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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

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If you haven't purchased your tickets for the Cottage & Garden Tour, now is the time. Tickets start at $30 and include a tour of homes and gardens of Tolovana, wine tasting, live music, beer from Fort George Brewery, and more! This is the perfect way to support Cannon Beach's only history museum while having some fun. See historic cottages, grand beach homes, and beautifully manicured gardens.

For over a decade, the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum has welcomed visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond inside vintage homes, historic lodges and inns, 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, 2016.

The tour is a multi-day event that begins with an exclusive concert and reception on Friday, September 9th at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum (1387 South Spruce Street). Start the weekend out on the right foot with Kelsey Mousley and "The Next Right Thing." Mousley has been performing for just over a decade and has been compared to a young Diana Krall. Concert attendees will enjoy delectable delights created by Newman's at 988 and Sea Level Bakery + Coffee. Tickets to this event are extremely limited, so get them while you can.Tickets for this event are $12

On Saturday, September 10th, attendees are invited to a special luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn (3400 South Hemlock). This year's lecture will focus on vintage and traditional design and the reawakening of these styles in home design. Believe it or not, it's possible to do contemporary upgrades for today's modern living while still maintaining the character and traditional design of the home. The speaker, Libby Holah, received her master of architecture from Washington University and has had her vintage and historic designs featured in 1859 Magazine, Gray Magazine, Oregon Home Magazine, The Oregonian, and was even selected for a featured custom furniture showcase in the bi-annual furniture show, Show-PDX.  She is the Principal, with her husband of HOLAH Design + Architecture in Portland, Oregon. They do a variety of project types whith an emphasis on residential projects arond the state of Oregon. The presentation will take place in the event rooms at the beautiful Tolovana Inn. Food will be prepared by Oregon Fine Foods of Seaside, Oregon. Following the presentation, attendees will receive tour maps (if they are going on the tour). Tickets will not be available the day of, so get your tickets in advance. Tickets for this event are $25.

The tour of homes will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th. This year, the tour will take place in the Tolovana Park 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 a home that was part of the original Warren homestead. 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 events that will take place on tour weekend.  Tickets for this event are $30.

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 thanks to the Nehalem Bay Winery and 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 at 11:00 a.m. Attendees will enjoy English style tea while enjoying a presentation by the event's guest speaker, Sherian Wright. Wright is a naturalist and NW author of "Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener." She is a retired mechanical engineer who came across what appeared to be a garbage fly on a flower, but something seemed a little different. After comparing her photos with those in insect books, she realized that this unfamiliar insect to her was a mason bee (osmia lignaria propinqua local NW mason bee). She continued documenting and researching this little blueblack bee and after a period of time, felt compelled to share her insights and "discoveries" with others who needed to know about its amazing super pollinating abilities. Wright started out with mason bee parties in her home, but the word spread and before she knew it, she was traveling throughout the states of Oregon and Washington doing presentations and workshops to colleges, master gardeners, schools, nurseries, The Oregon Garden, and various special interests groups. Wright's presentation will focus on beekeeping for the backyard gardener. Coffee and tea will be provided courtesy of Sleepy Monk Coffee, along with tasty treats created by EVOO and volunteers. Tickets for this event are $20.

The Cottage and Garden Tour is the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum's annual fundraiser put on lovingly by volunteers for thirteen years. The event provides twenty percent of our organization's annual income and allows us to provide a free field trip program to area schools, seasonal exhibits, and a free lecture series. Tickets for each event may be purchased individually or as a weekend package. Weekend packages are $60, with a discount to members, and include all events. Tickets can be purchased at the museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop. 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


Fall Raffle

*Pictured is the one-of-a-kind garden sculpture made by Jim Kingwell of Icefire Glassworks for the Fall Raffle.

Do you like local art, historic photographs, or gift certificates from your favorite local shops? How about supporting a local non-profit? Then the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum's annual fall raffle is for you! The raffle takes place as part of the museum's annual fundraiser, the Cottage & Garden Tour. The drawing will take place at the museum on Saturday, September 10. You do not have to be present to win, but you might want to anyway. The raffle drawing will take place during the Maggie & the Kats concert from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

For just five bucks, you have the opportunity to take home some pretty wonderful items. The shining star is a one-of-a-kind garden sculpture by Cannon Beach glasswork artist, Jim Kingwell, which can be viewed at the museum. Kingwell has been glass blowing since the '70s and his work is legendary. Glass artists from around the world visit Icefire Glassworks to work with him. If you have never been, Icefire Glassworks is located in the old Van Vleet Logging building at the corner of Gower Street and Hemlock. At Icefire Glassworks, visitors can watch as glass artists, Jim Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland create vessels with dramatic colors and specialized techniques.

