Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - Hood River

WATERFALLS: BY SKY, WATER OR LAND
10/10/2017 | Art, Brewery, Cascade Locks, Food, Hood River, Recreation, Road Trip, Shopping, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
While Highway 30 may be closed past the Women’s Forum Overlook due to the Eagle Creek fire, many people are wondering, “How can I see the waterfalls?" Well, how about a stunning view from the sky? When you book a flight with Envi Adventures, you get a ticket to a front row view of the Columbia River Gorge. And right now through November 19, you can get a discount with their “Gorge Love” promotion. Use code "gorgelove" when purchasing. Flights leave right out of the Troutdale Airport.Before heading into the skies, stroll along downtown Troutdale and enjoy antiques, art, beautiful home furnishings and sample one of the local restaurants. From Angus Beef Burgers to Ziti Pasta, they’ve got it all.Or, how about...  Read More
THREE DAYS IN HOPPY HOOD RIVER
10/04/2017 | Brewery, Food, Hood River
It’s starting to feel like fall in the Pacific Northwest. And Hood River, Oregon is the place to be if you love fresh-hop beer! This time of year, brewers in Hood River begin to experiment with fresh hops and local produce (peaches, apricots and cherries to name a few), releasing seasonal ales that seem to disappear as fast as they’re announced. The brewers showcase their seasonal ales at the Hood River Hops Fest, which takes place this Saturday, October 7 from 12-8 p.m.This annual, family-friendly event features more than 50 breweries sampling more than 65 fresh hop beers, making it one of the largest fresh hop beer festivals in the nation. Participants can sample food from a variety of vendors, dance...  Read More
EXPLORE HOOD RIVER CAR-FREE
07/03/2017 | Agritourism, Biking, Hood River, Recreation, Transportation, Winery
 If you like scenic drives, Hood River, Oregon is a stellar basecamp for exploring two spectacular scenic byways: the 105-mile Mount Hood Scenic Byway and the 70-mile Historic Columbia River Scenic Byway. Be sure to leave a full day to explore both routes, as they both offer numerous viewpoints, historic sites, restaurants, wineries, farms, waterfalls and other points of interest.If you prefer sightseeing by bicycle, many businesses offer rental bikes, including electric bikes, and some unique and fun options that will get you and your family out of the car and into nature.Bringing together two of Hood Rivers favorite pastimescycling and wine tastingMountNBarreL offers all-including wine-tasting tours for groups of up to 17 people. Take a leisurely seven-mile spin to local...  Read More
READY, SET, GORGE!
06/15/2017 | Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, The Dalles, West Columbia River Gorge
Travel tips for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic AreaThe magnificent Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a favorite among locals and Oregon visitors alike, and its no mystery as to why. Within these 293,000 acres, there are spectacular waterfalls, trails for all hiking levels, parks, historical sites, and the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway. Unlike most national parks and scenic areas, the Columbia Gorge is also home to 13 communities, all of which have unique characteristics that make them well worth visiting.More than 2 million people visit the Gorge each year, and many make Hood River their basecamp because of its easy access to dozens of hiking and biking trails and majestic drives and sightseeing. Hood River is...  Read More
SAY HELLO TO SPRING IN HOOD RIVER
03/22/2017 | Agritourism, Brewery, Event, Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, Winery
 Snow in the Hood River Valley has melted away, and its 14,000 acres of fruit trees will soon be bursting with pink and white blossoms. During the month of April, also known as Blossom Time in Hood River, plan a multi-day stay in this beautiful agricultural town in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and immerse yourself in one of the states most beautiful springtime wonderlands!Here is what we suggest at the perfect springtime activity...Day 1 Hood River County Fruit LoopDrive or bike the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a gorgeous 35-mile self-guided tour route. Youll pass through pear, cherry and apple orchards bursting with pink and white flowers. Recommended stops include The Gorge White House,...  Read More
DANCE INTO HOOD RIVER MUSIC MONTH
02/07/2017 | Art, Event, Hood River
