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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Breweries of the Hood River Valley

St Patrick’s Day in the Hood River Valley is complete with award winning Pacific Northwest Brew and Hood River Bed and Breakfasts.

Immigrants began to move into Oregon Territory in the 1840’s.  German brewer Henry Saxer arrived in 1852, tasted the clear, soft water and recognized the prime hop and grain potential.  He, along with fellow immigrant Henry Weinhard, began brewing and the rest is history.

Fact from Oregon Craft Beer
Oregon had 234 brewing facilities operated by 194 brewing companies in 72 cities across Oregon.
Brewery count by city and region:
61 in Portland — 91 in the Portland Metro Area
13 in Eugene — 42 in the Willamette Valley
24 in Bend — 31 in Central Oregon
6 in Medford — 24 in Southern Oregon
5 in Astoria — 24 in The Coast
2 in Baker City/Ontario — 12 in Eastern Oregon
5 in Hood River — 10 in Mt. Hood/The Gorge

The breweries of Oregon produce brews known around the world for their quality and innovation.  We’ll focus on the ones in Hood River and the Valley that stretches to the foothills of Mt. Hood.

Please ask your innkeeper their location so that you may pre-arrange a designated driver if needed.

Double Mountain  – Spacious brewpub serving up innovative beers, grub including awesome brick-oven pizzas & regular live music

Full Sail Brewery – Built in an abandoned cannery that had laid derelict for 15 years, Full Sail Brewing began brewing circa 1988.  Brewing three core brews along with a variety of seasonal and ever changing small batch beers

Big Horse Brew PubBrewery & restaurant with deck & views of the Columbia River Gorge serving pub grub and hand crafted brews

Pfriem Family Brewers Influenced by the great brewers of Belgium, but unmistakably true to their homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest

Solera Brewery ~ Built in the historic Valley Theater Building the backyard beer garden offers a spectacular view of Mt Hood.  Right across the street and a few doors down from the Old Parkdale Inn

So choose a Hood River Oregon Bed and Breakfast Inn, designate a driver, and, with a bit o’ luck, we’ll see you come St. Patrick’s Day in the Hood River Valley.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Brookside Bed and Breakfast

Brookside Bed and Breakfast

Brookside Bed and Breakfast is a peaceful haven on 5 acres of lovingly manicured grounds.  Adjacent to the Indian Creek Golf Course Brookside B&B has a majestic view of Mt. Hood and is conveniently close to all that Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge have to offer.  Stroll along paved walking paths to a babbling brook feeding into a private pond, play a bit of tennis on their outdoor tennis court or relax by the outdoor artisan fireplace and take in the night sky.

Brookside B&B offers three spacious suites, each finely furnished and with private baths.   Electric fireplaces, air conditioning, free wifi and lots of extra touches will make your stay enjoyable and unforgettable!  The Veranda Room offers a view of the grounds,  tennis court and the golf course and opens up onto a deck and the shared patio.  I think this would be my favorite room.

Guests can easily explore the vibrant downtown of Hood River, buzzing waterfront, Fruit Loop attractions, award-winning restaurants, wineries and breweries, and the beauty of the forested trails of Mt Hood all in a single day.

A sweet guest testimonial:  ‘We enjoyed waking up to such beautiful mountain views and greatly enjoyed the gardens and making fools of ourselves playing tennis!’

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

WAAAM

WAAAM in Hood River Oregon

WAAAM, Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, in Hood River Oregon is full of Life, housing one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country.  You’re sure to enjoy their extensive collection of antique aircraft including the 1917 Curtiss JN-4D Jenny, the Piper Cub and WACO collections,  Aeronca collection, Stearman collection and many more fun aircraft.

Don’t forget the cars.  There are over 130 cars in the collection.  You’re sure to find your favorite whether it be a 1914 Detroit Electric, a Ford Model A or Model T, a Packard, a Studebaker or even a Locomobile.

