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MT. HOOD AND
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If you’re waiting for the right time of year to come to the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge region, we recommend heading here today. With year-round hiking, skiing, waterfall-chasing, beer-drinking, and adventuring, the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge region is always ready for you. Our weekly blog posts spread the word about trip ideas and events throughout the entire Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge region.

  • Ready, Set, GOrge!

    Ready, Set, GOrge!

    Travel tips for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area The magnificent Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a favorite among locals and Oregon visitors alike, and it’s no mystery as to why. Within these 293,000 acres, there are …→ Read More
  • Wine Tasting In The Gorge

    Wine Tasting In The Gorge

      You may have already tasted and experienced many wine regions in Oregon, but did you know that you can experience a succulent wine tour right here in the Columbia River Gorge? The historic town of Troutdale, Oregon is home …→ Read More
  • A Mountain Man’s Bucket List

    A Mountain Man’s Bucket List

    Some goals in life leave me restless until they are crossed off my bucket list, no matter how many attempts or years it takes me to accomplish it. Mt. Hood was one of those. Five years ago, while sitting at my computer in …→ Read More
  • Leap into Spring in the West Columbia Gorge! 

    Leap into Spring in the West Columbia Gorge! 

    From Fairview and Wood Village to Troutdale and Cascade Locks, springtime activities abound in the West Columbia Gorge.  Watch wildlife as you a stroll along wetlands viewing diverse habitats at Salish Ponds in Fairview. Participate in the 29th Annual Easter …→ Read More
  • Overlook Film Festival

    Overlook Film Festival

      “Come out, come out, wherever you are…” to historic Timberline Lodge from April 27th – 30th to participate in a brand new film festival experience – The Overlook Film Festival.  The Overlook Film Festival is a 4-day celebration of …→ Read More
  • Say Hello to Spring in Hood River

    Say Hello to Spring in Hood River

      Snow in the Hood River Valley has melted away, and its 14,000 acres of fruit trees will soon be bursting with pink and white blossoms. During the month of April, also known as Blossom Time in Hood River, plan …→ Read More
  • Historic Sites of the Columbia River Gorge

    Historic Sites of the Columbia River Gorge

    View of Vista House from the Portland Women’s Forum State Park For more than 13,000 years, The Columbia River Gorge has drawn people to its paradise. Native American tribes flourished along the Columbia River utilizing its resources for food, clothing, …→ Read More
  • Trout fishing near The Dalles

    Trout fishing near The Dalles

    Stephanie Valencano of The Dalles with her big rainbow from Taylor Lake. Photo by Gary Lewis   by guest contributor Gary Lewis In the days of yesteryear, opening day was on a Saturday, but that is no more because the …→ Read More
  • Pioneer Life in Oregon

    Pioneer Life in Oregon

    The Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood were critical passage routes for early pioneers coming to Oregon. Infamous Lewis and Clark traveled through the Gorge, while many caravans rode in on the Oregon Trail traversing both the river and land, …→ Read More
  • Love is in the (Mountain) Air

    Love is in the (Mountain) Air

    Look no further than Mt. Hood for your next romantic getaway. Here are just a few ideas to show your sweetie how much you care. Stroll arm-in-arm through quaint downtown Estacada. Stop by Wade Creek House Antiques to find that …→ Read More
  • Dance into Hood River Music Month

    Dance into Hood River Music Month

    While Hood River, Oregon is best known in wintertime for its access to the ski slopes on Mt. Hood and waterfall hikes in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, it’s gaining attention for its blossoming arts, culture and music …→ Read More
  • Troutdale: Your Base Camp to Adventure

    Troutdale: Your Base Camp to Adventure

    Troutdale, Oregon is not only the Gateway to the Gorge but is also a convenient base camp for all your favorite winter activities up on the mountain. From snowshoeing to skiing, snow biking to tubing, it is all just a …→ Read More
  • 10 Fun Things to do in Mt. Hood/Gorge This Winter

    10 Fun Things to do in Mt. Hood/Gorge This Winter

      Winter in the Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge region is meant for adventure and fun… with a side of cozy relaxation. Here are 10 fun suggestions for your winter trip planning in our backyard:  Take in epic views of the …→ Read More
  • Top 5 Winter Events at Mt. Hood Skibowl

