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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 13th Annual Cottage & Garden Tour

Mark your calendar for the 13th annual Cottage & Garden Tour!

Attention history hounds, architecture enthusiasts, and the coastally curious! It's nearly time to put on your walking shoes and take a tour through Cannon Beach's unique homes and cottages.

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum celebrates its thirteenth year of opening the doors to grand beach homes, historic cottages, and architectural wonders of your favorite coastal town. Over the years, the tour has received accolades from Oregon Home Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, Seattle Times, Oregon Coast Magazine, among others.

Not many home tours take place with the Pacific Ocean and one of the most iconic Oregon images, Haystack Rock, in view. Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the late 1800's. The August 1891 issue of The Daily Astorian declared the settlement a "sportsman's paradise" - ideal for rest and recuperation. It was alluring for both its seaside location and its unequivocal charm.

The unequivocal charm isn't lost on visitors. The town was included as one of the most beautiful destinations by National Geographic. The Cottage & Garden Tour is a perfect excuse to visit. The fundraiser is scheduled for September 9th through the 11th of 2016.

The tour is a multi-day event that begins with an exclusive concert and reception on Friday, September 9. Start the weekend out on the right foot with Kelsey Mousley and the "The Next Right Thing". Mousley has been performing for just over a decade and has been compared to a young Diana Krall. Tasty morsels will be provided by Sea Level Bakery and Newman's at 988.

On Saturday, attendees are invited to a special luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn. This year's lecture will focus on vintage and traditional design and the reawakening of these styles in home design. The speaker, Libby Holah, received her master of architecture from Washington University and has had her vintage and historic designs featured in 1859 Magazine.

The tour of homes will take place place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This year the tour will place in the Tolovana area of Cannon Beach. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour historic cottages (the original "tiny house"), grand beach homes, lodges, and inviting gardens. One of the highlights of the 2016 tour will be the former summer cottage of Frank and Irta Woodfield. Frank Woodfield was a prolific  and acclaimed photographer of the Oregon coast and Astoria during the early 1900's. His wife, Irta, was a talented poet. Both had a love of Cannon Beach that was obvious from their works, which will be on display.

If historic cottages aren't your thing, the tour will also feature dream homes and a garden or two. Not to mention all of the other wonderful events that will take place on tour weekend.

Following the tour, attendees are invited to a concert and reception at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Take off your walking shoes and slip on your dancing shoes for the Saturday night concert featuring Maggie & the Cats. Local libations will be flowing courtesy of the Nehalem Bay Winery and the Fort George Brewery. This event is included in the cost of the home tour ticket.

The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn on Sunday, September 11. Attendees will enjoy English style tea while enjoying a presentation by the event's guest speaker, Sherian Wright. Wright is a published northwest author and naturalist. Her presentation will focus on beekeeping for the backyard gardener, a not to be missed affair.

Tickets for all events will be available on July 1. Tickets for each event may be purchased individually or as a weekend package. Many of the events sell out, so make your plans as soon as you can. For more information regarding tickets or other events, contact the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum at 503-436-9301 or email at

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON JULY 1, 2016. Tickets for each event will be 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 will be available to purchase through the Museum's online gift shop or by phone at 503-436-9301.



The 2016 Cottage & Garden Tour Committee is currently seeking volunteers for the annual Cottage & Garden Tour! If you are interested in volunteering, you can either call us at 503-436-9301, or click the link below to sign-up. Each person that volunteers for the tour, will get to see the tour of homes for FREE!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

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


 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!

2016 Cottage & Garden Tour Sponsors by level:


Tolovana Inn

McCarty Family-In Memory of Barbara Cornell-Gehlar

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

Kimberley Speer-Miller



Martin Hospitality

Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals





Brim's Farm & Garden

Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings


With special support from (and thanks to)



Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

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

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