WAAAM events happen throughout the year.  Visit their website for more information and more events:
Traffic Jam ~ July 8 and 9, 2016 ~ Food. Fun. Music. a museum, a car show, and a swap meet all in one great place.
Second Saturday ~ Get your engines running every Second Saturday at WAAAM. Weather permitting cars and planes will be brought outside and fired up.  Inclimate weather demonstrations held inside.
Fly-In ~ September 10 and 11, 2016 ~ Attracting hundreds of people each year and is a great way to see old aircraft fly and meet the awesome people who fly them.
Model A Day ~  September 17, 2016 ~ Enjoy this gathering of Model A Fords (Model Ts welcome too). There is nothing like seeing all of these old cars in motion.

In 2015 Old Parkdale Inn played host to Red Chair Travels.  The Red Chair traveled to over 20 states with nearly 500 innkeepers before it visited us at the Old Parkdale Inn.  I believe it is somewhere in Canada now, lucky chair!!  We were thrilled to host Red and act as it’s concierge visiting sights in The Valley, The Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood National Forest. Through the journey of the Red Chair, we are all travelers off the beaten track where true relaxation awaits.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Lavender

Lavender Fields with a Mt Hood View

With Mt Hood as a backdrop, the lavender farms of the Hood River Valley are nurtured with abundant sunshine and fertile soils and growers who take pride in producing their quality lavender products.  You’ll find serenity, be rejuvenated in the aromatic fields.

Hood River Lavender is a certified organic farm in the Hood River Valley.  The owners, Diane and Joe not only grow acres of lavender, they steam distill their crop to produce high quality pure essential oil of lavender which goes into the making of their line of bath and beauty products.

In 2015 Red Chair Travels visited the Hood River Valley and relaxed awhile in the Hood River Lavender fields.

Lavender Valley farms 25-acres in the rich soils of the Hood River Valley, some rows are oriented with a vanishing point that pays reverence to the beauty of Mt. Hood.  The grounds also offer a 5,000 square-foot, circular view area for picnics, events or celebrations.  The lavender products they produce are designed to bring lavender into your daily life.

Both Lavender Farms are located on the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile driving tour through the Hood River valley.  Meandering the scenic back roads, with awe inspiring views of Mt Hood around every corner.   Visit family farms, wineries, and friendly communities.  Over 15,000 acres of fruit trees are in full bloom from about mid April through mid May.

There are 9 unique Oregon bed and breakfast inns located in the Hood River Valley.  Each provides the hospitality and comforts not always found in hotels.  After a hearty Northwest breakfast our innkeepers love to help you plan your day, whether it be hiking the forests that surround Mt Hood, tasting wines, searching for that perfect photo op or just relaxing at a serene location such as the Hood River Lavender fields.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Seven Oaks

Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast

Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast was built in 1928 by French craftsman and renowned inventor August Guignard.  The homestead featured acres of farms and orchards as well as manufacturing operations for the fruit grading equipment he pioneered.

The lush gardens surrounding the Inn are bordered by mature Douglas Firs that provide complete privacy and the feel of country living.  Views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams provide a dramatic backdrop for serene and peaceful seating nooks and gardens within the meticulously kept grounds.

Spacious dining and living rooms, a shady porch, and a sunny deck offer places to enjoy the views over a glass of wine and good company while nooks for reading or meditating provide peace and quiet.

With an emphasis on healthy, fresh food, Seven Oaks is proud to feature vegetarian specialties, homemade jams and pastries, and organic, locally roasted coffees.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share Oregon, it’s environment, culture, and heritage with you. Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

tourist hood river valley

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.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Walking Tours of Historic Hood River Oregon

Walking Tours of Historic Hood River Oregon

Walking Tours of Historic Hood River Oregon, presented by the History Museum of Hood River County, will focus on the rich heritage of Hood River Oregon.  Tours will be on Monday mornings starting at 11am, taking walkers on a 90 minute stroll through the historic Hood River.

Hood River was incorporated in 1895 and became the seat of Hood River County when the county was first established in 1908.  The town of Hood River is at the confluence of the Hood River and the Columbia River in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. The city is about 30 miles north of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mount Hood.

