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How to Plan the Best Spring Break Ever on the Tillamook Coast

Spring break isn’t far off, and most of us are already dreaming up fantastic adventures. If your ideal spring break includes quality family time, a relaxing atmosphere and plenty to do and see, Oregon’s Tillamook Coast is a sure bet. Here’s a rundown of the “musts” that you won’t want to leave off your coastal itinerary.

Must #1: Enjoy a unique abode

Other coastal vacation destinations are full of chain hotels – not the Tillamook Coast! You can find a reasonably priced hotel or motel, choose a cozy bed and breakfast or rent a vacation house. There are budget-friendly options and more luxurious rooms available, so you can choose whatever fits your needs. You can also drive into an RV park or set up camp on special camping sites around Tillamook.

One especially unique option is Sheltered Nook on Tillamook Bay, where you can rent a tiny house to stay in. Meticulously designed to maximize space and full of natural light, these tiny homes will surprise you by providing all of the space you and your family need.

Must #2: Try a new activity

When it comes to outdoor activities, you can find tons to do around this stretch of the Oregon coast. Pledge to take the family for an adventure and try out a new activity. A few of your choices include:




Stand up paddle boarding


Must #3: Visit the Cheese Factory

The Tillamook Cheese Factory greets over a million visitors every year, and it’s easy to see why: the factory offers free tastings of their award-winning cheese. Kids and adults will love watching the cheesemakers at work, too.

After you’ve worked up an appetite, you can grab breakfast or lunch at the Creamery CafĂ© and enjoy cheesy favorites like fried cheese curds, grilled cheese sandwiches, and mac and cheese. For dessert, visit the fudge counter to sample treats made daily with Tillamook butter or grab a cone at the ice cream counter. You can order a Tillamook Ice Cream Adventure for the whole family to test out every flavor in a single bowl, or get a more moderate portion in a waffle cone. With over 30 flavors available, picky eaters and those with more adventurous palates will be equally pleased.

Must #4: Find your own food

Tillamook’s bounty is truly impressive, so you should go catch at least one meal for yourself.

Visit Kelly’s Brighton Marina and sign up for a crabbing excursion

Rent some equipment and head out to the shoreline to go clamming for Cockles, Quahogs, Butter Clams, Blues and Razors (more info here)

Hire a charter at Garibaldi Charters and go catch tuna, halibut or salmon for dinner

If you visit later in the year, pick your own strawberries and blueberries at Blooms & Berries for a sweet treat

Must #5: Enjoy nature and all its variety

The Tillamook Coast has plenty of beaches and bays, but there’s lots to see on land, too. Buggy around the 1,076 acres of sand dunes in Sandlake, look out for wildlife at Kilchis Point’s tidal marshes, discover the meadow on Mt. Hebo and explore the lush deciduous forests along the Wilson River Trail.

Tillamook County isn’t as developed as some other areas on the Oregon Coast, so it’s a true haven for those who enjoy observing and learning about local wildlife.

The best part is that the “musts” above are just the beginning! The Tillamook Coast has amazing restaurants cooking up the freshest seafood, several museums, fun shopping, a bunch of farmers’ markets and unique events throughout the year.

Ready to start planning your family’s best spring break ever? Visit