Travel Hints and FAQs

Blossoms on tree in Hood RiverWhat is the Fruit Loop?
The Fruit Loop is a collection of farms, orchards, vineyards, wineries, and value-added agricultural businesses. Each member must meet specific criteria for membership, including cleanliness, accuracy of information presented to the public, and much more. Members function independently, with each member responsible for only their location.

Do all members offer u-pick?
No, but many do. Check the Fruit Loop map or website for u-pick locations and call before going because product availability can change rapidly.

What are some of the events and where do they take place?
The individual stands determine which special events they want to host each year.  From Easter Egg hunts in early Spring to apple and pear events in the fall, you will be able to experience the Hood River Fruit Loop.  Plan Your Trip! is a great tool for identifying events throughout the season.

Are pets allowed?
Each member determines if pets are allowed on their property. Because these are working farms with their own farm animals, many locations do not allow pets to get out of vehicles. A few members do allow pets, so check at each location.

How long will it take me to drive the entire Fruit Loop?
The average trip taken on the Fruit Loop is 1 day. However, you can spend as little as a morning or as long as 2 days exploring the Fruit Loop's unique offerings. A longer stay gives you time to spend one or two nights in the valley enjoying the marvelous picnic areas, hiking trails, unique towns, and comfortable lodgings.

Is Hwy 35 open year round?
All of Hwy 35 is open year round, depending on the weather. If you are traveling during the winter and would like to check on the Hwy 35 conditions, call TBD. Or, check the Oregon Department of Transportation website at www.tripcheck.com.

When are the fruit tree blossoms the best?
Blossoms begin near the end of March and continue through May. The fruit tree blossoms are at their peak in mid-April. For the current blossom conditions, contact the Hood River Chamber of Commerce.

When is the fall foliage the best?
The foliage begins turning in September and continues through November. The season is at its height at different times each year, depending on fall weather. It is best to contact the Hood River Chamber of Commerce to find out the current fall foliage colors.

Where can I get a printed map?
Printed copies of an an easy-to-follow Hood River County Fruit Loop Map that lists Fruit Loop farms, attractions, and individual operating hours, are available at the Hood River Visitor's Center off Exit 63 on I-84 and at Fruit Loop locations. Some lodging and restaurants also have printed maps.

Printable Fruit Loop Map

Click the image below to download a PDF 2017 Fruit Loop Map.  

2017 Fruit Loop Map

 

Happening Now!

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Easter Egg Hunt at Packer Orchards

3rd Annual family-friendly Easter egg hunt.  Bring your basket and search the farm for eggs with the Easter Bunny.  Visit PackerOrchards.com to purchase tickets.

Upcoming Events

19 Apr
Cathedral Ridge Winery’s Wine Country Weekend!
04.19.2019 7:00 pm - 04.20.2019 11:00 am

Join us for an unforgettable Wine Country Weekend experience in the Columbia River Gorge! Your adventure begins with our six course Library Dinner at Stonehedge Gardens developed by renowned Chef, celebrated author of Varietal Tendencies, and former winemaker, Mike Caldwell. Mike has exquisitely paired his menu to a selection of lovingly cellared Cathedral Ridge Wines.

Continue your weekend the following day at our winery with our intimate Cellarmaster’s Brunch. We will be featuring our newest hand-crafted released and award-winning wines alongside a carefully curated menu by Shane Eagan of Four & Twenty Blackbirds. An acoustic, solo performance by Oregon native and talented instrumentalist Steve Hale sets the mood for this elegant affair. This guided, wine pairing experience includes a commemorative package of wines* to take home!

Library Dinner at Stonehedge Gardens
Friday, April 19th | 7:00pm

Cellarmaster’s Brunch at Cathedral Ridge Winery
Saturday, April 20th | 11:00am

Only 48 tickets available for this exclusive event!

Tickets on sale NOW. 541-386-2882
Wine Country Weekend ticket includes: 1 Library Dinner ticket, 1 Cellarmaster’s Brunch ticket & 3-bottle Commemorative Wine Package.

20 Apr

3rd Annual family-friendly Easter egg hunt.  Bring your basket and search the farm for eggs with the Easter Bunny.  Visit PackerOrchards.com to purchase tickets.

20 Apr
Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest
04.20.2019 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 

The Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest is a Chamber event that includes participating Hood River County Fruit Loop cideries.  Visit hoodriver.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

The daylong event also features a lineup of local music, and a kid’s activity area – guaranteeing a great time for the whole family. Spring showers aren’t a problem, as the tasting area takes place in a covered hall. FREE PARKING!

12 May
Mother’s Day Cellarmaster’s Brunch
05.12.2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Part of our 2019 Cellarmaster’s Brunch Series, a Celebration of Mothers.
Last year our Mother’s Day Brunch was a sold-out event! Get your tickets early and show Mom how much you care.

This intimate wine pairing event includes a six-course menu and a special gift for every Mom! 

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: ONLY 48 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD

Reserve your seats online, or give us a call at 541.386.2882 tickets to this exclusive event are sure to sell fast.

16 Jun

Celebrate the return of summer weather with a picnic feast for Dad! We’re turning up the heat with these wine & BBQ pairings.

 LIMITED AVAILABILITY: ONLY 48 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD

Reserve your seats online, or give us a call at 541.386.2882 tickets to this exclusive event are sure to sell fast.