Hotel at a Glance: Tolovana Inn
At nearly 250 feet tall, the jagged Haystack Rock cuts a striking figure against the Pacific Ocean beach just outside Tolovana Inn. The view is especially brilliant at sunset, when the surrounding waters reflect the sky’s warm pink and orange tones. The hotel’s location is enviable not only for its beach access, but also for a nearby shuttle stop that can whisk guests to downtown Cannon Beach.
- Indoor saltwater pool filtered with natural salt
- Roast s’mores right on the beach.
- Get pampered: Select massages and other services are available via Cannon Beach Spa.
Cannon Beach, Oregon: Quaint Coastal Hamlet Abounding with Outdoor Pursuits
Tucked between Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean, Cannon Beach got its name from the wreckage of a 19th-century schooner that washed ashore here. Among the items was a small cannon. Thanks to its laid-back atmosphere, the town built up a small artists’ colony attracting creative types who wanted to avoid the bustling resort scene. You’ll find a number of local galleries alongside charming, cedar-shingled boutiques and wine bars.
The town’s greatest draw, though, is its natural, coastal grandeur. Travel + Leisure magazine once named it one of its favorite family beaches, praising the shore’s powdery sand and calm waters. 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 members of the Lewis and Clark expedition, passing through towering sitka spruces, douglas firs, and western hemlock and pausing at ocean overlooks to watch migrating gray whales in the distance.