You don't want to go swimming in the chilly waters of the Pacific Ocean, so Hallmark's two heated indoor saltwater pools are the next best thing. Each pool, in separate locations, includes a hot tub. There's also a sauna just for adults. The main pool is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. while the pool at the Suites across the street is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Both pools range from about 4 to 6 feet in depth and are great for cooling off on warm days -- or warming up on cool days.
Hallmark's cruiser bikes are a popular way to get around town, and they are free to guests of the resort. The bikes are easy to ride, with big wheels for stability. The clerk at the front desk will set you and your family up with a bike and lock. However, bring your own bike helmet if that's a concern.
Hallmark Resort sits on a low bluff above Cannon Beach and opposite the iconic Haystack Rock. The beach is accessible down a short flight of stairs. Before you descend, kids can pick up a play bucket in the lobby, because you can't go to the beach without building a sand castle! The resort also provides beach chairs to guests. At night, purchase firewood in the lobby for a roaring beach fire (don't forget the marshmallows).
Staying so close to Haystack Rock allows plenty of time to explore Haystack Rock, which is a National Wildlife Refuge. At low tide, you can walk right up to explore its many tidal pools, where kids will thrill at the variety of sea life, including sea stars and anemones, or gawk at the many birds that call the rock their home, including cormorants, falcons, and puffins.