As a kid that is blessed to have been born and raised in Oregon, I had the rare and amazing opportunity to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory countless times. Maybe 50 times. No exaggeration. But it wasn’t until this year that I extended my usual “pit-stop” in Tillamook (for cheese curds and ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory) to explore what else the City of Tillamook has to offer visitors. You can read all about the highlights for indoor fun below, but rather than just read my notes I encourage you to explore for yourself what makes Tillamook,Tillamook.
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
This museum is home to over 35,000 items and 10,000 photographs documenting Tillamook County’s history, including multiple replica rooms and artifacts belonging to the very first residents of the area, the North Oregon Coastal Indians and early pioneer settlers.
Latimer Quilt and Textile Center
At this unique museum stop you can find an impressive display of textile art, clothing and tools from the mid-19th century, crochet work from the 1930s-1940s, hand-woven textiles from the 1950s as well as innovative works of textile art from today!
Tillamook Quilt Trail
On this unique self-guided tour you can explore the county’s 150-year-old dairy farming heritage and the history of traditional quilting. Throughout the city you will see barns, building and businesses proudly displaying their own quilt blocks.
Tillamook Air Museum
Just a few miles outside downtown Tillamook is the Tillamook Air Museum. Here you can explore 30 military airplanes that are housed in a wooden hanger built during WW2 to store blimps that were used for anti-submarine coast patrol and convoy escorts.
Blue Heron French Cheese Company
Don’t miss out on the chance to try this delicious brie, see what they’re pouring at their wine bar, and pick-up a few specialty gifts for family and friends. But a visit to Blue Heron isn’t complete without a stop at their small petting zoo, where kids of all ages (or kids at heart!) can pet and feed gentle farm animals.
Pelican Brewery and Tap Room
In the heart of downtown Tillamook you can now find an award winning craft brewery, bar and restaurant. The brewery’s restaurant, the Tap Room, overlooks the brewery floor and makes for a great pit stop after a day of exploring Tillamook.
2nd Street Public Market
Stop by the 2nd Street Public Market to explore goods and crafts made by local artisans, such as wine, meat and handcrafted merchandise.
Pacific Oyster Company
Just up the road from Tillamook in Bay City is one of the best spots to get fresh oysters. Come by this Pacific Seafood oyster operation to see the shucking (still done by hand) in action and then belly up to the oyster bar for an oyster shooter or a bowl of their clam chowder.
Oregon Coast Scenic Railway
For a unique way to explore the coastline along the Tillamook Bay consider exploring by train. Take in beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, learn about the historical importance of railroading to the area and see the local landscape.
To learn more about activities, events, restaurants and more in Tillamook visit the local Chamber of Commerce online or in person at their office, located in Tillamook at 3705 Hwy. 101 North (next to the Tillamook Cheese Factory.)
Guest post written by Mary Cecchini