Inside one of the beautiful and quaint cottages on the 2016 Cottage and Garden Tour.

With nearly 400 attendees, the 13th annual Cottage and Garden Tour was one of the most successful tours to date. The Cottage and Garden Tour offered a full weekend of events including the pre-tour luncheon and lecture, tour of homes and gardens, and the garden style tea and presentation. There was a variety of beautiful dream homes, vintage cottages, and spectacular gardens.


Many people waiting in line anticipating to see one of the featured homes on the 2016 Cottage and Garden Tour.

Volunteers (Mandy Beaumont, Sherrie Bonsell, Christ Bouneff, Grace Bruseth, Kirk Carpenter, Lolly Champion, Theresa Dice, Andrea & Laura Edwards, Carol Ertwine, Karen French, Linda Gebhart, Maria Goodrich, Bev & Sharon Graver, Marcia Hartill, Mindy Hardwick, Lisa Herr, Christie Hoguiesson, Lisa Kerr, Jonathan Hoffman, Bob & Nancy Kroll, Claire Landrum, Kathe Leduc, Steve & Linda Mayer, Lynne Murray, Pam Richardson, Julie Sackett, Maryann Sinkler, Michelle Stegman, Linda Steiner, Sharon Stewart, Arnie & Cathy Swanson, Jane Swynenburg, Lila Wickham, and Marcia Zegar) worked tirelessly the entire weekend as docents, office workers, ticket sellers, greeters, and information volunteers. The Cottage & Garden Tour would not be successful without the gracious help of our volunteers. “Without our volunteers, this event would not be possible,” notes Executive Director, Elaine Murdy-Trucke.


One of the featured gardens on this year’s tour.

Staff and volunteers worked for almost a year planning, researching, and coordinating the event. Each year, the Cottage & Garden Tour Committee finds new ways and ideas to make the tour more enjoyable. This year, the tour offered dream homes, cozy cottages, historic splendors, beachy cottages, and well-manicured gardens in the Tolovana Park area of Cannon Beach.


One of the dream homes on this year’s tour showcased a vintage beach retro theme.

The homeowners (John Backes & Robin Roberts, Dorothy Canavan, Mark Edy, Inn at Cannon Beach Staff, Jeff & Robin Lichtenstein, Tom Olsen Jr., Bonnie Jean Schein, Melissa & Megan Schoenberg, Peter Spalding, and Carol & John Van Ditti) graciously opened their hearts and their homes for this year’s tour. “The homeowners were so incredible, gracious, and kind,” Museum Archivist, Liz Johnson says, “Without the homeowners, this tour would not have been possible, and they should be thanked for their kindness, generosity, and willingness to allow people to go through their homes.” Each year, the tour continues to grow, but not as much as it has over the last few years. The tour has gone from having less than a hundred people attend to over four hundred attendees.


Built in 1928, this vintage cottage has retained many of its original features.

Our generous sponsors, listed by level (Platinum: Coaster Construction, Tolovana Inn, Escape Lodging, Kimberley Speer-Miller, Oregon Home Magazine;  Gold: Martin Hospitality, Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, The Ocean Lodge; Silver: Cannon Beach Wine Shack & Provisions 124, Dogs Allowed, Driftwood Inn Restaurant & Lounge, Hallmark Resort & Spa, Tom’s Fish & Chips;  Bronze:
Basketcase – Your Cannon Beach Florst, Brim’s Farm & Garden, Cannon Beach Bakery, Cannon Beach Hardware & Public House, Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings, Dragonfire Gallery, Fort George Brewery, Mariner Market, and Marty Giguiere with RE/MAX Coastal Advantage)
made this event possible. Special thanks also goes to Adrift Hotel, Cannon Beach Treasure Company, City of Cannon Beach, Erin J. Bernard, EVOO, Fellner & Kuhn, Fred Meyer, Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Human Bean of Seaside, Insomnia Coffee, Kelsey Mousley & The Next Right Thing, Libby Holah, Maggie & the Cats, Mo’s Restaurant, Mary Arnold, Nehalem Bay Winery, Newman’s at 988, Oregon Fine Foods, Pizza a’fetta, Sherian Wright, Sleepy Monk Coffee, Tolovana Inn Staff. A huge thank-you also goes out to Jim Kingwell of Icefire Glassworks, who created the beautiful sculpture, won by Jackie Andrews of Portland, Oregon!


A claw-foot tub adorns the bathroom in one of the featured homes of this year’s tour.

Each year the tour continues to grow because of the support and enthusiasm of the homeowners, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters of the community. This was one of the biggest and most successful tour to date and could not have been a success without the help and support of the homeowners, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters. We are very grateful for the tremendous community support for our annual tour, which enables us to continue our mission to preserve and share the very rich history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape.


One of the dream homes on this year’s tour.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support in the History Center and for making this one of the most successful Cottage & Garden Tours to date!

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Mark your calendars for next year’s tour: September 8 – 10, 2017.