HOOD RIVER OREGON
The World's Finest Fruit®
The Hood River Valley is the premier region for high quality fruits in the world. Our orchards are irrigated using glacier fed water; our valleys are rich in naturally organic volcanic soil which produces the sweetest fruits. Fruit grown in the fertile Hood River valley is of such exceptional quality that the county leads the world in Anjou pear production. More than 16,000 acres of commercial orchards growing pears, apples, cherries and peaches provide miles of peaceful scenic beauty.
"The Coolest Small Towns in the U.S.A." - Budget Travel Online.com, 2006
"Best place to raise an outdoor kid" - Backpacker Magazine
"One of the Best Places to Live in America" - The Progressive Farmer magazine, 2006
Hood River County is centrally located at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area an hour east of Portland. Progressive Farmer magazine said, "It's almost unfair (to those of us who don't live there) that one place could be so beautiful, awakening each morning to vistas of snow-capped Mount Hood to the south, stately Mount Adams to the north and the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge between.
Hood River County has the attractions of fresh air, low crime, good schools, and friendly communities. Our quaint and historic downtown features some of the best restaurants and lodging choices along the Columbia Gorge River. We offer scenic parks, historic railroad tours, festivals, museums and award winning wineries.
"100 Adrenaline Hot Spots" - Outside Magazine, 2006
"Top Ten Ski Towns, Hood River placed 5th" - Skiing Magazine, 2004
"One of the 24 Best Adventure towns in America" - dzinelabz.com
Wind surfing and kiting capital of the world is Hood River's latest distinction. Just 30 minutes up from town is Hood Mountain and well known to avid skiers and boarders for its year-round slopes. Our rivers and lakes are home to some of the Northwest's best fishing: steelhead, salmon, trout, and smallmouth bass. Less than an hour away is the famous Deschutes River, known as one of the best summer steelhead streams in the west. In Hood River we offer miles of hiking, mountain and road biking trails. Our town hosts a number of recreation shops that offer day and weekend whitewater rafting and kayaking trips. Hood River is a multisport hub with something for everyone.
The Fruit Company Hosts the Annual Roy Webster Columbia River cross channel swim each year. In 1942, The Fruit Company founder Roy Webster initiated the first swim for the residents of the Hood River Valley, it has turned into an annual community tradition now in its 70th year. Today over 1000 participants swim the 1 mile of the rough Columbia Gorge waters including Roy's grandson and Fruit Company CEO, Scott Webster.Directions