With a population of about 7,400 people, Hood River has maintained its small-town charm with the restoration of many historic buildings, the preservation of locally owned businesses and an eclectic mix of restaurants, bakeries, breweries, delis, shops and galleries. While you’re here, be sure to check out the Hood River Waterfront, historic downtown, and The Heights neighborhood.
Located about 40 miles from Portland and about 20 miles from downtown Hood River, Cascade Locks is a small, inviting town known for its lush trails, excellent winds and beautiful Marine Park. Stop by Cascade Locks during a world-class sailing regatta. Sign up for the Bridge of the Gods 10K or Half-Marathon. Or take a trip on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler to learn a bit of history.
Mt. Hood provides a dramatic backdrop for the residents of Parkdale, an agricultural community located about 16 miles south of Hood River. The Hutson Museum, a historical Hood River valley landmark, rests on a two-acre National Historic Site. Enjoy a meal or local brew in Parkdale after a day exploring the area.
Located in the heart of the Hood River County Fruit Loop, Odell is the home to the valley’s biggest fruit packing houses. Odell is also home to the Hood River County Fairgrounds, which hosts the County Fair in July and the Gorge Fruit & Crafts Festival in September.
The unincorporated town of Mt. Hood is home to the historic Mt. Hood Town Hall, which offers classes in yoga, ceramics, and tai chi, and can be rented for weddings and other special events. Here you will also find the historic Parkdale Ranger Station (built in 1939).
Built in 1906, the town of Dee is the gateway to Lost Lake. The agricultural town has long been tied to the fruit-growing industry of the Hood River valley, and is abundant in fruit trees and berry farms that lie between the middle and west forks of the Hood River in an area known as Dee Flat.