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PLEASE NOTE: The last day of operation at our Temporary Visitors Center will be Monday, June 18. We will be completely CLOSED to the public for one day only on Tuesday, June 19, while we make our final transition from the temporary visitors center to our brand new Tillamook Creamery, which will open on Wednesday, June 20. Thank you for your patience!

We have some exciting news to share! After more than six decades of welcoming visitors from all over the country, we are knocking down our current Visitors Center at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Beginning this spring, we will be rebuilding a brand-new facility with more space, interactive features, and expanded dining options so that every visit becomes a truly unique and unforgettable experience. The new Visitors Center will be an opportunity for us to showcase Tillamook as a world-class dairy brand and help us share our story as a farmer-owned co-op that has been operating for over 100 years. This project will honor our past and bring to life our present-day commitment to Dairy Done Right.

Designed by the award-winning Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig, some of the more significant features of the new Visitors Center will include:

  • • A larger café with more indoor seating and a spacious outdoor covered patio for visitors to enjoy year-round.
  • • A new café menu, showcasing Tillamook products and other high quality, wholesome real food ingredients, including wood fire pizzas, Tillamook’s favorite grilled cheese sandwiches and more. The new café menu will also feature wine and beer from the Pacific Northwest.
  • • An enhanced Tillamook ice cream counter, available for indoor and seasonal outdoor service.
  • • A new coffee counter where visitors can purchase a variety of coffee and espresso drinks.
  • • An enhanced retail area that showcases the many quality products and gifts available for purchase all in one, easy-to-shop area.
  • • An enhanced visitor viewing experience of Tillamook’s cheese make and packaging operations with better acoustics and exhibit signage, as well as a small theater space where visitors can view short videos about TCCA and how Tillamook products are made.
  • • Improved parking which will make it easier for visitors to get in and out of the Visitors Center.

We will be tearing down the current Visitors Center this spring, and our new facility is anticipated to open in the summer of 2018. But if you were planning a trip to come visit us during construction, don’t worry! We will open a temporary Visitors Center during the transition so that our fans can still stop by and see where the magic happens. The temporary Visitors Center will include free cheese samples, dining options, an ice cream counter and a retail area. It will also include a new experience that will give visitors a more in-depth look at dairy farming. Stay tuned for more details on our temporary Visitors Center!

Over the past 60+ years, we have all made unforgettable memories at the Visitors Center that we will always treasure. We are very excited for the evolution of our new Visitors Center and the memories we know it will provide for generations to come. Thanks for your patience during the construction and transition. Please let us know below if you have any questions or want to share any fun experiences you’ve had at the Cheese Factory over the years!

70 comments

jeremy hanson

Cant wait till the new center opens been coming down since i was a kid. now i take my kids down there. First stairs my daughter tried to climb were the ones up to visitor look out window area. we come visit and get a treat every trip to pacific city.

October 18th, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Gilbert Mcintosh

Hello there : just a little note for your information. My father was a nephew of Peter McIntosh.There is currently three of us,a sister a cousin and myself living in the Portland area,all related to Peter Mcintosh. My father, my aunt, my uncle all three we're at the dedication of the new ship out front I believe in the eighties and just wondering if there is going to be a new dedication when the new Visitor Center opens in 2018?

October 18th, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Janice Bouknight

My husband passed away Aug. 4, 2014 after our marriage of 58 years. We toured your factory several years before his passing! Enjoyed browsing the shops and you were all so amazing and courteous. We bought some of your cheese and it was delicious!! As a keepsake, I have the 12 oz. Medium Cheddar Cheese yellow wrapper after all these years since our tour. I will check out the Publix store here and see if they have it! Can't be beat in taste, for sure!!!

Keep up the good work and continued success in your endeavor!!

Janice

October 18th, 2016 at 2:11 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jeremy,

Aw, what a fun tradition! The Cheese Factory has always been such a wonderful and unique place for special moments and we are so excited to carry on the traditions at the new Visitors Center. We hope you guys love it even more than the old one!

