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Fort Stevens Day Trip
July 28, 2021

Fort Stevens Day Trip

Fort Stevens Day Trip Fort Stevens State Park in Hammond, Oregon is a perfect day trip from Portland, Oregon, or a trip to take while staying nearby in Seaside, Cannon Beach or Astoria. It's a great place to learn some history and to have fun exploring. Kids love running free here and there is plenty to do for adults as well. Some background on the park: The fort was built to guard the mouth of the Columbia River (where it meets the Pacific Ocean) and was in service from the Civil War to W...

Girls trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon
June 02, 2021

Girls trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon

Girls Getaway to Cannon Beach, Oregon 4 Moms with 13 kids between us, and we needed a break. We headed to the beach on a Friday afternoon in May for an overnight at Inn at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. Coming from Hillsboro, it took us just over an hour to get there. There are multiple layouts of cottages at the inn, and we chose a two room cottage, #23 with two bedrooms, and a kitchen and living room with a fireplace.  Friday Night Highlights Celebrating a friend's birthday,...

Summer Fun on the North Coast
May 25, 2021

Summer Fun on the North Coast

Summer is just around the corner, hopefully you have beach time booked! Food: Check out the >Oil and Vinegar Bar in Cannon Beach (delicious balsamic vinegar and oils from Italy), treat yourself to gelato from Sea Star Gelato in Seaside (so many delicious from-scratch flavors) and find some delicious sea food on the North Coast. Keep in mind that many restaurants have changed their hours, or are only open for to-go orders.  Explore: Ride a swan on the Necanicum river in S...

Spring Coast Adventure
February 25, 2021

Spring Coast Adventure

Spring is such a special time of year in Oregon. Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining more, and people are itching to get out and explore. Here is some inspiration for your next trip to the Northern Oregon Coast. Please check with businesses in advance to check on their hours etc... especially with Covid guidelines changing.   Good ol' fashioned fun: Young at heart, or traveling with young kids? Visit the Seaside Carousel Mall, Seaside Aquarium, or Seaside Inverted Expe...

A little gem: the town of Jewell, on the way to Seaside & Cannon Beach, Oregon
January 18, 2021

A little gem: the town of Jewell, on the way to Seaside & Cannon Beach, Oregon

Do you ever wonder what's off the beaten path in those beautiful evergreen forests on the way to the Oregon Coast? Enjoy a fun outdoor adventure this winter on your way from the Portland area and to Seaside, Cannon Beach, or Astoria.  Here is a mini winter itinerary that will help you appreciate the beauty that Oregon offers: If you're heading from Portland on Highway 26 to the coast, stop by Baker's General Store and Bakery for some morning refreshment and ba...

Rainy day ideas for the North Oregon Coast
October 07, 2020

Rainy day ideas for the North Oregon Coast

It's raining, what should we do? Where do we go? As soon as fall comes, we find ourselves asking these questions. Luckily there is still plenty to do when visiting the north Oregon Coast. First on your list should be warming up in our bathrobes by our fireplaces and in our jacuzzi tubs. Storm watching from the safety of indoors can be awfully exciting. If you need some ideas to get yourself out and about in town, here are some starting with Seaside, and continuing on to Cannon Beach and a fe...

Romantic Getaway mini itinerary
August 22, 2020

Romantic Getaway mini itinerary

Be inspired! Mini Romance Itinerary Day 1 Check-in, get settled. *Pro tip: call ahead and have a Romance Package scheduled. You'll win major points! If the weather allows, take a sunset walk on the beach or explore the local art galleries. Find a local spot for dinner. End the night around the fire pit.  Day 2 Sleep in, enjoy the sound of the waves. Go on a local hike, rent bicycles for exploring, or take a scenic drive. Find a local seafood restaurant for lunch. Rel...

May 30, 2020

Virus Update: Haystack Lodging's Cleanliness Procedures & More

Steps we are taking to keep us all healthy: New: Mobile Check-in is available, so you can limit any person to person contact and save some time upon arrival Hand Sanitizer is available at the front door and front desk    We have disposable masks for our guests Staff is all wearing masks Extra cleaning in the lobby area all throughout the day & evening Thorough cleaning of all touch point surfaces One person per party at check-in Stay over service is modified: ...

Summer on the north Oregon Coast
April 29, 2020

Summer on the north Oregon Coast

It is time to get out and explore! We all need rejuvenation and the outdoors and ocean are perfect for this. Below are some Summer Fun ideas to inspire you on your next trip to Seaside or Cannon Beach, Oregon. Fire If you're visiting one of our Seaside hotels, purchase our s’mores kit and enjoy an evening by our fire pits, or create a bonfire on the beach. This website from the Seaside’s Visitor’s Association has some great tips about where and where not to build fires....

March 19, 2020

Corona Virus & our Cancellation Policy

Please take care of yourselves. If you have plans to stay with us, but the virus has interrupted your plans, please call us and let us know. We are observing a no penalty cancellation policy for stays through April 30th. We hope you are inspired to visit Oregon when it makes sense for you. We'll be here for you. To ensure the safety of both employees and guests we have modified room service, and we ask that only one person per family check in.   Last thought to consider: social dis...

