Summers in Oregon are truly wonderful. There’s sun, gorgeous scenery and so much to see and do. If you and your family are looking to create some fun summer memories while seeing a side of Oregon you might never have before, consider taking a limo tour of the famous and delightful Hood River Fruit Loop.
The Hood River Fruit Loop is a 35 mile scenic drive that begins just an hour outside of Portland and stops at numerous berry farms, fruit orchards, wineries and farm stalls along the way. Whether you’re looking to pick your own blackberries, want to sample some of the finest wines the Northwest has to offer or even pet a friendly, fluffy alpaca- there’s something for everyone to do here. There are literally dozens of places for you to stop and discover, but to make planning your trip a little easier, we’ve rounded up our favourites.
Cascade Alpacas & Foothills Yarn & Fiber Farm
A must-do stop for families with children, the Cascade Alpaca farm is a charming detour for fans of fluffy things. This picturesque property is home to many adorable alpacas and an expansive specialty knitting store, packed to the brim full of colorful alpaca wools and yarns. Time your visit just right, and you may even get to feed some of these friendly creatures, as well as pet their soft and fuzzy newborns. Stop by the gift shop to pick up some unique handcrafted souvenirs, including plush alpaca wool socks and hats. They make great gifts for the upcoming winter.
Hood River Vineyards and Winery
Wine Tasting at the gorge’s oldest winery is definitely a feast for the senses. Your palate will savor a broad selection that includes their award-winning whites and fruit wines, as well the red wines and ports that this vineyard is particularly well-known for. Relax in their comfortable tasting room, while your eyes take in the breathtaking views of the sun-drenched vineyards. For the more outdoorsy family members, there are various biking and hiking trails to enjoy that offer spectacular views of the valley and gorge. Packing a picnic and making memories is encouraged.
The Gorge White House
This historic home and working farm, built in 1908, is immensely proud of their delicious fresh produce. Your family can also enjoy the farm fresh offerings by taking part in their u-pick events that are held throughout the summer. Take home raspberries, cherries, apricots, blueberries blackberries, pears and plums a plenty or visit their wine cellar and sample a whole host of pear wines and ciders. The Gorge White House is also proud to present various art exhibitions on a month to month basis, featuring the work of local artists and crafters. Be sure to check out their informative events calendar on their website for more information.
Apple Valley Country Store
Arguably the tastiest stop on the Hood River Fruit Loop tour, this mom and pop shop is famous for their home made baked goods, delicious preserves, and tantalizing BBQ fare. The store has been running since 1981, and remains one of Oregon’s most delicious destinations to date. Don’t forget to stop by their well stocked gift shop, full of natural body scrubs, special syrups and even frozen pies to take and bake at home. July is also Cherry celebration month, so try one of the store’s famous cherry milkshakes or cherry smoked pulled pork sandwiches at the BBQ.
These are only 4 of the dozens of stops you can take on this 35 mile tour. For a more complete list of information on the Hood River Fruit Loop attractions and events, consult the official Hood River Fruit Loop Website.