Mount Hood ski racer Alice Jacklet took first place in slalom and second place in giant slalom in the 75-79 year-old division at the 2017 NASTAR nationals in Colorado. So allow me to dispense with...
The Skyway Bar and Grill is a funky Zig Zag establishment owned by a pair of artists, with creative decor, live music, drinks and delicious pulled pork. Driver's right, 71545 Hwy 26, milepost 45.
Wraptitude sells healthy delicious wraps, espresso and smoothies. Driver's right, 67441 E. Highway 26. Welches, OR 9706, 503-622-0893, milepost 41.
The Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room offers scratch soups, grass-fed beef and savory chantrelle mushroom dishes, plus a sizable selection of local beers and Oregon wines. Driver's right, milepost 40, 67149 E. Hwy. 26.
El Burro Loco is an affordable Mexican option that has grown quite popular with shred regularos. Same turn as the Rendezvous, Driver's right, milepost 40, 67149 E. Hwy. 26.
The Whistle Stop Bar & Grill is a local burger and steak joint with friendly staff and a a relaxed vibe. Driver's left, milepost 39, 66674 E. Hwy. 26. Definitely not gourmet cuisine.
The Ivy Bear (pictured below) is a laid-back, inexpensive skier-owned pizzeria that uses 72-hour slow-fermented dough and Willamette Valley cheeses. Plus it's got a 40-foot bear out front and a cool old rail car in the back. Driver's right, 54735 E. Hwy. 26.
The Sandy River Brewery is a relaxing lodge with pub grub and fine ales. 38773 Proctor Bld., just off Hwy. 26 on driver's right, just before the town of Sandy.
Tratoria Sapori is an independent Italian restaurant in the heart of Sandy with hearty, home-style meals. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Driver's right, 39261 Proctor, Sandy.
Thai Home is the nearest Thai restaurant to Mount Hood, and tom kha gai tastes really good after a day on the mountain. In the heart of Sandy, driver's right, 38676 Pioneer.
Apple Valley BBQ in Parkdale has plenty of hearty options and a friendly, casual atmosphere. Take the left off 35 into Parkdale and it will be on your right.
Another place worth checking out in Parkdale is Solera Brewery, with an amazing view of the mountain's North Face from the back patio and an interesting selection of brews and snacks. Right across the street from Apple Valley BBQ in Parkdale, just off 35.
Down in Hood River, the Full Sail Brewery Tasting Room and Pub is one of Oregon's original craft breweries, a significant sponsor of Mount Hood events and a classic meeting place. Fresh brews, pub fare and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge. 506 Columbia Street, Hood River.
Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom (pictured below) is just around the corner from Full Sail, and it has become quite the center for the Gorge outdoor community, with comfortable seating, casual dining, a huge selection of beers and live music. 8 4th Street, Hood River.