Cannon Beach’s Annual Cottage & Garden Tour

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.

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The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s annual fundraiser is the perfect excuse to visit.    The town consistently wins awards for its idyllic charm and natural beauty.  Each of the ten home is unique in its own way, but still have that beachy feel that you might associate with Cannon Beach. 


One of the homes on the tour this year is one of the town’s most iconic.  The home of former Governor Oswald West.  West was governor from 1911 – 1915.  West’s most important and recognizable legacy to Oregon was the bill he established in 1913 that was Oregon’s beach highway law, declaring the entire Pacific coastline to the high tide to be a public highway. The law protecting public access remains in effect today on Oregon beaches.

Screenshot 2014-08-07 14.56.30 Oswald West at the age of 15.

Get your tickets now!  A lot of events encourage advance ticket purchases, but this is one those events that you can truly benefit from purchasing in advance.  No waiting in the will-call line, just pull up at the Museum and a volunteer will hand you a map indicating parking, the homes and gardens to tour, and other useful information.  Easy peasy!

Let’s not forget the ever popular and always sold out luncheon and lecture event.  The luncheon takes place at the Tolovana Inn and is catered by Culinary Capers.  The presentation will be given by local artisan, Ed Overbay.  Since 1974, Overbay has been recognized as premiere northern Oregon artisan woodworker and craftsman. His company, Overbay Houseworks, has been creating, reinventing, and preserving unique Pacific Northwest architecture. 

Following the tour attendees are invited to kick off their walking shoes and slip on their dancing shoes for a concert. All Museum doors will be open, with music floating through the air. Local phenom Maggie Kitson and her team of musicians will rock the evening away with soulful blues, R&B, and funk. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Sweet Charity. The highly anticipated quilt raffle will take place at 7:00 p.m.  The quilt was designed and created by local quilt artist Marilyn Dwyer. The quilt, entitled “By the Beautiful Sea” brings together iconic images of Cannon Beach surrounded by a swirl of blues, giving the impression of the coming tides. Raffle tickets are just five dollars.

The weekend’s events will wrap up with a brunch and garden presentation by local landscape architect, gardener and artist, Beth Holland. Holland will be hosting a dinner-theater style reading of minutes from select meetings of the Tolovana Garden Club at the Tolovana Inn at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 14.  This event sold out last year as well, so get your tickets now!

After all is said and done, here are the ticket prices. 

Tickets for the each event are available to purchase separately. Luncheon and lecture tickets are $20, Home and Garden Tour tickets are $30, Wine Reception and Concert tickets are $5, and Brunch tickets are $10. Tickets are available now by phone or through our online gift shop. Weekend event packages are available, with a discount for Museum members.

This is a great fundraiser for a great little museum.  The staff and volunteers work for an entire year to put together this event and it is truly worth it.  You can purchase tickets by phone 503-436-9301 or through the online gift shop.


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