Cannon Beach Portland Oregon Escape
Cannon Beach Oregon is the ultimate Pacific Northwest dream. Located a mere hour and a half drive from Portland it's beyond worth a day trip or overnight stay. In fact, anything less than both a sunrise and a sunset at Cannon Beach would be an injustice. From scenic Haystack rock to seashells and shipwreck lore, Cannon Beach is a world recognized ocean front destination. No extended stay in Portland Oregon would be complete without a drive to the coast to experience Cannon Beach.
Here is our Things to do in Cannon Beach Oregon itinerary
Things To Do In Cannon Beach Oregon
STAY - Surfsand Resort
Walk the wooden plank fronting Surfsand Resort Cannon Beach and you're treated to a view of the main attraction of this Pacific Northwest Pacific Ocean neck of the woods - Haystack Rock. You'll also be in the center of many of the attractions that you came to Cannon Beach for in the first place. With off season rates starting at just $99/night it's worth a short drive from Portland or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest to cozy up to this affordable but upscale beach front resort.
The beach is the main event and your camera will be working overtime trying to take it all in. While there are tours, tree canopied trails, horseback rides, shipwreck storied museums and historic landmarks there is little more of a favorite pastime for both residents and visitors than the simple act of beach-combing. No matter how crowded the late afternoon foot traffic gets on the sands of Cannon Beach your sure to find a treasure (seashells, driftwood, etc...) washed ashore meant for your grasp only. However it doesn't hurt to get a leg up on the rest by checking the low tide charts for Cannon Beach. For the more adventurous, slap on some full suit neoprene for some world class cold water surfing. BYOB (board) or rent, take a lesson, or learn about the other available ocean born activities from the Cannon Beach Surf Shop.
Cannon Beach Oregon shopping consists of the retail assortment you'd expect from a top notch beach town destination. Art galleries, jewelry & accessories, souvenirs, boutique clothing, surf shacks, home decor, antiques, books, and beer & wine shops line Hemlock Street and other Cannon Beach sidewalk passages.
EAT & DRINK
Castaways Tini Tiki Hut is our favorite Cannon Beach eatery with a trifecta of Caribbean, Cajun, and Hawaiian inspired cuisine - what's not to love (devour)?? In addition, fresh seafood plucked from across the sand is best served in comfort at Bill's Tavern & Brew House - the best Fish & Chip and drinking person's pub in Cannon Beach. Be sure to get your daily caffeine fix at ironically named Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters on Hemlock Street but come early because they close early, ergo the moniker we suppose. There are no shortages of cafes and eateries in Cannon Beach so bring whatever finicky palate you have and prepare to be satisfied.
Directions to Cannon Beach From Portland Oregon
From Portland International Airport head south on I-205 and then west on I-84 towards downtown Portland. Watch for signs leading you to Oregon Highway 26. Cross either the Fremont Bridge (I-405) or the Marquam Bridge (I-5) to eventually get to OR26. After driving about 72 miles on OR26 take a left at the north/south Highway 101 junction and head 4 miles south towards Cannon Beach.
Look for the rustic welcome sign and you’ll immediately notice there are three main Cannon Beach exits (Downtown, Midtown (Sunset Boulevard),and Tolovana Park).
Directions courtesy of Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce