Thursday, January 3, 2013

NYE: Cannon Beach, OR

If there's one request I had for New Year's Eve, it was this: Don't make me party downtown!
New Year's Day at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR
As much as I love the downtown life, there's nothing I really hate more than being downtown to bring in the New Year. The years that I have done it, it has turned into a complete sh*tshow. The normally fun clubs become the world's most expensive clusterf*ck and even your can-always-be-counted-upon local pub strikes while the iron is hot with cover and the unusual line. Then you wait. Wait, wait, wait. Wait for drinks. Wait for the bathroom. *Wait for an absolution that would never come. Wait to find a table that can seat all 20 of you and your friends. Wait. Spend. Wait. Spend. Repeat.

I don't like being downtown on New Year's Eve.

So after much discussion on the day-of NYE (heaven forbid we plan this before), The Boy and I decided to head to the Oregon Coast to ring in the new year.  As soon as I could peel out of work, we were on the road and heading 50-minute west of Portland to Cannon Beach to break diets, pop some champagne and enjoy the enchantment of natural beauty at the Pacific Ocean:
Left: Outside our hotel at the Lodge. Right: I am obsessed with dogs at the beach. Even evidence of them.
NYE night. We had some drinks at a local pub and then made it back to our hotel room to watch the ball drop together with our celebratory champagne.  Cannon Beach is adorable this time of year. Our MySpace-esque photo shoot on the other hand...
New Year's Day morning: we promptly woke-up, grabbed coffee and took the most cliche (and wonderful) long walk on the beach.
So cold there but not a cloud in the sky- which was perfect for me.
One of my FAVORITE places to visit in Oregon- I would recommend it to any visitor: Ecola State Park.
Oyster Shooters & Clam Chowder at Mo's. One of those classic, trashy establishments that you always find yourself at.
Ecola State Park View. So in love with it. Not to mention the time messing with my camera.
Used a tinted, purple filter lens here on my camera to add such heavy blue/purple tones.
Ecola State Park again. Just simply heaven on earth. Looking out into the West.
 The trip was far too short. We were gone from our house only about 24-hours and arriving at work today felt like a cruel hoax. But I feel so happy with our decision to spend NYE out of town and in a place flourishing with natural beauty: I hope to experience more of it in 2013.

 How was your NYE?
*If you know that quote- I love you!


| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Your like the cutest, I just want to say that...How super cozy you & Boo! Great way to bring in the New Year w/o the outside BS. I would totally do this too if I had boy. Breathtaking photos as always...
Your lipstick swoon!

PS: I am so excited about Kimye's baby. I wanted to do a whole blog post on it, but I thought it would be too much.

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

The pictures are breathtaking; I see why you love this place so much! And I think I might have to get me one of those filters lenses...I love the effect it gives the pictures. I don't blame you and the boy for going somewhere other than downtown. We made the trip to Atlanta one year to watch the Peach drop, and I'll never do it again. People were shoving, you could hardly move...It was crazy! I'm definitely more for ringing in the New Year quietly these days.
I'm glad you enjoyed your NYE and New Year's first day...I hope this year brings you all that you want!!

erika sorocco said...

Awww...your NYE looks too adorable, Caitlin! What a fabulous way for you and The Boy to ring in 2013!! :)

Panty Buns said...

What a wonderful way to start the New Year! You both look really happy. Love your hair, lipstick, and that big turquoise/jade coloured bag. Is it my imagination, or does it almost match colour of the car in one of those nighttime photos? Enjoying the natural beauty of Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park are definitely soooo much better than all the waiting in line to get a hangover. Maybe it's a little mean, but if I see people who still drink looking awful the next day it's hard for me to resist saying "Happy hangover!" I haven't had a drink in over 24 years - I'm too afraid of crawling back into the bottle and not coming back out. I sure don't miss the headaches and acidy nauseous feelings. Those hangovers were awful.
Your photographs are all beautiful! I can't say the same for my own. I spent the day and night New Years Eve taking photos and videos of myself in all the blouses and briefs I'd bought for customer lingerie reviews. The photos came out awful. The LCD viewer looked washed out, so I used less light. They all came out dark and lacking good colour. At least I got a post and videos done to start the New Year, and I got to spend time indulging my full brief panty addiction.
You and your man look wonderfully happy and healthy and I love those big white smiles (oh, to have beautiful teeth like that again).
I hope you both keep on having a wonderfully healthy and Happy New Year all year long! :D

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

SO beautiful! wish i was by the water for year maybe? Happy new year!

Diane said...

looks like you had a fantastic nye! happy 2013!!! :)

Sam said...

As I read the quote, I heard (old) Rose's voice! Haha!

Great pictures and great idea to get away! I'm the same way. I like to go out but not downtown and ring in the new year fighting crowds. What a great place it looks like you were!

Happy New Year!

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like a way better time than the clusterf*ck of downtown life on new years eve haha

naghmeh said...

that looks like such a wonderful way to spend NYE and first day of the new year :) I did the whole clubbing thing one year and I hated every single second of it. I got so claustrophobic and it was just gross.
I spent mine at a family party surrounded by my family and loved ones it was wonderful :)

drollgirl said...

omg! i applaud your decision! canon beach is GORGEOUS!!! i would much rather go there than some crowded rip-off club where everybody is trying WAY TOO HARD to have fun!

i went to the beach the day after xmas. it was freezing. and clear. and GORGEOUS! and hardly anyone was there! such a dream! must visit the beach more often in cold weather!

anywhoo, happy 2013 to YOU!

Harriet said...

Love! That sounds like a GREAT New Year Eve (and day). What a perfect way to start the new year. :)

ff said...

Sooooo pretty! What a great way to do NYE. I hear you about the city. Usually we just head to a friend's house. This time around we just had a quiet night in. :)

Kara said...

I LOOOOOOOVE Cannon Beach! We stopped there during our mega road trip in 2009 and I'm almost positive we ate at Mo's! Do they have a craft fair near where Mo's is at? I think we stopped at a little craft fair there then went for clam chowder. One of my favorite memories!

JW | PEONY said...

I love the coast! It's so beautiful... like you ;) Happy New Year!

Jamie said...

I'd say you had the perfect new years! Happy 2013!!

Elle Sees said...

gorgeous pics! and a lovely visit for you. i tend to switch between a party at home and going out. this year, i went out!

Tina said...

forgive me! ive been a really bad friend and havent read your blog [or any blogs!] in foreveeerrr!! so i need some catching up to do! :)

im so happy you guys had such a nice new years eve!! being downtown sounds exactly like everything i dont like about going to manhattan at nye - its just nuts! and soooooo expensive! your type of nye sounds perfect! just the two of you :) and my god do you look so fab in that fur! and the sunglasses! :)

Kate Sparkles said...

Best. Decision. Ever.. There is nothing I hate more than NYE in the city but so few people understand this! ( and I love that you quoted Titanic in this post!!).
Your pics are just gorgeous!!

Sierra said...

Wow I can't get over your pictures! They are all simply magical and you look gorgeous in every one of them! Glad you had lots of fun and stayed warm while at the beach. I seriously need to go out for a New Year's one of these years. We're such home bodies. Happy New Year lovely! xo.

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@KateSparkles @Sam- Love that you knew the quote :)