Old Parkdale Inn

A Hood River Valley Bed and Breakfast


THE BLOG

Mt Hood in the distance across a field of balsamroot

By Mary Pellegrini

For spectacular Wildflower hikes we invite you to take a little drive east out of Hood River toward The Dalles where you can pick up a light lunch before crossing the Columbia into Washington. The wildflowers are popping in the Columbia River Gorge and there are always abundant geocaches to be found and hikes to …

Exterior image of the Old Parkdale Inn B&B

By odysys_editor

Today happens to be the beginning of our 22nd year of innkeeping. When not innkeeping you’ll find us exploring our world, chasing waterfalls and geocaches. With @lola_pellegrini by our side We bought the inn in 2003. The inn is nestled in Oregon’s Hood River Valley on the northern slope of Mt. Hood. I had always …

Wildflowers

By Mary Pellegrini

A hike to the top of Bald Butte is a great choice for an early season hike in the Upper Hood River Valley!  A vibrant show of Mt Hood National Forest wildflowers, Lupine, Balsam Root, Indian Paintbrush will cover the hillside from mid-April through June. The views from the Butte are amazing, overlooking the Hood …

Mt Hood in the distance across a field of balsamroot

By Mary Pellegrini

Wildflowers are beginning to pop up across the landscape in the Hood River Valley and the Columbia River Gorge. Spring wildflower hikes are a Gorge specialty you won’t want to miss, so plan your wildflower weekend now. Pack your hiking boots and your camera. As spring turns into summer, then fall, the upper elevation wildflowers …

A large red Bing Cherry Sculpture in Milwaukie Oregon Sculpture Garden

By Mary Pellegrini

Oregon artist Tyler FuQua has created a spectacular, five-foot red steel ball sculpture to tell a story few people know: The most famous sweet red cherry, the Bing, was introduced in Milwaukie on rich farmland south of Portland in 1875 and it became an instant success that dominated much of the Oregon Cherry Market. Chinese-born Ah Bing worked …

Mt Hood and the Columbia River

By Mary Pellegrini

Nestled among orchards and hills on the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River is a small town on a big river and is the western gateway to the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway. This route rises from the Columbia Gorge through orchards and pastures and into the Mt Hood National Forest, combining some of the best bird …