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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!

IMG_6032_LRThe Hood River County Fruit Loop is one of Hood River County’s famous attractions. Drive the 35-mile loop through a beautiful valley with 30 farm stand and winery tasting room stops along the way.




Fruit Loop:

The Fruit Loop – Official site, providing maps and information on each stop.

Rasmussen Farms – Stop #7 on the loop, hosts “you-pick” and “ready-picked” produce. Great stop for the fam.

Kiyokawa Family Orchards and Fruit Stand – Stop #17. If you’re after variety, Kiyokawa is a great stop with over 80 different fruit varieties.

Mt. View Orchards Inc. and Fruit Stand – Stop #18.  From antiques to hikes (and lots of fruit of course) Mt. View Orchards, Inc. has a beautiful view of Mt. Hood and just about everything else you could think of.

Packer Orchards and Bakery – Stop #14. A great stop for locally produced jams, jellies, pie filling, fruit varieties, and much more!


Columbia Gorge Wine Growers – As Libby would say “A treasure trove of information!”

Marchesi Vineyards & Winery – Stop #26. Marchesi provides an inviting environment with indoor and outdoor seating. Have a tasting or a glass and enjoy the atmosphere with views of Mt. Hood.

Mt. Hood Winery – Stop #4. You will be greeted by a warm and knowledgeable staff at Mt. Hood Winery. Choose to pair your tasting with a spread of different food items and you’ll walk away feeling like an expert!

The Gorge White House – Stop #3. Known locally as the “chamber of commerce for wine”, Gorge White House provides wine from all over the Columbia River Gorge. Enabling you to taste a large variety of wine in one location!