Travel Blogs from Cannon Beach
Greg just felt like staying home today to watch the Nascar Race, so Zach and I took off exploring on our own.
Spur of the moment, I decided to make the 25 minute drive north to the Lewis and Clark Interprative Center and National Historic Park - we watched the film and walked around the museum - found it really ...
... might become the cover for my trip book. Many thanks to this unknown creative person!
Back to the hotel to change shoes and clean the sand out between my toes, and we are driving towards Tillamook on U.S. 101. Roberta, Dan and Steve and I met up with Tom and Patti Soens from Portland who were just down the road at ...
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The next town is a bit off the main highway, Cannon Beach. We stopped here for seafood at Mo's overlooking the beach and the ocean on a cliff. This wealthy town is famous for Haystack Rock, the first of hundreds of offshore volcanic rocks. Haystack, like the others ...
... her noticing and pulling us from the plane. We figured that Capone would calm down with the sandwiches.
Oh, were we wrong! Ten minutes later, everyone on the plane, no one more so than Thilo and myself, wished we had been kicked off that flight. Bob Barker, as I had renamed the dog, continued his diatribe about being cooped up in his carrier. He has no fear of flights, is never nervous of anything. But, boy does he love to play! ...
We next stopped at Nehalem Bay Viewpoint where we could look down on the town of Manzanita. Not really on our plan for the day, it looked so pretty from the viewpoint we decided to check it out. We weren't at all disappointed; it was a beautifully clean little town with character houses and a gorgeous sandy beach. There was so much going on here, people were riding horses down the beach, or rather standing around with ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSurfsand Resort Cannon Beach
The resort is located in the northern side of Cannon Beach. A very good choice for families. The property is also pet friendly.
Everything was perfect. From our phone reservation experience (the hotel staff guided us online so we can get an idea of our room location and view) to the check in and out process. We enjoyed the many amenities at Surfsand Resort. Our room suite had an amazing view of Haystack rock and the pacific Ocean . The beach was only a few steps away and the resort had a fabulous deck on the beach and cabana service. A nice added perk was freshly baked cookies, fresh popcorn, and ice cream social gathering on Saturdays. There was a pool, hot tub, and fitness centre. The pool and hot tube is open till midnight (10pm to 12pm adults only).
In the evening they've even set up a beach campfire along with marshmallows. Staff have always been friendly and hospitable. We truly enjoyed our stay.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Surfsand Resort Cannon Beach
Depressing - Don't Go!
This was by far the worst "Ocean Front" room in which I have ever stayed.
Depressing is the most accurate description of room 104, and probably all the rooms on the lower level. At $200 per night plus tax and no breakfast, this outrageously overpriced basement unit was enough to send me packing! I am sure the upper levels must be nicer, but buyer beware! You could technically see the ocean from the room, but the windows are high in the wall and at ground level to a public deck where people are always walking by and children peeking in...
We liked it
We stayed one night in a stand alone cottage. The kids has a separate bedroom with two twin beds. Our bedroom was small with a double bed, even though it was advertised as queen. Also had full kitchen and living room. We didn't have a view of the ocean, but it was just a short walk to Haystack Rock. Dinner and breakfast in Wayfarer Restaurant were excellent.
The Best View Hotel Room I Can Remember
I spent this past Father's Day Weekend at the Surfsand Resort and absolutely loved the hotel (as did our dog!). The friendly staff and reservationists--who gave incredible detail about the view (or lack thereof) for the room you are booking--were indeed a sign of good things to come.
We had an ocean room view with balcony. Lying on the bed, you are directly facing the ocean--a beautiful wide beach with a small tributary running across it to meet the water. Our room was on the first floor, which meant a very quick walk to the ocean.
We notified the hotel we were brigning our pet (the pet fee was $12 extra per night). We were greeted with a high quality dog bed that our little guy just loved, dog towels, and waste bags.
A fanastic experience overall--my only complaint is that the beds were too soft and we woke up with achy backs.
We enjoyed good meals at Gower St. Bistro and Cafe Mango.
A vacation to remember
We spent the week of the 4th of July at the Surfasand last year (yes, this review is long over-due). We had such a great time! I had never been to Oregon so I was not really ready for a "chilly" beach vacation, but we did have some warmer days when the sun peeked out & it was great. The 4th of July celebration at the resort & throughout town was fabulous. There were face painters at the resort, kids games and a hot dog roast. On another night we did indulge in a camp fire on the beach with a marshmellow roast. This was great fun for us & our children and we have wonderful sunset pictures from this night. I would agree that the ocean front rooms had great views, but there is a lot of activity on the beach so if you were needing some quiet (toddlers napping or early to bed, quiet time for you), I personally do not this this would not be the best location room wise. But if you didn't mind contstant activity & some noise, you would enjoy it. We were in the building that was next to the lobby and had a "peak" view. We enjoyed this quieter location & would opt for it again. If I was going back to Cannon Beach we would definitely stay here again. We also had a small kitchen & stocked up on breakfast & lunch foods so we only ate out at dinner time. We enjoyed all of the restaurants in town that we ate at. On a side note - the lobby did have a pc that we could use to check email at the activity desk, they just prefer it to be in the morning or evening when the activity coordinator was not working. My husband did need to check in with work a few times and he enjoyed this convenience of checking email w/o having to bring his own laptop. We also saw a wedding one day & it was done beautifully. They had a huge bonfire the night before after the rehersal dinner and the wedding was just well done & very beautiful.
