darkemeralds: Photo of Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA (Haystack)
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Before the Great Bedroom Remodel got underway, I began a Five Places I Love In Portland series. I ran out of focus after only four. So let's call this Portlandia 5: The Coast.

I got to get out of town yesterday, thanks to my energetic and still-car-owning sister. We made a short and targeted trip to Cannon Beach (pick up Mom at 7:20, pick you up at 7:30, get to the coast by 9:00, walk on the beach, have breakfast at the Pig 'n' Pancake, home by 1:00 p.m.)

Cannon Beach, Oregon on a cloudy day, with the tide very low and Haystack Rock in the distance and DarkEm's niece, mom, and sister in the foreground
Niece, mom, sister and Haystack Rock

The town, population around 1000, I think, is made up of cedar-shake-covered houses--even the million-dollar ocean-front properties are covered with cedar, which weathers to gray within a season. On the main street (there's just the one), the art galleries, gift shops, restaurants and candy stores that you'd expect to find in any beach town are all weathered cedar and river-rock, with bright trim and artsy signage and flower pots.

But all of that is just support structure for the main reason to go there: the beach itself. Cannon Beach is grandiose, wide, windswept, gray, and incredibly photogenic. And it's public. That's a key thing about Oregon beaches: they're all public. You can access the beach at the end of every street, walk for miles, and head back into the town from any point.

It's 85 miles/135 kilometers northwest of Portland along a mostly two-lane highway that winds up over the Coast Range through fir forests.

Cannon Beach, for all that it exists primarily to be visited and is preciously touristy, is still and always one of my favorite places in the whole wide world. It's a de rigeur trip for my Portland visitors, and a pilgrimage I still like to make whenever the opportunity arises.

Date: 2014-05-04 04:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] donutsweeper
I love the fact there's a restaurant named Pig 'n' Pancake. The beach looks lovely too.

Date: 2014-05-04 04:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cookiemom6067
We were there in 2001 or 2002 - we dipped down to Cannon Beach during our big Pacific Northwest vacation, which was mostly spent in Washington. John's cousins recommended it and we enjoyed it very much
Edited Date: 2014-05-04 04:17 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-05-04 08:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greghatcher
We actually prefer the tickytacky of Seaside, just up the road a bit, when we go there for a couple of days... and Lincoln City is a mecca for book people. But for the beach itself, yes, Cannon Beach is undoubtedly the best.

It's been a couple of years for us. I wrote up our last bookscouting-and-antiquing trip there in a series of columns here a while ago... it tickles me to know you and your family also are unable to resist the siren song of the Pig 'n' Pancake.

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