14th Annual

 September 8 – 10, 2017 – Tickets available now!


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.   Join the Tour that Sunset Magazine calls the “best autumn event” in Cannon Beach and support Cannon Beach’s only history museum.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum celebrates its fourteenth 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.

The Tour gives attendees the unique opportunity to see the work of closet artists, private collectors, and some of the best beach designs.  And that’s not all!

Kelsey Mousley & The Next Right Thing

The Tour kicks-off with an exclusive concert and reception from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Community Hall (207 N. Spruce St.) on Friday, September 8. Start the weekend out on the right foot with Kelsey Mousley and The Next Right Thing. Mousley has been performing for just over a decade and has been compared to a young Diana Krall. This event is extremely limited, so advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets for the concert are $15.

Dr. Doug Deur is the featured guest speaker for this year’s luncheon and lecture.

On Saturday, September 9, Tour day starts off at noon with the popular luncheon and lecture at the Cannon Beach Community Hall (207 N. Spruce St.). This event is sold out each year, so purchase your tickets in advance. This year, we are excited to work with Dr. Doug Deur for the Saturday lecture. Dr. Deur is a cultural geographer, known widely for his studies of Native American land and resource tradition, as well as the environmental and cultural histories of National Parks in the American West. He is a resident of Arch Cape and local history guru. In addition to everything else that Deur does, he serves as a research professor in the Department of Anthropology at Portland State University and as an adjunct professor in the University of Victoria (BC) school of Environmental Studies. Dr. Deur has also written many popular books on local tribal traditions, plant foraging, and history. Deur’s lecture will focus on the unique history of Cannon Beach. Tickets for the luncheon and lecture are $25.

The tour of homes will take place from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  This year for the first time ever, the tour will focus on the unique craftsmanship and architecture of northern 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 this year’s tour is the site of one of the first hotels in Cannon Beach, built in 1892 from Spruce lumber. Guests took the train to Seaside and arrived at the hotel on foot, horseback or stagecoach over the toll road. The road ended at the hotel, where the proprietor served a free lunch and refreshments. The establishment burned down in 1913, and it wasn’t until the 1940’s that a new property was built in its place. Maps are available for pick-up by presenting your ticket on Tour day no earlier than noon at the Cannon Beach Community Hall. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $35.

Original piece by Icefire Glassworks
Carol’s Geraniums By Jeffrey Hull

Following the tour, attendees are invited to the Cannon Beach Chamber Hall for a post-tour celebration from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with wine, live music, and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Sweet Charity. Local libations will be flowing thanks to Fort George Brewery.  Local favorite, Thistle & Rose will provide music that will get you off your feet and dancing.  Each year, as part of this popular fundraiser the Museum raffles of a locally hand-crafted piece of art and this year is no exception. This year, the raffle includes a painting by Cannon Beach artist, Jeffrey Hull, a beautiful vase by the artists of Icefire Glassworks, and much more! Raffle tickets are just five dollars. The highly anticipated quilt raffle will take place at 7:00 p.m.

The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at the Cannon Beach Community Hall on Sunday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. Attendees will enjoy English style tea from Kettle/Black Teahouse of Cannon Beach while enjoying a presentation by the event’s guest speaker, Dawn Hummel.  Hummel has become a well-known and highly sought-after marketing consultant for horticulture and landscape designers. Over the years, this skill has developed into a full-blown passion for gardening and landscape that takes Hummel all over the world. Hummel’s unique background in trucking – something she adamantly wanted to get out of when she left the industry to work as a sales and marketing manager of Blooming Nursery in Oregon – ended up coming back to haunt her and ultimately gave her a competitive advantage in the work she does now. Not only is she a marketing expert, she’s an award-winning tradeshow booth and display designer and knows her way around a garden as well. Her specialty is stages, perennial bed planting designs, seasonal potted containers and garden renovations.  Tickets for the Garden Tea are $20.

Weekend packages are available for $75, with a discount for members.  The proceeds of this event allow the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum to continue operating as a donation-based museum.  It also allows the Museum to continue offering a free lecture series and field trip program.  Tickets are available through the Museum’s online gift shop (www.cbhistory.org) or by phone at 503-436-9301.


Tour Info

  • Tickets are non-refundable and benefit the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum to help preserve and protect the rich history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape.
  • This is a self-guided, self paced tour.
  • Maps are available for pick-up at the Cannon Beach Community Hall (207 N. Spruce St.) on tour day (September 9) no earlier than 12:00 p.m.
  • Construction booties will be provided for tour goers to put over shoes at each location, and will be handed out after picking up map. The construction booties are meant to be reused at each location.
  • No pets, food or drink in the homes.
  • No flash photography in the homes, unless otherwise stated by the homeowner.


Volunteer for the Cottage & Garden Tour!

The Cottage & Garden Tour is just around the corner (September 8-10), and volunteers are still needed to assist with this fun event. As a volunteer, you get our undying appreciation. You’d think that would be enough! But, we’re also entering all of the Cottage & Garden Tour volunteers into a raffle to win some pretty cool items. The best part of all is by volunteering, you get to see the homes and gardens, FREE of charge!

There are a variety of ways you can assist in making this event run smoothly and successfully and here’s ways that you can help.

Volunteer shifts available:

Saturday, September 9, 2017:


If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s tour, please call us at 503-436-9301 or email liz@cbhistory.org for more information.

You can also sign-up to volunteer through SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/FgTwswo

For more information about volunteer positions, go to Cottage Tour Volunteer Descriptions.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Tour Photos

Here is a look back at some of the great memories from a few previous years. More pictures and memories to come!

An impressive kitchen, featured on the 2014 Cottage & Garden Tour.
A beachy cottage interior of one of the homes featured in Oregon Home Magazine in 2012.
A beautiful garden featured on the 2016 tour.
Interior of one of the homes on the 2016 tour.

*Photos by Erin J. Bernard.

2017 Cottage & Garden Tour Sponsors by level:

In addition to sharing the rich history and amazing homes  in Cannon Beach, the goal of the annual Tour is to raise funds for the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. This fundraiser contributes a significant amount of the non-profit’s annual income. Thank you to our generous sponsors who have helped contribute to this year’s tour!

Platinum Level Sponsors:

Gold Level Sponsors:

Silver Level Sponsors:

Bronze Level Sponsors:

With special support from (and thanks to) Bill’s Tavern & Brewhouse, Cannon Beach Treasure Company, City of Cannon Beach, Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge, Ecola Seafoods, Fort George Brewery, Fultano’s Pizza, Hallmark Resort & SpaIcefire GlassworksInsomnia CoffeeJeffrey Hull Gallery, Mo’s at Tolovana Park, River Inn at Seaside, Schwietert’s Cones & Candy, Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, Tom’s Fish & Chips, The Wine Shack