Hit the Road: a foodie foray to the Hood River Fruit Loop

We hope you’ve packed your appetite. This month, we’re finishing our Hit the Road series with a foodie foray into the Hood River Fruit Loop, a 35-mile scenic drive featuring dozens of on-the-farm fruit stands, wineries, breweries + cideries in the Hood River Valley. Whether you’re interested in taking a tour of Kiyokawa Family Orchards, u-picking seasonal fruit at Draper Girls Country Farm, or trying the fresh cherry pizza at Grateful Vineyard, this driving-distance destination is every foodie’s dream.

Before you start packing your bags, here’s everything you need to know about the area + our insider recommendations.

Drive time: ~1 hour from downtown

Avg. high in August: 83°

Two picnic tables rest on a grassy yard with a stunning view of Mount Hood in the backdrop.

Grateful Vineyard, the tasting room at Mt. View Orchards & Brewery, pairs beverages with rotating plates like pear salad, orchard boards + seasonal pies. | Photo by @gratefulvineyard

🎟️ Things to do

Hood River Railbikes

Mount Hood Railroad is offering a new way to take the scenic route — via a custom-built, two-person “railbike.” You’ll gently pedal along a train track that follows the Hood River to Parkdale with a stop at The Fruit Company. The guided experience takes about two and a half hours.

The Old Trunk

This family-run antique store, fruit stand, soda fountain, and u-pick organic flower + berry “farmette” was originally built in the early 1900s as a general store. Enjoy Tillamook soft serve with fresh fruit, or kick it old school with a housemade soda or shake. Take your treat out back to enjoy in the shady, edible fruit garden.

Mt. View Orchards & Brewery

No Hood River Fruit Loop adventure is complete without live music, artisanal pizza + mountain vistas. This third-generation farm provides all three at its tasting room, along with craft beer, cider, and wine. Don’t forget to pick some flowers and produce to take home.

The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls

Spend a full day exploring the Gorge + Mount Hood on this group tour from Portland, with stops at must-see landmarks like Multnomah Falls and Rowena Crest, as well as multiple Fruit Loop locations, including Draper Girls Country Farm and Apple Valley Country Store.

Two people cheers their tasting glasses of cider at an outdoor picnic table.

The Gorge White House offers tastings of its eight hard fruit ciders. | Photo by @sawseesam

🍲 Memorable eats

The Gorge White House Cafe

Chef Jack Kennedy, a student of Le Cordon Bleu in France + Australia, uses produce harvested on site and sources other ingredients locally, like burgers made with Mt. Shadow beef. Pro tip: Try the blueberry sausage flatbread or seasonal veggie burger.

Apple Valley BBQ

You’ll find cherry wood-smoked pulled pork sandwiches + quesadillas, jalapeno corn fritters, wings with housemade sauce, fully loaded salads, ribs, and plenty of meatless options. Pro tip: If you stop by on a Friday or Saturday night, get the smoked prime rib.

China Gorge

Satisfy cravings for something a bit more exotic than PNW fare with authentic Hunan and Szechuan style Chinese cuisine. From one region cut by a mighty river to another, this kitchen shares recipes handed down through generations.

Saw Tooth Roadhouse

If the numerous online reviews are true, you may get the pizza of your life here. Everything is made from scratch, from the soft-yet-sturdy pizza crust to the peanut butter cheesecake.

A charcuterie board with meats, cheese, and bread.

The Crooked Tree Tavern & Grill at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort has a charcuterie board featuring locally cured meats + cheeses. | Photo by @cooperspurmountainresort

🏨 Accommodations with notable cuisine

Cooper Spur Mountain Resort | 10755 Cooper Spur Rd., Parkdale

You’ll fall in love with the rustic mountain lodge, log cabins + scratch-made farm-to-table restaurant serving dishes like peach glazed chicken and curried chickpea with summer squash, all surrounded by Mount Hood National Forest.

Hood River Inn | 1108 E. Marina Way, Hood River

Located along the Columbia River, this Best Western Plus has a full restaurant which a Sunset Magazine writer hailed as serving one of the top five meals of their life. The dishes are driven by local ingredients, like organic tomatoes + spring Chinook salmon.

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast | 4932 Baseline Dr., Mt. Hood

Built in 1910, this historic B+B pampers its guests with a seasonal breakfast prepared with fruits and vegetables grown in the Hood River Valley. Staying multiple nights? You can look forward to a different breakfast menu each morning.

Columbia Cliff Villas Hotel | 3880 Westcliff Dr., Hood River

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Columbia River, this boutique hotel with European-style rooms + suites has its own nearby waterfall. While it doesn’t have dining options, it’s within a four-minute walk of White Buffalo Wine Bar & Bistro and Celilo Restaurant & Bar. Pro tip: The latter offers popular cooking classes.

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