Celebrate Blossom Time in Hood River
With world-class wildflower hikes and fruit blossom displays, Hood River, Oregon welcomes spring with open arms. Snow in the Hood River Valley has melted away, and its 14,000 acres of fruit trees are just starting to bud. But in less than a month, those same trees will be bursting with pink and white blossoms. Don’t let this magical time of year go by! Plan a multi-day stay in Hood River during the month of April, also known as Blossom Time.
Day 1 – Hood River County Fruit Loop
Drive or bike the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a gorgeous 35-mile self-guided tour route. You’ll pass through pear, cherry and apple orchards bursting with pink and white flowers. Along the way, stop at Packer Orchards for cider, jam, fresh-baked goods and other farm-made goodies. Visit The Gorge White House or Fox-Tail Ciders, where you can sample hard ciders made with local fruit. Pet baby alpacas at Foothills Yarn and Fiber. Enjoy a flight of wine at Mt. Hood Winery, named Oregon Winery of the Year in 2016, or one of eight other wineries along the Fruit Loop.
Day 2 – Hood River
You’ll want a full day to explore the town of Hood River, which offers an eclectic mix of locally owned specialty stores, museums and galleries, walking and biking trails, restaurants, craft breweries and more. Stop by Springhouse Cellar on the second Saturday of the month for the Hood River Farmers Market and live music. Walk along the Hood River Waterfront Trail to the Hood River History Museum. Grab a bite to eat at one of many local restaurants. Or, go Wiking (wine combined with hiking) with the Friends of the Columbia Gorge. You’ll explore the Gorge’s plentiful trails, followed by a stop at a local winery. Pre-registration, available online at GorgeFriends.org, is required.
Day 3 – Go Cider Tasting
If you’re a cider fan, you won’t want to miss the 4th annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Set in scenic Hood River Valley among blossoming apple, pear and cherry orchards, the festival gives people the chance to see and experience first-hand where so many of these ciders get their start. This year, a record 28 cideries are participating, with more than 50 different ciders on tap. Enjoy an expanded covered area, live music, kids activities—complete with a bouncy house—and food from local restaurants. Go here to pre-purchase tickets.