Cannon Beach has an abundance of small locally owned lodgings, most of which rise above rusticity to the level of comfortable hominess. Many run $100–200 during the summer, but prices can drop as low as $60–80 during the off-season.
Several local property management companies offer a large selection of furnished rentals ranging from grand oceanfront homes to quaint secluded cottages. Cannon Beach Property Management (3188 S. Hemlock St., 503/436-2021 or 877/386-3402, www.cbpm.com) and Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals (P.O. Box 723, Cannon Beach 97110, 866/436-0940, www.visitcb.com) both have good websites. During the summer, many beach houses are only available for weekly rentals.
There aren’t many inexpensive lodging options in Cannon Beach, but “mountain-view” rooms at the enormous Tolovana Inn (3400 S. Hemlock St., 503/436-2211 or 800/333-8890, www.tolovanainn.com, $79 mountain view, $165 and up ocean view) hotel complex at the southern end of the Cannon Beach sprawl offer a good location at a fairly reasonable price. To make up for the rather cookie-cutter design and furnishings, you’ll get a swimming pool, a spa, and a sauna, a number of restaurants sharing the same parking lots, and the beach right out the front door.
About a one-minute walk to the beach, with friendly management and a great vibe, the Blue Gull Inn (632 S. Hemlock St., 503/436-2714 or 800/507-2714, www.bluegullinn.net, $109 and up) offers a choice between a beach house or less expensive motel units that come with housekeeping facilities. The modern cottages have in-room whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and full kitchens. Cottages for larger groups are also available. Blue Gull Inn is one of several reliably comfortable and relatively inexpensive properties managed by Haystack Lodgings, which can be reached through the Blue Gull Inn website.
The McBee Cottages (888 S. Hemlock St., 503/436-0247 or 800/238-4107, www.mcbeecottages.com, $140 and up) is a 1940s-era motel with semidetached units, most of which have been nicely renovated. The rooms are simple and certainly not expansive, but the McBee is nonetheless a favorite of many visitors, and it’s just a minute from the beach and within walking distance of downtown. McBee accepts pets in several of its homey cottages.
For a homey atmosphere, try the Argonauta Inn or the The Waves Motel (the office for both is at 188 W. 2nd St., 503/436-2205 or 800/822-2468, www.thewavesmotel.com, $119 and up). The Argonauta is made up of four houses in the middle of downtown and has five furnished units just 150 feet from the beach. A cluster of six beachfront buildings makes up the Waves, with units to fit the needs of families, couples, or larger groups. These are not cookie-cutter units but the kind of individual lodgings you’d expect in Oregon.
The Cannon Beach Hotel (1116 Hemlock St., 503/436-1392 or 800/238-4107, $140 and up) is a converted 1910 loggers’ boardinghouse with 30 rooms and a small café and restaurant on the premises. The most expensive rooms have fireplaces, whirlpools, and partial ocean views. Meals are available in the restaurant adjacent to the lobby.
Just a few minutes’ walk from downtown, Ecola Creek Lodge (208 E. 5th St., 503/436-2776 or 800/873-2749, www.cannonbeachlodge.com, $116 and up) is a Cape Cod–style inn with 22 unique units set within four buildings. Accommodations range from simple queen-bed studios to two-bedroom suites. Special features include stained glass, lawns, fountains, flower gardens, and a lily pond. Les Shirley Park and Ecola Creek separate the lodge from the beach.
The handsome Inn at Cannon Beach (3215 S. Hemlock St., 503/436-9085 or 800/321-6304, www.atcannonbeach.com, $179 and up) has large and stylish cottage-like rooms in a beautifully landscaped garden setting with a courtyard pond, just a block from the beach. All guest rooms include a gas fireplace, a fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker, and a TV/VCR/DVD combo; some rooms can accommodate pets.
For family-oriented beachfront lodgings try Sea Sprite Guest Lodgings (280 S. Nebesna St., 503/436-2266 or 866/828-1050, www.seasprite.com, $149 and up), just south of Haystack Rock, with six cottages with kitchens, TV, and spectacular views. The cottages hold up to two, six, or eight. These family-style beach cottages are a throwback to the Oregon coast of an earlier era. Inside you’ll find such homey touches as fireplaces, games, books, periodicals, and rockers.
$200 and Up
The Surfsand Resort (148 W. Gower St., 503/436-2274 or 800/547-6100, www.surfsand.com, $239 and up) offers a great combination of location and amenities. The resort was dramatically updated in 2008; most guest rooms are spacious suites with Tempur-Pedic beds, a clock radio with an iPod docking station, kitchens, fireplaces, and spas. The resort has an indoor pool and spa and on-site massage services; pets are accepted in some rooms.
The fabulously expensive (for Oregon) Stephanie Inn (2740 Pacific St., 503/436-2221 or 800/633-3466, www.stephanie-inn.com, $369 smaller room without ocean view, $439 and up for most guest rooms) offers attentive B&B-style service (breakfast buffet and evening wine gathering included), attention to detail, and luxury-level rooms with a low-key, not-too-snooty Oregonian touch. All guest rooms have balconies, fireplaces, wet bars, Jacuzzi tubs, fine linens, and all the extras you’d expect in an upscale resort hotel—including a fine dining restaurant. The Stephanie is a romantic adult-focused inn; children under 12 are not permitted.
The Ocean Lodge (2864 S. Pacific Dr., 503/436-2241 or 888/777-4047, www.theoceanlodge.com, $259 and up) feels like a long-established beach getaway, though in fact it was built recently. The high-end furnishings also give a clue that despite its venerable design, this rambling lodge isn’t soaked in tradition. Rooms all have balconies, DVD players, fireplaces, microwaves, and refrigerators.
For a more private experience just steps from the ocean, the White Heron Lodge (356 N. Spruce St., 503/436-2205 or 800/822-2468, $289) comprises two fully furnished oceanfront Victorian-style homes, both of which sleep up to four. Each of the suites looks directly out on the Pacific. Wide sandy beaches and spacious front lawns make it a great location for families, especially those with small children. Located on a residential dead-end street, the lodge is only one block from downtown Cannon Beach.
Three miles south of Cannon Beach in quiet Arch Cape, the Arch Cape Inn (31970 E. Ocean Lane, 503/436-2800 or 800/436-2848, www.archcapeinn.com, $219 and up) is a bit over-the-top in its turreted castle-like design, but it’s supremely luxurious. Although it’s not on the beach, it’s an easy walk, and several rooms have good ocean views.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel