I have easily passed through Hood River 100 times. I kid you not, I have driven back and forth to Eastern Oregon and Portland for nearly 18 years now. We did discover the quaint downtown and for a while our stop included the Taco del Mar. I know, why would a foodie stop there?? It was easy and the place was so quaint, it was a fun stop, and always guaranteed fast. Every time we drove in and back out, I would look around and just want to take my time. But with 6 hours still ahead or 6 hours behind you, stopping to look was not an option.
Finally last summer I met up with a friend and we stopped in Hood River. We had the the most amazing meal and I decided the next time we came through we would stop as a family and enjoy. And we did!! That was the stop that made me want to come back for a weekend. So here we are 3 months later enjoying Hood River again. Before we even entered the town we enjoyed hours of hiking and sightseeing and photography. Not that I am good at photography, but I just wanted to remember it all. The day was beautiful and we managed all 3 meals outside in the sun.
The weather the second day was bad and we sat inside Doppio Coffee shop, reading and relaxing. I had found this place online, before we even got here. When we went out the first day I forgot to take my list of coffee shops to try and that didn’t seem to matter, we ended up here anyways.
The bed and breakfast was good. I am not a bed and breakfast person, but no complaints. I was hoping for a little protein for breakfast, but the homemade scones did not disappoint. The room, although small, suited it’s purpose on that sunny day.
It seems that there is always something to do in Hood River. This day was no exception. As we began to walk around we noticed that the roads were blocked off. After asking around we realized that there would be a Crit bike race. This sounded intriguing, so we began to look for a place to sit and watch. We knew the race was going to start right around lunch time, so we started walking the 1k course to find a place to sit. We stumbled upon Double Mountain Brewery, which was also on my lists of places to try. We walked in and the owner/manager (not sure which) told us to go into the other room, where a garage door was wide open and tables were pushed up to the edge.
Double Mountain Brewery is great. The pizzas were amazing, and the beer was even better. The thing I really love about beer and breweries is you can sample until you find one you like, then they pour you a big glass knowing you are happy. This place was no different. I sampled 3 kinds. She told me I HAD to try all 3, so I did. And just like they hoped, I was completely happy and ready for more!!
As the rain began to come down, we sat there, fully covered, yet outside, with the best view of the race. How do we know it was the best view? The whole time people walked by the said “wow, you have the best seats here.” We smiled, sipped our beer and hoped they would keep moving, as to not block our great view.
Between the hiking, the breweries, and the bike race we just got a taste of what Hood River has to offer the outdoorsy person. It is after all the windsurfing capital of the world. Along with all kinds of other water sports, the close mountain for ski or boarding, and mountain biking there is never a dull moment in Hood River.
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