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A Month of Sundays – Part 1

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

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.

museum 150x150 A Month of Sundays   Part 1Two 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. exSam 150x150 A Month of Sundays   Part 1There 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 exLoie 150x150 A Month of Sundays   Part 1a 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 1102569 619331504755502 116036754 o 150x150 A Month of Sundays   Part 1for 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 1167288 10151816136306508 479607311 o 150x150 A Month of Sundays   Part 1see 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?

 

 A Month of Sundays   Part 1
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Summer in the Columbia River Gorge

28 Jun
by Deanna, posted in Hood River Happenings   |  No Comments

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!  fireworks2 Summer in the Columbia River GorgeThe 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!

trout lake Summer in the Columbia River GorgeFor 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.  valls sakuraridge 0721 300x200 Summer in the Columbia River GorgeJuly 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!

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