Dahlias Make a Showing in the Hood River Valley

The Hood River Valley is certainly known for having thousands of acres of fruit of which cherries, blueberries and peaches are finding their way to the fruit stands now.  We also have some amazing flower farms, one of which, The Gorge White House, has glads, daisies, cone flowers, snapdragons, Oriental lilies, lavender and more. 

Dahlias make a showing near Hood River Lodging AccommodationsThe dahlia fields at the Gorge White House have begun to bloom and it is a photo op you won’t want to miss.  They will be in their seasonal display until the first...

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Sunflowers and Gravensteins ~ An August Spectacular in the Hood River Valley

At Rasmussens Farm
Sunflowers at Rasmussen Farm near Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast Aug 6&7 and continuing through August.
Celebrating 60 kinds of sunflowers – Perfect opportunity to paint, cut, take photos and enjoy the many colors of summer. Reservations suggested for photo clubs or art groups.  Kick-off weekend features live music, wine tasting from Hood River Vineyards, vegetable games, and a treasure hunt. Quilt show and sale, art show and sale.  Come paint, take photos, cut bouquets, and enjoy through the whole month of August. Covered picnic area.

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Farm Dinner to Celebrate the Hood River Valley Farmers, Winemakers, and Food Artisans

Matthew Domingo
FARM to FORK Co-Founder

Farm Dinners Celebrate Hood River Valley's Farmers, Winemakers and Food Artisans

Farm to Fork’s founders have created a traveling farm-to-table restaurant, local food fundraiser, andcommunity celebration rolled into one. Each dinner is set at the farm where Hood River Valley Farm to Fork, A Culinary delightmuch of the food on the menu was produced, and proceeds benefit food-focused non-profits. rm to Fork’s mission is to connect guests to local sources of produce, meat, seafood and dairy products, and to...

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The Mt Hood Cycling Classic Returns to the Columbia River Gorge

A scenic stage of the Mt Hood Cycling ClassicThe Mt Hood Cycling Classic is coming to the Columbia River Gorge June 2nd-5th.  The race features stages through the Gorge, the Upper Hood River Valley, and the Mt Hood National Forest and has been described by experienced international racers as some of the most beautiful they’ve ever ridden.

This event is not just for those that are racing. Spectators are given an opportunity to see the action first hand. Food, fun and music greet those who come to watch the action. Spectators have an...Read More

Have I been an Oregon Innkeeper for 8 years already?

The Old Parkdale Inn-A Mt Hood Bed and BreakfastOn March 31st, 2003, we arrived in Parkdale and began our journey as innkeepers of the Old Parkdale Inn, a Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast.  It was something I had dreamed about doing for quite awhile and some days I still pinch myself and some days I ask myself what am I doing!

Today I begin my 9th year.  My, time certainly flies when we are having fun!  And I am having fun.  Oh, I admit there are days when it gets a little rough, say mid September when we have had a constant turnover of guests...Read More

Fall in Hood River, Oregon

I had been to Hood River on business but wanting to bring my husband.  We stayed at the Old Parkdale Inn and had a wonderful experience. Mary the Innkeeper was engaging and so welcoming. The Inn itself was just what we were looking for to relax and use as a basecamp for visiting the sites in the area. Unfortunately, we could only stay for two nights but next time will stay for at least four, there was so much to see and do. Mary's breakfast were a real treat and she gave each of the couples...Read More

The Hood River Valley Christmas Bird Count ~ 2011

Stellar's Jays on the Old Parkdale Inn Seed BlockOn New Year's Day I participated in the 2011 Christmas Bird Count at our Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast.  Although this yearly event has been going on now for 111 years through the Audubon Society, it is the 23rd annual event in the Hood River Valley.  Unlike many who braved the single digit temps, I stayed close to home, I did have B&B guests to pamper, participating in the FeederWatch Count. 

Thousands of volunteers braving the winter weather, grab their binoculars, bird guides and checklists to...

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Oregon's Winter Vacations Start at the Member Inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild

Ski Oregon and Stay at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Member InnFrom the small community owned slopes of Ferguson Ridge Ski Area in Eastern Oregon to the slopes of Mt Ashland in the south, Oregon offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor winter recreation. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder or looking for backcountry trails for snowshowing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, Oregon has it all. And after your day's adventure, get pampered at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast member inn nearby.

The Innkeepers of Central and Eastern Oregon await your visit....

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The Hood River Holiday Market and Winery Events in the Columbia River Gorge. And for you, the Gift of Luxury Lodging

Choose a Hood River Bed and Breakfast while visiting the Columbia River Gorge and the Holiday MarketFind the best hand-made crafts and one-of-a-kind gifts at the 2010 Hood River Holiday Market.

This event is your opportunity to find the perfect gift for your loved ones or even for yourself!  You'll find 30+ vendors providing unique items, that you can't find anywhere else, all gathered in one place.

Holiday Market hours are 9am to 4pm on November 20 and November 27 at Westside Elementary School, 3685 Belmont Drive, Hood River.

Inn at the Gorge Bed and Breakfast in Hood River Oregon
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Wanderfeast Week Four ~ Fall Fruits Week

I am particularly excited about Wanderfeast Week Four ~ Fall Fruits Week, as the orchard featured, Kiyokawas is a stones throw up the Hood River Valley from our inn, the Old Parkdale Inn.  It is one of my favorite fruit stands, not only because of the knowledgeable staff on hand to answer your apple and pear related questions but because of the variety of fruit.  Over 40 varieties of apples and 30 varieties of pears, many familiar, many old world varieties which you may or may not have ever...Read More

Slow Food, a Local Chef and an Oregon Experience!

