The Best Winter Activities Around Hood River

There is so much to do around Hood River and winter only opens up more possibilities. Outdoor recreation, shopping, relaxing, and more await you. Plan your trip and explore the Gorge this winter.


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Go Skiing

After the first snowfall of the year, Mt. Hood turns into a skiers paradise. There’s more than 5 unique resorts plus more backcountry skiing that your heart can take. If you’re an expert looking for some epic terrain, head to Timberline, Meadows, or Skibowl. If you’re new to skiing or want a more relaxed experience, Summit and Copper Spur resorts are both great options.

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Read a Book

Kick back and dive into your new favorite murder mystery, historical fiction, romance novel, or biography. If you forgot one at home head over to Waucoma Bookstore or Artifacts in downtown Hood River to explore a wide variety of books and possibly even find your new favorite. Cuddle up by the fire at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins and escape to a new literary world.

Soak in a Hot Spring

The best part of winter is warming up after a long day in the snow. Across the water in the little town of Carson lies one of the best kept secrets of the Gorge. The Carson Hot Springs lets guests soak in mineral water at their relaxing bath house. You can also treat yourself to a spa day with wraps, facials, and massages. Learn more about these quaint hot springs on our blog.

Shop the Downtown

Downtown Hood River is a maze filled with quirky shops, steep streets, and colorful murals hidden around town. Spend a day hopping between quaint boutiques, unique gift shops, and outdoor stores with more gear than you can imagine. Strolling around the town is one of the best pastimes and when hunger strikes, you’ll have dozens of restaurants to choose from. Take your time and check out all of the Unique Shops In and Around Hood River

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Sip Columbia Gorge Wines

The Columbia River Gorge is filled with wineries that are not only beautiful but create some of the most delicious wines you’ll ever sip. After the harvest, these wineries take a big breath and go into winter mode. Visit the wineries during the winter and you’ll be met with outdoor fires to warm you while you enjoy tasting and possibly an intimate behind the scenes tour. Explore Our Favorite Wineries and taste the Gorge.


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Take a Snowshoeing Trip

Strap on a pair of snowshoes and venture out into the expansive wilderness around the Gorge. Head up the backside of Mt. Hood, trek around the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, or revisit your favorite spots in the winter to have the whole place to yourself. Plan your perfect snowshoeing trip with 3 of the Best Spots to Go Snowshoeing in Washington State. If you forgot your snowshoes at home, don’t fret! Carson Ridge Cabins has snowshoes for guests to use for free.

Sit Back and Relax

Lets face it. When you’re on vacation sometimes you just want to sit back and do nothing. And that’s alright! You don’t have to lift a finger or do a thing during your time here in the Gorge. At Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins, you can sleep in and wake to a delicious breakfast with no effort. After the sun goes down, you can just relax and take a bubble bath or kick up your feet and watch a movie. There are so many great ways to spend your vacation.

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