There’s something for everyone in Hood River, Oregon. The town, situated in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, offers amazing views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and the Columbia River. Walking through downtown Hood River you instantly feel welcomed by the easygoing and comfortable ambiance of the town and its residents. Quaint homes, cozy coffeehouses and diners and unique shops line the streets. After the sun sets, attend a play, go to a movie, take in a live music show, enjoy a tasty dinner or savor a pint of ale or lager at Full Sail Brewery. The Columbia River Gorge is home to 45 wineries all with in 1 hour drive of Villa Columbia. In downtown Hood River their is 10 tasting rooms.
Hood River is known as the windsurfing capital of the nation. Winds blowing through the Columbia River Gorge, especially during the middle of the day, create ideal conditions for riding the waves. If you aren’t quite ready to test your skills on the river, you can view boarders at play at Columbia Gorge Sailpark.
Skiers claim Hood River as a second home because of its proximity to the 11,239-foot Mount Hood. The ski season starts early (usually before Thanksgiving) and provides plenty of natural snow to keep skiers, snowboarders, tubers and sled enthusiasts happy throughout the winter and beyond. Choices include Mt. Hood Meadows, Copper Spur Mountain Resort and the historic Timberline Lodge at Government Camp. Timberline rests at 6,000 feet, collects more than 400 inches of snowfall each year and is the only year-round, lift-served ski area in the nation.
Hood River also welcomes hikers and cyclists with numerous trails ranging from easy to strenuous. Kayakers and white water enthusiasts will find plenty of river runs to choose from. In addition, the cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge feature sheer rock faces to test climbers’ skills. Golfers will find a variety of challenging courses in the area.
If you seek a leisurely drive, follow Historic Columbia River Highway. Amazing waterfalls such as Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah Falls and sweeping vistas from viewpoints including Crown Point are located along the winding road. The highway was designed in 1913 to highlight beautiful spots in the Gorge. The Hood River County Museum in Hood River tells the story of how the highway was built. A variety of museums are located in Hood River. Visit Western Antique Aeroplanes & Auto Museum, one of the largest collections of vintage aeroplanes on the west coast. For a taste of what local artists have to offer, visit the Columbia Art Gallery.
Beautiful pear and apple orchards surround Hood River. A unique way to view orchards is to hop aboard a railcar on the Mt. Hood Scenic Railroad. Railcars dating back to 1910 are pulled by a diesel locomotive along a former fruit train route through the scenic Hood Valley between Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. If a self-guided tour is more to your liking, drive along the Hood River Fruit Loop, a consortium of about 20 farms and orchards within Hood River Valley. Numerous wineries also call the valley home, many of which are open for tastings.
On Saturdays, stroll through Hood River’s open-air market to sample locally grown produce, view artists’ work and listen to area musicians. The Saturday Market is held between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. from May to October in downtown Hood River at the intersection of 6th and State streets.
Whenever you visit Hood River, you will find plenty of things to do and see. If we can assist you plan your trip in anyway, please do not hesitate to ask for advice. For more information on Hood River please visit the Hood River Chamber of Commerce website.
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