Discover the Beautiful Cannon Beach Hotels
Cannon Beach, on the Pacific Northwest coast of Oregon, is a beautiful place with a combination of scenic vistas, natural and historical attractions, and charming small-town friendliness that draws tourists by the hundreds of thousands yearly. In order to deal with the throngs of visitors, Cannon Beach hotels are varied in their size and price, and they range from quaint and historic to modern and efficient. In short, there is something for everyone.
The Cannon Beach area was populated by Native Americans for thousands of years; William Clark, of the famous adventurer/surveyor duo of Lewis and Clark fame, was the first known white visitor to the area in 1806. Settlers came to the region and eventually named the area Cannon Beach, after a cannon from a Navy schooner, the Shark, washed ashore. The community endured and grew, tending the Tillamook Lighthouse nearby that warned ships off the dreaded Columbia Bar, called the Graveyard of the Pacific, as well as logging and fishing.
Growth as a Vacation Spot
Northwest Oregon isnít exactly the place for a tropical vacation, but the area has some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. The towering spruce forests and glittering gray-gold sand are stunning, especially during sunset, or at dawn, when wreathed in mist. Once the railroad and highways allowed visitors in, the locals werenít the only ones able to appreciate the scenery. The first Cannon Beach hotels were originally rustic lodges, such as the Cannon Beach Hotel, which has been in continuous operation since 1914, though it was known as Billís Hotel back then.
About the Town
The town of Cannon Beach itself is small, pretty, clean and very much independent. You wonít find chain stores and fast food franchises. The locals have striven to maintain the authentic small-town feel, and have done a great job, with no tacky souvenir stands or overdone advertising. Cannon Beach hotels have kept in line with the prevailing philosophy; many are smaller, boutique hotels or B&Bs, such as the Stephanie Inn. The larger resorts and more modern facilities, like the Surfsand Resort and Arch Cape Inn and Retreat are located outside of town itself.
At One with Nature
One thing that almost all Cannon Beach hotels have in common is their natural setting. The locale is perfect, with the thundering surf on one side and the thick, green forest on the other. There are thousands of acres of protected forests and reserves in the area, even offshore, where Haystack Rock and the Needles are part of a marine reserve. The best hotels have a view of the sea, such as at the Ocean Lodge or the Tolovana Inn, or they are nestled into the woods, like the Inn at Cannon Beach and the Song of the Sea Bed and Breakfast.
A Touch of Home
Many Cannon Beach hotels are smaller guesthouse style accommodations, many of which are self-catering, like the McBee Cottages, the Lodges at Cannon Beach, and Tolovana Sands. Many people enjoy being able to cook and look after themselves. Vacation rentals and motels can provide the perfect balance between a getaway and a homey experience. Many Cannon Beach vacation homes and condos are very similar, with their rustic lodge styling and weathered spruce shingles, but they are all charming, clean, well run and staffed by helpful and friendly people.
Cannon Beach, Oregon is the preferred vacation getaway for Portland residents, since it is so close, but people from all parts of the country and even international visitors patronize the many Cannon Beach hotels and lodgings yearly. They love the small-town charm, the local attractions and fun, and the beautiful natural setting. Always try to book in advance if you want to visit during the summer season, but there are great deals to be had in the off-season, too!