The East Gorge Food Trail is a choose your own adventure type trail, but we have a ideas about many different ways to experience it.
GEOLOGIC WONDERS ITINERARY
MOSIER TO THE DALLES
Explore a bountiful landscape filled with geologic marvels.
Rise and shine with a community celebration at the Mosier Farmers Market, held Sundays from late June to mid-October. Small town charm and local musicians set the scene as you peruse the local bounty. Enjoy lunch with a view at Mosier Company, where the rotating menu really shines during berry harvest. No matter the season, it’s always a good time for wine here. The region’s unique geology shapes how grapes are grown, resulting in unparalleled wines. Sip at the biodynamic vineyard of Analemma Wines in a tasting room made from reclaimed wood. Hidden behind orchards on the 1910 Mayerdale Estate is Garnier Vineyards with panoramic views. Across the road, Idiot’s Grace offers tours of its organic vineyard, surrounded by 75-year-old cherry trees. Both Mayerdale, home to Columbia View Orchards, and Idiot’s Grace offer U-pick opportunities. Call ahead for pick-up from nearby Annie’s Apricots. Take Huskey Road to Lopez Farm, perched high above Mosier, for cherry picking. Next door Runcible Cider’s farm stand sells cider made of local fruits; sip with a view of the syncline. Enjoy a cider flight and woodfired pizza at Rack & Cloth. The cidery’s menu often features guest chefs, always with the signature small-batch cider on tap. Continue east, observing the terrain’s sheared basalt curves and stop at Rowena Crest for a bird’s-eye view. End your day in The Dalles at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to learn more about this special landscape.
FRUIT OF THE VALLEY ITINERARY
MOSIER TO THE DALLES
Meander through historic orchards on a sweet countryside journey.
Start the morning in the sunshine with cherry picking at the orchards of Mosier, many in operation for generations. Bring buckets and take State Road for first picks at Keylock Orchard and neighboring Evans Fruit Company, where you can also harvest peaches. Continue to Root Road for 15 varieties of cherries at Root Orchards, and another nine at Rosedale Fruit Farm. Return to Mosier, where on First Avenue you’ll notice the Mosier Fruit Growers Association, first established in 1907. Continue east on Highway 30, winding along farmland. At The Dalles City Park, discover the local bounty — fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and honey — at The Dalles Farmers Market on Saturdays, from June through mid-October. For a taste of history, head to Baldwin Saloon, a modern-day revival of an 1876 saloon. All the dishes are scratch-made, from the pasta to cherry ice cream. Sip local wines at the turn-of-the-century bar. Next, go behind the scenes at Muirhead Canning, a Pacific Northwest institution since 1946. Watch the canning of pears, apple sauce and more under the Hood-Crest Fruit brand. Call ahead to arrange a tour. Continue to Sandoz Farm, where the stand sells fresh produce, as well as jams, pickled veggies and local meats. Relics of the farm’s century-plus history abound, including an antique schoolhouse. Drive back with a stockpile of crops and admire the valley’s orchard-covered hillsides.
Produce availability varies by season. Consult the Travel Tips provided in this brochure to plan your trip accordingly.
CRAFT CULTURE ITINERARY
THE DALLES TO DUFUR
Quench your thirst for quality craft drinks at the source.
Begin the day in sunny downtown The Dalles, the largest city in the Gorge. Get your caffeine fix at Kainos Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster that partners with a variety of charities. Head west to Union Street for access to the Riverfront Trail, perfect for a scenic morning stroll. Enjoy lunch at The Riv in a 1900s stone church. The restaurant serves farm-to-table meals, as well as monthly pop-up events hosted by Rooted Event Co. Ramble through downtown to Oregon’s oldest bookstore, Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers. Visit Moody Tollbridge Winery, open on weekends, for award-winning wines. More sips await at 15 Mile Winery, featuring grapes grown on a homestead estate. Beer lovers flock to Freebridge Brewing, located in the 1869 The Dalles Mint, where you can learn local folklore with a tasty pint. To the east, Sunshine Mill Winery beckons. The century-old flour mill was converted into an elegant tasting room for Copa Di Vino and Quenett, with original machinery still visible. Leave downtown for Tierra de Lobos Winery. The tasting room has stunning views of the Columbia River and the dam that reshaped it. Mosey your way south to Dufur, stopping along the way at the family-owned Hi-Way House for juicy steaks and seafood favorites. Get a dose of history at the Dufur Historical Society Museum, and try to time your visit with Vintage Dufur Days. At the Historic Balch Hotel, taste local wine or tea from the pretty patio, or better yet, stay the night to enjoy Mt. Hood’s sunrise glow.