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About Hood River
Connect with the beauty of nature with a trip to Hood River, Oregon. This vacation destination is ideal for people who love a great outdoor adventure or who enjoy the scenic beauty of rushing waters, orchid blooms, and lush greenery. Staying in Hood River vacation rentals will put you closer to nature and allow you to experience all the town has to offer like a local.
The summer months are typically the busiest and the most crowded in Hood River. This time of year brings temperatures that can reach the upper-70s and low-80s. Winds channeled from the Columbia River Gorge keep the area cool and comfortable for outdoor activities, so it’s an ideal time to visit. Search for available Hood River vacation rentals ahead of time, and save yourself unnecessary months of worrying. Winters are rainy and relatively mild with temperatures that rarely dip below 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
When planning your trip to Hood River, make arrangements to fly into Portland International Airport. From there, rent a car and make the drive to town. It’s a scenic drive and only about an hour long. If you don’t have access to a car, many buses provide transportation between Portland and Hood River throughout the week, and the Port of Hood River gives access to a public marina.
Things to do
Visitors staying in one of the many Hood River vacation rentals in the area will find that this destination has a lot to offer. Pile into the family car and take a scenic drive along the Fruit Loop. The best time to cruise along this picturesque route is during the harvest season since the 35-mile trek takes tourists on a journey past beautiful vineyards, miles of fields of flowers, and spectacular views. Along the way, stop at a lavender or chestnut farm for a tour, pick up fresh berries at a fruit stand on the side of the road, or sample local wines at a winery. A drive along the Fruit Loop isn’t complete without some shopping and a stop at the History Museum of Hood River.
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a wonderful destination for hiking, nature viewing, kayaking, and backpacking as well. There are numerous trails that range from family-friendly and easy, to steep and challenging for the more experienced and fit traveler. You won’t want to head back to your Hood River vacation rental until you’ve discovered one of the many beautiful and breathtaking waterfalls on your hike. On the water, take a shot at kitesurfing or windsurfing on the Columbia River. Winds along the gorge create perfect conditions for these activities. Other outdoor trips include a can’t-miss visit to nearby Mount Hood and Panorama Point County Park on a clear day.
For those feeling less adventurous or who prefer to stick close to their vacation rental in Hood River, there are several indoor attractions that are just as enjoyable. Visit the Columbia Center for the Arts to catch a performance or simply browse the art gallery. The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique cars in the country. Finally, another great way to enjoy the beauty of the region is to schedule a ride on The Mount Hood Railroad, which is stationed in Hood River.
Hood River has many events throughout the year that appeal to visitors and locals alike. In April, Hood River experiences its annual Blossom Time for three weeks. During this time, families staying in Hood River rentals can enjoy the Blossom Fest, which is a fun celebration of spring. Also in April, don’t miss the Hard-Pressed Cider Fest. The area welcomes autumn in October with the annual Hood River Valley Harvest Fest along the waterfront. If you’re planning to spend the holidays in Hood River, enjoy festive celebrations as the town becomes the “Holiday Town of Oregon.”
From outdoor adventures and scenic landscapes to interesting museums and delicious wines, you’ll find something for everyone here. The extra space and convenience that Hood River vacation rentals provide will make your trip that much better, and you may want to return year after year.
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