    Top 5 Winter Events at Mt. Hood Skibowl

    You’ll never have more fun skiing than you will with the folks at Mt. Hood Skibowl.  They take winter sports to the next level by adding costumes, music, and discounts. Here is a list of our Top 5 favorite winter events …→ Read More
  • Top 5 New Years’ Resolutions – Hood River Style

    Top 5 New Years’ Resolutions – Hood River Style

    It is now 2017, which only means one thing: time to set some New Years’ resolutions for yourself. What better way to make you plans for the year than apply them to visits to Hood River. Here are our top …→ Read More
  • Winter at Multnomah Falls Lodge

    Winter at Multnomah Falls Lodge

    Twinkling lights and family getaways are just a few of the wonderful traditions that families share over the holiday season. Make sure to include a stop at the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge on your next trip to the West Columbia …→ Read More
  • Eagles and Birdies in The Dalles

    Eagles and Birdies in The Dalles

      This winter is the perfect time to watch eagles and hit birdies. Don’t worry, we mean to golf kind.  The Dalles Dam 2017 Eagle Watch The bald eagles are back! Join U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers for …→ Read More
  • Winter Has Arrived on Mt. Hood

    Winter Has Arrived on Mt. Hood

      The snow has arrived and on Mt. Hood are officially open. With the new season comes exciting new updates for visitors to enjoy. Mt. Hood Skibowl’s Winter Snow Tube and Adventure Park just got bigger! A newly added tube …→ Read More
  • Celebrate the Holidays in Hood River

    Celebrate the Holidays in Hood River

    ‘Tis the season for relaxing with family and friends, playing in the snow, and taking time to recharge — and Hood River is the ideal place for all three. Here are 5 great ways to celebrate the holiday season in …→ Read More
  • Holiday Tree Lighting Events in The Gorge

    Holiday Tree Lighting Events in The Gorge

    Join friends and family in celebrating the holiday season in the West Columbia Gorge Region at one of our annual Holiday Tree Lighting events and activities throughout the first week in December: Troutdale: Friday, 12/2 5:30-7:00 pmFairview: Saturday, 12/3 4:00 …→ Read More
  • Light Up The Holidays

    Light Up The Holidays

      The Holiday Season is fast approaching, with that comes one of the most anticipated Mt. Hood and Columbia Gorge parades of the year! We invite you to “Light Up the Holidays” at the 27th Annual Starlight Parade and Tree …→ Read More
  • Best Places for a Warm Drink in Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge

    Best Places for a Warm Drink in Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge

    As autumn settles in and the air gets cooler, the need to warm your hands and body with a delicious warm beverage increases. Here is a list of our favorite warm drinks in the Mt. Hood/Gorge region: A Hot Chocolate …→ Read More
  • Festival of the Fungus

    Festival of the Fungus

    Fancy a lobster or morel? Want to sink your teeth into a chanterelle or bolete? These are just a few of the many local mushrooms in Mt. Hood Territory ready to be identified, plucked, and served on your plate this …→ Read More
  • Head to Hood River for a Post-Election Detox

    Head to Hood River for a Post-Election Detox

    Is the American election season stressing you out? We have the perfect antidote. Spend time in nature – which has been proven to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones. Beautiful Hood River – …→ Read More
  • Healing The Earth Unity Round Dance

    Healing The Earth Unity Round Dance

    Stop by The Dalles this weekend for the Healing The Earth Unity Round Dance hosted by the Columbia River Indian Center. This free event celebrates the healing spirit of the Columbia River and the ancient land and indigenous people who …→ Read More
  • The Great Pumpkin Fest

    The Great Pumpkin Fest

    October has arrived and you know what that means… it’s Pumpkin time in the West Columbia Gorge! Join us to celebrate at The Great Pumpkin Fest on Saturday 10/29 in Wood Village. There will be food, fun, and piles of …→ Read More
  • Top 5 Spots for Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge Leaf Peeping

    Top 5 Spots for Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge Leaf Peeping

    Drive along one of the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge scenic byways during the month of October and you will experience our region’s vibrant fall foliage. Looking to go off-the-beaten-path for autumns visual bounty? Check out our Top 5 Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge …→ Read More
  • Pumpkins and Wine on the Mountain