Walking Tours of Historic Hood River Oregon

The Innkeepers of Oregon’s Mt Hood/Gorge Region will provide unique accommodations, a superb Northwest Culinary experience, and tips on the best of Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Ski, Surf, Sip and Sleep

Ski, Surf, Sip and Sleep in the Hood River Valley

Ski, Surf, Sip and Sleep in the same region of Oregon?  Where can you ski in the morning and windsurf in the afternoon?  Then dine at fine restaurants and sip award winning wines, brews or ciders in the evening? The innkeepers of Oregon’s Mt Hood/Gorge Region will provide unique accommodations, a superb Northwest Culinary experience, and tips on where to ski, surf, and sip.

The wind and the currents of the Mighty Columbia River combine to create a kind of wind tunnel that makes for legendary windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions.  South of the city, above the pear and apple orchards of the Hood River Valley, the massive glaciered peak of one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders, Mount Hood, rises to fill the horizon, a perfect postcard image of Oregon complete with summer skiing.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hood River Valley

Hood River Valley Blossoms are an Oregon Must See

The Hood River Valley Blossom Festival is next weekend but the acres and acres of Fruit Blossoms are putting on a show right now through the first part of May.

There are over 2 million cherry, apple, and pear trees in the Hood River and they welcome spring by releasing vibrant pink and white flowers along the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile self guided driving tour along the county’s scenic back roads.  The blossom started in the lower elevations around the town of Hood River, they are in full bloom now in the the Mid Valley and just starting to bud at the higher elevations in the Upper Hood River Valley.

Along with the blossoms April brings the re-opening of the many Fruit Stands, Wineries and Cideries that have been closed for the winter months.  Stop along the way to pick up baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce, wine, cider and more.   Venues along the fruit loop play host to many events all year starting with these events in April:

Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest – Saturday, April 16, 2016
sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers along with more than 20 cideries others who participate with upwards of 38 ciders on tap. The daylong event also features local food trucks and music

Gorge Artists Open Studios – April 22-24, 2016
Enjoy art in the Columbia River Gorge. The tour is free and self-guided. The artist roster for 2016 features a variety of work including painting, drawing, jewelry, glass, sculpture photography, textiles, fiber.  Artists’ studios are located throughout the mid-Columbia Gorge both in Washington and Oregon

Hood River County Fair Blossom Craft Show – April 16-17, 2016
This annual craft show and plant sale at the Hood River Fairgrounds includes more than 125 vendors selling jewelry, plants, clothing, baked goods, photos, paintings, metal art, garden art, and wine tastings. The annual quilt show includes more than 100 beautiful quilts.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

 

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom Buffet

The Cherry Blossom Buffet is one of Mosier Oregon’s most anticipated yearly event.  Served up by the Mosier Grange on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, this delightful event will be held in the Mosier Grange Hall.  You won’t want to miss so take Exit 69 off of Interstate 5 and follow the signs to the Grange Hall.

The buffet features:  Grilled Salmon, Ham, Main Dishes, Salads and a Cherry Dessert.  The price is only $10.00 for adults, $2.00 for children age 6:12 and free for the littles under 6.  Proceeds benefit the Mosier Grange hall as a Red Cross Emergency Shelter.  For more information call 541-478-3505

After you eat, we invite you to take the guided route through the Mosier Valley to view the beautiful cherry blossoms and wildflowers.

Three Sleeps Bed and Breakfast welcomes you to Mosier with two spacious rooms that overlook their mountain vineyard and the little valley in Mosier full of cherry trees and a Mt. Adams view.  Only 15 mins from the heart of the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River you’ll feel like you are miles from anywhere. Both rooms have private baths and patios and their own entrances.

Plan your visit around the Cherry Blossom and Wildflower burst, now through May.  And you might want to come back when the delicious Mosier Cherries are being harvested.  Or perhaps come back for the wine. Lots of exploring to do in the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of our many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.