With all of the cold weather in Seattle I thought it would be the perfect time to reminisce on a sunny weekend trip that Cooper and I took last April for his birthday. It had been several years since either of us had been to the Oregon Coast but we each had fun memories from our childhood there. Going to the coast in early April was a real gamble but we lucked out with absolutely beautiful blue skies! It really was an awesome weekend at the beach.
Before I dive in with activities and recommendations, I have a little travel hack for you all. As young twenty somethings, we are always vacationing on a budget. Weekend travel is not cheap, but one small move you can make is to book a Saturday – Monday trip rather than a Friday – Sunday one. Chances are, you’re still taking off just one day of work, and that Sunday night hotel is going to be cheaper than a Friday night. The same may even apply to flights, rental cars, and activities.
Many people stay in nearby Seaside when visiting the Oregon Coast, which is a fun place to spend an afternoon, but Cannon Beach is far more relaxing and quaint. I was honestly surprised we were able to find affordable accommodations right in Cannon Beach, even in the off season, but the Blue Gull Inn was a lucky find. The only downfall was the size of the room and bathroom, but it had a small kitchen and fireplace which were bonuses that made up for the size. The location was the best part – right in between Haystack Rock and the heart of town. We were steps from the beach and could also walk to a variety of restaurants and shops which is really the best of both worlds.
Throwing the frisbee around on the beach and exploring the tide pools was a lot of fun, but our favorite spot was definitely Ecola State Park. The state park is just north of town and after a quick drive up the bluff and $5 fee we were hiking around and taking in the breathtaking views.
We even trekked down to secluded Indian Beach which was perfect for a beach walk and a few minutes of relaxation before continuing on with our day. These trails were definitely family and beginner friendly, aside from some slippery mud and rocks, and make a great half day trip for a picnic.
I don’t know about everyone else, but food is definitely a key part of any vacation for me. The best meal we ate was actually outside of Cannon Beach, about 10 miles north in Gearhart at the Pacific Way Bakery & Cafe. We got the recommendation from a friend and I’m so glad we did because it was delicious and such a cute spot! We grabbed shrimp melts for lunch and I would definitely recommend doing the same on your way in from Washington.
Other fun restaurant recommendations:
- Coffee & pastries: Insomnia Coffee Co.
- Breakfast: Pig ‘N Pancake
- Dinner: Fultano’s Pizza
- Beer: Bill’s Tavern and Brew House
Cannon Beach is a wonderful option for a weekend road trip from Seattle or Portland, even in the off season. What are some of your favorite Pacific Northwest beach towns?