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Top 10 Reasons to book a Vacation Home instead of a Hotel Room

  1. $$$! Vacation Homes are almost always less expensive than hotels. Hotels in Hood River can cost around $200/nt. That is just for one room and one bathroom! You are able to stay at super nice 2 or 3 bedroom homes with Hood River Vacation Rentals for less than that.
  1. Space! The average size of vacation rentals in Hood River is typically around 2000 square feet. That’s over 6 times the square footage of an average hotel room. So for those of you who don’t like confined spaces (and I am guessing that is most of you since you are thinking of vacationing in Hood River- the land of open wild places), a vacation rental is a win-win for you!
  1. Meals!  Whenever you want. No need to work around that hotel breakfast, when you could be whipping up some fresh eggs from the local market whenever you choose to roll out of bed.  You are on vacation after all;)
  1. Gear Storage!  For other towns this may be a non-issue, but when you are visiting Hood River, chances are you’re gonna have some kind of gear. Bikes, Kites, Snowboards, Skis, Rafts, Canoes etc.   Often hotels aren’t spacious enough for these extra items and may not allow you stash these items behind their desk. That’s when you need a garage, which most vacation rentals at Hood River Vacation Rentals have. Easy.
  1. Summer Grillin’! This may not be the number one thing you are thinking of doing on vacation, but let me tell you Hood River Vacation Rentals have some of THE best views of the Gorge and what better way to enjoy it than by grilling some fresh local veggies and fresh caught salmon on the deck with some friends?!
  1. Doggies! Hood River Vacation Rentals has about 3 dogs roaming the office on any given day, so we get it!  Your dog goes everywhere with you; they are family too!  Sure, some hotels are pet friendly, but what’s great about vacation rentals are the fenced yards, and you aren’t sharing a paper thin wall with your neighbor! Some vacation homes offer pet towels as well as dog dishes ~ check with the friendly vacation specialists at Hood River Vacation Rentals to see which pet friendly home would suit you!
  1. Kiddos! Let’s face it, kids can be noisy! Their laughter and happy, joyful squeals of delight can be even louder on vacation.  They are excited and they don’t care who knows! In a vacation home this is awesome! Let them be, share in on the joy! But in a hotel, meh. You may get knocks from your neighbor who has to wake up for a conference meeting, not so relaxing!
  1. Babies!  How nice would it be to not have to tip-toe around after the littles fall asleep?! When you rent a vacation home, you have the option to rent a home with several bedrooms for such situations. After the kiddos are tucked in snug, the adults can enjoy their own bottle!
  1. Easy on the budget!  You know exactly what you are paying for the stay up front, and you pay for the trip in two installments to help spread out the expense. No hidden fees and surprises upon check out. Surprises are over-rated. (at least in this case)
  1. Privacy! Who hasn’t gone to have a soak in the hotel hot tub, but that one person just won’t stop staring?!  Well, when you stay at a Hood River Vacation Rental with a hot tub, we assure you, discomfort from strangers not included!

We hope you find this list handy when determining your next lodging destination!

Happy Travels from Hood River Vacation Rentals!

Traveling to Hood River with Pets?

Traveling with our furry friends can often be challenging.  They are such a sweet part of family life, but often one bad experience with a poorly trained pet can leave some home owners and lodging companies leery about housing your golden boy or girl.  While you won’t be able to convince a non-pet friendly home to accept your stay, there are quite a few pet friendly options available if you start planning your trip early!

Here are some tips and hints to help your vacation to Hood River run smoothly:

Enjoy your travels with your loved ones, human and hairy!

Traveling with food sensitivities & allergies to Hood River?

Traveling is so much fun – the adventure, the new sites, the new foods!  Unless you are one of the thousands of people managing food sensitivities and allergies.  When our bodies don’t appreciate the culinary adventures, it can wreak havoc on the best planned family get together or vacation.  No matter how beautiful the landscape, how thrilling the water rafting or skiing, how gorgeous the hiking is –  if the body is in pain and discomfort the vaca is not enjoyable.  So, how to travel and still maintain body positive meals?

First, planning ahead of time can help you have a good idea of which restaurants and groceries might be able to cater to your dietary needs.  Here in Hood River, we are lucky to have most restaurants with clear menu signage dictating what items are GF, DF etc.   For some really yummy, healthy and easy to digest options, try Remedy Juice Cafe downtown or The Farm Stand in the Heights.  Recently opened ~ this delightful new gluten free bakery in Bingen, WA is just 5 minutes from Hood River- Columbia Gorge Gluten Free Bakery

Another great option for travelers with food sensitivities – Vacation homes!  The best way to travel and continue to eat in a healthy way that supports sensitive digestive tracts is to make sure you have a clean, well equipped kitchen to use.  One thing that is always missing from standard hotel rooms is a good, easy to use kitchen so gluten free, dairy free, grain free meals (or whatever dietary restriction you might be working with) can be prepared and enjoyed without a lot of hassle.  Vacation homes are great for this since they usually are fully stocked with pots and pans, stove/oven and refrigerator instead of the usual hotel microwave and mini fridge.  Hood River Vacation Rentals has a huge selection of quality homes in a wide range of budgets for any group- from one person to 20!

