September 5, 2011

Dahlias Put on a Show in the Hood River Valley

By: Mary Pellegrini

Dahlias Put on a Show in the Hood River Valley

The Hood River Valley is certainly known for having thousands of acres of fruit of which cherries, blueberries and peaches are finding their way to the fruit stands now.  We also have some amazing flower farms, one of which, The Gorge White House, has glads, daisies, cone flowers, snapdragons, Oriental lilies, lavender and more. 

The dahlia fields at the Gorge White House have begun to bloom and it is a photo op you won’t want to miss.  They will be in their seasonal display until the first frost.  Pick out your favorite and order tubers to be picked up or delivered next year at planting time. 

In the fields behind the dahlias are u-pick blueberries just now coming on and in their fruit stand are cherries, cut flowers, and raspberries.  The peaches should arrive early next week.

In the White House itself is a lovingly restored bar that now serves up wines and micro-brews produced right here in the Columbia River Gorge.  Enjoy by the taste, the glass or the bottle all at one stop! 

If you had to pick just one place to visit in the Hood River Valley, The Gorge White House would be it.  Just 10 miles from the Old Parkdale Inn, this is really a one stop, enjoy all, location.  After a hearty Hood River Valley Bounty Breakfast at our Inn, consider a picnic on their patio or in the fields.  Code word this week (July 31-August 8), at the Old Parkdale Inn, dahlias.  Say the word when booking your room and receive $10 off your stay.

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