You were asking about Oregon in your November edition and I have a little to contribute as we paid a visit there in June 2009.
We were visiting one of our daughters and her family, which includes two young boys, in Seattle, Washington in June 2009 and had arranged for us all to go for a week to Cannon Beach in Oregon that we had heard would be a good place for a family holiday.
We drove down from Seattle separately, passing Tacoma, Olympia, Astoria and Raymond. It’s worth stopping in Raymond to enjoy their Wildlife-Heritage Sculpture Corridor … a unique collection of about 200 metal cut-out silhouette sculptures representing the culture of the area: wildlife, First Nations and logging history. The sculptures are dotted all over town and are both interesting and ingenious.
We had booked two units at the Blue Gull Resort in Cannon Beach through the Internet. The apartments were connected, with the bigger unit – for our daughter and her family – comprised of two bedrooms, bathroom, sitting and kitchen area. The smaller one, which my husband and I occupied, was very adequate with a bathroom and sleeping area and also a microwave, fridge and coffee pot so that we could close the connecting door and be independent. The Blue Gull Resort, a low-rise blue roofed building, is on the beach side of the road with parking, flowerbeds of roses and a fountain, and access to the huge beach via a very short walk. The beach is dominated by Haystack Rock (as shown on the cover of the Oregon Tourism guide, reproduced on page 20 of The Travel Society Magazine in November). This monolith is a protected area populated with many different sorts of birds, including the chunky puffins which rise in clouds when an eagle come too close.
The town of Cannon Beach is quite small but includes several restaurants. Our favourite place for breakfast was called the Pig-n-Pancake, whose crepes and lingonberries are not to be missed. And there is a wonderful fabric shop which certainly got my vote as a place to spend a happy hour or two. The town has many pretty gardens, lots of places to stay and one can watch saltwater taffy being made prior to buying some for those less fortunate friends who haven’t had the chance to visit Cannon Beach. The beach is huge and the perfect place for children to run around, play, dig or make sandcastles with no worries about them getting out of sight.
There is a park very close to town called Ecola Park where parking is $3.00 and hiking through the mossy treed trails is a good way to spend an afternoon. Another beach a little south at Oswald West Beach, is worth a trip to watch some of the surfers while sitting on bleached trees lying in mounds at the forest edge. Again it is a good sandy beach. We also visited the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Cape Meares Lighthouse.
The whole area is spectacular and exactly as one expects Oregon to look, with gorgeous beaches and coastal scenery, and forests whose clearings are ablaze with foxgloves in June. Just beautiful.
The Blue Gull Resort can be found at http://www.haystacklodgings.com/bluegull.php Rates are exceptionally reasonable, changing with the seasons … all are clearly shown on line.