Cannon Beach, Oregon

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After spending some time in Newport, we packed up our car and started driving up the Oregon coast towards Cannon Beach. I’ve always wanted to visit Cannon Beach so I was super excited for the next stop on our ten day Oregon trip! The Oregon coast is beautiful so we had to make a few stops along the way. I kept telling Josh to pull over so I could take pictures. Luckily, we were in no hurry. Oh how I love vacation:)

We made a pit stop for lunch at the Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook, Oregon. We got to sample their hand-crafted brie cheeses-the peppercorn brie is out of this world! We did a little shopping in the country store, grabbed a sandwich from the deli, and walked around the farm. Caleb loved the animals!

We couldn’t leave Tillamook without visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory! We took a special tour of the factory and learned how Tillamooks’s famous cheese is made. Of course, we sampled cheese-it was a cheesy day:) Caleb loved the squeaky cheese curds!

And did you know Tillamook also makes ice cream? It’s the BEST! I had a scoop of Sweet Centennial-vanilla ice cream surrounded by brownie batter swirl and peanut butter filled chocolate cows. Now that is what vacation is all about. A big fat ice cream cone in the middle of the afternoon! Thanks Tillamook for a fun and tasty tour!

When we got to Cannon Beach, we checked into the Tolavana Inn, which is right on the beach. The view from our room was gorgeous! It was Monday night and Josh wanted to watch football, so we got a pizza from Pizza a’fetta and relaxed for awhile. The veggie pizza was delish! Pizza, football, family, the beach-Josh was on cloud 9:)

At half-time we took a walk on the beach and watched the sunset.

 Love my guys!

Family photo on the beach!

The next morning we got up early and headed down to the beach to explore Haystack Rock-the famous rock in the movie Goonies:)

Caleb loved “walking” on the beach!

It was a cool, foggy morning on Cannon Beach.

We loved the tide pools! So many fun ocean creatures.

Caleb especially loved the star fish!

My guys are always so silly! We had a great morning at Haystack Rock!

Before we left Cannon Beach, we stopped at Waves of Grain Bakery to pick up a few cookies for the road. We got chocolate chip, shortbread, molasses, and pecan praline. Best road trip food ever:)

Thanks Cannon Beach for an amazing time! We want to come visit you again and soon! Any guesses on where we went next? Stay tuned!

Check out our other Oregon posts:

Bend, Oregon
Newport, Oregon

*Thanks Travel Oregon for sending us on a trip of a lifetime!

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  1. Wow, it’s gorgeous there! I never been to Oregon and it’s so close!!! Looks like you had a great time!

  2. We go to Cannon beach every year and rent a house in a little place called Arch cape! I love that place and love the spots you visted, Tillamook and the bakery! Very fun photos!
    We are headed there in July!

  3. One of my favorites places! I worked in cannon beach, when we lived in Astoria. I miss the NW very much, I’m in NC:) Thanks for the great photos:)

  4. I love Cannon Beach! I grew up about 1 hour from there and it is one of my favorite places to visit. I have been to Haystack Rock many times and the tide pools and star fish are amazing and so much fun to see. And so glad you got to try Tillamook ice cream and see how the cheese was made. We love visiting there as well. I have never been to the Blue Heron French Cheese Company, but I will have to next time I am visiting there. I am so glad you had such a great trip!

  5. We love going to cannon Beach and Tillamook and the Blue Heron is where we take all of our Oregon visitors. We are so lucky to have Tillamook ice cream here in the stores, it’s the best!

  6. Wow, Maria. I can’t believe your baby is SO big!! I love Cannon Beach. What a great trip. And I wish you had brought home some of those cookies to share!

  7. I haven’t read the Newport post yet, but I see a cookie trend here. That ice cream sounds divine! Love the pictures of the beach. Must plan for a family vacation budget.

  8. Oh how I love Cannon Beach! My husband and I honeymooned there! Pizza a Fetta is to die for! I’ve been craving it since I got pregnant this 3rd time around and I can’t wait to go back this weekend for another slice, along with my favorite Fish and Chips from the Wayfarer ๐Ÿ™‚ What a fun trip!

  9. Yay! Thanks so much for visiting my home!! I consider middle of the day ice cream a must eat snack on the Oregon coast! Hehe! I hope you and your cheese-tastic family get to come back soon!

  10. I’ve been to the Oregon coast further down closer to the California border, and I was in awe at how beautiful it was! Cannon Beach seems like no exception! I would looove to visit the Tillamook factory, it’s my boyfriend’s favorite brand of cheese!

  11. I ran across your wonderful blog post, and even though it’s been awhile you’ve been in the area, but wanted to encourage you and other readers of your post to try other areas of the north coast besides the wonderful obvious Tillamook and Cannon Beach choices. For instance, our area of Manzanita is a favorite of locals – it’s still small and accessible, with a lot of creativity within the community of residents and the independent business of this charming town. The area around Manzanita also encompasses the Nehalem and Wheeler areas, in addition to the wonderful state parks. With lots to do and wonderful places to visit, it’s a wonderful and natural stop between visits of Cannon Beach and Tillamook. Not only that, there are many types of accommodations to suit everyone, from camping or yurts at local Nehalem Bay State Park, to more traditional motels and hotels, in addition to lots of vacation rentals such as our oceanside vacation rentals, The Houses On Manzanita Beach, For a day trip or a longer vacation, be sure to include the Manzanita area for a taste of the traditional beach town.

  12. Maria, Since you had some older pictures from my neck of the woods, Cannon Beach and Portland, I thought I would say hi. I am Gail Robins, Kelley Flints grandma, and I had to just tell you how much I enjoy your Blog and your wonderful and exciting life. I check it out most every day and love to see all you are doing. Congrats on your new home. It looks beautiful. Kelley’s grandpa and my husband passed away a couple of years ago so I am in a new season of my life. Still trying to get used to being alone, but I think I am doing pretty well. I even try some of your recipes now and then. I am so happy for you with all your success. Thank you for your Blog. Gail Robins

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