While Hood River, Oregon is best known in wintertime for its access to the ski slopes on Mt. Hood and waterfall hikes in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, its gaining attention for its blossoming arts, culture and music scene, too.This February, visit during Hood River Music Month for a unique opportunity to sample some of the regions top musical acts. Featuring more than 50 events, Hood River Music Month includes a wide range of performances, lectures and films.Highlights include:Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance (February 9-12, 7 p.m., Wyeast Performing Arts Center). Presented by the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association. More info.Wasco Brothers (February 11, 8 p.m., Double Mountain Brewery). This honky-tonk country and rock band from the beautiful...  Read More
10 FUN THINGS TO DO IN MT. HOOD/GORGE THIS WINTER
01/18/2017 | Biking, Brewery, Cascade Locks, Dufur, Event, Government Camp, Hiking, Hood River, Lodging, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, The Dalles, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
 Winter in the Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge region is meant for adventure and fun... with a side of cozy relaxation. Here are 10 fun suggestions for your winter trip planning in our backyard: Take in epic views of the Columbia River and sample seasonal brews at Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks. See what snow-covered waterfalls look like in Waterfall Alley along I-84. However, roads and trails can be icy and dicey in winter. Check conditions in advance and come prepared with adequate apparel, snow and ice gear. We recommend sticking to the easy access falls in winter like Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Latourell Falls. Learn about the history and culture of the Gorge at one of the upcoming...  Read More
TOP 5 NEW YEARS' RESOLUTIONS - HOOD RIVER STYLE
01/05/2017 | Hood River, Recreation, Skiing, Waterfalls, Waterplay, Winery
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: 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.Learn to ski. Mt. Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort are...  Read More
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN HOOD RIVER
11/28/2016 | Art, Event, Hood River, Shopping, Skiing
'Tis the season for relaxing with family and friends, playing in the snow, and taking time to recharge and Hood River is the ideal place for all three. Here are 5 great ways to celebrate the holiday season in Hood River this year. 1. Stress-Free ShoppingThroughout the month, local businesses, artists, chefs and other local makers will host holiday open houses, special events and sales. For an up-to-date list of holiday shopping events, visit HoodRiver.org. 2. Hood River Holidays ParadeHood River's small-town charm shines brighter than ever during the Hood River Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, Friday, December 2. The festivities include a parade through historic downtown, the tree lighting, caroling and perhaps even a Santa sighting! 3. Cultural ExperiencesFrom the...  Read More
BEST PLACES FOR A WARM DRINK IN MT. HOOD/COLUMBIA GORGE
11/07/2016 | Agritourism, Food, Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, The Dalles, West Columbia River Gorge
As autumn settles in and the air gets cooler, the need to warm your hands and body with a delicious warm beverage increases. Here is a list of our favorite warm drinks in the Mt. Hood/Gorge region:A Hot Chocolate at Timberline Lodge in Government CampMany have tried to replicate it, but few can -- The Hot Chocolate from the Rams Head Bar at Timberline Lodge. Nestle into a comfy chair as you sip on a piping hot mug of liquid chocolate goodness topped with whipped cream, shaved nuts, and caramel drizzles. A cappuccino in an old stone church at The Riverenza in The DallesServing both delicious coffee and tea drinks, what makes The Riverenza a truly special place to visit...  Read More
HEAD TO HOOD RIVER FOR A POST-ELECTION DETOX
10/24/2016 | Biking, Brewery, Food, Hiking, Hood River, Recreation
Is the American election season stressing you out We have the perfect antidote. Spend time in nature which has been proven to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.Beautiful Hood River located near Oregons highest peak, Mt. Hood, and within the lush waterfall corridor of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has an abundance of ways for nature to provide a much-needed post-election detox. Here are some of our suggestions:Unwind next to a waterfall. The Columbia River Gorge has the highest concentration of waterfalls in North America, and near Hood River you will find many trails leading to them, including Wahclella Falls, Dry Creek Falls, Tamanawas Falls, or the new Punchbowl Falls...  Read More
TOP 5 SPOTS FOR MT. HOOD/COLUMBIA GORGE LEAF PEEPING
09/26/2016 | Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, The Dalles, West Columbia River Gorge
