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Hood River - The Perfect Winter Basecamp

12/19/2018 | Food, Hood River, Mt. Hood, Skiing, Winery

While many are ready to hit the mountain at the first sign of snow, others need a little encouragement to make the leap to cold-weather outdoor fun, and still others relish winter for the inside retreat opportunities it affords. Whichever category you fall into, Hood River is a wonderful home base for making wintertime memories. Snow lovers launching from Hood River will happily find themselves just 45 minutes from the Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort, and hitting the runs on Mt. Hood before anyone can say “no bumper to bumper traffic.” For those trying skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing for the first time, Hood River has you covered. There are a number of rental shops providing equipment, clothing and advice to ensure warmth and preparedness for wintertime activities.

Not a snow sports fan? There are plenty of ways to experience winter in Hood River, not the least of which is to make it your headquarters for relaxation and rejuvenation. Part of the magic of Hood River’s location in the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is that beautiful views abound whether one is outside, or tucked comfortably indoors in front of the fire with a book and a glass of wine. With an array of amenities near at hand, you can customize your own personal retreat by pampering yourself with a nourishing massage, yoga class, spa day or shopping spree.

All Hood River visitors will appreciate the array of cozy accommodations and award-winning restaurants. From brew pubs to cider houses to slow food eateries, one is guaranteed to find delicious food and drink to fill one’s belly and warm the fingers. For more information, visit

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