DescriptionTillamook's lush grasses, nurtured by 72-90 inches of rain a year, sustain the herds that compose Oregon's dairy industry. Much of the county's annual milk production of 25 million gallons is made into natural cheddar cheese.
The Blue Heron French Cheese Co., located one block north of downtown Tillamook on US 101, is housed in a 1930s Dutch Colonial barn house. A cheese tasting room, gourmet food shop, petting farm and displays of vintage farm equipment are available to visitors; phone (800) 275-0639.
In addition to its agricultural importance, Tillamook is a major recreation center. Charter boats for crabbing and deep-sea fishing are available 10 miles north in Garibaldi. Beachcombing, clamming, and jetty, river and surf fishing are popular activities at the beach areas 9 miles west of town. Hiking, hang gliding, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing also are among the area's recreational opportunities.
A scenic section of US 101 passes through Tillamook and connects with SR 6, which runs through the Tillamook State Forest from Portland.
Visitor InfoTillamook Area Chamber of Commerce 208 Main Ave. TILLAMOOK, OR 97141. Phone:(503)842-7525
Self-guiding toursA self-guiding tour map showing the Walk Our Blocks Quilt Trail, which is part of the Tillamook County Quilt Trail, is available from the chamber of commerce. Dozens of businesses and sites of interest have installed colorful, wooden quilt block panels emblazoned with classic quilt patterns. The trail highlights local history including the area's dairy farming heritage as well as traditional quilt making.
Things to SeeLatimer Quilt and Textile Center