    Pumpkins and Wine on the Mountain

      When the Fall season comes knocking, visions of pumpkins, apple cider, and wine tasting come to mind. Mt. Hood Territory is the perfect destination to experience all of the above and more no matter your age or interest. Here …→ Read More
  • Hood River County Fruit Loop

    Hood River County Fruit Loop

    Hood River’s 35-mile scenic drive known as the Fruit Loop is the best way to experience the bounty of the area’s rich agriculture scene. As you drive along the Loop past gorgeous pear, cherry, apple, nectarine and peach orchards, you’ll …→ Read More
  • The Season to Celebrate Art

    The Season to Celebrate Art

    Autumn is the perfect time to explore the West Columbia River Gorge. The leaves are changing color, orchards fill with apples and pears, and art is celebrated on every corner. The West Columbia Gorge is the place to be when …→ Read More
  • Hawk Watching on Mt. Hood

    Hawk Watching on Mt. Hood

    Now is the time to dig out your binoculars and head up to Mt. Hood to experience the annual hawk migration. Every fall hundreds of thousands of birds take wing and migrate from their breeding grounds in North America down …→ Read More
  • Labor Day Camping

    Labor Day Camping

    Labor Day weekend is a great time to go camping! This weekend, visit Mt Hood at Still Creek Campground near Government Camp, for fun play and relaxation surrounded my nature! The campground features activities like hiking, fishing and mountain trails around …→ Read More
  • Explore The Gorge

    Explore The Gorge

    Celebrate Labor Day this weekend by exploring the West Columbia River Gorge region! Camping and climbing and waterfalls, there are no shortages of things to do in this beautiful area! Whether you are bringing the whole family or a smaller …→ Read More
  • History Museum

    History Museum

    Hood River County’s History Museum is a wonderful stop to make in the Columbia River Gorge. Filled with over 11,000 artifacts of the area, come learn about the histories of the region! Cemetery Tales, a reenactment put on every year by …→ Read More
  • Salmon Butte

    Salmon Butte

    Salmon Butte Trail is a great hike for those looking for a little more of a challenge but a great reward. Beautiful, forested scenery all the way up the trail, and a view of several mountains along the Cascade range …→ Read More
  • Soap Box Derby

    Soap Box Derby

    Come one come all to the first annual Soap Box Derby in The Dalles OR, put on by The Dalles Chamber Of Commerce! Kids can race around in soap box cars for a day of fun and competition! Come on …→ Read More
  • Mallards Café & Pub

    Mallards Café & Pub

    Come dine on the mountain with some of the best views and local food around. Mallards Café & Pub, in Welches OR, is family friendly dining offering delicious seasonal and local food. Karaoke nights on the mountain certainly keep things fun, …→ Read More
  • Latourell Falls

    Latourell Falls

    Just past Vista House along the old Historic Columbia River Highway, you can get to this family friendly hike to view the beautiful Latourell Falls. Only 2.4 miles round trip, this is a great stop if you are traveling along the Historic Highway in …→ Read More
  • Balch Hotel

    Balch Hotel

    Come on down and enjoy a stay in the historic Balch Hotel in Dufur OR! Get away from your crazy life and enjoy the hospitality offered by the staff that greets you with a homemade cookie when you first walk in …→ Read More
  • Festival Of The Arts

    Festival Of The Arts

    The Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce and the Troutdale Arts Council has published a press release for the 2nd Annual Fall Festival Of The Arts, which will feature fine artists from around the Gorge region. Learn more about one of the incredible …→ Read More
REGIONS

With year-round hiking, skiing, waterfall-chasing, beer-drinking, and adventuring, the Mt. Hood-Gorge region is always ready for you. To keep you in the loop while you’re away, our weekly blog posts spread the word about trip ideas, events, and memories throughout the entire Mt. Hood-Gorge region.

EXPLORE THE FOUR REGIONS →

  TRIP IDEAS

Start your adventure treking across a mountain or through a rainforest. Spend a day chasing waterfalls as you travel up the Columbia River Gorge. Then spend a day on the river windsurfing or kiteboarding. Finally, your journey is not complete without world-class fishing on the Columbia.

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Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge are unquestionably two of the most beautiful places on earth. Whether you're looking up the Columbia from the Vista House or Rowena Crest, taking in Mt. Hood from Timberline Lodge or gliding past old-growth Douglas-firs on the Clackamas River, your eyes will never tire.

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