15th Annual

 September 7 – 9, 2018 – Tickets on sale July 1!

Summers on the Oregon coast seem to fly by faster and faster. Who has time to remember special events and trips? If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend the Cottage & Garden Tour, this is the year. Tickets go on sale July 1 and tend to sell out quickly.

The Cottage & Garden Tour will take place the weekend of September 7 with a series of fun events for everyone. Everything starts on Friday night with a concert and reception at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum (1387 South Spruce Street.) The RJ Marx Quartet will ease you into a busy weekend of home tours, wine tastings, art exhibits, presentations, and more live music! Tickets to this event are $15.

For over a decade the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has welcomed visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond to tour vintage homes, historic inns, 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 in view. Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the late 1800s. The August 1891 issue of The Daily Astorian declared the settlement a “sportsman’s paradise” – ideal for rest and recuperation. It is alluring for its seaside location and it unequivocal charm.

The tour of homes and gardens will take place on Saturday, September 8, and is a one-day only event. Start Saturday off with a lecture on the history of Cannon Beach from Oregon author Bill Sullivan at the Tolovana Inn, followed by the tour of homes and gardens. Luncheon and lecture tickets are $25. Tour goers are invited to tour the very popular mid-town area of Cannon Beach. Tickets for the home and garden tour are $35.

Put on your favorite dancing shoes and your best 1920’s themed gear. Saturday will wrap up with a 1920’s themed concert and reception at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum with local newcomers Sun & Rose. A costume competition and raffle will take place at 7:00 p.m. The reception is historically overflowing with beer from Fort George Brewery & Buoy Beer, wine from the Nehalem Bay Winery, and tasty treats. This event is included in the cost of your home and garden tour ticket.

The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn on Sunday, September 9. Attendees will enjoy English style tea with a presentation by gardening professional Ludy Hardiman. Tickets are $20.

The Cottage & Garden Tour is the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s annual fundraiser put on lovingly by volunteers for fifteen years now. The event provides twenty percent 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 beginning July 1 on the website or by calling 503-436-9301. 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.

For more information regarding tickets or other events, contact the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum at 503-436-9301 or email at info@cbhistory.org.


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.
  • All the homes on the tour are private homes and may not be handicap or mobility accessible.
  • Maps are handed out on tour day at the start of the tour and are your ticket inside each home.
  • 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!

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 Cottage & Garden Tour, call us at 503-436-9301 or email liz@cbhistory.org for more information.

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.

2018 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 City of Cannon Beach, Dogs Allowed, Dough Dough Bakery & Fermentation Station, Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge, Hallmark Resort & Spa, Insomnia Coffee Co., Kettle/Black Teahouse, Mo’s Restaurant, Pig ‘N Pancake, Schwietert’s Cones & Candy, The Wine Shack