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Concierge.com's insider take:
Not so long ago, Hood River was just another rustic waterside town tucked along the edge of the Columbia Gorge. Then, in the 1980s, it became known as the windsurfing capital of the world. A whole slew of diversions followed in the wake of its development as an outdoor recreation mecca. Big Winds and Hood River Waterplay are just two of the outfitters ready to help get visitors out on the water with a range of offerings that include both rentals and lessons. Those not ready to test their skills with a board and sail will find plenty of other options. Outdoorsy types can go river rafting (on the Salmon River), skiing on Mount Hood, fishing, or hiking. Those taking a more leisurely approach to their vacation can play golf or savor a leisurely lunch overlooking the river (try the gorgeously manicured Columbia Gorge Hotel). The overall vibe is distinctly laid-back and youthful. Yes, you'll find some elegant places to have lunch, but it's really about enjoying the brew-pubs (Full Sail is located here), watching the windsurfers and kite-boarders, and taking in the great outdoors.
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