Who wouldn't want to take home an original painting by Washington artist, Mary Arnold? Arnold is a versatile artist that is as comfortable working with textile as she is with oil. Her love of nature and the sea comes through in everything that she does. This original piece, entitled "From the Path," was inspired by Arnold's favorite place - Cannon Beach. Not to mention a few great pieces from Pacific Northwest illustrator, Gabri Kirkendall. Kirkendall specializes in hand lettering, watercolor, and pen & ink. Other prizes include a dinner for two from Mo's, or one of two $25 gift cards from Insomnia Coffee, one of two $20 gift certificates from Cannon Beach Treasure Company, a gift card from the Human Bean, an original Beth Willis CD, among many other amazing prizes.

Tickets are available at the Museum or through the Museum's online gift shop. Tickets are just $5 each or three for $10. The drawing will take place at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum on Saturday, September 10 during the Maggie & the Kats concert from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets to the concert are by donation.

With your help and the generosity of local businesses, we hope that we can make this the largest fundraising event ever for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.


Cottage & Garden Tour Etiquette & Policy

To ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all, please follow these guidelines:

  • Admission is by ticket only, no exceptions.
  • This is a fundraiser; no refunds.
  • Children under the age of 7 are not permitted inside homes without adult supervision
  • No high-heeled shoes.
  • Booties are provided and must be worn over shoes or socks.
  • No opening of drawers, cabinets, or closets.
  • No handling of any household furnishings.
  • No smoking, eating, or drinking while on private property.
  • No photography or video cameras allowed inside homes unless otherwise specified by homeowner.
  • No pets.
  • Do not use the restrooms in tour homes.
  • Do not pick, remove, or alter plants or flowers.



Volunteer Opportunities

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 and Museum's annual fundraiser, the 13th annual Cottage & Garden Tour. The Cottage & Garden Tour is just around the corner (September 9 - 11), and volunteers are still needed to assist with this fun event. As a volunteer, you get our undying appreciation. You'd think that would be enough! But, we're also entering all of the Cottage & Garden Tour volunteers into a raffle to win some pretty cool items (a $25 Fred Meyer gift card, a $20 gift certificate to the Cannon Beach Treasure Company, a Cottage & Garden Tour tote, an historic framed photo, and a few other cool itmes). The best part of all, is by volunteering, you get to see the homes and gardens, FREE of charge!

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:

*Office Volunteer from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (2 spots left) Click here to sign-up.
*Home Docent from 2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (2 spots left) Click here to sign-up.

*Garden Docent from 12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (1 spots left) Click here to sign-up.
*Garden Docent from 2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (2 spots left) Click here to sign-up.
*Post-tour Reception Volunteer from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (2 spots left) Click here to sign up.

If you are interested in volunteering for this year's tour, please call us at 503-436-9301 or email for more information. You can also sign up as a volunteer through Click here or the link below for more information.


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


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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:

Platinum Level Sponsors:

Coaster Construction

Escape Lodging

Kimberley Speer-Miller

Oregon Home Magazine

Tolovana Inn

Cornell-McCarthy Family - In memory of Barbara Cornell-Gehlar

Gold Level Sponsors:

Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals

Martin Hospitality

The Ocean Lodge

Silver Level Sponsors:

Cannon Beach Wine Shack & Provisions 124

Dogs Allowed

Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge

Fresh Foods Cannon Beach

Hallmark Resort

Tom's Fish & Chips

Bronze Level Sponsors:

Basketcase - Your Cannon Beach Florist

Brim's Farm and Garden

Cannon Beach Bakery

Cannon Beach Hardware and Public House

Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings

Dragonfire Gallery

Mariner Market

Marty Giguiere with RE/MAX Coastal Advantage


With special support from (and thanks to)  Adrift Hotel, Beth Willis, Cannon Beach Treasure Company, City of Cannon Beach, Fellner & Kuhn, Fort George Brewery, Fred Meyer, Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Human Bean, Icefire Glassworks, Insomnia Coffee, Kelsey Mousley & The Next Right Thing, Mo's Restaurant, Mary Arnold, Nehalem Bay Winery, Newman's at 988, Pizza a'Fetta, Sea Level Bakery + CoffeeSleepy Monk Coffee,





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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