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Attention all Cottage & Garden Tour Fans! Tickets available to purchase now!


Attention history hounds, architecture enthusiasts, and the coastally curious: it's almost time to put on your walking shoes to take a tour through Cannon Beach's unique homes and gardens. Join the Tour that Sunset Magazine calls "the best autumn event" in Cannon Beach and support Cannon Beach's only history museum.

For the past eleven years the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has opened the doors to over one hundred grand beach homes, vintage cottages, and historic bungalows of Cannon Beach. Many of these homes have been featured in Oregon Home Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, and Our Coast Magazine.

The Tour gives attendees the unique history to see the work of closet artists, private collectors, and some of the best beach designs. And that's not all!

The Tour starts on Saturday, September 12th at noon with the popular luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn (3400 South Hemlock). This event is sold out each year, so purchase your tickets in advance. The luncheon will be prepared by local caterer extraordinaire, Culinary Capers. The event will also feature a round table discussion with five intrepid women of Cannon Beach who will be discussing their unique perspectives on the history of Cannon Beach. Tickets for the luncheon and lecture are $25.

After the luncheon, attendees are invited to begin the self-guided home and garden tour at 1:00 p.m. Attendees are invited to tour dream homes, cozy cottages, historic splendors, beachy cottages, and well-manicured gardens of the neighborhood around First Street and the Presidential streets. Maps are not available until ten minutes prior to the start of the tour. Tickets and maps may be picked up on the day of the tour from the east side porch of the Coaster Theatre (108 North Hemlock) or at the History Center (1387 South Spruce St.) Tickets for this event are $30.

Tour goers are invited to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum for a post-tour celebration with wine, live music, and hors d'oeuvres prepared by Sweet Charity. Local favorite, Maggie & the Cats will fill the summer air with blues, a little jazz, and even some rock. Each year, as part of this popular fundraiser, the Museum raffles off a locally hand crafted piece of textile art and this year is no exception. This year's quilt was created by local textile artist Constance Waisanen and was inspired by the tide pools of Haystack Rock. The quilt, entitled "Jellyfish" is a colorful creation made with hand-dyed fabrics and batiks. Raffle tickets are just five dollars. The highly anticipated quilt raffle will take place at 7:00 p.m.

The final event will be an English style garden tea on Sunday, September 13th at 11:00 a.m. at the Tolovana Inn. Enjoy a selection of Oregon made teas, homemade scones, and other treats in a flower-filled setting. Debbie Teashon, owner of Rainy Side Gardeners and co-author of "Gardening for the Homebrewer: Plants for Making Beer, Wine, Gruit, Cider, Perry, and More" will be giving a presentation entitled, "Life Beyond the Two-Season Garden Party". Annual plants come and go, and we love their short-term bursts of fabulous colors. Yet here in the Northwest, perennials, shrubs, and trees can throw a party in the garden for more than two seasons. Toss in a few bulbs, and a pinch of design tips, and you have a recipe for a luscious garden. Debbie Teashon presents the true stars of the Northwest garden and plants that spice up your garden in, around, and beyond the typical growing seasons. Teashon is also a freelance garden writer, book author, and award winning photographer. Tickets to this event are $20.

Tickets for each event are available to purchase separately. Luncheon and lecture tickets are $25, Home and Garden Tour tickets are $30, and Garden Tea tickets are $20. A weekend event package is $60. The proceeds of this event allows the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum to continue operating as a donation based museum. It also allows the Museum to continue offering a free lecture series and field trip program, as well as a seasonal acoustic series. Tickets are available to purchase at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

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2015 Cottage & Garden Tour Quilt Raffle Tickets Available Now!

Tickets are still available to purchase for the 2015 annual Cottage & Garden Tour Quilt Raffle. This year, the quilt was created by local textile artist, Constance Waisanen. Waisanen integrates hand-dyed fabrics, batiks, and unique stitch work to create engaging and emotive pieces worthy of any art gallery. The piece is entitled, Jellyfish, and is a colorful exploration of the sea life found in the tide pools of Haystack Rock.

You can see the quilt on display at the Museum. Tickets are $5.00 each, three for $10.00 or seven for $20.00. Tickets can be purchased over the phone (503-436-9301), at the Museum, or through the online gift shop.

The winner will be announced during intermission of the Maggie and the Cats concert on Saturday, September 12th after the Self-Guided Walking Tour. The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. You do not have to be present to win!




Calling All Volunteers!

Looking for a great way to help support a non-profit organization in your community? Get involved by volunteering to help with the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum's annual fundraiser, the 12th Annual Cottage & Garden Tour. By volunteering for this year's tour, you will get a chance to see the homes and gardens free of charge.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum depends on its generous and enthusiastic volunteers to help keep Cannon Beach's history alive and growing. They are also the heart and soul of the History Center and we simply could not operate without them.

Our dedicated volunteers are the backbone to the success of the annual Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour. We are going into the 12th year and expect this year's tour to be another successful event; however, we need your help!

There are a variety of ways you can assist in making this event run smoothly and successfully and here's ways that you can help.

Volunteer shifts available:

Saturday, September 12, 2015:

Luncheon and Lecture from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
*Home Docent from 12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. or 2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering for this year's tour, please call (503-436-9301) or email us at for more information.




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In addition to sharing the rich history and amazing homes in Cannon Beach, the goal of the annual Tour is to raise funds for the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. This fundraiser contributes a significant amount of the non-profit's annual income. Thank you to our generous sponsors who have helped contribute to this year's tour!

2015 Cottage & Garden Tour Sponsors by level:


Tolovana Inn

Coaster Construction

Escape Lodging (The Ocean Lodge, Tom's Fish and Chips, Driftwood Inn)



Martin Hospitality



Cannon Beach Property Management

Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals


Trucke's One-Stop

Pig 'N Pancake

With special support from (and thanks to) ... Constance Waisanen, Vacasa Vacation Rentals, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Oregon Historical Society, Fultano's Pizza, Fort George Brewery, Tom Olsen Jr., Fellner & Kuhn, and the City of Cannon Beach.





The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a non-profit, 501 C-3 tax-exempt corporation (I.D. #94-3140644). 


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