Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog

TASTE THE BEST OF THE FALL HARVEST AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS
09/30/2019 | Estacada, Event, Food, Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip, Sandy, The Dalles
Fall harvest season is upon us, which means we are about to be showered with delicious honeycrisp apples, Bartlett pears, pumpkins, chestnuts and more. To fully enjoy all the season has to offer, head out to the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood Territory to support local farmers markets.Mount Hood Farmers MarketEnjoy music, food, fresh produce, and handmade goods at the Mount Hood Farmers Market in Sandy. Right on the main street of town in Sandy, you can stop by the market on Fridays from 3pm to 7pm through the end of October. It’s the perfect stop for after a hike or while you are exploring in Mt. Hood Territory.Estacada Farmers MarketThis is the last Saturday for you to catch...  Read More
NORTH AMERICAN BIGFOOT CENTER OPENS IN BORING
09/24/2019 | Boring, Heritage, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip
The North American Bigfoot Center launched a soft opening in (not at all) Boring at the beginning of August. Leading Bigfoot researcher Cliff Barackman of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot and his wife are the brains behind the museum. Their goal is to present the evidence so visitors can make their own conclusions…and have fun!Cliff has been researching Bigfoot for more than 25 years and has become one of the go-to experts in the field. One major reason for opening the center in Mt. Hood Territory is that this area has the most reported Bigfoot sightings of any county in Oregon.Currently at the North American Bigfoot Center, there’s an information center with evidence that visitors can touch and feel. This exhibit includes...  Read More
EXPLORE THE DALLES THIS FALL
08/27/2019 | Hiking, Road Trip, The Dalles
Do the chillier mornings and evenings have you thinking about your fall excursions? The Dalles is a sensational getaway for those looking to escape the fall rain and embrace the sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures in the eastern Gorge. The Dalles roads are perfect for cycling this time of year. With little traffic, beautiful scenery, and a drier climate you can enjoy hours spent in the sunshine cycling. And as the leaves in the cherry orchards begin to change, it’s more than worth the trip out Mill Creek or Cherry Heights Road to enjoy gorgeous views of orange, gold, and red. Families can also enjoy sunny, and cool hiking all fall long.When you’re done enjoying the view head over to Sandoz Farm Stand for...  Read More
HASSLE FREE TRANSPORTATION TO MT. HOOD AND THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
06/27/2019 | Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip, The Dalles, Transportation
Looking for the best ways to explore the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood region this summer? Be carefree by going car free! Spend your time thinking only of the scenery you’ll see, the communities you'll visit, and adventures you’ll have, without worrying about the hassle of parking or traffic. Below are a couple of great options!Mt. Hood ExpressTrying to get up into the mountains? Take the Mt. Hood Express from Sandy! Running seven days a week, year round, the Mt. Hood Express is a great option to come along for the ride and fully take in the scenery of the Mt. Hood area. Bring your bike on the shuttle to explore the gorgeous mountain trails along the river in...  Read More
THE HOOD RIVER COUNTY FRUIT LOOP: (U-) PICK YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO, DRINK & TASTE!
06/19/2019 | Food, Hood River, Recreation, Road Trip, Shopping, Winery
Summer is coming in Hood River, and it's the perfect time to explore the Hood River County Fruit Loop! The beautiful 35-mile scenic drive, which celebrated its 26th anniversary in 2018, explores the picturesque Hood River Valley – with its stunning views of Mt. Hood and Mount Adams – and winds past acre after acre of pear, cherry, apple, nectarine and peach orchards.However, this is much more than just a drive! The Fruit Loop offers stops at 29 different farm stands, u-pick farms and orchards, lavender farms, wineries, cideries, and more, where there are u-pick opportunities galore, from cherries, berries and peaches to lavender. (To find out what is currently in season, check out the fruit calendar here). Kids and grown-ups alike will...  Read More
APRIL IN THE DALLES: CYCLING, CHERRIES, AND CARNIVALS
04/09/2019 | Biking, Event, Food, Road Trip, The Dalles
April is an exciting time in The Dalles. Wildflowers start bursting through the earth and the city comes alive with some of our favorite regional festivals.This year marks the 40th Annual Northwest Cherry Festival, running April 26th – 28th in downtown The Dalles. This year’s theme is “Follow the Cherry Brick Road,” and The Dalles will be the Emerald City. Costumes are encouraged! Imagine the whole family dressed in Wizard of Oz attire. Check in at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce early in the week to enjoy a pre-sale discount on carnival tickets. Follow the Cherry Trail to discover restaurants with Cherry Festival Themed specials. Stop by Freebridge Brewing for a Cherry City Pizza, or Last Stop Saloon for a Cherry Drop-it Martini. Or if you’re in...  Read More
DISCOVER THE OREGON TRAIL THROUGH THE NEW ACTIVITY GUIDE
03/25/2019 | Cascade Locks, Heritage, Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip, The Dalles
Last year, while commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, Mt. Hood Territory decided to create an interactive tool that would inspire both kids and adults to learn more about the history of the trail.Our free Oregon Trail Activity Guide explores everything about pioneer life, including wagon-packing tips, hand gestures used to communicate with Native American tribes and cooking on the trail. The information is delivered through coloring pages, mazes, matching games and connect-the-dots. Learn about history while having fun! Hopefully this activity book inspires you to see these historical sites in person. Here are a few suggested Oregon Trail locations in Mt. Hood Territory.The Barlow RoadThis route provided an alternative to the dangerous Columbia River. The Barlow Road began at...  Read More
A FAMILY ADVENTURE ON THE OREGON TRAIL
03/13/2019 | Dufur, Estacada, Heritage, Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip, The Dalles
175 years ago, thousands of families set out on one of the most epic -- and dangerous -- migrations of people in human history. This was known as the Oregon Trail.The Oregon Trail spanned over 2,100 miles, from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon, taking families anywhere from 5 to 6 months to complete. The final leg of the Trail was known as the Barlow Road, built in 1846. This route, from The Dalles to Oregon City, was built after many families lost their lives and/or livestock trying to make their way down the Columbia River. The Barlow Road was a better alternative, taking caravans around the southern side of Mt Hood, and then out west to Oregon City. Today,...  Read More
WATERFALLS: BY SKY, WATER OR LAND
10/10/2017 | Art, Brewery, Cascade Locks, Food, Hood River, Recreation, Road Trip, Shopping, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
While Highway 30 may be closed past the Women’s Forum Overlook due to the Eagle Creek fire, many people are wondering, “How can I see the waterfalls?" Well, how about a stunning view from the sky? When you book a flight with Envi Adventures, you get a ticket to a front row view of the Columbia River Gorge. And right now through November 19, you can get a discount with their “Gorge Love” promotion. Use code "gorgelove" when purchasing. Flights leave right out of the Troutdale Airport.Before heading into the skies, stroll along downtown Troutdale and enjoy antiques, art, beautiful home furnishings and sample one of the local restaurants. From Angus Beef Burgers to Ziti Pasta, they’ve got it all.Or, how about...  Read More
EXPLORE THE GORGE
09/01/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Road Trip, Waterfalls, West Columbia River 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 group of friends, there is sure to be something fun for you in the West Columbia River Gorge. Here are a few ideas to get you started!What are the major destinations in the West Columbia River Gorge Historic Columbia River Hwy Travel to magnificent overlooks that provide views of the Columbia River and waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls.Vista House Few places combine natures wonders and human architectural brilliance so majestically. Once called Thors Heights, Crown Point is capped...  Read More
CROWN POINT RV PARK
07/14/2016 | Corbett, Lodging, Road Trip, West Columbia River Gorge
If you need a place to pull your RV in while you explore the Gorge, Crown Point RV Park is a great place for you. Located in a prime location for exploring, it offers all the amenities you may need. Come explore the Gorge and stay at Crown Point!Crown Point is located at the beginning of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It is surrounded by some of Oregon's most beautiful waterfall areas and scenic views. Crown Point is enhanced by the country air, blue skies, bright stars, and cool summer evenings.Learn more about Crown Point RV Park at: www.crownpointrvpark.com/index.htmlDiscover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out on while visiting: The West Columbia River Gorge. Dont...  Read More
BEST ROAD TRIP
06/22/2016 | Recreation, Road Trip, West Columbia River Gorge
If you're ready for the best road trip in the United States then pack your bags and head to Oregon. WalletHub rated each of the 50 states in the following major categories: driving & lodging costs, road conditions & safety, and fun & scenic attractions. With aggregated data from sources including the National Park Service, FBI, and TripAdvisor, Oregon was declared the first place winner for Best Road Trip! It's no surprise to anyone who has traveled on Oregon's Historic Columbia River Highway that you couldn't find a road trip better than along the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge.At the Oregon Tourism Commission, also known as Travel Oregon, global communications director Linea Gagliano said she absolutely agrees with WalletHub's assessment. "Oregon...  Read More
FRUIT LOOP
06/22/2016 | Agritourism, Hood River, Parkdale, Road Trip
The Fruit Loop in Hood River is a 35 mile scenic drive past of local farms filled with produce gorgeous pear, cherry, apple, nectarine and peach orchards, where youll find farm stands, wineries, breweries, alpaca ranches, lavender farms, and great jams, jellies, pies, wines, beer, and more. So jump in the car and enjoy the ride! This can be your family's local road trip!Grab a free Fruit Loop map anywhere along the Loop, or pick one up at the Hood River County Visitor Center. (Please note that this is an agricultural area, so not all businesses are open during the fall and winter season. Please check the Fruit Loop website for detailsand for a complete list of available u-pick...  Read More
WEST COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
WATERFALLS
One of the most iconic places in the Pacific North West, the Columbia River Gorge offers unparalleled waterfall scenery and canyon views. Visit the West Columbia Gorge area to stand at the base of waterfalls, boat on the mighty Columbia River, or to stand atop vistas and take in the view. READ MORE
THE DALLES
SUNSHINE
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, The Dalles is a place full of recreation, culture, and history. A historic Native American trading area, this city has been a center of commerce for over 10,000 years. A paradise for history buffs, cyclists, and wine aficionados, The Dalles is for all to enjoy. READ MORE
MT. HOOD TERRITORY
EXPLORATION
The only mountain offering summer skiing in North America, Mt. Hood and the surrounding territory never gets old. If you’re not a skier, put on your hiking boots, grab a fishing pole, or load up your kayak to explore the trails, lakes, and rivers, found throughout the area. READ MORE
HOOD RIVER
WATERSPORTS
Offering world-class kiteboarding and windsurfing, Hood River is where outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-seekers are drawn to. Close to the mountain, along the river, and nestled against superb farmland, visit this town for amazing restaurants, fresh produce, and an unrivaled watersport scene. READ MORE
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