Hood River Blossom Fest and Springtime Guide

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April 12-27, 2014

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 12-27) 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.

Here is a preview of events happening during Blossom Time weekends:

4/11-13: Gorge Artists Open Studio Tours

4/12: 1st Annual Hard-Pressed Cider Fest

4/13-14: Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Blossom Time Kick-off Weekend

4/12: Second Saturday at Western Auto and Air Museum

4/19-20: Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Food and Wine Weekend

4/19-20: Blossom Fest and Craft Show

4/26-27: Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Barrel Tasting Weekend

Other areas in the county also celebrate Blossom Fest time, with specials offered at both the Hood River downtown and Heights businesses. Many area hotels, vacation rentals, and B&Bs offer special rates for visitors wishing to stay the weekend to enjoy the festivities and the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

Visitors may pick up a Blossom Fest Event Calendar and area maps at two convenient Map Pick-Up Stations located just off Highway I-84 at Exit 62 just outside the Red Carpet Restaurant, and Exit 64 at Tum-a-Lum Lumber. Throughout Blossom Time, regular updates will be available on the Hood River Oregon Facebook page.

The Hood River County Chamber supports economic and tourism development for the region and provides promotional programs to its 450 members. As a county-wide organization, it supports businesses, organizations, and governmental agencies in Cascade Locks, Hood River, Parkdale, Odell, Pine Grove, and Mount Hood-Parkdale.

The best of Hood River and the rural lifestyle are all here during Blossom Time in the Gorge: Food, wine, beer, arts and crafts shows, pancake breakfasts, baked goods, preserves, yarn, shopping—and, of course, blossoms.  

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