Cannon Beach is on U.S. 101 just south of the junction with U.S. 26. From Portland, it takes about 2 hours to get there by car.
The Cannon Beach Visitor Center, 207 N. Spruce St. (intersection of Sitka and Spruce; www.cannonbeach.org; [tel] 503/436-2623) is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
The town stretches for about 3 miles between the ocean and Highway 101, and is easily walkable. Hemlock Street, the main drag in downtown Cannon Beach, is the town’s commercial hub, with a concentration of galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and candy and ice cream stores. The Cannon Beach Shuttle provides van service up and down the length of town and operates daily with seasonal hours. Look for signed shuttle stops. The fare is $1.
The Savor Cannon Beach (www.savorcannonbeach.com) food and wine festival in early March is a popular event, with food and wine tastings throughout the town. In early June, the Sandcastle Contest turns the beach into one vast canvas for sand sculptors from all over the region. This is a well-known Oregon coast event and draws thousands of visitors. In early November, the Stormy Weather Arts Festival celebrates the arrival of winter storms with gallery shows and performances. For a current listing of events, visit www.cannonbeach.org.
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