Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

Last week, Jack and I headed to Hood River for the first time. With fall colors awash throughout the area, it seemed the perfect time to sneak away for a few days and check out the area’s famous Fruit Loop.

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit LoopLocated in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, the Hood River Valley is the nation’s largest pear-growing region. It’s also known for its numerous vineyards and wineries, and is a great place to stock up on (depending on the season) fresh apples, cherries, blueberries, raspberries and such.

We had no real plan other than to meet up with Jack’s sister and her husband and explore the region as time and the weather allowed. Our rendezvous spot was the quaint Hood River Hotel, which proved to be the ideal home base for prowling around downtown Hood River (thanks, Jimmy) and the scenic environs beyond.

 

Here, in pictures, are a few highlights of our trip:

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

No, this isn’t France; it’s the Hood River Valley.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

Hood River U-Pick organic farm was low on fresh fruit (sold out, sold out, sold out) but the perfect spot to experience down-home Hood River farm life – the resident chickens have the run of the place, and the family goats and alpaca up the cute-quotient significantly.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

Dahlias (and, on this day, bees) are also plentiful at U-Pick.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

One of the many, many apple orchards along the Loop.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

The Old Trunk Antiques Store.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

Inside the Old Trunk — lots of great finds here.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

At Kiyokawa Family Orchards & Fruit Stand, gourds galore. (We stocked up on fresh Honeycrisp apples and Comice pears.)

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

All aboard the Mount Hood Railroad’s Parkdale Excursion train — an outstanding way to catch the fall color.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

From the train, we spotted several bald eagles perched atop snags alongside the river, waiting for dinner.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

The scenic lunch stop in Parkdale.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

A burst of color, viewed from the train.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

More fall color, viewed from the platform of the caboose.

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

Weather not co-operating? Check out the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, which has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique airplanes and automobiles in the country. Fascinating!

 

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

My favorite discovery of the trip: the mind-blowingly scenic Rowena Crest overlook, accessed from the Historic Columbia River Highway.

 

About the Author
Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE, is a Central Oregon-based real estate professional who specializes in listing and selling homes, especially in Sisters, Tumalo, Bend and Redmond.

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