Hood River and The Columbia River Gorge

We decided to take a mini vacation this last weekend.  We headed out from Woodburn, around Mt. Hood to the Hood River Fruit Loop.  We stayed the night in Hood River and headed home down the Historic Hwy 30 along the Columbia River.  It was a wonderful trip!  But let me tell you more…

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We left home, hopeful to find some great fruit and lavender products following the Hood River fruit loop.  Our first stop was the Mt. Hood Brewing Company.


The seasonal beer was a lavender ginger golden ale, and might I say, it was AMAZING!!!  I would dry back there just for that beer!


Then off we went to the fruit loop.  We stopped first at the Draper Girls farm.  It was incredibly crowded and the cherry cider we had hoped to buy (like 4 gallons of it) was a bit too pricey.  I did get some great cherries, several varieties, and some orca beans.  It was a pretty place with a petting zoo.

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Off we went to the lavender farm.  No honey.  No extract.  But I did purchase a small bag of culinary lavender.


The next place we tried to stop was so crowded, and we were so tired, we decided to just head to town and have some food.

We stopped at Big Horse Brewery, but left.  There were a lot of empty tables (I counted at least 10) and no one standing around waiting for anything – inside or out.  But we were told it was a 25 to 30 minute wait.  When we asked why, we were told there were 7 parties ahead of us.  But where?  And there were still plenty of tables?

We moved on to Logsdon Farmhouse Ales.  Amazingly good!  We ordered a meat plate and a cheese plate to share.  It came with an aioli, kalamata tempenade, baguette slices and little gherkins.  It was so good we practically licked the platter!   Many of the fixtures and furniture are made from old beer barrels – like the lamps!

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We walked down a few blocks to the hotel and checked in.  The historic Hood River Hotel sits right downtown on the corner of Oak and First.


The room was cozy and clean, but I don’t recommend a river view.  You really have more of a view of the railroad.  But we still loved it.



We wandered around town for awhile, stopped at 64 Taphouse – I had a really good pineapple cider and Dennis had a stout aged in Wild Turkey barrels.  He took a couple of cans home (they fill and seal the cans right there).


We hit the El Rio Burrito Bar for a couple of fish tacos.  We took them back to the room to eat them…They were ok, nothing to write home about, but the price was good and they were way above taco bell!

I wandered down stairs in the morning for a cup of complimentary coffee and headed back to the room.  It was great to sit and just relax, reading magazines and looking out the window.  It was a nice, quiet morning.


We ate breakfast at the restaurant that is connected to the hotel, Broder Ost.  It is a Scandinavian inspired menu.  The food was absolutely, over the top delicious!!

My husband, Dennis, had a Danish bloody mary (it had pickles in it!)


and Lost Eggs – a dish with eggs, hash browns, cream sauce and ham mixed together.


I had lefse, Norwegian potato crepes, that were filled with smoked trout and chevre cheese.  It was just amazing!


I have never had gravlax before, so I asked if they would give me a taste – and they did.  Pretty good!  Gravlax is a sugar cured salmon, not too much different from lox (except lox is salt cured and sliced thinner).

After breakfast we headed out and made some stops in the gorge.

The Columbia River gorge has some really beautiful waterfalls.  We went off the freeway and drove the Historic Hwy 30.  It was crazy busy with traffic!  We almost missed some stops because of parking – but we got lucky!

We stopped at Horsetail Falls first.














Multnomah Falls was the next stop – and what a zoo!!  There was a wedding going on so there were hundreds of people – all vying for parking and all trying to take pictures.  I managed to get a couple of shots before I high tailed it out of there!



Wahkeena Falls and picnic area was the last falls we stopped it.  A really pretty place.











We ended our tour at the Crown Point Vista House – topped on the hill and offering an exquisite view of the Columbia River.  It was pretty cloudy and getting ready to rain, so the sun is hiding itself – a typical NW day!

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Road trips are fun and relaxing – but it was also good to be home.

Where will we go next…..


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About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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6 Responses to Hood River and The Columbia River Gorge

  1. That sounds like a great trip. I absolutely love waterfalls and your photos show some lovely falls that must have been amazing. Nice place to have a wedding.

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  2. Lisa says:

    Pinning! I love the Columbia River!

  3. Love your blog! We love to travel (and especially roadtrips!), but…we have barely visited the NW at all! We did make a trip to CA 5 years ago and made it into southern OR, to Crater Lake (which in late June was still buried under 40 feet of snow!) and a stay in a treehouse (fabulous). But Washington is one of only 3 states I have never been to, and I would love to see a lot more of Oregon.

    Your trip sounds wonderful, and I love your photos.

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