A tour of Hood River, Oregon – including stops at Multonomah Falls, Draper Girls Country Farm, The Gorge White House and Sakura Ridge.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, get yourself prepared for a virtual tour through 4 stops in the Hood River Fruit Loop. If you are planning a trip to the Portland area, or if you are lucky enough to live there, this is a day of driving well spent. The views alone are worth it, but there is even more. Fresh produce, U-pick farms, fresh cider – it is not to be missed.
I’m going to mostly let the photos do the talking and take you on a little tour through this beautiful part of Oregon!
And if you want even more, I put together a little 2 minute video of the day as well. Enjoy!
Stop #1: Multonomah Falls
Located 30 minutes outside of Portland, this is a waterfall not to be missed. Gorgeous views from the bottom, but there is a paved walkway up to the bridge where you can see even more. The falls span 611 feet and are breathtaking and beautiful!
Stop #2: Draper Girls Country Farm
6200 Hwy 35
Mt. Hood, OR
This farm is open 365 days a year. Selling all kinds of fruit, from strawberries to apples to blueberries, peaches, pears and more, you are sure to find something you’ll love. They also sell farm-raised lamb, pork and beef. Don’t miss the animals (loved those baby goats!!) or their apple cider. And if no one is there to help you, they have an honor system (started by their grandfather Roman) – stick your money in the bin for your produce!
Stop #3: The Gorge White House
2265 Hwy 35
Hood River, OR
Both a historic home and a working farm, you can not only pick fresh fruit from their you-pick fields, but also fresh flowers.
But make sure you save your appetite for when you visit The Gorge White House. With a fresh food cart on the property, run by a Le Cordon Bleu chef, you know you’re in for a treat. I suggest the Cherry, Bacon and Gorgonzola Pizza or the Quesadilla with Pear and Bacon. Heaven!!
Stop #4: Sakura Ridge
5601 York Hill Drive
Hood River, OR
If I had to guess what heaven looks like, I’d guess that it looks a little bit like Sakura Ridge. With amazing views of Mt. Hood, and fresh flowers abounding, Sakura Ridge not only has acres of award winning orchards, but a beautiful lodge where you can take it all in. I have already determined that I will be taking a trip back to stay a few nights at the lodge with my husband – I can only imagine how easy it would be to relax and unwind in this picturesque setting! We had a sampling of desserts and an amazing baked brie with hazelnuts, brown sugar and butter – so I can only imagine how good breakfasts are at the lodge!!
OXO greensavers – more about these below!
Photo courtesy of Gregor Halenda
We were feeling the freshness after visiting all of these farms, and the freshness continues!! OXO sponsored our day through Hood River (along with Travel Oregon) to help introduce us to their newest product – GreenSavers. I am especially excited about these because I have such a hard time using allof our produce before it goes bad. OXO GreenSavers to the rescue! Here is how it works:
Produce gives off ethylene gas, which speeds up the ripening process. This is what makes your produce go bad. Moisture is also an issue, because when your produce rests against the wall of your crisper, or the bag that it came it, the moisture can build up and cause rotting. Plus, different fruits and vegetables requite diffrent levels of humidity to stay fresh.
The OXO GreenSavers have activated carbon filters (which are totally non-toxic, made from coconut husks), which trap the ethylene gas, slowing down the ripening process. The GreenSavers have an elevated basket to keep your produce dry, plus an adjustable vent to give your produce just the right amount of humidity. They fit right into your fridge, helping to save you from all of the produce waste!
I had a friend bring me a bunch of spinach from her dad’s garden, and it was the perfect chance to test out my GreenSaver, as I knew I wouldn’t be able to use the spinach for a few days. I already want to load my fridge with these for all of my produce!!
You can find out more about GreenSavers here.
This was such a fun day through Hood River. I can’t wait to go back and explore more of Oregon!! A huge thanks to OXO and Travel Oregon for a perfect day! Make sure you visit TravelOregon.com to plan your Oregon adventure!
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