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Monoliths By The Sea: Cannon Beach, OR

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A May 1999 trip to Cannon Beach by Elli Metz

Haystack Rock Photo, Cannon Beach, Oregon More Photos
Quote: An introspective traveller and beachcomber's guide to Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Monoliths By The Sea: Cannon Beach, OR

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Other Monoliths Photo, Cannon Beach, Oregon
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Obviously, Haystack Rock is a fixture of the place. Famous as the third largest freestanding natural monolith in the world, it towers behind the town with a palpable presence. Aside from the natural beauty, there are boardwalk-style shops, small places to take in the atmosphere, and lots of things to do. If you're going to be along the Oregon Coastal region, make sure Cannon Beach is one of your stops.Quick Tips: The weather is unpredictable. Though Cannon Beach gets less rain than some of the cities in Oregon, it's known to drizzle. Dress appropriately. It's also a few (ten or so) degrees cooler at the shore than it is inland.Best Way To Get Around: Cannon Beach is a long...Read More

Harrison Street Inn

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Hotel

Harrison Street Inn Photo, Cannon Beach, Oregon
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There are two types of rooms available through Harrison Street. Suites, for the single and couples guests (which we stayed in), and the Harrison House, which is a more expensive full cottage that you can rent for you and a group. (Or just you and a partner, for an elegant honeymoon, etc.) Similar in style to the rest of Cannon Beach, Harrison Street stands out with its extra room features. Wood stoves. Stained glass. Everything is wood inside from the furniture to the paneling. Decks and balconies with ocean views. Full kitchens. It''s like a home away from home, with a better view and higher rent. Located in the dead center of town, almost nothing is out of walking di...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Harrison Street Inn
987 S Hemlock Street
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
(503) 436-1817

Cannon Beach Bakery

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Restaurant

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If you follow the path off the beach from Haystack Rock, the first few shops you'll encounter are the ones on the north side: the book company, the grocery store, the quilt shop...and the Cannon Beach Bakery. The sign outside advertises sandwiches and fresh breads, and although it seemed like a sideline, we went in on our first trip to CB. Not only is it a first-class bakery, with specialty breads and confections to replenish even the most beach-weary travelers, it also shares a building with an art gallery -- so there's plenty to do while you wait for your sandwiches. They're of an average price (as opposed to the cost of the breads, which is competitively low), probably around $5 ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Cannon Beach Bakery
144 North Hemlock
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
(503) 436-0399

Haystack Rock

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Attraction

Haystack Rock Photo, Cannon Beach, Oregon
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The area surrounding Haystack Rock is a naturalist's paradise. Kept clean by law, you can hike across the sandy beaches along the coastline from the town of Cannon Beach (it's actually less than a quarter-mile walk, so it's not really a hike at all, per se.). At low tide, there are incredible, clear tidal pools filled with plant and animal life waiting to be discovered. You can also climb over some rather large rocks to get onto Haystack Rock itself, provided that it's not Puffin mating season -- during those times, since the Puffin is protected in Cannon Beach, you won't be able to go onto the rock itself. (The Puffin, by the way, is a bird that looks a lot like a penguin, but flies. You'l...Read More

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Haystack Rock
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Cannon Beach, Oregon

Center Diamond

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Attraction | "Center Diamond - Fabric for the Fearless"

Center Diamond Photo, Cannon Beach, Oregon
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Right across the street from what is possibly the best bakery in the world is an unassuming little clapboard shop with a giant quilt block sign. Center Diamond is one of the most extensive fabric suppliers in the area, with more lines and products carried than many of the stores in nearby Portland. Up a set of wooden stairs, this misleadingly small shop utilizes all of its space, keeping bolt after bolt of fabric in groups by color. I'm not a quilter, myself, but I do make a lot of fabric-covered books, and spend a lot of time in fabric stores as a result -- Center Diamond is one of the few well-organized, well-stocked, and friendly-staffed shops of its kind. If you happen to be in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Center Diamond
1065 East Hemlock Street
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
(503) 436-0833

Cannon Beach Book Company

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Attraction

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I'm picky about my bookstores. Part of this is because Powell's in Portland has spoiled me rotten, the other part is that I'm really tired of the chain stores with their milquetoast selection of Whatever Is Popular Now(tm). It's for this reason that independent bookstores really trip my trigger, and they're one of the first things I look for in a travel destination. We happened upon the Cannon Beach Book Company on accident. We got lost looking for a beach enterance, and found instead this wonderful little section of the town that houses this store. Like the other retail locations in town, it's a clapboard building with an open door and large windows to take in the view. The Book C...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Cannon Beach Book Company
130 North Hemlock Street
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
(503) 436-1301