GORGE ACTIVITIES and EATS Reviews
Hood River, Oregon is a beautiful place. Picking Organic: Cherries, Raspberries, Honey Crisp Apples and Dahlias at Hood River U-Pick Organic is just one, fun and healthy activity! We also have pre-picked Heirloom Tomatoes.
I always have lots of customers asking me where they should go after picking at our farm. I have put together a list of activities you may enjoy!
Watching the windsurfers and kiters rip up the gorge is a definite highlight. The road riding and mountain biking are world-class. And just going to the beaches on our hot days is fun! Another tradition is taking kids to the famous Mike’s ice cream. We have lots of great places for dining. And of course, we have great coffee shops here too! It’s like heaven here. I’m not kidding! You will love it! It’s romantic, exciting and simply beautiful America!
Fun activities for kids:
Hood River Waterfront Park:
“Voted the Best Beach in Hood River in 2011”. This beach is perfect for all ages of kids. It has a sweet little playground with fun climbing walls, and other unique playground toys for smaller children and has a larger climbing wall for the big kids. It’s also a great place for kids to scooter and ride their bikes, with an extensive sidewalk that ends at the Events Site. The beach has really nice sand and is shaped like a horse-shoe, so it is much easier to manage safety! There are also picnic tables and restrooms. You have a great view of the kiters and windsurfers from this beach.
650 Portway Ave. Hood River, Oregon 97031
Mike’s Ice Cream is a local favorite for most kids! A cute ‘doll house’ style storefront, with yummy ice cream cones, shakes and more. It is fun for the whole family and a true Hood River experience!
504 Oak St. Hood River, OR 97031
Biking in the Gorge!
Hood River and the surrounding area has world class Mountain Biking Trails and Road Riding. You can actually start your road ride from Hood River U-Pick Organic and experience some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. It’s incredible! Or just down the road 2 miles is Post Canyon for some fun mountain bike trails!
Fun activites for friends or couples:
There are many vineyards in the Columbia River Gorge. Just down the street from us we have few wonderful vineyards.
Marchesi Vineyards | 3955 Belmont Drive (541) 386-1800 — i love this place! it’s 1.5 miles from Hood River U-Pick Organic
Viento’s | 301 Country Club Rd. (541) 490-6655 — another wonderful vineyard!
…are just to name a few.
Hot Spots for Lunch:
Kickstand Kitchen: 1235 State St Hood River, OR 97031
Delicious, Clean and Healthy Food! Great vibe! Love this place. Amazing Breakfast and Dinners too!
Pine Street Bakery | 1103 12th St. Hood River, OR 97031 | (541) 386-1719
The Farm Stand | 1009 12th St. Hood River, OR 97031 | (541) 386-4203
A great organic grocery store. Wonderful Owners who really take care of their customers! They make absolutely delicious sandwiches. You can eat them at their cafe or take them for your picnic lunch! “The Big Easy” is my favorite sandwich!
Riverside Grill: A great place for lunch with the BEST VIEW of the Columbia Gorge! The Chef is known for his amazing Italian Dishes.
Double Mountain Brewery | 8 4th St. Hood River, OR 97031 | (541) 387-0042
I love this place! They make amazing beer! and their pizza is super yummy.
Soltice Wood Fire Cafe | 501 Portway Ave, Hood River, OR 97031 (541) 436-0800
Delicious Pizza, Salads, Drinks and next to the waterfront park! A great family place or date night!
Lampoei’s Thai Kitchen | 108 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031 | (541) 340-0576
Delicious Thai food and fun to sit at a picnic table. It is literally a yellow trailer kitchen. Super nice owners and delcious food. We love it!
Taqueria | A tradition in Hood River. Fun place for kids, reasonably priced. Mexican food! Ole!
6th Street Bistro | Great food for family or friends.
The Sandbar Cafe | This is literally on the dock, where you can sit and watch the kiters and windsurfers! I find it really peaceful. Its really the view that is so worth going here.
Celilo Restaurant | They open their doors to the sidewalk. It has a wonderful atmosphere and great food!
Hot Spots for Dinner:
These are my favorite places to go for a delicious dinner in town. Each one has it’s own atmosphere. I guess it really depends on your mood that evening. But they all have great food and service.
Cebu Lounge and Riverside Grill: A great place to have a cocktail and appetizers. And a beautiful view of the Columbia Gorge! The Chef is known for his amazing Italian Dishes.
Double Mountain Brewery | Yes, it is great for dinner too!
Pfriem Family Brewers | 707 Portway Ave. Hood River, OR 97031
Next to waterfront park, Great food, Beer and atmosphere.
Celilo | A little more upscale atmosphere. Delicious food and drinks. Great Service. A very romantic place! and they use locally grown ingredients too.
16 Oak Street, Hood River, OR 97031 | (541) 386-5710
6th Street Bistro | It’s the place to go for casual dining. They make great drinks and really good food. Family-friendly and Fun. They use locally-grown ingredients too!
509 Cascade Ave. Hood River, OR 97031 | (541) 386-5737
Sushi Okalani | If you love sushi, this is the place to go in town. I love this place. Actually, it is below Celilo Restaurant. Great music, yummy sushi and sake and really good service. A fun, happening place to take your family or a date.
109 1st Street, Hood River, OR 97031 | (541) 386-7423
We have amazing coffee shops in the Hood. They are all very different. So you have lots of choice.
River Daze | A new place in town. Delicious Breakfast Sandwiches! Great breakfasts all around and delicious lunches. Across the street from Naked Winery. The owners are organic farmers as well.
10-Speed Coffee Shop in the heights | The original. The owner is also an organic farmer. Great Coffee and scones. Great Service. It’s totally local.
10-Speed Coffee Roastery | Mid-town. Where they actually roast the coffee beans.
Doppio | The space is so open and you really feel like you’re on vacation when you stop here.
The Grounds | Love their breakfast sandwiches. and delicious muffins, coffee cake, croissants
Dog River | A great place to get coffee and bring your laptop! Open space and great space for working or kids to chill. Very Kid Friendly with books and toys for them to play with.
Dutch Bros. | It’s always a good choice. Convenient too.
Hotels and Places to stay.
The Gorge Hotel | A classic beauty. Lovely. A little more on the pricy side.
The Hood River Best Western | A great, modern place to stay in the Gorge. They have a great bar and restaurant. Cebu and the River Grill. It has a beautiful view of the Gorge.