One of the more popular destinations on Oregon Coast Highway 101 is the town of Cannon Beach. Located 1.5 hours northwest of Portland on US-26, we journeyed to the quaint seaside destination for an overnight getaway in late December.
Cannon Beach was made famous by the movie Goonies in 1985; opening and closing scenes helped to make the 235-foot tall Haystack Rock one of the most recognized sea stacks on the Oregon Coast.
If you visit Cannon Beach in the winter, expect overcast skies and a mix of rain and fox. Dress in layers and plan to seek out fresh clam chowder and craft beer. If you frequent the Pelican Brewing, check the status of the tide on the largest tide clock on the Western seaboard.
Options for exploring the region include the beach (expect parking to be limited in the summer months) and the downtown shopping district. We found a park with a playground, tennis courts, and skate park near Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at the intersection of North Spruce St. and East Second St.
Just north of downtown, make sure to drive up to Ecola State Park for a variety of hiking trails complete with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and coastline.
For lodging, we booked a pet friendly room at the Inn at Cannon Beach. Highlights of our stay included borrowing the movie Goonies from the front desk and a complimentary breakfast the next morning. For a convenient meal, the Warren House Pub is within walking distance and features a family-friendly pub menu.