Tag Archives: tourism

You can never have too many Visitor Centers

10 Jun

As we wrap up one of the coolest and dampest springs on record, all you businesses that want the attention of visitors will want to know about a second option to get your brochures and info in front of them.

The main county visitor center, of course, is operated by the Chamber of Commerce, down by the Port of Hood River. It can be a little difficult to find, and access.

Sue Collins, owner of Cascade Travel, had some extra space in the front of her store. She thought it might make a good Visitor Center annex. So, with the blessings of the Chamber, she set it aside late last year and has been adding that Blue-Dot-with-white-i international “information center” symbol to lure visitors.

She sent a note recently, reminding the business community that the Center is now open 7 days a week.

Sue says she is seeing increasing drop-in traffic. Because she is a longtime local, she is able to break from her other work and help answer questions.

It’s pretty cheap to get your info into her store — just $10 a month for a 4-by-8-inch rack card size, or $15 for a 9-by-11-inch (flyer / magazine) rack size. For year-round display, you can simplify things with one-time payment of $120 or two payments of $60 (for the rack card display; adjust upward for larger displays).

Make checks payable to Cascade Travel. Sue also accepts credit cards. To learn more, contact Sue Collins at Cascade Travel, 506 Cascade in Hood River, or call 541 386-6800 x4

Upstream mess may pose downstream impacts

6 Feb

Just learned today about a key public hearing in Hood River on Tuesday. Haven’t had time to dig much into it, but from what I hear, it’s potential cause for concern by all.

If you’re concerned about cleanup efforts at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and the potential downstream impacts on river users in and around Hood River (i.e. many of them tourists who bring vital dollars to the local economy), you may want to attend the …

Hood River Tank Closure & Waste Management  EIS Public Hearing

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location:  Columbia Gorge Hotel
4000 Westcliff Drive
Hood River, OR, 97031 US

People who have read this massive document report that hidden inside it are plans to turn Hanford into a repository for nuclear waste shipments from all over the country. We haven’t confirmed this, but you may want to explore on your own. Meanwhile, we thought we should let you know of the opportunity to speak out on the issue.

Here are links to other key information sites.

Department of Energy:
http://www.gc.energy.gov/NEPA/calendar.htm

Heart of America Northwest
http://www.hoanw.org/events/index.cfm?Fuseaction=events

Columbia Riverkeeper
http://www.columbiariverkeeper.org/

Media, media, we got the free media

11 Jun

Props to Jamel Badrieh, marketing director at the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, for providing the summary list of all the various publications tooting the Hood’s horn this past month. Such as?

Well, separately we told about The Oregonian on June 7. Articles also appeared in the Metro Parent magazine on staycations, in Golfer Magazine about Indian Creek and its Audubon sustainability efforts, the Oregon Wine Press cover story for June about Hood River wines (and in April, about Springhouse Cellars), the Wine Press NW summer issue, in Farms & Ranch Living last February on the beauty of small-town HR, Terry Richard in The Oregonian on the twin tunnels bike path, plus others mentioned earlier.

Coming up, a Top 120 Fourth of July Family Roadtrips article with focus on HR, writers coming to town from the L.A. Times and N.Y. Times, and a potential plug on local wines in Wine Enthusiast magazine (I tossed an idea that way about the under-the-radar tour potential of the Columbia Gorge AVA.

There’s more going on. Good job, Jamel, working to share the allure of the area.

The Oregonian’s economic report favors Gorge cities

9 Jun

If you missed it on the dead-tree delivery Sunday morning, check out the major splash given Hood River and The Dalles in The Oregonian. The paper took a pretty favorable economic read on Hood River, and in even grander fashion, noted that The Dalles has moved beyond the boom and bust cycles of the aluminum industry. Anyone who has spent any time there in recent years knows that The Dalles has some great stuff going on. Despite the disparaging attitudes of some of my neighbors in da Pearl (I mean, da Hood), The Dalles has great people, great history, great architecture … and, yes, some rough edges. It’s a working town, after all, not all about latte this, latte that. Hell, much as I love our local wines, if I want to drink a couple of bottles a day, I can only afford the Grocery Outlet wine bin. Check it out — last week they were closing out Banrock Station Syrah for $2.99 a bottle.