Hood River is a port city located on the Columbia River about an hour east of Portland. It’s a popular destination for wind surfing, but also has an abundance of other activities like kite-boarding, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and skiing. There are also many breweries in town, and wineries in the surrounding areas.
With no plans on memorial day weekend, we found a cabin on airbnb and hit the road.
Our cabin was newly built, and spacious. There was one bedroom, with bunk space for two more guests. I like using airbnb because you support local residents, and you can usually find a space with a kitchen. This is one good way to cut the cost of a weekend get-a-ways.
The cabin was located on a farm with lots of animals.
I used this as a guide for our activities.
We biked the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail from Hood River to Moiser. It was a nice wide, paved trail that had some great views of the river. There was a lot of people on parts of the on the trail but it was wide enough to go around the pedestrians. The middle part of the trail was mostly empty.
Later that day we drove the fruit loop. This drive was beautiful, and would have been even more spectacular if Mt. Hood wasn’t clouded over.
The next day, we went to the WAAAM (Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum). At first I thought the $12 admission fee was a little steep. However this place was huge, and a had large variety of mostly working planes and cars.
We then drove along the Historic Columbia River Historic Highway, and using the guide book Curious Gorge we determined which waterfalls to stop at. We took I-84 west, and got off on exit 22.
The first stop was the Portland Women’s Forum viewpoint.
The next stop was Vista House.
Along the highway are a series of waterfalls including Latourell, Shepperd’s Dell, Bridal Veil, and Wahkeena. Everyone and their dog goes to Multnomah, but it was impossible to find parking so we drove on. Honestly some of the other waterfalls are really awesome, and much less crowded.
Bridal Veil Falls
We also spent some time shopping and eating in downtown Hood River. My favorite meal was from Nora’s Table. The lemon bar at Doppio Coffee and Lounge was scrumptious.
It’s hard to win me over with a downtown. I have high expectations being from Port Townsend. Hood River was awesome. Honestly I might like it just as much at PT. I would love to go back there, and I highly recommend it as a place to visit in Cascadia.