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If you're looking for a hotel that puts you close to the natural wonders of the spectacular Pacific Northwest coast, it's hard to overlook the Hallmark Resort in Cannon Beach. Most rooms at the Hallmark look out on Haystack Rock, one of Oregon's most recognizable landmarks and part of the Oregon Island National Wildlife Refuge. Famous for its nesting puffins, colorful seas stars and crashing surf, Haystack Rock is a geological volcanic wonder and the colorful tide pools at its base are designated as a Marine Garden for protection by the State of Oregon. At the Hallmark Resort in Cannon Beach, you are just a stairway away from the beach at the base of the iconic monolith. The winding stairway from the resort offers viewing platforms along the way to survey the panoramic view from the rainforests of Tillamook Head to Cape Falcon. If the miles of sandy beach don't provide enough exercise, hiking trails at Ecola State Park or Oswald West State Park are just a 10 minute drive away. Yes, there are luxuries such as the indoor pool, a spa for massage and other comforting treatments to pamper you, big televisions, fireplaces and balconies, but it’s the scent of ocean spray and the sight and sound of the surf crashing on the rocks in this natural setting most people love about the Hallmark Resort. Bring binoculars for birdwatching and a camera for photographing tidepools and your hiking boots to hit the trail. Time your visit for the twice annual migration of gray whales and you'll be able to watch whale spouts while sitting with your feet up in your comfy room. Hallmark Resort Cannon Beach, 1400 S Hemlock (503) 436-1566.