When September rolls around each year the entire town of Cannon Beach lets out one big happy, "Aaaaaah..." We definitely love our fast-paced summer months and the scenes of little ones running down to the beach, the glow of evening bonfires and families hanging out in front of Osborne's Ice Cream, but for the people who call Cannon Beach home, September, with its beautiful weather and smaller crowds, is a sweet reward for another hard-earned successful summer.
For such a small community (population of 1,695!), Cannon Beach has much to offer our visitors. From scenic outdoors adventures, to unique cultural happenings and memorable dining experiences you could visit several times a year and have a different itinerary of things to do each time. In our upcoming newsletters this year we'd like to share with you some of our favorite things we like to do with family and friends. Hopefully we will be able to open your eyes to some unexpected Cannon Beach treasures.
How many of you enjoy the historic photographs that adorn the walls of our properties? Those photos come from our friends at the Cannon Beach History Center. Don't let that small building on Sunset Blvd. fool you. Within those walls awaits something for the history buff, the naturalist, the artist and the lover of all things Cannon Beach. Along with their visually rich interactive exhibits, the History Center hosts 2 to 3 events every month of the year. On September 10th the Center will be hosting it's 8th Annual Cottage Tour featuring vintage cottages, grand beach homes and architectural beauties. On the last Saturday of each month the Center hosts its Acoustic Folk! music series. The last two concerts of the year are September 24th featuring Bill Hayes and October 29th featuring the Wild Hog in the Woods band. The History Center also hosts an always interesting monthly lecture series. On October 12th author Gloria Linkey will be discussing her book Native American Women: Three Who Changed History, the tale of three Pacific Northwest Native Women who have impacted modern culture.
For all of the runners out there the Cannon Beach Children's Center will be hosting it's 2nd Annual Rock the Beach 5K & 10K Run/Walk on October 1st. It is a gorgeous run. The 5K is all on the beach and the 10k loop is 1/2 on beach and 1/2 through scenic Cannon Beach. To celebrate your finish the Children's Center will be hosting a BBQ lunch and music in City Park.
Lastly for those of you who would like to fit in a beautiful fall hike before the weather heads South we'd like to share with you one of our favorite lesser known beach hikes. The Hug Point Wayside, 5 miles south of Cannon Beach at milepost 33, offers a great little hike that often gets overlooked by the masses traveling down highway 101. Walk just ten minutes north of the parking area and you will find the original trail carved into the point by stagecoaches traveling down the coast in the late 19th century. The wayside was named after this trail because the stagecoaches had to "hug" this particular point to get around it. Before reaching the point there are amazing sandstone rock formations, a beautiful waterfall and several large caves to explore. Be sure to bring your camera and make sure you are aware of the tides - you don't want to get stuck on the point if the tide is coming in.
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As those of you who have stayed with us know, all of our rooms at the Sea Sprite are fully equipped to help you create a wonderful meal for family and friends. So now that you have the all the right equipment where should you go to buy the tastiest ingredients? Our absolute favorite place to shop for local, farm-fresh food is the Cannon Beach Farmers Market.
Cannon Beach and its restauranteurs are passionate about their food and it really shows in the thoughtfulness and work that has gone into creating such a diverse and fine quality market. If you are lucky enough to be in town on Tuesday afternoons throughout the summer you are in for a real treat.
This year there are five farms bringing fresh organic produce to the Cannon Beach Farmers Market - Gales Meadow Farms (Gales Creek, OR), Mountaindale Farm (North Plains, OR), Kingfisher Farms (Nehalem), DeNoble Farm (Tillamook, OR) and R-evolution Gardens (Manzanita). In addition, A&B Farms (Molalla, OR) and the Baird Family Orchard (Dayton, OR) will be offering a fresh selection of berries and stone fruit.
For the meat and seafood lovers there are three vendors offering fresh seafood, meats and eggs. Linda Brand Crab (Ilwaco, WA) will be selling dungeness crab, fresh and smoked fish. OK Ranch and Lance's Farm Vittles (both from Bay City, OR) will both be offering natural meats and eggs. If you are an artisan cheese fan you wont want to miss Jacobs Creamery and Willapa Bay Sheep Cheese (both from Doty, WA).
So you don't have to do ALL of the work in the kitchen there are several vendors offering prepared foods. The Blue Scorcher Bakery (Astoria, OR) will be selling artisan breads, Nehalem Bay Pie Co. (Manzanita, OR) will be selling fresh baked goods, Fosse Farms (Raymond, WA) will be offering herbal salad dressings and JP's Restaurant (Cannon Beach) will be offering fresh pesto, hummus & bbq sauces.
For the finishing touch the market is offering beautiful cut flowers from Xiong Gardens (Gresham, OR) and Bee Happy Flowers (Manzanita, OR)
If you are craving a quick meal before you head on to other adventures you are in luck. The market will be showcasing a local restaurant of the week that will be preparing freshly made items off of their lunch menus. A few of the restaurants that will be participating this year are EVOO Cooking School, The Wayfarer, Newmans at 988 and Sweet Basil's Cafe.
And if your travel plans don't include a Tuesday stay over you can still enjoy natural local foods at many of our Cannon Beach restaurants. The Farmers Market has formed a restaurant collective that purchase directly from CBFM's vendors each Tuesday. A few of the restaurants participating this year will be Newman's at 988, The Stephanie Inn, EVOO Cooking School, The Wayfarer, JP's, Sweet Basil's, The Lumberyard, Bill's Tavern, Pizza a Feta, Doogers Seafood and Grill, Seasons Café and Deli and the Mariner Market.
We look forward to the aromas of farm-fresh foods wafting from your kitchens this summer!
Cannon Beach Farmers Market
Every Tuesday Throughout the Summer
From 2 to 6 p.m.
Cannon Beach City Hall Parking Lot
(Corner of Hemlock and Gower Streets)