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Get Your Tickets!

01 Nov
by Deanna, posted in Hood River Happenings   |  No Comments

Get your tickets and make your reservations at Sakura Ridge now for the 2nd Annual Mt Hood Film Festival, Nov 8-10. The two day festival features over 60 independent films from all over the world! Films are screened at various venues throughout Hood River including The Columbia Center for the Arts, Skylight Theater, and Springhouse Cellars.

Last year’s films were phenomenal! Several of the filmmakers and actors were at the screenings to answer questions and talk about their experiences, including a group that came all the way from Japan!  This is a real treat for film lovers and a great way to see something different and fresh in the film world. Definitely not to be missed!  We still have rooms left at Sakura Ridge, so get your passes and start planning your vacation weekend now. See you soon!

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A Month of Sundays – Part 1

23 Aug
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Summer is almost over! Kids are heading back to school in the next couple of weeks and the fall harvest has already begun. It’s time to tackle that bucket list of fun summer activities that I always look forward to and yet, never seem to find the time to do during the busy summer months. A friend of mine and I sat down together and picked 4 summer activities that we wanted to do and designated Sunday’s in August as our time to do them.

Two weeks ago we drove out to the Maryhill Museum of Art.  This place is a treasure trove of facinating Columbia Gorge art and history. Sam Hill, the creator of the museum, was a world traveler with many unusual and very talented friends that contributed art to fill the  museum displays. There is a fantastic collection of pieces from Queen Marie of Romania, a friend of Sam Hill’s after he aided the country during WWII.  Also, an interesting display of the theater works of Loie Fuller and original works by her friend, Auguste Rodin (If you’ve seen “The Thinker,” you’ve seen a Rodin). There were several other great displays, but the interconnected story of these 3 friends struck me the most. We capped off the day with a stop at Jacob Williams winery on the way home for a little wine tasting overlooking the river before heading back to Sakura Ridge to relax.

Last weekend, we ventured west to Cascade Locks and hopped on the Sternwheeler for an hour sightseeing trip down the river. They are running a special in honor of their 30th anniversary for a $14 tour on Sunday afternoons. We grabbed a glass of champagne at the bar and sat on the upper deck enjoying the sun and scenery. It was great to see the river from a different perspective and a slower pace. The guide gave some interesting facts and told the story of the original Bridge of the Gods. I would definitely do this again!

I’m looking forward to a rafting trip and a round of golf in the weekends to come! What’s on your bucket list of summer fun?

 

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Ready for Harvest

16 Aug
by Deanna, posted in Cooking, Farm, Food, Recipes   |  No Comments

We are busy gearing up for pear harvest which will hopefully start this weekend.  John is staging fruit bins in the orchard, the tractors are all tuned up, and the semi is ready to haul our fruit to the packing house to await their turn to be packed and shipped out.  Most of the fruit from Sakura Ridge heads to small natural food stores up and down the west coast, to the midwest, and all points in between.

Starkrimson is the first variety to come off the trees.  It is a summer pear, meaning that it will be one of the first ones at the market during the August to January pear season. All pears need some ripening time once they are picked. Summer pears, like the Starkrimson, ripen at room temperature without a long period in cold storage that winter pears require. It is also one of the few pears that change color as they ripen, turning from deep crimson to a brilliant crimson red.   Their bright color and mild, sweet flavor make them perfect for fresh use in salads, on a cheese plate or with your morning cereal.  Check out this link for more pear info and recipes!

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Beat the Heat and the Crowds!

02 Aug
by Deanna, posted in Hood River Happenings   |  No Comments

For more than a century, city folks have escaped the heat of summer by heading to the mountains. Early adventurers would take the train to Hood River and then travel by stagecoach to Cloud Cap Inn. Built in 1889, the Cloud Cap Inn, located on the North slope of Mt Hood, is the country’s oldest high alpine ski cabin.

Opening day at Timberline Lodge

With the completion of Timberline Lodge in 1937, summer travelers could now enjoy longer stays in the cool of the mountain; folks would sometimes stay for several months during the heat of the summer.

For a modern day traveler, the journey is much easier, and still a great way to cool off during the hot summer months. To avoid the crowds, plan a midweek mountain adventure that traces the path of those intrepid adventurers.

Ruins Tuesday at Springhouse Cellar

Head into Hood River on a Tuesday night for live music and dinner at Springhouse Cellar’s Ruins Tuesday. Regional musicians and local food from Solstice Wood Fired Pizza or Four and Twenty Blackbirds food carts makes for a lively start to your escape.

After a good nights sleep and a fresh-from-the-farm breakfast, it’s time to head up the mountain. Wind through the valley on the Fruit Loop, stopping to pick up some fresh fruit from one of the local stands. If you want to stop for a hike on your way up Hwy 35, try Tamanawas Falls Trail, starting at Sherwood Forest Campground. This easy hike is 3.8 mi round trip, about an 1.5 hours, through lush forest along a crystal clear stream, ending at a spectacular waterfall complete with cooling mist and a plunge pool to soak your feet.

Continue up Hwy 35 to Hwy 26 and follow signs to Timberline Lodge.  At

Timberline Lodge

6000 ft elevation, the Lodge offers spectacular views and a chance to play in the snow year round. Enjoy the gourmet lunch buffet in the Cascade Dining Room from 11:30 to 2pm daily. After lunch, ride the “Magic Mile” chairlift up to 7000 ft elevation and play in the snow!  Hike or ride back down to the lodge. There are miles of beautiful trails around the lodge to explore, as well as several gift and gear shops to check out. If you want to learn more about the travelers that came before you, watch a video on the history of the lodge or take a free tour from a Forest Service Ranger.

Crooked Tree Tavern at Cooper Spur

After a full day of exploration, meander down the mountain, perhaps stopping at The Crooked Tree Tavern at Cooper Spur Lodge on the way home.  A century ago, after a successful summit of Mt Hood, adventurers would gather to commemorate and celebrate their grand accomplishments with food and drink.  The historic North Face Inn, now part of Cooper Spur Resort, was the location of many such gatherings, which are now showcased in pictures and memorabilia on the walls of the Tavern.

On Thursday, rest up from your historic mountain summit with a relaxing day strolling through the shops in downtown Hood River, or head to the Waterfront Park to watch the wind sports enthusiasts play. In the evening, head up to the Hood River Middle School for the Gorge Grown Farmer’s Market with live music, food carts, and cooking classes from 4-7pm. Grab a blanket and some chairs, perhaps a bottle of wine, and head across the street from the Market to Jackson Park for an outdoor concert. The Hood River Lions Club hosts Families in the Park concert series every Thursday in August from 7-9pm.  Its a great way to cut loose, or just relax before heading back to the city in the morning, just in time for a leisurely weekend at home!

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There’s more to do than ride the wind in Hood River!

21 Jul
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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!

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Summer in the Columbia River Gorge

28 Jun
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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!

Yes, we have STRAWBERRIES!

07 Jul
by Deanna, posted in Uncategorized   |  No Comments

Get your Hood River Local Strawberries from Gorged Owned (http://gorgeowned.org/)