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Check-in starts at 4 p.m. and check-out is at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Hood River Inn stays open year-round, but summer definitely ranks as the high season. Not only does it usher in the warmest, sunniest weather for water sports on the river and whitewater rafting, but it's also the tastiest season. The hotel is just minutes from the Hood River Fruit Loop, a worthy scenic drive and good way to fill up the mini-fridge with fresh berries, pears, apples and peaches.
Spring visitors may enjoy the largest roar from gorge waterfalls and see area orchards in bloom if they time a visit just right. Autumn visitors can enjoy fall colors with maple, tamarack and aspen trees plus peak season at the wineries and apple orchards.
Winter visitors can find ski and snowshoe trails or head up Mount Hood for skiing about 45 minutes away. Be prepared for temperatures to plunge 20 to 30 degrees when driving up Mount Hood -- no matter what season it is.
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Hood River Inn sits about 55 miles east of Portland International Airport along I-84 or 220 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport via I-5 and I-84. It's best to rent a car to reach the hotel and for getting around to area attractions. Be prepared for $1 tolls on the bridge that crossed the Columbia River from Hood River to White Salmon, Washington.
Be sure to leave time to stop at overlooks, Multnomah Falls and other scenic waterfalls between Portland and Hood River.
There is a gas station and convenience store adjacent to the hotel for fueling up and grabbing easy snacks and drinks. It's also an easy stroll across the parking lot to the Starbucks and McDonalds.
You'll need your own vehicle to explore this region well, especially the Fruit Loop, Mount Hood and the many state park and national forest sites. Keep cash handy for occasional day-use fees or $1 tolls on some bridges between Oregon and Washington. If you have valuables -- especially expensive electronics -- leave them in your hotel or out of sight in a locked truck. The hotel has bikes you can use for about a mile-long ride to Hood River cafes, but that's best for tweens and teens given the hills once you reach downtown.
For Mom and Dad
If parents are able to sneak away from the kids, it's relaxing to go for a walk along the river, have a glass of wine on the riverside patio or catch some free live music most weekends in the Cebu Lounge where there is room to do a little dancing. You can also reserve an individual or couples massage at the spa in the fitness center near the pool.