This weekend we took a spur of the moment trip to one of my all time favorite places: Cannon Beach, OR. Only 4 hours from Seattle, the Oregon coast makes the perfect beach getaway. Cannon Beach is a tiny little town with a nice little mixture of both old and new vibes. Not to mention, it’s just steps from the sand! I grew up going to Cannon Beach every summer, and each time I go back comes a flood of memories. I think that’s a big reason why it holds a special place in my heart. Several years ago, I even worked there for a summer, and when Kevin came to visit me, he also fell in love with this fun little spot. The weather can be hit and miss, but on a warm, sunny day, there’s no place I’d rather be.
Where we stayed
This weekend’s trip was lightning quick, and left us craving more time. Late on Friday night, we drove down to Astoria where we camped for the night at KOA. Only 25 minutes from Cannon Beach, KOA is the perfect spot to stay if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option. Plus, there’s something extra fun about sitting around a campfire and roasting marshmallows to round out a casual beach getaway. The next morning, we woke up, sipped some coffee (our friends bought their Nespresso!), packed up our gear, and drove into town. There’s lots of free parking around Cannon Beach, so that makes things easy.
What we did
Our first stop was Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, my absolute favorite. Located just south of downtown Cannon Beach, this coffee shop is a hidden gem. House roasted organic coffee, friendly staff, homemade pastries, and a cool, eclectic, cozy vibe – Sleepy Monk caters to both tourists and locals alike. Per usual, I ordered a drip coffee with a heavy dose of chocolate whipped cream and a slice of homemade gluten free banana bread.
Next up: lunch at Pelican Brewing Co, located just up the street from Sleepy Monk. Opened in May 2016, this place has quickly become one of my favorite places to stop. Delicious food and drinks, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, and fair prices. What more can you ask for? I’d recommend the Haystack Salad or Margherita Pizza. Both are super delicious!
After we had our fill, we grabbed our cameras and hit the beach. The rain held off all afternoon, so we spent a couple hours walking along the water, snapping photos, and hanging out in the sand.
Later in the afternoon, we headed to the Chocolate Café for their Legendary Chocolate Milkshake. Trust me, you DON’T want to miss out on this one. It’s unreal! I’m not even a huge milkshake fan, but it’s by far the best one I’ve ever tasted. They start with their own chocolate and slowly melt it into creamy vanilla ice cream, stirring until it’s just the right consistency with little chocolate flecks dispersed in every bite. Topped with a little whipped cream and a chocolate drop, it’s perfect for sharing. Two spoons, please!
Afterwards, we wandered over to Westport Winery to do a little wine tasting. At the tasting room, they offer a flight of five wines for five dollars – a really great deal! The staff was friendly and informative, and each wine we tasted was delicious. We took home Message in a Bottle, a yummy rosé!
Finally, we wandered around town for awhile. We checked out some of the local art galleries and of course made a stop at Bruce’s Candy Kitchen for some free salt water taffy samples. Family owned and opened in 1963, it’s a classic, and a stop you have to make if you want the full Cannon Beach experience.
That about sums up our little weekend getaway. Until next time, Cannon Beach!