Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - Food

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
FESTIVAL OF THE FUNGUS
10/31/2016 | Agritourism, Estacada, Event, Food, Mt Hood Territory
Fancy a lobster or morel Want to sink your teeth into a chanterelle or bolete These are just a few of the many local mushrooms in Mt. Hood Territory ready to be identified, plucked, and served on your plate this season.There will be some fungus among us this coming weekend at the Estacada Festival of the Fungus. Join fellow fun guys and gals on November 5th at Estacada High school for this family-friendly event. Bring in your freshly foraged loot and get help identifying which are edible and which are not. Learn the best techniques for mushroom cleaning. Enjoy an art show that can only be described as spurrific. To find more information about planning your own mushroom...  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
PUMPKINS AND WINE ON THE MOUNTAIN
09/26/2016 | Agritourism, Boring, Event, Food, Mt Hood Territory, Sandy, Shopping, Winery
When the Fall season comes knocking, visions of pumpkins, apple cider, and wine tasting come to mind. Mt. Hood Territory is the perfect destination to experience all of the above and more no matter your age or interest. Here are a few ideas we think you might like.Family-Friendly OutingLiepold Farms, located in Boring, OR, is far from boring. Every Fall the farm explodes with excitement as the annual Fall Festival takes shape. With activities and fun for the whole family, this is an event not to miss. Get lost in the 5-acre corn maze, aim apples at the moon (or target) with the Apple-pult, take in picturesque views of Mt. Hood from the hay ride while you learn about...  Read More
MALLARDS CAFé & PUB
08/26/2016 | Food, Mt Hood Territory, Villages of Mt. Hood, Welches
Come dine on the mountain with some of the best views and local food around. Mallards Café & Pub, in Welches OR, is family friendly dining offering delicious seasonal and local food. Karaoke nights on the mountain certainly keep things fun, Saturdays feature live music, or enjoy Sunday Brunch with the family! Mallards Café & Pub offers seasonal traditional, familiar fare in casual, comfortable surroundings amidst the natural beauty of the Mt. Hood National Forest. Outdoor seating is available and boasts some of the most spectacular views at The Resort at The Mountain. Enjoy happy hour specials daily from 4-6pm, karaoke Friday nights from 7-11pm and live music every Saturday night at 7pm in the pub.Check out Mallards Café &...  Read More
MULTNOMAH DINING
08/18/2016 | Food, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Come dine under the magnificent Multnomah Falls, just east of Troutdale. Offering fine Northwest-style food with a focus on the bountiful local food that the Columbia River Gorge provides. Whether you just got hungry after the long hike up and down the falls or you want to spend a nice meal dining under the beautiful Multnomah Falls, Multnomah Falls Lodge is sure to please!Greetings from the staff at Multnomah Falls Lodge,We offer upscale Northwest style cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients, in the beautifully preserved Multnomah Falls Lodge. To enhance your dining experience we offer an extensive award winning wine list featuring Oregon and Washington wines, as well as the finest in local micro-brewed beers.Our dining rooms feature...  Read More
THEATER AT EDGEFIELD
08/18/2016 | Agritourism, Art, Brewery, Event, Food, Heritage, Lodging, Recreation, Shopping, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Sit back and enjoy a wonderful movie in the historical and beautiful Edgefield Theater. Comfy chairs, food and drink served before the movie starts all in a beautiful room surrounded by gorgeous murals and paintings. Come down to Edgefield for an excellent movie experience. About Edgefield TheaterWeve enhanced your movie-going at the Poor Farm! Enjoy new luxury movie rocker seats, online ticket purchase with reserved seating and food and table service starting 45 minutes before each showing!!Accommodations Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seats cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of...  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
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
FARM 2 FORK
08/01/2016 | Agritourism, Event, Food, The Dalles
