Every summer thousands come to Hood River to play in our world famous wind, ride mountain bike trails, and pick delicious fruit. Believe it or not, there is more to do in Hood River!
We have a thriving arts community that fills three galleries downtown, puts on live performances year round, and fills local venues with music. The Columbia Center for the Arts CAST theater presents 4 shows annually. This summer they featured “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” by Nora and Delia Ephron. I had a chance to catch the show with a friend of mine last week and it was funny, moving and uplifting; definitely a great night out on the town.
Springhouse Cellar Winery
August 2nd, the Portland band, Black Prairie will be playing at Springhouse Cellar Winery. This acoustic string-band consists of members of The Decemberists, Jackstraw, Woolwines, Bearfoot, and Dolorean playing music ranging from uptempo bluegrass and old-time Americana to Klezmir gypsy tunes. It is sure to be a great show and another fabulous night in Hood River. Get your tickets now and book the last room on the Ridge for the night!
July is the peak of summer in The Columbia Gorge. There is so much happening on the farm and in the valley you’ll want to plan a few extra days just to fit it all in! The first official month of summer kicks off with the annual 4th of July festivities starting with the Kollas/Cranmer Memorial Run from Odell to Hood River, followed by the parade through the Heights of Hood River. Follow the floats to Jackson Park for family friendly activities all day including the fireman’s BBQ lunch. Enjoy dinner in town and secure a spot early on the waterfront to watch the fireworks display. Check the Hood River Chamber website for details.
July is also the first “official” First Friday in downtown Hood River. For the months of July, August, and September, Oak Street is taken over by artists, vendors, and musicians. Stoll from store to store, taste local wines and perhaps an ice cream from Mike’s or frozen yogurt from Yum!
For a bit of culture, check out the Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, Maryhill Museum Shakespeare Festival, or Nights in White Salmon Wine and Art Fusion happening throughout the month.
After all the festivities, save at least one day for touring the local fruit stands and wineries on the Fruit Loop. Midweek days are less crowded and offer a leisurely pace to enjoy the sights, chat with the farmers, and taste your way through the Hood River Valley. July is peak cherry season, pick your own or buy some fresh from one of the many local orchards. We don’t have any cherries on the Ridge anymore, but July is the start of the berry harvest so expect fresh raspberries, strawberries and blackberries to find their way to the table.
See you at the Farm!