Cannon Beach

The first part of our trip to Oregon included a 3 night stay in Cannon Beach. I previously wrote about where we stayed in Cannon Beach. This post is about the sights of the town itself. I got up early on Sunday morning to walk the town and make some images before the sidewalks and streets got crowded. Click the images to view larger.

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach Storefront

Cannon Beach is a small seaside community along the Oregon Coast. While Haystack Rock may be its most famous landmark, the town itself is pretty neat and fun to explore. There are no stop lights in the town, and all of the merchants are along a 6 block stretch of Hemlock Street. If you can find a parking place, or walk from your accommodations, everything in the town is in a tight commercial area. This makes it very convenient to explore the shops, restaurants and other merchants. There are no national chains here. No Hiltons, Marriotts, Holiday Inns, nor will you find McDonalds, Taco Bell or other chains. Lodging, shopping and dining are all locally owned. The food is excellent and the people are as friendly as they can be.

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Lazy Susan Cafe on Hemlock Street.

What I found most interesting about Cannon Beach was the number of artists that call Cannon Beach home. Several well-known photographers have galleries in the commercial area, and from what I could tell, they do a very good business…at least in the summer. Many of the images on display from these photographers were taken right there in Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park or other places on the Oregon Coast. Cannon Beach seems like a great place to live if you’re a photographer. Could this be my retirement destination???

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach Art Studio

One of the things I liked best about this quaint little town was the way it was decorated for Independence Day. We arrived on July 5th, so we missed the big fireworks extravaganza in the town of Seaside, Oregon which is just a few miles north of Cannon Beach. But the stores and cottages in Cannon Beach, and in many places in Oregon, were all decorated in patriotic bunting. It reminded me of a simpler time in our nation’s history when families would spend the July 4th holiday with picnics, outdoor activities and fireworks. Perhaps they still do that, but here in Florida, well, July 4th isn’t exactly the best time of year to be outside and enjoying a picnic or outdoor events. Sure, our beaches are packed for Independence Day, but I don’t recall seeing patriotic bunting on the holiday here as we did in Oregon. Maybe in the smaller Florida towns it’s more prevalent.

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Patriotic Bunting
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Patriotic Bunting…and just a touch of pink.

Another thing that we found enjoyable in Cannon Beach was the proliferation of colorful flowers. Every home and business had a thriving flower garden or huge hanging plants to brighten up anyone’s day. The weather must be perfect for flower growing during the summer as the blooms sure looked to be very happy.

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Flowers, flowers everywhere!
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Surely these are the largest hanging baskets in North America.

One of the places we stopped was The Picnic Basket. We stopped for ice cream here, but I think they had just about all of Faith’s favorites.

Cannon Beach, Oregon
The Picnic Basket

The view from the beachfront houses can be spectacular. Perhaps not so much on this day, but imagine a blue sky or a gorgeous sunset from here!

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Haystack Rock

Breakfast at the Pig ‘N Pancake was very good. They have every type of pancake imaginable.

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Faith, Mary and Skip at the Pig ‘N Pancake

And of course, what trip to Cannon Beach would be complete without a photo in front of Haystack Rock. Can you see the puffins on the rock? Neither could we.

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Haystack Rock

Finally, a kind couple asked us to take their photo in front of the town puffin. The town puffin is a wooden sculpture of the iconic bird that nests on Haystack Rock. It’s always fun to be stopped by people who ask you to take their photo for them. I’m happy to do it, but I always smile when they stop to tell me how to operate their camera. I usually play along and act the role of the tourist until one of them usually steps up to his/her spouse and whispers “do you see that large camera hanging from his shoulder? I think he might know how to work our camera!”. After I took a couple of photos of this family in front of the town puffin, they offered to take ours. I didn’t have the pocket camera with me, so the mother grabbed my 7D with the 24-105mm lens and was ready to start shooting. She lined it up, pressed the trigger and it fired off 3 shots in a blink of the eye. She nearly dropped the camera as she didn’t expect it to fire off 3 shots. I had it set to high-speed and didn’t even think to change it or warn her. I think she did a great job!! What do you think?

Cannon Beach, Oregon
From left to right, the town puffin, me and my better half, Faith.

Next post, Haystack Rock and some of the wildlife I found on our last morning in Cannon Beach. If you missed my previous posts on our trip to Oregon, you can view them here, here and here. Thanks for taking time to read about the trip and for your comments.

2 Comments

  • Debbie Tubridy

    July 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Ah, the Pig’n Pancake … we ate there too!
    Great shots and a nice trip down memory lane for us too.
    Can’t wait to see more!

  • Jess Yarnell

    July 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    So glad to see that you got some puffin shots after all! 🙂 Nice job on your blog. You’re making me want to go to Oregon.