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Cannon Beach & Ecola State Park [Oregon]

After roadtripping throughout most of the US, during both Spring Break and Summer Break, I think the one place where I would have loved to come back to, with my family for a week’s holiday would be Cannon Beach in Oregon.

Start by picturing colourful wooden beach houses, shops and cute cafés, add lots of personality and a quiet, relaxed vibe plus a stunning beach within a unique State Park. A combination of the Pacific Ocean and the rainforest make for the most beautiful hike, your reward a nice, cool dip in the ocean.

I fell in love with this place the minute we started driving through the lush, windy landscape that leads you from the Pacific Highway to the Ecola State Park. Once there, you are immediately struck by its rugged beauty, with large rock formations, thick vegetation and the Pacific large and slightly intimidating in front of you. We spent the day at Indian beach, exploring the rock formations and tidepools, building sandcastles and looking for shells, our eyes always drawn to the imposing Haystack Rock, in awe of its sheer size and beauty.

We finished with a hike through the Ecola State Park, choosing the 2.2 mile Catsop Loop Trail, which was much harder than we had anticipated. We walked the ‘wrong way’ and endured nearly 2 miles of fairly steep uphill terrain through the rainforest. But the views…oh the views. Once in a while the trail took you to a scenic outlook, where you are able to spot an abandoned lighthouse, or simply watch the vast expanse of Pacific before you.

After our hike, we decided to treat ourselves and poor Charlie who did remarkably well on the walk, with an ice-cream. We drove to the Cannon Beach town and couldn’t believe what we saw! It seemed out of a postcard or one of those nostalgic summer movies. The wooden houses were painted in soft pastels, , the shops were all beautiful and our oasis, the ice-cream shop, was amazing!

Sitting on a lovely bench outside the shop, we slurped our double scoops watching holiday-makers and locals go about their day on a warm late summer afternoon. Wet hair, sandy bodyboards, wide smiles. It was a moment of pure relaxation, nostalgia and a sure wish to return.


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Where we stayed: A fantastic airbnb in Tillamook, where the state’s most famous butter, ice-cream and cheese come from! It was a great spot to explore the nearby beaches, and just under an hour from Cannon Beach.

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  • I can totally understand why you would want to go back there! This beach is stunning, and enjoying it with some ice cream is even better!
    I love Charlie’s t-shit 😀

    Happy to have you on #MondayEscapes again!
    I hope you are having a great week!

  • sam r

    What a fabulous time it looks and so envious as it looks stunning X

  • Wow, your photos are breathtaking! I can see why you want to go back.
    Becky-LittleOandme
    #whatevertheweather

  • Jenny Eaves

    It looks and sounds beautiful! What a wonderful beach to relax and play on! Charlie looks very happy playing in such a stunning place.
    The town with the colourful picture postcard houses sounds great too!
    That’s for linking up with #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    Charlie looks like he’s having an amazing time exploring with you guys, even if you managed to pick the steep walk to do. the whole post looks so picture perfect, I’m impressed you ever managed to drag yourselves away. I bet you will always look to go back to this place in particular, it looks so lovely, thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

  • So beautiful. Great that there’s the rainforest and beach side by side, so you get the best of both worlds for exploring.

  • Life Unexpected

    Oh my gosh what a stunning part of the world to visit. I’m glad that the accidental detour was worth it for the views. Charlie looks like he’s having an amazing time on the beach. I love the sound of the colourful houses. I would love to see this. Thank you so much for linking this up to #whatevertheweather x

  • Hayley

    Beautiful! I just love seeing photos from your travels x

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks Hayley 🙂 x

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