There are so many things to see and do during your visit to Cannon Beach. We have made a list of 10 of our favorite activities.
1. Exploring tide pools at Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock is Cannon Beach’s most iconic landmark. And, at low tide, you can walk right up to it and find colorful sea stars and other fascinating tide pool creatures. Green anemones open up like beautiful flowers. It is fun walking around all the different pools at the base of Haystack Rock to see how many different species of sea life you can find.
2. Coffee at Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters
It certainly doesn’t take long for visitors to Cannon Beach to learn about Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, located at the south end of town just a short stroll from Haystack Rock. It is easily recognizable from the line that stretches out the door. The adirondack chairs out front are almost as warm and welcoming as the people serving coffee. My favorite is a double shot Americano served with an orange and chocolate chip scone, made fresh daily.
3. Hiking at Ecola State Park
Located on the north end of Cannon Beach, just minutes from Inga’s Cottage is Ecola State Park, an old growth rainforest that offers hiking with a panoramic view of the coastline. The park’s hiking trails offer clifftop viewpoints that look out on picturesque seascapes, cozy coves and the rainforest-covered cape, a great vantage point for bird and whale watching. Roosevelt Elk or even a bald eagle might be spotted during your visit.
4. Exploring Wildlife
Roosevelt Elk stroll past Inga’s Cottage just steps from the front porch. A walk on the beach or a hike through the rainforest rewards outdoor lovers with exciting scenes of nature. A multitude of vibrant ecosystems, from woodlands and wetlands to rocky shores, makes a visit to Cannon Beach a great year-round wildlife watching destination. Our favorite time of year is from early spring through mid-summer, when Tufted Puffins come to nest on Haystack Rock, offering the Northwest’s most accessible location for viewing these brightly colored beautiful birds.
5. Clam chowder at Driftwood
Clam chowder and the coast, the two just go together. Tourists expect a good clam chowder on their coastal holiday getaway, and being served in a bread bowl is a bonus. Located on Main Street in downtown Cannon Beach, Driftwood restaurant has been around for 70 years. Enjoy your chowder at the restaurant, or take it back to Inga’s Cottage and enjoy it while you relax on the brick patio.
6. Watch the Sun Set
When the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, the beauty is impossible to describe. There seems to be no limit to the colorful backdrops painted by Mother Nature. Gather around a crackling beach bonfire with friends and family to roast marshmallows with your feet in the sand and listen to the sound of the serenading surf. Firewood can be purchased at Mariner Market or Fresh Foods in Cannon Beach.
7. Shopping downtown Cannon Beach
Downtown Cannon Beach is full of quaint shops and eateries. Our favorite shop is Sesame and Lilies featuring coastal and European home decor as well as fun jewelry pieces and gift items. Boutique clothing shops and many art galleries line main street. Watch glassblowers transform glowing molten glass into beautiful works of art at Icefire Glassworks, a working glassblowing studio in midtown Cannon Beach.
8. Just Relaxing
Get cozy by the fire with a glass of wine. Curl up with a good book in the oversized stuffed chairs. Sit on the brick patio or the front porch and just relax.
9. Daily beach walks
Just steps from the surf and sand, an early morning or evening beach stroll during your stay at Inga’s cottage easily becomes part your daily routine. The sound of ocean waves and seabirds soothe as you walk part or all of the almost four miles of sandy beach stretching between Cannon Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
10. Take in a show at Coaster Theatre Playhouse
The Coaster Theatre Playhouse produces 5 plays and 2 musicals in addition to select special events to entertain all visitors that visit Cannon Beach. Originally a roller rink in the 1920s, the Coaster Theatre was founded in 1972 when Maurie Clark, a Portland patron of the arts purchased this historic building. In 2001 the theatre became a not-for-profit organization.