Artful Cannon Beach getaway

 A little rain never hurt an Oregon coast weekend––especially when there's art to see
Article by Bonnie Henderson

Cannon Beach is about 72 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon, near the junction of U.S. 101 and U.S. 26. For information, see www.cannonbeach.org or phone 503/436-2623.

Your 3-day weekend

FRIDAY

Cozy up to the fireplace at the Ocean Lodge (from $179, including breakfast; theoceanlodge.com), which welcomes dogs and kids.

For dinner, dive into hearty Niman Ranch short ribs over creamy grits at Gower St. Bistro ($$$; 1116 S. Hemlock St.; 503/436-2729).

SATURDAY

Start the day with a warm cinnamon roll or two from Cannon Beach Cookie Co. Public House ($; closed Sun–Mon; 239 N. Hemlock St.; 503/436-1129).

Then hit Bronze Coast Gallery (224 N. Hem- lock; www.bronzecoastgallery.com or 800/430-1055), White Bird Gallery (251 N. Hem- lock; 503/436-2681), and Northwest by Northwest Gallery (232 N. Spruce St.; www.nwbynwgallery.com or 800/494-0741).

If you've timed your trip right, enjoy the Stormy Weather Arts Festival (Nov 7–9; ticket prices vary; cannon beach.org or 503/436-2623 ext. 3), with demonstrations by Northwest artists.

SUNDAY

Continue the gallery hop and get a jump on holiday gift shopping: Find playful vases at Icefire Glassworks (116 E. Gower St.; 503/436-2359) and art, jewelry, and books at Cannon Beach Gallery (1064 S. Hemlock; www.cannonbeacharts.org or 503/436-0744).

Hungry? Tuck into a chicken potpie at the Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill ($$; 264 Third St.; 503/436-0285).

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