Hood River Valley and Mt Hood
Lots of things happening in “the hood” in July , as I like to refer to the Hood River Valley, Oregon and surrounding area in the Columbia River Gorge. And I’m not just talking about Fourth of July celebrations. Check out the other happenings around the area. For instance, I bet you didn’t know that just across the river (in Washington State) is the site of the world’s fastest downhill longboarders. Over this long holiday weekend taking place at the Maryhill Loops Road is the annual Maryhill Festival of Speed. Want to know what longboarding is all about? Watch this short video featured by the New York Times. Looks pretty cool, doesn’t it?
Maryhill Loops Road
If you’re a rail fan, the Mt Hood Scenic Railroad will be featuring a Murder Mystery Train and a staged Western Train Robbery on July 9 and 23. Great fun for the whole family! If vintage trains don’t get your wheels turning, then how about immersing yourself into the color purple and inhaling aromatic buds of lavender? Head out to Hood River, Oregon and enjoy the Lavender Festival of the Gorge on July 9th-10. Lots of fresh lavender, lavender body products, honey, arts, etc. Ever tried lavender lemonade? And the beautiful purple fields make for great photo shots! As well, there is another Lavender Daze Festival held July 16-17. So, if you miss the first one, you have another chance to catch this one.
Lavender fields and guardian Mt Hood
The Pheasant Valley Winery will be hosting a Cherry Celebration on July 16-17. There are lots of cherry orchards in the Hood River Valley as well as other fruits such as pear and apple. In fact, this large valley area is know as the Fruit Loop and is one of the largest fruit growing areas in the country. Enjoy food and wine tasting at the event as well as cherry treats. Sounds delicious! Also, as part of the Hood River Fruit Loop Cherry Celebrations going on across the valley, is a a down-home style celebration at the Apple Valley Country Store. This is a popular tourist attraction in the valley, and each season the store puts on a barbeque celebration for each type of fruit harvest.
The Hood River Valley has many wineries to visit, and summertime is a great time to take in the samplings and majestic views of Mount Hood. As well, there are many more fruit orchard farms to visit in the valley that have country stores and gift shops appealing to everyone. To visit the area, travel the scenic Columbia River Gorge Highway along I-84 in Oregon and exit at Hood River. Take Hwy 35 to lead you directly into the Hood River Valley Fruit Loop. Enjoy the scenery and the local “fruits of labor!”