Drive along one of the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge scenic byways during the month of October and you will experience our regions vibrant fall foliage. Looking to go off-the-beaten-path for autumns visual bounty Check out our Top 5 Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge Hidden Leaf Peeping Gems:Hood River Fruit Loop, Hood River: The 35-mile Hood River County Fruit Loop, set among 14,000 acres of bountiful orchards, is perfect for fall leaf peeping. Not only do the apple and pear orchards and grape vineyards turn beautiful fall colors, but visitors can make stops at farm stands and u-pick farms along the way for apples, pears, pumpkins, chestnuts and other fall produce.Mill Creek Road, The Dalles: Follow along Mill Creek Road via car or...  Read More
HOOD RIVER COUNTY FRUIT LOOP
09/19/2016 | Agritourism, Brewery, Hood River
Hood Rivers 35-mile scenic drive known as the Fruit Loop is the best way to experience the bounty of the areas rich agriculture scene. As you drive along the Loop past gorgeous pear, cherry, apple, nectarine and peach orchards, youll find farm stands, wineries, breweries, alpaca ranches, lavender farms, and great jams, jellies, pies, wines, beer, and more. Grab a free Fruit Loop map anywhere along the Loop, or pick one up at the Hood River County Visitor Center to start your adventure. Want to try your hand at harvesting some of Hood Rivers bounty There are numerous u-pick opportunities throughout the fall season. Check out Hood River U-Pick Organic (4320 Royal Anne Drive, Hood River). This sweet and...  Read More
HAWK WATCHING ON MT. HOOD
09/12/2016 | Event, Government Camp, Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Recreation, Wildlife
Now is the time to dig out your binoculars and head up to Mt. Hood to experience the annual hawk migration. Every fall hundreds of thousands of birds take wing and migrate from their breeding grounds in North America down to warmer climates in South America. What does this mean for the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge region Each year from September through October Mt. Hood National Forest becomes a playground for thousands of hawks and other bird species.The Bonney Butte Hawkwatch officially started on August 27th this year and runs through October 31st, just east of Government Camp. Every year visitors can see up to 2,500-4,500 hawks pass through the area including Sharp-shinned Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Turkey Vultures,...  Read More
HISTORY MUSEUM
08/30/2016 | Art, Heritage, Hood River
Hood River County's History Museum is a wonderful stop to make in the Columbia River Gorge. Filled with over 11,000 artifacts of the area, come learn about the histories of the region! Cemetery Tales, a reenactment put on every year by the museum, is almost here! Come on September 9th-11th to see the histories of different people in our past in the Hood River area!The ever-popular Cemetery Tales is in its 8th year as a local favorite event.Be sure to see this years production which has the theme, Actions Create Change. One never knows what one small action can do to create changes in ones life or in the lives of others. It is hoped that our audience will learn...  Read More
MOSIER HIKE
08/23/2016 | Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, Waterfalls
Come on up to Mosier OR, just past Hood River, to climb and see Mosier Falls and the plateau above! This 3.5-mile loop is a great idea for a day trip with the family with beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge. enjoy the wildflowers and bird watching sights along the trail.Trail Highlights:Best time to hike is March through May, with the peak of the wildflowers being mid-to-late April. (Over 30 different flower species have been counted!)Best time to swim in Mosier Creek (local swimming hole) is July and August, when the water is the warmest.Best time for solitude is a full moon evening hike or a hazy day hike at dusk in the late summer or early fall.Best time...  Read More
LOST LAKE
08/18/2016 | Camping, Hood River, Lodging, Recreation
If you are looking for a place to go camping before the end of summer Lost Lake is a great place to go! Located near Hood River it is surrounded by so many fun things to do, from hiking and biking trails, to water sports perfect for summer, and Mt Hood a short drive away to enjoy the only place in the country that offers year round snow play! Whether you are pitching a tent, or camping in comfort in a cabin Lost Lake has something for you. With trails everywhere and the lake accessible this is a perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and just relax among nature. Lost Lake Resort offers148...  Read More
COLUMBIA CLIFF VILLAS
08/18/2016 | Hood River, Lodging
