I love traveling to Hood River, Oregon. It's a beautiful place just 2.5 hours from Bend that offers a bounty of local fruit, vegetables, wine and beer.
As a kid, I loved going to Nebraska City, NE to pick apples with my grandma (more on that to come) so I have been dying to start this tradition with our family. We could have made it a day trip, instead we decided to stay across the Columbia River in White Salmon, Washington at the Inn of the White Salmon.
Our first stop from Pfriem Family Brewers which offers artisanal beers with a Northwest flair. They had a play area for the kids and I tried six tasters of their beer.
Next up, we went to get pumpkins at Rasmussen Farms. I read years ago that this farm was a must stop pumpkin patch by Sunset Magazine and I've been intrigued ever since. Each year they have a theme in their Funland (it was story time this year) and a free corn maze offering a story too. The stories were dioramas made out of pumpkins and it was really cute! We left with pumpkins and sticky hands from caramel apples.
We checked into our room in White Salmon. The room was small but comfortable for us! The beds were full beds -- and we're used to a king size bed at home. It was nice and cozy though and we all slept great.
It was about dinner time so we walked down to Everybody's Brewing to try some local beer and eat some food. Everyone we talked to said this was a must stop on our trip and I'll tell you, they weren't joking. I tried the IPA and the sweet potato burrito and I'm still dreaming about it. If you go, make sure you get it. I'm going to try to recreate it myself, it was that yummy!
After that, we walked around and Ben had to take photos with all the fish artwork
Friends were in the area the day before and sent over some recommendations after scouting out the orchards. We decided to hit up Kiyakowa Orchards in Parkdale, OR to do some picking.
We walked the rows of many variety of apples and left with jonagolds and golden delicious varieties that we could make applesauce and pies from!
Our last stop on the way home was Packard Orchards Bakery for some cookies and jam. This orchard is always at our farmer's market in Bend and we're very familiar with their yummy cookies and jams. We left with 5 large cookies and jam -- strawberry rhubarb and huckleberry pepper jam!
On the way home, Ben kept asking me about my favorite part .. it had to be the apple picking. For him it was searching for pumpkins.
I can't wait for our next trip!