First Friday in Hood River- A great time to visit

First Friday

First Friday is a celebrated community event that takes place the first Friday of each month from May through October. The event is held in downtown Hood River as a promotion to increase awareness for downtown businesses. This year there will be a change in format as there will be no downtown street closures for the months of July, August and September. As in the past the event will be held from 5pm-8pm. First Friday will continue to focus on providing a great way for friends and families to gather and enjoy Hood River’s wonderful downtown area.

Come out and sample wine from the downtown wineries & micro-brews at Double Mountain, Horsefeathers, and Full Sail.

Event Details

Dates: First Friday of each month from May-October

Time: 5-8pm

Heaven’s Cave Winery in Prosser

Heaven’s Cave in Prosser WA has a great cause for Wine Tasting! We also think they have the best wine in Prosser. Excellent full bodied reds with spice and pepper tones.

We are currently celebrating our 10th anniversary of The DASH in our tasting room with the Treasure Closet open and ready for shopping…from vintage jewelry to small home decor, you just never know what gem you might find!

Our Mission

To educate and inspire today’s high-school students to become tomorrow’s philanthropic leaders through community engagement and hands-on grantmaking.

Gorge White House Wine Tasting

Be sure to come meet the new owners next season at The Gorge White house!

Landmark Gorge White House will transfer to another longtime valley orchard family
Posted on October 11, 2012 by stuwatson

From one longtime orchard family, to another, the historic Gorge White House will change hands Nov. 1 when Camille Hukari and Jerry Tausend turn over keys to Pat, Beth, Barry and Carrie Kennedy.

The iconic White House, along Oregon 35 between Hood River and Pine Grove, will move to management of only its third owner since 1901.

In a media release, Hukari and Tausend note that their family has owned the 31-acre property since 1947. That was when Hukari’s grandfather, Don O. Nunamaker, purchased it from Ruth Hill Beacon, the daughter of M.M. and Carrie Hill, who built the home.

Hukari grew up in the home and in 2006 began a restoration and transformation. It opened to the public in 2007, showcasing local products including wine and micro-brews from the Columbia Gorge, local seasonal fruit, honeys, U-pick fields of flowers, strawberries, blueberries and table grapes, a variety of pear based products and hosts a variety of events including weddings and anniversaries.

The Kennedy family is based in Odell.

“I can’t think of a better family to continue the legacy here,” Hukari said.

“What is most amazing about this transition is that there is a direct link back to the original MM Hill family. Pat and Barry’s grandmother was a sister to Ruth Parks, who married Bob Hill of Willow Flat. Bob was a first cousin of MM and Carrie Hill. I called Priscilla Carrasco on Tuesday to tell her about the sale of the property. Priscilla lives in Salem and is the granddaughter of MM and Carrie Hill. She was delighted that the property will be staying with a local family. In some ways, the ownership has come full circle back to the original Hill family.”

Tausend cited a quote from one of their neighbors: “They said, Our property values will go up since the Kennedys are moving back into The White House!”

Sellers and the new owners will co-host an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21. Staff at The Gorge White House will be offering complimentary tastes of their signature Heritage Bosc Pear wine as well as introducing their new Blueberry wine made from crops grown on the farm.

Hood River Wine Tours Fall Season

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fall wine tasting in the columbia gorge

Welcome to our blog. Fall is here in the Columbia Gorge and the colors are beautiful. Great sunny weather and hiking is spectacular in the hills. Join us for a wine tour this months and see the grapes fermenting along with the turning colors of the grape leaves. Ask us for the $100 special for 2 people in November 2012. Cheers!