Attractions June 27, 2017
8 Fantastic Factory Tours You Can Only Take In Oregon
From mouthwatering chocolates to beautiful wool blankets, many amazing products are made right here in Oregon. There are a number of local factories that invite visitors to come see how their unique products are made in person. For a fun, educational outing, take a tour of one of these wonderful Oregon factories; you’ll be blown away!
(P.S. — many of these tours are 100% free!)
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
8. Deschutes Brewery, Bend
Located in Bend, the Deschutes Brewery and Tasting Room offers free guided tours of the brewery. After the tour, you can buy a souvenir or kick back in the tasting room to try a pint or a flight of delicious, fresh-brewed craft beer. Address: 901 SW Simpson Ave Bend, Oregon
7. Harry & David, Medford
Have you ever received a Harry & David gift basket from a friend or loved one? If you have, you know just how wonderfully unique and thoughtfully assorted each basket is. The Harry & David headquarters just so happens to be located in Medford, where you can take a tour of the facility to learn about the history of the company and how each product is made. The tour costs $5, and includes a treat from the bakery and a chocolate. The tours start at the Country Village store at 1314 Center Dr Ste A
6. Tillamook Cheese Factory, Tillamook
One of the most popular places to tour in the entire Beaver State is the amazing Tillamook Cheese Factory. Located in the coastal town of Tillamook, the Tillamook Cheese Factory produces thousands of pounds of delicious cheese every single day. A free, self-guided tour will allow you to see how the magic is made for yourself. They are currently rebuilding the visitor's center, however, so tours of the factory itself are on hold for the moment. In the meantime, however, you can check out the ice cream shop, gift shop, and temporary visitor center (the new one is going to be even bigger and better). Address: 4175 Hwy 101 North Tillamook, OR. Find out more about the Tillamook Cheese Factory tour
5. Goody's Chocolates and Ice Cream, Bend
Based in Bend, Goody’s Chocolates and Ice Cream is a charming local business that handcrafts mouthwatering chocolates, ice creams, and other goodies. A free, self-guided tour will lead you through the facility past huge windows that let you peer in to see the chocolatiers in action. Address: 1111 SE Division St. in Bend, Oregon
Find out more about touring Goody's Chocolates
4. Widmer Brothers Brewing, Portland
For folks who are 21+, a tour of the Widmer Brothers Brewery is an unforgettable way to spend an afternoon. You can sign up for a $5 tour that'll lead you through the facilities and let you taste some of their unique beers. Address: 929 N Russell Street, Portland, Oregon, OR
3. Bob's Red Mill, Milwaukie
Bob's Red Mill, headquartered in Milwaukie, is a fabulous maker of grains, flours, cereals, oats, beans, and much more. A fascinating tour of the factory will give you some insight on how this wonderful brand came to be, and how they make their beloved products. Afterwards, you can stop by the lovely gift shop, Whole Grain Store, and cafe. Address: 13521 SE Pheasant Ct
2. Pendleton Woolen Mill, Pendleton
Built in 1909, the Pendleton Woolen Mill has been producing high quality, iconic blankets for over 100 years. Nowadays, you can tour the mill in Pendleton for free to see how it's all made with your own two eyes. Afterwards, you can stop into the Mill Store to pick up some beautiful products. Address: 1307 SE Court Pl, Pendleton, Oregon.
1. Pacific Hazelnut Candy Factory, Aurora
Located in Aurora, Pacific Hazlenut Farms & Candy Factory offers tours of their lovely facility where they make all kinds of nutty chocolate goodies as well as chocolate covered fruit, toffees, roasted hazelnuts, and more. Tours cost $3 per person and must be scheduled in advance. Address: 14673 Ottaway Rd NE Aurora, Oregon, OR
Have you toured any of these wonderful places in Oregon? What did you think? Are there any other cool factories in Oregon that let you tour the facility? Let us know in the comments.
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