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
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Sakura Ridge - The Farm and Lodge. Exquisite lodging in the Columbia River Gorge

Sakura Ridge The Farm and Lodge with Panoramic Views of Mt Hood and the Hood River ValleySakura Ridge - The Farm and Lodge, is a working orchard and Oregon bed and breakfast located on the west slopes of the Hood River Valley.  You'll feel like you are sitting on top of the world as you enjoy panoramic views of the valley and majestic Mt Hood from your private patios or the extensive decks.

The Farm grows organic dark sweet cherries and delicate pears many of which make it to the amazing breakfasts served at the Lodge along with many other organic fruits and vegetables grown...

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Seven Oaks ~ A Hood River Bed and Breakfast

Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast A member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast GuildWith a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood, Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast, an inspected and approved member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, has two simply elegant bedrooms with private bathrooms and a separate cottage. Lots of nooks for relaxing plus a complete vegetarian breakfast to start your day. Less than five minutes from downtown Hood River. A wholesome retreat...in every sense.

Built in 1928 by French craftsman and renowned inventor August Guignard, the homestead at 1373 Barker Road featured...Read More
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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
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Passport to A World of Wine in the Columbia River Gorge

"A World of Wine in Forty Miles"

That's the motto for the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers.  Americas' Most Unique Wine Region is located less than an hour East of Portland, Oregon.  Straddling the mighty Columbia River, the Columbia Gorge Growing Region includes the fertile soils of both Washington and Oregon!  From the marine influenced climate of Underwood Mountain to the arid dryland of the Eastern Gorge, from Albarino to Zinfandel, the grapes and wines of this unique region are a spectacular...
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Cricketwood Country Bed and Breakfast ~ #4 Bed and Breakfast on TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards List for 2011

Travelers' Choice Awards 2011NEWTON, Mass., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/  TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2011 Travelers' Choice® awards.  This year 676 establishments were recognized in the ninth year of the competition. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice winners are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

"Based on reviews from millions of travelers around the globe, TripAdvisor is able to...

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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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Coming To Oregon For The Holidays?...take the epicurean trail!

Whether you are just passing through, planning to stay or just haven't made up your mind yet, consider visiting one or more of Oregon's quaint villages, small towns or even the big city! Boasting historical districts consisting of vintage homes, downtown buildings and bed and breakfasts from Jacksonville to Albany and from McMinnville to Astoria, finding that perfect place to dine, explore and stay overnight isn't hard!

This time of year is when you find native Oregonians holding on to the edge...Read More
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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
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A Bed and Breakfast in Oregon and the perfect day for a hike!

Mary from The Old Parkdale Inn turned me on to this hiking trail near Mt. Hood last October when she hosted an inn full of "lady innkeepers."  Still thinking that this trail was pretty good for someone wanting to experience a nice hike with a easy grade, I chose to take my daughter there today. 

Always trying to find new things to do in Oregon isn't hard at all.  And when you find that perfect spot in the universe, you wanna keep going back.  I was trying to remember how many inns I have stayed...Read More
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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
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Oregon Fall Foliage will not Disappoint Avid Leaf Peepers

While hiking the Mt Hood National Forest just today I noticed a hint of fall colors.  The vine maples were more orange than green.  Through past experience I know what to expect and the leaf peepers of Oregon will not be disappointed as a variety of deciduous trees begin to change against a bold evergreen background.

Mt Hood and the Fall Foliage of the Mt Hood National Forest
Typically one can expect the Willamette Valley peak color change to happen during the third week in October.

The higher you go in the Cascade Mountains the earlier the color change....

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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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An Oregon Bed and Breakfast ~ a perfect home base to Tour, Explore and Taste

Labor Day Weekend in Oregon, so much to do, so many wonderful back-roads and places to explore.  How about some wine tours?

Chehalem Mountains Wingrowers and AVA of the Willamette ValleyExplore, Tour & Taste through the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge. Participating member wineries and vineyards of the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers - including those rarely open to the public - will offer special activities during the weekend. Visit the website for a full list of events.


Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast
The Willamette Valley, Oregon's leading wine region has two-thirds of the state's...

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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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The Portland Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens and Portland Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

The International Rose Test Gardens in Portland OregonTucked away in Washington Park, one of the largest urban parks in our nation, are the International Rose Test Gardens.  The Rose Garden contains 10,000 plantings of 550 rose varieties and boasts one the most photographed view of the City of Roses with Mt Hood towering in the distance.

Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States.  The primary purpose of the garden is to serve as a testing ground for new rose...Read More
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Mental and Physical reTREAT!

My son and I came for a two-night stay to attend a wedding at the Old Miller Farm, right down the road from this enchanting B&B. The setting could not have been more perfect, with the background of the glorious and grand Mt. Hood presiding over us, the movement of the sun helping him change his colors and mood throughout the day, each one more beautiful and intriguing as the next. To my delight, I discovered THE SWING on the porch of the B&B and was immediately wisked back to my childhood on my...Read More
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