Tillamook Factory Tour

Basic Information:

Address: 4175 Highway 101 North, Tillamook, OR 97141

Telephone: 800.542.7290

Website: https://www.tillamook.com/cheese-factory/index.html 

Fees: Free 

Parking is free.

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Tillamook Factory Tour: 

Walking through your grocery store’s dairy section, you may have come across the Tillamook Cheeses. Or perhaps you ran into their various flavored ice creams in the ice cream isle.  But either way, if you have tried their products, you should have become a fan of them. You may have even wondered what their story is.

Tillamook is a Co-op business. This means that the farmers that help produce the products are the owners of the company.  The profits from the company are used to help the farmers and provide support for the families that live and work there.  The company got its start in 1894 when the famous cheese maker Peter McIntosh brought his expertise to Tillamook County and started making cheddar cheese. Tillamook still uses the same recipe for their cheddar cheese.

Now on to the good stuff.  When visiting the Tillamook Factory – the tour is a free experience.  It is a self guided factory tour and you can take your time visiting the various locations around the factory.  It is a pretty easy layout and you will have ample time to visit each corner.  Make sure you visit the second story where you get a glimpse of the cheese factory floor.  It is amazing watching these large blocks of cheese come off the line.

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After visiting the factory floor and production line, you will need to get in line and sample the various cheese flavors that is produced at the factory.  Then of course you will need to follow that up with one or four scoops of ice cream. There is a restaurant at the factory in which you can grab a meal (Breakfast or lunch).

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Currently the visitors center is being rebuilt and should be ready by 2018.  However, the factory floor and tasting stations are still operating and available for visitors.

Halloweentown

Location:  St. Helens, Oregon

Website:  http://discovercolumbiacounty.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Halloweentown.OR/

Notes: 

With Halloween around the corner, many of you will come across the movie Halloweentown on the Disney Channel.  If you are not familiar with the 1998 Halloweentown movie, then all you need to know is that there is a town of supernatural beings.  Oh and Debbie Reynolds is in it.

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But there is good news here!  Halloweentown is an actual city!  St. Helens, Oregon is the location the movie was filmed on.  But it gets better!  During the month of October, the city preps for the festivities with decorations around the town.

If simple trick or treating is not for your family or you want a nice change from the normal activities of Halloween, a visit to St. Helens might be a perfect choice.  The city has weekend festivals which will require purchasing of tickets; however, the cost is about $3 (Adults) and $1 (Kids) are not prohibitive.

St. Helens, Oregon is a fun place to visit during Halloween time, but the place is popular so make sure you book your travel plans in advance.