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While Hood River may seem like a sleepy mountain resort town from the outside, we promise there’s more than meets the eye! Jam packed with culture and unforgettable experiences, Hood River is the perfect place to plan your next once in a lifetime vacation! Sound good? Then you better start planning now, and here are a few things things to do in Hood River for an amusing week:

Take a Hike up Majestic Mount Hood

Rising 11,249 feet above the horizon (making it the tallest mountain in all of Oregon), Mount Hood is home to some of the best views and hiking in all of the Pacific Northwest. Mount Hood is a mostly dormant stratovolcano located right in the heart of the Cascades and is surrounded by an amazing array of beautiful forests, lakes, streams, wildlife, and much more! There are plenty of hiking options all around Mount Hood, ranging from easy to some trails that will push even the heartiest of outdoorsman to their limits! Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or just want to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of nature, Mount Hood is one locale that you need to make sure to visit.

Enjoy World Class Wines at One of the Many Vineyards

There are many different ways to take advantage of the incredible weather we are fortunate to experience here in Hood River, but arguably the ones who benefit the most are those who run some of our amazing wineries! There are a number of incredible local establishments all throughout Hood River creating delectable reds and whites just waiting for you to sample them for yourself. So when you’re crafting your next itinerary involving things to do in Hood River, make sure that local stops such as Phelps Creek Vineyards or Wy’East Vineyards are on the list!

Things to Do in Hood River: Discover the Grand History of the Hood River Area for Yourself

The history of the Hood River area is just as unique and diverse as the people who live here, and if you’re looking to find out what makes our humble town so great there’s one place to go: The History Museum of Hood River County! Featuring exhibits on the cultures of those who came before us, one-of-a-kind heirlooms and more, the History Museum of Hood River County serves to both educate about the past and keep our traditions alive for generations to come. This is truly one Hood River attraction that cannot be missed.

No matter how you organize that itinerary of yours, one thing is for certain: You’re guaranteed to have a once in a lifetime vacation when you decide to stay in Hood River! Just make sure to let Hood River Vacation Rentals do our part in helping out, as we are the premier property rental company in all of Hood River and are ready to assist you today with finding the perfect home or condo.

umbrellafallsHiking near Hood River is awesome! Trek through the forest, climb a mountain, stroll along the river bike out of this world trails all in one loop.

Lost Lake – Nice easy stroll around the entire lake – stunning views along the way, located in Dee

Walk the ice caves on Mt Adams

Tour the turbines at Bonneville and The Dalles Dams

Dog MountainTrailhead – steep, steep, and more steep – amazing views once you make it!

Oak Ridge Trail

Tawanamas Falls Trail – an HRVR favorite! Best in the late spring early summer.

Dog River Trail – just off of HWY 35 beautiful so pretty in the summer!

Laurence Lake – sparkly lake to admire while your hikin’

Multnomah Falls – on your way from PDX stop for your first hike

Twin Tunnels – epic views of The Columbia – easy paved path great for biking also, perfect for beginning bikers

Umbrella Falls – (shown in the picture) on your way up to the mountain this is a wonderful hike through the shaded woods to a beautiful waterfall.

Hope you enjoy Hood River hikes!

waterplayOne of the best things about Hood River is that there is always something to do! But if you are kid “Adventure Town” takes on a whole new meaning! Kids could spend a day…  literally a day from sun up to sun down with non stop action at the waterfront.


Usually our day goes something like this in the Summer (when I am not styling someone into a Hood River Vacation Rental home) We head to The Columbia River waterfront at the sand bar – spread out a blanket and get out the sand shovels start digging a little,  trying ever so hard to create something that remotely resembles Mt. Hood  – then dip our toes a little, splash around just waiting for the rental shops to open up to rent a paddle board for the day  Big Winds and Gorge Paddling Center just to name a few of the experts – eventually everyone gets a little grouchy – this must mean one thing… lunch time! Here is where the decisions start so many options just steps away – The Local Grind yummy teriiyaki, The Sandbar cafe, grab a beer and burger and you set! Stroll a bit further down the waterfront path and of course you come to the kid favorite (and adult:) Solstice – we try and wait to hold off for Cicci’s Gelato later in the day – hah! Like that is going to happen usually directly after lunch, truth be told sometimes before:) It’s just so darn delicious personal shout out to chocolate hazelnut! Burn all of those delicious calories while chasing around those little ones on the playground – which is full of fun stuff!  Climbing walls, bouncy seats, run-a-bouts and musical instruments! If they are completely tuckered out by then, take a stroll, scooter or bike down the paved path along the riverfront.

pow1Dogs in Hood River Oregon

I am a dog and I live in Hood River I know it’s doggy Nirvana.

Some may be a little put off by the less than canine friendly history. Don’t be fooled that they named the town after us, – Dog River. Sounds like true recognition but NO, they actually ate our furry brethren. Call themselves civilized? I don’t think so.

But it’s easy to forget this dark history (there are some benefits in having a short attention span) when you get to drag your “owner” sic. down to the waterfront and run wild and make them throw a Frisbee for you 2000 times. Yes it’s crazy good down at the Columbia River waterfront. Running and swimming and running and chewing sticks. When you get tired you can even find something really good to roll in (oops tmi). The Hood River is much cooler for summer swimming for those of us with thick fur. And then there’s snow! Even in the summer. Imagine -more running, sniffing and rolling pleasure.

There are a million cool hikes. Choose from tall grass, ferns, sage brush, sand, rocks, fallen trees and waterfalls. Forest, desert, meadows, mountains and beaches. My favorite is Dog Mountain (it’s an easy name for me to remember). They think I’m so cute smelling the wild flowers (heh heh …suckers!).

I love the seasons. Napping in the hot sun. Romping in the squishy mud, cruising with the wind at my tail. I love the restaurants and cafes. My personal fave is Gorge Dog 🙂 Petting ops galore and a little cleanup here and there- just to help out. I’m not sure I get the whole beer thing thou’. Why would they drink that weedy tasting foamy stuff and then laugh all silly. It’s a mystery to me. Dog River Coffee is much better.

For the art loving pooch amongst us there are all these great outdoor sculptures to pee on.

Yes Hood River is the best place on the planet to be a dog.

Known for epic windsurfing, fertile fruit orchards and jaw-dropping scenery along the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River is making a new name for itself as a small town with big style.
By Mikhael Romain // Photography by Lance Koudele

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