We’ve always talked about taking a road trip down to Portland, Oregon and this summer was the one to do it! Our projects at work finished and we finally were able to book vacations at the same time (hooray!) We decided to head to Cannon Beach as our first stop on the journey.
From our home in Vancouver, British Columbia, we spent day 1 driving down the border and through Washington to reach Cannon Beach. Depending on traffic, it can take a good 8-11 hours, including the border crossing. Unluckily for us there was road fixes happening on the freeway, leaving around noon we arrived shortly after 10pm! Make sure you have enough music, gum, and cold water bottles (we like this one from Kleen Kanteen at MEC.) We didn’t stop in Seattle, and just grabbed grub along the road.
To get into Oregon, I recommend taking the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, and cross the Astoria – Megler bridge. It’s a beautiful view if you happen to arrive close to sunset! (Didn’t take any photos unfortunately!)
With me on navigation, of course, we ended up off the byway and somehow into the farmlands of Melville. Don’t know how! It was a nice drive though, lots of cows 🙂
We got back to the coast through Seaside where we contemplated stopping for some fresh seafood, but decided to continue on. It wasn’t much longer on the 101 until we reached Cannon Beach.
It was getting late by then, we were very lucky that Pelican Brewery was still open for food! I had a delicious clam chowder and salad, and he had one of their flatbreads (fairly large!)
We stayed at the Inn at Haystack Rock, which was very quaint. They have a lovely courtyard with flowers and a water fountain. The best part was the beach was just across the road!
Cannon Beach is very beautiful, with tall grasses before getting into the sand bank. The sand is for the most part very clean, but as you get closer to the Haystack rock and near the stretch of hotels, you will find some trash. Although you are not allowed to have a campfire, you can see leftover traces of folks who did. You’ll see plenty of seagulls, but also puffins! A bald eagle had decided to show up while we were on the beach, and all the birds were going crazy. (Perfect opportunity to sing the Puffin Rock theme song…yes we’re adults.)
It was a brief visit to Cannon Beach, but we fit in some good eats too. We had lunch at Bill’s Tavern & Brewhouse, and lovely dinner at The Irish Table. Anything with Tillamook cheese is a must to try if you see it on the menu, super delish! We didn’t have the time to head over to the Tillamook Cheese Factory, but that’s a must next time as we’re cheese lovers.
From Cannon Beach we were off to Portland, it is about 1-2 hours to Portland, depending on when you head in. Traffic wasn’t terrible for us!
Away we go to the land of food trucks, good food, and booze!