In 1851, pioneer settlers staked out their homesteads in Oregon’s Tillamook Valley, a cool, wet area with lush grass—perfect for raising dairy cows. Today’s visitors find that Tillamook is perfectly situated between windswept beaches and a coastal mountain range. The AAA Three Diamond The Ashley Inn of Tillamook is surrounded by winding tributaries that eventually empty into Tillamook Bay.
Inside the inn, there are more than 50 WiFi-equipped rooms with plush memory-foam mattresses, cable TV, and DVD players. You can stock up on treats at the onsite mini-mart and stash your goodies in your in-room refrigerator. Each morning, the innkeepers lay out a complimentary hot breakfast. And, if you don’t want to travel the 10 miles to the sea, feel free to take a dip in the inn’s indoor saltwater pool or soak in the hot tub.
Tillamook, Oregon: Pastoral Town with Unique Museums and Renowned Dairy Factory
Located just a few miles from the Pacific coast, Tillamook is a quaint town of about 5,000 residents nestled in a valley with rolling green hills and grazing cattle. There are several unique museums, including the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, where you’ll find mid-19th century and modern quilts, and Tillamook Air Museum, located within a World War II blimp hangar. The air museum boasts a collection of more than 30 restored vintage military aircraft, known colloquially as “warbirds.”
One of Tillamook’s biggest claims to fame is the Tillamook cheese factory, an award-winning dairy farm that dates back more than 100 years. The farmers here still use the same century-old cheddar-cheese recipe, which you can sample after a self-guided tour of the factory.
The beach is located roughly 10 miles away. While hiking along the nature trails at Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge, keep an eye out for native shorebirds and the so-called octopus tree—a sitka spruce Oregon Heritage tree with massive, tentacle-like branches that’s been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!.