Come to Hood River and relax and bask in the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge from Columbia Cliff Villas. Hood River is surrounded by so many fun things to do, from hiking and biking trails, to water sports perfect for summer, and Mt Hood a short drive away to enjoy the only place in the country that offers year round snow play! If you are looking for a more relaxing getaway, look out onto the gorgeous view from atop over 200-foot cliffs, and enjoy all the amenities The Columbia Cliff Villas offer. With onsite restaurant and spa facilities and luxury rooms, whether you are here for business or play you are sure to enjoy yourself. Columbia Cliff Villas is...  Read More
MT HOOD ORGANIC FARMS
08/16/2016 | Agritourism, Food, Hood River, Mt. Hood, Odell, Parkdale
In the Hood River area south of Parkdale and Odell nestled in the hills of Mt Hood there is a family-owned organic farm. Mt Hood Organic Farms has been under the ownership of Brady and John Jacobson since 1981 who believe in sustainable farming techniques. They were in fact part of the original group that started the Fruit Loop in the Hood River area that celebrates local farms in the area.First and foremost, Mt. Hood Organic Farms is a family run farm, operated by Brady and John Jacobson, which just happens to be situated in a stunningly beautiful location at the base of Mt. Hood in the Upper Hood River Valley. The valley supplies about 30% of all the winter...  Read More
BODA'S KITCHEN
08/12/2016 | Food, Hood River
Boda's Kitchen in Hood River is a great little place to stop if you are looking for delicious food using ingredients found in the bountiful Columbia River Gorge. Not only do they serve their customers with delicious seasonal foods, but they also cater, bringing their meals to your next event!What is Bodas Bodas Kitchen is a gourmet delicatessen, market and catering company. We are passionate about using high quality, seasonal ingredients sourced locally when possible. The Pacific Northwest and particularly the Columbia Gorge is bountiful with ingredients. From wild-caught salmon to the ripest cherries and pears, there is little reason to look elsewhere for tasty food.Comfort Gourmet: Everyone has their own favorite foods that bring them back to...  Read More
STAND UP PADDLING
08/12/2016 | Hood River, Rafting, Recreation, Sailing, Waterplay, Windsurfing
Stand Up Paddling is gaining popularity especially here in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Now, these kinds of sports do have a bit of a steep learning curve so it's advised to plan on a few lessons so you can see far more progress. Having said that, Stand Up Paddling can be a great and fun family or group activity! Big Winds in Hood River offers a variety of lessons for Stand Up Paddling. ZERO TO HERO LESSON1 hour lesson, 30 minutes of practice, $49Learn the basics and be up and paddling in no time. Suitable for the whole family.Prerequisites: swimming ability; minimum age: 12 years.Instruction Includes:Site and weather orientationIntroduction to equipmentSafetyProper paddle usageGetting started: launchingKnee paddlingStand up paddlingBoard maneuversDeep...  Read More
SPRINGHOUSE CELLAR
08/02/2016 | Event, Food, Hood River, Winery
Springhouse Cellar Winery offers great local wine that is focused on sustainability, and wine that captures the taste of The Columbia River Gorge. Whether you want to take their wine home in their reusable bottles, sit back and taste the wine on tap or enjoy the outdoor ruins event space they offer, you are sure to enjoy your experience.OUR MISSION...It has been noted that "good wines taste like the fruit...but great wine tastes like the place." In that spirit it is our hope to make wine that somehow approximates the jaw-droppingly beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Springhouse embodies the spirit of the Gorge, producing handcrafted, natural, vibrant, vineyard-designate, Northwest wines in the cellar of a rustic downtown Hood River...  Read More
DRY CREEK FALLS
08/01/2016 | Cascade Locks, Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, Waterfalls
If you are looking for something to do this summer, The Columbia River Gorge is chock full of beautiful hikes brimming with waterfalls. One of them, Dry Creek Falls, is a great easy hike. 4.5 miles and featuring beautiful Dry Creek Falls, you do need a NW Forest Path to get to it, but it's worth every step.An out and back hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that begins in Cascade Locks and meanders through beautiful forest to Herman Creek. Dry Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall that often gets overlooked by hikers. The trail is straight forward, although finding the trailhead from the parking area can be tricky. To access the trailhead, cross the road that leads to...  Read More
COUNTRY COTTAGE
07/28/2016 | Hood River, Lodging
