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Hood River Attractions

Hood River is ranked as one of America's most scenic regions and best outdoor adventure towns. Discover charming downtown Hood River with its boutique shops, art galleries, and lively dining scene. Visit local wineries and breweries to sample award-winning wines and craft beers. Experience the rich history and heritage of the region at museums and historic sites.

Here is our list of Attractions in Hood River along with contact information and directions from the hotel.

Mt. Hood Scenic Railroad

Mount Hood Railroad is a century-old short line railroad offering passenger train rides and two-person railbike rides through the beautiful upper Hood River Valley enjoying the unsurpassed scenic views of the local award-winning fruit orchard and vineyards, as well as Mount Hood and Mount Adams.

110 Railroad Ave, Hood River, OR 97031

(541) 387-4000
301 Gallery

The 301 Gallery is housed in the meticulously restored historic 1924 Butler Bank Building, with soaring ceilings, tall windows, and rose marble entry.  In this wonderful atmosphere, artists who live and work in the magnificent Columbia River Gorge display their quality fine art and craft with an elevated presentation.  301 Gallery hosts Opening Night Receptions for featured artists on First Friday each month from spring to end of fall, with live music, and libations by Crush Cider.  Located right across Oak Street from Thistledown on Oak.

301 Oak Street, Hood River, OR 97031

(541) 215-6681
Columbia Center for the Arts

A cultural destination with facilities that enable the arts to thrive in the Columbia River Gorge, drawing a variety of artists and art groups from throughout the Pacific Northwest to display and sell their works.  Columbia Center for the Arts also offers a wide variety of live performing arts events and programming in their wonderful theater.  Located just one block away from Thistledown on Oak.

215 Cascade Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031

(541) 387-8877
First Friday

Enjoy the First Friday event and music in downtown Hood River, May through October 5-8pm.  On the first Friday of each month, Oak Street from 1st to 6th Streets is closed to vehicle traffic starting at 4:30 pm.  Take a leisurely stroll through downtown to enjoy special presentations in the local shops and galleries, eat ice cream, visit tasting rooms, and soak up some friendly Hood River culture with the treat of live music.  Thistledown on Oak resides smack-dab in the middle of this seasonal monthly event.

Historic Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood

Take the beautifully scenic 41-mile drive to one of America’s first ski lodges built in 1937.  Full of art and history unique to any other lodge in this Country, Timberline Lodge was hand built during the Great Depression by hundreds of displaced workers of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  Timberline continues, after 86 years, to offer one of the most exciting and unique high-alpine mountain experiences in North America.  See the website below for all kinds of activities happening high on Mount Hood all year round.

27500 E Timberline Road, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028

(503) 272-3341
Hood River Farmers Market

Hood River Farmers Market is open year round!  Offering local fresh produce, meat, fish, and eggs, as well as artisan foods, flowers, art, and gifts.  See two locations below depending on time of year. 

December-April, Farmers Market open 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10am-12pm, located at Ferment Brewing Company, 403 Portway Avenue, down on the waterfront.  Directions 

May-November, Farmers Market open every Saturday 9am-1pm, located across from Full Sail Brewing, 501 Columbia Street lot in downtown Hood River, just 2 blocks away from Thistledown on Oak.  Directions

(541) 490-6420
Hood River Fruit Loop

This incredibly scenic self-guided 35-mile loop drive meanders through the beautiful Hood River Valley where you will encounter some 28 on-the-farm fruit stands, wineries, breweries, cideries, and seasonal fields of flowers. See the web link below for details about each of the 28 participating farms, as well as the printable map. Maps are also available at the Fruit Loop farmstands and the Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce.

Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce

Take time to explore, plan and play with the guidance of the Visitor Center.  See what not to miss in the Hood River area.  Located just one block away from Thistledown on Oak.

202 Cascade Avenue, Suite B, Hood River, OR 97031

(541) 386-2000