Yesterday we took a drive to Tillamook, Oregon to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Tillamook Country Smoker. It was just a little over 90 miles one way, over a mountain. The ride there was a bit rough for me as I get motion sickness fairly easy. (We got some Dramamine for the ride home and all was good) However, it was a very pretty drive through the Tillamook State Forest, along a gorgeous river/creek…not sure which. We saw a couple of waterfalls along the road and passed by lots of snow covered ground.
The cheese factory offers a ‘self-guided tour’ that entails lots of literature, video clips, pictures and the opportunity to watch the assembly line as huge blocks of cheese travel down the line and our first cut into more manageable sized blocks, have the wrapping applied and then shrink-wrapped. The line seemed to be having some problems with the wrapping/shrink-wrapping process but after a couple of guys from maintenance worked on it it got going again.
After the self-guided tour we headed back downstairs to the cheese store to sample various cheeses and to pick out our purchases. The store also offers jams, jellies, crackers, candies,etc. In addition to the cheese store there is an ice cream shop, fudge store, small cafe and a gift store. I wouldn’t be too surprised if we find ourselves back that way again as the cheese is very good and being from Wisconsin…it’s the next best thing!
Before heading to the Tillamook Country Smoker to pick out some beef jerky we were all ready for some lunch so we headed to a Chinese restaurant Kelsea had seen on our way through town. We were all happy with our meals at Lin’s Restaurant and Lounge. Zack ordered the General Tsao’s Chicken, Michael had his usual Sweet & Sour Chicken, Kelsea & Paityn tried the Beef & Broccoli & I had Chicken & Vegetables. The lunch specials came with soup and pork fried rice and the average price was $6.00 or so…not a bad price! We also tried the crab puffs & egg rolls…both were very tasty as well!
We made a brief stop at the jerky store and each picked out some jerky – Michael & I got the honey-glazed and Zack & Kelsea got the original and both are very good. They’re were no samples of the jerky so we’re glad it turned out good. They offered samples of their beef sticks, which were priced at buy 1, get 1 free, but none of us were too impressed so we passed on those.
Before we hit the road to Tillamook we stopped in Portland, Oregon at Voodoo Donuts. This place is well-known for their outrageous donuts and we weren’t disappointed…they were darn good! They have your average donuts…but who wants average when you can get ‘The Loop’ or the ‘Dirty Donut’! If you’re a donut connoisseur this is a definite ‘do’ while in the Portland area.