Travel Hints and FAQs

Blossoms on tree in Hood RiverWhat is the Fruit Loop?
The Fruit Loop is a collection of farms, orchards, vineyards, wineries, and value-added agricultural businesses. Each member must meet specific criteria for membership, including cleanliness, accuracy of information presented to the public, and much more. Members function independently, with each member responsible for only their location.

Do all members offer u-pick?
No, but many do. Check the Fruit Loop map or website for u-pick locations and call before going because product availability can change rapidly.

What are some of the events and where do they take place?
The Fruit Loop hosts events on four weekends:

Hood River Cherry Days in July

Gravenstein Apple Days in August

Hood River Pear Celebration in September

Heirloom Apple Days in October

Although each of these special celebrations is advertised as one event, members host special activities at their locations--not at a single place.

In addition, members host their own events throughout the year. For more information, see the Events Calendar.

Are pets allowed?
Each member determines if pets are allowed on their property. Because these are working farms with their own farm animals, many locations do not allow pets to get out of vehicles. A few members do allow pets, so check at each location.

How long will it take me to drive the entire Fruit Loop?
The average trip taken on the Fruit Loop is 1 day. However, you can spend as little as a morning or as long as 2 days exploring the Fruit Loop's unique offerings. A longer stay gives you time to spend one or two nights in the valley enjoying the marvelous picnic areas, hiking trails, unique towns, and comfortable lodgings.

Is Hwy 35 open year round?
All of Hwy 35 is open year round, depending on the weather. If you are traveling during the winter and would like to check on the Hwy 35 conditions, call TBD. Or, check the Oregon Department of Transportation website at www.tripcheck.com.

When are the fruit tree blossoms the best?
Blossoms begin near the end of March and continue through May. The fruit tree blossoms are at their peak in mid-April. For the current blossom conditions, contact the Hood River Chamber of Commerce.

When is the fall foliage the best?
The foliage begins turning in September and continues through November. The season is at its height at different times each year, depending on fall weather. It is best to contact the Hood River Chamber of Commerce to find out the current fall foliage colors.

Where can I get a printed map?
Printed copies of an an easy-to-follow Hood River County Fruit Loop Map that lists Fruit Loop farms, attractions, and individual operating hours, are available at the Hood River Visitor's Center off Exit 63 on I-84 and at Fruit Loop locations. Some lodging and restaurants also have printed maps.