Oregon’s most romantic destination is Cannon Beach, and there’s no better place for adventure, romance and love when celebrating your new union! You want your honeymoon to be comfortable, relaxing and focused on you but never boring. A small town with a romantic reputation knows what you want and how to deliver. Wine tasting, fine dining and art appreciation are solid Cannon Beach experiences and you can make your honeymoon extra special by adding a dash of North Coast adventure to your visit. Action-packed or Laid-Back, you’ll remember your Cannon Beach honeymoon forever.
Top 5 Activities and Attractions to Put On Your Itinerary
1. A Romantic Walk on the Beach, Anyone?
Strolling the beach hand in hand is a romance staple, and Cannon Beach has over 4 miles of sandy beach waiting to be explored. No matter the weather, Oregonians and visitors learn that the beach has something to offer in every season: Balmy kite flying blue skies; breezy days playing chase with the birds and even stormy weather watching with rain in your face. If you walk north from downtown, take a side trip up Ecola Creek, watching for Roosevelt Elk and Cannon Beach bunnies along the way. This way will take you to NeCus Park, where Lewis and Clark first traded with the local Clatsop people. It will also connect you with the Nature Path through downtown. Time the tides correctly and head south; you can make a full day’s walk and back to Arch Cape, Falcon Cove and Hug Point. Goonies Never Say Die!
2. There’s Also Mysterious Rainforest Walks
Forests surround Cannon Beach and taking an easy walk in the woods is a must-do coastal adventure. Hold hands and make your way through the rainforest’s salal, ferns and Sitka spruce trees to the sandy beach at Hug Point State Recreation Site and its romantic beach waterfall. There are little caves to explore, tide pools to view and the historic roadway carved into the sandstone cliff, when travelers had to ‘hug’ the edge to make it around the corner. Closer to town, the Rainforest Reserve above Cannon Beach has an easy hiking path throughout.
3. Creating & Viewing Art in Downtown Cannon Beach
An artists’ village for decades, Cannon Beach is now famous as one of America’s top 100 art towns. You’ll find art galleries representing every type and style of artwork tempting you in for a private show. Intimate and interactive, galleries are welcoming personal spaces where you’re just ask likely to find the artist at work or ready to visit with you. Stroll the streets and take in the plentiful public art installations or find immersive activities like those offered by the Tolovana Art Colony. The Chamber of Commerce calendar is the place to find workshops and classes during your visit. Dance, paint, make; opportunities are all over town for crafting and creating to make your own souvenir experience on your honeymoon.
4. Elevate Your Imbibing Education
Craft brewing, distilling and boutique winemaking have all made a home on Oregon’s North Coast and each comes with its own language, culture and complexity. Learn about vintages, mashes and fermentation from dedicated pros. Wine tasting events take place weekly at The Wine Shack or on demand at Laurel’s Wine Shop, and Pilot House Distilling has a tasting room for their spirits and canned cocktails. Breweries like Bill’s Tavern, Public Coast Brewing Co and Pelican Brewing have their vats on display and tasting flights on the menus and servers are happy to walk you through the choices. These are all excellent ways to learn about the subtleties that make these small batches special and appreciate your alcohol in a whole new way.
Coffee and tea are also craft creations in Cannon Beach; we even have a specialty Chocolate Café!
5. Explore More of the Oregon Coast Food Scene
The dining scene in Cannon Beach is already famous so you’ll appreciate choices from coastal classics to the latest award-winning cuisine. Romantic multi-course meals are a specialty at the Stephanie Inn, Newman’s at 988 and the Wayfarer or taste globally at Castaways for Caribbean flavors or Mi Corazon Mexican Cuisine – just few of our favorite Cannon Beach restaurants. For your special honeymoon getaway, take the experience up a notch and book a Dinner Show at EVOO Cannon Beach, where the instruction, wine pairing and technique are presented in the chef’s display kitchen for small groups.
Be sure to check out the North Coast Food Trail for details on fishers, producers, harvesters, grocers and dairy farms along the 70 miles of coastline from Cannon Beach to Lincoln City. Cannon Beach’s family favorite Bruce’s Candy Kitchen is on the list, for their locally made, memory making sweets.
A Lifetime of Memories
Surfing lessons, art workshops, dance classes and yoga on the beach are all opportunities for your unique honeymoon in Cannon Beach. But so are massages, cuddling in front of fires and watching the waves break on the beach! Action-packed or Laid-Back (or maybe some of both!), your honeymoon in Cannon Beach will be filled with love. Become one of the couples who start their story in this charming village and return year after year in a life of loving adventures!
Pro Tip: Skip the Hotels; Book a Cannon Beach Vacation Rental!