Tillamook Cheese Factory

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).

Tillamook National Forest
Endless Pine Trees

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.

Tillamook Cheese Factory

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).

Tillamook Cheese Factory
Cheese Tasting

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.

Tillamook Cheese Factory
Enjoying my “Malt Moo Shake” ice cream

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.

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13 thoughts on “Tillamook Cheese Factory”

  1. It has obviously grown since we were there in 2000. At that time, getting a tour of the factory was no problem. A little scary seeing the bulk cheese sampling bins. Even with skewers there to take samples, there seems to be somebody reaching in with their fingers. I love cheese, but….

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    1. It is pretty scary. Im pretty sure someone has reached in with their fingers. There is always that one person who does not follow suit. Come to think of it, that photo looks like someone is reaching in with their fingers.

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