Hood River: Open to Visitors with Lots of Fun Fall Options
The Gorge has been greatly impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire, due to the extended closure of I-84, popular trails, and the Historic Columbia River Highway (between Hood River and Troutdale).
However, there are still many different ways you can enjoy fall in and around Hood River. Autumn visitors will be treated to fall colors, incredible bounty, and the chance to experience fun festivals and cool cultural events. It’s a great time to show your support of Hood River and the Gorge, which is needed now more than ever.
Here’s a short list of all you CAN do in the Gorge, starting now!
Head out to the Hood River County Fruit Loop. September and October are prime u-pick time for apples, pears and pumpkins on the popular Hood River County Fruit Loop. There are also fruit stands bursting with fresh cider, flowers and other fall produce, plus wineries and cideries with seasonal tastings. The Fruit Loop is bustling with special fall events as well, from apple tastings to Halloween celebrations. Check out the events calendar for a full listing.
Get festive! Fall is festival time in Hood River, with two of the biggest foodie fests in the Gorge: Hood River Hops Fest and Hood River Valley Harvest Fest. Both showcase Hood River’s incredible bounty and reveal what makes it a delicious place to visit any time of year. Hood River Hops Fest (October 7) is the epicenter for fresh-hop beers. Produced by the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce and presented by CH2M, this one-day festival, now in its 14th year, brings together more than 50 Pacific Northwest breweries to debut their seasonal fresh-hop beers. With over 60 unique varieties available for tasting, the Hood River Hops Fest boasts one of the largest fresh-hop selections in the nation. Hood River Valley Harvest Fest (October 13-15) brings together more than 125 vendors offering local produce and food products, plus arts and crafts and wine, cider, and beer tastings. Held along the scenic Hood River waterfront, this is the Columbia River Gorge’s biggest celebration of the region’s incredible fall bounty.
Visit WAAAM and Hood River’s other engaging museums. Kids and grown-ups alike love the fantastic Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, which has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique airplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a look into Hood River’s interesting back story, stop by the Hood River County History Museum. For more museum suggestions, go here.
Experience the Columbia Center for the Arts. Located in downtown Hood River, this thriving art center offers art shows, plays, film screenings and more. Throughout the month of September, the gallery will feature the art of renowned artist Carmen Sonnes, along with a curated show of other regional Latino artists. There’s also a Latin Music USA film screening and hands-on art workshops for both adults and children. For more cultural event information, go here.
Explore our historic downtown shopping area. Oak Street is full of unique specialty shops, plus cafés and coffee shops.