ‘pop the question’ using our extensive knowledge of the area to help you create just the right moment to express your love.
And, opportunities abound, which reflect the passion and romance of the moment as also expressed in our majestic natural surroundings.
Wild Winter storms, the pounding ocean framed by Old Growth Forests, dramatic cliffs, caves and waterfalls all make for an incredible backdrop to share special moments with that special someone.
With many short hikes very near the inn, one of our favorites is a 30 minute drive up the road to the point where 3 currents converge and the majestic Columbia River meets the mighty Pacific Ocean on the South Jetty……a sight seen from a viewing platform that will literally take your breath away.
So, let us help you take your breath away for Valentine‘s Day….all month long at the Arch Cape Inn.
December 16th, 2012 by archcapeinn
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 21st, 2012 by archcapeinn
Cannon beach is a great place to visit, even during the wetter, winter months. As locals, we have some tactics for getting over the weather so we can enjoy ourselves. Here are some tips for an enjoyable, peaceful and affordable winter trip to Cannon Beach:
Cannon Beach Lodging with an Ocean View
Since the weather might play up, we recommend picking one of our bed and breakfast rooms with an ocean view. Some of our favorites are the Ginger, Gauguin and Parisian, although you can watch the sea from the majority of our rooms.
Avoid the Crowds
As a writer for the Dallas Morning News put it: “Trade in the shorts and flip flops for rubber boots and rain gear,” and an off-season weekend in Cannon Beach will be unlike any other ‘beach vacation’ you’ve taken. Prices drop, parking is easier and townspeople (including innkeepers!) have more time to talk with you.
Get to know Cannon Beach like a Local
The beauty of the Oregon coast does not diminish, despite the time of year. Photo courtesy of 2D Photography.
“In winter, it’s a different town,” say many residents and business owners. After a summer that can attract 10,000 people a day, the town becomes nice and quiet.
But many of the attractions that bring tourists to Cannon Beach during the summer months can be enjoyed during this time of year as well. Dramatic ocean scenery, hiking trails through towering evergreen forests and neighborhoods filled with boutiques, bookstores and art galleries do not disappear after Labor Day!
Many business owners, as happy as we are to have brisk business, look forward to the fall as a time when we can ease back into living in a small town with a population of 1,700.
A Room with a Fireplace
Wait out storms with a blazing fireplace to keep you cozy. Need a break from life? Busy summer vacations rarely afford a lot of down time. So parents and couples, take an affordable weekend getaway to Cannon beach and get to know each other again by firelight, with the sound of rain pattering on your window. See our couple’s special at the bottom of our Cannon Beach activities page (use link above).
We hope you might consider a winter vacation to the Oregon Coast. It will be different than what you expect.
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!
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.
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.
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.
September 16th, 2012 by archcapeinn
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 CBchildren.org. 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!
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.