If you are looking for a lovely getaway to the countryside, come on down to Draper Girls' Country Cottage. Beautiful views and close proximity to many of the great things to do in The Columbia River Gorge, and Mt Hood! If you are looking to relax, enjoy the swing and hang out with the animals. Are you looking for something different Then take a break from that congested city life in the quiet, beautiful Hood River Valley. The Columbia Gorge is known for its wide range of outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest. There is something here for everyone. We invite you, your family and friends to stay on our 40 acre farm for some rest and relaxation time.This...  Read More
CALL TO ARTISTS
07/26/2016 | Art, Event, Hood River
Calling all Columbia River Gorge Artists! If you want to be a part of the 2017 Gorge Artists Open Studio Tour, then you need to get your applications in for next year! Applications for the juried art show and tour are due by September 1st! This event is a great way to showcase your art and experience other Gorge artists as well. Applications are now being sought for the 2017 Gorge Artists Open Studio Tour, scheduled for April 208-30, 2017. This is an annual, juried, self-guided tour of Columbia River Gorge artist studios during Blossom Festival. Now in its 11th year, the tour provides an opportunity for the public to meet artists at work in their studios.Applications are due Sept....  Read More
COUNTY FAIR FUN
07/20/2016 | Event, Food, Hood River
Come one, come all to the Hood River County Fairgrounds for the 89th Annual Hood River County Fair, July 27th-30th! Fun for the whole family, come down for food, rides, music and fun activities for the kids too! Everyone is sure to have a blast!Wool Busting! is back. Kids up to 55 pounds and younger than 12 can try their hand at riding sheep. Its a start for the next generation of rodeo stars. Shows daily. The championship ride is Saturday at 5:30 p.m.Theres fun for bigger kids, too, including the Buck-A-Ewe mechanical sheep. Its exciting rodeo action for kids over 55 pounds, and younger than age 12. There are also Just for Fun roping clinics for kids of all...  Read More
CELILO RESTAURANT
07/15/2016 | Food, Hood River, Uncategorized
Celilo Restaurant and Bar is a great place to go if you are looking for delicious food from local and sustainable producers. Their mission is to provide great tasting food with as small of a footprint on the environment as possible.At Celilo, we are committed to a healthy and sustainable future. To achieve our goals of responsible business ownership, we focus on one critical aspect of all that we do: LOCAL.Local started out as a mantra regarding the purchasing of our ingredients in the kitchen. The reasons there are obvious. We source high quality, fresh food, grown miles from our doorstep. We make every attempt to buy naturally raised products and organic products when available.Other considerations have also arisen. We...  Read More
SUNSET HORSE RIDE
07/15/2016 | Agritourism, Hood River, Recreation, Transportation
Have you ever wanted to go horse back riding How about along trails that let you see the beautiful mountains of the Cascades as the sun sets, spectacular colors everywhere Double Mountain Horse Ranch offers guided horse rides to view the many beautiful parts of the Gorge.View the glory of the skys ever changing color mirrored on the snowy tops of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Engage all of your senses as shadows grow long. This ride takes the same route as the Hood River Fruit Loop ride or on hot evenings the Above the Colombia River Gorge ride. Well tell you the days location on your reservation. Bring your Apres-ride refreshments, hang out and watch the...  Read More
OUTDOOR DINNER THEATRE
07/12/2016 | Art, Event, Food, Hood River
A classic tale of love and trust, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing will be performed this Thursday and Friday (July 14th and 15th) by Plays for Non-Profits at Stonehedge Gardens in Hood River for an outdoor dinner theatre experience. Come join in this comedic tale of witty banter, love, and gossip. The show is produced and directed by Lynda Dallman, director of Plays for Non-Profits. Tickets for dinner and the show are just $40, $35 for students and seniors and groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at Waucoma Bookstore, Stonehedge Gardens Restaurant and online at www.showtix4u.com. Show dates are July 7, 8, and 14 at 7 p.m. for dinner followed by the show at 8:15 p.m. There...  Read More
PIZZA & A MOVIE
07/08/2016 | Food, Hood River, Winery
Andrew's Pizza and Skylight Theatre is the perfect place to stop in for something to eat in Hood River, with comfy seats in the theater, and hand made, hand tossed pizza's and calzones. This theater and movie experience as been around for 25 years and is proudly family owned and operated. What started twenty-five years ago as a small family run business has grown into several businesses still owned and operated by Andrew and his wife Melissa. BC (before children) you would find them both in the small shop, Melissa baking cakes and pastries and Andrew tossing pizzas. What started with one employee, the not so cheap labor of having your dad working with you, to now employing over thirty....  Read More
