The last stop for my daughter’s 13th birthday Twilight Movie Northwest Road Trip was Cannon Beach, Oregon to walk Indian Beach where the La Push surfing scene was filmed. Cannon Beach, located just under 4 hours from Seattle and 1 and a half hours from Portland, is one of our family’s favorite weekend getaways. This was our first stay at The Ocean Lodge, a beautiful beach-front hotel with spectacular ocean views near Haystack Rock. After checking in and unloading the car, I stepped out onto the wide veranda off our room, and breathed in the refreshing salt air while the sun warmed my skin. Any stress I had drifted out to the sea beyond me. What a perfect way to wrap up a road trip.
Built in a true lodge-style with exposed timbers in the lobby and common spaces, the décor is upscale, comfortable and relaxing. There is a large fireplace in the lobby with rustic seating area, upstairs is another common area with a reading nook, game area and breakfast room. With 37 oceanfront studios and suites in the main lodge and an additional 8 adjacent to the lodge, all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Employees were friendly and accommodating.
Of all the reasons to stay at The Ocean Lodge, the most attractive feature is being able to step out of your room and walk right onto the beach, or enjoy spectacular views from your veranda. My youngest daughter has special needs and typically needs a break from the beach sooner than the rest of my family. Being oceanfront allows her to get the quiet she needs, while my family continues to enjoy the beach – I can sit out on the lovely veranda and read or just relax watching the waves.
Note that this is sandy beach access, so it’s not wheelchair accessible, but Troy Crowe, assistant manager at the Ocean Lodge told me that the Cannon Beach Police Department does issue short duration beach access permits at no cost for persons with disabilities. Next trip I plan to try this and see how it works. Otherwise, the best way to get a wheelchair on the beach is either at the south end Tolovana Wayside beach ramp, or behind the Wayfarer on East Gower Avenue. Both of which involve a short drive to get to. The Room We had a pet-friendly ocean front room with a kitchenette and separate bedroom. The sliding door led to a veranda with 180 degrees views of the beach. The beds, including the pullout that my daughters slept on, were very comfortable. The bathroom had a large tiled shower with separate vanity. The Ocean Lodge has two ADA rooms with wider halls and doors, a zero entry shower and lower bed height. Depending on your accessibility needs, you may not need a dedicated ADA room. My family doesn’t need a full ADA room, but there are some accommodations that make things easier, like a bench in the shower. They happily had a shower bench brought to our room. If you need other things to make your stay more accessible, let them know and they will work to accommodate you as much a possible.
A continental breakfast is available at no additional charge, featuring a nice selection of pastries, fruit, yogurt, cereal, and more. My kids enjoyed the huge DVD library, and cookie jar with homemade in the lobby, although I didn’t tell them this was available 24 hours a day or there would have been many late night requests. Wireless internet is complimentary.
Pet-Friendly and Allergy-Free
There are pet-friendly rooms in one area of The Ocean Lodge and allergy-free options available as well.
The Ocean Lodge is a welcome retreat and fantastic way to enjoy all that Cannon Beach has to offer. I’m ready to go back!
The Ocean Lodge
2864 Pacific Street
Cannon Beach, Oregon, 97110
Disclaimer: The Ocean Lodge at Cannon Beach provided my family and I with a night stay for our hotel review. The opinions and experiences are my own.
Karin Sheets is a techie, travel writer and mother of two teens, one of them with special needs. She encourages all families to live the adventure of life. Her personal blog is www.specialneedstravelmom.com and you can follow her @ionMyAdventures on Twitter or www.facebook.com/SpecialNeedsTravelMom.