Eat Your Heart Out in Hood River During Foodie February!
Hood River is well known for its natural beauty, access to the great outdoors, and thriving beer, wine & cider scenes. But it also offers something many other small towns lack: a talented pool of local chefs committed to sourcing their ingredients from the agriculturally-rich lands nearby. (Hood River is located within the Hood River Valley, home to hundreds of farms and orchards.)
Recently dubbed “a food paradise” by the San Jose Mercury News, Hood River gets high marks among food critics and customers alike for its excellent farm-to-table cuisine, welcoming atmosphere and wide variety of dining options.
To celebrate Hood River’s abundance and commitment to food innovation, the area is kicking off the inaugural Hood River Foodie February, a month-long celebration of the area’s outstanding dining scene. Throughout February, restaurants will provide numerous and extensive opportunities for locals and visitors to wine and dine their way through this beautiful region.
5 Ways to Celebrate Foodie February:
1. Surprise your sweetheart with a romantic getaway.
February is the month of love, and food is often the way to a person’s heart. With a wide variety of accommodations, pamper your partner with a multi-day stay in beautiful Hood River and enjoy views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.
2. Road trip with your dinner club.
Food always tastes better in the company of others. From riverside restaurants to fireside lounges to slopeside bars, the area is abundant in unique and fun spaces to gather with friends. Plus, many restaurants have private rooms that are great for groups.
3. Ski. Refuel. Repeat.
With Mt Hood Meadows just 45 minutes away, Hood River is the perfect basecamp for winter adventures of all kinds. Now through April, enjoy deep discounts on lift tickets to Mt. Hood Meadows, which has terrain for beginners and experts alike, as well as a daycare, groomed Nordic skiing and excellent food (of course!).
4. Tour Hood River Wine country.
Named a Top 10 Wine Destination for 2017 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, Hood River wineries are well-loved among wine connoisseurs for their excellent wine and stunning views. So find a designated driver, check out the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers’ Visitors Guide and download the map.
5. Explore the Hood River County Fruit Loop.
The Hood River valley’s rich volcanic soils and moist climate produce ideal conditions for growing a wide variety of crops, including apples, pears, cherries, berries, grapes and vegetables. Some farm stands along the Hood River County Fruit Loop remain open year-round, selling jams, cider, pies and other delicious goodies. You’ll also find microbrews, cider and wine along the way. Can’t make it to Hood River in February? Mark your calendars for April 21, 2018, when the Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest gives seasoned and novice cider lovers a chance to sample the region’s best hard ciders, local food and music.