Planes, Cheese and Scenic Views – Oregon Coast

The clouds moved and the rain stopped. Yeah! time to wander around again and do some fun things, view and taste. Our meanderings began on a very scenic drive along Hwy 101  from Lincoln City driving up North, then came off to follow the  35-mile byway between Tillamook and Pacific City, known as Three Capes Scenic Loop. The beauty of Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout and  Cape Meares justified leaving the main highway. And yes every twist, turn, curve took us to some awesome coastal views.

Driving north we first stopped at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area located in Pacific City. Then continuing on the scenic route we came to a winding drive that took us to Cape Lookout where we found 3  trailheads to some nicely wooded trails that offer splendid views of the ocean and beaches. We choose to hike on the Cape trail which was quite muddy but the views were really splendid. We got hungry after an hour of hiking and head to Netarts Bay where we had lunch at The Schooners, a pricey $25 Crab and Shrimp salad! But it was delicious and worth it. Next stop was Cape Meares where we strolled to the lighthouse which begins at the parking lot and provides dramatic views of an offshore wildlife refuge and Cape Meares Rocks.

In short, if you happen to be driving along Hwy 101 on the North  Oregon Coast be sure to swing by and bring your camera. The fantastic views, the history, the hiking trails, the lighthouses made up for the curvy and rough roads. It was well worth the drive.

After the sightseeing, we continued on to watch some cheese making and cheese tasting at the Tillamook Cheese factory. We watched the packaging area and saw the flow of how the cheese blocks are made. And then the ice cream, oh yeah, the BEST! I rarely eat ice cream but I could not pass this one up. It was really to die for. There were so many flavors and I chose the Mountain Huckleberry, yum yum! We also check out the Blue Heron Cheese Company and tasted a variety of Bries and of course wine tasting.

As if the airplanes we saw at the Evergreen Aviation museum were not enough we stopped by at the  Tillamook Air Museum where we saw more airplane collection! It is a little different though however as these planes were housed in a rare World War II Blimp Hangar…the largest wooden structure in the world!  The place is huge and can store 8 Blimps!

The camera cannot capture all of the wooden hangar
Little man Big door


Cape Lookout
Hiking at Cape Lookout

Viewpoint at Cape Meares
The cliffs at Cape Meares
On a clear day the view of Cape Kiwanda from Cape Lookout
Cape Kiwanda
Haystack Rock at Cape Kiwanda
Three rocks
The Schooner at Netarts Bay
Tasting Oregon wines at Blue Heron
Cheese Tasting at Tillamook
The BEST ice cream ever!





  1. Your pictures are incredible. There were, at one time, two blimp hangars. They used them to store hay, and one caught fire. They realized what a treasure the one left is and turned it into a museum. I found it amusing—way, way up at the top of one of the end doors is a basketball hoop. Someone had a sense of humor.

    Oh, how I love this area. Where to next?

    • Oh, how wonderful! I think the Columbia is the most exciting and beautiful river that I’ve ever seen. If my kids weren’t on the wrong coast, I’d live in Astoria. Love following your blog.

      I thought the Cox Tower in Astoria was incredible and the hills daunting, but what a view of the bridge and the river. Rich and I lived all year to spend most of our summer on the coast. If all goes well, Jack and I will be back there come this summer.

      There’s Cape Disappointment and the Bumblebee Distributor–hang around the docks for a while, if you can. I never did get back because Jack was sick in 2011 and my back is keeping us closer to home this year. Some day, though.

      Here are some of our pictures if you care to look.

      I can’t wait to hear all about your experience.

      • I took a quick peek at your pictures, they are beautiful ! I made a note of the places you went to and today is sunny so we should be able to cover much ground.

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