On our way to Lincoln City, OR, we stopped at Tillamook Cheese Factory. I buy their cheese, butter, and ice cream. For years we've been wanting to go to this place every time we have visited the Oregon coast, but somehow never did until now.
|kids meal with smiley fries|
Head up the stairs and you will see big windows.
You'll be able to see the factory workers packaging
the cheese. There are lots of boards with information to read the history of the cheese factory. Personally, we would have preferred to have someone tell us the information to make it sound more interesting. We honestly didn't read any of it. At the end of the tour, there are samples of cheese to taste. I tried cheese curds for the first time. It's called squeaky cheese because it squeaks while you chew it. I am not a fan of cheese curds, I know that now.
|Medium Cheddar-Voted World's Best|
|Monterey Jack-Voted America's Best|
Before heading out, we bought some ice-cream. My kids like their ice-cream in a bowl, rather than a cone and I though one scoop might be skimpy so I let them get 2 scoops. That was a mistake because it was a lot of ice-cream and they couldn't even finish it. On the other hand, it's possible our scooper guy was just generous in his scooping. DH and I got single scoops in our cones. He said the waffle cone was the best. My flavor was the Coffee Almond Fudge and it was really good. I haven't seen that flavor in the store, but I'll have to look for it. I think my husband got the Wild Mountain Blackberry, one of his favorites.
The cheese factory is free to visit. It's worth adding to your "places to see", just don't eat at the cafe.
*Near the Tillamook Cheese Factory is the Blue Heron French Cheese Company. I would have liked to stop there, but we didn't have time.