Each April the air fills with scent of blossoming fruit tress. A blanket of pink and white flowers cloaks the Hood River Valley. The orchards were planted by new settlers from the East and first and second generation Japanese immigrants. The County gained a reputation for producing fine apples and pears. Hood River remains and agricultural powerhouse to this day.
It was not until almost 100 years after the first trees were planted that the wine vintners arrived, planting grapes and opening tasting rooms among the orchards. The grapes have faired as well. The Hood River Fruit Loop is the orchard, u-pick, and wine tour that cannot be missed. Each family friendly location sits in the scenic Valley waiting to entertain and enthrall the next carload of visitors.
The brewers beat the cider makers to town when Full Sail arrived in 1986. The skilled hands of some of the Northwest’s best brewers make Hood River’s beers. The County is now home to more breweries per capita than any other region in the country. If beer is not your thing, a number of cideries are taking the fruit of the Valley and spinning it into unique hard cider creations.
Each year the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate the County’s past and future in fruit, vegetables, wine, beer, and cider with: HopsFest, Harvest Fest, Hard Pressed Cider Fest, and Blossom. Come celebrate the Hood River life.
Our 35-mile scenic drive known as the Fruit Loop has something for everyone. As you drive along the Loop past gorgeous pear, cherry, apple, nectarine and peach orchards, you’ll find farm stands, wineries, breweries, alpaca ranches, lavender farms, and great jams, jellies, pies, wines, beer, and more.
When making the choice to move to Hood River County, chances are you will live near agricultural property; the resources below will help inform you about agriculture in the County and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Hood River County is known for its beautiful orchards and depends heavily on their production of pears, grapes, apples and cherries. The county produces more winter pears than any county in the United States.