If you’re visiting the Oregon Coast, a main attraction besides the ocean is the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Daniel had been to the factory once before, so he already knew how awesome it was. But I had never been, and it just so happened to be on the way to Rockaway Beach. Clearly we had to make a stop!
Tillamook Cheese has a long history in Oregon, and the factory is the perfect place to learn more. They have historical facts and videos all over the place, and you can also learn more about the cheese industry itself with a self-guided tour. Plus, you can see how it’s made and packaged as there are multiple viewing areas. Tip: If you really want to see the full production in action, don’t go on a Sunday. That’s when we went, and although it was nice that it was less busy, the production line was all but shut down.
Tillamook used to only be accessible by water, and this is the original ship that brought their cheese to Portland.
While the history is incredibly fascinating, the real attraction is the cheese! Here you can see Tillamook provides a bunch of cheese samples.
This, of course, leads you into where the cheese for purchase is! Here is just one small case of what they have to offer.
But they don’t stop with just cheese. They also have fudge! We came home with far too much cheese and a slice of pumpkin fudge. So good!
And don’t forget to get a scoop (or two) of ice cream!
We saw a couple of fun photo opportunities throughout the factory, and this one was the best (we thought). Be sure to get a picture in the Tillamook Van!
This is dairy heaven, I tell you! The Tillamook Cheese Factory is definitely worth a stop!
While we later found out that the cheese factory also serves food, we didn’t know that at the time, so we stopped for lunch in the main part of town.
We ate at a really small, but really amazing place called Fat Dog Pizza. If you’re looking to explore more of the town, there are a variety of restaurants in the area. If you’re in the mood for pizza, check this place out!
If you already read my Rockaway Beach post, then you know if you’re staying in town, there aren’t that many food and activity options there. Luckily, Tillamook is only about a 20-minute drive from Rockaway, and can easily add variety to your getaway if you’re looking for more restaurants and excursions.