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Cannon BeachCannon Beach is located in Clatsop County on the Northern Oregon Coast. Cannon Beach was named after a small, iron cannon that came ashore from a shipwrecked U.S. Navy schooner, "The Shark.

Although incorporated in 1955, the Native residents of what is now known as Cannon Beach were visited by William Clark as early as 1806. The area has also been known as Ecola (from the Salish "E cu-la" meaning whale) and Elk Creek.

Cannon Beach is recognized by its well-known landmark, Haystack Rock, located to the southwest of downtown Cannon Beach, near Tolovana Park. This igneous rock has an elevation of 235 feet, and is often accessible at low tide, especially in the summertime. There is a small cave system that penetrates the rock and can be seen from the coastline. The rock is also protected as a marine sanctuary, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Near Haystack Rock are the Needles, two tall rocks rising straight out of the water.

Downtown Cannon Beach is filled with small businesses. Chain stores such as Safeway and McDonald's have been discouraged from building in Cannon Beach in order to preserve the local economy and small town feel. A wooden whale commemorating the encounter between Clark, his companions and the Native Americans sits in a small park at the northern end of Hemlock Street.

Cannon Beach, a popular vacation resort, extends for four miles along the Pacific Ocean. The downtown commercial area is approximately four blocks on the north end of Hemlock Street - the main street thru town. It is adorned with bright flowers and lots of places to stop and sit. South of "downtown," is the area known as "midtown." The far south end is known as Tolovana Park.

The arts are emphasized in Cannon Beach, and some of the best crafts, shopping and galleries on the coast are located here. The city is planned for strolling, and many visitors take advantage of this to visit the quaint bookstores, shops and bistros. Strict planning regulations have helped Cannon Beach keep its earth toned, rustic look.

Stroll along the 9 mile stretch of beach, fly a kite, watch the sea creatures in the tidepools, or take pictures of famous Haystack Rock. Relaxing on the beach is part of the Cannon Beach experience. The tidepools in the Marine Garden are dynamic areas rich with marine life such as seastars, anemones, crabs, algae, and many others. Collecting is strictly prohibited and it is crucial to be aware and use extreme caution while walking in these areas. The marine life in and around the Marine Garden is very vulnerable to human disturbance.

For Cannon Beach events, festivals, live entertainment and happenings go to our Oregon Coast Calendar.

Cozy Ocean Lodge Serves Up a Prime View of Haystack Rock.. and Cookies!

CANNON BEACH -- Wendy Higgins grew up with a cookie jar in the kitchen -- her dad was a missionary in Guam, so her mother kept the jar stuffed with goodies for parishioners.

When the family left the island, a cookie jar was left as a gift for the next family, with a note “to keep it full.”

It’s a lesson Higgins hasn’t forgotten. She keeps a cookie jar in the lobby of the Ocean Lodge, filled with fresh-baked treats for guests all day long.

The cookies are so popular “people call ahead to make their requests,” Higgins says, with a laugh. “We try to have the kind they like waiting in their room.”

We ate our oatmeal chocolate chip treats on the balcony of our luxurious room, watching the ocean on a sunny, warm day and asked: What’s better? the view or the cookies?

The view is unmistakably one of the best on the entire West Coast. Ocean Lodge is perched above the dunes-line, with a clear view of Haystack Rock.


Sandcastle Day in Cannon Beach


The Cannon Beach 49th Annual Sancastle Day is coming and Saturday June 15th, 2013 is the day. This is a fun Oregon Coast event for spectators and participants. It all begins just after the early morning high tide and ends as the next high tide reclaims the beach. In the short span between tides some amazing sandcastles are built! You can come and be a apart of the fun whether you participate or just come to watch the fun.

Since 1964, Cannon Beach Sandcastle Day has grown to be one of the largest sand building contests on the West Coast. Sand sculptures, castles, and drawings are hand constructed and then awards are presented. There are several age divisions, from children through Masters.

The emphasis is on fun. Contestants pre-register online as individuals or as teams by age group and are judged not only on the finished product, but also on enthusiasm and teamwork.

You can find more information and pictures from previous years' event here:

Ferrari Fun in Cannon Beach

CANNON BEACH -- See one shiny, red Ferrari and everyone turns.


See more than a dozen red Ferraris, and everyone stops and gawks.




Gawking is good:  It just raised almost $4,000 for the Cannon Beach Library.


Visitors to Cannon Beach swarmed Ferraris wherever they went this past weekend, from hotel parking lots, to the Hemlock St. shopping district.


