Watersports on Oregon’s Hood River.

By Travel & Leisure
September 04, 2012
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Ocean snobs, take note: this part of the Hood River has some of the best windsurfing in the U.S. Skilled riders will love the giant swells at the aptly named Swell City, but there are some semi-protected spots, like the Hook, for beginners, too. Start your morning with a hearty breakfast (you’ll need the energy) and then head out around midday—that’s when the gusts pick up.

Brian's Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Brian's Windsurfing & Kitesurfing can point you in the right direction, and hook you up with equipment and instruction.

Hood River Fruit Loop

Stop along the 35-mile Hood River Fruit Loop, where farm stands sell homemade, fruit-filled pastries.

Celilo Restaurant and Bar

The restaurant puts local produce to good use: foraged chanterelles in pasta, roasted organic beets with fresh fish.

Carson Ridge Cabins

Porch swings and log beds lend rustic charm to the otherwise luxurious cabins. One-room units have fireplaces, jetted tubs, and mountain views.