15th Annual

 September 7 – 9, 2018 – Get your tickets now!

If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend the Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour, this is the year. Tickets are now available to what Sunset magazine calls “the best autumn event in Cannon Beach!”

The Cottage & Garden Tour will take place the weekend of September 7 and has 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 R.J. Marx Quartet will ease you into a busy weekend of home tours, wine tastings, art exhibits, presentations, and more!  The R.J. Marx Quartet features a world-class frontline of saxophone and guitar exploring some of the most challenging and rarely performed compositions of the major jazz composers from the ’40s -’70s, as well as an array of traditional favorites. In addition to a wonderful food spread provided by the Speer-Miller family, we will also have a fun photo booth set up complete with props. Mustaches, glasses, and wacky hats. Join us for some fun and frivolity! Tickets to this event are $15.


The R.J. Marx Quartet will be performing at the Opening Reception

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 The Daily Astorian declared the settlement a “sportsman’s paradise” – ideal for rest and recuperation.  It is still alluring for its seaside location and its unequivocal charm.

Bill Sullivan is the keynote speaker for the Luncheon and Lecture

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 prolific Oregon author Bill Sullivan at the Tolovana Inn (3400 South Hemlock), who have graciously donated the use of their space. We encourage attendees to part at the Tolovana Wayside State Park, which is right next to the Tolovana Inn. Tour goers can even take the bus from the State Park to mid-town if they wish. Those attending the luncheon and the tour will receive their map when they are at the luncheon. The luncheon has been prepared by Dough Dough Bakery, and is one of the coast’s premiere caterers and bakeries. Dough Dough Bakery is run by several award winning chefs, bakers, and sommeliers. They have provided food for Savor Cannon Beach, Stormy Weather Arts Festival, and more! This year’s keynote speaker is Oregon author William (Bill) Sullivan. Sullivan is a fifth generation Oregonian and a prolific writer, adventurer, hiker, and historian. His award winning books delve into Oregon’s legendary, unknown, and often strange past. His talk will focus on the history of Cannon Beach and the trails and roads used to access them – don’t miss some history on Governor Oswald West. West was governor from 1911 – 1913 and was one of the major reason that our beaches are open to the public. Tickets to the luncheon and lecture are $25.

The Self-Guided tour of homes will feature homes in the mid-town area of Cannon Beach.

Tour-goers are invited to tour the very popular mid-town area of Cannon Beach from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. Maps and tickets will be available at noon on tour day at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum (1387 South Spruce Street.) We will be touring about ten vintage homes, beach dream homes, and well-tended gardens of mid-town Cannon Beach. We’ll even be touring one of the most iconic homes of Cannon Beach!  The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will be offering a little something extra this year.  Local musicians Maggie Kitson and Rich Thomasian will play music for you in one of the gardens between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Another addition to the tour this year is wine tasting from The Wine Shack of Cannon Beach. They will be sampling their Puffin wine from 1:00 p.m until 4:00 p.m. The location of music and wine tasting will be indicated on the tour map. Tickets for the home and garden tour are $35.

The Honeyville Rascals will perform at the reception following the tour.

Take off those walking shoes and put on some dancing shoes for a 1920’s jazz themed concert with the Honeyville Rascals at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. Whether it’s music from early 1900s Hawaii, jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, or their own original songs about everything from falling in love to mysterious murders, the Honeyville Rascals are playing what they love. The duo weaves together vocal melodies & harmonies accompanied by ukuleles, banjo and percussion. They boast an eclectic repertoire, which includes popular material culled from 10 decades of songwriting interwoven with their own songs that are rooted in the traditions of jazz, blues and folk. This event is included in the cost of your tour ticket, but if you don’t make it to the Home & Garden Tour – tickets will be available at the door. Costume competition and raffle will take place at 7:00 p.m. The reception is historically overflowing with beer from Fort George & Buoy Beer, wine, and tasty treats.

Summer Study by Stirling Gorsuch

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 print by local artist, Stirling Gorsuch, a beautiful vase by the artists of Icefire Glassworks, and much more!  The highly anticipated quilt raffle will take place at 7:00 p.m. Raffle tickets are one for $5, three for $10 or seven for $20. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased over the phone (503-436-9301), at the Museum, or through the online gift shop.

Lucy Hardiman will be the keynote speaker for the Garden Tea

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 real teacups and saucers and tea from Kettle/Black Teahouse. Scones, cucumber sandwiches and other delectable treats prepared by Dough Dough Bakery will be sitting on beautiful china displays at each table. The presentation will be given by gardening professional Lucy Hardiman.  Hardiman is a nationally recognized garden designer, writer and speaker. A longtime Northwest horticultural treasure, Hardiman is the owner and principal of the award-winning Perennial Partners, a collaborative garden design group in Portland, Oregon. Tickets are $20.

The Cottage and Garden Tour is the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s annual fundraiser put on lovingly by staff and volunteers for fifteen years now.  The event provides twenty percent of the organization’s annual income and allows them to remain a free museum.  You can purchase tickets on the website or by calling 503-436-9301. Tickets for each event may be purchased individually, or as a weekend package.  Weekend packages are $75 and include all events. Many of these events sell out, so make your plans as soon as you can. To receive the membership discount, please call us at 503-436-9301. Tickets are available to purchase over the phone (503-436-9301), at the Museum (1387 South Spruce Street), or through the online gift shop. 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.


Important Tour Information:

  • 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 2018 Cottage & Garden Tour!

The Cottage & Garden Tour is just around the corner (September 7-9), 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 8, 2018:

If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s tour, please call us at 503-436-9301, click on the individual links above or email the Outreach Coordinator, Liz Johnson at liz@cbhistory.org for more information. For more information about volunteer descriptions, click here. Thank you for your support!

For those that have already signed up to volunteer, we are very grateful for your commitment and dedication to this event. Thank you!

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.
Interior of an iconic home on the 2014 Cottage & Garden Tour
A beautiful array of flowers on the 2014 Cottage & Garden Tour
Interior of one of the homes on the 2014 Cottage & Garden 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, Buoy Beer Company, Dogs Allowed, Dough Dough Bakery & Fermentation Station, Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge, Ecola Seafoods, Fort George Brewery, Bonny Gorsuch, Stirling Gorsuch, Hallmark Resort & Spa, Icefire Glassworks, Insomnia Coffee Co., Kettle/Black Teahouse, Mo’s Restaurant, Naked Winery, Pig ‘N Pancake, Schwietert’s Cones & Candy, Tom’s Fish & Chips, The Wine Shack