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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.

 

 

That famous landmark of Cannon Beach looms out of the morning fog when you’re having coffee on the balcony.

It draws photographers and beachcombers from around the world. “We’re getting a lot more international travelers, from all over Europe, Canada ... and many more from China,” Higgins says.

No matter their country of origin, the red-white-and-blue cookie is so favored by guests, they always get it on weekends.

Those cookies have red cranberries, white chocolate and blueberries.

The Ocean Lodge continues such homey touches with its continental breakfast, included in the room rate.

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Homemade breads from a Cannon Beach baker, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt with honey, and steel-cut oats are served in cheery, book-filled rooms.

There are so many books at Ocean Lodge -- tucked in corners, arranged on coffee tables, neatly stacked in a library -- that it feels like you’re walking through someone’s lavish home.

“People take books home and mail them back and will send us extra books too,” Wendy says. “We have a lot of old Life magazines too, which take our guests back to the 1940s-50s theme we have here.”

Ocean Lodge opened in 2001 and remains one of the most luxurious yet cosy hotels on the Oregon Coast. It has 45 rooms and has a large presence on the beach, but seems smaller than its big-lodge architecture suggests.

“People feel like they’re coming home,” Higgins says. “We hear that from a lot of our guests who return. They say Ocean Lodge is so comfortable it doesn’t feel like a hotel. It feels like a big house.”

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A corner jet-tub for two and a fireplace made our waterfront room very romantic too. We especially appreciated all the cosy nooks around the hotel for reading, and just watching the ocean.

There are many whimsical touches too, like the “gone to the beach” stone at the front door.

Ocean Lodge has regular artists’ workshops, book signings, and an upcoming “women’s only weekend” to link guests to the West Coast’s creative community.

It’s also offering a great “3 sunsets for the price of 2” deal: http://www.theoceanlodge.com/promos.php#special=three-for-two-special

The Ocean Lodge, 2864 South Pacific St., Cannon Beach, 97110;

www.theoceanlodge.com; 888-777-4047 or 503-436-2241.

Story by Kathleen Kenna Photos by Hadi Dadashian

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