When you're enjoying your Parkdale vacation rental, you can be pretty sure of one thing: when you're out and about, look over your shoulder, and somewhere you're likely to see Mt. Hood. Though the name "Parkdale" might evoke images of a humble burg somewhere on the plains, the little hamlet is host to the giant adventure and fun the mountain affords. From your Mt. Hood vacation rental visit the town's museum - the Hutson House - and you'll learn that Parkdale was born of economic necessity. In 1910, two railroad men, David Eccles and R. J. McIsaac, decided they needed a place for the Mount Hood Railroad to...well, to come to an end. Parkdale is the final stop on the scenic "Fruit Loop" around the Hood River Valley. In summer, the fruit basket won't be the only thing that's full in this part of Cascade Mountain Range. You'll find a cornucopia of activities around the town of Parkdale. Put on your hiking shoes, grab your camera and head over to Frog Creek Trail or any of the other paths in the Mount Hood National Forest. Grab your tackle box and throw a line into one of 23 fishing spots in the Hood River Ranger District alone. In winter, ski and boarding buffs can ply the slopes at nearby Mt. Hood Meadows or Copper Spur Mountain Resort. When you're hungry, Parkdale offers everything from sandwiches, to steaks, to craft brewed beer. Or, from your Parkdale vacation home, drive the 12 miles north into nearby Hood River where you'll find restaurants to suit any taste. Parkdale may be the last stop on the Scenic Byway, but it's only the beginning of a good time you can enjoy the whole year-round.