Thanks for reaching out,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

October 18th, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Gilbert,

Good question! We haven't made any set plans for what kind of opening events or dedications will be happening yet since it is still a couple years down the road, but feel free to email us and check once it gets a little closer! Our Consumer Relations team can be reached at info@tillamook.com and we are always happy to help. In the meantime, I will definitely let our team know that is something you would be interested in.

Thanks for reaching out,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

October 18th, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Janice,

That's such a sweet keepsake! It's so wonderful that you were able to come and visit us a few times together. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and made some memories. I will tell our team here at Tillamook you said to keep up the good work! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

October 18th, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Lisa Obrien

Will miss the old but looking forward to the new updates. Not sure if beer and wine should be sold. I liked the idea of the family experience where no alcohol is present. We will be visiting this fall to get last photos of the old place. Congratulations on many yrs success and will make Tillamook our continued place for the cheese experience.

October 20th, 2016 at 9:15 pm

Nicci-Linn Freitas

Will visitors still be allowed during renovations? We are planning a family trip back to Oregon from Hawaii. I want to show my children where the best cheese is made.

Mahalo nui
Nicci

October 21st, 2016 at 1:20 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Lisa,

I think we will all miss the old center a little, but we are very excited for many more years of adventures and learning in our new Visitors Center! We decided to serve local beer and wine to share some more of the amazing local PNW companies with our visitors and hopefully inspire them to support our Oregon businesses, but I will certainly share your feedback with the team. Have a great visit!

Sincerely,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

October 21st, 2016 at 11:39 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Nicci,

Yes, we will be setting up a temporary Visitors Center during construction so visitors can still see how cheese is made, try samples, and grab a cone. We will also have a really fun and interactive display to show our guests what dairy farming is like. You can see more details in the article above. Hope you can stop by!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

October 21st, 2016 at 11:41 am

Billie

I'll be driving from Woodland Wa on Saturday. I'm hoping temporary quarters will be worth the drive. I especially love the gift shop. Is it still there?

October 24th, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Billie,

Good news! As it says in the article above, the construction is not scheduled to start until the spring of 2017. Everything will be the same as usual this Saturday.

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

October 25th, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Melina Stephens

I have to say that I and a lot of my friends were terribly disappointed to hear the news that you are building a new visitors center. I understand the desire to provide more services, but what has made the Tillamook Cheese Factory so endearing is that it has ALREADY provided the right elements. That's why families keep coming back year after year.

For one thing, the current Visitors Center blends nicely with the rural community, in contrast to the proposed new structure that appears to be very sterile and high-tech (something that you would expect in a big city).

I think most families have been quite satisfied with a gift shop, ice cream line, cafe, sample line, product store, and the ability to watch the workers from the top floor. The old pictures and murals have given the visitor center an authentic...step back in time feel.

I must confess that when our family visited last fall (2015), we did not care for the new advertising pictures that featured the dark black background against the Tillamook cheese products. Once again, it seemed like the cheese factory was trying to "re-invent" it's marketing style going.

I just don't understand the need to fix something that isn't broken. I suspect that all the plans have been finalized, but I would ask...that if at all possible...that you would go back to the "powers that be" and ask them to retain some of the old elements of the cheese factory.

It would be a good idea to keep the same cow and farmer cut out so that families can continue that family taking tradition (along with the loaf bus).

As for alcoholic beverages, that was a bad decision!!! People can go next door to the Blue Heron for wine and beer. I know a lot of families might stay away just from this decision alone. Are schools going to allow field trips if alcohol is served on the premises?

I know my comments seem quite negative. It's only because I love the current Cheese Factory so much that I am so passionate against the new changes. Sometimes, I think that the customers desires get put to the way side as business look to grow bigger.

I truly home that the Dairy Association takes into consideration the people that make the visitors center such a success.

