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Portlandia 5: Leave Town

Before the Great Bedroom Remodel got underway, I began a Five Places I Love In Portland series. I ran out of focus after only four. So let's call this Portlandia 5: The Coast.



I got to get out of town yesterday, thanks to my energetic and still-car-owning sister. We made a short and targeted trip to Cannon Beach (pick up Mom at 7:20, pick you up at 7:30, get to the coast by 9:00, walk on the beach, have breakfast at the Pig 'n' Pancake, home by 1:00 p.m.)

Cannon Beach, Oregon on a cloudy day, with the tide very low and Haystack Rock in the distance and DarkEm's niece, mom, and sister in the foreground
Niece, mom, sister and Haystack Rock

The town, population around 1000, I think, is made up of cedar-shake-covered houses--even the million-dollar ocean-front properties are covered with cedar, which weathers to gray within a season. On the main street (there's just the one), the art galleries, gift shops, restaurants and candy stores that you'd expect to find in any beach town are all weathered cedar and river-rock, with bright trim and artsy signage and flower pots.

But all of that is just support structure for the main reason to go there: the beach itself. Cannon Beach is grandiose, wide, windswept, gray, and incredibly photogenic. And it's public. That's a key thing about Oregon beaches: they're all public. You can access the beach at the end of every street, walk for miles, and head back into the town from any point.

It's 85 miles/135 kilometers northwest of Portland along a mostly two-lane highway that winds up over the Coast Range through fir forests.

Cannon Beach, for all that it exists primarily to be visited and is preciously touristy, is still and always one of my favorite places in the whole wide world. It's a de rigeur trip for my Portland visitors, and a pilgrimage I still like to make whenever the opportunity arises.

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helenajust
May. 4th, 2014 06:05 am (UTC)
That looks very English: warm jackets, greyish sky, but on the beach nevertheless! It does look beautiful. Just what you need after working hard in small spaces.
emeraldsedai
May. 4th, 2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that one of the reasons I feel so much at home in England is because I grew up in a place with the same kind of weather and color schemes.

It was good to get out of town.
decemberleaf
May. 4th, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful beach and a great morning, complete with breakfast on the return run.
emeraldsedai
May. 4th, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
It really is one of the best things in life, to work up an appetite in the ocean air, then go eat pancakes!
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