The contestants loved visiting all these spots, and you will too.
Located along the “Fruit Loop” above Hood River, the 40-acre Mt. View Orchards is where the Top Chef Season 18 contestants picked their fruit for Episode 4’s savory fruit challenge. You’ll find everything from Pink Pearl apples and Akane to apricots, cherries, peaches, and plums-all with a backdrop of snow-covered Mount Hood.
Here are a few of our favorite spots to experience in the Fruit Loop.
Want to wine and dine like the judges from Top Chef? Grateful Vineyards will be your first stop! With the Gorge’s sweeping landscape as your backdrop, go ahead and indulge in their craft hard cider and wine. And no your nose isn’t deceiving you! That savory aroma in the air is their seasonal pizza that’s readily waiting for your first bite.Learn More
Gorge White House
Craving a sprinkle of historical sightseeing? Include the Gorge White House on your must-visit list. Nestled on over 30 acres of orchards, this fourth generation business is family owned and operated, offering a wide range of wines, hard ciders, craft beers, and farm fresh cuisine. Those wanting to wander can take to the property’s U-pick field for fruity treats to take home.Learn More
Lavender Valley Farms
Like the many fruit orchards welcoming visitors to wander and pick during harvest season, Lavender Valley Farms beckons for Fruit Loop travelers to stop by and take a bundle of their flowery foliage home. Need to take a break? Kick back on the farm’s adirondack chairs and marvel at the busy bees buzzing about the sweeping purple fields.Learn More
Marchesi Vineyards & Winery
Established by Italian winemaker Franco Marchesi, Marchesi Vineyards & Winery pays homage to an authentic Italian wine tasting experience with the winery’s menu comprised of Italian style wines—the product of Marchesi’s Northern Italian grapes grown in the Gorge’s abundantly rich soil and climate. So grab your best travel buddies and raise your glass to not needing to travel around the world to enjoy wine of the highest caliber.Learn More
Hood Crest Winery and Distillers
Continue tasting your way through the Fruit Loop by making Hood Crest Winery and Distillers your next destination. Home to small batch award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, and Barbera, this spot also offers handcrafted spirits and local bites. Grab a seat on their covered patio area for your next wine and spirits tasting!Learn More
Apple Valley Country Store & Bakery
Finish your fruit looping adventure by stopping by Apple Valley Country Store & Bakery. Add their small-batch jams, syrups, pie fillings or fruit to your market basket or grab a freshly baked fruit pie to take home. While you’re there, try out their seasonal huckleberry or marionberry milkshakes for a special treat!Learn More