In the hills above Hood River find wildflowers and a view of Mount Hood. Credit: Lisette Wolter-McKinley
Hood River, Oregon
Hood River is a near-perfect family vacation destination. Marvel at hydrofoils and kite surfers zigging and zagging along the Columbia River. Delight your inner child with a stay at a treehouse at Skamania Lodge. Perched high up in the trees bask in the sound of birds while you enjoy your morning coffee. Savor the sweeping views of the Columbia River as you partake in breakfast at the lodge. Spend an afternoon sampling your way around the Hood River Fruit Loop. Berry pick and sip your way through various farms and wineries with Mount Hood as a majestic backdrop.
Spend a morning hiking Tom McCall Point Trail for an exceptional view of both Mount Adams and Mount Hood. You’ll see wildflowers such as lupine, paintbrush, foxglove and arrowroot — as well as grand views of the gorge. Pop into town for a cone from Mike’s Ice cream, and spend hours trying to decide what to buy at the fantastic G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe. Take a break from the sunshine and relax at a local brewery like pFriem. Share a pizza and fondue by the fire at Mt. View Orchards while taking in the breathtaking scenery.
Revel in the local abundance of food grown around Hood River, soak in the scenery and end the day with a round of disc golf at Skamania Lodge. Make s’mores back at your private fire pit before sharing campfire stories and tucking your children into their custom tent bed in your private treehouse.
Next stop: wild island beach