A Tourist in the Hood River Valley
It’s great fun being a tourist in our own Hood River Valley. Driving the Fruit Loop, a 35 miles driving tour through orchards, forests, farmlands, and friendly communities. “Sample delicious fruits and take your favorites home, visit a winery, experience fields of fragrant lavender, meet adorable alpacas, savor delicious baked goods, and create memories by participating in family activities hosted at Fruit Loop locations throughout the year.”
We stopped by the Mt Hood Winery, Oregon’s 2016 Winery of the Year. The 8000 square foot Tasting Room facility was built with event hosting in mind. A conference room, large meeting hall, a private dressing room. They thought of everything. Surrounded by newly planted vineyard the winery has breathtaking views of Mt Hood and the Hood River Valley.
The Fruit Loop is just an hour away from Oregon’s largest city, Portland. Located just outside the national scenic area called the Columbia River Gorge, our Valley is the nation’s largest pear-growing region, one of the few places that offers the complete experience of growing, producing, and then enjoying fruits and wines.
On the Loop we stopped to stroll through the dahlia fields of the Gorge White House. I’m not sure how many varieties there are but there are a lot! From a field map you can identify the ones you would like to order for your own garden. They also have an spectacular showing of glads this year along with fragrant oriental lilies. Pick up a bouquet of fresh cut flowers to brighten your home.
Our last stop was at Packer Family Orchards and Bakery. The bakers use pears in just about every one of their products. By using pear concentrate, they have reduced or in some cases, eliminated the need for refined sugar in many of their recipes! Enjoy the sweet taste even more, knowing that their products make for a healthier alternative. I went in for some fresh peaches, so juicy and sweet, and one of their giant cherry/white chocolate cookie. Ended up with that one and the macaroon and one other that had an amazing lemon flavor.
The harvest season is in full swing. Our bed and breakfast is the Old Parkdale Inn and I, along with the other innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast, invite you to enjoy the fall season in the Hood River Valley.
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