What’s Your Hood River Resolution? 2017-01-05T04:58:38+00:00

What’s Your Hood River Resolution?

With 2017 fast approaching, you’re likely pondering a timeless question: What will be your New Year’s resolution?

Before you start pondering, keep this in mind: About 40 percent of American adults make resolutions every New Year, yet more than half give up – often because they lose motivation, or their goals are unrealistic.

So how do you boost your chances of actually meeting your New Year’s goals? Make it fun. Make it adventurous. Make it unique. Make a Hood River Resolution.

Here are five Hood River Resolution ideas to get the wheels turning!

1. Hike to 25 waterfalls.

The Columbia River Gorge has the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America. The waterfalls in Hood River County are less popular – and in some cases, easier to access – than many waterfalls in the western Gorge. Our top picks include Wahclella Falls, Tunnel Falls along Eagle Creek and Dry Creek Falls. Starting in March, join Friends of the Columbia Gorge on a guided hike, some of which even traverse local wineries and breweries.

2. Learn to ski.

With both Mt. Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort less than an hour from Hood River, you can get top-notch instruction while also enjoying spectacular scenery, excellent food and fun events, such as Spring Brew Fest at Mt Hood Meadows (March 25, 1-5 pm). Plus, stay in Hood River at one of many lodging partners and get access to amazing deals on lift tickets to Mt. Hood Meadows.

3. Unplug for a week.

American adults spend 8.5 hours a day exposed to screens, according to a 2016 study by the Council for Research Excellence. If you are tethered to technology, a screen-less week in Hood River could be just what you need! Go trail running and stargazing. Hunt for wildflowers (as early as February). Go birding. Play the guitar. Learn to kiteboard (starting in June). Read a book – or write a book! Who knows what the week will unfold if you leave your devices at home.

4. Learn how to preserve.

Whether you want to learn how to can, freeze, dehydrate, pickle – or all of the above – make your first stop Hood River. Home to 14,000 acres of commercial orchards, Hood River Valley is the place to stock up. Print out the Hood River County Fruit Loop’s harvest seasons calendar and book your accommodations, as summer is one of the region’s busiest seasons.

5. Become a wine connoisseur.

An extraordinary combination of climates, soils, elevation and geology throughout the Columbia River Gorge produces some of the best and most varied grape varietals in the Pacific Northwest. The wineries of the Gorge and tasting rooms in downtown Hood River offer year-round opportunities to meet the winemakers, savor special releases, learn about food and wine pairings and even tour the scenic vineyards where the grapes are grown. Check out this video for a taste for Hood River wine country and start planning your vacation.

What’s your Hood River Resolution? Please share – unless you are trying to unplug, of course! – on Facebook and Instagram using hashtag #hoodriver2017.