August 8, 2019
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 2020 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.
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.
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 Timberline Ski Areas allowing us to offer discounted lift vouchers to our guests. Stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.