Having been raised in Portland, just 90 minutes away from the ocean, I’d been to Cannon Beach before. It’s hard not to love the beauty of the Oregon Coast, so after our quick weekend getaway, I decided I want to return much more frequently. To facilitate future trips, I’ve decided to write a quick review of the places we visited. Welcome to my own personal trip advisor.
We always stay on the cheap side when we travel, figuring that most of our time isn’t spent in the hotel room anyway. This weekend, we found a deal for Tolovana Inn. The room was fine — nothing fancy, but nothing to complain about. We were actually glad we didn’t pay extra for an ocean view room, as many of those rooms are actually “look at the parking lot, then the ocean” view rooms. That being said, it was very nice being so close to the beach. The pool room was the highlight of our stay. It’s fairly new construction, with a nice pool, hot tub, and sauna. Eliana loved swim time, and when the heated pool still made her lips turn blue we brought her into the hot tub to warm up. It wasn’t technically allowed, but other families were doing it. And, no, if they jumped off a bridge, I wouldn’t too.
Our first night in Cannon Beach, we ate at Bill’s Tavern and Brewhouse. We expected a typical pub, but it far exceeded our expectations. The dining room was simple, with two rows of booths and small tables in between, but we quickly noticed that a lot of care had been made to the decor. There was a woodstove on one side, windows to the brewery on the other, and elaborately painted scenes on the walls. Our waitress was delightful — very kind, attentive, and worthy of a good tip. We ordered a very tasty clam chowder, and a generous portion of halibut fish and chips. Oh, and the beer was strong and delicious!
The weather was much clearer than expected, and on Saturday afternoon we took a drive to enjoy the views of the coast while Eliana napped in the backseat. We grabbed some snacks for lunch in Manzanita, and then returned to Cannon Beach to walk along the sand and explore the pools among the rocks.
For dinner that evening we chose Local Grill & Scoop. My first thought was “I’ve been here before.” That’s actually when I decided to write this blog post, because I couldn’t remember anything about that first visit to the restaurant. When was it? Who was I with? The food was fine. They have a salad bar, which isn’t so en vogue these days, but I risked it. Then we split a burger and fries. Eliana ate lots of ketchup and not many fries, as she is apt to do. There was nothing decent to drink, and we were too full to partake of the ice cream options, so we just went back to our hotel afterwards.
The next morning we hit Pig ‘N Pancake. We’re classy like that. Despite the fact that it’s a greasy chain breakfast joint, it was pretty yummy. I mean, how can you not like a bacon-loaded omelette (Reuben), and strawberry crepes (me).
Speaking of crepes, I want to try the dedicated crepe restaurant on my next visit. And renting a house with a view of haystack rock might be a nice way to splurge too. No matter what, Cannon Beach gets high marks in my book!