Three Cider-Centered Days in Hood River
Long known for its rolling hills of fruit orchards and its craft beer scene, the Hood River Valley is experiencing the fermentation craze making its way across the country. Thanks to its 14,000 acres of fruit orchards and multiple generations of farming knowledge, Hood River Valley is quickly becoming the epicenter of Oregon cider making.
Hood River is home to nine cideries, plus the Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, now in its fourth year. Over the last decade, local farmers and cider makers have cultivated a sweet partnership that has led to an infusion of the region’s apples, pears, cherries, apricots and hops into a wide range of hard ciders.
This spring, plan a multi-day stay in Hood River and explore the area’s authentic cider scene. The prime time to visit: April, when the Hood River Valley is blanketed in pink and white blossoms.