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Historic walking tour maps are available at the museum!  Pick yours up today!  Tours are often in the summer, based on volunteer availability.  Check out the sites you will see on your historic tour of Cannon Beach (click on the link for more information.)


The 14th Annual Cottage & Garden Tour

Oregon's most popular coastal home tour - September 8 - 10, 2017

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 cottages. Cannon Beach is a small town in Oregon perched at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The town 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.

Each year, the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum opens the doors to dream homes, vintage cottages, and beach getaways as part of its annual fundraiser - The Cottage & Garden Tour. Sunset Magazine calls the Tour the "best autumn event" in Cannon Beach.

Not many home tours take place along one of Oregon's most beautiful sandy shores. This must-see event will take place the weekend of September 8 - 10, 2017. The weekend of events includes live music, local art, speaking events, wine tasting, and a tour of some of the most beautiful homes and gardens of Cannon Beach.

The 2017 tour will focus on the unique craftsmanship and architecture of northern Cannon Beach. For those who have attended the tour in previous years, you know that you will see much more than architectural design. You will get a chance 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 the Home and Garden section of The Oregonian.

What sets the Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour apart from other home tour events?

"The Cottage and Garden Tour focuses on history and the artisanal quality of craftsmanship, architecture and artwork for our small-town," explains Cannon Beach History Center and Museum Executive Director, Elaine Trucke.

In the beginning, 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. This event tends to sell out, so be ready to purchase tickets when they become available on July 1.

The proceeds of this event allows the Cannon Beach History Center and 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 will be available through the Museum's online gift shop or by phone at 503-436-9301 beginning on July 1.


 Here is a look back at some of the great memories from a few previous years. More pictures and memories to come!


 Subscribe to the Cottage & Garden Tour email list to receive emails about the Cottage & Garden Tour! You will only receive emails about the Cottage & Garden Tour and emails will be sent about once a month. 

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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!

2017 Cottage & Garden Tour Sponsors by level:

Platinum Level Sponsors:

Coaster Construction

Cottage Keeper

Escape Lodging

Kimberley Speer-Miller

Oregon Home Magazine

Gold Level Sponsors:

Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals

Martin Hospitality

The Ocean Lodge

Silver Level Sponsors:

Arbor Care Tree Specialists

Columbia Bank

Inn at Cannon Beach

Lighthouse Inn

O'Brien & Company

Bronze Level Sponsors:

Pig 'N Pancake


With special support from (and thanks to)

Bill's Tavern & Brewhouse, Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, Cannon Beach Treasure Company, City of Cannon Beach, Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge, Ecola Seafoods, Fultano's Pizza, Hallmark Resort & Spa, Icefire Glassworks, Insomnia Coffee, Jeffrey Hull Gallery, Mo's at Tolovana Park, River Inn at Seaside, Schwietert's Cones & Candy, Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, Tom's Fish & Chips, and The Wine Shack






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

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