Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - Agritourism

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
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
TROUT FISHING NEAR THE DALLES
03/02/2017 | Agritourism, Fishing, Recreation, The Dalles
Stephanie Valencano of The Dalles with her big rainbow from Taylor Lake. Photo by Gary Lewis by guest contributor Gary LewisIn the days of yesteryear, opening day was on a Saturday, but that is no more because the Department of Fish & Wildlife simplified the angling regulations last year. Now, most of our favorite waters are open year round.It used to be that folks looked forward to opening day of trout season. Campers rolled in from the big city, stopped in tackle shops for bait and advice, then set up their canvas tents at campgrounds then drove back to town to stay in motels when rainstorms washed them out. It was a great system, but I like this better.Early last April...  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
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
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
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
BUDDHA KAT WINERY
08/22/2016 | Agritourism, Mt Hood Territory, Sandy, Uncategorized, Winery
Come down to Sandy for locally made wine from Buddha Kat Winery featuring varietal and fruit wines from grapes and fruit of the surrounding orchards in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood area. As one of the 300+ wineries participating in the Oregon Wines Fly Free from Alaska Airlines, this is a great stop in the Mt Hood territory area!Our main tasting room and winery is located in the quaint, small town of Sandy, Oregon located 25 miles east of Portland. Known as the Gateway to Mount Hood, Sandy serves as a wonderful central location for launching a variety of recreational activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking & cycling in the summer and skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing...  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
WINE TRAIL
08/07/2016 | Agritourism, Mt Hood Territory, Winery
You've heard of a hiking pass but what about a wine tasting pass Tour the wineries of the Mt Hood Territory and taste the wines of the Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge area! Order a Wine Trail Tasting Pass for a night to remember!The Mt. Hood Territory WINE TRAIL TASTING PASS is a unique collection of 12 wineries that will satisfy your palate for exploration. WINE TRAIL TASTING PASS PROGRAM DETAILS: This is a mobile-exclusive product, no need to print anything out. You can redeem everything right from your phone. The TASTING PASS is available for purchase August 3-October 27, 2016, and must be used by November 27, 2016. The WINE TRAIL TASTING PASS provides potential savings of $40....  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
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
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
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
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
R&D ORCHARDS
06/22/2016 | Agritourism, Parkdale, The Dalles
Ryan Bond, a second-generation grower in The Dalles, Oregon has been featured in an article on goodfruit.com. Ryan manages about 800 acres at R&D Orchards where he grows cherries, pears and apples. Although Ryan didn't always want to be farmer by the age of 23 he was in charge of 200 acres in Parkdale, Oregon and has been growing ever since. Read Ryan's advice for new growers starting out below.What would you tell new growers starting out Farmings not easy. If it was, everybody would do it. Dont expect to get the cushy job riding around in the pickup right off the bat. Youre going to put in your hours. When I was first starting out it was frost...  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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