Summers on the Oregon coast seem to fly by faster and faster. Who has the time to remember special events and trips? If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend the local “Cannon Beach Cottage Tour” … this is the year!
The tour is the annual fundraiser for the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. Tickets can be purchased on their website or by phone.
The “Cannon Beach Cottage Tour” is a weekend-long series of events that include live music, wine tasting, tea tasting and, of course, a tour of homes Sept. 13-15.
For more than a decade, the History Center & Museum has welcomed visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond to tour vintage homes, historic inns and architectural wonders of your favorite coastal town.
Over those years, the tour has received accolades from Oregon Home Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, Seattle Times, Oregon Coast Magazine and others.
After all, not many home tours take place with the Pacific Ocean in view!
Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the late 1800s. The August 1891 issue of the The Daily Astorian declared the settlement a “sportsman’s paradise,” ideal for rest and recuperation. It remains alluring for its seaside location and unequivocal charm.
The weekend of events will kick off Friday, Sept. 13, with a jazz concert featuring Dmitri Matheny. “Dmitri Matheny is a jazz treasure. The lyrical Matheny has impressive chops, but it’s his warmth and soulfulness that win you over.”—All Music Guide.
Tickets to this event are $20.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, events begin with a luncheon and lecture at Tolovana Hall. A conversation about the evolutions of cottages in Cannon Beach will begin at noon, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m.
Janet Eastman of The Oregonian will guide us through a discussion of how homes and cottages at the coast have changed over the years.
The coast’s premiere caterer and bakery, Dough Dough Bakery, will prepare the luncheon.
Luncheon and lecture tickets are $30.
The tour of homes will take place in the Presidential Streets of Cannon Beach on Saturday from noon until 5 p.m.
Enjoy wine tasting with Cannon Beach Wine Shack at one of the locations on the tour, plus live music, and tea from Beach House Teas at another featured home.
Take off those walking shoes and put on some dancing shoes for the Julie Amici concert at the museum on at 6 p.m.
Tickets to the homes tour and the concert are $40.
The final event of the weekend is an English-style garden tea at Tolovana Hall on Sunday, Sept. 15. Attendees will enjoy tea with real teacups and saucers, and tea from Beach House Teas.
The presentation this year will be given by Master Gardener Jennifer Bell, on how to plant with indigenous plants. Scones, cucumber sandwiches and other delectable treats prepared by Dough Dough Bakery will be sitting on beautiful china displays at each table.
Tickets are $25.
The cottage tour is the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s annual fundraiser, put on lovingly by staff and volunteers for the past 16 years. The event provides 20% of the organization’s annual income, allowing it to remain a free museum.
You can purchase tickets on the website or by calling 503-436-9301. Many of these events sell out, so make your plans as soon as you can.