A Great Destination
We have visited the Surfsand Resort & Cannon Beach periodically since the early 1980's. Back when the then three story ocean front motel building and the pool building were the only structures there. Vehicles were allowed on the beach then and you could drive down to the sand on the access next to the restaurant. The fireplaces burned wood, which was stocked in the wood boxes by the unit entry doors by the management. We are always impressed what a clean well maintained and managed resort motel the Surfand is. Our favorite rooms were the Ocean Front Suites with their well supplied kitchens. In a few days we are staying in one of the 4th floor jacuzzu rooms. The setting is absolutely beautiful on the beach with its stunning view of Haystack Rock. We recommend this resort to anyone who wishes to get away to a beautiful relaxing place. And yes, it is spendy, but well worth it.
It's a great alternative to flying these days. No security, no running through airports, no lame exuses from the airlines, just a great place.
Happily Married at the Surfsand!
We just got married at the Surfsand resort in cannon beach! What a great start to our lives together.... We had thrown all of our plans out the window because of family, ended up at the Surfsand and had a very romantic stay that included getting married at Ecola State Park!
The staff at the Surfsand arranged for everything on the spur of the moment including a very nice ocean front room on the top floor. The two person jacuzzi fit two quite nicely... We purchased a package that included champange, flowers, fudge, and breakfast in bed! The rates were reasonable (even for us Canadians). It would be tough to get farther from Cannon Beach as we are, but we intend to spend as many anniversaries as we can at this resort.
My family and I just finished a vacation to remember at the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach. The location of the hotel was perfect, fantastic views of the Ocean and Haystack Rock. The really great feature of the hotel is how family friendly the staff is. Down on the beach, they have attendants to take care of all of our needs. They set up wind breaks , brought beach toys, and started a bonfire for us in the evening. My 4 year old son and 7 year old daughter really tried to wear the beach attendants out by playing with them while my wife and I sat on the beach reading. The staff at the hotel created a wonderful experience for our much needed family vacation!
A+ for Romance!
We stayed in an oceanfront jacuzzi room on the top floor and it was so incredible that we called and booked an additional night. Private balcony, fireplace, jacuzzi for two in the huge bathroom, and a large room with a great bed made for a perfect 3 night stay. In addition, the staff was friendly and helpful and the room was so clean it sparkled.
Add to that the amazing fact that there were actually enough towels provided to both jacuzzi and shower without having to call down for more and you can see why we'll go back again and again. It's definitely pricey, but oh-so worth it!!!!
My back still hurts...
We stayed here just one night. If you don't get an ocean-front room, you may be in for a nasty surprise. Our room featured the most worn-out bed I have ever encountered in a hotel room. I complained at the front desk the next morning, and their response was "Awwww..."My back still hurts thinking about that awful bed in that no-view room.
It is my sincere hope that you will stop in on your next visit to Cannon Beach so Chad Sweet, General Manager, or I can give you a personal tour of the new Surfsand Resort and all of the improved and unique amenities our property has to offer.
Stephanie Snyder - Owner
We just enjoyed a week in heavenly Cannon Beach at the Surf and Sand Resort. The resort is right on the beach (no stairs like Hallmark and not way down south like Tolovana). It offers commanding views of Haystack Rock and is just within walking distance to downtown. The staff is the friendliest and most helpful we've ever encountered. They offer a very clean indoor pool and hot tub, crafts for kids, board games, honeymoon packages, ice cream socials and bonfires to create a real community feeling for families. They go out of their way to accommodate your pets as well. The cost is on the high side, which is commensurate with its incredible location. We stayed in two different rooms. First, a one-bedroom oceanfront suite with balcony. The bedroom had no view and everyone wanted to sleep in the living room. The second was an oceanfront studio which we adored. Everything was in one room, a bigger bathroom, no balcony but we crawled out our window right onto the beach deck. Oceanfronts can be noisy in summer as everyone is walking right by your room to the beach. The adjacent Wayfarer restaurant is expensive but has reasonably priced offerings mixed in and is quite gourmet, especially the dessert tray! Tamara