From windsurfing on the Columbia River to skiing on Mt. Hood in the winter, a stay in one of our Hood River vacation rentals brings fun and adventure year round! In addition to its year-round outdoor activities, Hood River offers a small town charm, paired with amazing restaurants, galleries, award-winning breweries, and wineries featuring Columbia Gorge AVA (American Viticultural Area) wines.
Of course, the Columbia River takes center stage here. In the warmer months, the Gorge's heady winds make this outdoor recreation mecca the wind-surfing capital of the world. Abundant outfitters have all the gear a novice adventurer might need, from wetsuits to private lessons; if windsurfing's not your thing, consider kiteboarding, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, or good old-fashioned sailing. The surrounding Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is bursting with hiking trails and hidden waterfalls, as well as some of the state's best single-track for mountain bikers at Post Canyon. When the snow falls, the trails become a snowshoer or cross-country skier's paradise; for more thrilling rides, locals head up the mountain to Cooper Spur or Mt. Hood Meadows for alpine skiing and snowboarding.
The surrounding Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is bursting with hiking trails and hidden waterfalls, as well as some of the state's best singletrack for mountain bikers at Post Canyon. When the snow falls, the trails become a snowshoer or cross-country skier's paradise; for more thrilling rides, locals head up the mountain to Cooper Spur or Mt. Hood Meadows for alpine skiing and snowboarding.
Long before Hood River became the place to be for windsurfing, its was renowned for its apples and pears. (It is regarded as one of the premier producers of Anjou pears in the world.) The scenic Hood River Fruit Loop meanders through the valley, with ample opportunities to buy uber-local produce, jams, and honey at picturesque farm stands. Take your tasty haul back to your Hood River cabin for the next day's breakfast, or make it a picnic at one of the surrounding wineries with stunning Mt. Hood views. Downtown Hood River is definitely the go-to spot for wining and dining in the Columbia Gorge region.
Today, not only are there more than a dozen wineries along the Hood River, the area is also home to award-winning breweries like Full Sail, Double Mountain, and Pfriem. The level of quality in food, beer, wine, and coffee makes sense. Although small and charming, this is no backwater town: Hood River is home to several booming businesses in tech industries, clothing and sports equipment manufacturers, and even vegetarian food manufacturer Turtle Island Foods, makers of Tofurky!
For adventure enthusiasts, beer lovers, window shoppers, or simply travelers who want to sit back and relax with an amazing view of the Columbia River or Mt. Hood, there are few spots better to call home than one of our Hood River vacation homes.