Hood River Valley Blossom Time

April 11-26, 2015

Nothing says spring quite like fruit trees in bloom, and Hood River County celebrates the arrival of spring in style with their three-week annual Blossom Time. Hood River Valley, which spans the north slope of Mount Hood to the south shore of the Columbia River Gorge, is the largest pear-growing region in Oregon, producing 50% of the nation’s winter pear crop. It’s also home to an abundance of cherry and apples orchards. This translates into acres and acres of beautiful fruit blossoms along the Valley roads. Blossom Time (April 11-26) is a perfect opportunity for the winter-weary to visit Hood River County for a dose of Oregon’s beautiful springtime. The celebration’s main stars—the beautiful pink and white fruit tree blossoms along the Hood River Fruit Loop—are best viewed from the comfort of your car. This gorgeous 35-mile drive runs along the county’s Scenic Tour Route is the centerpiece of the longtime festival celebration. A host of activities during Blossom Time make the celebration of spring a rich experience for visitors. Craft and quilt shows, pancake breakfasts, a pansy party, a grange blossom dinner, wine and beer tasting are all part of the festivities. Baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce—there’s something for everyone.

What to Do:

  • Visitors to the area will want to drive the world-famous 35-mile scenic Fruit Loop through the beautiful Upper Valley filled with blooming orchards of apple, pear, and cherry trees—as well as farm stands, alpacas, wineries, and unparalleled scenery.
  • Come check out the events listed below.
  • Take a stroll through the Heights and Hood River downtown to shop, wine, and dine.
  • Visit the waterfront, the waterfalls, and the great outdoors during your stay—hike, bike, stand-up paddleboard, ski, tube, snowboard, sled.
  • Relax and enjoy the scenery.

Schedule: (download pdf of schedule here)


2nd Annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest (All Ages)

Date: Saturday, April 11th, 2015   Time: Noon-7pm

Location: 3315 Stadelman Drive, Hood River, OR 97031

Contact: (541) 386-2000

Fees/Admission: $5 entry (ages 14 and under free); $5 for cider glass and 4 drink tokens.

Website: hoodriver.org/hard-pressed-cider-fest

Event Description: With nine cideries and counting, Hood River Valley’s hard cider scene is exploding. These craft cidermakers source the apples, pears and other fruits from the 440+ local orchardists, creating ciders that truly give you a taste of Hood River, and place the region at the forefront of the new national hard cider movement. Now in its second year, the Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest gives seasoned and novice cider drinkers alike the chance to sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers, as well as a variety of additional Northwest cideries. More than 20 cideries will be participating, with more than 38 ciders on tap. The daylong event also features local food vendors, produce and arts vendors, a kid’s area and a line-up of local music, from bluegrass to classic rock – guaranteeing a great time for the whole family.


Columbia Gorge Wine Passport Month

Date: April 1 – April 30, 2015

Website: columbiagorgewine.com/passport-month.html

Fees/Admission: Passports are $25 and include lodging and dining specials.

Event Description: Our 7th annual Passport Event celebrates Gorge Wine throughout the month of April! Your purchased Passport is your access pass to exclusive offers, incredible discounts and unique experiences at 24 Gorge wineries all April long, including three very special, wine-focused weekend events at participating wineries: Food & Wine Weekend – April 11th and 12th, Gorge Grapes Weekend – April 18th and 19th, and Barrel & Reserve Tasting Weekend – April 25th and 26th. Passport holders receive amazing deals at our Oregon and Washington wineries with deep discounts, food pairings, barrel tastings, reserve tastings, and more. Passports are available at participating wineries or online at columbiagorgewine.com.


Second Saturday at WAAAM Air and Auto Museum

Date: April 11, 2015   Time: 9am – 5pm

Location: 1600 Air Museum Road, Hood River, OR 97031

Contact: Call (541) 308-1600

Website: waaamuseum.org

Event Description: The Second Saturday of each month the WAAAM Air and Auto Museum opens the doors to roll out and run some of its antique airplanes and cars. Visitors watch airplane operations up close and may get to ride in old cars too. Open 9am – 5pm. Activities 10am – 2pm. Lunch 11am – 1pm. Free parking. WAAAM is located three miles from downtown Hood River.


Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour

Date: April 10, 11, 12, 2015  

Time: 10am – 6pm

Location: Artists’ studios are located throughout the Mid-Columbia from Cascade Locks to The Dalles and from Parkdale, Oregon to Trout Lake, Washington. The tour is free and self-guided, with detailed maps available at www.gorgeartists.org and at area Chambers of Commerce, Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, The Dalles Art Center, and Big River Art and Crafts in Goldendale. Within an hour’s drive from Portland, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is famous for its dramatic vistas, waterfalls, hiking trails, windsurfing, and burgeoning art scene. The region also offers great food, hand-crafted wine and beer, and lodging for those wishing to take in the entire weekend. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience the art and beauty of the Columbia River Gorge at its best.

Contact: Jo Dean Sarins (309) 657-2180, arrayofelegance@att.net Fees/Admission: The tour is free and self-guided, with detailed maps available at www.gorgeartists.org and at area Chambers of Commerce, Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, The Dalles Art Center, and Big River Art and Crafts in Goldendale.

Website: gorgeartists.org/guide

Event Description: Tour the Columbia River Gorge and meet artists in their studios during Blossom Time. Thirty-eight Gorge artists will open their studios to the public, sharing their thoughts and processes with you. This year’s artists feature works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, jewelry, glass, sculpture, photography, textiles, fiber, and more. The tour is a juried event, with artists representing the highest quality work available in the region in a broad spectrum of media, styles, and subject matter. See where Gorge Artists work and what inspires them. Purchase and take home fabulous and meaningful art.


Passport Food & Wine Weekend

Date: April 11 – 12, 2015

Website: columbiagorgewine.com/passport-month.html

Event Description: Celebrate the greatest gift to the palate; the perfect marriage of food and wine. Our wineries are celebrating the bounty of fresh food in the Gorge and our exceptional ability to grow food-friendly wines. Small bites, special cheeses or pop-up food carts will be available along with take-home recipes, pairing lessons and new releases at 24 participating wineries. Come experience examples of impeccable pairing and learn how to create them for yourself! Your purchased Passport is your access pass to exclusive offers, incredible discounts and unique experiences at 24 Gorge wineries all April long, including three very special, wine-focused weekend events at participating wineries: Food & Wine Weekend – April 11th and 12th, Gorge Grapes Weekend – April 18th and 19th, and Barrel & Reserve Tasting Weekend – April 25th and 26th.


Abstract Fiber Trunk Show

Date: April 11 – April 26, 2015   Time: 11am – 4pm

Location: Foothills Yarn & Fiber 4207 Sylvester Dr Hood River, OR

Contact: (541) 400-0182

Fees/Admission: Free

Website: foothillsyarn.com

Event Description: You’ll love the brilliant colors of the Abstract Fiber yarn that is hand-dyed by Susan, Karen, Rachel, and Gail in their studio in Portland, Oregon. See shawls, socks, hats, scarves, and gloves knit with this luscious yarn. While you’re here, meet our alpacas.


Culinary Health Class: Flavors of the Mediterranean

Date: April 16, 2015   Time: 6pm – 8:30pm

Location: TrueMed Institute 506 Cascade Avenue Hood River, OR 97031

Contact: (541) 386-8783

Fees/Admission: $50 per person

Website: truemedinstitute.com/integrative-nutrition

Event Description: Toss that boxed cereal and processed toast in the garbage where it belongs! A good breakfast helps refuel the body, boost metabolism, improve concentration, and increase energy. Come learn how to freshen up the most important meal of the day with easy to prepare breakfast dishes that delight the palate and nourish the soul. Come ready to experience hands on cooking. This class is gluten free.


Asbury Our Redeemer Blossom Craft Sale

Date: April 18, 2015   Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: 1140 Tucker Road Hood River (across from bowling alley)

Fees/Admission: Free

Event Description: Handmade Items and Crafts


Apple Valley Blossom Festival, Dessert Party and Country BBQ

Date: April 18 – 19, 2015   Time: 10am – 6pm

Location: 2363 Tucker Road Hood River

Contact: (541) 386-1971

Fees/Admission: Free

Website: applevalleystore.com

Event Description: Apple Valley’s famous desserts are showcased during our Blossom Festival Dessert Party! Enjoy fresh baked pies, cobblers and crisps. Sample over 50 different varieties of jams, syrups, pepper jellies and pie fillings. Country BBQ will be served at the store featuring cherry wood smoked ribs, pulled pork and chicken sandwiches and our pear coleslaw and cider baked beans.


