Morgen and I decided yesterday to drive the sixty miles east and spend the afternoon in Hood River. The town is very small, only about 6000 residents. But the downtown, particularly Oak Street, is very cool and old. Most of the brick buildings were built between 1910 and 1920 and the town has a very western feel.
Hood River has several fantastic breweries, of which we sampled two. First we went to Double Mountain and had lunch. Their pizza was surprisingly great and their beer was as good as we expected. The ambiance was also very nice in their small taproom as families with little kids were there as well as a good number of locals. Then we went to Full Sail, the more recognizable of the two. Full Sail is an Oregon institution and has some of the best beers in the state. But because they are a little more well known, their taproom was completely packed with tourists. That’s great for business but made our experience a little less interesting. Still though, the Full Sail beer was great.
On the way back we stopped by Multnomah Falls to snap a few photos. Next spring we’ll have to go and do the five mile hike around the falls, but yesterday it was cold and the sun was near setting. So we watched the falls for a few minutes with about two thousand other people and then headed back to Portland. All in all, a great day exploring some places outside of our now-familiar NW Portland.