Day 2 – The Hood River County Fruit Loop
Explore the Hood River Valley, where many of the local ciders get their start, thanks to the 400 acres of fruit orchards. The Hood River County Fruit Loop is a gorgeous 35-mile self-guided tour route. It takes visitors past pear, cherry and apple orchards & vineyards, with suggested stops at more than 20 farms, orchards, cideries and wineries. It also offers “double mountain” views, with Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams providing stunning backdrops.
Stop at The Gorge White House for small tastes of their award-winning apple-pear, blueberry and “perry” hard ciders, and Fox-Tail Ciders, where you can get a growler of one of their signature ciders, which tend to be more traditional and not overly sweet to allow the natural flavors to emerge.
If you time your visit right, you can finish your day at the annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, which is taking place on April 22, 2017. More than 20 cideries will be participating, with more than 40 ciders on tap. To accompany the ciders, festival-goers can dig into offerings from the area’s vibrant food scene. The day-long event also features a lineup of local music and a kids’ area, guaranteeing a great time for the whole family.