GETAWAY GUIDE: HOOD RIVER, OR
When thinking of a weekend getaway destination within two hours of Portland the area, the same places kept popping into mind. Seaside, Bend, Seattle, sure they're all great but we were ready to explore somewhere new! After multiple people recommending Hood River, Oregon we decided to check it out!
Hood River is about an hour and a half outside of Portland and particularly known for its great windsurfing. While windsurfing might not be quite be my thing, Hood River had plenty of other things that peaked my interest. So many amazing breweries, hiking trails close by, and beautiful sights to explore.
As soon as I started checking out AirBnb and hotel options in the area I stumbled upon Hood River Hotel. It has historic charm and looked absolutely adorable! I then booked our stay and started counting down the days.
After arriving at our hotel and checking in, I immediately fell in love with Mt Hood Hotel before even seeing our room. The staff was very helpful getting us all settled in and also recommended some yummy places for dinner. The lobby so warm and inviting with a fire going and comfy couches, such a relaxing setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We found our way up to our room and felt right at home.
It didn't take us long to realize Hood River had more delicious places than we could possibly try in one weekend, so of course we had to get started right away! On our first night in town we took the recommendation of the gentleman that checked us in and headed to 3 Rivers Grill. Everything that we saw coming out of the kitchen to other tables around us was mouthwatering, we couldn't order fast enough! I ordered the lamb shank and Mike coincidentally went with the curried lamb. When it was time for our check to come, they informed us that one of our meals was going to be free, because on that specific day of the week they were doing a buy one entree, get one free special! Our bellies were full and we were ready to rest up for the next day of exploring!
On our second day we walked from one end of the little town to the other, just checking out all the little shops and views. We explored along the waterfront area and found some awesome breweries and bars. A few of my favorites were pFriem for brews, and Camp 1805 for cocktails.
But my very, very favorite...
My hands down favorite thing at Ferment is their kombucha cocktails. I know it sounds weird, I thought so too. But just trust me on this one, you'll be glad you did! I highly suggest the "Blood Orange Crush" or the "Cucumber & Mint Cooler". For food, I'm a big fan of their " The FBC Burger"
Ever since our little getaway I've been itching to go back! Something I'm looking forward to doing on our next trip to Hood Rive is something called the Fruit Loop. The Fruit Loop is a group of stands that sell local fruits, vegetables, wines, flowers and more. I look forward to sharing more of our adventures around the Pacific Northwest and beyond with you all!