April 6, 2020
Bike Friendly Business in the Upper Hood River Valley
By: Mary Pellegrini
As a Bike Friendly Business we welcome cyclists of all terrains to the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast. And Parkdale is a quite the bike friendly hamlet with a great BBQ, a craft brewery, grocery store
Hood River County caters to road cyclists and mountain bikers alike. You can ride scenic roadways and single track all in one weekend. Road cyclists often head east along the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail, and continue along the Historic Columbia River highway to the scenic overlook at Rowena Crest.
Our cycling guests can ride off from the Old Parkdale Inn toward the Mt Hood National Forest where forest roads and mountain bike trails await. Then there's always the option of riding the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a scenic ride along the backroads through orchards, forests and small communities.
Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail – America’s first scenic highway, this bicycle route includes some car-free sections. It’s praised for its breathtaking waterfalls, architectural genius and magnificent views of the Columbia River Gorge. Might be a few years before the whole trail is done but when it is it will be an innovative 74 mile road-to-trail conversion constructed on portions of the Historic Columbia River Highway. The section east of Hood River, the Mark O. Hatfield Twin Tunnels, is a 4.5 mile auto-free, paved road. After the Tunnels you can share the road and ride all the way to The Dalles.
During the COVID-19 pandemic our open status has moved forward with information provided to us by the CDC and the Oregon Health Authority. We are putting more proactive and preventive measures in place so the Old Parkdale Inn will remain a place of rejuvenation for those seeking space to breathe and relax.
With guidance from the Oregon Health Authority we are focusing our attention on enhanced routine cleaning in preparation of your arrival and will only allow one room to be booked at any given time. Less guest traffic means less co-mingling in the halls and common spaces. All services, include breakfast and beverages will be in-room. We are committed to providing refuge for those of you who need a safe and clean space to ride out this pandemic. We will reduce our rates by 10% until we can resume the full service our guests have come to expect.
If you'd like to support our Inn during this difficult time please consider purchasing a gift certificate for yourself or loved one. Or let's remain optimistic and book a future stay. This won't last forever.
Let us be home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood National Forest. After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with a glass of wine from a bottle you picked up at a local winery or our wine cabinet. We can even have a bonfire, roast some s’mores, if you’d like. We now have EV and Tesla Chargers for guest use.
Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We partner with Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline Ski Area, offering multi-night packages and access to discounted lift tickets. Stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.