Hood River in Oregon is located at the crossroads of the magnificent Columbia River Gorge and the breathtaking Cascade Range. The surrounding area is ripe with orchards growing cherries, apples, peaches and other fruits. From around Hood River, holiday makers can get fully furnished abodes in form of cosy cabins, spacious lodges and beautiful chalets in a variety of settings. Romantic mountain cottages sit nestled on orchard knolls surrounded by the beauty of the Hood River Valley and the best views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.
Hood River is famous for producing best quality fruits and the lovely orchards that grace the valleys. Visitors cherish the charming views of the picturesque vegetation when they ride the Mt. Hood Scenic Railroad through the orchard route. Hood River is famed for the impressive panorama of the majestic snow capped peak of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. It has become the destination of choice for wind surfers from around the world and has earned the distinctive title of ?the windsurfing capital of the world?. The winds from the Columbia River Gorge create the perfect conditions for riding the waves. Visitors are welcome to numerous sporting activities including: white water kayaking and rafting, mountain and road biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, kite boarding and stand-up paddle boarding. With two ports and two boat basins, the area also serves both commercial as well as recreational boating.
Beer industry in Hood River is taken to another level and visitors are welcome to sample the cocktails in the pubs around the area, there is the Annual Hood River Hops festival held on the first Saturday of October in downtown Hood River. The Columbia Gorge growing region is also one of America?s most unique wine areas. Visitors should find time and tour the wineries and vineyards and relax in the many casual tasting rooms. There is also the 35-mile scenic drive through the valleys which is a must when visiting Hood River County. The area offers the best in cuisines, with meals made by some of the most outstanding chefs in the Pacific Northwest. From simple home-style cooking to gourmet offerings, holiday makers will find delicious fare made with ingredients grown within Hood River County. The Columbia River Gorge has spectacular waterfalls; Starting with the towering 620-foot Multnomah Falls, visitors can see waterfalls all along the Old Highway and at other locations throughout the County. Art and culture are a central part of life in Hood River, from theater productions and poetry readings to rides on the historic scenic railroad, from art museums and galleries to a history museum and even a one-of-a-kind antique air and auto museum.
In summer, the sunshine and perfect winds make it ideal for the sporting activities. Autumn is full of splendour and colour with bountiful harvests from the orchards in the valley; an ideal time to enjoy the Fruit Loop and local wineries. Winter is mild with plenty of snowfall up at Mt. Hood. Within a thirty minute drive visitors can enjoy outdoor snow sports. Spring brings the blossoming of lots of fruit. Light spring rains help the rivers fill up and then it?s time for water sports.
Hood River is located just off Interstate 84, exits 61-64. (I-84 runs the length of the Gorge and provides easy driving access to points both east and west). Across the river in Washington State, SR 14 also follows the river and offers access to small local communities as well as the Mt. Adams Wilderness Area, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and the scenic area around Troutlake, WA. To get to Hood River from SR 14, one takes the Hood River toll bridge ($1 each direction) at milepost 65 just before Bingen, WA. Hood River Airport is available for private and charter flights. There is also an airfield in The Dalles and one in Troutdale. Portland International Airport is the nearest major airport with scheduled passenger service.