Chamber Events: Hood River Valley Blossom Time
Hood River Valley Blossom Time
April 9-25, 2016
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 9-25) 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.
3rd Annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest (All Ages) Date: Saturday, April 16th, 2016 Location: 3315 Stadelman Drive, Hood River, OR 97031 Contact: (541) 386-2000 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 third 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.
Passport Gorge Grapes Weekend 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.
Hood River County Fair Blossom Craft Show Location: Hood River Fairgrounds. 3020 WyEast Rd Hood River, Or 97031 Contact: (541) 354-2865, or email: email@example.com 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.
The Hood River County Chamber Board voted to make all Hood River County Chamber of Commerce events tobacco and smoke free as of June 1, 2013. Signage will be posted at all event sites. Ready to Quit? 1.800.QUITNOW 1.855.DEJELO-YA