Cottages near Beach on Oregon Coast
One of the most photographed landmarks on the Oregon coast is Haystack Rock, a 235-foot-high landmark dotted with nests made by puffins and other seabirds. It's such a distinctive sight that some locals have wild theories about aliens plucking the sea stack straight out of Rio de Janeiro before setting it down in Cannon Beach. Whatever its origin, Haystack draws tons of visitors, especially at low tide, when you can walk right up to the monolith or look for crabs in the surrounding tide pools. McBee Cottages are located near the entrance to this landmark and within easy reach of the area's sandy beaches and forested hiking trails. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted with a warm beverage and cookies. You can check out a movie from the complimentary DVD library to watch in your cottage, which features a living area, fireplace, and kitchenette equipped with cookware, a corkscrew, dishes, and flatware.
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—including a small cannon—that washed ashore here. Thanks to its laid-back atmosphere, the town built up a small artists' colony as creative types avoided the more bustling resort scenes on the Oregon coast. 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.