But, hey, maybe Seaside is too commercial for you. Too crowded. In keeping with my resolution to go to the Oregon coast more, I can’t leave Cannon Beach out of the equation. In fact, it’s near the top of my list. My first stop, even. And, much like the Seaside Inn, the Arch Cape Inn is a fantastic choice if you want to turn your Cannon Beach experience into a weekend long excursion. One of the beauties of living in Portland is the ability to go to the beach as often as I’d like, yet still far enough away that it feels like a true get-away.
Like Seaside, Cannon Beach is a 90-minute drive from downtown Portland, west on Highway 26. Named by National Geographic Magazine as one of “The World’s Most Beautiful Places”, Cannon Beach is the idyllic refuge from the hustle and bustle of the biggest city in Oregon. Cannon Beach is a seaside community encircled by the flawless beauty of the Oregon Coast. Cannon Beach has a little of everything, from Haystack Rock with its glittering tide pools, to Mo’s seafood, offering the best clam chowder you will ever taste, to numerous wineries, pubs, and art galleries, and a yearly art festival called the Spring Unveiling. Cannon Beach is a calm, meditative respite from my daily life.
So, for my first beach excursion of the year, the missus and I opted for the tranquil romance of the Arch Cape Inn and retreat, just ten minutes south of Cannon Beach. Here, at Arch Cape, each room is uniquely decorated, but each also has a television, free Wi-Fi, and the choice between an ocean- or garden-view windows. A large soaking tub or shower can complete the experience. But, wait, as this is also a bed and breakfast, three full meals come with each day of your visit. Of course, architecture buff that I am, I’m happy just standing outside and looking at the castle like structure. The Arch Cape Inn is like a fairy tale.
A weekend without the kids, tucked away on the pristine coastline of Oregon, Arch Cape Inn allowed my wife and I to relax and unwind in a way that city living doesn’t. I love living in Portland, of course, but to be able to get away and take a walk on the beach, dip my toes in the chilly Pacific and stand in awe of the natural beauty swimming in the tide pools…to me, that is priceless.
But, alas, our weekend ended and we returned home, thankful for our experience and equally thankful to call Portland home. It’s good to be here.
Make your reservation today by visiting http://www.archcapeinn.com/index.php. I’ll keep this New Years’ Resolution without breaking a sweat.