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Old 01-11-2012, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Ya'll,

I'm thinking about going to check out Hood River over this up coming MLK long weekend. Any suggestion on things to do, see, etc. and cheap&decent accommodations?

I want to check out the Gorge, obviously. I'm a beer drinker, so was thinking about checking out Full Sail....any other suggestions?

Also, I hear we're about to experience a shift in our weather slated for Saturday. How are the roads up that way? After you hit Mt. Hood via 26 (the farthest north I've been yet) to stay north on 35...is there an elevation concern or are those roads known to be pretty easy going in a potential storm day(s)?
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:42 PM
 
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If you plan on taking 26 over Mt. Hood, you'll want chains in your car in case you need them. I-84 is a quicker route and will take you along the gorge so you can veer off to see Crown Point or stop in to Multnomah Falls.

The weather forecast calls for possible snow Sunday night or Monday night. You may want to check your plans closer to the weekend to see if the forecast has been tightened up. The gorge gets nasty during some weather events and they'll close I-84 at Troutdale due to wind and ice.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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One of the best values in lodging if available is the Vagabond Lodge. Ask for the rooms facing the river. Way less cost the the Gorge Hotel with the same views
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Vagabond is a good deal, with great views. Full Sail has some fantastic beer so does Double Mountain, great pizza too.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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There are also several Wineries through the area too. Naked Winery has a tasting room in downtown Hood River.

Unfortunately from a tourist perspective, this isn't the best time of year to visit. I'd suggest you drive up to The Dallas also, or possibly up to the Maryhill Art Museum.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Walkingman Brewery. Stevenson, WA (rated one of the best in PNW) Walking Man Brewing - Stevenson, WA

Don't miss it! (spend an hour or more at Skamania Lodge, enjoying the lobby / library / buffet)
You can get a 'day pass' for North Bonneville Hot Springs (pool / spa)

If weather gets nasty, you might want to come via 97 or 197

Multnomah Falls lodge has a nice cheap breakfast menu (only $$$ buffet on Sunday...), Their menu / food is actually quite excellent for Lunch and Dinner too.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Kapetrich, did you ever get over to Hood River? I just returned from a long weekend there and I loved it! We had some great spring weather with sunshine. I loved the town too. We went to Full Sail Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery and then Everyone's Brewery over in White Salmon, WA. We also enjoyed a wine tasting at The Pines Winery and had breakfast at the Egg River Cafe, which was fantastic. We stayed at the Best Western, Hood River Inn, but only did so because we were there for a work conference for my husband. The rates were a bit pricy for us. It was right on the river though so we had excellent views and a walking trail right out our door.
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