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When it comes to matters of the heart, Hood River has plenty of room for all kinds of lovers, including partners or couples in love with each other, individuals prioritizing self-care and self-love, and even those looking to pursue their love of the outdoors. In legends as old as time told by the native Klickitat people, affairs of the heart are the foundation from which the surrounding peaks of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and neighboring Mt. Saint Helens were formed. Whether it’s nature, romance, or self-love, Hood River’s endless well of possibilities is sure to satisfy any desire this February and beyond.
“From snow-capped mountains to the mighty Columbia River and everything in between, visitors can not escape Hood River’s beauty,” said Katie Kadlub, executive director of Visit Hood River. “While love abounds in Hood River year-round, February and March offer unique options for anyone seeking a mid-winter escape. Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day weekend, or mid-week workcations are all within reach.”
Cloaked in snowy splendor, nearby Mt. Hood shows off for nature lovers far and wide. Just 20 minutes from Hood River, the rustic Cooper Spur Mountain Resort offers midweek guests discounted lift tickets to Mt. Hood Meadows and complimentary snowshoe rentals for use on Nordic trails accessed right from the resort. At the end of a snow-packed day, the resort’s Crooked Tree Tavern & Grill provides libations and a full menu. Hood River’s many lodging partners offer an array of Stay and Ski options as well. While exploring Mt. Hood National Forest, winter adventures will find options for two planks, snowshoes, sno-machines, and sleds alike.
Atmosphere is everything in downtown Hood River. The glow of twinkle-lit trees accompanies romantics as they stroll Oak Street to discover cozy nooks and delicious crannies. The quaint-yet-hip downtown core is lined with tasting rooms, artisan jewelry boutiques, and acclaimed culinary delights. Downtown’s Hood River Hotel offers the option to stay two nights and receive a third night free, and partners with local businesses to offer exclusive guest-only deals. Just a short scenic stroll from downtown, the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn offers sweeping riverside views and their popular Winter Fun Package. When paired with the outdoor heated pool and hot tub, those looking for a romance-inducing escape will not be disappointed.
Those seeking a recess from the grind will find the perfect retreat to catch up on some self-love. Scenic drives, stunning strolls, and Nordic adventures provide an ample amount of time for contemplation, manifesting, and play. Opportunities to move and connect are found at Flow Yoga and Brimstone Boulders. A silks class at Empowered Movement Aerial will not only energize the body but is sure to induce a little joy. And if it's solitude that's calling, be sure to check out Waucoma Bookstore, Skylight Theater, or one of the many art galleries that offer a quiet respite.
Also not to be missed in Hood River this February and March, Columbia Center for the Arts celebrates the exhibit Contemporary Native Voices seeking to honor and acknowledge the original inhabitants of the Columbia River Gorge.
From snow play to a romantic retreat to self-love getaways, whatever the desire, Hood River is adventure-ready with an open heart and open arms.
For more information on Hood River, or to book a stay at one of Hood River’s lodging options visit https://visithoodriver.com/