Once a small artists' colony, Cannon Beach still plays host to a number of local galleries scattered throughout the town. Cedar-shingled boutiques dot the downtown shopping district, where visitors can also find several restaurants and wine bars.The town’s greatest draw, though, is its natural, coastal grandeur. Paying a visit to Haystack Rock is a must, but nearby Ecola State Park offers a more panoramic view of the Oregon coast. Here, hikers navigate forest trails once traversed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, passing through towering sitka spruces, douglas firs, and western hemlock and pausing at ocean overlooks to espy migrating gray whales in the distance.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Helpful assistants are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Considering they're charged with maintaining an extensive array of equipment across 15 locations, it's a good thing each state-certified member of the SunsUp Tanning Centers team commits to at least 10 hours of update training each week. The constant training prepares the specialists for working with the centers' 10 types of standup and lay-down UV beds as well as with sunless Mystic Tan and VersaSpa booths. In addition to tanning, SunsUp offers the Fit body wrap, an infrared heat therapy designed to detoxify and slim the body. Patrons can adjust the wrap's four independent heat zones in 1-degree increments up to 130 degrees or until their body parts start to whistle.
With multiple locations in the greater Portland metro area and throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
Though they wield their shears with remarkable dexterity, the staff members at Platinum Salon and Day Spa are too restlessly creative to limit their talents to the scalp. That’s why they supplement their styling services with a full range of spa and tanning treatments that incorporate products from top brands such as Pureology and Dermalogica. Those salon staples share the shelves with skincare masks from Servello, which crafts its organic formulas in nearby Portland. When they aren’t relaxing with a massage or having their nails painted with the portraits of their 10 favorite presidents, guests can build up a summery glow in sunless Mystic or UV-tanning booths.
The Empire State Building beckons the eyes of tourists and locals alike, yet as clients exit Renait 5th Avenue Salon's penthouse across the street—whose opening was kicked off with help from Miss Universe 2010—they draw gazes back down to earth. With products from Nexxus, Aveda, and Sebastian, experienced stylists reinstate health and style to hair with custom cuts, colors, and conditioning treatments after determining each client's aesthetic preferences and penchant for standing in front of wind machines. Cleansing facials enhance natural beauty, waxing treatments whisk away unwanted hair, and nail services ready fingers for an evening on the town. Renait's beautifiers also take inspiration from European salons, buttressing hair and skin services with massage therapy that enhances body function, helps alleviate pain, and soothes stress after arguments with the person in the bathroom mirror.