SIXTH STREET BISTRO
07/08/2016 | Food, Hood River
If you need a date night spot, Sixth Street Bistro is a great place for a night out. Featuring food made from Oregon's local bounty, decorated with work from local artists and located in Hood River, this restaurant is perfect for a taste of The Gorge.We moved to Hood River in 2000 for the active lifestyle, and quickly fell in love with the abundance of activities, friendly people, and delicious local food. In 2009 we bought Sixth Street Bistro, happily fulfilling a dream of owning our own restaurant after working 17 years in the industry.We are committed to a healthy and sustainable future, and we are pleased that our food options represent the best of the Pacific Northwests local...  Read More
ART IN THE GORGE
07/06/2016 | Art, Event, Hood River
Come down to Hood River and enjoy Art In The Gorge, an art show and sale celebrating local artists in the Gorge July 1st-3rd. From jewelry to painting to photography to sculpture this show features artists of all types of art. 1 of the 18 artists is Jo Dean Sarins, a metal-smith and enamelist.Fine Art Jewelry by Jo Dean Sarins, metal-smith and enamelist "My works of art are fabricated by hand and are one-of-a-kind. My hope is that you will enjoy wearing your unique piece of jewelry as much as I enjoyed creating it."Learn more about the other this and other artists at the event's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ArtInTheGorge/Discover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out...  Read More
WAUCOMA BOOKS
07/06/2016 | Hood River, Shopping
Waucoma Bookstore has been in Hood River for almost 40 years. Providing its community with books, stationary, freshly ground coffee and tickets to main events in The Gorge, Waucoma offers something for everyone.Waucoma Bookstore serves the Columbia Gorge community as a central gathering place for interesting people and engaging thought. Here you'll find national bestsellers and unheralded treasures for your reading pleasure. Waucoma Bookstore specializes in Pacific Northwest books and related materials such as maps and greeting cards. Waucoma also has a wonderful selection of toys, cards, journals, calendars, and windchimes - something for everyone. We carry Melissa & Doug toys, Folkmanis puppets, and Woodstock windchimes.Learn more about Waucoma Bookstore, maybe even order a book at: www.waucomabookstore.com/Discover...  Read More
HOOD RIVER HOTEL
06/30/2016 | Heritage, Hood River, Lodging
Hood River Hotel is a historic place to stay as you experience everything the Columbia River Gorge has to offer. Enjoy the comfortable lobby with a wood burning fireplace, explore the history of the hotel while looking out onto the beautiful views of the Columbia and the surrounding area. In 1911, the present brick Hood River Hotel building was constructed as an addition to the original 'Mt. Hood Hotel'. By the 1920's the local fire marshal forced the demolition of the wooden portion of the building as a fire hazard. The hotel lobby had already been relocated to the brick 'Annex' to take advantage of the heavy traffic on the bustling Columbia River Scenic Highway that was completed in 1915.By...  Read More
SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP
06/29/2016 | Hood River, Recreation, Sailing, Windsurfing
This summer the RS Aero Class is returning to the Columbia River Gorge for the 2016 Aero US National Championship. Whether you sail yourself and want to join or just want to watch, come on down on August 10th-14th and check out 30 or more boats racing on the Columbia River. The Gorge is North America's answer to Europe's Lake Garda, with the thermal breeze accelerating as it compresses through the mountainous Gorge. However, the river current provides a conveyor belt ride back upwind and creates interesting swells to catch downwind adding a whole new dimension to the enjoyment, excitement and race strategies! August 13th-14th sees the main event, the RS Aero National Championships. Organizers...  Read More
CABINS IN THE LOCKS
06/28/2016 | Cascade Locks, Hood River, Lodging
Stay in comfy cabins as you look out onto the Columbia River Gorge at The Bride Of The Gods Motel. This motel offers standard room, cabins and a RV park for you to stay in. This is a great place to stay if you are exploring the Gorge.We offer a wide range of accommodations to fit most needs and budgets, including:Charming Motel Rooms many with KitchenettesDelux Self Contained CabinsRV SpacesWe are located at Cascade Locks, Oregon on the South side of the Columbia River by the historic Bridge of the Gods and just a short drive off Interstate 84.We are nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range and the pristine Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, just minutes from a multitude...  Read More