Perusing this new book today got me reeling with excitement about the Pacific Northwest.  It really doesn't take much to make that happen but seeing my inn along with our local restaurants, special places to see, shop and experience in Joan Tapper's new book is very cool!

Joan Tapper and photographer Nik Wheeler spent a few days at our inn a while back as they gathered infomation on their new venture.  Only one in a series, this book focuses on the Pacific Northwest and all the wonderful things...Read More

Hood River's most Delicious Destination Celebrating 21 years

Apple Valley Country Store in the Hood River Valley of OregonApple Valley Country Store in Hood River Oregon is celebrating its 21st year as one of Hood River’s favorite visitor attractions.  Located in the midst of picturesque orchards, forests and farmlands, our family has been making homemade jams, jellies, and pies in the store's kitchen for over 20 years. 

During the month of October you will be treated to some delicious treats as the Wright family cooks up pies, jams, jellies, dumplings and more.  Crisps and turnovers are baked only on special event...Read More

Hood River Hops Fest and Columbia River Gorge Lodging

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Hood River Hops Fest
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Hood River Hops Fest mug
The event runs from noon to 9 p.m. in downtown Hood River, in the spacious parking area between Cascade and Columbia Streets.

More that 20 Northwest brewers are expected to attend, each providing one favorite brew, plus a fresh-hopped brew just for the event. 

Admission is free.  Wristbands and tasting mugs for those 21 and over run $5.  Taste tokens good for a 4-ounce pour run $1 each.

the Inn at the Gorge Bed and Breakfast

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Kiyokawa Family Orchards and some Mt Hood Bed and Breakfasts

Kiyokawa Family Orchards near a unique Mt Hood Bed and BreakfastHanner's Jumbo.  Zestar.  Hokutoi.  Sansa.  Ever heard of these apples?  How about Butter, Mederis, or Cascade pears?  I hadn't until I discovered an amazing family farm just a mile and a half from our innKiyokawa Family Orchards, located in the Upper Hood River Valley, has been growing the finest produce since 1911 and along with the "old world" varieties you'll find also the more common Bartletts, Gravs and Fuji.  The fertile soils found at the base of Mt Hood and glacier fed water sources...Read More

The Hood River Harvest Ride

Oregonians love their bikes and we are truely blessed with an amazing number of scenic backroads to explore.  The Hood River Harvest Ride is a family-friendly bike ride through the less-traveled majestic back-roads of the Hood River Valley.  There are five routes from easy to moderate to challenging and a new "kids under ten" loop this years.  Riders have the option to take 'er easy or feel the burn. 

Sakura Ridge The Farm and Lodge - A Sponsor of the Hood River Harvest Ride There will be reasonable offsite childcare available from Bambinos International Learning...

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival in the Amazing Columbia River Gorge

In 2003, riding on years of success protecting the Yuba River, the South Yuba River Citizens League, SYRCL, decided to plan an environmental film festival.  Seven festivals later, the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in the US.  The goal is to become the premiere environmental film festival in the world.  Each January, screening begins for the most important and inspirational environmental films available today, as well as host a variety...

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Cherries, Cherries, and More Cherries ~ We Just Can't Get Enough

The 2010 Hood River cherry crop is amazing.  We have been picking about 10 pounds of fresh cherries every few days and they become the main ingredient in many a tasty breakfast treat here at the Old Parkdale Inn.  We’ve been making cherry crepes, cherry scones, cherry cobblers and of course placing big bowls of cold, crisp cherries on the table to nibble on before, during and after breakfast. 

One of our guests’ favorite though, is the Double-Crust Cherry Tart and as promised here is the recipe.

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Cherry Harvest in Full Swing in the Hood River Valley

Mother Nature offered up a cool, damp spring and set the harvest back a couple of weeks.  But the cherries are here and as good as every.  If you have never tasted a fresh, tree ripened cherry, you are really missing a treat! 

Head on up to the Hood River Valley and join in the harvest.  The Hood River Valley's cherry season features sales of fresh-picked cherries at Fruit Loop farms and cherry products, such as wine, jam, pies and other desserts.

Don't miss the cherry/white chocolate chip...

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Dessert for Breakfast - Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake

The Innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild use the freshest, locally grown ingredients when preparing breakfast for our guests.  Berries are big in Oregon and during July the Oregon farmer harvests the Blueberry.  The Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake3 The Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake is so easy and is always a favorite summer culinary treat at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.  This great crumb-topping coffee cake recipe comes to me via the Hood River County Fruit Loop Cook Book and Nelson's Blueberry Farm where we...
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Magic Mile Sky Ride - A Geotourism Adventure on Mt Hood

A Chair with a View - Looking South off of Mt Hood When it is hot in the valleys there is nothing like a ride on the Magic Mile chair lift on Mt Hood, Oregon's tallest peak at 11, 240 feet.  The majestic mountain can be seen from Portland, the Willamette Valley, the Hood River Valley and the Columbia River Gorge and is an easy day trip from any of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns in these regions.

Take the lift to the mountain’s 7000′ level – no skis or snowboards needed but if you do need a ski fix there are but a few places in the...

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