Not too long ago, we went on a weekend getaway to Hood River, Oregon and did the fruit loop. Hood River is known for its abundance in farms, fruit stands and world-class wind surfing.
What is Fruit Loop? Its 35 miles of scenic country side with plenty of opportunities for you to pick your own fruit.
Meadow pointing to more raspberries
We hopped from a couple berry farms to a lavendar field.
The fruit loop has 28 member stands, that include fruits, vegetables, flowers and wine. All the farms open at different times of the year, depending on the weather. You can pick up a Fruit Loop Map at the visitors center and plan your adventure!
We personally loved it! The scenery was gorgeous, Mt. Hood constantly in the background and rolling green hills. We also really enjoyed picking our own fruit as a family. Its fun for Meadow to see where her food comes from instead of assuming its from the grocery store, haha.
We started at The Gorge White House Fruit Stand & Winery because its extremely photogenic. It has a gorgeous remodeled victorian farmhouse where they sell ice cream. They also have a food cart, wine, cider, anything you could desire. However, its not organic.
We then hopped over to The Old Trunk which is an antique store with a organic u-pick berry farm in the back. It was so much fun digging through their vintage goods which were decently priced. Mitchell walked out with several grateful dead vinyls. We then picked our own raspberries. Meadow was picking them and the berries would go straight to her mouth, they were delicious.
Finally, we ended at Hood River Lavendar farm, picked a huge bundle of lavender for only five bucks! It smelled amazing and the buzzing of the bees was almost meditative. Afterwards Meadow took a fat nap. We love lavender farms and always seek them out.
Everything about Hood River is wonderful, make sure you bring a sun hat and plenty of water during the fruit loop if you’re going during the summer. For more information visit http://hoodriverfruitloop.com