Pack up and head out! Destination: Hood River, Oregon. Tucked away in the Columbia River Gorge right near Mt. Hood, Hood River is home to a wealth of natural wonders, outdoor recreation, historic landmarks, arts and culture, and delicious food and drinks. Whether you’re traveling to the area for business or for pleasure, there’s a lot to do and a lot to see. To ensure that you make the most out of your stay in Hood River, check out these tips on some of the best places to eat, drink, stay, and play.
Where to stay
Hood River is a town that is buzzing during all four seasons. Whether you’re looking for an extended stay or just passing through town for the night, Hood River has plenty of year-round accommodations to suit every need and preference. There are hotels, motels and resorts, in addition to a variety of different vacation rentals and bed & breakfasts (B&Bs). Many accommodations also offer stay-and-ski packages that you can purchase with your stay. If you’re looking for little more adventure during your stay in Hood River, there are also plenty of campgrounds, cabins and RV parks that are nestled right in the heart of the wilderness.
Here’s a few of the area’s top accommodations:
- Hood River Hotel (located in Downtown)
- Columbia Cliff Villas
- Columbia Gorge Hotel
- Vagabond Lodge
- Sakura Ridge (B&B)
- Hood National Forest (campsites, RV parks, and cabins)
Places to visit
From Mt. Hood, the Gorge and the “Fruit Loop,” to the waters and winds of Hood River, there’s always something to do no matter what season you’re visiting the region. While winter brings flocks of skiers and snowboards to the area, spring and summer offer the perfect conditions for other recreational activities like windsurfing, kiteboarding, sailing, fishing, biking, camping and much more. If you’re looking for a more laid back, relaxed experience while you’re in Hood River, look no further than the orchards, agricultural farms, wineries, art studios, local shops and history museums that make up this town’s great culture and heritage.
Have a look at a couple of Hood River’s must-see locations:
- Hood Meadows Ski Resort
- The Hood River County Fruit Loop
- Historic Columbia River Highway
- Hood River Waterplay
- Columbia Center for the Arts
- Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum / WAAAM
Restaurants & Bars
Looking for good food and an ice cold drink? There’s plenty of that in Hood River to excite your taste buds and quench your thirst. Not only is Hood River home to a variety of craft breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries, but it’s also a wealth of Northwestern food culture. There are a wide range of local dining options for visitors to enjoy, including coffee shops, bakeries, bistros, and of course, local farmer’s markets with hand-picked, fresh produce right from Hood River’s very own orchards.
Check out a list of some of the most popular restaurants and bars in the Hood River area:
- Sixth Street Bistro & Loft
- Full Sail Brewing Co.
- Riverside Restaurant
- Bette’s Place
- Marchesi Vineyards & Winery
- Celilo Restaurant & Bar
Regardless of your length of stay or your preferences towards adventure or relaxation, Hood River has something for everyone. This hidden gem along the Oregon-Washington state line makes a great vacation spot for travelers during all four seasons.