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We test the waters so you can jump right in. Here, the best restaurants, shops, and experiences for you and your guests to enjoy over your wedding weekend in Hood River and throughout the Columbia River Gorge!

01. Drive the Fruit Loop

This 35-mile scenic drive through the valley’s orchards, forests, farmlands and friendly communities is one of the area’s top attractions. Click here for more information.

The Gorge White House

Fox Tail Cider

Glassometry Studios

Hood River Lavender Farms

Draper Girls Country Farm

Apple Valley Farm Store

Mt View Orchards

The Old Trunk

02. Tour the Waterfalls

The geology of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area lends itself to some of the most spectacular waterfalls anywhere. Starting with the towering 620-foot Multnomah Falls, choose to hike in for a closer look.

Multnomah Falls

Wahclella Falls

Dry Creek Falls

Tamanawas Falls

03. Explore the Great Outdoors

With trails ranging from easy to expert, Hood River is a great place to explore new areas by foot, by bike or on horseback. And, if you want to learn a new sport—from fly-fishing to sailing to mountain biking!

Hood River Adventures



Timberline Lodge

04. Soak up Art and Culture

Hood River is home to many talented artists, actors, writers and musicians. Try your hand at glassblowing or painting—or simply support our local artists by attending open studio tours and craft shows.

Columbia Center of the Arts

Columbia Gorge Discovery Museum

Gorge Artists

Hood River Saturday Market

Makers Northwest

Maryhill Museum of Art

Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum / WAAAM

05. Take a Culinary Odyssey

Tour one of our many wineries, take a brewery tour, visit one of many local coffee roasters or food carts, or opt for a gourmet meal at one of many fine dining options in town. Numerous culinary surprises await in Hood River!

Boda’s Kitchen

Camp 1805

Celilo Restaurant

Doppio Coffee

pFriem Family Brewers

06. Make a Splash

Hood River put itself on the world windsurfing map in the 1980s and continues to lure enthusiasts from all over the world. Take the family to Waterfront Park, where from the swimming beach you can watch windsurfers and kiteboarders.

Big Winds

Cascade Kiteboarding

Gorge Paddling Center

Wet Planet Whitewater

Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys

07. Shop til you Drop

Hood River offers an eclectic mix of locally owned specialty stores where you can find jewelry, clothing, toys, books, stationary, locally made products, outdoor gear and more.

Apple Green


Bend in the Road

Chemistry Jewelry


G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe

Parts + Labour

The Ruddy Duck


Waucoma Bookstore

08. Cross the Bridge!

Cross over the Hood River Bridge and you will find Bingen, White Salmon and Lyle offer a delicious mix of wineries, breweries, as well as locally owned specialty stores.

Cor Cellars

Domaine Pouillon

Everybody’s Brewing

Feast Market

Henni’s Kitchen and Bar

Kanso Collective

Red Tail Collective

Syncline Wine

Tarwater Tavern

For even more things to do in Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge, visit our friends at the Hood River Chamber of Commerce and Mt Adams Chamber of Commerce!


Your Wedding Weekend Guide to Hood River, Oregon

The world is a bit crazy right now—but as your wedding planner during COVID-19, we wanted to bring some calm to all of the chaos by quickly touching base with you.

A Letter from Stephanie Laur in the midst of COVID-19, Union Event Co

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