In northwest Oregon, less than 2 hours from Portland, sits Cannon Beach. Despite its small size—only about 1.5 square miles—the coastal city certainly makes an impact. In 2013, National Geographic listed it as “one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places,” and, much farther back, William Clark (of the famous Lewis and Clark duo) called it “the grandest and most pleasing” site he’s ever seen.
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On the itinerary: beholding Cannon Beach’s centuries-old allure all for yourself.
Cannon Beach is famous for Haystack Rock (below), a 235-ft sea stack rock that sits along the beach.
But less than 5 miles away is lesser-known Hug Point, a stretch of coast that’s been intriguing visitors for years.
Before the local highway was constructed, the beach itself was used as the road for stagecoaches and early cars. In order to accommodate traffic at higher tides, a road was carved out of the rock, forcing travelers to “hug” the rock to avoid getting wet. Thus, Hug Point got its name.
Hug Point also attracts visitors for its waterfall, sea caves and tide pools, although there are many more mysteries to be explored...
A favorite of locals and visitors alike, the Wayfarer pairs classic coastal eats with timeless ocean views. The restaurant sits right along the beach, providing views of the coast and Haystack Rock.
The restaurant also has a cozy whiskey and cocktail lounge, run by a former winner of the US Bartender’s Guild “Most Imaginative Bartender” competition. The cocktail menu showcases sea and shore, plus pays homage to the restaurant’s history, making it the perfect place to unwind after a day at the beach.
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