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Attend the 26th Victorian Christmas Open House at Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lightstation is celebrating 26 years of the Annual Victorian Christmas Open Houses on December 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th from 4 to 7pm. The house will be decorated inside and out with festive Victorian decorations December 1st-January 2nd. Enjoy local performers and Santa will be visiting to welcome children of all ages. Guests are encouraged to take a nighttime walk to the lighthouse, so bring a flashlight! This is a great opportunity to watch the lighthouse beams rotate overhead, truly a magical experience.

Explore Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve

Explore the towering redwoods, lush green ferns, stunning wildflowers and incredible views overlooking Half Moon Bay in the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Discover America's Largest Sea Cave

Sea Lion Caves is a wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary on the Oregon Coast. Sea Lion Caves is America's largest sea cave and the year round home of the steller sea lion.

Listen to Ghost Stories

Visit Heceta Head Lightstation on October 30th between 11:30am-2:30pm to experience the history and hear ghostly stories from past B&B guests and staff of the Heceta Head Lightkeeper’s House.

Explore Lower Bear River Reservoir

The stunning 700+ acre Lower Bear River Reservoir is just a few miles off Highway 88 and provides easy access for scenic day outings. The lake offers great trout fishing and the tree-lined shorelines make it the perfect places for picnics.

Attend the 2022 Blue Wing Blues Festival

The Blue Wings Blues Festival is an annual festival held in the cool of the evening in the garden under the sycamores at the Tallman Hotel. The ticket price of $60 + tax includes a delicious buffet BBQ dinner.

Find Farms, Fish and Flowers in Half Moon Bay

Farms, Fish & Flowers offers the general public a once-a-year opportunity to visit the Half Moon Bay Coastside’s nurseries, greenhouses, historic sites, farms and even a working harbor. Many of these businesses are not ordinarily open to the public except during our event when they invite visitors for a behind-the-scenes tour of their facilities and operations.

Explore Sand Dunes on an ATV

Rent an ATV and explore the largest coastal sand dunes in North America! With over 7,000 acres to explore, this will surely be a memorable experience.

Have Breakfast in the new Overleaf Lodge Lobby

Breakfast is back at the Overleaf! Their team arrives early each morning to create a delicious, nutritious breakfast spread, made from scratch. When you follow the delicious aromas into their gorgeous new lobby and arrive for breakfast, simply let them know what you would like, and they’ll plate it for you.

Enjoy a Finnriver Cidermaker Dinner

Join the Resort at Port Ludlow on Thursday, June 23rd, as they celebrate the culinary bounty of the Olympic Peninsula - featuring pairings from Finnriver. Joining you will be the masterful Cider Maker, Andrew Byers and Wine Director extraordinaire, Andrew Wiese.

Visit Ecola State Park

No visit to Cannon Beach would be complete ­without visiting Ecola State Park. Ecola State Park offers several miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and great vantage points for bird and whale watchers.

Attend an Artists' Retreat

The world-acclaimed Cypress Inn will host An Artists' Retreat October 23rd ~ 28th, 2022 with Anna Rhodes. Classes will be taught at the renowned Sunset Center in a large sun-filled studio equipped with individual easels and an array of the finest artists' materials.

Enjoy a Taste of Italy

Enjoy a delicious four course dinner in the beautiful Tallman Hotel dining room with a menu designed by Chef Pablo Aguilar to highlight some of the culinary delights of Italy.

Celebrate Heceta Head Lighthouse's 128th Birthday!

Heceta Head Lightstation is celebrating its 128th birthday March 30, 4-7pm. The community is invited to celebrate at the light station which has a scenic walking trail that leads from the beach to The Keeper’s House, Gift Shop and lighthouse tower. This family-friendly free event takes place at the Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast in the Keeper's Home.

58th Annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

Cannon Beach has hosted this beloved event since 1964 and the Sandcastle Committee is planning the return to an "in person" event for 2022.

Get Married at Cameo Heights Mansion

A wedding is one of the most important events of your life. It may also be the most challenging and stressful. However, it doesn’t need to be. Combine the beautiful landscaping of Cameo Heights Mansion with their incredible on-site restaurant, luxurious suites, and many amenities, and you have located the perfect place to host the biggest event of your life.

Enjoy Tea Time at the Historic Pendleton House

Escape the cold and treat yourself with afternoon tea at the Historic Pendleton House.

Explore Port Ludlow’s Maintained Trails

Looking for the best hiking trails in Port Ludlow? Whether you're looking to hike, walk or run Port Ludlow offers 30 miles of easily accessible, maintained trails.

Go Skiing in Methow Valley

The Methow Valley and surrounding area boast one of the largest groomed cross country ski trail systems in the country. With over 200km of trails, Nordic skiing doesn’t get any better than this. There are plenty of trails to suit any skill level from first-time skiers to Olympic athletes.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Blue Wing

Why cook and clean-up? This Thanksgiving, November 25, bring the family to the Tallman Hotel's Blue Wing for a delicious three-course fixed-price dinner.

Dine at the Jacksonville Inn

Known for its exceptional service, the restaurant at The Jacksonville Inn upholds its 19th Century charm serving seasonal dishes, cocktails, and wine, remaining the cornerstone of Jacksonville’s timeless taste.

Attend Poodle Day

Poodle Day unites poodle owners and lovers for a fun-filled day, which includes a parade for poodles, poodle mixes, and their human companions, off-leash beach play, as well as evening cocktail parties.

Spend Thanksgiving at Heceta Lighthouse

Imagine Spending the holidays with family and friends in a historic light keeper’s home next to the famed Heceta Head Lighthouse. The ocean and lighthouse views are stunning. Slumber peacefully with loved ones while you listen to the ocean waves crash outside your windows.

Visit Sandpoint City Beach

Soak in the scenery at Sandpoint City Beach, a laid-back lakefront park featuring Idaho's statue of liberty and a sandy beach with sparkling water.

Visit the Zoo at Sequoia Park

This animal adventure is one that will keep you entertained for hours, and is educational too. Currently a 5 acre property featuring a primate exhibit, otters with a crawl through viewing tunnel, bald eagles, a petting zoo and the new Redwood Sky Walk.

Attend the 14th Annual Blue Wing Blues Festival

The Blue Wing Blues Festival is an annual 3 day musical event held under the sycamore trees in the garden. The 14th annual Blue Wing Blues Festival is taking place Labor Day Weekend. Two great bands and a bbq dinner under the sycamore trees, all for just $60 + tax.

Try the Best Cheese in the World

Inspired by a sense of place, Rogue Creamery draws on the bounty and flavors of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley to create organic, hand-crafted blue cheese, cheddar cheese and TouVelle.

Explore Fioli Historic House & Garden

Located 15 minutes from Nantucket Whale Inn, Filoli is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Visitors are welcome to explore the house, gardens, exhibits, trails, shop, cafe and more!

Get Married in the Top Western Town in the US

True West Magazine named Pendleton as the Top 10 Western Town in the US for 2021. Well known for legendary rodeo, Pendleton has a reputation as a town where the best of western tradition and heritage lives on - and built in 1917, Pendleton House Historic Inn is a true reflection of that, being one of the friendliest and most classic wedding venues you will ever find.

Relax at Cannon Beach with a Good Book

The Cannon Beach Book Company owners, Maureen Dooley-Sroufe and Deb Mersereau, have graciously curated a special book list for Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings' guests. Designed to introduce Oregon history and subjects, as well as local and regional writers, you will be sure to enjoy these selections!