Hood River Valley Blossom Fest

Nothing compares to spring in the Hood River Valley, where the abundance of fruit trees produce spectacular blossoms of pink, white, and peach. The Hood River Valley Blossom Fest, now over 50 years old, celebrates the arrival of spring with events and attractions throughout the Gorge over three special weeks in April. Hood River Valley, which spans the north slope of Mount Hood to the south shore of the Columbia River Gorge, is the largest pear-growing region in Oregon, producing 50 percent of the nation’s winter pear crop — with an abundance of cherries and apples as well. Visitors to Blossom Fest will want to drive the world-famous 35-mile Fruit Loop, where farm stands, alpaca ranches, and wineries share the best of the rural lifestyle. This gorgeous drive is the showpiece of Blossom Fest and winds through the Festival’s activities at over 20 different venues. Craft and quilt shows, pancake breakfasts, a grange blossom dinner, wine and beer tasting, downtown shopping, and exploring the outdoors are all part of the festivities. Baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce — it’s a festival for the whole family. Visit hoodriver.org for locations to pick up a Blossom Fest guide. You can also download a printable version of the guide in April. http://www.hoodrivernews.com/users/ph...

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