From the first blooms of spring to the fall harvest, the Columbia River Gorge is bursting with life. The area around Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins is both a national scenic area and the country’s largest pear-growing region. Here, you can see every stage of a fruit’s life: growth, production, and enjoyment by all. Embark on the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a self-guided trail, to see it all! Discover even more things to do and see in the Pacific Northwest when you access our complimentary Vacation Guide.
What is the Hood River County Fruit Loop?
The Hood River County Fruit Loop is a self-guided tour that will give you an up close and personal view of dozens of farms, roadside fresh fruit stands, wineries, berry patches, and more. Indulge in delicious fresh fruits, local wines, baked goods, and other fruity treats. It’s the perfect way to experience the rich agricultural traditions of the Gorge.
The Fruit of the Loop
Fruit has been grown along the Hood River County Fruit Loop since the mid-1800s; many local farmers work on land that has been in their families for generations. Friendly and generous, the farmers of our area encourage visitors to explore and harvest. There are many U-pick farms along the route, meaning you get to harvest the fruits yourself, or you can stop at one of the many fruit stands along the way to choose from fresh selections.
Getting fresh fruits or local goods from these farms and stands make a great souvenir or unique gift to take back home. Imagine spreading some jam from the Columbia River Gorge on your toast every morning, even after you’re home from your vacation. It will spark great memories time and time again.
How Long Does It Take to Go Through the Hood River Fruit Loop?
Visitors can usually make it through the entire loop in a day. However, you are more than welcome to choose any stands, farms, or wineries you desire. Break up your trip by visiting a few stands each morning, or make a day out of it by completing the entire thing.
When Is the Best Time to See the Trees in Bloom?
If you’d like to embark on the Hood River Fruit Loop while the fruit trees are in bloom, it’s best to stay at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins any time between the end of March and May. If you’d like to see the blossoms at their peak, come during mid-April.
Our Favorite Stops on the Hood River County Fruit Loop
There’s something for everyone on the Hood River County Fruit Loop! From soothing lavender farms to lush vineyards, you will truly get a taste of the Columbia River Gorge during your journey. While all the places on the Loop are worth visiting, here are some of our favorites:
- Relax as you breathe in the soothing scents of the Hood River Lavender Farm.
- Try local wines and hard cider, pick some fruit, and gather flowers at The Gorge White House.
- Pick your own fruits at U-Pick Organic — A Farm for You to Pick.
- Stop by a fruit stand like Pearl’s Place in Hood River.
- Get some goodies at Packer Orchards and Bakery.
- Indulge in locally made preserves and BBQ at the Apple Valley Country Store.
Stay Close to the Hood River County Fruit Loop
Visitors travel from all over the country to experience the Hood River Fruit Loop. Delicious fruits, great wine, and amazing scenery draw crowds each year. If you’re coming to follow the Loop, stay with us at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins. Immerse yourself in nature when you explore our gorgeous property; you’ll love our breathtaking gardens and beautiful views of distant mountain ranges. Browse our private cabins to start planning your stay. We look forward to seeing you!