November 1st, 2016 at 7:34 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Melina,

I'm sorry to hear that you are disappointed we are going to be rebuilding our Visitors Center at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. We've made a lot of great memories there over the past 60 years and we are a little sad to see it go too, but we feel that it is important to look to the future. With more than 1.3 million visitors every year, the current Visitors Center is no longer meeting the needs of our guests. Additionally, there are some much needed back of house updates that needed to be done to help the Visitors Center run smoothly. We will still have all of the same features as before- a gift shop, free samples, ice cream, a view of the packaging process, etc- but now we are adding a few other features to make every experience at the Tillamook Cheese Factory even more wonderful. We will definitely also be keeping our buses and cows! That being said, I will certainly share your feedback with the team here at Tillamook. Thanks for taking the time to reach out and share your voice with us.

Sincerely,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

November 1st, 2016 at 10:43 am

vickie

Are we able to buy the over run cheese after construction starts?

November 3rd, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Vickie,

Good question! Yes, we will still be selling end cuts at our temporary Visitors Center during construction. Hopefully you can stop by and pick up a few flavors!

Thanks for reaching out,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

November 10th, 2016 at 10:06 am

Karen

Hello,
Just wondering is the restaurant part of the Tillamook Factory be open while the construction happens?

Thank you

December 30th, 2016 at 9:09 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Karen,

Good question! The current Cheese Factory restaurant will be closed, but we will have other food options available at our temporary Visitors Center during construction. Hope you can stop by for a visit and check it out!

Happy New Year,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 30th, 2016 at 11:18 am

Braheem

I'm sad and excited about this, as a kid my family would always stop by and visit, and now as an adult I visit about twice a year on my way to Newport. I will be heading down 1 more time next weekend to take video and say goodbye to the place, but look forward to seeing the new building.

January 26th, 2017 at 1:48 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Braheem,

We look forward to seeing you for one last visit before the remodel! We know this change might be a little sad, but hopefully you can bring your family to visit the new facility and continue the family tradition. We are adding a few new fun features we think you will really enjoy!

Safe travels,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 26th, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Janene Mackey

Will the cheese factory be under construction during the 10th to the 12 of March, 2017. I haven't been there since I was a little girl and we are going on a mini vacation on those dates and would like to take my daughter and her husband to see the factory as they never have been there.

January 28th, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Janene,

I'm so glad you asked! The dates for our remodel are still dependent on weather, but tentatively our current Visitors Center will be closed from March 6th to the 15th. We will have a temporary Visitors Center open starting March 16th, but from the 6th to the 15th we will be closed for tours. We hope you can stop by some other time! Thank you for asking.

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 30th, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Amber

We're so disappointed to see that the factory is being remodeled. We understand, unfortunately it's just bad timing for us since we've never been there and have finally been planning a dream visit in July, 2017 over to the Oregon Coast. My husband's never been and I haven't been there in well over 25 years, but we've always talked about going. We're bringing our young family with us, from out of state, on a fun little trip to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary and, especially since we're strict Tillamook snobs, we thought that would be a fun and unique stop. (We had a cheese factory in our area as kids, but it's closed to the public now and we wanted to give our kids a similar neat memory while we could too.) Anyways, will there be anything to see there this summer? It's a tad out of the directions we're actually heading so any info you have would be really helpful and appreciated. Thank you!

February 4th, 2017 at 6:59 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Amber,

We are sorry to hear you're disappointed with the timing of our Visitors Center remodel! Yes, we will certainly have a temporary Visitors Center available if you do stop by. It will be smaller than our current facility, but there will still be an ice cream counter, cheese samples, and a retail area to purchase all of our products. We will also have an in-depth display that will demonstrate what a day in the life of a dairy farmer looks like, how cows are milked, etc. We understand if you delay your trip until the new facility is ready, but if you do stop by it will certainly still be a unique and fun stop. We apologize for the inconvenience!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

February 13th, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Veronica Miles

My group of friends and I try to get to the Oregon coast at least 2 times per year, and we almost always go 101 both ways, and when we do, no matter the time of day, if the cheese factory is open, we stop. Yes 4 times per year on average!! We always have room for ice cream!!! ( I wish you would bring back the blueberry lemon ). We love being able to get flavors of cheese and ice cream we can't get at home. I'm disappointed the old building is going, and am not a fan of the new design as it looks too modern and doesn't fit in, but I recognize the need for an update and larger facility. As long as the quality doesn't go down, I'm all for more people getting hooked on Tillamook. It's the only brand of cheese I buy. BTW thank you for providing a little area for dogs and doggy bags--I never noticed them before, but last week was our 1st trip with the dog, and it was great that we didn't have to go somewhere else to let her get a break.

