Cottage & Garden Tour

Attention, history hounds, architecture enthusiasts and the coastally curious: it’s nearly time to put on your walking shoes to take a tour through Cannon Beach’s unique homes and cottages.  The Cannon Beach History Center & 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 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 Kelsey Mousleythrough the 11th, 2016.

Friday, September 9

The tour is a multi-day event that begins with an exclusive concert and reception on Friday, September 9at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. Start the weekend out on the right foot with Kelsey Mousley and “The Next Right Thing.” This Oregon native has been performing for over a decade.  Get ready to hear vocals reminiscent of Diana Krall.  Tasty morsels will be provided by Sea Level Bakery + Coffee and Newman’s at 988.  Newman’s 988 is a small restaurant owned and operated by acclaimed Pacific Northwest Chef John Newman, so the food is sure to be delicious.  This event takes place at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 10

Cottage Tour Collage 2016 for website and social media 1

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 current 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, Gray Magazine, Oregon Home Magazine, The Oregonian, and was even selected for a featured custom furniture show case in the bi-annual furniture show Show-PDX.

The tour of homes will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This year the tour will take 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 F

A wonderful image taken by Frank Woodfield.

A wonderful image of Neahkanie Mountain side taken by Frank Woodfield. Woodfield owned a number of summer cottages in Tolovana area.  He would later retire there with wife, Irta

rank 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 & Museum. Take off

You could win this beautiful garden sculpture by Jim Kingwell, of Icefire Glassworks. The piece would be a wonderful addition to any home or garden with its burnt umber and red tones.

You could win this beautiful garden sculpture by Jim Kingwell, of Icefire Glassworks. The piece would be a wonderful addition to any home or garden with its burnt umber and red tones.

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 your home tour ticket.


As part of our Saturday night event, the museum will be hosting a raffle with some luscious items and gift certificates from Cannon Beach Treasure Company, Insomnia Coffee, Adrift Hotel, Cannon Beach Mo’s, EVOO, as well as artwork from Icefire Glassworks, an original painting by Washington artist Mary Arnold, and so much more!


For just $5 you have the opportunity to take home an original Jim Kingwell glass sculpture.

Sunday, September 11

Garden Tea

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 retired mechanical engineer with a passion for insects, specifically bees.  She tours regularly giving workshops and conducting speaking events on the topics of bees.  Her book, Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener, becomes an engaging multimedia display on creating the ideal garden for bees.  A not to miss presentation!

On Sunday, September 11, enjoy an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn. Our guest speaker is Oregon author Sherian Wright.

On Sunday, September 11, enjoy an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn. Our guest speaker is Oregon author Sherian Wright.

Tea and coffee will be provided by local roasters Sleepy Monk Coffee, treats from EVOO, and even delectable pastries made with love by volunteers.

The Cottage & Garden Tour is the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s annual fundraiser.  It provides 20% of the organization’s annual income and allows them to provide a free field trip program to area schools, seasonal exhibits, and even a free lecture series.  You can purchase tickets to this event now, through the museum’s website.  Tickets for each event may be purchased individually, or as a weekend package. Many of these events sell out, so make your plans as soon as you can.

Each year, this event is supported by some fantastic local businesses – check them out.

Platinum sponsors: Coaster Construction, Escape Lodging, Kimberley Speer-Miller, Oregon Home Magazine, Tolovana Inn

Gold sponsors: Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, Martin Hospitality, The Ocean Lodge, Tom’s Fish & Chips

Silver sponsors: Cannon Beach Wine Shack, Dogs Allowed, Fresh Foods Cannon Beach, Hallmark

Bronze sponsors: Basketcase, Brimm’s Farm and Garden, Cannon Beach Hardware & Public House, Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings, Dragonfire Studio & Gallery, Mariner Market, RE/MAX Coastal Advantage

Raffle donations have been provided by: Adrift Hotel, Beth Willis, Cannon Beach Treasure Company, Gabri Kirkendall, EVOO, Human Bean, Icefire Glassworks, Insomnia Coffee, Mo’s, Mary Arnold, Sleepy Monk Coffee

Special thank you to: City of Cannon Beach, Fellner & Kuhn, Tom Olsen Jr.