Tillamook is the one of the larger cities along the Northern Oregon Coast, sitting just a few miles inland on the southeast corner of Tillamook Bay. The town sits in the middle of a very productive dairy country and has become synonymous with its well-known cheese company. And though the Tillamook Cheese Factory has indeed become one of the area's biggest tourist draws, there is much more than cheddar to an Oregon Coast vacation rental in the town of Tillamook.
Nestled in the midst of the Coast Range, the area surrounding Tillamook has been designated as a state forest. Avid hikers and mountain bikers enjoy the more challenging paths, such as the Wilson River Trail, while anyone will appreciate the easily accessible, yet often overlooked beauty of Munson Creek Falls State Park. Both of these trails, as well as many others, are within half an hour of downtown Tillamook.
For those who enjoy a sandier kind of trail, head to the beautiful beaches in Oceanside and Netarts, just fifteen minutes away from your Tillamook vacation rental. Explore Tillamook's new kayaking trail with a guided tour from Kayak Tillamook. And of course, any visitor to Tillamook should spend an afternoon taking the Three Capes Scenic Drive, which offers a loop of panoramic views along the coast and a winding path through the pastoral farmland back to town.
When it comes to dining and shopping, Tillamook has more options than any town within an hour's drive. From an unexpectedly delicious roadside taco stand to an upscale fish house and the ubiquitous coast-town pizza place, Tillamook has a little something for everyone (including a supermarket for stocking up on supplies for home-cooked meals in your vacation home's kitchen).
Yet for these seeking a bit of solitude, the small coastal towns within a half hour of Tillamook offer plenty of laid-back charm. Only 75 miles from Portland, our Tillamook vacation rentals make for an excellent gateway to the Oregon Coast. The tourist hubs of Cannon Beach and Seaside are approximately one hour north, and the casinos and shopping of Lincoln City are an hour south. In between lies some of the most beautiful coastlines in the state, ranging from wide sandy beaches to rugged cliffs and crashing waves. And don't forget the cheese!
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