Hood River Port is a port town on the Columbia River with the picturesque Mount Hood as a backdrop; it is set amidst the succulent orchards of apples, pears, peaches and cherries of Oregon. The cruise port was built in 1933 in order to develop the area economically.
During the spring and fall, the Hood River port of call receives cruise ship visitors at the Hood River Marina. The charming town is a foremost tourist destination; it has public utility vehicles and taxis to take visitors around town and to nearby districts.
The downtown area of Hood River port offers a nice shopping adventure for visitors. Visitors can participate in the town’s bountiful harvest; pick your favorite fruit or a bottle of wine from the district’s vineyard which you can take home. Visitors are sure to find unique souvenirs and gift items for friends and relatives back home. Foothills Yarn and Fiber features alpaca yarn, Apple Valley Country Store and Baker has more than 50 types of jams and syrups and Country Girl Fruit Farm has preservative-free dried cherries, pears and apples.
Things to See
This picturesque town is a well known destination by windsurfing enthusiasts all over the world; it has recently been added as a kiteboarding destination too. The cool winds from the Columbia River Gorge make it perfect for riding the waves.
A number of recreational activities are accessible to the guests at the Hood River port’s waterfront; these include water sports, fishing and even dog walking. There is safety signage all over the place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of people using the facilities. The port’s Marina also plays host to kayaking, small sailing craft; there is even community education sailing classes.
The Hood River meets the Columbia River at the Marina Beach which makes it the ideal place for family bonding. With its grass and sand, it is the best place to have a picnic or build sandcastles with the kids. Visitors are advised to be cautious when approaching the water since there are strong currents from both rivers.
There are scenic railroad trips along the valley of Mount Hood and Columbia River. Visitors can enjoy a breathtaking ride in 1910 railcars along the fruit orchards of the valley. Visitors also enjoy trekking through the orchards and vineyards of the town. The Hood River Vineyards are situated on the hillside overlooking the Hood River Valley; it is a delightful place to find traditional wines and fruit liqueurs.
Aside from scenic places, Hood River has beautiful old buildings which are listed in the US National Register of Historic Places; this includes the 1920 Columbia Gorge Hotel and the Hood River Middle School. The city’s museum includes the History Museum of Hood River County, the International Museum of Carousel Art and the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum which houses interesting artifacts and mementos.
Cruise ship visitors can also traverse the Historic Columbia River Highway which is a charming 75 mile drive between Troutdale and the Dales. The highway was built in 1913 and is considered the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. It has been restored and its 40 miles are now open to motor vehicles. The road includes the 24 miles starting in Troutdale which pass a number of hiking trails, Crown Point Vista House and the Multnomah Falls and the Mount Hood Scenic Byway. The remaining 16 road miles end in The Dalles.
Restaurant and Bars
Hood River cruise terminal offers a variety of dishes; these are typically coupled with creative and elegant atmospheres.
The 1301 Steak and Spirit Restaurant on Belmont Avenue offers the best tasting American steak and seafood in town. American favorites like burgers and hotdogs are served all day at Big Horse Brew Pub, Charburger County, Egg Harbor Café and Heights Lunch Box.
Meanwhile in the Hood River Hotel American cuisines are cooked to perfection; the historic hotel restaurant offers a house breakfast of eggs, hams, bacon or sausage with country potatoes and artisan bread. Lunch and Dinner menu courses include pickings from the town’s bountiful harvests; these are organic. There is a good selection of healthy soups, salads, and sandwiches as well seafood and meat.
International dishes are also served in town. Authentic Chinese dishes are served in China Gore Restaurant and Ho Ho Chinese Restaurants. For something Mexican, head over to Fiesta El Botanero Mexican and El Rinconsito Taqueria. Pietro and Abruzzo Italian Grill serve delicious Italian foods.
The Cathedral Ridge Winery over at Post Canyon Drive is the perfect place to cap of your evening with a glass of wine grown in the town vineyard.