Taken at a Local Grill

Taken at a Local Grill

After a sunny drive through Portland across to 101 and onto Cannon Beach, my boyfriend and I were greeted by eager shoppers roaming Hemlock Street downtown of the tiny coastal town. As soon as we arrived we parked and walked across the street to find ourselves burying our feet in the sand and watching a collage of kites drift across the sky.

We dabbled in local beach shops, picking out our favorite kites and then indulged in some delicious pizza from Pizza a Fetta, a little pizza shop with a walk-up window. We checked in at the Inn at Cannon Beach, just a few miles up the road. Our camera was out before we unloaded the car, the cabin-like lodge was exactly what we’d hoped for and more.

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock

You have to check it out—they have a fabulous website and you will not be disappointed—it really looks like the pictures! Lucky for us, the weather was absolutely perfect. We were warmly welcomed as we checked in, absolutely wonderful customer service and we hadn’t even seen our room yet! We checked in to our fabulous abode, and from here our little venture along the beach was a just a hop, skip and jump away. We walked along to find ourselves roaming out near Haystack Rock—our camera out at all times, of course.

For dinner we ate at the Driftwood Inn, he had the steak, I had the salmon. Fast service, great food—couldn’t ask for much more. Dessert was a mini shopping spree at Bruce’s Candy Kitchen across the street—personalizing bags of taffy and secretly eyeballing the caramel apples.

The Driftwood Inn

The Driftwood Inn

The following day we indulged in the complimentary breakfast in the Art Gallery of the Inn, taking our coffee and tea to go along with us for a morning stroll in the sand. Lunch was the deluxe club at the Local Grill and Scoop—we split it to save room for ice cream. We enjoyed the outside dining along Hemlock Street, again great food and fast service. We made a goal of going in every shop and art gallery and our mission was accomplished before grabbing giant ice cream cones at the Picnic Basket and jumping back in the car for a sunny drive home.

Starfish at the beach

Starfish at the beach

Cannon Beach is very family and pet friendly—so, whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend or a week-long family adventure you should check out this intimate beach town.

For more information on visiting Cannon Beach, please visit our Oregon Coast section.

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