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Ecola State Park
For hikers, there are many trails to the water through the thick conifer forests of Ecola State Park. Ecola Point, near Ecola State Park, has a viewpoint and picnic area where you can see the panorama of Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock and the coastal range. This spectacular view is one of the most photographed on the Oregon coast. A two mile trail connects Ecola Point to the horseshoe-shaped Indian Beach, and a six mile trail leads to Tillamook Head (and yes, “Tillamook” is the name of the well known cheese…the factory is about an hour south of Cannon Beach).
The Ocean Lodge
The first thing I noticed when I arrived at The Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach, OR (besides the obvious beach-side proximity) was the inviting fragrant scent of wood burning in a large stone fireplace located in the lobby—nothing like the affection of a real-wood fireplace. The next thing I noticed were the wonderfully distressed spruce hardwood floors and the finished structural wood beams…really makes you feel like you’re in a true, ol’ style “Beach Lodge.” It’s not really until you get to your room and look out the balcony windows that you are taken aback by the unbelievable view (as was in my case, not all rooms have ocean views). What makes this ocean view different than others you may have born witness too, is the nonstop flood of waves—not just one after another, but almost one on top of another. And then, there are the large “haystack” monument rock formations that pepper the shallow waters just off the beach that make for an unusual and breathtaking view. Cannon Beach has some of the most pristine and expansive sandy beaches you’ll come across. I also noticed the welcomingly odd void of any sort of sea debris…it’s just mocha smooth sand. The rooms at The Ocean Lodge are comfortable with amenities that include a gas fireplace, whirlpool tub, lots of DVDs, small kitchenette (fridge, microwave, utensils and a coffee pot) and bathrobes, or housecoats as my Canadian friend likes to call them. While the rooms are nice, I was a bit surprised by the use of modest/common building materials (in the rooms themselves), as the common areas are more luxurious—perhaps that was by design to add to the casual atmosphere.
About Cannon Beach
One of the most trendy, coveted, coastal communities in the state of Oregon is Cannon Beach. The scenic beauty of the rock cropping monoliths on-and-offshore, including the famed “Haystack” rock, will make your beach strolls and photographs unlike none other. Cannon Beach is nine miles wide and has the most pristine beach I’ve ever seen…in many areas, not even a sign of sea debris—just miles of smooth sandy beach…with the occasional dune. You can fly a kite, watch sea creatures in the tide-pools or just relax on the beach.Cannon Beach was named for a cannon that was discovered on the beach from an old Navy schooner that wrecked while attempting to leave the Columbia River in the mid 1800s. However, the first recordings of the area date as far back as 1806 when William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark expedition set foot. As a matter of fact, there is a viewpoint called “Clark’s Point” which can be accessed by hiking a trail from Indian Beach in the Ecola State Park. There is a vibrant art scene in Cannon Beach, with a number of wonderful galleries and culinary choices. And, the city is certainly setup for strolling; visitors will enjoy the quaint bookstores, shops and bistros.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Cannon Beach is from October to February