I admit, when I want to head to the coast, I usually drive 4.5 hours north to the Olympic Peninsula to enjoy the wild beaches of Washington ... where there aren't many people and the fishing is top notch. However, there's another coast less than two hours from me that's a whole other experience: the Oregon coast. Cannon Beach and neighboring towns -- while also good for fishing, clamming and crabbing -- are more densely populated tourist locales that remind me of Cape Cod back home.
One of my closest friends (and coworker) found out we had to burn a 'personal holiday' at work last summer before we lost it. So, we took a random Monday off at the end of July and booked it to Cannon Beach. We did a day hike to Crescent Beach and had the ENTIRE place to ourselves! There we found tons of massive, intact sand dollars, some tide pool activity, stunning waterfalls and a sweet view of Haystack Rock.
If you've ever seen "Goonies," you'll recognize that seastack in the middle (below). It's a haven for seagulls, barnacles and starfish.
Our hike led us through a small lush forest with sneak peaks of our destination along the way, then an abrupt walk-on to the beach.
Maybe it's just me, but the tide kind of looks like a window blind.
The coast is also not to be missed during the rainy winter months (end of October through April). During a family visit last March, we braved the cold rain and headed to Cannon Beach just to show family the ocean. Though mostly cold and rainy, we lucked out with a much-welcomed break of sun and blue sky. We had about twenty minutes before a hailstorm attacked us, but it was enough to make the trip!
When summer wraps up, school starts and the crowds head home, the Oregon coastal town of Tillamook is a great spot to explore. It's a small, less touristy town with miles and miles of beaches, great crabbing, beautiful views and killer sunsets. Here are some shots from last September, when we visited some friends at a beach rental.
It's a sweet spot to take a long walk with your love. Speaking of love, I love capturing couples being authentic like this one.
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I love the colors that saturate the beach as the sun goes down. I think the grapefruit shade is my favorite. The purple cast is awesome, too. Tillamook, Oregon Tillamook, Oregon Tillamook, Oregon
If you haven't trekked to the coast, book it! Or, if a trip isn't in the cards but you want a piece of the coast on your walls at home, remember -- all my prints are on sale through the end of February.