Apples, Pears and Alpacas: Hood River Harvest Tour
Written by Lauren Braden
Autumn must have been created with children in mind. What kid doesn’t love to catch falling leaves, pick apples and paint pumpkins? And we know just the place to celebrate the harvest with your family this fall: Hood River, Oregon.
The charming town of Hood River, located on the Columbia River Gorge about 60 miles east of Portland, gets its name from the river that flows towards the town with mineral-rich meltwater from glaciers on Mount Hood. Here lies a fertile valley where Oregon's crispest Anjou pears and brightest orange pumpkins are grown. Locals also raise alpacas, make fine wine and grow towering sunflowers. This is a place you might imagine leaving the big city for to telecommute from a hammock in your new pear orchard.
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