February 26th, 2017 at 3:54 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Veronica,

Wow! Sounds like you and your friends are some of our most frequent visitors at the factory. We're sorry to hear you are disappointed with the new design, and while our history is important to us, we want to make sure we are looking to the future as we continue to encourage consumers to choose Real Food and to pay attention to where their food comes from. That being said, there will certainly be many of the same unique Cheese Factory experiences, such as our Loaf Love bus, cheese samples, and Squeaky Cheese Curds. We will also be offering more covered outside dining space so those with pets will be able to enjoy an ice cream cone or grilled cheese with their furry friends! We hope you and your friends stop by for a visit again after construction is complete! The building may be a little different, but we will always have the same smiling faces and high-quality dairy products that you have come to know and love:)

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

February 28th, 2017 at 9:49 am

Brett Lodholm

Ultimate question. :p Will the temporary visitor's center still offer deep fried cheese curds? They're what bring my family back every year. :)

March 1st, 2017 at 8:51 pm

Bill H.

My ties to Tillamook Cheese run deeper than most...

Jay Allison, recently your VP of Sales/Marketing, is a childhood friend, actually my brother's best friend. Our houses were in sight of each other in West Linn.

A long-time friend of mine, Tim Dixon, grew up in Tillamook.

His Dad, BEAL DIXON, was manager of the creamery association, and instrumental as I understand in the creation of the original visitor center.

He has a diorama dedicated to him in the area of the sample-tasting line.

I would hope that and the other dioramas find their way into the new center.

Growing up, even before I worked with Tim for the first time in the '70s, my family made frequent trips to the coast, including the Factory. When I had children, then grandchildren, that tradition continues.

It's just something you do when in Tillamook, no question. Even if it's just to get an unusual flavor of ice cream cone.

I, too, question the availability of alcohol. Maybe sell microbrews and regional wines in the store, but don't serve it to guests.

It really does diminish the wholesome part of the experience.

My 2 cents.............

March 2nd, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Christina

I am just wondering how to find out who the contractors are that will be doing the remodel? Can you email me at tiggerbarry7373@gmail.com

March 5th, 2017 at 6:50 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Brett,

Good question! Unfortunately, we will have a smaller kitchen space at the temporary facility and will not be offering fried cheese curds. I'm sorry! That being said, we will certainly be bringing them back to the new Visitors Center once we are back to a larger kitchen. Hope you stop by for another visit soon!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 6th, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Christina,

Thanks for stopping by our blog. Please contact our Consumer Relations team and we would be happy to help.

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 6th, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Bill,

Thanks for taking the time to stop by our blog! It’s great to hear that our Cheese Factory has been a family tradition for so many years. We are looking forward to continuing the family traditions for many more years to come in our new facility while still honoring our past. We understand there may be some concerns regarding the availability of alcohol, but as a local company we are excited to help support our fellow Oregon brands and help promote their products. We’re proud of our local wines and microbrews, and are glad to be able to serve the needs of all of our visitors. Thank you for taking the time to share your memories of your many visits to our Cheese Factory, and we look forward to seeing you at our new Visitors Center in 2018!

Sincerely,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 8th, 2017 at 4:46 pm

DaVID

Have been to the factory/visitors center twice, Will visit again this summer. Looking forward to the opening of the new visitors center in 2018.

March 14th, 2017 at 6:14 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi David,

Thanks for reaching out. We look forward to seeing you both this summer and once our new Visitors Center opens in 2018!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 15th, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Julie M.

