Our visit and travel suggestions for Cannon Beach, Oregon
We’ve been to Cannon Beach, Oregon a few times, and it’s one of our favorite winter getaways. Only a three and a half hour drive from Seattle, it’s a great three-day weekend trip. We don’t like to go in the summer, because that’s the busy and most expensive time of year, and we enjoy cozying up in a room with a fireplace and watching the sea.
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Our favorite place to stay is The Hallmark Inn. Our favorite room is the Southwest View King, which is a corner room with a front and center view of Haystack Rock and the ocean. The room has a fireplace, comfortable king sized bed, mini fridge, and deck. The Hallmark can be expensive, but in the off season and weekdays you can get a good deal. The Hallmark also has an indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna as well as free parking and a great location in walking distance to everything in town.
Above: The Hallmark Inn from the beach
Below: View from the southwest view king room
Each time we visit Cannon Beach, our visit is not complete without a meal at two places: Newmans at 988 and The Pig N Pancake. Newmans at 988 is an amazing upscale restaurant in an old Victorian house on the main street of town. The seating is cozy and the service is fantastic. We highly recommend the foie gras pasta and the duck breast. Plan on spending about $90-$130 for two people for appetizer, soup or salad, entree, dessert, and wine. Expensive, but worth the splurge.
The Pig N Pancake is always busy in the summer and on holiday weekends. It’s the best breakfast spot in town, and worth the wait for a table if there’s a line. My favorite is the dungeness crab benedict. The crab is super fresh and the hashbrowns are nice and crispy. We always leave stuffed to the gills.
Above: Paddy full and happy
After you’ve recovered from a giant breakfast, you can do some beach combing, and if the tide is out go check out the tide pools at haystack rock. Orange and purple starfish and bright green sea anemones cling to the rocks in the pools. You can also find chitons, barnacles, periwinkles, mussels, and other organisms.
Below: The giant green sea anemone Anthopleura xanthogrammica
North of Cannon Beach is the tourist town of Seaside, OR which is more of a family destination. There is a boardwalk, carousel, beach, shopping and beach cart rentals. Seaside is great for kids and families. We always opt for the solitude and low-key vibe of Cannon Beach. It is fun for a day visit if you haven’t been there.
A short drive south of Cannon Beach is Tolovana Beach Park. We have stayed at the Tolovana Inn as well, which is also very nice. There’s no real town to speak of, but Mo’s Chowder is right next to the Tolovana and is a good lunch option. It’s a family spot, your traditional fried fish basket and chowder type of place. It’s right on the beach and the oysters are excellent. We like to stop in for lunch when we’re visiting the area.
Above: Paddy with chowder in a bread bowl and some oysters on the half shell at Mo’s.
Further south is a nice drive on highway 101.
At night there are a few bars, but for the most part the town is pretty quiet. We like to take in the sunset, or have a couple beers at Bill’s Tavern and Brewhouse.
I can never get enough of this view:
Cannon Beach is one of our all time favorite winter getaway destinations, and we will be back again many times, I’m sure.