August 7, 2018
Let the Harvest Begin
By: Mary Pellegrini
The Hood River Valley is our nations largest pear growing regions but we don’t stop there. Cherries and apples also are a huge crop along with the berries, stone fruit, lavender, wine grapes and more. July’s warmth ripens the cherries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and begins the 2018 harvest. From now through the summer, something is always fresh and ready to be picked, snipped or sipped.
Farms offer many varieties of fresh-picked and u-pick cherries, pears, apples and more. In addition to the orchard-fresh fruit available all along the Hood River County Fruit Loop these are wines, ciders lavender, jams to be had. Many farms feature picnic areas. Some Fruit Loop farms serve up special activities or attractions to highlight our amazing harvest Admission to most Fruit Loop farms and attractions is free, and most are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some have shorter or longer hours). There is free parking, too.
Most of our Friday/Saturdays are already full this summer but do check our Online Availability Calendar. Better yet, we invite you to beat the crowds and visit the Hood River Valley mid week. The fruit tastes the same, sometimes better with less distractions! If you are thinking Fall Apple/Pear Harvest, don’t think too long. Reserve your room today.
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 Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline Ski Areas allowing us to offer discount lift tickets to our guests. Stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.