We are so so excited for the new visitor center to open. We are native Oregonians and I personally have been visiting on a regular basis my whole life (36 years), not to mention my parents and grandparents who are the ones that made visiting a family tradition. Now my husband and I carry on that tradition with our family.
I see a lot of people worried about the updated center and the alcohol issue, but, personally we are thrilled.
We will all have great memories of the original, and now we can make new memories with the bigger better version of something great.
I've always wanted to be able to spend a little more time at the factory and at the old building we were always done wandering and eating ice cream pretty quickly so we look forward to new platforms and being able to hang out a little longer.
I personally am looking at this as a super positive addition to Tillamook and am so very excited to see it come to fruition.
We're planning to even visit the temporary factory just to say we did!!
Keep up the fantastic work and most importantly the best cheese and ice cream in the country!!!
Here's to a fresh start! CHEERS!!!

March 26th, 2017 at 8:08 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Julie,

Aw, thank you for such kind words! We're so glad to hear you're excited to visit our new Visitors Center and all of the new features we will be able to add. We hope to help our fans build memories and traditions for many years to come and are looking forward to providing all of our guests an even more unique and fun experience at the Cheese Factory. We can't wait to see you at the temporary facility and at the new Visitors Center! Have fun!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 27th, 2017 at 10:17 am

Duane

We have stopped many times on our way to the coast, it's fun to see the process of making your wonderful cheese products. I hope all goes smoothly with the new facility. I must question the addition of alcohol, your stop is transitory, for most people. Then back in the vehicle, now with the potential for problems.

April 14th, 2017 at 4:48 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Duane,

Thanks for stopping by our blog! The local beer and wine will be an addition to our cafe menu for guests to order with their meals. We wanted to give our guests more dining options, like most restaurants provide. We're hoping to offer visitors the opportunity to sample more of the local products that Oregon is famous for, but of course we will have other options and we trust our guests to use their best judgment if they will be driving. We hope you can stop by for a visit to experience some of the new features next summer!

Best wishes,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

April 14th, 2017 at 9:14 am

AJ

Looking forward to experiencing the new visitor's center in the future. I was born and raised in Tillamook in the 70's and 80's. I've many fond memories of touring the factory and enjoying squeaky cheese and ice cream.

Will there be any expanded information or display on the history of Tillamook cheese and dairy farming locally? I'd love to see any old ephemera and/or marketing items from days past on display. Thanks.

April 21st, 2017 at 9:54 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi AJ,

Great question! We do have plans to display information on dairy farming and a bit of our history, but I'm afraid we don't have any specific details nailed down quite yet. I'd suggest contacting our Consumer Relations team at info@tillamook.com in about 6 to 9 months when construction is further along to see if we have updates at that time. Thanks again for reaching out!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

April 25th, 2017 at 3:40 pm

heather

Can you still tour to see the cheese being made, with the temp visitor center?

May 18th, 2017 at 10:39 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Heather,

Excellent question! Since the temporary facility is not attached to the factory, unfortunately you cannot see cheese being made. However, we have set up a temporary display instead that demonstrates the production cycle of milk and what life on a dairy farm is really like. You can see what to expect at our temporary facility by visiting our website: https://www.tillamook.com/temp-visitors-center.html

Let us know if you have any other questions!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

May 22nd, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Travis

I, personally, can't wait. My family has had a small cabin in the forest behind Bay City since the late 70s so the cheese factory has been a staple throughout the years and I've had the pleasure of sharing it with friends and family throughout the generations.

I was disappointed, however, to hear that the Bay Breeze golf course has been closed to support the expansion. The quick 9-hole course and putt-putt helped support that 1-2 punch where the family could play outside and then get ice cream. Please consider an on-site putt-putt course. Don't get me wrong, a par-3 course would be ideal but I obviously have zero control on the matter. :)

May 24th, 2017 at 8:43 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Travis,

Thanks for stopping by our blog! I'm glad to hear you're excited for the opening of our new Visitors Center. We hope you can keep your traditions alive in our new facility for many more years to come!