March 09, 2020

Corona Virus and Travel

Corona Virus and Travel The corona virus has impacted us in many ways. Many people are cancelling travel plans, or are simply not booking far in advance.  Thankfully we are a short 1.5 drive from Portland, 3.5 drive from Seattle and 6.5 hours from Vancouver, Canada. You can make a last minute plan to come visit us! There are currently no active restrictions on travel in the US, so consider a trip to the North Oregon Coast. Keeping our hotels clean and safe Our cleaning products are all f...

Fall in Cannon Beach and Seaside, Oregon
September 10, 2019

Fall in Cannon Beach and Seaside, Oregon

Just because the rain has started, school is in session and soccer games are in full force doesn't mean that we all have to go back to early bedtimes and that we have to stop adventuring and exploring. What do you love about fall? I love the arts events in Cannon Beach. I love warming up by the fireplace, storm watching, walking on fallen leaves and eating pumpkin muffins. Find more to love on your next fall trip! Below are some events to give you inspiration while planning your fal...

Summer Bucket List for the Northern Oregon Coast
August 03, 2019

Summer Bucket List for the Northern Oregon Coast

The summer heat is finally here! Come to the northern Oregon coast to escape the heat and check some of these things off your summer bucket list.   Take a look at our hotel websites, book a stay with us and enjoy exploring. Inn at the Prom: beachfront inn, rooms with kitchens, jetted tubs and fireplaces. Outdoor fire pit. Gilbert Inn: Historic, Victorian, boutique inn for guests 18+ with full breakfast. Enjoy our outdoor fire pit. Inn at Haystack Rock: A few blocks from town,...

Summer events in Cannon Beach and Seaside, Oregon
June 12, 2019

Summer events in Cannon Beach and Seaside, Oregon

Summer is here! The sun is out, school is out, and you may be showing signs of wanderlust (a strong desire to travel). It’s time to create your summer bucket list, and of course ‘The Oregon Coast’ needs to be on there. Several events in Seaside and Cannon Beach, Oregon should be on your list as well. Take a look at our hotel websites, book a stay with us and attend an event. Our Hotels: Inn at the Prom: beachfront inn, rooms with kitchens, jetted tubs and fireplaces. Gilb...

Top 5 Spring events in Cannon Beach & Seaside, Oregon
April 29, 2019

Top 5 Spring events in Cannon Beach & Seaside, Oregon

This beautiful weather has us wanting to get out and about. Here are some local Cannon beach and Seaside events to help you enjoy your next beach trip. As always, find your accommodations here with us. Inn at Haystack Rock is a few minutes from the beach in Cannon Beach (this also includes the former Blue Gull Inn property) and a few blocks from downtown. Inn at the Prom in Seaside, is directly facing the Promenade and the beach and The Gilbert Inn is a historic, Victorian qhotel with full, com...

Spring is coming! Plan to come to the beach.
March 14, 2019

Spring is coming! Plan to come to the beach.

Hopefully all of the strange late season snow flurries and snow storms are behind us and we can begin to enjoy daffodils, tulips and some sunshine!   Here are some ideas of things to do in Cannon Beach or in Seaside during Spring Break. These are organized by your traveler type or the goal of your vacation.    Take it easy: Sleep in, beach comb, or explore art galleries and tax free shopping. Visit Haystack Rock, enjoy a drive along the coastline, see a movie at the Tim...

Summer Beach Bucket List
February 27, 2019

Summer Beach Bucket List

WHAT’S ON YOUR SUMMER BEACH BUCKET LIST? Hopefully it includes a few of these ideas: Watch a Sunset on the beach Go on a hike Walk the Prom Rent a kayak Buy more taffy than you can eat Go to Painted Rock Beach Rent a Stand up Paddle Board Roast S’mores on the beach Make a sandcastle See some shipwrecked treasure Visit Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach Fall asleep listening to the sound of the ocean Go to the recently remodeled Tillamook Cheese Factory Visit Fort Ste...

Spring Break itinerary for Cannon Beach & Seaside, Oregon
February 27, 2019

Spring Break itinerary for Cannon Beach & Seaside, Oregon

Spring Break for many students is coming up; contact us soon to reserve your stay! Here is a sample 3 day, 3 night itinerary to give you some ideas for your Spring Break stay (or any upcoming visit!) Each day is a perfect blend of fun and may include some outdoor activities, beach fun, history, wildlife and family entertainment. Check out our rainy day blog ideas in case of rainy weather.   DAY 1 Go to Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach to see migrating Gray Whales.  Whale ...

Family Friendly Summer Events in Seaside, Oregon
February 27, 2019

Family Friendly Summer Events in Seaside, Oregon

This warm weather is reminding us that Summer is just around the corner! Make sure you have a week or weekend trip planned to make some memories in Seaside, Oregon.  Below are some popular coastal events to help you start planning a trip. Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest, June 9th: This event is in Cannon Beach, just a few minutes from Seaside. Enjoy the 54th annual sandcastle building and judging followed by live music and a bonfire in the evening. The center of the sandcastle building i...