Hood River Do

27 Feb


Once the windsurfing capital of the U.S., Hood River is now the nation’s mecca for Kiteboarding. Local shops will rent equipment and offer lessons, or simply walk downhill from downtown and watch the pros from the waters edge.

Big Winds

207 Front St.

Hood River, Oregon



2nd Wind Sports

210 Oak St

Hood River, Oregon



Many more shops can be found through your favorite search engine

Whitewater Rafting:

We did this a few years ago while spending the weekend in Hood River and we loved it. Although it’s summer in Oregon, the river water is snow run-off and still on the freezing side (wetsuits, and all other gear is provided). Not huge fans of being cold, we found that the wetsuits provided were more than enough to keep us toasty. 1/2 day trips… morning or afternoon sessions.

Wet Planet Rafting and Kayaking

860 Washington 141

White Salmon, WA 98672



Mountain Biking/Hiking through the hills:

You don’t have to be as adventurous as Lewis and Clark were when they discovered this area, but take advantage of the accessible hiking areas and mountain bike trails located just outside of town. Other options for exercise involve running/biking/hiking through the farmland located just east of downtown Hood River.

The nearest mountain bike trail is just a few miles away. It is totally feasible to walk to a bike shop, rent a bike, ride from downtown, and within 15 minutes you’ll be on a mountain bike trail. Post Canyon bike trail might be the closest ( http://www.hoodlivin.com/biking/post-canyon/ ), but ask the local shop for a map and info.

Discover Bikes

210 State st.

Hood River, Oregon



Wine Tasting/Breweries:


The Hood River area is comprised of many “micro-climates.” Warmer and dryer than the Willamette Valley, you’ll find a lot more than just Pinot Noir. There are great vineyards and wineries just outside of Hood River which produce anything from delicious, robust Cabs, to Italian varietals like Sangiovese. Our favorite wineries are Cathedral Ridge (beautiful views), Marchesi Vineyards (boutique winery owned by Italians) and Maryhill (about 40 minutes east of Hood River on the Washington side, but delicious, wide ranging varieties of wine). If you want to stay away from a drive, Hood River has some great tasting rooms right downtown including Naked Winery, Springhouse Cellar and Quenett Cellars Tasting Room.

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Marchesi Vineyards

Maryhill Winery

Naked Winery

Springhouse Cellar

Quenett Cellars


Cruise around town and sample some of the many micro brews located in-and-around Hood River. The Full Sail Brewery is located directly in town with a great view of the Columbia River. To be honest, almost all eateries in Hood River will offer some local beers. Try them

Besides having fantastic local micro-beers, Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom has the best thin-crust pizza in town.

Double Mountain Brewery

8 4th St. #204

Hood River, Oregon



Full Sail Brewing Company:Pub

506 Columbia St.

Hood River, Oregon



Mt. Hood/ Timberline Lodge:

“Heeeeeeere’s Johnny.” The 1980 psychological horror film The Shinning starring Jack Nicholson was shot on location here at the Overlook Hotel (Timberline Lodge). The Hotel is located in the Timberline Recreational area of Mt. Hood– about 45 minutes to an-hour from downtown Hood River.

Timberline Lodge

27500 E Timberline Rd

Oregon 97028



Because Mt. Hood shoots straight up from the valley floor, with no other mountains in close proximity, its sight is breathtaking. No longer just a locals mountain, year-round skiing has made it a popular location to film many current ski films from production companies like Teton Gravity Research and Matchstick Productions. Hiking this mountain is not encouraged for those who aren’t well equipped, haven’t done their research, or haven’t prepared. Not to worry, there will be plenty of unobstructed views during the wedding.

Multnomah Falls:

Magazines and tour books have this labeled as an Oregon must. There are only three (3) falls in the nation that are higher, but none quite as beautiful or accessible. Called the “grandaddy” of the 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, the water falls 620 feet.

If staying in Portland on Friday, hold off on this– as you’ll get a beautiful view of this on your drive to the wedding on Saturday. Although amazing to hike the trails around the falls, the view from the road is unobstructed and amazing (multiple magazines have M.Falls as a “gem” of Oregon and also confirm its roadside viewing ability).

Multnomah Falls

Exit 31 off I-84

Troutdale, Oregon


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