The Fruit Loop
When in the Hood River area, pick up a map to the Fruit Loop, a 45-mile stretch of meandering highway and back roads that directs area visitors to some of the richest farmland and most breathtaking scenery in the state — along the Hood River with Mount Hood as the backdrop to it all.
Vineyards, orchards, farm stands, and country stores dot the decade-old route that crisscrosses the river, beckoning visitors to picnic, tour, or taste-test the fresh produce.
The route is popular year-round, but folks can sample some of the season’s ripest pears, apples, pumpkins, and gourds September–November; tomatoes, corn, peaches, and herbs abound in August and September; and farm-fresh berries and apricots ripen June–August.
Bike trails follow the routes in some places. Contact the Hood River Chamber of Commerce (www.hoodriver.org) or consult www.hoodriverfruitloop.com for the Fruit Loop map and a list of participating farms and country stores.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel