Severe weather conditions have caused several wildfires near Mt. Hood. Click here for up-to-date information.

Like you, we are all staying home right now to do our part to flatten the curve (Yay!). But that doesn't mean we can't have fun doing it while celebrating our favorite memories and places to visit on Mt. Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge. This is an opportunity to let your imagination take you on an adventure... and you might even win a prize!

We want YOU to create your favorite HOMEMADE versions of the region. Thanks to inspiration from The Getty Museum and Instagrammer @tussenkunstenquarantaine, you're invited to recreate scenes of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge with stuff you have around the house. Such as...

Make your pet hedgehog magically turn into Herman the Sturgeon from Bonneville Dam! 

Miss kayaking on our lakes? Grab a blue bag and some card board and voila, it's like you are there!

This is a great project to get your kids involved with or to tap into your kid at heart!


Now it is your turn to get Hood Gorge Homemade! Post your photos on Instagram or Facebook and tag @hoodgorge and include the hashtags #hoodgorgehomemade and #quaranscenery and we will share our favorites. You might even win a prize from one some of our favorite businesses in the region. See below for rules. 

How to Join in the Fun (aka The Rules)

  1. Pick your favorite photo of the Mt. Hood & Columbia River Gorge region (it could be from a family trip, a place you have been itching to visit, or one provided in our inspiration library below, etc.)
  2. Recreate that image at home! Get creative with items you have around the house - please, no Photoshop allowed. 
  3. IMPORTANT: Share your recreation alongside the original inspiration photo. Photos can be shared as a Facebook post, Instagram post or Instagram stories. No matter the platform, be sure to tag @hoodgorge and use the hashtags #hoodgorgehomemade and #quaranscenery to enter the contest.
  4. Multiple entries are encouraged! However, there will only be one (1) prize awarded per entrant. 
  5. By tagging @hoodgorge and using the contest hashtags above you will automatically be entered into the contest. We will share some of our favorite creative entries throughout the duration of the contest.
  6. The contest will close at 9am on Friday May 1, 2020. At least 1 winner will be announced each week, on Mondays thru the duration of the contest. Winning posts will be shared on @hoodgorge social accounts and winners will be contacted through their social media platform. Each winner will receive a $50 value in gift cards to local Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge businesses. 
  7. This contest is operated at the discretion of the Mt. Hood & Columbia River Gorge Regional Tourism Alliance. Rules are subject to change.

Need some inspiration to get you started? Here are some of our favorite photos of the region... can you find a way to replicate them at home?

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