Tillamook is probably one of my favourite locations in Oregon. It has almost everything I could ask for – picturesque pastures, downtown, oceanside and a cheese factory (I LOOOVE cheese). Tillamook is located west of Portland which is about an hour and a half drive. Before you even get to the cheese factory you are visually treated with beautiful farm and mountain views. The route google made us take was through Tillamook National Forest, which has never ending pine trees ( I have never seen that many pine trees all at once in my life).
Upon arriving, I noticed that the place was PACKED and it wasn’t even close to lunch time. I was shocked that many people were still visiting the place since it’s main visitor building is still underconstruction (we knew this before deciding to go). Unfortunately, we were not able to get a tour of the cheese factory because of all the construction going on. But, we still enjoyed our time in their temporary visitor centre.
The centre had a cafe, ice cream shop, gift shop and lots of educational photos and signs about farming and cheese. You could even sample their different aged cheese. The centre also sells all kinds of cheeses that they produce (there was A LOT – it was quite overwhelming).
The cafe offers numerous types of grilled cheese, burgers, salad and soup. The grilled cheese was DELICOUS (it deserves its own post). The ice cream shop was heavenly; there were soo many flavours to choose from and it came in monstrous scoops. I ended up picking “Malt Moo Shake” (malt base ice cream with chocolate chunks); it tasted like a Malteser.
I am really excited for the new centre to open. According to the Tillamook Cheese Factory website, it is suppose to open sometime this year. I am definitely going back next year to check it out and enjoy some more of their delicious food and take the tour that I missed out on.