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How to Get Your Blossom on This Spring in Hood River Valley

04/18/2019 | Hiking, Hood River, Recreation

With world-class fruit blossom displays and wildflower hikes, Hood River always welcomes spring with open arms. Here are the top three ways to fully immerse yourself in the splendor.

Explore the Hood River County Fruit Loop

The Hood River County Fruit Loop is the epicenter of Hood River’s blossom bonanza. Just driving along this 35-mile self-guided route, past acres upon acres of cherry and apple blossoms, is a feast for the eyes.

The Fruit Loop experience is enhanced exponentially by stopping at one or more of the many orchards for cider, jam, fresh-baked goods and other farm-made goodies, or visiting the cideries, where you can sample hard ciders made with local fruit. During Blossom Time, which takes place throughout April, various Fruit Loop stops hold special events, from family-friendly farm events and craft shows to wine tastings and culinary specials.

Hike among the wildflowers

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is known for its amazing wildflower displays. The Catherine Creek Labyrinth, on the Washington side of the Gorge east of Hood River, offers incredible wildflower diversity, along with epic gorge views. This 5.5-mile hike—which gains 1000 feet—is an out-and-back, so you can adjust your time on the trail as needed, if you just want to stop and revel in the spring abundance!

Drink up Hood River’s hard cider scene 

On April 20, Hood River will again be the epicenter for the region’s hard cider scene, thanks to the sixth annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest. The 2019 festival – which appropriately takes place at a fruit-packing house surrounded by fruit orchards in bloom – features 31 local and regional cideries, plus live music, food carts, kids activities and more. Full details, including the 2019 cidery lineup and online tickets, are at hoodriver.org/cider-fest/.


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