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Top 5 New Years' Resolutions - Hood River Style

01/05/2017 | Hood River, Recreation, Skiing, Waterfalls, Waterplay, Winery

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It is now 2017, which only means one thing: time to set some New Years' resolutions for yourself. What better way to make you plans for the year than apply them to visits to Hood River. Here are our top 5 recommended Hood River resolution ideas to get you started:

  1. Hike to at least 25 waterfalls. The Columbia River Gorge has the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America. Commonly referred to as Waterfall Alley, there are over 77 waterfalls to check out from a number of beautiful hiking trails. Be sure to put these on your list: Wahclella Falls, Tunnel Falls along Eagle Creek and Dry Creek Falls.
  2. Learn to ski. Mt. Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort are both less than an hours drive from downtown Hood River. S tay in Hood River at one of many lodging partners and get access to amazing deals on lift tickets to Mt. Hood Meadows. At each resort you can get top notch lessons while enjoying spectacular scenery, excellent food and fun seasonal events. Make sure to visit in March for the Spring Brew Fest at Mt Hood Meadows (March 25, 1-5 pm).
  3. Unplug for a week. Feeling tethered to your phone Hoping to take a much-needed technology detox Hood River is the perfect place to do it. During your screen-less week, go trail running, hunt for wildflowers (as early as February), try birding, or learn to kiteboard (starting in June).
  4. Learn how to preserve. Hood River County's Fruit Loop offers a cornucopia of options to pick and purchase fruits and vegetables for your kitchen table. Stock up on your favorites and then learn how to can, freeze, dehydrate, pickle or all of the above so they last you the whole year. Print out the Hood River County Fruit Loops harvest seasons calendar and book your accommodations today.
  5. Become a wine connoisseur. The unique climate, variety of soil, changing elevation and geology throughout the Columbia River Gorge allow this region to produce some of the best and most varied grape varietals in the Pacific Northwest. Make sure wine tasting is top priority this year with frequent visits to Hood River Valley's many wineries. Need more inspiration Check out this video for a taste for Hood River wine country.

 

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