Find Yourself in Hood River this Winter

Whether you are looking for a place for personal reflection, want to reconnect with friends and family, or need to accommodate a large group retreat, Hood River, Oregon, is an ideal place to take a time out.

Hood River’s idyllic location in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area provides inspiration – whether you just need a break from life or you’re hosting your board meeting or company retreat. Hood River County offers 25,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate up to 2,500 people. Since it’s just 60 miles east of Portland, Hood River is an easy place to access by car, train or airplane.

Here are a few ways to unwind while visiting Hood River this winter:

Personal Wellness

Start the day with a yoga or meditation class at one of the local wellness studios, then grab a nourishing smoothie or breakfast sandwich at one of the numerous breakfast spots. Pamper yourself with a massage, manicure or pedicure. Take a walk through historic downtown Hood River, where you can go wine tasting, gallery browsing, or shop at an eclectic variety of locally owned boutiques. Take your journal or a good book to the cozy lobby of one our lodging properties, where you can lounge by a fireplace and enjoy a cup of tea or some comfort food.

Outdoor Fun

Many companies love meeting in Hood River, which offers numerous teambuilding activities thanks to Mother Nature. Take a field trip to nearby Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort, where you can access more than 2,150 acres of terrain, restaurants and groomed Nordic ski trails. Plus, if you stay in Hood River November through April, you and/or your group can purchase lift tickets to Mt. Hood Meadows at participating hotels which will allow you the ability to go straight to the lift.

And even if your strategic planning sessions keep you busy all day, you’ll notice the relaxation that comes with being away from the city, enjoying star-filled skies.

photo by: Randy Boverman

Feed Your Soul

Hood River’s reputation as a food-lover’s paradise is gaining the attention of travelers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life without losing access to excellent food and drink. You’ll find award-winning farm-to-table cuisine to family-style pizza joints and everything in between. Need a really good cup of coffee to start your day off right? No problem. Have dietary restrictions? Many Hood River restaurants offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Want to sample local microbrews, cider, wine and whiskey? Hood River is known for its ample supply of locally produced libations.

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