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Holiday Inn Express considers Hood River development

9 Oct

No details yet, but learned from city officials of a recent conversation with developers interested in putting at Holiday Inn Express to the west of the Sunset Hotel site — where the RV lot is located now — just north of the Cascade Commons Shopping Center.

Good news. We lack hotel space during the summer. Not good news for the winter, when we lack visitors. Whatchoo gonna do? Well, the idea and efforts among visitor promotion folks at the Chamber and elsewhere, is to boost interest in the fall, winter and spring. Hey, we who live her know it’s a great time to BE here. It’s just a challenge to convince folks in, say, Portland, that the wind doesn’t blow icy cold out here like it does in Troutdale, AND the freeway isn’t always covered in a layer of ice and corrugated snow.

Maybe a few days each winter. Maybe even a week, total. But the rest of the time, it’s a breeze. After all, it’s a friggin’ freeway, used primarily by Wal-Mart to move piles of useless plastic crap up and down the corridor to eagerly waiting Portland shoppers.

Ahem. But we digress. Want to learn more? Great recent article in TIME about how the corporate owner of the Holiday Inn and Express brands is doing a total facelift and brand makeover for the properties. Holiday Inn Hip, you might say. Check it out. And here’s the corporate site, too.

Meanwhile, we hear that the person behind the development idea is none  other than Denish Hajari, who has the Comfort Suites just a stone’s throw away.


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.

Wind Industry trade show to bring over 500 visitors to Da Hood in September

13 Mar

Once again, Hood River will vault to the head of the class when the Association of Wind Sport Industries brings its annual trade show to town Sept. 15-18.

Katie Crafts, a board member of the AWSI and executive director of the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association, says the event will attract more than 80 exhibitors of gear for windsurfing and kiteboarding.

The trade show will set up at the Event Site, providing plenty of room for more than 200 buyers to do the deal.

Factoring in family and friends of those attending the show, the Hood River business community can count on more than 500 visitors eager to shop, tour, wine, dine and stock up on memories to share with the folks at home.

The Hood River Downtown Business Association will be helping the event organizers link visitors with local attractions. Stay tuned.