Cannon Beach Winter WondersWinter’s Wonders are on full display in Cannon Beach this year storm watching, whale spotting, elk viewing and beachcombing for treasure are all popular coastal activities. And don’t forget forest hikes and mushroom hunting on the other side of the road!
Bring a raincoat and test the winds along the beach or dance in the rain; we'll have flashlights for you in all our homes for the periodic power outages.. it's all part of the adventure!
Whale WatchingAnd if the weather turns fine during your planned storm visit? No worries, just switch it up for some whale watching! Grey whales migrate past our coast on their way to and from Mexico. You’re likely to spot them, or orcas, December through March. Go to the higher view points for the best spout spotting.
If you’re looking for sand dollars, well, their skeletons, the locals like to stroll the northern end of the beach for the best collections. Another great place to find lots of sand dollars is Arcadia Beach, just south of town.
Once you've collected your shells, you'll probably want to clean and save them. Rinse them in freshwater through a few cycles to help remove the funk. Once the sand is mostly out, soak in a 1:10 bleach water solution to definitively remove the funk. Rinse well. Dry well, and brush a water/glue or mod podge over the top and dry again. Now they're ready to decorate! Get your paints or pens out and doodle or just admire nature as she is.