But when this town closed a street just for owners to park their sports cars, locals and visitors ooh-ed and aah-ed like kids in a candy store.


“It’s our first outing of the year,” said one of the club organizers, Eric Hawley, 58, a retired Microsoft editor. “And when we have a spring opener, we go to the coast.”


13th Annual Cannon Beach Spring Unveiling Weekend

SpringUnveiling2010Every year this event kicks off the new work shown by the members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group. All weekend long many artists from each of the galleries come to Cannon Beach to meet and greet, demo and celebrate the Arts. On Saturday the art galleries have scheduled unveilings that take you through the town, and that evening beginning at 6pm, artist's receptions will be held at each gallery. A complete weekend schedule of unveilings and previews can be seen on (see Schedule at end of article)

Paper Horses in Boats, Steel Birds,Canvas Oceans & Dripping English Homes will be unveiled at Haystack Gallery...

12 Days of Earth Day - Cannon Beach

haystack_rockHeard of the 12 Days of Christmas?  Earth Day is such a big deal in Cannon Beach that it's hosting "12 Days of Earth Day".

It starts on the beach, at Haystack Rock.

It helps that springtime inhabitants of the iconic rock are cute.

They’re tufted puffins, and they return to Haystack every April for mating season.  It’s here that they’ll nest and raise chicks, so they’re natural mascots for

Cannon Beach Earth Day celebrations.

“12 Days” starts Thur. (April 11) with a “welcome home” ceremony for the birds.  Students in puffin masks cross the sands with a banner in honor of the mascots.

Other daily events include conservation talks, free films, art shows, free yoga and more.

Easter Eggs and Real Rabbits!
Easter egg hunts are popular along the Oregon Coast this weekend, but Cannon Beach is the only place we know with real rabbits joining the fun.
At Sea Ranch Resort, some are wild rabbits and some are domestic, so children can feed them but petting isn't advised, a staff member advised.
The third annual egg hunt (candy inside plastic eggs) is on Sat. (Mar. 30th), starting at 11 a.m.
Children are divided into groups by age (1-4; 5-7; 8-10) and must be accompanied by an adult.
Sea Ranch Resort is at 415 Fir St. and it's free ( or (503) 436-2815).
William Steidel - Whimsical Meets Fantasy in Cannon Beach


CANNON BEACH -- Jazz is playing in the background, and there’s a fire flickering in the cast iron stove in the center of the Steidel studio.


It’s a drizzly day, and artist William Steidel is thinking about sunshine.


“We have seven and a half miles of beach,” says Steidel, engrossed in a new painting.


“Do you know what we have that east coast beaches don’t?” he asks, without missing a brush stroke.


“This is all public beach,” he says, with evident pride.  “On the east coast, if you’re on the beach, someone will come out and say you can’t be there.  They’ll say, ‘didn’t you see the ‘no trespassing’ signs?’ ”


Steidel, snug in a leather chair stained with paint in many colors, makes it obvious he considers this ridiculous.


It might be why he left New York state for Oregon 54 years ago.


It’s definitely why he stays.


Steidel has lived in Cannon Beach so long, he’s an institution.


His sea-weathered studio on Hemlock St. has a 1906 marker, but Steidel is sure that the main room where he paints and greets guests, was built in the 1800s.



Oregon Coast Yoga Festival in Cannon Beach

yoga-festivalThe Cannon Beach Yoga Festival is a wonderful opportunity for those new to the preactice of yoga as well as those that have been teaching for years. Beginner or experienced you can come and explore something new as well as deepen your practice. An open mind is the greatest asset for your festival experience; you will find many new ideas

If you choose the Festival Participant Pass, in addition to your 10 hours of workshops you have access to: Morning Meditation, Saturday night Community Gathering & Kirtan, Sunday evening Closing Ceremony, the Yoga Lounge, and festival shuttle service (schedule in welcome packet). You may add the optional workshops to your schedule for an addition fee.

Oregon Coast Purple Sunset at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach

by Cliff Zener

Haystack Rock Cannon Beach by Cliff Zener

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An Oregon Coast weekend of art, music, and much, much more at the Cannon Beach Stormy Arts Festival

Cannon Beach dazzles in the drizzle:

StormyArts2010Three days of art, music and literary events will showcase the galleries and artists of Cannon Beach at the 25th  annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival, November 2-4, 2012.

This popular coastal event highlights the creative talents of a wide range of artists, with a packed schedule that includes an art walk, art gallery receptions, "So you think you can paint," photography exhibits, and much more. Cannon Beach shops, restaurants and galleries will be hosting music, art and literary events throughout the weekend.

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