Day 3: We arrived in Cannon Beach too early to check in at our hotel and quickly discovered that most restaurants in town are closed on Tuesdays. None of the places we’d bookmarked to try were open so we ended up at Local Grill and Scoop. It was okay but nothing to write home about. After we drove up to Ecola State Park and walked around at Ecola Point. We drove over to Indian Beach but decided we’d come back later when we had more time to explore it.
We came back to town and shopped at the farmers market for picnic food: salami, hummus and pita bread, and fresh peaches. It was finally time to check in so we got settled in our room (with a killer view!) at the Hallmark Resort and Spa and then walked down to Haystack Rock to explore the beach and the tidal pools.
We went back to Ecola State Park and enjoyed our picnic at Indian Beach and watched the surfers and the sunset. This was a highlight of the trip for both of us.
Day 4: We had breakfast at the Lazy Susan Cafe. They take only cash but fortunately there was an ATM across the street! This place is tiny and has less than 10 tables. The food is GREAT. I had waffles and bacon and Tyler had…something. I was hungry and dove right in and paid no attention, lol.
After breakfast we drove a little over an hour south to Cape Meares. Sadly it was enveloped in fog, so we couldn’t see the ocean. This was a bummer but still made for some good pictures and we saw the mysterious octopus tree so that was fun.
We decided to part ways for the afternoon and Tyler hiked at Ecola State Park and I shopped and explored in downtown Cannon Beach. I picked up food and wine for another picnic at Provisions 124 and I got a nutella crepe from Crepe Neptune that was divine.
When Tyler returned we drove down to Hug Point and explored the rock formations, waterfall, and cave.
We ate dinner in our room and then went down to the beach and enjoyed the sunset. The hotel had free beach blankets so that was a nice amenity. Originally we were hoping to have a campfire and smores on the beach (hotel provides everything for this) but due to the drought and a fire ban this was a no-go. The sunset was beautiful and after the sun went down we watched as the stars came out one by one until we got too chilly.
Day 5: After checking out we ate breakfast at The Wayfarer. Excellent views of Haystack Rock but the food was mediocre at best. Then it was on to Portland….