Fringed by grassy dunes, windblown trees, and ocean, Cannon Beach is one of the quintessential Oregon Coast towns. It’s packed with B&Bs, Inns, verdant flowers, and sun bleached cedar cottages.
On our trip down the Pacific Coast Highway, Cannon Beach was our first oceanside destination. We spent one night at the Inn at Haystack Rock and a few hours wandering through this cozy town and up and down its bit of coast.
Although the coast is often fog socked and rainy, we left out Inn before dawn for a morning of beach roving with seagulls and other early risers where we watched the sunrise burn through the morning mist in periwinkle clouds.
What a perfect place. Haystack Rock juts out of the cold waves, jacket clad beach goers comb through broken sand dollars and shells. Beach fires are allowed here so driftwood bonfires glowing up and down the coast are common as the sun sinks below the Pacific.
Cannon Beach was a blissful first pit stop, but we had miles of coast to go. After our beach stroll, we stopped for coffee and scones and then continued down the misty coast Pacific Coast Highway, southbound for Bandon where we’d stray east to Crater Lake -a post on that coming soon!
Read about our whole Pacific Coast Road Trip here.