Passport Gorge Grapes Weekend

Date: April 18 – 19, 2015

Website: columbiagorgewine.com/passport-month.html

Event Description: Explore the essence of what makes the Columbia Gorge Wine Region. A world of wine in 40 miles. With so much diversity of climate and soil, the Gorge has the ability to grow many unique varietals, from the familiar to some of which you’ve probably never heard of. Our wineries will be showing off their own unique offerings and new releases, teaching about local viticulture and providing the opportunity for comparative tastings. Come see what all the fuss is about and experience something new! Your purchased Passport is your access pass to exclusive offers, incredible discounts and unique experiences at 24 Gorge wineries all April long, including three very special, wine-focused weekend events at participating wineries: Food & Wine Weekend – April 11th and 12th, Gorge Grapes Weekend – April 18th and 19th, and Barrel & Reserve Tasting Weekend – April 25th and 26th.


Hood River County Fair Blossom Craft Show

Date: April 18 – 19, 2015  Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Hood River Fairgrounds. 3020 WyEast Rd Hood River, Or 97031

Contact: (541) 354-2865, or email: hrfair@hrecn.net

Fees/Admission: Free admission and parking

Website: hoodriverfair.org

Event Description: Join us for the 17th Annual craft show and plant sale at the Hood River fairgrounds. Over 125 vendors selling jewelry, plants, clothing, baked goods, photos, paintings, metal art, garden art, wine tasting. Features Special Olympics baked sale, Odell Garden Club Saturday plant sale, FFA plant sale and barbeque sandwiches. Free admission and parking with lots of space. Annual quilt show in the floral building with over 100 quilts to look at and some to buy. Horse event going on in the barn or arena. Lots for all to see and do.


West Side Fire District – All You Can Eat Breakfast

Date: April 19, 2015   Time: 7am – 11am

Location: Fire Station #1 4250 Barette Rd.

Contact: (541) 386-1550

Fees/Admission: $7 Adults $5 Senior $4 Childern Under 6 Free

Website: westsidefire.com/wsfd/home.htm

Event Description: Come one: come all to the fire hall all-you-can-eat-breakfast: pancake – ham – and egg breakfast, coffee, juice, milk. All proceeds benefit the volunteer fire department “neighbor helping neighbor” program.


Passport Barrel & Reserve Tasting Weekend

Date: April 25 – 26, 2015

Website: columbiagorgewine.com/passport-month.html

Event Description: Your Passport is your ticket to an extraordinary weekend of exclusive barrel & reserve tastings! Discover what makes a reserve wine a reserve. This exclusive weekend offering will give you a behind-the-scenes look at our wineries and give you special access to distinguished wines. Our wineries are bestowing right from the barrel, giving cellar tours, showcasing library and vertical tastings and providing access to their elite selections. Come experience the romance and passion of our winemakers first-hand and revel in the bounty! Your purchased Passport is your access pass to exclusive offers, incredible discounts and unique experiences at 24 Gorge wineries all April long, including three very special, wine-focused weekend events at participating wineries: Food & Wine Weekend – April 11th and 12th, Gorge Grapes Weekend – April 18th and 19th, and Barrel & Reserve Tasting Weekend – April 25th and 26th.


Bird Watching Indian Creek

Date: Sunday mornings.  April 26, May 10, 17, 31, June 14

Location: First class meets at Hood River Hobbies

Contact: info@hoodriverhobbies.com

Fees/Admission: $10 class fee to Community Ed (register in advance). A supply fee of $30 is suggested for beginners to purchase a field guide and/or basic optics from Hood River Hobbies.

Event Description: Sunday mornings April 26, May 10, 17, 31, and June 14. This is a series of bird outings where we will be identifying and mapping locations of birds along Indian Creek trail. This class is suitable for all ages, kids with an interest in wildlife are strongly encouraged.


 

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