Whatever challenging opportunities your body might be offering, you can still travel in style and enjoy the Columbia Gorge with a few minutes of planning and body supportive choices.  You deserve to feel good and take a vacation too!

HRVR guests get amazing deals on Mt Hood lift tickets!  Check out what we have to offer…

Mt Hood Meadows ~ is the closest ski area to Hood River and offers great, varied terrain and good facilities for kids.

Adult Day: $69.00

Junior Day (7-14): $39.00


Timberline Lodge – is a fascinating place to visit and eat lunch or dinner. The ski area is open nearly year round. Worth a trip just to experience the fabulous Lodge. Watch the old Jack Nicholson movie “The Shining” before you go!

Adult Day: $57.00

Youth Day (7-14): $42.00

Night Ski (4-9pm): $24.00

Group Lesson Package: (13 year +)$64.00 

SkiBowl ~ has a whole lotta fun stuff! Over 34 lit runs, it is America’s largest night ski area. Terrain and beginner parks available. Fully lit at night, they offer hits, rail slides, table tops, rollers, berms. There is also a SnowSkate Park at Skibowl West!

Adult day pass – $52

Junior (7-14) – $35


Restaurants in Hood River

From food carts to fine dining, Hood River has quite an array of yummy eats.  Fun food carts have been popping up over the past few years and no one is complaining given the delights they serve.  From Four and Twenty Blackbirds to Taqueria El Cuate (the Red Cart parked across the library) offering the best burgers to The Local Grind down at the waterfront, you are sure to score a fantastic fast feast!

Have a little more time on your hands and want to sit down and enjoy your dish with view?  Check out 6th Street Bistro, 3 Rivers Grill or Full Sail Brewery. Behold the mighty Columbia while enjoying delicious locally sourced fare. (Many of these spectacular restaurants offer mid-week deals during the off peak season!)

If you are spending the day on the river, you don’t need to travel far to sit back relax and enjoy the best pizza around.  Solstice is a favorite for parents with littles in tow. This place caters to all ages to make sure everyone has a great time and no fries are being flung! My personal favorite sweet treat in the summertime is a just a few steps away at Cicci’s Gelato: Chocolate with Oregon hazelnuts -gelato made locally in Mosier – delicioso!

For the most important meal of the day, Hood River does breakfast right. Bette’s on Oak Street boasts a bountiful menu full of goodies to satisfy all taste buds–from fresh gigantic cinnamon buns to a perfectly poached egg to a Dungeness crab omelet! Or grab a little bite to eat at Kickstand while your bike is prepped next door for a ride on the epic trails in Hood River! Also at the bottom of  “hospital hill” or 13th Street is another long time fave, Egg River Cafe.

Nightlife. What’s a vacation destination town without a great spot to head out for a good night of fun – we rely on Double Mountain Brewery for this. Always good cheer and good beer! Newish to town is Camp 1805 with killer cocktails and a beautiful space to relax, you will be sure to end your day on a win!

Here are also a few favorites in The Heights of Hood River: Pine Street Bakery is a must do while you are in town for excellent espresso drinks, fresh baked bread, pastries and tasty lunches. Also in The Heights is the locals’ favorite Mexican restaurant La Taqueria. This family owned spot is hoppin’ in the summer, often with a live Mariachi band and lots of good vibes! And while we are on a kick of the insider’s tip of where to go off the beaten path of downtown dining- be sure to spend some time at Good News Gardening ~ awesome for open air eating for both breakfast and lunch. This is a no fail spot to bring your mom. Even your mother-in-law will find the good in Good News Gardening!

There are many, many more good eats in our little Hood River. We’ve just named a few to give you a little sampling, you’ll just have to come to see for yourself what tempts your taste-buds!



Whether you are in search of diamonds or dog bones, our Hood River retailers have got you covered!

Stroll down to the quaint little town of Hood River and you will find more style and unique items than most big cities. There are clothing shops for men, women and children, for new and for used garments. You are sure to find your fresh spring wardrobe or score some fun & unique outfits to step into winter. Parts and Labour is a trendy little women’s boutique which offers the most on-trend Pacific Northwest styles. Ruddy Duck is a well-stocked family shop offering garments for young children, men & women. (Be sure to head to their upper floor to score some items on super sale!) In need of a little something special for your romantic getaway? The ladies at Foundation 45 will help you find the perfect piece. Or maybe you forgot to pack your snow pants or swimwear? Doug’s Sports can no doubt set you up with just the sporting ensemble you are looking for!

Here in the Northwest we are all about reduce, reuse and recycle – so why not hit up some thrift stores?! Hood River has a Boutique Goodwill, one of a select few we hear. This particular store offers higher end, better quality items than most Goodwill’s. Cutie Pie consignment is strictly a spot for the kiddos.  Owner Brittany has revamped this little spot into an adorable thrift kids shop.

What town would be complete without a used bookstore? Artifact’s has a ton of books from which to choose, as well as some wacky novelty items. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself emerging from this store an hour later than you’d intended.

