- Orchards and vineyards For decades, Hood River and nearby towns on both sides of the Columbia have produced prized apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and berries. More recently, winemakers have planted highly prized vineyards and are turning out top-notch, reasonably priced vino. Dozens of farm stands and wine-tasting rooms are open to visitors.
- Outdoor rec mecca From kiteboarding in the Columbia River to mountain biking the slopes of Mt. Hood to hiking among the roaring waterfalls of the Gorge, this is a region tailor-made for adventure junkies.
- Historico-luxe Grand, distinctive landmarks like Timberline Lodge and the Columbia Gorge Hotel exude history and architectural distinction, offering some of the most memorable lodgings in the Northwest.
- Road-tripping This is a perfect region for backcountry driving through spectacular scenery—from Portland, you can make a full 250-mile loop through the Gorge out to Goldendale, Washington, returning to Hood River and then circling Mt. Hood to the south.
- Hop havens Oregon is the national seat of craft beer brewing, and the Gorge/Hood area has a fast-growing proliferation of taprooms, from Stevenson's tiny Walking Man Brewing to Pfriem, in Hood River.
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