Friday, March 14, 2014 by
Columbia River Gorge, the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway, the
Willamette Valley and have a comfy bed and and hearty breakfast at
an bed and breakfast along the way. A Bed
and Breakfast offers so much more than a hotel.
Oregon innkeepers know the best back roads, the best places to
eat, the scenic attractions you won't want to miss. You
determine how far you want to go in one day. The whole
adventure is about 200 miles and you'll discover why
those arriving in Oregon on the Oregon Trail...Read More
Sunday, January 26, 2014 by
Immigrants began to move into Oregon
Territory in the 1840's. German brewer Henry Saxer arrived in
1852, tasted the clear, soft water and recognized the prime hop and
grain potential. He, along with fellow
immigrant Henry Weinhard, began brewing and the rest is
breweries of Oregon produce brews known around the world
for their quality and innovation. Plan your
first Beer-Cation around those in Hood River,
Oregon, and the Valley that stretches to the foothills of Mt.
Monday, April 15, 2013 by
March brings the beginning of the southward movement of many
migratory land birds through Oregon and as an avid birder I wanted
to share the many birding opportunities that can be found in
throughout our state. The Oregon
Cascade Birding Trail (OCBT) is a self-guided auto
tour highlighting nearly 200 prime birding destinations designed to
showcase the region's birds and spectacular
scenery. This blog will focus on the Mt Hood Loop of
the Oregon Cascade Birding Trail. Let's get settled...Read More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by
Historic Columbia River HighwayRead More
Traversing between Hood River and
Mosier, the five mile section of the Historic Columbia River
Highway passes through the Twin Tunnels and two climate
zones and being closed to auto traffic is an amazing trail for
hikers, bikers, rollerbladers, anyone human powered. Starting at
the east Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead near Mosier, the trail leads
through semi-arid terrain dotted with ponderosa pine for about a
mile until you reach the Twin Tunnels. Spectacular...
Monday, April 8, 2013 by
Every time another storm comes through the Columbia River
Gorge and into the Mt Hood National Forest we say, "This has got to
be the last one". And then comes another. Seems like
Winter and Spring are playing a bit of tug-a-war and we are hoping
winter holds on a bit longer. Read More
The ski resort on Oregon's tallest peak, Mt Hood, have received
about 15 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. All this is
making for some awesome spring conditions on Mt Hood and in
the Mt Hood National Forest....
Monday, April 8, 2013 by
Spring in the Columbia River Gorge is amazing and what better
way to enjoy the spectacular scenery and the unique wines of
the federally designated grape-growing region of
the Columbia Gorge Appellation than to join us
for Passport to Wine, April
This is an exciting opportunity to sample the best that the
Columbia Gorge Winegrowers
have to offer. Passport holders will be entitled to a
variety of benefits, including special reserve tastings, wine
discounts, case discounts and more.
Friday, October 19, 2012 by
have three plum trees in the gardens of the
Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, an alternative to a Hood
River Oregon hotel. The harvest has been Oregon Bounty style
and the trees are loaded with fruit. We've been making cakes
and pastries as they come off the tree for the couple of weeks.
This Upside Down Cake has been well received by our guests at
the breakfast table of the
Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, a member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast
Old Parkdale Inn Plum Upside...
Monday, March 26, 2012 by
is all about the food. I am so excited to be a member of the
Hood River Organics CSA (Community Supported
Agriculture) Coop, bringing fresh, locally grown, organic food to
my front porch! Each week throughout the
year the participating farms work with multiple other
farmers and producers in the Columbia River Gorge area to put
together a box of the most delicious, healthy, seasonal food.
Did I mention it will be delivered to my door?Read More
Slow food is an idea, a way of living and
a way of...
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 by
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.
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...
Friday, August 5, 2011 by
At Rasmussens Farm
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
Monday, May 30, 2011 by
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
Sunday, March 27, 2011 by
"A World of Wine in Forty
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...
Thursday, October 28, 2010 by
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
While visiting Hood River let the Bed and Breakfast Inns of the...
Sunday, September 26, 2010 by
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
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
Friday, September 17, 2010 by
Mark your calendars for the
7th Annual Hood River Hops Fest
Saturday, October 2, 2010
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
Admission is free. Wristbands and tasting mugs for those 21
and over run $5. Taste tokens good for a 4-ounce pour run $1
Plan to attend this...Read More
Saturday, September 4, 2010 by
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
There will be reasonable offsite childcare available from Bambinos International
Friday, August 27, 2010 by
Labor Day Weekend in Oregon, so much to do, so many wonderful
back-roads and places to explore. How about some wine tours?
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.
The Willamette Valley, Oregon's leading wine region has two-thirds
of the state's...
Thursday, August 26, 2010 by
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
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...Read More
Sunday, August 8, 2010 by
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.
Saturday, July 17, 2010 by
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.Read More
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...