Calling all Locavores! If you love eating food grown right here in the Columbia River Gorge then come on down to Farm 2 Fork! This ticketed event showcases food from the local area served up by local chefs! The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, announces its Second Annual Farm to Fork Progressive Food, Art and Wine Dinner scheduled for August 27th from 4:00pm-8:00 pm, featuring the best of the best in The Dalles.This Dinner is designed to reconnect guests to the source of their culinary palate and celebrate the bounty of Autumn Harvest.The Farm-to-Fork Progressive Food & Wine Dinner includes six courses of delectable local goods prepared by Local Renowned Chefs Mark Linebarger and Tamara Huffman.Tickets on sale now. $100...  Read More
CAZADERO INN
07/29/2016 | Estacada, Food, Mt Hood Territory
If you are looking for a nice Steakhouse to go to, come on down to the Cazadero Inn! With a beautiful view of the Clackamas River by the window and delicious food, you are sure to have a good time!Sit down in a relaxing atmosphere with a cold drink and delicious dinner over-looking the pristine Clackamas River. A Full Sports Bar, Video Lottery, and Family Dining Room, makes any time a great time to visit the Cazadero Inn.Check out their great menu at: cazaderoinn.com/restaurant/Discover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out on while visiting: Mt Hood Territory. Dont forget to visit Mt Hood Territory for more information about the regions attractions and lodging before your trip to...  Read More
FAIRVIEW FESTIVAL
07/27/2016 | Event, Fairview, Food, West Columbia River Gorge
10 years of fun and food, The Fairview On The Green Festival is just around the corner. Come on down August 20th for a cruise in, live music, local artisans, and fun activities for the kids too! It's a great way to spend a summer day!Celebrating its 10th year this late summer festival has entertained and enhanced our community and has become our signature event. This years event will host a cruise-in. We will have a 50/50, raffle, class award, and dash plaques. As well as the island themed food in the beer garden we will have a selection of other food offerings and deserts. Local and out of town artisans sell their crafts, live music, live...  Read More
FARMERS MARKET
07/22/2016 | Agritourism, Art, Event, Food, The Dalles
Come on down to the Farmers Market at The Dalles every Saturday From 9 am to 1pm at City Park! Enjoy local produce and handmade goods my the folks from the area!The Dalles Farmers Market primary purpose shall be to educate and inform the local and regional consumers of the locally and regionally produced food choices; to educate and inform the local and regional consumers of the health, social, economic and other benefits of locally and regionally produced foods available to them and to provide an opportunity for the local and regional producers to sell, and local and regional consumers to purchase, locally and regionally produced foods.Learn more about the market at: www.thedallesfarmersmarket.com/Discover more attractions, events, and activities you wont...  Read More
CASA EL MIRADOR
07/22/2016 | Food, The Dalles
Located in The Dalles, this is a great restaurant for a nice night out. Serving food in The Dalles for 20 years, you are sure to love the friendly atmosphere and fresh ingredients.CASA EL MIRADOR is proud to be a part of The Dalles community. We strive for the best possible food and service using only the freshest and finest ingredients available. You have our commitment to quality, value and your complete satisfaction.CASA EL MIRADOR has been serving the Columbia Gorge Region since 1994. We offer a complete menu of quality authentic Mexican Food. Casa El Mirador offers a Fiesta of Flavors in fine Mexican food.Visit their website and check out their website at: http://casaelmirador.com/about/Discover more attractions, events, and...  Read More
JERRY GARCIA'S BIRTHDAY
07/20/2016 | Art, Event, Food, Heritage, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Come down to McMenamins to celebrate the birthday of the late Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, Sunday July 31st! A full day of music, and enjoy handcrafted brews and wines while celebrating the birthday of Jerry Garcia.Truly one of the most fun and festive events of the summer, Jerry Garcia's Birthday is a devil of a good time check out live music, join in the colorful Tie-Dye Golf Tournament, pay respects at the "Garcia Bronze" sculpture set in a wooded glen, enjoy handcrafted McMenamins ales, wines and spirits and more.Learn more about the bands playing and the Tie-Dye event at: www.mcmenamins.com/events/151961-Jerry-Garcias-BirthdayDiscover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out on while visiting: The West Columbia River Gorge....  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
ESTACADA SUMMER FUN!