One of my favorite things about shopping in Hood River is the fact that a some stores still offer gift wrap! Waucoma Book Store does just that! They  always have the latest selection of the best books. It is also a great place to buy gifts and is an excellent place to pick up fun activity-games for the kids to do while traveling or in a restaurant. Speaking of kiddos, if you ask any kid from Hood River what’s their favorite shop, G. Willikers is the clear winner with toys, books and stuffys galore! The Hobby Shop on 4th Street, another winner, particularly with slightly older kids, also offers gift wrap.

If you are the traveler in your family, and you want to take back some souvenirs so your loved ones can get a little piece of Hood River, The Gift House is the spot for this. From local eats to pictures of the beautiful Columbia Gorge, whatever you choose will bring a smile to someone’s face! Speaking of which; what girl doesn’t light up with a smile with the perfect amount of sparkle?! Chemistry has gorgeous pieces. Even if you aren’t in the market for jewelry, it’s worth popping in to check out the treasures.  Or Sparkling Creations has some amazing finds in stones, beads and magical things!

We love our dogs in Hood River and this town would not be complete without a store dedicated solely to our furry friends. Gorge Dog has an excellent selection of toys, treat and leashes to properly spoil your pup!

We’ve only named a few of the fabulous shops in our little town of Hood River. There are so many more great spots to explore, you’ll just have to come and discover which shop to proclaim as your favorite! Happy shopping ~ Happy traveling.

Hood River is the best basecamp for hitting the slopes of Mt Hood! Within just minutes of fresh snow for all your favorite snow activities. Mt Hood Oregon is world renowned for winter recreation. Home to 6 ski areas, including the largest ski area in the state of Oregon, the only ski resort open year round and the largest night ski area in the country. It’s no wonder people from all over the world flock to Mount Hood during winter. From downhill skiing and snowboarding to groomed trails for Nordic skiing to first time tubing and sledding excursions there is something for everyone!

The closest ski area to downtown Hood River also happens to be the largest in the entire state! Mt Hood Meadows. Boasting 87 slopes at all levels this resort is sure to be a winner for all in your group.

With Timberline being the only ski resort open year round in the US just imagine the snowy laps you can score during winter! Timberline Lodge is located at the highest point you can drive to  on Mt Hood, making you feel as though you are on top of the clouds and some days you literally are! With 32 slopes that are suitable for all levels Timberline is an excellent choice for an outdoor winter adventure. Skiers can reach an altitude of 8,539 feet! For snowboarders there are 6 snowparks and a pipe in winter. Timberline is a sweet spot for snowshoeing and Nordic skiers as well!

More of a night owl? Then Skibowl is the golden ticket for you! Mt Hood Skibowl is the largest night ski area in the country. With about 43 slopes lit up at night and 2 fully lit terrain parks you are sure to make it a night to remember!

For Nordic Skiers there are several excellent groomed trails to enjoy the winter wondertrailsskiing. Tea Cup Lake, Cooper Spur Nordic Center and Mount Hood Meadows Nordic Center generally groom the trails several times a week ensuring quality trekking for all!

So whether you are more of a sledding kind of snow bunny or a black diamond skier you will find Hood River to be the winter wonderland you have been looking for! Stay with Hood River Vacation Rentals and score some discounted lift tickets to all resorts!


Book with Hood River Vacation Rentals this winter 2017-2018 and get one free Oregon Snow Park Pass for use during your stay!  Good for use at any of the epic ski resorts and snow parks in the area.  Go snow shoeing, sledding, skiing…whatever your winter pleasure – we want to help make those winter wonderland dreams come true!

december HR

One of the loveliest things about Hood River is the cozy, local feel!  Our town comes alive in December with holiday cheer – white, twinkly lights adorn the streets of our quaint downtown streets, shop keepers offer warm conversation and lots of sales so you can get all your holiday shopping done while supporting our sweet local community!  It is a beautiful time to get a taste of what Hood River has to offer and why we LOVE living here year round!

December 1st marks the beginning of the holiday fun with a delightful town parade followed by cocoa and caroling as our town tree is lit by the mayor.  This is an annual favorite sure to please young and young at heart alike.  There is nothing quite as cozy and heart warming as ushering in the holidays in a slower paced small town way.  We love sharing the simpler holiday pleasures with all!  Just bring your good cheer and come spend some of the holiday season here in Hood River!  Might be some of the brightest, most memorable moments of 2017 for you!


Hood River Music Month!

This February, Hood River is determined to get you dancing!  This is the inaugural celebration of our newest event; featuring more than 50 musical enticements, this multi-week celebration includes everything from classical, jazz, acoustic, indie, rock and bluegrass performances to musicals, film and lectures. Almost a dozen Hood River venues – including wineries, cideries, breweries, pubs, theaters, hotels, and restaurants – welcome music-lovers of all ages.

Hood River is well known for its austere natural beauty, fine arts and sports activities.  We think its superb that our local musicians are being given the spotlight too.   Let us know what shows you catch, and we will see you on the dance floor!

Pick your favorites, pick an HRVR home and come for a stay.
Many events are FREE!  Hood River really does have a lil something for everyone…