Sunflowers and Gravensteins ~ An August Spectacular in the Hood River Valley

Aug 6&7 and continuing through August.
Celebrating 60 kinds of sunflowers – Perfect opportunity to paint, cut, take photos and enjoy the many colors of summer. Reservations suggested for photo clubs or art groups.  Kick-off weekend features live music, wine tasting from Hood River Vineyards, vegetable games, and a treasure hunt. Quilt show and sale, art show and sale.  Come paint, take photos, cut bouquets, and enjoy through the whole month of August. Covered picnic area.

Gravenstein Apple Days August 20 & 21. Kick-off the fall fruit season with our favorite pie apple.  At Rasmussen Farms, fresh cider, Gravenstein Apple Pie, and recipes. Also, family activities, featuring a Pie Walk, Chicken Dance, and live music in the afternoons. Opening of the Corn Maze.

Gravenstein season is short and the Hood River Valley Fruit Loop celebrates the harvest each year with a weekend full of special activities.  Come enjoy family activities including BBQs, U-pick, baby alpacas, apple dumplings, apple jam and more.  Visit the Fruit Loop website for a complete list of harvest events and begin planning your adventure today.

Apple Valley’s Huckleberry Jam & Country BBQ ~ August 13 & 14 Huckleberry and music lovers come together to celebrate the wild huckleberry harvest. Listen to live music Saturday Aug 15 from 12–5 while enjoying a BBQ lunch (cherry-wood smoked ribs, pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, all served with cider baked beans and pear coleslaw). Huckleberry cobbler, crisps, turnovers, milkshakes, pies, and more.

From August till the snow flys in November, the fruit stands of the Hood River Valley will be open with over 30 varieties of apples and pears to purchase and sample.  The Hood River Valley is just an hour away from Portland.  Located in the national scenic area of the Columbia River Gorge, and the nation’s largest pear-growing region, this is one of the few places that offers the complete experience of growing, producing, and then enjoying fruit and wine.

Fall is an amazing season to visit.  Warm days and cool nights make for perfect weather to taste the harvest and enjoy the fall foliage.  Why not stay a few days to take it all in?  The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild has 13 member inns ready to provide the perfect Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast.