Cannon Beach’s nature walk
Jutting outward from the Pacific Ocean, Haystack Rock towers 235 feet from the splashing waves below. During low tide, visitors to the rock are rewarded with glimpses into intertidal life in the form of starfish, sea anemone, crabs, limpets, and sea slugs. The rock is alive on its surface as well. Screeching and calling, nesting puffins and terns bed down in nests.
Since the 1950s, and within breathing distance of Haystack Rock, Sea Sprite Guest Lodge has become a mainstay of Oregon’s Cannon Beach. Sea Sprite’s lodge at the rock features a combination of studios, suites, or cottage-styled accommodations for nature loving guests. The lodge at Haystack is one of several Cannon Beach-area guest residents owned and operated by husband and wife team, Pete and Stacia. As OTE highway business sign customers, their lodging signs help direct motorists to a unique coastal experience.
Ashley, Sea Sprite’s assistant manager, told OTE that guests return, generation after generation, and that many families enjoy making Sea Sprite lodging their second home.
“We have people who come to stay in December and bring their own Christmas trees. They’re not going to let the holidays stop just because they’re away from home. Sea Sprite becomes the place they return, year after year, to celebrate family tradition,” Ashley said.
A rock draws people together
Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach was formed by lava flows emanating from the Grande Ronde Mountains, at least 10 million years ago. The rock and its tidal areas were granted Marine Garden status by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1990 and Ashley says that many of Sea Sprite’s guests enjoy walking through the garden at low tide.
“The rocks are covered and the tidal pools are filled with sea life,” said Ashley. “We are so close to the beach that it’s very common to see plenty of wildlife. Guests are able to participate in the Haystack Rock Awareness Program where interpretive guides will teach them about the garden’s biological and geological processes.”
The Sea Sprite family has expanded from its original mid-twentieth century lodge to include two other Cannon Beach area properties as well as a large list of private guest homes available for short-term or extended stays.
On the north end of Cannon Beach, Sea Sprite at the Estuary is one block north of town and its galleries and shops. The Estuary is a boutique-style hotel featuring high-end linens, artisan tile work, soaking tubs, and spectacular views from its private suites or cozy studios. It’s also the perfect place to park your car and hike or bike the region for a weekend stay.
A third location in the Sea Sprite group overlooks the surf on Cannon Beach. This expansive beachfront home features 4500 square feet of luxury accommodations for up to 17 guests. The house is the perfect locale for corporate retreats or large family gatherings. Everything is included at Sea Sprite properties: linens and fully stocked kitchen essentials such as plates, pans, and cutlery.
Recently, a brand new private home on South Cannon Beach has been acquired by Sea Sprite. The spectacular home features a glass ceiling and handcrafted river rock walls. On a clear night, star lovers might be lucky enough to glimpse the Milky Way and hundreds of other constellations through the extraordinary glass vista. Accommodating up to 11 guests, the unique home is open for corporate retreats as well.
If you are interested in any of the Sea Sprite properties, from the main hotel at Haystack Rock to private home rentals, email Sea Sprite Guest Lodging at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at 866-828-1050. You can book room reservations on their website or preview the perfect get-a-way for your outing to the Oregon Coast at www.seasprite.com.