07/18/2016 | Art, Estacada, Event, Food, Mt Hood Territory, Shopping
Come on down to Estacada for the 16th Annual Estacada Summer Celebration, July 21st-23rd! Come and celebrate the arts at this fun festival with live music, arts and crafts for the kids and tons of art vendors, this free event is a great way to spend a summer Saturday! Saturday morning brings fun activities for children with giant puppets, lots of live music, free hands-on art activities for children and adults, a silent art auction, lots of food vendors and the beautiful Broadway Street art fair. It is an opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate this wonderful community through the art.Learn more about this great event and check out the full line up of events at: estacadasc.org/Discover more...  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
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
CORBETT FUN FEST
07/06/2016 | Corbett, Event, Food, West Columbia River Gorge
Come on down to Corbett OR for our annual 4th of July Fun Festival. A pancake feast in the morning, followed by our traditional Springdale to Corbett parade, then a whole day of of fun activities and live music! Then end the day with a boom at the Corbett Fireworks show!Following the Parade A Full Day of Fun & Activities!A full line up of music, contests, food, attractions, games, a water slide, a mechanical bull, inflatables, paddle boats, archery, human hamster balls, vendor booths, a generational queens court and other great entertainment for everyone plus the only fireworks show in East county. Directions here. Vendors will be open and ready to sell at 11:00 am. | FunZone for kids...  Read More
SANDY FAMILY RESTAURANT
07/03/2016 | Food, Mt Hood Territory, Sandy
This homey family restaurant is a great place to stop in and eat your fill. Enjoy the new renovated interior and fill up on pancakes served all day!We are Sandy Oregons newest Family Friendly restaurant, and the only restaurant in Sandy to offer breakfast all day. So, if you want pancakes for dinner, we have you covered!We are located in Downtown Sandy, right next to the remodeled Sandy Public Library.Our fabulous food choices include dinners with entrees such as country fried steak, roast turkey, chicken strips, pot roast and chicken fettuccine as well as seafood, burgers and sandwiches.Learn more about the Sandy Family Restaurant at: sandyfamilyrestaurant.comDiscover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out on while visiting: Mt...  Read More
ALTITUDE DINING
06/30/2016 | Food, Mt Hood Territory, Welches
Enjoy Cascadian Cuisine in the farm to table restaurant, Altitude located in Welches OR. Featuring dishes made with the bounty of Oregon and seasoned with herbs from their own garden. Whether you are out and about in Mt Hood or are looking for a great place to dine, Altitude is a great place to stop in at.Altitude's arrival on the Mt. Hood dining scene put it near or at the top of everyone's dining wish list. Its un-regimented and casually upscale dining environment allows diners to feel at home in comfortable surroundings. And while the food speaks for itself, an intelligent selection of wines finds its own voice.Located at The Resort at The Mountain, Altitude is a favorite for a...  Read More
TASTY TAD'S
06/22/2016 | Food, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
Tad's Chicken'n Dumplings has been a local tradition for almost 100 years. First established during Prohibition, Tad's has always been a place were people could come from near and far to enjoy good American comfort food. Overlooking the Sandy river from their year round open air patio, you can look out onto gorgeous waters as you dine on some of the best food around.  Yes, There Really Was a Tad!Its spring again, the smelt have just finished their spring run, and were in the mood to share some amazing facts about Tads with you.Did you know that Tads, as a local institution, is nearly eighty years old Handsome Tad Johnson, known locally as a rascal and a fisherman, (in that...  Read More
MOUNTAIN DINING
06/22/2016 | Food, Lodging, Mt Hood Territory
Dine at the top of the world at Timberline Lodge's Cascade Dining Hall. At 6,000 ft elevation Timberline lodge offers beautiful views, with delicious food all from Oregon's bounty as well as a building full of history. A pioneering spirit of craftsmanship paired with a deep-rooted connection to the region inspires Timberlines culinary program. Timberline is at the center of Oregons bounty, surrounded by mountain streams and a plentiful ocean teeming with fish, rolling fields of fresh and organic produce and locally-raised livestock and poultry. All tended by producers with a common goal. Chef Jason Stoller Smith and Timberlines talented culinary brigade share this vision and invite you to Taste Oregon in the Cascade Dining Room.Learn more about The Cascade...  Read More
THE BLACK RABBIT
06/22/2016 | Food, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Part of the Edgefield experience is The Black Rabbit restaurant. As with any McMenamins establishment, the building is filled with atmosphere and murals, and the kitchen uses produce from McMenamins own 74 acres. Located in Edgefield's main lodge, the Black Rabbit Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fantastic murals tracing the history of Edgefield and the Columbia River Gorge line the walls, and intimate booths encourage you to linger over a fine meal. Guests can choose from an innovative menu of Northwest cuisine and traditional favorites, as well as an expansive list of regional and local wines.The kitchen uses ingredients from Edgefield's own gardens, grown using organic methods herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers that flourish throughout the...  Read More
WEST COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
WATERFALLS
One of the most iconic places in the Pacific North West, the Columbia River Gorge offers unparalleled waterfall scenery and canyon views. Visit the West Columbia Gorge area to stand at the base of waterfalls, boat on the mighty Columbia River, or to stand atop vistas and take in the view. READ MORE
THE DALLES
SUNSHINE
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, The Dalles is a place full of recreation, culture, and history. A historic Native American trading area, this city has been a center of commerce for over 10,000 years. A paradise for history buffs, cyclists, and wine aficionados, The Dalles is for all to enjoy. READ MORE
MT. HOOD TERRITORY
EXPLORATION
The only mountain offering summer skiing in North America, Mt. Hood and the surrounding territory never gets old. If you’re not a skier, put on your hiking boots, grab a fishing pole, or load up your kayak to explore the trails, lakes, and rivers, found throughout the area. READ MORE
HOOD RIVER
WATERSPORTS
Offering world-class kiteboarding and windsurfing, Hood River is where outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-seekers are drawn to. Close to the mountain, along the river, and nestled against superb farmland, visit this town for amazing restaurants, fresh produce, and an unrivaled watersport scene. READ MORE
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