The Bay Breeze Golf Course purchase is unrelated to the remodel of our Visitors Center. The previous owner of Bay Breeze decide to retire and approached Tillamook after our construction had already begun to ask if we would be interested in purchasing the property, given the proximity to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. We're not sure what we are going to be doing with the property yet, but I'll certainly share your comments with our team and let them know you'd like us to keep the golf course operational.

Thanks for sharing your input!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

May 24th, 2017 at 1:41 pm

James a.

Sierra, I appreciate the potential info about the golf course. I hope you keep it open. What would help out is if you tell us if it is closed now.

Nothing indicates whether it is open or closed but I'm assuming it is not open.

Would you please confirm and add this info to the main website?

Thanks.

August 1st, 2017 at 8:46 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi James,

Good question. You are correct- the Bay Breeze Golf Course is closed at this time.

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

August 4th, 2017 at 7:57 am

Rachel Anderson

My husband and I got married in Utah in 2000. We wanted to honeymoon somewhere beautiful but close. Neither of us had ever been to Oregon, but had heard impressive tales of its beauty so we settled on the Oregon coast for our honeymoon. We flew into Portland and saw that our road trip would send us right through Tillamook, home of the famous cheese. Well we absolutely had to stop! We did a brief tour, enjoyed some samples, and took some fun pictures. We still tell people that we went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory on our honeymoon and that always earns a smile.

Fast-forward 17 years and we now live in Oregon! We will be bringing our three children to the cheese factory when the visitor center reopens. Our kids will be eager for the ice cream!

August 7th, 2017 at 7:32 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Rachel,

Thank you for sharing your lovely memories of the Tillamook Cheese Factory. We're so glad that we could be a part of your family traditions and helped encourage you to move to Oregon:) It sure is a beautiful state! We hope you enjoy your next visit to the factory as much as you enjoyed the first one. We look forward to seeing you next summer!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

August 10th, 2017 at 9:34 am

Sue

Will we still be able to watch the factory workers making the cheese? That for us was the best part. I looked throughout the Q&A on this page and did not see any mention of it.

Thank you, and we will be visiting in the summer of 2018. Love me some squeaky cheese! I'll bring a cooler this time.

December 30th, 2017 at 8:34 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Sue,

Unfortunately you cannot see the cheese being made and packaged in the temporary facility because it is not attached to the factory. However, you will certainly be able to watch the cheese being made and packaged in the new Visitors Center! We are expanding the viewing platform so you'll be able to see more than ever before. Hope you can stop by to see for yourself!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 8th, 2018 at 9:40 am

Dave Rainey

My wife and I visited the Tillamook Cheese Factory on our honeymoon in 1990 and have made numerous visits since. We love the Colby Jack cheese and all the ice cream! It will be exciting to see the new visitors center when it opens. We are traveling from Idaho to the coast with 3 generations in July for my 50th birthday. Here is hoping it is open when we are there! Can't wait! It would be a cool birthday treat!

January 17th, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Dave,

Thanks for visiting our blog! That sounds like such a fun trip. Keep checking back for updates on the progress of our new Visitors Center. We look forward to seeing you and your family in July!

Best wishes,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 23rd, 2018 at 8:59 am

lizzie harper

when is the visitor center going to open in 2018? And tours availability?

February 5th, 2018 at 6:51 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Lizzie,

At this time we are still planning on opening our new Visitors Center this summer, though we do not yet have an exact opening date. Tours will still be free and self-guided, so you can stop by whenever it is convenient for you. We hope you can visit us when the new Visitors Center is complete!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

February 8th, 2018 at 8:51 am

Mike G.

How about an update to date picture to see how reconstruction is going, like to know if it will be ready come
first week of June. Look forward to seeing the new tcca.

Mike

February 11th, 2018 at 11:44 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Mike,

Thanks for checking in! We unfortunately do not yet have an exact opening date for our new Visitors Center as it will depend on how quickly our crew is able to complete construction and set up the interior. The best estimate we have at this time is that we will open the new facility sometime this summer. When we have an exact opening date, we will update our website here: https://www.tillamook.com/cheese-factory/index.html

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

February 16th, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Alec Petherbridge

Different kind of question. Are you going to be looking to hire more people to accommodate the new facility? How many additional jobs are being added? Just curious, thanks.

