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the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
The main attraction about the inn is the privacy of its rooms and the setting. We aren't aware of any exercise facilities at the inn. Each day there is a wine social in the oceanfront library, where complimentary wine, cheese, and hors d'oeuvres are served from 4-5:30. We noted we were the youngest in the room (we heard other guests talking about their retirement), so after a glass of wine, we headed into town for dinner. Note that this is really designed with adults in mind, and does not accept children under the age of 12.
The inn has a restaurant that serves a four-course prix fixe dinner, but we noted the evening's menu was limited to two selections, so we opted to have dinner in town instead. We did have breakfast at the inn, which was included with our room. Stephanie Inn's dining room is on the second floor. It is a beautiful restaurant with many windows, and it is possible to eat outdoors on a balcony in nice weather. It's a shame the restaurant overlooked the parking lot instead of the ocean. For breakfast, there was a lavish buffet. We had eggs with cheese and pepper bacon. There was fresh fruit and juices. There was also a table with fresh bread, and we toasted sesame bagels. Breakfast was very good and satisfying.
The inn had no bar or lounge, but they do offer complimentary wine each day from 4 to 5:30, and it is possible to order drinks with dinner.
The people we came into contact with were very warm and inviting. There is no stand-up registration desk, but rather, guests are greeted by someone on the staff who has them sit down in large chairs at an office desk while the greeter checks to see if their room is ready. Ours was not, so we went back into town for a little to decide on a destination for dinner. When we returned, our room was ready. We were assigned a porter (Toby) who took our bags, rode up in the elevator with us, and showed us where everything was and answered our questions. The inn takes pride in their service, and tries very hard to focus on their guests.
Cannon Beach allows people to build fires, something which we weren't used to seeing. Cannon Beach was a quaint, sleeply little seaside hamlet. It was drizzling while we were there, but there didn't seem to be a great deal to do. There were lots of galleries, free parking, and the majority of the buildings had wooden shingles, which looked very much like New England. One thing that was unique was that people were permitted to build fires on the beach. Perhaps our opinion of the area was influenced by our rainy weather, but we didn't think there was much to see and do, especially for children.
When we were in town earlier, we had decided on Schooner Bay for dinner. It was Monday, and several restaurants were closed. Schooner Bay is located on the main street and is upstairs above a gallery of shops. They have karaoke and live entertainment on selected nights. Lori had clam chowder and fried scallops. Keith had salad and a mediocre cajun chicken pasta. We had a bottle of local white wine. The decor was unique, and they were decidedly better for seafood. We went into the tiny bar for an after-dinner drink. It truly was a small bar, and the outdoor deck was even tinier. While we were there, it started to pour outside. A couple women in their early 20s were sitting out on the deck drinking beer and they stayed out there, even in the rain. We waited for the rain to subside, then went back to our car and back to our room. There were some other restaurants that looked pretty good, but we did not have a chance to sample them. Again, several were closed on Monday.
This is a quiet town and most of the action was likely karaoke at Schooner Bay. Our guess is that people don't go to Cannon Beach for the nightlife.
We can't tell you a lot about the weather, because it rained while we were there. It was fairly cool, even though it was mid-summer, and we had to put pants and sweatshirts on.
There are other destinations in the Pacific Northwest where we found a lot more to do. If you are planning a trip with multiple stops, our suggestion would be to not have all of your time in Cannon Beach.