Pack Like a Pro for Your Winter Beach Getaway

Haystack Scenery

A Cannon beach getaway in the winter can be a magical experience. With the crisp salty air, the sound of the waves crashing against Haystack Rock, and the serenity of a less crowded beach, it’s the perfect way to escape the whirlwind of daily activities. But, because the weather can be unpredictable, it’s important to pack the right clothing and gear to make the most of your trip. Here’s a list of essentials to pack for the perfect winter beach getaway:

Ecola Hike

Warm Clothing: Whether you are hiking to Crescent Beach in Ecola State Park, exploring the sand of Arcadia Beach, or shop-hopping in town where you can watch fresh saltwater taffy made right in front of you at Bruce’s Candy Kitchen, you will want to bring layers of warm clothing. Layers like sweaters, thermal moisture-wicking tops, and long underwear are must-haves for February in Cannon Beach. A waterproof jacket will allow you to adventure all day long—look for jackets that tout breathable waterproof technology and ignore those that say “water resistant” to have the ideal trip. Don’t forget to bring gloves and a scarf to keep your head, hands, and neck warm.


Footwear: You’ll want to make sure you have the right footwear to fully immerse yourself in all the natural wonder this region has to offer. Pack a pair of shoes with excellent traction to take on any terrain, whether you’re exploring the rocky tide pools at Hug Point or the sandy beaches walkable from your room, waterproof boots will be your best friend on your winter getaway. Once you get back to the room after a long day of adventure, it’s always nice to have an extra pair of slippers or thick socks to cozy up next to the fire in.

Haystack rock and fire

Beach Gear: To make the most of your time at the beach, bring a beach blanket, a beach chair, and binoculars to spot birds and marine life. With wood and s’mores kits available at our front desk, you can make the most of your evening by watching the sunset in front of a cozy fire right on the beach. 

Swimsuit: Bring a swimsuit! This might sound a little strange as the ocean temperature averages 50 degrees this time of year but you won’t want to miss our heated saltwater pool and spa. The perfect place for a dip and relaxation after a long day of exploring the shops and beaches.

Entertainment: Pack some books, games, and a deck of cards to keep you entertained during your downtime. Spice up your cozy February night with the perfect DVD rental—free from our front desk. Bring a speaker with you to create the perfect environment no matter where you are and brighten your room with the sound of your favorite band. And don’t forget to bring chargers for all your devices! You don’t want to be stuck unable to snap a picture of the pristine landscape because you forgot a cord. 

Food and Drink: Keep yourself fueled during your adventure with snacks and protein, and don’t forget to bring a thermos for a hot drink to warm you up on a chilly day.

Haystack Rock Ocean

Experience the ultimate winter vacation at Hallmark Inn Cannon Beach. Enjoy the serenity of having the beach all to yourself, more parking and lots more room to move downtown. Remember to check the weather forecast before you depart and exercise caution when walking on the beach, as tides can be unpredictable. We look forward to welcoming you for a peaceful and relaxing beach getaway. Happy travels!