Magazines rave about Hood River to national audience

By CHRISTIAN KNIGHT

News staff writer

April 8, 2006

April could be the month of Hood River, according to the travel and outdoor magazine industry, at least.

Four national publications included Hood River in their annual lists of the nation’s best, coolest or hippest towns.

Outside Magazine called Hood River one of the country’s best adventure towns, featuring a photo of a kayaker running BZ Falls on the White Salmon River near BZ Corner, Wash.

It raved about Hood River’s access to summertime skiing at Timberline Mountain Resort and windsurfing a few minutes from downtown.

In August 2004, Outside called Hood River one of its 20 “Dream Towns.”

Hood River’s position as the epicenter of some of the world’s best and most consistent whitewater kayaking, wind and and kitesurfing, skiing and mountain biking is usually the catalyst behind its selection in these magazine’s top 10 lists.

That’s why Men’s Journal and Whitewater — an annual publication of Canoe and Kayak released in March/April — included Hood River in their publications.

(Whitewater’s article featured Hood River local Todd Anderson.)

Budget Travel’s inclusion of Hood River as one of its 10 “coolest small towns in the U.S.A.” had nothing to do with outdoor adventure.

It had more to do with … coffee.

While the photos describing other towns on the section’s cover page reveals photos of downtown, wine-drinking and people looking at art, the photo for Hood River shows a cup of 10-Speed coffee. And that’s it.

When you turn the page to find out why Hood River made the cut, you see a photo of Brian McGeeney, owner of 10-Speed Coffee, smiling into his own shop from the 13th Street sidewalk on which he stands. Other photos show the Columbia River and Brian’s Pourhouse.

“Within three hours, we knew 25 people by name,” says Mike Pauly, whom Budget Travel interviewed for their story.

Budget Travel’s brief story also applauded the Hood River’s effort of “thinking locally.”

As examples, it pointed to the Sixth Street Bistro, which uses Painted Hills Natural Beef, and which also transforms its used fryer grease into bio-diesel fuel for the company’s vehicle.

Celilo also got a nod for using windows that were made in Hood River (Cardinal Glass) and for its energy-efficient building design.

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