Fall is one of our favorite times of year in Hood River and the gorge. The summer crowds have died down, the temperatures are cooler and it’s harvest time! While this is by no means a comprehensive list, here are 10 fun things to do in Hood River in the fall:
1. Do The Fruit Loop – enjoy a self-guided tour of fruit stands along a scenic 35-mile loop in the Hood River Valley.
2. Go for a hike – Although many of our most beloved trails remain closed after the Eagle Creek Fire, there are still so many trails to enjoy in the area. A favorite is Tamanawas Falls. Hike along Cold Spring Creek to where the creek thunders over a 150’ lava cliff near the eastern base of Mount Hood.
3. Take an E-bike tour – Sol Rides offers guided tours of the Columbia River Gorge on electric (pedal assisted) bicycles.
4. Check out Harvest Fest – Celebrate fall harvest at the 35th annual Hood River Valley Harvest Festival Oct. 13-15, 2017 where more than 120 vendors offer local produce and food products, plus arts and crafts, wine, cider and beer tastings.
5. Go shopping – Get a jump start on holiday shopping in downtown Hood River where you will find an eclectic mix of locally owned specialty stores selling jewelry, clothing, toys, books, stationary, locally made products, outdoor gear and more.
6. Run a marathon (or a 1/2 marathon) – The Columbia Gorge Marathon on Oct. 22, 2017, begins on the historic Columbia River Highway where you’ll enjoy amazing views high above the river and passes through the small town of Mosier before winding up to the turn around at Rowena Viewpoint. The marathon finishes on the banks of the Columbia River.
7. Taste some cider – Follow the Gorge Cider Route to experience the variety of cideries in the region sourced from the 400+ orchards in the the Columbia Gorge area.
8. Go wine tasting…on a bike – MountNBarrel offers guided tours through the beautiful Hood River Valley with options that include vineyard tours, complementary tastings and food pairings.
10. Eat at Sixth Street Bistro! We’re open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. We have 12 taps featuring local beer and cider, a great selection of Pacific Northwest wines and in addition to our regular menu items, we offer nightly specials highlighting the seasonal bounty. See our menus here.