BEST OF THE GORGE
06/22/2016 | Art, Event, Hood River
Opening June 29th at Columbia Center For The Arts is the show Best Of The Gorge, featuring some of the best artists and artwork the Columbia River Gorge has to offer. The opening reception is on July 1, 6-8pm and the exhibition goes on through June 29-July 31.The Columbia Center for the Arts hosts its Best of the Gorge exhibition, celebrating the best artwork produced by mid-Columbia River Gorge artists. The show has become an annual event that draws in visitors from around the world to experience some of the finest art in the region.The Columbia River Gorge is a place of unparalleled beauty and features stunning and quiet natural beauty and spectacular scenery. Our relationship with this landscape and...  Read More
BED & BREAKFAST
06/22/2016 | Hood River, Lodging
Bed and Breakfast's are a great way to go away and relax without having to go very far, or to put your head down after a day full of activities. With that home away from home feel, at Gorge View Bed and Breakfast you can relax while looking out to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. With a variety of rooms to fit your needs and budget, they are a great place to stop in Hood River.Built in 1912, Gorge View has Victorian styling, showing Hood River's classic tradition.We are located just walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants.Relax and enjoy our oversized wraparound front porch with panoramic views of the Columbia River and snowcapped Mt. Adams.Our friendly hosts and guests...  Read More
FRUIT LOOP
06/22/2016 | Agritourism, Hood River, Parkdale, Road Trip
The Fruit Loop in Hood River is a 35 mile scenic drive past of local farms filled with produce gorgeous pear, cherry, apple, nectarine and peach orchards, where youll find farm stands, wineries, breweries, alpaca ranches, lavender farms, and great jams, jellies, pies, wines, beer, and more. So jump in the car and enjoy the ride! This can be your family's local road trip!Grab a free Fruit Loop map anywhere along the Loop, or pick one up at the Hood River County Visitor Center. (Please note that this is an agricultural area, so not all businesses are open during the fall and winter season. Please check the Fruit Loop website for detailsand for a complete list of available u-pick...  Read More
PACKARD ORCHARDS
06/22/2016 | Agritourism, Hood River
Packard Orchards is having their grand opening this weekend at The Farm Place! This 4th generation family farm has over 100+ acres of land filled with hand picked fresh fruit. Come on in, bring the family, and enjoy the Farm!The Packer family invites you and your family to the Grand opening weekend at the new Packer Orchards & Farm Place.Join us for a fun filled weekend as we present to you our new farm stand and working farm for you to tour and enjoy.Stay a while, tour the farm, have a picnic, and visit our new U-Pick strawberry patch!Learn about our new events and avtivites for the upcoming summer!Come hungry and leave happy with homemade strawberry shortcake on us!LOCATION:Packer Orchards...  Read More
WINDSURFING
06/22/2016 | Hood River, Recreation, Windsurfing
Known internationally as the windsurfing capital of the world, Hood River's prime windsurfing season has just kicked off. Come enjoy, sun and swells at the best place to windsurf in the world, whether you've never touched a sail, or if you are a veteran, we have something for you. Here are a some frequently asked questions to get you started on your adventure.When is the windiest season While many locals windsurf year round in the Gorge, the most reliable (and warmest) wind is from June through September.Which airport do I fly into Portland International Airport (PDX). From there, take 205S to 84E, and 60 miles later youll be at Hood River.What is the weather like in the summer Summer...  Read More
LAVENDER DAZE
06/22/2016 | Agritourism, Event, Hood River, Mt. Hood
Join us July 2nd-3rd For the 12th annual Lavender Daze Festival at Mt. Hood Lavender Farm! Live music, tons of activities for the kids and beautiful views of the lavender fields against Oregon countryside, it is the perfect way to spend a weekend! Saturday: 10am-5pmSunday: 10am-5pmLive Music Saturday 10:00-Noon Jess Clemons & Anderson Gould 12:30-2:30 Moe Dixon 3:00-5:00 Bonneville Power TrioSunday 10:30-Noon Alonzo Garbonzo 12:30-2:30 Kay Floria and Randy Bell 3:00-5:00 Wasco BrothersDE LA HI BBQ Local WinesLadybug release party & Children's ActivitiesbyTeacher Janet at Our Children's Place"Kids, help us release beneficial Ladybugs into our wildflower garden!"(Check in with Teacher Janet when you arrive and sign up for the Ladybug Release, it will be going on both days, several times...  Read More
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