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


Attention Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour fans! It's time to put on your walking shoes to take a tour through Cannon Beach's unique homes and gardens. Advance tickets are now available to purchase! Cannon Beach has been featured in National Geographic's "The World's Most Beautiful Places." It was selected as one of the 100 essential spots for travelers to visit.


If you haven't enjoyed the Tour before, the Cottage & Garden Tour is the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum's annual fundraiser. It contributes a significant amount of the non-profit's annual income. The event was started over eleven years ago by author and historian Jill Grady, her colleague Connie Crow, and several intrepid Board members.


In its hey-day, the tour welcomed at most sixty people. It wasn't until a few years ago when the City of Cannon Beach's Tourism and Arts Commission awarded the Museum funding to promote the fun event that the numbers started to reach several hundred. The Tourism and Arts Fund is awarded to non-profits in order to promote tourism and the arts of Cannon Beach. Thanks to the funds, the Tour has expanded to include a concert and wine reception, as well as a Sunday garden tea.


The Tour gives you an oppurtunity to see the work of closet artists, private collectors, and some of the best beach designs. Over the years, homes featured on the Tour have received acclaim in Oregon Home Magazine, Sunset Magazine, and even in the Home and Garden Section of the Oregonian.


The 12th annual Tour will begin on Saturday, September 12 at noon with a luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn (3400 South Hemlock). The luncheon will be prepared by Tour favorite, Culinary Capers. A round table discussion moderated by CBHCM Board President, Kimberley Speer-Miller will explore the unique history and stories of Cannon Beach. Tickets for the luncheon and lecture are $25.


After the presentation, attendees are invited to begin the self-guided home and garden tour at 1:00 p.m.  There will be a selection of dream homes, cozy cottages, historic splendors, beachy cottages, and well-manicured gardens.  Attendees are invited to tour homes around First Street and the Presidential Streets.  As always, maps will be available ten minutes prior to the start of the tour. Tickets and maps may be picked on the day of the tour from the east side porch of the Coaster Theatre (108 North Hemlock) or from the History Center (1387 S. Spruce Street).  Tickets for this event are $30.  This ticket purchase includes the post-tour celebration at the museum.

After the tour, all attendees are invited to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum at 6:00 p.m. for wine, live music from Maggie and the Cats, and hors d'oeuvres prepared by Sweet Charity.  Don't miss tasty local brews from the Fort George Brewery and the Seaside Brewing Company. The highly anticipated quilt raffle will take place at 7:00 p.m. The quilt was designed and created by local quilt artist Constance Waisanen.  The quilt, entitled "Jellyfish” is a colorful exploration of the tide pools of Haystack Rock.  Raffle tickets are just five dollars.

The final event will be an English style Garden Tea and Presentation at the Tolovana Inn on Sunday, September 13th at 11:00 a.m.  Enjoy a selection of Oregon made teas, homemade scones and other treats in a flower-filled setting.  Debbie Teashon owner of the
Rainy Side Gardners 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 & 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.

Debbie Teason, submitted photo

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. Weekend event packages are $60 with a discount to members. Tickets are available to purchase over the phone (503-436-9301), at the Museum or through the online gift shop

Join our Cottage & Garden Tour mailing list below to keep up-to-date and well-informed on what Sunset Magazine calls, "The best annual event in Cannon Beach."

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2015 Cottage & Garden Tour Quilt Raffle Tickets Available Now!

Tickets are now 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:
*Home Docent from 2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Concert & Wine Reception from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 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 that make up 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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