March 8, 2017
Cider in the Columbia River Gorge
By: Mary Pellegrini
The Hood River Valley and the Columbia River Gorge are renowned for the quality and variety of apples and pears grown by local orchardists. Gorge cidermakers are crafting some of the best hard cider in the Pacific Northwest. We invite you to visit the Columbia Gorge Cider Society locations on the Cider Route and stayed tuned in as more cideries join the resurgence of cider.
The Old Parkdale Inn is in the heart of the Hood River Valley and on the famous Fruit Loop, a 35 mile touring loop through orchards, farms, and welcoming communities. From the Inn head out and visit Mountain View, Draper Girls Country Farm, Gorge White House and Fox Tail Cider Companies. And you won’t want to miss the 4th Annual Hard-Pressed Cider Fest held at the Hood River Valley Fruit Packing District in Odell, less than 10 miles, 15 minutes, from the Old Parkdale Inn. The cidery line-up isn’t available yet but rest assured there will be a great representation of local cideries as well as neighbors from around the Northwest! Twenty-five cideries will be participating, with more than 50 ciders on tap. The daylong event also features a lineup of local music, and a kids’ area, complete with a bouncy house, guaranteeing a great time for the whole family. Spring showers aren’t a problem, as the tasting area takes place in a covered hall. This event will sell out so purchase your tickets here very soon.