Follow the painted wooden squares to find historic barns and buildings in Tillamook County, Ore.
"We want to show people the flavors of our area on their way to the ocean," says Teri Fladstol, a cofounder of the Tillamook County Quilt Trail. Since 2009, more than 80 sites around Tillamook, Ore., have displayed painted wooden squares inspired by traditional quilt patterns. The blocks decorate working farms, a fishing port, and a fairground—all visible on an unhurried afternoon drive.
At the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, fiber arts exhibits serve as backdrops to working looms and lively workshops. At the Blue Heron French Cheese Company, visitors can taste creamy Brie and spicy mustards, enjoy homemade chowder, and feed Scottish Highland cattle and an emu. Along two miles of wetlands trails at Kilchis Point, you can look for black bears and blue herons, then head downtown to the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum to gaze on a 1909 Buick and a frontier home.
A literal can’t-miss? A World War II blimp hangar—billed as the world’s largest wooden structure—that reaches 18 stories high, covers seven acres, and now houses the Tillamook Air Museum’s two dozen vintage warplanes. (503) 842-7525, tillamookquilttrail.org .
Photography by Bill Bachhuber
This article was first published in March 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.