Located west of Highway 101 in the three-block area between the highway and Pacific Ocean, Cannon Beach is a cute town in Oregon that was named after a small, iron cannon that drifted ashore after the U.S. Navy boat “The Shark” was shipwrecked. Nowadays Cannon Beach is a popular vacation resort that extends four miles along the Pacific Ocean and also has a busy downtown area with restaurants, shops and other attractions that will keep you entertained during your next visit. It doesn’t have any fast food chains within city limits and most locals drive nine miles north to go to the large grocery store, so the town has managed to maintain its sense of character and its unique personality.
Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at Nehalem Bay Winery, which has been around for more than 30 years. Sign up for a fun culinary class at Evoo Cooking School, and order tapas and drinks at Sweet Basils on Hemlock Street. The downtown area has a variety of cute shoes and boutiques, including Cannon Beach Treasure Company which houses lots of coins, jewelry, antiquities and artifacts. There are also endless recreation options available, since visitors and residents have access to the ocean, forested mountains and the beach. Play a round at Gearhart Golf Links, a grand “auld” links-style golf course that has been open since 1892. Catch a performance at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse, go paragliding, or go for a ride in Seaside Helicopters and see the Oregon coast from a new perspective. Don’t forget to hang out at the beach and see the No.1 attraction: Haystack Rock, which is surrounded by different rock formations.
If you’re looking to spend time in Portland, it’s only an hour and a half away from Cannon Beach and offers plenty of things to do and see. Rockaway Beach is 37 minutes south of Cannon Beach and is another cute coastal town that offers distinctive charm. Astoria is just under 40 minutes away and is home to attractions such as the Astoria Column, Captain George Flavel House, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Ranked #14 in Oregon for livability by Area Vibes, Cannon Beach is a safe town that has a stable housing market and offers lots of amenities. From condos and beachside cottages to luxury estates with ocean views, there is a wide range of accommodation with something for everyone. Chapman Point is an upscale neighborhood that has some of the larger homes with panoramic views from Haystack Rock to Ecola State Park. There are also a wide array of oceanfront homes by Haystack Rock that offer immediate beach access as well.
One great way to get around Cannon Beach and be eco-friendly is via bicycle, due to the town’s flat terrain and everything being within easy riding distance. Amtrak offers north-south service from Seattle to Portland, and there is a bus connection to and from Cannon Beach. There are no car rentals available in Cannon Beach, so your best bet would be in nearby Astoria (39 minutes away), which has Hertz, Enterprise and more.
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