March 4th, 2018 at 4:01 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Alec,

Good question! Typically we hire seasonal employees to help out during the summer, which is the busiest time of the year for us. For the most part we will be hiring the same amount of seasonal staff as usual, though we may hire a few extra chefs to help out in the kitchen.

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 15th, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Steve & Karen Gribble

I have been coming to the Tillamook Cheese Factory for over 50 Years. Great memories I have had visiting your fine establishment. We are planning on bringing our Grandkids and Great Grand kids there after it opens to continue making Memories.( and enjoying your fine Chesses and Ice Cream flavors. Looking forward to your opening..

April 7th, 2018 at 8:38 am

McKay

Coming through the Oregon Coast June 13th-17th this year really hoping the new facility is done by then. Any further updates for opening dates?

April 17th, 2018 at 9:44 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi McKay,

Thanks for visiting our blog! We expect that our new Creamery will be ready in late June or early July. Unfortunately, it most likely won't be ready by the 17th. I'm sorry! Hopefully you can come visit us again soon!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

April 20th, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Gord Marshall

Disappointing, won't be back. The RV parking was full of cars and pickups. We had to park in the driveway with our coach and tow car. There are no directions for lineups. We waited for several minutes in line only to find out it was the ice cream line and we could bypass for shopping. The ice cream freezer was broken so we could not buy the ice cream we wanted but curiously it was on our receipt along with a few other items that were wrong. Prices here were a lot higher than retailers we went to. More thought needs to go into the new centre. Have someone approach it as if they know nothing about it and see how they fare.

May 19th, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Gord,

We're sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience at our temporary facility. Being in a temporary building isn't ideal, but we're confident that our new Creamery will be a much better experience. Our Consumer Relations team would be happy to help with your incorrect charges. Please contact them here: https://www.tillamook.com/contact.html

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

May 21st, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Gord Marshall

I realize the facility is temporary but not just a few days. The signage should have been an obvious requirement regardless how long it is temporary. Not having products available for sale because of faulty equipment shows a lack of management. Not monitoring the parking situation shows a lack of respect for customers. It is hard to blame several scanning errors on the temporary nature of the facility. We really have no reason to visit again particularly when prices for your products are less at other outlets.

May 24th, 2018 at 6:40 pm

Gord Marshall

I have to retract my comments on the pricing errors. Apparently we had a receipt from an earlier visit that had most of the same items and it was confused with the last visit. The pricing was correct although much higher than other retailers.

May 29th, 2018 at 9:50 am

Debra Elston

I have nothing but good memories of the cheese factory. We started camping on the Oregon coast around 1957 through 2004 and always made a point to stop in and have lunch and experience it. I can remember when we first visited it before so many food handling regs were around, As kids we could go right up to where the cheese was being made. And your cheese is still the one I reach for in grocery stores - and the best tasting.

I remember one of our tires on the fifth wheel went flat in the parking lot. Several employees were on break and tried to help my dad out. We ended up having to stay in Tillamook a couple nights. We appreciated their kindness.

I am the only living family member now, but still keep the tradition of going down the coast and always stop at the factory. Look forward to seeing the new facility!

June 10th, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Debra,

Thanks for sharing your stories! It's so fun to hear about everyone's history with our cheese factory. Here's to making many more amazing memories for years to come!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

June 11th, 2018 at 1:52 pm

Patricia Stephen

my son had help on the install of the cheese factory , the pictures are great, every will be impressed, i can wait to see it reopened

June 19th, 2018 at 12:41 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Patricia,

Tell your son that we say thank you for all his help! We couldn't have done it without all the hard work of our amazing crew and we're grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such talented people. We're excited for you to see it in person!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

June 19th, 2018 at 10:53 am

Patricia Stephen

thank you, my son said it was on of the best installs he had, he and his co workers really enjoyed it , he was in charge of meet the cows,

June 19th, 2018 at 9:53 pm
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